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La vie en Flying Sub

Post by tanuki » Mon Jan 12, 2015 8:40 pm

Here comes a new thread paralel to La vie en Purple ... No play of words this time - no relation to a famous french song - just trying to keep consistent in the naming of those threads :lol:

As some of you have already noticed yesterday, I have had a busy weeked dedicated to the so-called Flying Banana that was living further south in France - near Limoges - and belonged to Peter and Claire Wernham.

I caught an early train on Saturday in order to be in Limoges station at 11:00am so that we would have plenty of time to get to Peter's place, get to know better and of course talk about the car and test drive 8)
Peter & Claire came to pick me up at the station, and Peter seemed to be worried ... he told me over a cup of coffee at the station that he had discovered a huge water leak under the Banana in the morning ... oops :oops: It looked like I would have a chance to look at the car but probably would need to get a return ticket in the afternoon, since of course all workshops are closed on Saturday and Sunday in France :evil:

It turned out that the source of the leak was just a 'cut' pipe, and fortunately the pipe was long enough to get shortened .. phew.
It took us a good amount of time - dont even ask :roll: - since the only tools at hand were: screwdriver, kitchen knife and a bit of grease - Peter is moving back to UK ad most of his tools had already been shipped - Anyway, the temporary fix seemed to hold after a test drive ... so I decided that I would challenge the ride back home !

The Banana behaved nicely all the way up to Avon (~ 250 miles) albeit a lot of rain and wind gusts ... I was impressed how easy the driving was, although I had one eye on the road and one eye on the temp gauje ! Anyway, we arrived safely at the office, where the Flying Banana was introduced to Purple ... and left at the underground carpark for a well deserved rest !

Sunday was a beautiful sunny day, and the Flying Banana took part in our first noggin of the year in Nemours - check the usual thread for more details - where she was well received :mrgreen:

Here are a few pics from the weekend, more will come in the near future of course !

I guess that I can close the other thread that I created before X-mas since at last I have got myself a daily driver that remains in the Scimitar family !! :P

Cheers,
Fred

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Re: La vie en Flying Banana

Post by tanuki » Mon Jan 12, 2015 8:43 pm

yesterday morning in Nemours :wink:

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Re: La vie en Flying Banana

Post by scimjim » Mon Jan 12, 2015 9:21 pm

That tyre needs some air! Is the front scoop for moving snow? :-)


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Re: La vie en Flying Banana

Post by tanuki » Mon Jan 12, 2015 9:38 pm

scimjim wrote:That tyre needs some air! Is the front scoop for moving snow? :-)
Oh yes I know ... all tyres need air - I noticed in the dailight when I took her to the meeting :roll: -
Will take care of this tomorrow ... btw what is the recommended pressure for a SE6 ... 1.6/1,7 ?

I believe the scoop is for air flow (?) I need to look at more SE6 photos, I never noticed it really before (!)
It probably would not fit on the SE5 ... too bad, it's almost the right color already :lol:

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Re: La vie en Flying Banana

Post by MrGoldtop1960 » Mon Jan 12, 2015 9:46 pm

Blimey! I think I recognise that car......
If I'm not mistaken, it used to belong to an ex-Solent Noggin member....... There can't be too many 6a's in that lary yellow and with shiny stainless steel mud flaps!
I remember the PO doing a lot of experimentation with that spoiler with a digi thermometer in various places around the engine bay, the readout on the dash and I guess a thermocouple or similar in the engine bay
I may have some photos hidden in the loft somewhere if you're interested complete with its U.K. number plate!
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Re: La vie en Flying Banana

Post by Elizabeth's dad » Mon Jan 12, 2015 9:49 pm

I reckoned air flow to be an issue on the SE6. My theory being that at speed the air goes under the car rather than through the intake, I consequently wondered whether this was the reason why the front bumper was given more of a lip/spoiler on the 6b. On my old SE6, I made a box shaped scoop which dropped the temperature at 70mph by about 5 degrees on the gauge.

Very smart by the way.


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Re: La vie en Flying Banana

Post by tanuki » Mon Jan 12, 2015 10:16 pm

MrGoldtop1960 wrote:Blimey! I think I recognise that car......
If I'm not mistaken, it used to belong to an ex-Solent Noggin member....... There can't be too many 6a's in that lary yellow and with shiny stainless steel mud flaps!
I remember the PO doing a lot of experimentation with that spoiler with a digi thermometer in various places around the engine bay, the readout on the dash and I guess a thermocouple or similar in the engine bay
I may have some photos hidden in the loft somewhere if you're interested complete with its U.K. number plate!
Cheers
Kev O
Hello Kev,
The car came with a huge load of files, so hopefully I should be able to rebuild some of it's history ... or at least find the names
of some of the previous owners :wink: We may cross our records if you think it's the same car. BTW the english reg was HWK 864 V
- I have the plates in the boot with spare parts - Here are a couple more pics of the car including the engine bay !
Cheers,
Fred

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Re: La vie en Flying Banana

Post by tanuki » Mon Jan 12, 2015 10:26 pm

Elizabeth's dad wrote:I reckoned air flow to be an issue on the SE6. My theory being that at speed the air goes under the car rather than through the intake, I consequently wondered whether this was the reason why the front bumper was given more of a lip/spoiler on the 6b. On my old SE6, I made a box shaped scoop which dropped the temperature at 70mph by about 5 degrees on the gauge.

Very smart by the way.
Hi Jim :wink:

Here are some other photos that Peter sent to me the other day, that's all I have for the time being - until I make my own portfolio -
but it gives already a better view of the scoop 8) Peter told me about these heating issues under the bonnet ... he thought about
changing the hinges of the bonnet to lift it a little bit (?) in order to let the air flow towards the windscreen (...)

Cheers,
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Re: La vie en Flying Banana

Post by MrGoldtop1960 » Mon Jan 12, 2015 10:27 pm

Yep, that's the one Fred....... It's Noggin nickname was "Hawk" funnily enough :D :D
I'll get in the loft over the next few days and see what I can find. PM me your email address so I can send them over to you?
BTW, the body used to be brown (Buckskin?) ...... Not sure if there are any tell tale signs that give away its original colour :D

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Re: La vie en Flying Banana

Post by tanuki » Mon Jan 12, 2015 10:52 pm

MrGoldtop1960 wrote:Yep, that's the one Fred....... It's Noggin nickname was "Hawk" funnily enough :D :D
I am not surprised ... that's the first name that came to my mind when I saw the english plate :wink:
Since Peter referred to it as Flying Banana I started using this name, but I am sure there must be other Flying Bananas among Scimitars,
hope it won't be confusing :? ? I can still give it another name ... Tweety or just The Canari maybe ?
MrGoldtop1960 wrote:I'll get in the loft over the next few days and see what I can find. PM me your email address so I can send them over to you?
BTW, the body used to be brown (Buckskin?) ...... Not sure if there are any tell tale signs that give away its original colour :D
Will send you a PM with my email, no problem ! Thanks for any information you could provide :D
It might have been brown indeed ... the colors of the dashboard, panels and seats suggest it as you can see below :wink:

Cheers, Fred

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Re: La vie en Flying Banana

Post by Corky » Mon Jan 12, 2015 10:55 pm

That's a very nice car Fred. Well done on your purchase. It's got the later material on the seats too, which is much nicer that the earlier nylon stuff.


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Re: La vie en Flying Banana

Post by Roger Pennington » Tue Jan 13, 2015 12:55 am

That looks a very smart car, Fred, well done! :D As it's a 6-series, if you really need to know the original colour, there will be a code in the chassis number. However, personally, I think it looks great in yellow! :mrgreen:


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tanuki wrote: Since Peter referred to it as Flying Banana I started using this name, but I am sure there must be other Flying Bananas among Scimitars,
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Re: La vie en Flying Banana

Post by French Coupé » Tue Jan 13, 2015 9:57 am

Nice one Fred! The GTE always looks good in yellow in my opinion. Looks like I'll have to make another trip to the English Rencart sometime soon to get acquainted! ;)
tanuki wrote:No play of words this time - no relation to a famous french song
Maybe not famous, but at least appropriate : "La banane" by Philippe Katerine! :D
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Re: La vie en Flying Banana

Post by Oldconn » Tue Jan 13, 2015 10:32 am

I'm jealous! :( :wink:


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