The SE5a learning curve! - Flora

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The SE5a learning curve! - Flora

Post by RockerPhill » Wed Jun 25, 2014 1:39 pm

Hi Guys. I bought my tub of butter early last month- after talking my dad into driving 12 hours to pick her up with me from Yorkshire.



Having seen an incredible red Scimitar in Brixham a couple years back, I decided it was finally time to purchase my own! And, thus the savings and student loan developed!

She's a bit rough around the edges, but by no means a scrapper. I had literally NO mechanical knowledge before starting my venture, so it been a hell of a learning curve, but one I looked forward to and expected. :D Primarily I'd like to thank Matt Greenly and Luke Garratt for their tremendous advice along the road! Also a thanks to the other various members of the RSSOC facebook page.

She had/has a few issues though,

Missing on a cylinder
Cooker Wire as a main earth cable
Welding needed
Brakes were quite seized
interior is quite tatty too
Water leaking from hoses
Rotten Radiator
Suspected seized water pump

And she'd been sitting for at least 15 years (although I was told 23 years, MOT's implied otherwise)



So, after cleaning up the engine bay, I attempted to remove the thermostat housing.. AND THEN IT HAPPENED! seized bolts. So, after much work, managed to crack them off after trying every other method.

Then, we discovered there wasn't even a thermostat IN there!! to top it off, my pal snapped the cast piece when we tried to tap the bolt out (braver lad than me for trying, though.) Luckily, my old man is quite the engine surgeon and fixed the cast somehow, so we got that back together and she's right as rain! after changing the inlet manifold gasket, having an panic moment when the gasket seal started running out, hooking everything up again, she's started up a treat late last night! :) Such a relief for someone who's never touched an engine before.

Anyways, after getting her started up, i'm feeling bloody good about the old girl, and having fixed 70% of her known faults so far, I'm really excited!

I really do love this car, and I'm dying to show her off for the rest of my life!

Thanks for reading, chaps.
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Re: The SE5a learning curve.

Post by greeny » Wed Jun 25, 2014 3:54 pm

The sound of the engine is an important mile stone in any part of a restoration!! Well done she looks really good! (Best colour!)


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Re: The SE5a learning curve.

Post by Roger Pennington » Wed Jun 25, 2014 3:59 pm

Looks like you're making good progress - keep up the good work! :)


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Post by Oaksey » Wed Jun 25, 2014 5:28 pm

Good to see you've got a thread going now :)


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Re: The SE5a learning curve.

Post by Roger Pennington » Wed Jun 25, 2014 6:41 pm

Oaksey wrote:Good to see you've got a thread going now :)
Josh has actually reminded me - this would probably make a good project thread; I could move it to the projects section, if you like? :)


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Post by Lukeyboy46 » Wed Jun 25, 2014 7:05 pm

Keep up the good work buddy! :)


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Post by RockerPhill » Wed Jun 25, 2014 11:35 pm

Thanks everyone! She's taking shape but CRIKEY has it been a learning curve! Lots of close calls and pats on the back! :) and as for the project thread, I meant to start it ages ago- but I couldn't for the life of me remember my password! So go right on ahead and move it, fella :) thanks :)


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Post by Roger Pennington » Wed Jun 25, 2014 11:45 pm

Sorted - now it's over to you! :wink: :lol:


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Post by RockerPhill » Thu Jun 26, 2014 11:06 am

Always helps having a girlfriend as "perfectionist" as mine! Dunlop alloys are coming up lovely thanks to her! So, onto getting the calipers off today and hopefully removing the disk. It's all quite stuck on, but I'm sure a rubber mallet will help coax the job.


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Re: The SE5a learning curve.

Post by Scimher » Thu Jun 26, 2014 11:14 am

...If she's labouring away on the wheels - for goodness sake marry her!!!!



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Post by Coupe Racing » Thu Jun 26, 2014 11:18 am

RockerPhill wrote:Always helps having a girlfriend as "perfectionist" as mine! Dunlop alloys are coming up lovely thanks to her! So, onto getting the calipers off today and hopefully removing the disk. It's all quite stuck on, but I'm sure a rubber mallet will help coax the job.
Do you know how the disc is secured before you hit anything


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Post by RockerPhill » Thu Jun 26, 2014 11:42 am

As far as I'm aware, there's three retaining bolts securing the disc- the aim is to "try" and unlodge them enough to get them out :)

And Scimher, it depends if she finishes them!! ;)


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Post by RockerPhill » Thu Jun 26, 2014 11:43 am

Securing the calliper * as for the disc, I've not got that far yet :)


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Post by Oaksey » Thu Jun 26, 2014 11:45 am

Once the caliper is out the way, there's just the central hub nut holding the disc on the car. There might be a cap you'll have to remove

When the hub and disc are off the car, 4 bolts to separate them :)


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Post by Oaksey » Thu Jun 26, 2014 11:46 am

Two 5/8" bolts holding the caliper - remember to bend the lock tabs out the way first ;)


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