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Scimba - Back in the game

Post by Crowther » Fri Feb 13, 2015 6:53 pm

Hi all.

I'm finally living the dream of Scimitar ownership having recently - and rashly - bought this SE5a (LBL 177L):

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/RELIANT-SCIMI ... 7675.l2557

I have always loved the Scim and I couldn't help myself. I'm picking it up next week so for now I'm just sorting out all the practicalities in advance.

I'm planning on using this as a daily driver - is this just madness? I have a short drive to work on nice rural B roads and the odd longer trip to visit family in Lincolnshire and Lancashire.
The current owner has done a lot of work to make the car practical, including converting to electronic ignition. The only things that are likely to give me sleepless nights are the trunnions and the timing gear.
I'll find out whether it's on the original fibre gear once I've got it back to Yorkshire.

So I have a few questions for the seasoned veterans of ScimitarWeb?
- What's the best workshop manual that money can buy?
- How long is this thing going to survive being kept outdoors (under a cover), until I move to somewhere with a garage?
- Is there anything else I should be sweating about?
- If you could give a new owner one piece of advice, what would it be?

Any advice would be very welcome.

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Re: New Dreamchaser

Post by AJL Electronics » Fri Feb 13, 2015 7:00 pm

Crowther wrote: - If you could give a new owner one piece of advice, what would it be?
Not to use a car cover.


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Re: New Dreamchaser

Post by scimmy_man » Fri Feb 13, 2015 7:02 pm

- What's the best workshop manual that money can buy? the official one, in paper or on CD
- How long is this thing going to survive being kept outdoors (under a cover), until I move to somewhere with a garage? dont cover it, the paint will microblister
- Is there anything else I should be sweating about? check the front supension and grease it,
- If you could give a new owner one piece of advice, what would it be? enjoy it.

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Re: New Dreamchaser

Post by Crowther » Fri Feb 13, 2015 7:10 pm

All good answers. Thanks for that. I will definitely enjoy it, and I'll definitely not cover it. The paintwork is one of the weak points of the car so I don't want to make it worse.
I'm going to look at getting it undersealed properly (JR Classics in Doncaster maybe) to prepare it for the climate up here, and I'll definitely concentrate on the front suspension.
Good to hear there are some local owners!


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Re: New Dreamchaser

Post by Geraint SabreGTCse5 » Fri Feb 13, 2015 7:48 pm

-there are a number of very good manuals available and the original parts book is good,
-plenty of wax oil on the metal bits and a decent wax on the what paint is left and they survive outside.
-wiring can be a nightmare.
-my advice would be stick with one car and keep it well maintained..... they have a habit of multiplying on the drive :D couldn't adhere to that advice myself.

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Re: New Dreamchaser

Post by scimjim » Fri Feb 13, 2015 7:49 pm

Welcome :-)


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Re: New Dreamchaser

Post by Roger Pennington » Fri Feb 13, 2015 7:59 pm

Hi, and welcome to the forum! :D

I can't add much to what's already been said, other than to say that they certainly are usable as daily drivers, and they do tend to multiply, given the chance! :lol:


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Re: New Dreamchaser

Post by 747PETE » Fri Feb 13, 2015 8:19 pm

Welcome,plenty of good advice from a great bunch in this club.Regards car covers,don't do it !
Mine lives outside,rain/snow/hail/sunshine...........whats that :-)
I put a car cover on it and micro blisters appeared after a short while,removed the cover,they have almost vanished.Rain will not hurt the body.Just enjoy a much undervalued car,one day people will wake up to the fact how good they were/are and we will probably be the lucky ones who still have one....or two.......or three.......................or four :D :D :D :D :D



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Re: New Dreamchaser

Post by greeny » Fri Feb 13, 2015 8:33 pm

Welcome! Enjoy it and use it as much as possible!


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Re: New Dreamchaser

Post by MikeyBikey » Fri Feb 13, 2015 8:34 pm

I use mine every day and I race (abuse :oops: ) it.
They are fantastic cars.
Use it as much as you possible can.


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Re: New Dreamchaser

Post by philhoward » Fri Feb 13, 2015 9:48 pm

I can only echo what has been written already - factory manual and parts list (for the exploded diagrams) are so useful.

Most electrical faults will be earth related or melting fusebox syndrome (5a and onwards) - and there will be some somewhere.

Waxoyl the chassis, grease the moving bits and don't cover the body. If it leaks, drill a 3mm hole in the corner of each footwell until you can fix the leak.

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Re: New Dreamchaser

Post by DARK STAR » Fri Feb 13, 2015 9:50 pm

Welcome to the forum.
I'm from York - but haven't seen the place recently, good to know it's still there,
My car is also living outside at the moment while the garage is finished :roll:
It has a tarpaulin ... UNDER it because damp grass is the next worse thing to sea water for rusting the chassis.
No cover, and no water inside yet, is this a record?
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Re: New Dreamchaser

Post by MikeyBikey » Sun Feb 15, 2015 10:20 am

Remove the cover asap. Do not use a cover.


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Re: New Dreamchaser

Post by Crowther » Mon Feb 16, 2015 9:33 pm

I'm getting a sense that the cover might be a bad idea. So no cover. I'm picking up the Scim on Friday from a nice man in Surrey and then up to Lincs to get the old man's seal of disapproval.


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Re: New Dreamchaser

Post by Crowther » Thu Feb 19, 2015 7:08 pm

So... getting pretty excited now. I suppose at some point I will need to put petrol in it. Should I be using additives to compensate for the lack of lead in the fuel? I'm planning on driving the car as much as possible, and it would be nice to be able to drive it hard now and again without worrying about valve seat recession. What are other daily drivers doing?


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