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SE5A Project - Swindon

Post by Rev Light » Sat Nov 14, 2015 2:20 pm

Good day all,

I have been looking at Scimitars recently, as a prospective buyer after a long and circuitous route, to find my ideal classic that can be used as a daily driver. This is after an experiment with running an 'older newer' car. A VW Bora of 16 year vintage. A great car with no rust and plenty of life left in the drivetrain, but which is being constantly let down by over complicated electrics and electro-mechanical devices which have started to plague it. I now have an aversion to all modern vehicles. Don't even get me started on push-button hand brakes and little plastic links and clamps that seem to be designed to age harden and break, ensuring that your electric windows will fall into your door at an inconvenient moment and who invented wing mirrors with three electric motors and a heating element in them!......I want something that has wind up windows and a lever hand brake! Oh, did I mention depreciation and cost....

I first looked at the traditional classics, even got myself convinced that an Alfa Junior might be the answer, but the cost has really put me off, and as I am not a welder or a painter and my garage is full of motorbikes - so it would have to live outside, I have stepped away from that idea - even if I imported one from Italy, it would be a pile of dust in 5 years time. Then I looked at Kit Cars, having owned one in the past. But there really are no suitable candidates with 4 seats. I still have kids.

Then I stumbled on the Scimitar. Being of a certain age (approaching 50 fast), I have seen them around in the past. I have always admired their style, if from a distance. I am ready to look at them more deeply with a view to buying one.

But I need to have a real good look at one and possibly a drive in one, as a passenger, to really understand what I might be letting myself in for.

Is there anyone in the Swindon area who would be willing to have a chat and a coffee and perhaps attempt to bore me to death about their P&J and the advantages and disadvantages of ownership? Before I start my 'quest' to locate my ideal mount - A presentable, bodywork wise, S5 or 6 with a decent interior and ideally a manual gearbox with overdrive. I am looking for something reliable that I can run immediately, not an abandoned project.

Thanks for reading,

Rev. Light (steve)

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Re: Prospective Owner - Swindon

Post by Rev Light » Sat Nov 14, 2015 2:24 pm

Did I mention the wife is unconvinced?
And If it broke down on a trip to Anglesey, to see her 'Rels' it would be a disaster that I would not recover from....


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Post by peter freeman » Sat Nov 14, 2015 2:49 pm

The 5's are basically country road cars and the 6's motorway cars - at least that's my experience. Most of the 6's however have PAS which may be something you would like to have. EPAS can be fitted to the 5's of course ( I've done two ) Reliability - I've done around 1/2 million miles in Scims and only once had to be carried home when a stone went through the radiator - all the rest of the breakdowns I have fixed at the road side - today being the last breakdown when the electric pump I had fitted ( new a month ago ) failed - fortunately the mechanical pump I had in the car boot ( Coupe ). As the owners of four Scims you might think we are "slightly" biased. Hopefully someone near you will be in touch soon.



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Re: Prospective Owner - Swindon

Post by willholderogri » Sat Nov 14, 2015 3:29 pm

im not far from Swindon I have a SE5A I have fitted my own version of mgf power steering and find it reliable (I have had problems mainly due to accident damage ) but he car is fun and I have LPG as well (fitted and designed myself) I would say my car is not concourse (but I use it all year round) I don't have lots of money either so it has to pay its way
as peter most problems are fixable by the roadside


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Re: Prospective Owner - Swindon

Post by Rev Light » Sat Nov 14, 2015 4:25 pm

willholderogri,

pm'd ya.

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Post by willholderogri » Sat Nov 14, 2015 5:17 pm

pmd you a reply
will


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Re: Prospective Owner - Swindon

Post by Littlescim » Sat Nov 14, 2015 5:56 pm

Hi
Two for one SE6 and a SS1 for sale at next Brightwells classic sale.
Good luck with your quest
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Re: Prospective Owner - Swindon

Post by scimjim » Sat Nov 14, 2015 6:34 pm

Welcome Steve - feel free to pop up the A417 for a chat if you want. I don't use the Scimitar as a daily at the moment (doing about 15k business miles and another 15k personal means I would be servicing it 4 times a year instead of once!) but you can have a look at my SE5.


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Post by AJL Electronics » Sat Nov 14, 2015 6:53 pm

There is also an expert Scimitar workshop not so far from you. ;-)


Yes, we can mend your Scimitar!
Order your Scimitar parts any hour of the day at http://www.classicmicrocars.com (member's discounts).

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Re: Prospective Owner - Swindon

Post by willholderogri » Sat Nov 14, 2015 7:17 pm

alj where is the scimitar workshop and who owns it ?


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Post by AJL Electronics » Sat Nov 14, 2015 8:13 pm

I have no idea, cough, cough! Try http://www.classicmicrocars.com


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Post by peter freeman » Sat Nov 14, 2015 8:46 pm

There is nothing like modesty - and that was nothing like modesty. Seriously you could do a lot worse than visiting the premises. Did you know they also have a holiday cottage in France - a lot of people know that.



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Re: Prospective Owner - Swindon

Post by Rev Light » Sun Nov 15, 2015 9:03 pm

Thanks Jim for a very instructive visit. I am now in a much stronger position than I was yesterday.

Will, I hope to drop by some time this week, when it is convenient. I am very interested in some of your mods that you have done to your SE5

Regards to all

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Re: Prospective Owner - Swindon

Post by greeny » Sun Nov 15, 2015 9:45 pm

Hello and welcome. If you see a yellow GTC or a blue SST tooling around Anglesey next summer that will be me or the wife (We have a little place there)


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Re: Prospective Owner - Swindon

Post by Rev Light » Thu Nov 19, 2015 8:58 am

Will,

Thanks for your time yesterday evening. Very instructive. I was particularly interested in some of the mods you have done, particularly the LPG and PAS, but was also very interested in the new nose repair. Looked a sturdy piece of work from what I could see in the fading light.

Also the purchase tips were very welcome.

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