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Post by spegru » Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:09 pm

I've just started work on the SE6 I got hold of just before Christmas
Some of you will have noticed some posts under General Technical, but perhaps this is a better place

Car body is solid and original, but that's more than you can say about the chassis. Crispy!
The black velour trim is in excellent condition, aside form the worn footwell carpet and rather sad looking headlining
It's an Essex engine of course - which is nice since I live there! I'm hoping to just get it running before getting into the major work - just to see how/whether it runs!
Anyway I've just started to strip the interior with a view to separating the body form the chassis. Even the Driver's seat was a problem - rusted bolts and no way to get a spanner on the them either. Angle grinder solution. I'm now trying to figure out how to get the rear seat base out. I cant see how it's fixed in yet

However I thought I'd give you all a bit of a 'surprise' especially regarding one optional extra that I really didn't expect to find behind the (somewhat delaminated) driver's kick panel!
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First it was the presumably factory fitted electric aerial radio. It was hanging loose inside the wing under the aerial hole in the wing
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I don't think that will going back into use!. Why the heck does anyone need one in a fibreglass car? The 38 yr old Phillips radio works surprisingly well using a piece of welding wire instead!

And lastly for this posting, a rather grim relic of a previous resident - yuk!
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Post by scimjim » Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:18 pm

It would probably be better as a project thread? I can move it if you like?


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Post by spegru » Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:43 pm

umm yes please!



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Post by spegru » Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:43 pm

btw I cant work out why that pic of the delaminated plywood appeared twice?



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Post by ard126k » Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:29 pm

The seat base is held by 2 screws on the floor in front beside the seat belt reels.
You'll probably find a large hole in the sill behind the front wheel which lets the water in to rot the kick panels. I've plugged mine. Also besides the usual leaky places there is a hole under each side window which is supposed to have a drain tube, but usually doesn't, and so water goes down onto the seat belt anchorages.
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Post by philhoward » Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:30 pm

spegru wrote:
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umm yes please!
Moved :D


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Post by scimjim » Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:05 pm

spegru wrote:
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btw I cant work out why that pic of the delaminated plywood appeared twice?
You uploaded all 3 photos but accidentally “placed inline” the plywood pic twice. Because the skull picture had been uploaded but not placed inline, it appeared at the end.


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Post by Roger Pennington » Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:55 pm

You may find that even after you've removed the screws, the seat base is still a bit reluctant to come out - It tends to stick to the floor. It's only a bit of padding on top of a glassfibre moulding, so it's a bit fragile. It may need a firm pull, but don't overdo it!


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Post by spegru » Mon Jan 08, 2018 9:51 am

ard126k wrote:
Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:29 pm
The seat base is held by 2 screws on the floor in front beside the seat belt reels.
You'll probably find a large hole in the sill behind the front wheel which lets the water in to rot the kick panels. I've plugged mine. Also besides the usual leaky places there is a hole under each side window which is supposed to have a drain tube, but usually doesn't, and so water goes down onto the seat belt anchorages.
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I shall have a look later. I suppose you mean hidden under the carpet where it turns upward at the back of the rear passenger footwell? I have the main carpet out but there some more further back



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Post by Roger Pennington » Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:40 pm

Not exactly - the seat belt reel covers are part of the seat, and there is a metal tab on each one which goes under the carpet near the rear of the door opening. This has the screw in it.


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Post by Lee » Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:00 pm

Hi,
I think early 6a models have a vinyl cover "cap" that goes over the seatbelt reel and is separate to the seat, but attached by a 3 inches piece of metal and self tapping screw.The later 6A was part of the seat unit, but still screwed into the floor.


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Post by Roger Pennington » Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:09 pm

Yes, that's right, though Spegru said in an earlier post that his is a '79 car so it should have the later seat. (unless someone has fitted a very early seat, which should fit, unlike the opposite swap)


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Post by Lee » Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:35 pm

Sorry didn't see the earlier post. Just trying to help. Found out the hard way myself.


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Post by spegru » Mon Jan 08, 2018 9:55 pm

I got the back seat together with one side of the rear trim panel tonight. I had already seen those small screws and brackets near the belt reels but had no idea that the seat base was so rigid. All i had to do was remove the other screw as well and lift hard!
This also revealed the feared bottom end of the roll hoop (one one side anyway), but I'm glad to report that it looks pretty good. Damp but looks like only surface rust. Let's hope the other side is as good.
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Post by superleggo » Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:46 pm

I don't like to be the profit of doom. but there seems a hole in the roll hoop in the dark area of your photo on the LHS. I looks like it would get quite big if poked with a screwdriver. I would not be happy unless it was cut out.



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