Ben's (an emotional quandry) 1975 SE5a

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Ben's (an emotional quandry) 1975 SE5a

Post by SilverComet » Sun Sep 05, 2010 5:29 pm

Soo, car arrived a couple of days ago, with no bad surprises till we finally got it up on ramps today, started fine, reversed, stopped to sort out ramps, wouldn't start, noticed massive amounts of water hitting the car behind from driver's side exhaust, looks like new headgaskets, luckily they're supplied. :wink:

Spare clutch slave looks to be the wrong size, so will need to make an order with QRG, the one that came off is 7 8ths with "D2" on one side and "L11GDE" on the other, any advice welcome!

Pictures to follow of the arrival.
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Re: Ben's 1975 SE5a

Post by philhoward » Sun Sep 05, 2010 6:05 pm

Could be headgasket, could be inlet manifold gasket - compression test should tell all...


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Ben's 1975 SE5a

Post by SilverComet » Sun Sep 05, 2010 8:09 pm

No bubbles in water, but inlet manifold seems tight, so compression test in the morning, Slave cylinder we took off seems scratched at the bottom, but suspect spring in the clutch has something to do with it - that would make the slave cylinder wear out faster.

we have found a few bare wires so those are on the to do list now.
  • Clutch
    Bushes
    Tracking

    Tyres
    Seat(s)

    Alarm
    Steering lock

    Electrics
    Gas Struts
    Hinges chrome/screw

    Heated rear windscreen
    Waterproofness

    Exhaust
    Engine mounts
    Tappets
    Centre Console Plastic
    Gearstick Gaitor
    Gear knob

    Rear windscreen intermitency knob
    Rear wash
    Oil change
    Coolant
    Aerial cable

    Front speakers (6" JVC x2)
    Overdrive Badge
    Fog light switch
    Check and rust proof chassis
    Log book change
    Fuel sender unit (fuel light)
    Fuel gauge

    Electric fuel pump
    Electric Ignition
    Bonnet Light
    Boot Repair
    Boot light

    Interior light switches
    Boot interior light on openning of hatch
    Rear lights driver's side (Prolly earth)
    Handbrake Adjustment

    Bare wires
    Drivers side lock
    Drivers side mirror
    Battery clamp
    Core plug
    Boot lock
    Curtesy light interior-main
    Repair switch near side
    Replace switch far side
    Speedo cable
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Re: Ben's 1975 SE5a

Post by SilverComet » Sat Sep 25, 2010 2:15 pm

Well now the girlfriend has left for the sunnier portugal, it's in the garage time. Have compression tested 1,2,4,5 and 6, notice the odd one out - 3. It's too close to the body for our compression tester (which is ok on a 6a). Has anyone got any advice for what compression tester would be good? back out in the garage this afternoon for clutch. :D

(3 for reference = nearest to driver)


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Re: Ben's 1975 SE5a

Post by philhoward » Sun Sep 26, 2010 6:21 pm

The one I use (actaully my Dads) is a Gunson one (albeit over 20 years old) with a short brass threaded bit and a good sized, flexible rubber hose to the gauge and that fits anything we've ever needed to - 5's and 5a's included.


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Re: Ben's 1975 SE5a

Post by SilverComet » Sun Sep 26, 2010 6:26 pm

ahh, something like this? We currently have this gunson tester, which I'm sure you can then see the problem with the large inflexible end.

Edit: once the gf's family saw a picture of the car they demanded a group photo with it for their living room. There was also mention of using him as a wedding car, though I think this was an insanity moment on the other half's part. Image


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Re: Ben's 1975 SE5a

Post by philhoward » Sun Sep 26, 2010 6:55 pm

The one my Dad has is in fact this one.


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Key locks and tax

Post by SilverComet » Fri Oct 01, 2010 7:45 pm

Tomorrow I register the car as sorn until the fiat is finally kicked, as the steering on the fiat now only lets me go left, I can't imagine that'll be long coming.. :evil:

Something I could do with help regarding, is the Scimitar's keys. When I got the car I got a big wad of keys, so far I have identified the following:

1x Drivers
1x Passengers
1x Glove box
1x Fuel Cap
1x Spare fuel lock (found under the centre console :lol: )
1x Ignition

Along with this I have a spare boot lock with no key, and cannot find the key for the current boot lock.

Now the question: How much of this can I consolidate, as having 7 keys in the dark at a petrol station or a country road when desperate could get really annoying.

Additionally where would I find locks to do this? or would there be a good guide anywhere on getting the locks to accept my current keys? It seems like a good project when it's raining and miserable late at night.


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Re: Ben's 1975 SE5a

Post by philhoward » Fri Oct 01, 2010 8:56 pm

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/fs-locks-barrels- ... 0477494230 any use?

Or...you can get a high security version (the circular ones that Stoplock etc use), but the name escapes me..


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Re: Ben's 1975 SE5a

Post by SilverComet » Fri Oct 01, 2010 9:02 pm

philhoward wrote:http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/fs-locks-barrels- ... 0477494230 any use?

Or...you can get a high security version (the circular ones that Stoplock etc use), but the name escapes me..

I was wondering how easy it would be to repair/modify the locks I have to work with as few keys as possible rather than buying new, as the ones I have work ok apart from being the wrong key.

An upgrade *would* be pretty tempting though as this car is going to live on the drive.


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Re: Ben's 1975 SE5a

Post by philhoward » Fri Oct 01, 2010 9:25 pm

Modifying is easy - insert your chosen key into the barrel (once removed from the lock), and file down the bits of brass that poke up...simples!


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2 steps forward, 1 step back

Post by SilverComet » Sun Oct 03, 2010 8:58 pm

Well old clutch is now out, and what a swine it is to get out too. loom in the way and such, the old clutch doesn't seem *too* bad but there we are. Once the clutch is sorted we've got another thing crossed off the list, goodness knows how we'll get it back in.

Release bearing (and arm) are now back in :)

Old Clutch
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More of old
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Alarm sitting in a spare wheel for a bond gt4s, ready for installation when I get de-motivated and need something visual. unfortunately it seems to earth through the bracket so I will need to quickly fashion an earth lead.

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And finally, some little blighter of a vandal (dad) ruined my mirror! but on inspection that morning I had thought "that isn't very secure, must look at that" and afterwards I realised that the screws weren't actually engaging in anything as far as I can tell - the holes are far bigger than the screws, ah well. Guessing there was some wood at the back that got loosened off some how?

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Additionally can someone help me out by taking a once over of the carb, there's a gap at the top I don't like, and not sure about the "enrichment valve" dad thinks there needs to be something there, I am utterly confused though. Obviously the 5a is a bit of a learning project for me though.

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Re: Ben's 1975 SE5a

Post by scimjim » Sun Oct 03, 2010 9:03 pm

the apparent gap is fine.

the acceleration valve is on the other side - what you can see is the undrilled mould for the anti-stall valve (later fitted to all models)


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Re: Ben's 1975 SE5a

Post by SilverComet » Sun Oct 03, 2010 10:01 pm

scimjim wrote:the apparent gap is fine.

the acceleration valve is on the other side - what you can see is the undrilled mould for the anti-stall valve (later fitted to all models)

Ahh thanks Jim, is the gap there for any reason? or is it just a weirdness that the cars develop?


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Re: Ben's 1975 SE5a

Post by scimjim » Sun Oct 03, 2010 10:17 pm

it's not a gap, it just looks like it.
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