Ben's (an emotional quandry) 1975 SE5a

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Post by scmarf » Fri Jan 04, 2019 6:00 pm

First drive :D

Outward journey: garage onto drive.
Return journey: drive to garage.

Well, it's a start!

Actual purpose of the move was to get valuation photos and sweep the garage floor for the first time in over 4 years!
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1977 SE6a, previously 1985 1300 SS1
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Post by Roger Pennington » Fri Jan 04, 2019 7:27 pm

Looks very smart, well done! :D


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Post by Coupe Racing » Fri Jan 04, 2019 7:41 pm

So is it fixed


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Post by scmarf » Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:30 pm

Coupe Racing wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 7:41 pm
So is it fixed
We will be getting an MOT when the insurance is sorted just to make sure it is ready for the road but assuming no nasty surprises -
Yes - as far as they ever are.


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Post by Coupe Racing » Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:01 pm

So the engine is re-assembled ?


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Post by Scimher » Sat Mar 30, 2019 2:17 pm

...The 'composites' look like 'Revolutions' the way they are painted, in the profile pic... :mrgreen::



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Post by scmarf » Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:35 pm

It's been a while...

Currently running on running in oil but still not running well. To do:
  • Make up a switched, parallel ignition circuit to see if the wiring is causing it to run poorly.
    Fix speedometer and odometer.
    Fix fuel sender.
    Fit replacement coil.
    Fit replacement HT set.
    New rear spring/shocks.
    Seal up leaky exhaust
Only those items that require little or no financial investments will be done in the near future.

Ben currently has the car so we need to get it back to base here for the work but it needs to stop raining for a while and I need to get time to do it.


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Post by scmarf » Sat Apr 25, 2020 7:22 pm

It's been a while (again :roll: ).

I have done most of the stuff on the above list and eventually had it transported to QRG where the wizard (Andy) sorted the tuning. I jokingly said on the phone to QRG that I had done my best but wasn't a carb expert and I hadn't even checked if the idle jets were right :lol: . Guess what .... they wern't right ... or the same on each side :roll: . Anyway, after about £500 worth of TLC from someone who knows what he's doing, it seems to be running pretty well now except the idle is a bit slow (Andy said it would settle down and it has). Ben used it to go to Cambridge for Christmas which was its first long trip and it went ok except the driver's window winder parted company with the glass. An easy fix. Since then it has done virtually no miles and ... once again ... it's future is in doubt as Ben embarks on his SECOND divorce. :( . On the plus side, I may not have a (their) boat on my to-do list for much longer.

I did get it MOTed about a month ago though. A bit rich on mixture, one wheel bearing a bit loose but no major issues. Watch this space.

Did some work on the door cards. More after dinner. :D


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Post by scmarf » Sat Apr 25, 2020 9:22 pm

Bought some panel clips from QRG. Unsurprisingly, the originals are no longer available so Nigel supplies 'fir tree' type plugs which seem to do the job.
Notes:
1) I trimmed the 'branches' of the fir trees as they seemed a pretty tight fit otherwise (I might want to get the panel off again without destroying the panel).
2) I trimmed the 'flanges' of the plugs to clear the vinyl before glueing it back on (see photo).
3) I only did the top row.
4) I also trimmed some of the panel around the handle to get a better fit for the bezel.
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1977 SE6a, previously 1985 1300 SS1
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Post by adamwilkes » Sat Apr 25, 2020 9:28 pm

What size wheels & tyres do you have ? I would like to know what the fattest tyre is that will fit in the original spare wheel slot :shock:


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Post by halfpenny » Sat Apr 25, 2020 9:35 pm

I have in my 5a, a new 195/70 R14 on an original Dunlop composite - it's tight, but it does fit.



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Post by scmarf » Sun Apr 26, 2020 1:19 pm

halfpenny wrote:
Sat Apr 25, 2020 9:35 pm
I have in my 5a, a new 195/70 R14 on an original Dunlop composite - it's tight, but it does fit.
Ditto.
Standard size is 185. Bear in mind that the SE5a is quite heavy on the steering at low speeds. Wider tyres doesn't help either the driver or the steering mechanism. I understand non-PAS SE6a tend to go through steering wheels for this reason.


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Post by gtcse8 » Sun Apr 26, 2020 1:25 pm

scmarf wrote:
Sun Apr 26, 2020 1:19 pm
non-PAS SE6a tend to go through steering wheels f
The steering on a Non PAS 6a is very light compared to the 5a`s :lol:


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