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Post by james7759 » Fri Mar 23, 2018 11:44 am

After looking on and off for a year or so, I picked my new project up 2 weeks ago. 1974 SE5a Manual. The car is complete as far as I can tell, some blistering on the paint but no cracks or damage, chassis looks solid but some soft spots in the obvious places and the interior is black leather and generally very good. The car was originally white from what I can tell but has been repainted Ford Rosso red some time ago. The car hasn't been on the road since 2000 so as you can imagine plenty to do. I am planning on a bit of a restomod. The engine came to seized so I have pulled it apart, no amounts of diesel/ATF in the cylinders could get it turning over so after a full strip down taking the bottom end apart and some gentle persuasion I now have 6 clear cylinders. I will be having the cylinders re-sleeved and the head skimmed.

Today's post should bring me a Kent 285 cam kit and Burton Steel timing pulley. This weekend's job is to fire up the parts washer and get everything cleaned off ready for painting the block.

Once the engine is done its body off time, I will be cleaning the chassis off myself and doing any welding needing done (presumably quite a bit) I can get the thing galvanised for less than £200 so that seems a no brainer. I will be adding coilovers, bigger brakes with all new lines, polybushed bits and bobs, rebuilt diff and a few other tweaks while I am at it.

Any advice is welcome, I am unsure on what colour when I get to paint, the car was white originally from what I can tell but is now a very tired Ford Rosso Red. Do I go back to white? re do the red? or go in another direction?


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Post by willholderogri » Fri Mar 23, 2018 12:11 pm

welcome, the cylinders can be rebbored (no need to sleeve them) if the cylinder damage is extreme I would look for a second hand block.
happy to give you any pointers if you need them (ive been using my se5a since 2005 with occasional off road due to problems ) I don't like the term daily driver (its my only car so gets used as car should. Its not the best looking car out there but the mechanics are spot on.
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Post by Dcrosby13 » Fri Mar 23, 2018 12:13 pm

Welcome, Willwood do a big brake kit that bolts straight on I think its £5-600


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Post by DARK STAR » Fri Mar 23, 2018 2:04 pm

Welcome James, your project sounds promising!


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welcome, the cylinders can be rebbored (no need to sleeve them) if the cylinder damage is extreme I would look for a second hand block.
happy to give you any pointers if you need them (ive been using my se5a since 2005 with occasional off road due to problems ) I don't like the term daily driver (its my only car so gets used as car should. Its not the best l
Thanks for that Will, I am presuming they need something but until I can get it all cleaned off I cant be sure, Maybe I have tinted vision because I have wanted one for ages but I think with the right colour and wheel set up they are a great looking car. But then I think the E-type my father has is slightly funny looking so maybe its me



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Post by Roger Pennington » Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:05 pm

Hi James, and welcome to the forum! :D Sounds interesting, do keep us in touch with progress.

(Incidentally, I've fixed your picture links in your first post, so they now appear :) )


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Post by Elizabeth's dad » Fri Mar 23, 2018 10:38 pm

Welcome. Looks like a good one. I have just posted on facebook asking for the chassis number for the club register but you can message me on here if you prefer. I am just down the road in Sunderland by the way.


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Post by scimjim » Sat Mar 24, 2018 8:32 am

Welcome - pics aren’t working for me though (even after changing [image] to [img]?


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Post by peter freeman » Sat Mar 24, 2018 8:51 am

Welcome - the Newcastle noggin meet on the third Wednesday ( you just missed one ) of every month at the Keel Row just north of Seaton Delival. You may find some useful info at https://www.scimitarweb.co.uk/~nenoggins/ under technical you will find a wiring drawing ( in colour ) for your car. On 1st of April I will hopefully have a list of the events we attend run by the NECPWA which many of us also belong to. Feel free to call me if there is anything you want help with.



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Post by Roger Pennington » Sat Mar 24, 2018 2:14 pm

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Welcome - pics aren’t working for me though (even after changing [image] to [img]?
That's interesting - they still work for me, perhaps they only work if you're logged-on to dropbox?

Yes suspect that might be it - I'm viewing this in Firefox, where I've got another tab open in dropbox. I've just tried it in IE (where it's the only tab) and the photos don't appear.

Further, I've just logged-out of my dropbox tab on firefox, and refreshed this page, and the photos have disappeared, so it looks like that is the problem?


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Post by Terry H » Sat Mar 24, 2018 2:33 pm

That's interesting - they still work for me, perhaps they only work if you're logged-on to dropbox?
They work for me on Chrome and I don't know what a dropbox is.
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Post by scimjim » Sat Mar 24, 2018 4:58 pm

Dropbox is just a host - a place to store photos etc like photobucket, imgur, Flickr, etc.

I’m not sure how they would display though Roger, as they’re between [image] tabs but phpBB uses the code [img]?

Edit - okay, I can see a small box after and if I go to edit the post, this is what I can see (spaces added to allow the code to display)


[image ]https://www.dropbox.com/s/bozx76bfnjuflnc/Photo%2010-03-2018%2C%2014%2056%2045.jpg?dl=0[/image ]

[img ]https://photos-3.dropbox.com/t/2/AAB0g7W7VP_4SyS_my6HpFS9vy2FMr7SYKNTi4UUrKe3sQ/12/709571165/jpeg/32x32/3/1521856800/0/2/Photo%2010-03-2018%2C%2014%2056%2045.jpg/ENGCgO0FGMUCIAcoBw/gmeDwvFSV88YRe7lpkjLQgflVJSQor50yacdaXcpbjM?dl=0&size=32x32&size_mode=5[/img ]

Anyway - I’ve uploaded them to the forum so everyone can see them


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Post by Roger Pennington » Sat Mar 24, 2018 6:50 pm

Yes, the img section in your quote above is what I added, which worked for me at the time, so I left it at that. The image bit is the OP's original post, which originally didn't work (and probably wouldn't work, as the image tags are, I believe, intended for images from the forum gallery, not external hosted links, that's what the img tags are for).

There is a potential issue here, as the "image" button (which I guess is rarely used?) is more obvious than the button with the representation of a picture on it, if you're not familiar with the forum. A newer user looking for the way to post images, you could easily be lead astray? Perhaps something that ought to be looked at?


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Post by scimjim » Sat Mar 24, 2018 8:31 pm

hmm - on a laptop, if I hover over the buttons, they all show an explanation - the image button says "Gallery image:[image]image_id[/image], with this BBC code you can add an image from the gallery into your post." the photo pic says "insert image:[img]http://image_url[/img]"

no help if you're on a phone or tablet but I think I'll copy this into the "how to post a photo" thread?


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Chief mechanic for: 1400 K series SS1 (Megan3), 1400 CVH EFi SS1 (Grawpy), Sabre/MX5 auto (The Flying Broomstick),
1300 SS1 (Number One) & Sarah's coupe.
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Post by james7759 » Mon Mar 26, 2018 4:23 pm

peter freeman wrote:
Sat Mar 24, 2018 8:51 am
of the events we attend run by the NECPWA which many of us also
willholderogri wrote:
Fri Mar 23, 2018 12:11 pm
ppy to give you any pointers if you need them (ive been using my se5a since 2005 with occasional off road due to problems ) I don't like the term daily driver (its my only car so gets used as car should. Its not the best looking car out there but the mechanics are spot on.
willholderogri wrote:
Fri Mar 23, 2018 12:11 pm
welcome, the cylinders can be rebbored (no need to sleeve them) if the cylinder damage is extreme I would look for a second hand block.
happy to give you any pointers if you need them (ive been using my se5a since 2005 with occasional off road due to problems ) I don't like the term daily driver (its my only car so gets used as car should. Its not the best looking car out there but the mechanics are spot on.
will

Thanks for this, I managed to get the block into the parts washer on saturday, and gave its a really good clean, the top and bottom (sump and Heads) surfaces look nice and clean and the cylinders cleaned up with no lips etc so looks like I got away with it, dropping the block off for media blasting tomorrow, core plugs have been ordered and the 2 pistons that refuse to give up their piston rings are still in parafin - Anyone with a trick to getting them out when they are jammed right in there feel free to shout up!



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