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Post by Jpwill7675 » Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:49 pm

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Hi - I have just bought my first Scimitar, a 5a manual overdrive in green. I have always fancied one ever since a teacher at school (Spud Murphy) had one. I picked it up in London and drove it home in the pouring rain to Dorset. First impressions - looks cools, tiny pedal box area, gearbox like a pudding, roof leaks and noisy engine and no power steering. Subsequent impressions - looks cool, fuse box is useless and all electrics need earthing. I drove it up to a wedding in Bristol last weekend. It drove great and seemed well suited to the A & B roads. Its my first classic car after mainly motorbikes for the past 30 years. I am going to see if I gel with it (no pun intended) before investing further. I am planning to retire next year and a full restoration could be on the cards. I am hands on with spanners and electrics but have no experience (yet) with welding & fabrication. The existing " To do" list is already quite long. But that is what I wanted a rolling restoration project. First job is to get rid of the cherry bomb exhausts and check the valve clearances. I want to do a compression check on the engine and sort out the automatic choke before its gets cold.

I can see that there is a wealth of knowledge and experience on the forum and I look forward to learning more about my new car.

Cheers, Jim
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Post by MikeT » Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:13 pm

Looks good! Welcome along ;)


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Post by ScimiTom » Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:19 pm

Welcome, Jim! A distinctive car, in that colour and with the vinyl roof - very nice! I look forward to hearing of your progress...

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Post by Oxymoron » Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:19 pm

Nice colour combo!...Wish my car had a Webasto sunroof...although they leak! 8)

Our maths teacher drove a green Scimitar back in the late 70s...I was always envious!


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Post by peter freeman » Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:23 pm

Yes it looks good the inside looks like it does not need much work which id a bonus. MGF EPAS is relatively easy to fit if you find the l\ck of power steering a problem.



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Post by scimjim » Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:40 pm

Welcome Jim - looks like a great starting point for a project :D


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Post by Roger Pennington » Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:02 am

Welcome to the Club. It's a good-looking car. Good luck with it! :D


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Post by philhoward » Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:26 am

Welcome, Jim - looks like a good starting point for some light tinkering!


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Post by Jpwill7675 » Fri Aug 31, 2018 7:02 pm

Many thanks for the warm welcome and comments. I have just checked the tappets. The gaps were all a bit on the tight side. I didn't see any evidence of the rocker shafts pulling out. SO I don't think that is the source of the noise. Next job is to check the cylinder compression to get a feel for the engine condition. Then I will check the ignition timing. The engine bay looks pretty tidy. The PO had fitted a manual choke conversion. It doesn't seem to work - are there some "bits missing"? Aprreciate your comments. Regards, Jim
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Post by Jpwill7675 » Fri Aug 31, 2018 7:03 pm

bits missing (apart from the cable!)


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Post by peter freeman » Fri Aug 31, 2018 7:24 pm

If I were you I'd invest in a steel or alloy timing wheel i fit not already done.



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Post by Nigel Clark » Fri Aug 31, 2018 7:29 pm

Belated welcome from me too.

Looks like a good car for a rolling restoration. The trouble with taking a car off the road for a full resto is that inevitably, timescales stretch and sometimes projects stall.

Keep it rolling if possible I say!

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Post by demonbluedays » Fri Aug 31, 2018 7:56 pm

Nigel Clark wrote:
Fri Aug 31, 2018 7:29 pm
Belated welcome from me too.

Looks like a good car for a rolling restoration. The trouble with taking a car off the road for a full resto is that inevitably, timescales stretch and sometimes projects stall.

Keep it rolling if possible I say!

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Post by Jpwill7675 » Sat Sep 01, 2018 12:10 am

Cheers - I think you're right. Better to drive it now and have some fun. I will try to focus on the smaller "improvements"


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Post by efi_sprintgte » Sat Sep 01, 2018 12:24 am

Just in general with these chokes, you do have to kick the accelerator pedal to get the choke flaps to close


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