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PostPost by: terryp » Thu Nov 03, 2011 12:31 pm

ardee_selby wrote:
terryp wrote:Well this is a coincidence , my old car is for sale!!!

Very nice! Seems a good price to me.

terryp wrote:Sorry to all regarding the number plate (It was an L Reg OEC455L) .... I did not pay very much for it but now feel ashamed that I had a personalised plate! :wink:

Why ashamed? It's not one of those contrived efforts that stretches credibilty.

Or is it the "B"..."Baldric"? "Beverly"? "Biggerstaff"? :wink:

Don't answer that!

(If anyones interested, part of series on a G15 build can be found here, in my Drop-Box.
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/45450049/Ginett ... G15_01.jpg
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/45450049/Ginett ... G15_02.jpg
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/45450049/Ginett ... G15_03.jpg )

Cheers - Richard

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PostPost by: Bruce Crowthorne » Tue Nov 08, 2011 4:51 pm

Crikey, that brings back memories.
As a student I worked at the Rootes factory at Linwood during the Imp period.
Best one I tried was our trans axle test car. It was a 998 twin carb job and (remember I was 18!) it went like stink.

There were lots of stories of the Imp prototypes being fitted with real Coventry Climax engines and cruising up the M6 at 100+.
I bet the front was a light at that speed!
All the production ones were detuned.

My only word of caution would be regarding the transaxle. Setting up the diff was done on a slave set of cases and the diffs were run with some marking compound and then the shims were VERY carefully calculated - goodness knows how I would do it as am amatuer!

BTW the overheating issues were normally caused by leaves or litter getting sucked up into the rear mounted radiator, then it got blocked - and then overheated - then it warped the head. A bit of vicious circle, but very easily cured.
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