Maybe I could cane it in reverse and twist it back out?...
Anyway... I managed to crack on and do some starter jobs. Most importantly first.. make it easier to push. I think I have spotted the reason why it it drags..
I think those tyres might be a bit too big :doubt:
So on with the Minilites. Now it must be noted that I am not really a fan of Minilite alloys. They are just a bit too.. well...common. But now they are on the car it looks OK. If I squint a bit, turn off the lights and face the otherway I can almost pictures a set of Cheviot Turbos beautifully gracing the car.
But they aint. So I'll look for some other alloys but in the meant time these stay. I reckon I can paint the centres and leave the rims polished for more of a Revolite alloy look. Sort of hide the minilite spokes.
"HEY HANG ON!" I hear you ask... "Weren't you going to keep those awesome widened steels on, change the tyres over and fit the shiny hubcaps?"
Yes. Yes I was. But then I found this...
The front hubs had been machined down to take the smaller centre bore of the Viva steels. curse word. There is still enough meat left further in supporting the outer bearings and for race car that doesnt see a rough road its probably OK , but for a road car I just feel a bit iffy about it. I don't want my hub cracking when I hit a pot hole, the wheel going wobbly, locking up in the arch and me spinning around a locked wheel into an on coming car.
So alloys it is. I'll swap across the untouched hubs from the spares car once I get it.
I also removed the exhaust and the mudflaps. Looking cleaner and more the style I want.
I took some photos in the evening light. I like it. So dinky.
Next step- engine removal. The Transaxle makes funny sounds not really befitting of a transaxle. I suspect that it has more damage then we first thought from its last outing. I have been prepared for this and anyway- quite looking forward to taking it apart if needed and learning stuff.
I also have plan. A really big plan. Its in the future and it'll be pretty damn cool. I'm not going to say a thing more. You'll like it. It involves several of my building passions Just watch and see. I'm excited!
Are those driveshafts 1 inch in diameter or smaller - if they are smaller then some 1 inch ones from an Imp sport or Van would beef them up a bit without any effort apart from fitting them - getting them where you live might be the biggest problem
Didn't the Sport Imps have larger diameter drive shafts to stop this? Or are these already the 1" shafts?
Nice Imp by the way. I race prepared one for my brother back in 1996 when i was job hunting after university. Used a 930 Sunbeam engine, front radiator and a carb from a Cortina mk1 15GT. Sadly long gone to the scrappy.
I went to the Nelson Vintage car club swap meet on Saturday morning. I was chatting to a mate and taling about the Imp project. Some fella behind me said "Do ya need any bits? I've got heaps of parts!" I turned and it was a fella I had met a few years ago when Hannah and I were looking at Bush block for sale over the road from his place. We had turned up in the Viva and parked it outside. This guy came out to look over the car, we started chatting and he mentioned his Hillman Imps. He then showed us about his workshop.
Now I had been intending on going back to his place (handy too because we are mates with the lady who ended up buying the land...bloody hippies :-) ) so it was good to bump into him again. I told him about how the Imp race car, which he knows well, was still quite rough from having been pulled straight after the accident. He mentioned the spare shell he had sitting there and said we should pop up for a look.
We went up there yesterday and....well.. I have now got three Imps.
This shell has some rust, the worst being the drivers floor but very easy to fix.
Main thing is that its straight. I would say the worst aspect is the dent behind the drivers door. It will pop out but I don't really like having to use lots of filler, especially on large panels. Oh well. I can only try my best.
The front slam panel has a dent but there is a good panel on the other , completely chopped up shell in there.
The windows need a clean..
The car is a nice light blue, not too different to the blue I was thinking of painting the car.
All for the princely sum of 25 Quid ! :-) How could I refuse!
So my plans are changing (everyday) and I will now use this shell as a base. The Blue car in Chch will be used for parts but I will keep its shell as a future car project (old cars lining up the upper driveway amuses Hannah no end I can tell you... but at least Imps are little cars) thus making the caged race car shell spare (I already know someone who might just want it...)
In other news I went hunting with my large spanner and caught a Datsun engine sneaking around the back of my Imp...
Then I had a BBQ, drank beer and stripped it down. Hows that for hardcore Saturday night antics eh?!
Here's the little transaxle..
Fits on to a quite nicely constructed 'bellhousing' adaptor. The flywheel and clutch remain Datsun. Uses a modified release for with a typical release bearing rather than the carbon Imp type. I'd love to know more about who built this adaptor because a few Imps were converted to Datsun engines here in NZ?
Clutch has a sprung centre which is needed because I reckon the custom Nolathane driveshaft couplings don't have the required amount of give to take up shock loads like the original rotoflex couplings do..
That is all for now. I must finish the truck cab swap so I can create some space for more Imps........