Saturday, 22 November 2014

Lifes a beach

Hout Bay in South Africa and where I have lived for more than thirty years, once we were here there was really never any reason to leave.

For me this is a big day, after many months of working on the 1967 Hillman Imp Californian I was at last able to take it out and drive the car.

Click on the image to see it full size!

Nice car, pity about the paint job but thats next on the cars program.

The cars motor glass has already been removed, all new rubbers are either in stock or will be sourced from our suppliers overseas.

The front of the car has been refitted already, the engine and transaxle were removed, and inspected with the engine being taken apart and the head serviced with a new timing chain and re stetting of tappets. With the entire engine bay being repainted and the engine refitted, the car is really a lot better under the skin than it looks right now.

This should be a nice job for the December holidays!


Mirror dinghy kit packing

This was an entire days work, there are so many items in the Mirror dinghy parts list that each has to be checked and ticked off, then bundled and taped as a way of keeping them together.

Click on the picture to enlarge it.

There are nine Mirror Dinghy wood sets on the tressel's one long pack and one short pack per each boat, a two page packing list with the boats ISAF number is included with each set so you can check them off yourself, as each part has its number taped onto it.

How hard can this be?  well a whole lost simpler than it was for me to do!


Thursday, 20 November 2014

Mirror Dinghy kits sets ready in Cape Town, South Africa

There are nine sets of wood Mirror Dinghy kit sets and CNC cut plys ready for building now, they may be sold as the person who placed the entire order is the person who will be issuing them to new buyers and we hope builders.

To see a larger image click on each picture.

The machine work was done by a qualified specialist, the cutting to size was done in house and took four days to cut to the specified lengths, some are also shaped.

We hold nine ISAF plaques and will be having the boat number CNC engraved into each transom board which is supplied in lightweight Obeche wood.


Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Jims DS 15 build progress

We have been surprised at the speed at which Jim has built the DS 15 kit we sent him a few months back,he is at the primer stage now on the hull!

Check Dudleys own blog for a view of more pictures and his words on the build.

There are jig saw joints in this boats panels, a nice way to join plywood and easily.

Check that smooth finish, the moulded radius ply was made with two layers of our 3mm thick Superform bending plywood.

We also supplied the International Paints Intergard epoxy primer.


Monday, 17 November 2014

Mirror Dinghy kit woodwork

We are cutting nine sets to a pre placed order, they will be finished tomorrow and we can then get the right time allowance per  each kit?

Click on the picture for a larger image.

That sure is a lot of timber, I wonder what it cost?

One blog viewer counted twenty nine plywood panels?

Now I know and can see a forth day of  cutting to size and doing profiles, I can now understand why a Mirror kit in the UK costs around GBP1000, which is R16,000 which is probably where our kits are going to be priced at.

We are supplying light weight Meranti and Obeche, both being selected for the job.

This was the result of our first CNC cut Mirror Dinghy , which in its self was a world first, as we were the first company since the Mirror started production to CNC cut a Mirror kit set of plywood panels.

The build measured first time!


Friday, 14 November 2014

Hillman Imp involved in a Western Cape road side rescue.

This was after the  1971 Hillman Imp, which had been under reconstruction for over a year left our care, the car was quite safe of course but was taken along for the extra ride.

Morne the driver of the rescue two truck is taking his own pictures at the center of the picture.

The owner of the blue Hillman Imp sent me this message from the crash site:

Diverted to distress call near Swellendam. German tourist couple rolled rented brand new Nissan Almera through farmer's fence and into grazing sheep. Both folk in hospital. Deposited wreck at Morne's depot in Swellendam, refuelled, now resume course for Malagas, where he picks up boat/trailer combo for Swellendam, then re-loads the Nissan wreck to deliver to Europcar rental depot at CTN airport tonight. He's covered his salary cost today for sure! Rob.

Pictures supplied by Rob, click on them for a larger view to see more detail.

About to start the rest of the journey.

The blue Hillman Imp did make it to its new home and Rob is doing some minor works prior to some electrical upgrades he fancies.


Thursday, 13 November 2014

Mirror Dinghy kit wood work parts

If anyone wonders why the Mirror Dinghy kit at first look seems expensive, its because
we have to supply all the machined wood parts with each kit, this adds a lot of content and of course adds to the kit purchase price but at least you do not have to search for the wood.

This was quite a load today, note the homemade roof carriers, Armadillo who made the rear loading cover quoted me R3000 for two roof racks, these cost me time and the scraps of ply and wood in my store.

Andrew, thanks for the good idea!

These specially machined Obeche and Meranti parts were taken from selected timber stock by an expert, he then profiled and numbered each section for me. There is enough stock here to cut nine Mirror Dinghy wood parts, I start cutting to length tomorrow.

I think that these kits will soon be priced at R15,000 plus Vat of 14% if your in the RSA?


Tuesday, 11 November 2014

A new Hillman Imp in South Africa

The car is complete and Rob the owner will collect it with a low bed trailer tomorrow.

A years work and then some, the trip was memorable!

Whats next? I have already re started on my own 1967 Hillman Californian Coupe, work on some Mirror Dinghy kits comes first, then its a re paint of the Californians body works.

The cars are now rare, so finding one to rebuild to this standard and in South Africa was not to be missed.

How easy was this? that would be a very very long story!


Hillman Imp standard wheel trims

The car is near finished and it will be taken away by its owner tomorrow with a low bed trailer.Once he has it at home he will sort out the roadworthy and licence side in his local town.

The rims and embelishers are original, the steel rims were made by Sanky and carry the stamping  / 71 which kind of proves its a 1971 made car.

We managed to fit a set of Ford Fiesta disc brake calipers and Ford KA discs to the front of this Hillman Imp.

This represents a years work.

How easy was that, a good question I keep asking myself.


Hout Bay, yesterdays weather

In fact we had two days of wind but yesterday it became a full gale, the bay was a white out, just spume and sand blown from the beach high into the sky.

This was not the maximum that I saw which was 57 knots .

The old B and G wind system I set up four years back at the watchmans hut was showing 60 knots in the gusts I was told.

Summer it seems has arrived?


Monday, 10 November 2014

Mirror dinghy class kits

We start on these again this week with an order of nine to complete we shall be busy.

Peagreen, our first Mirror dinghy kit build.

This is the special timber stock we need to cut to size, all part of the Mirror dinghy kit.


Saturday, 8 November 2014

Hout Bay weather today?

After two very warm days, with Thursday being 27c and Friday 29c today was a far more bearable day, cooler and at times a little chilly.

A picture by R McBride using a Canon G1X digital camera set to auto , click on the image to enlarge it.

The winds are gone for the moment but we have high spring tides.


South African petrol standards

We hear about our petrol being thinned out with other so called fuels, is ethanol one of them?

With the starting of the brand new Hillman Imp 998cc engine which also has a  new 24mm Solex carburetor, sold as so called new old stock, we had a petrol leak within the hour.

By the next morning the pipe had split right in two!

This wasted hours of my time, not to mention the petrol on the floor, fire comes to mind as the exhaust box is just below the carburetor.

My repair was to use some 10mm eco fuel line hose made in Italy, lets see if it lasts?

The correct material to use now is named VITON.


Friday, 7 November 2014

A new 998cc Hillman Imp engine fitted

News!  just before lunch time and when connected to a container of LRP (lead replacement petrol) the pump needed to prime from the front of the car to the back, the engine then started first time!

We have power, this may be the first time in twenty (20) years and more since this dash panel saw power to it?

The new 998cc engine is running, this will be my last such full car restoration as I just do not have the time it takes to do such work any more, engine rebuilds are not a problem and a large stock of spares are in stock.

Here in Hout Bay and close to Cape Town, South Africa is the new Hillman Imp rebuild of the Imps engine bay.

The Shell 20/50 engine oil is already in the engine., with the oil cooler pipes fitted yesterday the engine is nearly ready to run.

While the 998cc engine is a new build, the older type oils will suit the motor better than new oils.

The engine layout is quite standard, even the Solex carburetor type, excepting we have fitted the larger 24mm size and opened the main jet out to a 140 size which is more suitable to the larger 998cc engine capacity.

Rootes supplied this pattern of oil coolers on all sport specification Imp cars, its a nice addition to a car expected to run in a warmer climate.

The addition of the radiator water catchment tank is really the only none standard fitting we have installed.

Will we do another one? this one took a year and I doubt it!


Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Hillman Imp alloy head gasket shim

We have two Imp blocks needing head gaskets fitting, one is a standard 1967 875cc block and requires a 1mm alloy spacer fitting, the other is a 1971 998cc block and requires a 1.5mm alloy spacer fitting.

The picture shows the 998cc version, plus the bonding paste and an imported 998cc copper gasket supplied as a template. The alloy shim was made in Cape Town to a special order.

Wet fitted and ready for the engines cylinder head which was fitted and torqued down to be left over night.

Bonding was perfect and the top deck is totally flat.

We now have the required 0.015" clearance between the top of the piston and the top of the engine block.

With the new 998cc gasket fitted the head was ready to bolt back on. The camshaft was re fitted and we have perfect compression, the engine will be refitted into the car it belongs to in the morning.

This engine is now new, its the original engine from the 1971 Hillman Imp Deluxe we are now re building for a client.