Thursday, 5 December 2013

Hillman Imp Deluxe rear suspension fitting

The rear springs require compressing before we can connect  the shock absorbers.

This car is now sold, the process will still take some months but we are well on the way to the next stage and turning the car back the right way up.

The pictures will enlarge if you click on them.

The engine bay has been re painted to its original paint shade and before it was sprayed with a black tar covering, I think it looks a lot nicer now?



Machining front discs brakes to suit the Hillman Imp

The kits we bring in have been a regular item and from the same supplier in the UK.

We use local Ford calipers and purchase new imported discs and brake pads.

The caliper has been refurbished by a specialist company, the new brake disc will be bored to take the Imps 4" PCD stud centers. In this case the 239mm diameter Ford KA disc is too large for the Imps standard 12"steel rim, we need to have the disc cut down to a diameter of 220mm only.

This brake needs no servo, the change to a 0.070" brake cylinder is recommended but the original 0.065 cylinder on the standard Imp works quite well, the client will be given the option, which will cost around GBP50 so about R800 or so.

Working with new off the shelf parts is such a pleasure!

He has already supplied the silicone brake fluid he wants, a good idea on any classic car, there will be no degrade in the fluid as the years goes by.

How easy is that.


Monday, 2 December 2013

A new Hillman Imp made from an old one has a new owner

The car was first licenced on the 1st of January 1973, so we assumed it was a 1971 built car but we had a records search done on the car and found it dated to 1971.

The car is always rebuilt from the floor pan and upwards, seems to be a logical way to start.

The original paint shade has been returned to the engine bay which in this case is in the back of the car.

The front suspension has been dry fitted to test all the correct Rootes Car Co bolts are correct.

The original metal fluid pipes were acid cleaned and electroplated again.

The steering rack was cleaned, all metal parts re plated and with a new output shaft seal set will be good to go again once Shells gear oil has been added.