The Hillman Imp, my first car, I had my UK drivers licence at the age of 17, the next thing was to buy a Mk1 Imp. I now realise that with my fifty (50) years of Imp experience, I may have some past tips on the Imp to pass on? Since then there have been many other cars and things with motors in them that have come my way, this blog is about some of them.
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This motor I worked on back in April 2013, it was a unit that came to me in a very dirty state, so dirty that it took me two days to de grease it, then a third day to blast it clean in the bead blasting cabinet.
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The engine number is 1574, so a really early Mk1 plus the cylinder head is lacking the deep valley that runs in line and above the spark plugs.
The engine was started and bench tested, it ran about eight hours over a number of weeks.
The pistons had new rings fitted but were seized solid, I used oxalic acid and a week of soaking the pistons in the fluid before they could be removed from the pistons for final cleaning.
This was the first Imp engine that I fitted a vesconite plastics rub strip for the timing chain to run on.
This is a nice Mk1 engine, it needs a nice Mk1 Hillman Imp to be fitted to.