From: Noddy on 12 Jul 2008 01:54
"Pit" <spamlister(a)gmail.com> wrote in message
> Does ANY one really like these things ?
Oz thinks they're great. Make of that what you will :)
From: OzOne on 12 Jul 2008 03:33
On Sat, 12 Jul 2008 15:54:36 +1000, "Noddy" <me(a)home.com> wrote:
>"Pit" <spamlister(a)gmail.com> wrote in message
>> Does ANY one really like these things ?
>Oz thinks they're great. Make of that what you will :)
Again you invent.
I heavily qualified my statement and certainly did not say they were a
"Great car to drive but not in standard trim.
You'll need to do a lot of tweaking to overcome the shortcomings of
what was really just a cheap little shopping cart."
OzOne of the three twins
I welcome you to Crackerbox Palace.
From: Scotty on 12 Jul 2008 04:12
"the_dawggie" <the_dawggie(a)hotmail.com> wrote in message
On Jul 12, 2:42 pm, Pit <spamlis...(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> On Jul 12, 12:02 pm, freemasonry.freemaso...(a)gmail.com wrote:
> > On Jul 12, 1:43 pm, freemasonry.freemaso...(a)gmail.com wrote:
> > > Any good?
> > > Discuss
> > > Cheers,
> > > G/C
> > I forgot, because of the LPG rebate, would it be worth while
> > converting it?
> > The tank would have to go under the front boot, as the engine is in
> > the rear boot!
> > Injection or std. LPG system?
> > Discuss
> > Cheers,
> > G/C
> Mate I was given one of these things many years back and honestly
> was one of the worst cars I ever had
> iF you still have one it is probably worth heaps now as I reckon most
> owners would have taken them ( willingly) to sims metals :-)
> Reckon the saame folks had a hand in certain versions of the dolomite
> and renault fair go ( shudder)
> But the Imp to be fair was ages ahead of its time good idea some
> things to like about them
> but at the time was just plain horrible traded it in on a beat up
> Gordini R8 and got it all schmicked up
> by decent rally mechanic and with all the abarth gear truly loved
> it ( was a third car for special wekends)
> Should never have traded that either :( on a bloody Audi 5 cyl -
> nicknamed the yellow tissue box
> then guys out the back of double bay fitted a rymec (sp ? ) tubo
> charger tuned it into a half fun car for its day .
> Given that I used to in those days go to Forbes & Condo from sydney
> almost every week end
> used to hammer the vehicles pretty hard
> what state are you in i think the sydney folks have a pretty dedicated
> Imp club even these days
> Ran into a bloke in Perth who Collects and restores stags and truimph
> sports cars who also had an imp that I new when in sydney
> the other week and he mentioned a lot of the eccentrics are older but
> many still dedicated eccentrics .
Known someone who had a Minx as a first car, another that currently
has a Super Minx.
It's all Harry Potter stuff - nothing to see here.
Ohyeah. My first car was a Hillman Super Minx. It was 3 years older than me! I was the cars 23rd
owner and it had at least two more after I sold it.
Bought it for $150 from a family freind and sold it for a grand after useing it to go back and too
to school for a year or two. Bloody solid car that was.
Many fond memories that car gave me.
From: Scotty on 12 Jul 2008 04:13
"Pit" <spamlister(a)gmail.com> wrote in message
On Jul 12, 12:47 pm, Dan--- <Noem...(a)needed.com> wrote:
> On Fri, 11 Jul 2008 20:43:24 -0700, freemasonry.freemasonry PCM code
> reading says:
> > Any good?
> Good for scrap metal and that's about all.
Does ANY one really like these things ?
Even the eccentrics that endure them (must be a bunch of masochists )
are loath to admit they actually operate the dreadful things
One wag years ago said looks like an Atlantean bus that got trod on by
They are great little rally cars on wet roads being rear engined. Well, for its age etc etc.
Nothing like todays cars whatsoever.
From: FOG on 12 Jul 2008 21:48
I had three of them in the early seventies and I (Read the "I" in
A lovely little 875 c.c. all alloy O.H.C. engine which had been designed by
Hillman although the head was done by Coventry Climax.
One reason for buying them was because they were cheap!
Thay handled o.k. and were as quick as a Mini in corners, or at least I
could keep with them but the 875 engine up against a Cooper S was not too
Much easier to work on than the Mini, 16 bolts and the whole
engine/transmission could be wheeled away on a trolley, a half an hours
The Imp sport had twin carbs and more radicle cam profiles and went well.
The later "MarkIII" had a stronger cylinder block casting and if you were
really radicle, you could gut the block and drop in a set of wet liners and
As for running one on LPG, forget it as they were light and fuel efficient
as it was and the lpg conversion would be much more that the car was worth.
They are quite light and lightly built and I am a bit suprised any have
They never struck me as a car to last a lifetime, more a consumer item like
most modern European and cheap Koreans.
> Even the eccentrics that endure them (must be a bunch of masochists )
> are loath to admit they actually operate the dreadful things
Have you ever driven one? remembering that unless it was brand new you were
probably driving some worn out old banger and not excatly representative of
> One wag years ago said looks like an Atlantean bus that got trod on by
I never thought of that, a good observation though.
> They are great little rally cars on wet roads being rear engined. Well,
> for its age etc etc.
> Nothing like todays cars whatsoever.
Yes they were very good at that in their day. If you REALLY want to make one
go, get a copy of "Tuning Hillan Imps" by T.C. Millington, it's all in