My Car in 2007

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14th October 2007

I finally got to drive the Scimitar to the Ace Cafe in London for the "Essex Engine Tour/Meet". 

 It has been on my "Must Do" list for a long while.  The Scimitar went very well and covered 246 trouble free miles.  For more pictures of the Ace Cafe meet click here  

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Above:  Line up at Ace Cafe

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Above: One of the recent changes to my engine is my air filter.

  I have removed the sports K&N housing and reverted back to the original large pan air filter/housing .  I hope to buy a K&N filter for inside the pan air filter.  The engine doesn't suck in as much heat with the original style filters and seems to run crisper at the moment.



8th to 11th June 2007

Another long weekend away in the caravan near Breedon on the Hill Tonge gave me the opportunity to visit some superb local scenery:

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18th to 20th May 2007

I decided to camp at the Gaydon Heritage Museum for the RSSOC Family Camping weekend, even though I only live about a half an hour drive away.  It worked out cheaper to stay there rather than drive there and back each day.

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  A trip out on Saturday evening to the Burton Dassett Hills gave a good opportunity to take some arty photos of my Scimitar

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6th to 10th April 2007

This was my first outing in the Scimitar towing my caravan since rebuilding the engine last year.  I went to Newton Grange caravan site just outside Ashbourne.  The Friday weather reports were very good and had promised a very hot weekend.  I had put spacers on the bonnet hinges to lift the bonnet slightly to help let some of the hot air out.  The Citroen BX fan did a sterling job at keeping the temperature down.  I was quite worried at first as I hadn't towed the caravan in almost a year and I wondered how the engine would perform with the V63 Kent Cam.  The result was that the car seemed to struggle to pull the caravan at low revs, you really had to get over at least 2000 rpm to get the caravan moving, however once it was moving it went very well and easily maintained the legal towing speeds of 50 to 60 mph.

I would like to put the Scimitar on the rolling road to get it set up properly.  I am guessing that with the V63 cam I have gained bhp but lost out on torque?

The only other slight problem was the clutch got a bit hot!  It was a brand new clutch, but because of the traffic queues getting into Ashbourne and then going up a steep hill I found that I had to ride the clutch rather than rely on the handbrake ;o)   

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Above:  Just leaving for my adventure!

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Above:  Arrived safely at "Newton Grange" Caravan/Camping Site

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Above:  Various shots of the car in and around Tissington

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Above:  Old Signal box on the Tissington Trail

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Above:  A visit to Hartington

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Above:  A visit to the Cat & Fiddle Pub was cancelled due to poor weather

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Above:  Back at the caravan storage site in one piece! I was very relieved to tow the caravan home without any further problems with the clutch.

Covered 380 miles 



20th March 2007

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To be honest I haven't used the Scimitar much recently due to very limited funds, but one thing that almost got me into trouble was the fan belt.  Luckily I went to check the oil and water levels before going out and I noticed that the fan belt had started to shred and had turned upside down.  I fitted a new fan belt and all is ok again.


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Saturday I had to use a bit of "Elbow Grease" to get the car looking clean again!



8th February 2007

Snow Alert!!

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Its melting already!!

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22nd January 2007

The Scimitar is running very well at the moment, only a few minor repairs have had to be carried out:

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1st January 2007

On New Years Day I visited the Brooklands Museum near Weybridge in Surrey where there was a superb vintage and classic car meet.

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I was really pleased as at the end of the day as one of the organisers very kindly allowed me let me take some photos of my car on the famous banking!!

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To see more Scimitars and plenty of other car photos from the day visit:

Brooklands Day Out

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