Electric Power Steering:
The V8 sits VERY close to the steering rack (ended up getting brackets made to move it 10mm or so forward). It also fills the space between the suspension turrets so there’s no real room for the PAS gear. I botched a pulley in for a while but with Tim’s help mounted a Vauxhall Astra Electric PAS pump ahead of the radiator…
Sutton Hydraulics of Ross-on-Wye (01989 768545) assembled some flexible hose and fittings plus an infinitely variable pressure regulator with recirc. The Astra pump delivers about 1,200 psi, the Scimitar one only 600 (or something). We didn’t want to ruin the rack so the regulator meant we could waste all the pressure, get the system running and just increase pressure until it all felt about right.
The botched belt system meant that at very low revs the steering lost all power. Not any more – Bonzer!
To get a bit of cold air onto the air-intake Stevie carefully grafted a scoop into the bonnet. Smith & Deakin Plastics of Worcester (01905 458886) supplied the parts and this was the result.
Other jobs you need to do…
Other issues are the oil filter gets very close to the suspension turret – though if necessary it may be possible to get a smaller filter to fit if the brake lines are moved – but I bolted a remote filter onto the radiator shroud on the passenger side where there was most room.
The top hose is SD1 rover V8 onto the Standard Scimitar radiator.
The ‘Strut brace’ had to fabricated – from steam pipe in a tube bender (thin wall tube just kinked up). I made a jig to get the flanges in the correct positions when welding.
Propshaft was made by reco-prop and was about £200.
Speedo – square drive will fit to slightly smaller square drive scim cable if you make sone shim steel packers, the cable is just about long enough if routed correctly.
Temp sender – still working on the correct sender- my V8 sender overreads by about 10 degrees at the moment.
Rad bottom hose – scim bottom stainless steel pipe shortened rotoated 180 degrees and fitted above the steering rack, worked for me connected to original rubber pump / rad hose.
Heater control – I have none at the moment so it is a bit toasty… Europa do one for a tenner should connect to original cable etc.
Rear ant roll bar supplied by: Vintage and Sportscar Garage at Harrietsham Kent, Phone 01622 859570 they advertise in Slice Not sure if the still supply them, but if there is enough interest I’m sure they will make some more!!!
Then that was it. I was lucky as I already had the Citroen BX fan, and a leccy fuel pump/ regulator. The Clutch operation is Hydraulic, in fact it is the original V6 master and slave cylinder – which give the correct throw. The Scimitar Lockheed slave looks externally identical to the SD1 Slave, but the SD1 slave is of a much larger diameter and disengagement problems would no doubt occur).