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  • #16
    Christophe, If I read your post correctly you are NOT going to replace the pistons, correct? Also, when using the hone you'll need to go pretty rapidly to get a good cross hatch.

    In those years I was working at a shop that got a Sunbeam-Simca dealership. Our service rep told a story about a publicity ad that had a 1000 running around Paris on two wheels. Chrysler engineers bragged to the French engineers about how that had to make a special one-off differential to get this to work. After the presentation one of the Frenchmen said 'why not just disconnect the hand brake cable on the low side, then set the brake?'....silence
    Last edited by Dwain G.; 03-05-2020, 11:39 AM.
    So.....if I'm 'pre-approved' why do you want me to fill out an application?

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    • #17
      Many decades ago i helped a friend patch up a tiny honda Civic, one of the first 4 cyl models. we had to use a hose clamp for a ring compressor! you live and you learn! luck Doofus

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      • #18
        Originally posted by jclary View Post
        As a bit of confession, when I first responded (post #4) I'll admit that I hadn't paid a lot of attention to you (Christophe)as the original author of this thread. At the time, I was having my morning coffee and distracted as I was catching up on the morning news. I quickly read the original post and comments that followed. For years, I have followed Christophe's postings and have the utmost respect for his opinions, sound mechanical suggestions, etc.

        After realizing who the post came from, I'm confident the car and work undertaken will be in good hands. Also, my opinion of the original poster is elevated by the fact that even an experienced "tinkerer"/mechanic is wise enough to seek counsel and suggestions from others.
        Thanks so much for your warm comments, John. You just made my day! I would not expect anything else from a good buddy like you, by the way.
        I'm fairly confident about this job now; I mean now that I got all the additional data from the Forum's specialists. This Forum is unbeatable on many counts, including of course all the technical data gracefully provided by many talented members. It is also worth noting that my request does not concern a Studebaker but was nevertheless fully answered. Classy, isn't it?
        Nice day to all.
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        • #19
          Originally posted by tsenecal View Post
          Looks like a fun project, and a fun little car to drive, when it's running again. I think the ball hone will work out well for you, and the "refresh" will get her up and running. Good Luck with it.
          Thanks for your nice words, Tom.
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          • #20
            Originally posted by altair View Post
            Around here the Chrysler dealerships imported Simcas and there was lots of them in this area.
            When I was a kid, I found funny that Peggy Fair (Joe Mannix's secretary) rode a Simca 1000 and then a Simca 1204. These were fine cars by European standards and the exported models were even better as Simca added a lot of protections and equipment to them. What did the people from your area thought of them?
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            • #21
              Originally posted by Dwain G. View Post
              Christophe, If I read your post correctly you are NOT going to replace the pistons, correct? Also, when using the hone you'll need to go pretty rapidly to get a good cross hatch.

              In those years I was working at a shop that got a Sunbeam-Simca dealership. Our service rep told a story about a publicity ad that had a 1000 running around Paris on two wheels. Chrysler engineers bragged to the French engineers about how that had to make a special one-off differential to get this to work. After the presentation one of the Frenchmen said 'why not just disconnect the hand brake cable on the low side, then set the brake?'....silence
              Hey, Dwain. Yes, I will keep, the original pistons as they show very little wear. As for the hone, I intend to have a look at all the existing videos before using it. I read somewhere that it is a somewhat physical task and that you have to act swiftly.
              The guy who rode the Simca 1000 on 2 wheels (and many other Simcas in the same manner BTW) was Jean Sunny.

              If I recall well, he even crossed the France by doing this.
              The handbrake cable trick is a nice one but if I recall well again, they had the differentials locked to do such stunts.
              Nice week-end to all.
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              • #22
                Thank you for remembering those commercials Christophe, and for clarifying the driver. I was thinking it was Remy Julienne.
                So.....if I'm 'pre-approved' why do you want me to fill out an application?

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Dwain G. View Post
                  Christophe, If I read your post correctly you are NOT going to replace the pistons, correct? Also, when using the hone you'll need to go pretty rapidly to get a good cross hatch.

                  In those years I was working at a shop that got a Sunbeam-Simca dealership. Our service rep told a story about a publicity ad that had a 1000 running around Paris on two wheels. Chrysler engineers bragged to the French engineers about how that had to make a special one-off differential to get this to work. After the presentation one of the Frenchmen said 'why not just disconnect the hand brake cable on the low side, then set the brake?'....silence
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                  A fine tale, but I'd like to hear "the rest of the story."
                  Locking one wheel makes a differential drive the other wheel 2X faster. So the 4.4-ish final drive would be more like 2.2, and 1st gear would be closer to the former third gear than 2nd. Mechanical hand brakes have linkages to balance left and right wheel brake application. So I'm thinking the low side hand brake cable would have to be anchored, not just disconnected.

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                  • #24
                    You must remove the ridge . I'm not sure how you can generate a horror story about a ridge reamer??? It is like a horror story about eating a bowl of corn flakes or walking and chewing gum simultaneously. The idea is that the new comp. ring could hit the ridge and either break or damage the piston. If the cylinder is not honed ,the new rings won'y seat. Never used one of those hone with the little balls on it and I can assure you I never will. The thing to remember is to clean up after yourself really, really well since you'll generate a lot of bearing destroying mess. Don't get too carried away honing. Haven't seen one in many years. Looks Nice! Good Luck

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