Clutch pedal did nothing so we tried a bleed. Sunbeam buried that slave cylinder. Not super easy.
A little visible corrosion. We could not bleed it for reasons that will soon be apparent.
Gas tank pulled. Held in by 4 bolts.
Brake and clutch master cylinders, tucked away under the gas tank. Notice the passenger’s side pedal box plate thingy- I’m fairly sure these were sent to the US as RHD cars and converted to LHD rather than being built as LHD. Both brake and clutch master cylinders were stuck. The pedal box, with hard lines removed, could easily be removed as a unit with the master cylinders attached.
They also share a reservoir, with a partition between. I imagine this allows clutch to work if a brake line bursts or vice versa.
Pedal box! Rebuild kits are available for the master cylinders. One cylinder looked original, the other seemed to be an OEM replacement. Both seemed rebuildable after heavy cleaning.
Aaaand here’s the clutch slave cylinder. Yeah. I did some cleaning but it was pretty corroded. It’s in a bucket of parts cleaner for the time being but I don’t have a good feeling about it. We’ll just source an OEM replacement- one is available in the UK but the seller doesn’t ship to the US. A google suggested the same part from a TR4 would work.
Next to the Imp, the Elan is waiting on a brake master cylinder. Apart from that, it’s pretty much good to go I think. Then we can move on to the next project. There are two potential projects we have our eyes on that we got running today. First up...
A Mini delivery wagon that leaks oil, as expected, needing brakes (notice a pattern?), or...
A Sunbeam Alpine.
Beautiful. It also needs brakes. The Imp is presenting more interesting challenges, such as an automatic choke that doesn’t work (might replace with a manual choke) and likely some stuck piston rings since it smokes a lot, plus the lack of working clutch or brake hydraulics. The Elan so far hasn’t requires much work as it was recently restored before sitting for a few years, and I expect the same from the Alpine as it was parked with a August 2014 dated battery.