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by bitsobrits
Fri Jan 22, 2021 3:46 am
Forum: General
Topic: BBQ Paint Headers
Replies: 2
Views: 103
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Re: BBQ Paint Headers

Looks great. Did you do some sanding/smoothing before painting?
by bitsobrits
Thu Jan 21, 2021 11:38 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Purchase Help
Replies: 5
Views: 188
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Re: Purchase Help

I'm on my third E-type, and the first two taught me to not buy one unless you (or a trusted person knowledgeable in E-types) inspect it in person . As to the car for which you provided a link, plenty of photos of the pretty parts, not nearly enough of the potential problem areas on an E. Footwells l...
by bitsobrits
Wed Jan 13, 2021 4:33 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Sherwood green on the E type
Replies: 7
Views: 351
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Re: Sherwood green on the E type

Sherwood green was a factory color for the E type, not sure of the years though. Seems it may have been offered in both opalescent and not. One of the E's I looked at before buying my current one was a one owner original paint FHC in opalescent(?) Sherwood Green with green leather interior. 1966 if ...
by bitsobrits
Sun Dec 27, 2020 2:55 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Chassis plate fixing area S1
Replies: 4
Views: 405
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Re: Chassis plate fixing area S1

My early 4.2 (with several 3.8 features) has a definite slight arch to the chassis plate fixing area. Car has all original panels with no repair work, btw.
by bitsobrits
Fri Dec 25, 2020 8:20 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Nothing to see here.
Replies: 8
Views: 612
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Re: Nothing to see here.

But the Lite Steer unit is big and ugly....
by bitsobrits
Thu Dec 17, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: oil smoke on startup
Replies: 13
Views: 924
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Re: oil smoke on startup

I've always had a different, but similar, occurrence. On starting, gloops of black would come out of both exhausts. Had to put sheets of cardboard behind the pipes to protect the garage. But no smoke, ran very well, etc. Had the head off, completely re-furbished, rings ok, started up and no gloop! ...
by bitsobrits
Thu Dec 17, 2020 12:46 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Lucas 2FP pump
Replies: 18
Views: 2065
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Re: Lucas 2FP pump

Fuel smell in the trunk may well be related to the tank vent pipe or slight weep from the main filler hose connection. Unless the pump or associated tubing is leaking, that probably is not the source of the fuel smell.

Lot's of posts here if you search for 'fuel smell in the boot' (or trunk).
by bitsobrits
Sat Dec 12, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Hepolite Ring Set # 2555
Replies: 5
Views: 338
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Re: Hepolite Ring Set # 2555

That bore is consistent with both the 3.4 and 2.4 liter versions of the XK engine. But as to ring thickness and count, and therefore compatibility with specific pistons, I think you will need to find some Hepolite documentation to give you a definitive answer as to which specific application they ar...
by bitsobrits
Tue Dec 08, 2020 1:01 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Steering rack, new reproduction good?
Replies: 6
Views: 582
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Re: Steering rack, new reproduction good?

I went from tired rubber mounts to poly, which felt just fine (until they failed in shear!). Then I went to solid mounts. From my perspective, there was no downside from the progression to a more stiffly mounted rack. Only enhanced road feel. I think it would be a fun exercise to have individuals dr...
by bitsobrits
Tue Dec 08, 2020 12:34 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Toe for different width tyres
Replies: 8
Views: 496
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Re: Toe for different width tyres

Tony, Generally, I would say 'yes' to your question as to whether the settings should be the same for those two tire widths. But if the the inside edge wear is considerable, less camber may be in order. Excessive toe (in or out) should show as 'feathering' across the tread surface, not just the insi...
by bitsobrits
Mon Nov 30, 2020 2:14 am
Forum: Pub Chat
Topic: Does glass flow
Replies: 8
Views: 487
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Re: Does glass flow

If glass flows over the centuries, then why do bottles and other glass vessels that are hundreds or thousands of years old (i.e. Egyptian, Greek, Roman, medieval european) remain in their original shape? Shouldn't they also show plastic deformation over time? Plenty of variation in mass and material...
by bitsobrits
Sun Nov 29, 2020 12:39 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Cracks in the sills at the door corners.
Replies: 40
Views: 2094
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Re: Cracks in the sills at the door corners.

There's too much filler just about everywhere but it doesn't seem to be concealing any horrors. I'm surprised at the amount (thickness) of filler, which is surprising for car with apparently proper leaded joints. I suspect there may in fact be surprises lurking below as there really is no need for ...
by bitsobrits
Sun Nov 29, 2020 12:32 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Stainless Exhaust Manifold
Replies: 7
Views: 808
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Re: Stainless Exhaust Manifold

I started with lovely stainless manifolds, which turned a nice shade of brownish bronze with blue near the cylinder head. Looked very nice until they started to accumulate the odd bug splat or oil drop which caused a localized stain. These would polish out, but then I had one shiny silver tube, and ...
by bitsobrits
Sat Nov 28, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: General
Topic: EZ power steering
Replies: 7
Views: 587
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Re: EZ power steering

I have an early, load sensitive, but not speed sensitive version from EZ. Works great at low speeds with my 215 section tire on 6.5" rims. Not so good in medium and higher speed corners when it adds assist when I'm not looking for it. I later installed an on/off switch, so now I'm happy: Switch on f...
by bitsobrits
Tue Nov 17, 2020 7:30 pm
Forum: Welcome!
Topic: E type full build S1 4.2 Coupe
Replies: 49
Views: 4557
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Re: E type full build S1 4.2 Coupe

I have just obtained a radiator cowl and I was surprised how crude it was for a Jaguar part. I would have thought they would have used a pressed steel item .The question is what colour should I paint it . Interesting that you find it crude. It should be a high quality fiberglass part made in a two ...
by bitsobrits
Mon Nov 09, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Seat Runners - 1965, S1, 4.2 FHC
Replies: 5
Views: 351
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Re: Seat Runners - 1965, S1, 4.2 FHC

I only flattened the rear most indent/bump then slide it apart to the rear. Assembly, as they say, was in the reverse order. I did not re-introduce the indent, as it's virtually impossible for the slide halves to separate in the rearward direction once the seat is in.
by bitsobrits
Mon Nov 09, 2020 3:32 pm
Forum: Series 2
Topic: Window winders
Replies: 8
Views: 432
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Re: Window winders

On my FHC, it's only about an inch in the center of the opening that remains exposed, but same effect: it makes it very uncomfortable to rest your arm on the door top.
by bitsobrits
Sun Nov 08, 2020 7:24 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Best type of exterior mirrors
Replies: 32
Views: 1882
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Re: Best type of exterior mirrors

Also should note I eyeballed the clamp opening dimension, so 3/8" is not a direct measurement.
by bitsobrits
Sun Nov 08, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Best type of exterior mirrors
Replies: 32
Views: 1882
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Re: Best type of exterior mirrors

I looked at my top pad and it's very thin plastic. I believe I used one of my wife's ultra thin cutting boards. :oops:

Perhaps you could use something similar on both sides? A 1/4" opening should leave plenty of room for some type of material to minimize paint damage.
by bitsobrits
Sun Nov 08, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Best type of exterior mirrors
Replies: 32
Views: 1882
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Re: Best type of exterior mirrors

Edited my last post: Pads on both sides. As I recall I made both pads myself. Thin one on the top side, thicker on the bottom.