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by bitsobrits
Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:10 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Electric power steering
Replies: 16
Views: 1211
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Re: Electric power steering

I have installed the EZ power steering in my S1 E type several years ago, and it certainly helps with low speed maneuvers as I run 6.5" wheels with 215 section tires. However... I did my own install and found it impossible to get the steering column (the upper section of which is replaced by the EZ ...
by bitsobrits
Mon Jan 13, 2020 12:56 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Mystery seats?
Replies: 13
Views: 859
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Re: Mystery seats?

They do look to be Jaguar, and the seat runners make me think they are from a '60's saloon like the MkII or 420. Or perhaps some Diamler.
by bitsobrits
Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:15 am
Forum: Series 2
Topic: SU Carbs problems
Replies: 29
Views: 1157
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Re: SU Carbs problems

My first comment would be that if a "mechanic" charged you a bunch of money and returned the car running as you describe, I would recommend a new mechanic. I see you have a very non standard carb installation, so troubleshooting assistance will be very difficult to provide, though there are many ver...
by bitsobrits
Wed Nov 06, 2019 11:32 pm
Forum: Series 3
Topic: unidentified electronic object
Replies: 5
Views: 528
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Re: unidentified electronic object

abowie wrote:
Tue Nov 05, 2019 6:50 am
It's a zener werbler. It rectifies the passant signal to the flarad on the warning light.
I was going to suggest it's a low voltage retro encabultor, but upon closer examination I do believe you are correct.
by bitsobrits
Wed Oct 30, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: Series 3
Topic: Has Anyone Fitted the Tremac 5 Speed ?
Replies: 21
Views: 1631
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Re: Has Anyone Fitted the Tremac 5 Speed ?

Just updated my previous post with a quote from the Tremec website.
by bitsobrits
Wed Oct 30, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: Series 3
Topic: Has Anyone Fitted the Tremac 5 Speed ?
Replies: 21
Views: 1631
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Re: Has Anyone Fitted the Tremac 5 Speed ?

The Tremec is rather noisy in 1,2 and 3rd, does not shift easily. I find that if I shift at very low rpm (not more 1500) shifts are easier, giving lots of time for the synchros to equalise between shifts. Fortunately the V12 is quite happy to shift at those low rpms with all the torque its got. Phi...
by bitsobrits
Mon Oct 28, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: Series 3
Topic: Has Anyone Fitted the Tremac 5 Speed ?
Replies: 21
Views: 1631
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Re: Has Anyone Fitted the Tremac 5 Speed ?

Isn't the modern Tremec 5 Speed just the old Borg Warner T5 updated and with a new name? Garry Sort of. Like the Ford GT is just an updated version of the Model T. "Updated" is the operative word here. The latest spec version of the Tremec is substantially different in design detail and torque capa...
by bitsobrits
Mon Oct 28, 2019 12:50 am
Forum: Series 3
Topic: thicker Moto-Lita steering wheel
Replies: 37
Views: 6376
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Re: thicker Moto-Lita steering wheel

I had a 13" (maybe 14") MotoLita wheel from an other car 30 ish years ago lying around and installed in my S3 a few years ago. At the same time I reduced the power steering oil pressure for a more connected feeling. Mine is the thin rim and I'd prefer it slightly thicker, but not when I already hav...
by bitsobrits
Mon Oct 28, 2019 12:37 am
Forum: Series 3
Topic: Has Anyone Fitted the Tremac 5 Speed ?
Replies: 21
Views: 1631
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Re: Has Anyone Fitted the Tremac 5 Speed ?

I have the .63 5th gear with a 3.31 and it's almost too much of a drop in rpm going into 5th. I would think with a 2.88 a .8 5th would be "just right". BTW-make sure to observe the manufacturers (Tremec's) recommendation on lubricant and ignore all the Internet blather on the subject. Using regular ...
by bitsobrits
Tue Oct 22, 2019 1:09 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: ride height
Replies: 16
Views: 1997
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Re: ride height

Wow. Serious thread drift. :scratchheadyellow:
by bitsobrits
Sat Sep 07, 2019 2:48 pm
Forum: Series 2
Topic: Noisy after-market fuel pump
Replies: 5
Views: 3147
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Re: Noisy after-market fuel pump

Facet cube style pumps are available in at least 5 different ranges of pressure outputs, starting at 1-2 psi, and ending at 9-11.5, the former which would be suitable for an E-type. Not That I'd use one there, having fitted an electronic SU type from Burlen. I do run Facets on my Lotus Elans, on iso...
by bitsobrits
Wed Aug 28, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Series 3
Topic: New clutch
Replies: 29
Views: 7358
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Re: New clutch

Also, it's really helps others help you if you add your car description to your signature...
by bitsobrits
Wed Aug 28, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: Series 3
Topic: New clutch
Replies: 29
Views: 7358
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Re: New clutch

I think first you should ascertain the nature of the clutch issue. It could be simply in the hydraulics (somewhat common on infrequently used cars), or in the pressure plate/disk assembly (much less likely, and typically accompanied by some sort of nasty noises). Hydraulics can be sorted with the en...
by bitsobrits
Fri Aug 02, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Obviously a good workshop
Replies: 2
Views: 1598
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Re: Obviously a good workshop

If you go to the facebook page and review the comments you will see this is a fake post-the car was restored by a shop in Spain.
by bitsobrits
Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:14 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Body seams
Replies: 7
Views: 1322
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Re: Body seams

Yes, assuming you are talking about factory bodywork. You should be able to find several videos and photos online showing the factory method of body fabrication and lead loading.
by bitsobrits
Sun Feb 10, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Air filter - again...
Replies: 11
Views: 1240
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Re: Air filter - again...

I see the one pictured has no apparent length to the "trumpet" tubes. The one you have has tubes similar in length to the standard E. I would think that when you try to fit yours, it will foul the mudguard, if not the engine frame also. Note how the original E set up has the fiberglass airbox/adapto...
by bitsobrits
Tue Feb 05, 2019 12:28 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Air filter - again...
Replies: 11
Views: 1240
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Re: Air filter - again...

If it is in fact an XK150 airbox it will fit the engine, but not the car (E-type). The element area will foul the engine frame. Been there, done that, bought (and returned) the airbox.
by bitsobrits
Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:03 am
Forum: General
Topic: Thought and Contemplation
Replies: 49
Views: 5069
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Re: Thought and Contemplation

I blame this on three factors. Mark, I agree with your 3 but would add one more fairly unique to the US: People are not going to lust after cars they don't know how to drive. Youngsters here are no longer required to learn to drive manual gearbox cars, and very few learn how to do so at home. It's ...
by bitsobrits
Tue Jul 17, 2018 2:47 am
Forum: Welcome!
Topic: Gear Knob for 5 speed T5 box
Replies: 14
Views: 2139
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Re: Gear Knob for 5 speed T5 box

Regarding the SNG offering, I purchased a 5speed knob from them a few years ago, but it cracked in several places. Still usable, just annoying. So I purchased two from them earlier this year (one a replacement for the E and another for a Lotus project) and both arrived with very visible cracks, fres...
by bitsobrits
Mon Jan 29, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Identify this sump, and find another ?
Replies: 8
Views: 1391
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Re: Identify this sump, and find another ?

I agree with Rory that grinding or machining the weld down, followed by mild grit blasting would render the welding invisible. I've used that technique on numerous alloy bits over the years, mostly on 'bikes and Lotus parts. I use medium grit aluminum oxide at 40-50psi for "re-texturing" the part in...