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by ALAN COCHRANE
Thu May 28, 2020 8:40 am
Forum: General
Topic: Wow that's expensive
Replies: 23
Views: 486
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Re: Wow that's expensive

Herbie wrote:
Wed May 27, 2020 6:37 pm
Looks a tad low??
Those torsion bars have not been set correctly :bigrin:
Doesn't the maker read this Forum.

Cheers
Alan
by ALAN COCHRANE
Sun May 17, 2020 8:54 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Coil wiring
Replies: 12
Views: 329
Great Britain

Re: Coil wiring

Geoff It's sounds like your coil is wired in reverse. It would still work but the spark wouldn't be quite so strong. You will probably find that the coil negative terminal will have 12V applied. Although you say that the black wire from there connects to earth, is this actually the case or does it r...
by ALAN COCHRANE
Thu Apr 16, 2020 7:57 am
Forum: Series 2
Topic: Chrome Platers
Replies: 11
Views: 602
Great Britain

Re: Chrome Platers

+2 for ACF Howells

I've just had my rear quarter bumpers re-chromed by them and they look stunning. Very pleasant to deal with into the bargain.

Cheers

Alan
by ALAN COCHRANE
Wed Mar 04, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: @ post car lift points
Replies: 8
Views: 916
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Re: @ post car lift points

I have what I feel is the best combination-a four post lift with a moveable hydraulic jacking beam. It has a mechanical lock on it so can be used safely as a sort of super axle stand. The beam has two large extendable pads which can be located to support the car at a variety of jacking points. In ad...
by ALAN COCHRANE
Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: General
Topic: Recommended Chromers
Replies: 11
Views: 1632
Great Britain

Re: Recommended Chromers

Thanks for the replies.

I've phoned ACF Howells and they quoted £175+VAT for each rear quarter. I've decided to get both done, since there's a risk of one looking much brighter than the other.
8 weel turnaround time should mean they're ready for the start of the season.

Alan
by ALAN COCHRANE
Wed Feb 05, 2020 6:48 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Recommended Chromers
Replies: 11
Views: 1632
Great Britain

Recommended Chromers

Hi Everyone

I need to have the nearside rear quarter bumper rechromed. I'm disappointed because it's only about five years since I had all the brightwork rechromed and it's had a fairly easy life since then.

Is Derby Platers still the preferred choice?

Thanks

Alan
by ALAN COCHRANE
Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: S1 headlight chrome fitting
Replies: 19
Views: 2435
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Re: S1 headlight chrome fitting

+1 for Mark Clapp's perspex headlight covers. They are deliberately made oversized so you can trim them to size. I had to buy a new crown ring and the flexibility of the perspex was a godsend. A trick I learned was to push nails through all the screws holes in order to locate the crown ring before i...
by ALAN COCHRANE
Sun Aug 25, 2019 3:39 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Sheered cam cover stud
Replies: 9
Views: 2321
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Re: Sheered cam cover stud

Thanks for all the advice gents. On closer inspection the main oil leak is coming from the cam covers. Both are leaking profusely along the whole of the lower sides and front and back as well. This may explain the reason I had to put four pints of oil into the engine after only 1200 miles. On the pl...
by ALAN COCHRANE
Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Sheered cam cover stud
Replies: 9
Views: 2321
Great Britain

Re: Sheered cam cover stud

Thanks Andrew

I might try the silicone route for my leaking cam oil feeds as well.

Cheers

Alan
by ALAN COCHRANE
Tue Aug 20, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Sheered cam cover stud
Replies: 9
Views: 2321
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Sheered cam cover stud

Hi Everyone After a successful day in the garage changing the dual silencers I stupidly decided to try and tighten the cam cover nuts in an effort to stop an oil seep. Result-I sheered the front stud on the exhaust cam cover-part no C6727/1. It sheered flush with the cover. This is one of the shorte...
by ALAN COCHRANE
Tue Aug 20, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Cam Oil Feed Leak
Replies: 0
Views: 5312
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Cam Oil Feed Leak

Hi Everyone I have a long standing oil leak from both cam oil feed banjos. This is despite trying everything to stop them. This has included using various types of washer including doughty washers, blue hylomar, "special" washers from SNGB etc. I even tried longer banjo bolts as recommended on here....
by ALAN COCHRANE
Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Dynamo
Replies: 12
Views: 1336
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Re: Dynamo

Robbie I've just measured mine and it's 3&1/8" in diameter and single groove. When I bought my car in 2011 it was running with a Lucas 11AC alternator and this size of pulley wheel brazed onto the front. I discovered that this was because the shaft of the original dynamo is slightly wider than the e...
by ALAN COCHRANE
Sun May 12, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Ignition Relay woes
Replies: 0
Views: 3465
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Ignition Relay woes

Well today one of my upgrades let me down on the way to my first car show of the year. A while back the ignition started cutting out on me intermittently because the internal contacts in the key barrel had started burning away due to the load it was switching. I replaced the barrel and added a Durit...
by ALAN COCHRANE
Sat May 11, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Door lock in handle slot orientation? Up, Down, Both?
Replies: 23
Views: 2072
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Re: Door lock in handle slot orientation? Up, Down, Both?

Simon You are not alone! When I bought new barrels from Barrett’s I pondered long and hard about this. Since we both exist in a higher plane of life than mere mortals, the only option was to fit them both facing DOWN. Much more pleasing to the eye even if not factory original. I’ve resisted changing...
by ALAN COCHRANE
Tue May 07, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: I have seriously improved my E-Type!
Replies: 7
Views: 1488
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Re: I have seriously improved my E-Type!

My solution was not to use one at all! The PO thought likewise.
I found that the air filter dustbin sits firmly enough on the sill cross bar without it. I do however use two pieces of U shaped rubber gasket to stop the lower rim scraping the paint off the frame.

Cheers

Alan
by ALAN COCHRANE
Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Which 185 tyre: Dunlop or Pirelli or Michelin ?
Replies: 38
Views: 4397
Great Britain

Re: Which 185 tyre: Dunlop or Pirelli or Michelin ?

Dougal I'm assuming you're referring to me with the statement I'm only buying them for the price. Totally wrong I'm afraid. I've always bought the best tyres for my cars whether they be Dunlop, Michelin or other. For example a set of Bridgestone Potenza tyres for the Boxster costs well in excess of ...
by ALAN COCHRANE
Sun Apr 21, 2019 7:25 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Hard Starting when Cold - One Solution
Replies: 19
Views: 4962
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Re: Hard Starting when Cold - One Solution

Well done John. I have had exactly the same symptoms as you've described. This has been the case since I bought the car back in 2011. Like you I assumed that it was normal for the choke lever to only travel 2/3 of the way up the slide. For some reason I read your original post back in 2017 and didn'...
by ALAN COCHRANE
Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Vredesteins
Replies: 10
Views: 1725
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Re: Vredesteins

Chris

I've just bought a set of H rated from a website called Roundtriptyres. £112 per corner, the V rated were £131 if memory serves me correctly.
Seems I've bought them just in time.

Cheers

Alan
by ALAN COCHRANE
Fri Mar 29, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Which 185 tyre: Dunlop or Pirelli or Michelin ?
Replies: 38
Views: 4397
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Re: Which 185 tyre: Dunlop or Pirelli or Michelin ?

I would not class the Vredsteins as a lesser tyre just because they are cheaper. In addition they look the part and provide a very comfortable ride. I have passed the age age of seat of the pants driving so they are more than capable of doing the job with room to spare. I think it’s long overdue for...
by ALAN COCHRANE
Thu Mar 28, 2019 5:41 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Which 185 tyre: Dunlop or Pirelli or Michelin ?
Replies: 38
Views: 4397
Great Britain

Re: Which 185 tyre: Dunlop or Pirelli or Michelin ?

I’m just in the process of changing my tyres which are Vredstein Sprint Classics but now 13 years old. I’m also very happy with them so will be replacing like for like. Like Christopher my driving doesn’t justify spending £1,000 + on new tyres. Carsten you can also get V rated Sprint Classics for ar...