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by peters3103
Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: 3.8 dynamo conversion
Replies: 19
Views: 1586
Australia

Re: 3.8 dynamo conversion

Good advise David, yes just got to reading some other posts on the subject after writing mine and it would seem pointless to go to the trouble of procuring the parts. I’m happy to take care of my own adjustment so to speak. All I should need then is the mounting bracket, adjuster link and associated...
by peters3103
Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: 3.8 dynamo conversion
Replies: 19
Views: 1586
Australia

Re: 3.8 dynamo conversion

Excellent result then. Obviously the spring loaded pulley produces the tension required on the belt whereas my alternator conversion requires the alternator itself to be adjusted. I’ll need to revert back to the original set-up. I’ll have the engine out in November so can get a good go at it then wh...
by peters3103
Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Dash top pad
Replies: 2
Views: 808
Australia

Re: Dash top pad

Hi Bud, thanks, I thought as much with 169 having the thin one. I was talking to a chap from New Forest Classic Cars at Beaulieu on Saturday who insisted my car was too late for the thin dash top but it seems he’s probably incorrect. I did however manage to buy a fibreglass glovebox liner from him s...
by peters3103
Wed Sep 11, 2019 4:59 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: 3.8 dynamo conversion
Replies: 19
Views: 1586
Australia

Re: 3.8 dynamo conversion

Hi Mark, how is your Dynamator going? Working well I hope. I’m contemplating fitting one to my 3.8 however my car is already running an alternator fitted by the PO. I’m just wanting a more original look. I figure my wiring should be straight forward enough but will need to source an original dynamo ...
by peters3103
Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Dash top pad
Replies: 2
Views: 808
Australia

Dash top pad

Hi gents, I believe my car, being built 8th November 61, should have the early thin type dash pad. Looking at two photos on the 3.8 Factory Fit sticky, the first is 885169 built 7th November 61, the day before my car. The second is 875103 built 27th June 61 and shows a much thicker pad than the Nove...
by peters3103
Sun Sep 08, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Beaulieu bargain
Replies: 2
Views: 529
Australia

Re: Beaulieu bargain

Thanks Andrew, I’ll be the one in the flat cap - so easy to spot!
by peters3103
Sun Sep 08, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Beaulieu bargain
Replies: 2
Views: 529
Australia

Beaulieu bargain

Hi gents, Had the wonderful experience of visiting the Beaulieu Autojumble, as a virgin, yesterday (so to speak) and was delighted to pick up a lovely fibreglass glove box for my early E Type. Been searching one of these for quite sometime with no success. Bought from New Forest Classic Cars who wer...
by peters3103
Fri Aug 02, 2019 3:39 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Parts quality
Replies: 13
Views: 1697
Australia

Re: Parts quality

It’s a real dilemma and very frustrating getting inferior quality parts that don’t fit properly and are cheap copies of the originals. This has been a regular occurrence for me so I try to use NOS or refurbished original parts where I can. Thanks to the responders and in particular Andrew for your c...
by peters3103
Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Parts quality
Replies: 13
Views: 1697
Australia

Re: Parts quality

Thanks for all advice gents, my engine builder keeps the timing parts in stock sourced from Rob Beere so will go with them and order my front suspension parts & clutch independently. Not sure what clutch is in it as it’s been fitted with an all synchro box. I’ll be pulling the engine out when I retu...
by peters3103
Wed Jul 31, 2019 4:11 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Parts quality
Replies: 13
Views: 1697
Australia

Parts quality

Hi gents,
I have a 3.8 shopping list including front suspension rebuild kit, clutch kit, timing chain kit, timing cover gasket & seal, sump gasket & rear main seal, cam cover gaskets, manifold gaskets & chrome cylinder head nut kit.
Any supplier recommendations for top quality parts?

Cheers,
Pete
by peters3103
Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:23 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Front bumper alignment
Replies: 5
Views: 891
Australia

Re: Front bumper alignment

Andrew, thanks very much for your comprehensive info as usual - much appreciated.
I have a fellow Jag club member (S1 4.2) who has done this job on his car reasonably recently so will ask him to offer a second pair of hands and some knowledge too.

Cheers
Pete
by peters3103
Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Front bumper alignment
Replies: 5
Views: 891
Australia

Front bumper alignment

Hello all, I’ve bought a front bumper hardware kit from SNGB and am proposing to attempt the correct alignment of my bumpers. It has the typical bumper droop. Having read several posts here it sounds ominous. Being an early car there are no “cutouts” on the underside of the bumpers for access to the...
by peters3103
Fri Jul 05, 2019 7:17 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Coolcat fan switch
Replies: 13
Views: 1836
Australia

Re: Coolcat fan switch

Yeah right Andrew, I had a 3.8 Mk2 for about 12 years and I thought the manifold looked the same. I owned it alongside a S1 4.2 E which is obviously different. Better for the fan to come on a bit early than late but bloody cold here in Canberra right now so might leave the otter where it is for the ...
by peters3103
Fri Jul 05, 2019 2:41 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Coolcat fan switch
Replies: 13
Views: 1836
Australia

Re: Coolcat fan switch

Thanks Andrew, I’ll try it as is first - hadn’t thought of putting it in the manifold.

Cheers
Pete
by peters3103
Thu Jul 04, 2019 6:54 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Coolcat fan switch
Replies: 13
Views: 1836
Australia

Re: Coolcat fan switch

I’ve wired up my original otter switch but haven’t yet run the car up to temp. Question: given these cars purge themselves if filled to the brim with coolant, how does the otter switch get a reading if it’s above the level of the coolant? My car maintains a level about 5mm or so above the baffle ins...
by peters3103
Thu Jun 27, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Cooling fan options
Replies: 15
Views: 1290
Australia

Re: Cooling fan options

I can recommend the Coolcat fan - powerful, quiet and easy as ever to install: Firstly fit the blade fully to the motor and then remove. This overcomes the issue with the roll pin. Remove the clamp from the motor and slide the clamp over the original fan motor mount. Slide the motor into the clamp (...
by peters3103
Wed Jun 26, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Coolcat fan switch
Replies: 13
Views: 1836
Australia

Re: Coolcat fan switch

Thanks guys, I actually have the old otter switch still in the header. I’ve never used it as the car came to me with the Kenlowe fitted. I might just wire it up and see if it turns the fan on (should’ve really thought of that earlier!) There is already a relay presumably fitted when the Kenlowe was ...
by peters3103
Tue Jun 25, 2019 2:15 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Coolcat fan switch
Replies: 13
Views: 1836
Australia

Coolcat fan switch

Hello gents, I’ve recently fitted a Coolcat fan to my 3.8 and have kept the rheostat from the Kenlowe. Given this requires the sensor to be inserted into the top hose which I’m struggling to stop dribbling coolant, I’ve bought Coolcat’s switch which fits into the header tank. The question is, is swi...
by peters3103
Fri Apr 05, 2019 6:19 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Cooling fan
Replies: 22
Views: 3466
Australia

Re: Cooling fan

Andrew, yes a little fiddly, not much room between fan motor clamp and steering rack but all in and working well. I did as you suggested and removed the clamp from the motor and offered it and the bracket up first. Didn’t have to remove the cowl or header tank and fortunately the roll pin didn’t giv...
by peters3103
Sun Mar 03, 2019 5:51 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: 4lb radiator cap
Replies: 13
Views: 1053
Australia

Re: 4lb radiator cap

Gents, I’ve found a 4lb cap which is marginally longer in reach than my other 2. When seated in the filler neck, you can push down on it approximately 1/32 - 1/16” against the spring tension. I’ve driven the car about 20 miles with this cap on in 30deg temp. running at just under 70deg on the gauge ...