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by cactusman
Mon Jun 01, 2020 7:43 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Initial engine run - procedure?
Replies: 7
Views: 316
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Re: Initial engine run - procedure?

So ....check you put oil in it! Fresh battery fully charged.... Remove all the plugs and one of the low tension wires to the coil. Ideally disconnect the fuel pump. Now crank until you see oil pressure (easier if you have a mechanical gauge). It will take a minute or more to get oil around and press...
by cactusman
Mon Jun 01, 2020 6:32 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Fuel leaking from right side front wing
Replies: 9
Views: 321
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Re: Fuel leaking from right side front wing

I'd replace the fibre washers. There is one either side of the banjo. Chances are the old ones have gone hard or have cracked. For a few pounds get a pack of six and replace the fibre washers on all three banjos. They are available from the usual Jaguar suppliers or from Burlen Fuel systems...Fuel l...
by cactusman
Sun May 31, 2020 7:58 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Spark plug condition
Replies: 5
Views: 214
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Re: Spark plug condition

They look pretty OK to me with the exception of no 1 which looks mildly sooty.....I'd not be concerned...
by cactusman
Wed May 27, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Hi I’m new to the e type forum need help
Replies: 11
Views: 583
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Re: Hi I’m new to the e type forum need help

I'm 5 foot ten....shoe size ten ish.....I love driving mine.....went to the supermarket this am....as others say ....drive it, experience it....there is nothing quite like driving an e type....and let's be honest.....not that many do....
by cactusman
Fri May 15, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: LED & PL700
Replies: 10
Views: 454
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Re: LED & PL700

I have reproduction PL700 and the optics are fine.....can't comment on the specific LED bulbs mentioned above but generally (a) many with more than one LED element for each filament will perform poorly on dipped beam as the reflector is designed for a filament and (b) LED bulbs need to have sufficie...
by cactusman
Fri May 08, 2020 9:16 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Primer... which is best for bare metal?
Replies: 6
Views: 399
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Re: Primer... which is best for bare metal?

If the parts are a bit rusty (not flaky though) dinitrol is worth painting on initially.....
by cactusman
Tue Apr 28, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Distilled/de-ionised water?
Replies: 17
Views: 1054
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Re: Distilled/de-ionised water?

As others have said dehumidifier water is essentially distilled water. The notion that it is more damaging to meta than tap water is nonsense. If you live in a soft water area then tap water is probably ok but Thames tap water is very hard and will leave deposits behind. Another option is filtered r...
by cactusman
Sun Apr 26, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Drive it day, or don’t.
Replies: 5
Views: 594
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Re: Drive it day, or don’t.

I went for the paper and milk in mine yesterday...slightly circuitous route to the shop....probably an extra four miles....two sets of folk took pictures of it parked outside the coop....at least it brightened someones day....not to mention mine...been six weeks since it was driven!!!
by cactusman
Fri Apr 17, 2020 6:12 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Driving our classic cars at the moment ?
Replies: 20
Views: 981
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Re: Driving our classic cars at the moment ?

just a note of caution....if you are using you e type....or any other classic....to travel to and from work just check that your classic insurance policy allows it....many don't. Social, domestic and pleasure use is the usual statement in classic policies and would allow travel to supermarkets (dome...
by cactusman
Thu Apr 16, 2020 6:04 pm
Forum: Welcome!
Topic: Owner since 1977
Replies: 10
Views: 733
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Re: Owner since 1977

I was 13 in 1977!!!! Welcome to the forum.... :bigrin:
by cactusman
Sun Apr 05, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: 123 Tune.....I am not so sure anymore 1962 3.8
Replies: 42
Views: 2086
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Re: 123 Tune.....I am not so sure anymore 1962 3.8

16 volts....too high....around 13.5 to 14 volts is ok. I'd doubt the 123 simply shuts down at 15 volts....if it does....poor design IMO...most cars will operate at around 14 volts and the old RB340 regulator is notoriously not brilliant and the car voltage may well make brief excursions above 15 vol...
by cactusman
Sun Apr 05, 2020 5:26 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: 1962 OTS engine bay & dash board new wiring loom
Replies: 3
Views: 311
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Re: 1962 OTS engine bay & dash board new wiring loom

You will find it not easy to use a RHD loom on a LHD car without adding wire lengths to quite a few things behind the dash. It can be done but will be messy. If you plan to change the loom now is the time to convert in my opinion. An early 4.2 loom will be generally OK if you are converting to an al...
by cactusman
Sun Apr 05, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Sunny Sunday in spring
Replies: 4
Views: 386
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Re: Sunny Sunday in spring

Same here.....been tidying greenhouse. Cars under wraps... :sad: Been nowhere all weekend..They are now threatening to ban exercise!!! The police state is coming and it will be interesting to see how many laws they 'retain just in case' once they come up with a plan to release the lock down....if in...
by cactusman
Sat Mar 28, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Can we go for a drive??
Replies: 38
Views: 1787
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Re: Can we go for a drive??

Very quiet here in Herts today....yesterday it still seemed there was still a lot of traffic about but this afternoon the road past my place has been very quiet....like early morning new years day.... By the fire with a beer about to be opened....Stay safe and stay at home if you can... :drinkingche...
by cactusman
Sat Mar 28, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Can we go for a drive??
Replies: 38
Views: 1787
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Re: Can we go for a drive??

We all need to be responsible and only travel, be it by classic car, modern car, bike, bus, or train, if the journey is essential. So shopping, essential work, medical, vulnerable person support ....a spin for the sake of a spin is not justified and we should not be doing it. That said shopping is e...
by cactusman
Fri Mar 27, 2020 3:52 pm
Forum: General
Topic: 59 years
Replies: 20
Views: 1529
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Re: 59 years

Here is to the next 13000 posts :drinkingcheers: stay safe and well...
by cactusman
Wed Mar 25, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Can we go for a drive??
Replies: 38
Views: 1787
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Re: Can we go for a drive??

The e type won't be out for a while.....other than onto the drive so I can tidy the garage! I use the MG for the weekly shop anyway as the van is full of work gear. I am a self employed electrician and, while I had planned this week as holiday anyway, work has dried up and I don't expect to be worki...
by cactusman
Wed Mar 25, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Can we go for a drive??
Replies: 38
Views: 1787
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Re: Can we go for a drive??

The issues surrounding refuelling and breakdowns apply to any vehicle. There is no particular reason a well maintained e type is any more likely to fail than a more modern vehicle. I am certainly not planning a ride for the sake of a ride (as I do in normal times) but I may venture to the supermarke...
by cactusman
Fri Mar 13, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: How 3.8 Brake Master Cylinders Work (Without the Smoke and Mirrors)
Replies: 32
Views: 17962
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Re: How 3.8 Brake Master Cylinders Work (Without the Smoke and Mirrors)

To me the most important part of this thread is the first post which, to me at least, seems well researched and correct. I can't fault Rorys excellent post. My own view is the Kelsey Hayes system, while maybe not the best, is unfairly maligned by at least some people in the wider jaguar fraternity. ...
by cactusman
Sun Jan 26, 2020 8:11 am
Forum: Series 2
Topic: Ignition short help
Replies: 7
Views: 1390
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Re: Ignition short help

Hmmm....the feed.to the ignition is not actually fused according to the standard diagram as the white wire is connected to the ignition switched permanent live side of fuse 6 and seven....there are several white wires all connecting here...white is by convention ignition live but not fused. Presumab...