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by cactusman
Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: General
Topic: MOT no more?
Replies: 21
Views: 317
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Re: MOT no more?

What we really needed was the introduction of a basic road worthiness test for exempt cars. The modern MOT has many bells and whistles that are not appropriate to old cars. We need a test that checks for structural soundness (in so far as is possible with a visual check); a check that the brakes, st...
by cactusman
Tue Apr 24, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: General
Topic: MOT no more?
Replies: 21
Views: 317
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Re: MOT no more?

Steve and Christopher both make good points. They, and I hope, the rest of us forum members keep our cars in good Nick. Certainly when I got mine it had an mot. But the brakes were awful, the fuel line leaked and I could go on. However I get mine MOT checked by a local man who is also a classic car ...
by cactusman
Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: General
Topic: MOT no more?
Replies: 21
Views: 317
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Re: MOT no more?

While I am not certain I believe that exemption will not be automatic but the keeper will have the option to request an mot exemption when they renew their tax. The VHI exemption applies to vehicles over 40 years old that are "not substantially modified" although larger vehicles and buses will conti...
by cactusman
Tue Apr 24, 2018 5:21 am
Forum: General
Topic: Spam email complaint
Replies: 21
Views: 339
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Re: Spam email complaint

No spam here either.... :bigrin:
by cactusman
Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Brake bleeding problems - silicone fluid
Replies: 44
Views: 964
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Re: Brake bleeding problems - silicone fluid

Hugo is probably right. DOT 5 will not mix with 3 or 4. To me the point of using silicone fluid is to avoid the hygroscopic nature of the glycol based fluid that absorbs moisture. This both lowers the boiling point of the fluid and causes corrosion of metal parts in the brake system. Silicone does n...
by cactusman
Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: S1: Otter switch temp ratings?
Replies: 9
Views: 247
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Re: S1: Otter switch temp ratings?

I did some lengthy investigation into both the original and after market senders. They appear to work slightly differently although in my view neither is ever likely to provide an accurate signal proportional to the oil pressure....at best they will provide an indication of the pressure, probably pl...
by cactusman
Sat Apr 14, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: S1: Otter switch temp ratings?
Replies: 9
Views: 247
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Re: S1: Otter switch temp ratings?

4 deg is an estimate...might be 6 or 7... and it works brilliantly. Comes on in traffic. Runs maybe five mins or so depending on ambient then shuts off...and repeats if you stay still. I have the same design on my mgb which has worked fruitlessly for over 20 years. As you say, some hysteresis is vit...
by cactusman
Sat Apr 14, 2018 7:17 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: S1: Otter switch temp ratings?
Replies: 9
Views: 247
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Re: S1: Otter switch temp ratings?

Not sure but given that normal temp is around 74 deg c I'd imagine the originals would have cut in about 85-90 and cut out again about 80. I had the same issue as George. The copy part simply refused to drop out. I dismantled it. Others may differ but mine had a cheap bimetallic strip thermostat swi...
by cactusman
Fri Apr 13, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Bump Stops in rear arches
Replies: 31
Views: 832
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Re: Bump Stops in rear arches

Same thought occurred to me :bigrin:
by cactusman
Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Another tyre post... Pirelli 205/70R15 91V Amazon
Replies: 6
Views: 253
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Re: Another tyre post... Pirelli 205/70R15 91V Amazon

Well my view would be that the tyres are a safety critical component. What ever is fitted should be suitable for use on an e type. They are what keeps you on the road. If in any doubt don't fit. Trying to save a few quid on dodgy tyres may prove extremely costly in the long run.....don't risk it I s...
by cactusman
Tue Apr 10, 2018 5:38 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: What causes plugs like THIS??
Replies: 20
Views: 521
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Re: What causes plugs like THIS??

I would not run the engine until in had established what the contamination source is and fixed it. The plugs are covered in white powder. I'll bet the valves are too and very likely the piston tops. If it is burned silicone brake fluid or decomposed aluminium head material it will be silica or alumi...
by cactusman
Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: What causes plugs like THIS??
Replies: 20
Views: 521
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Re: What causes plugs like THIS??

I would agree with David...especially as you say the car was already suffering from overheating issues I would suspect coolant has somehow been drawn into the intake. What ever the malaise just replacing the plugs won't address the root cause. Maybe a head gasket failure. Maybe a leaking water rail ...
by cactusman
Mon Apr 09, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: General
Topic: Le Mans classic
Replies: 4
Views: 206
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Re: Le Mans classic

I am going but not in the E.....mates caterham!...
.presently recovering from the flu
by cactusman
Fri Apr 06, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Bump Stops in rear arches
Replies: 31
Views: 832
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Re: Bump Stops in rear arches

Wise words David. Guess I'll investigate having the brackets welded back. Some PO ground them off :questionmarks: Mean time gently does it....
by cactusman
Thu Apr 05, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Bump Stops in rear arches
Replies: 31
Views: 832
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Re: Bump Stops in rear arches

Mine is the same....bracket ground off. I did ask Angus about it and he said simply don't bother with them... :bigrin:
by cactusman
Wed Apr 04, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Welcome!
Topic: Help Wanted with Buying an E Type
Replies: 6
Views: 492
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Re: Help Wanted with Buying an E Type

Arm yourself with a few books on them. Clausagers factory originals book, any of a number by Philip Porter...the list is HUGE. The Chris Rooke book is also excellent....based on a series 2 but a lot can be applied to series 1 cars.. Decide if you want a Series 1, Series 2 or Series 3. Fixed head or ...
by cactusman
Wed Apr 04, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Under reading temperature and fuel gauges
Replies: 11
Views: 323
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Re: Under reading temperature and fuel gauges

And for those with positive earth cars the 79xx pin out is NOT the same so check t'interweb . Gnd is the left pin, input is middle and out is right. It also means that on the 79xx series the heat sink tab is connected to the input so must be isolated from any grounded metal. Also both input and outp...
by cactusman
Tue Apr 03, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: Series 2
Topic: Reverse Gear
Replies: 9
Views: 307
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Re: Reverse Gear

Also don't forget there is no synchro on reverse so far as I know so if the cogs stop not lined up it won't go in. Usual trick is to select first or second first before trying reverse again. Just getting another gear usually moves the box innards just that little bit. If that does not work then hmmm...
by cactusman
Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: General
Topic: CLASSIC CAR CLUBS
Replies: 20
Views: 704
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Re: CLASSIC CAR CLUBS

I too would side with Malcolm . My local JDC is area 16 and a less closed and more welcoming bunch you won't find anywhere. We have an annual show...no barriers...and attend several shows around and about. Anyone and everyone is welcome, whether or not they actually own n a jaguar is irrelevant. I w...
by cactusman
Sun Apr 01, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: General
Topic: Vosa has screwed us
Replies: 3
Views: 288
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Re: Vosa has screwed us

I was taken in for a moment....then I twigged....although be careful what you wish for :police: