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by cactusman
Sun Dec 09, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Indicators & warning lights.
Replies: 4
Views: 61
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Re: Indicators & warning lights.

Most bizarre. I would start by rigging up the flasher independent of the car to verify it works correctly. If it does then there is a wiring fault somewhere although why the reverse light seems to interfere is a mystery . Other than both the flasher and reverse lamp run from fuse 7 they are un relat...
by cactusman
Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Series 2
Topic: 1969 E Type Series 2 fuses are smoking hot
Replies: 10
Views: 247
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Re: 1969 E Type Series 2 fuses are smoking hot

As others have said it may be dirty connections. Failing that there is an excess load somewhere. I would not recommend adding an extra wire. Fuse six is ignition live and feeds the horn relay, the heater motor, the engine cooling fans, the screen washer and the brake lights. This assumes your car is...
by cactusman
Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Speed and engine speed...
Replies: 28
Views: 697
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Re: Speed and engine speed...

Certainly is Steve :bigrin: The workshop manual has a comprehensive list of engine speeds vs road speed for various gears and differential ratios if i recall right....assuming of course your angle drive is correct!
by cactusman
Sun Dec 02, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Speed and engine speed...
Replies: 28
Views: 697
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Re: Speed and engine speed...

I'd start by using a gps and see if indeed the Speedo more or less keeps accurate up to say 130 kph....ignore the tacho. If it does then the tachometer is under or over reading. If the Speedo over reads then either the tyres are very wrong sized or much more likely your speedometer is calibrated for...
by cactusman
Sun Dec 02, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Speed and engine speed...
Replies: 28
Views: 697
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Re: Speed and engine speed...

Afraid the obvious answer is that one instrument is wrong. 200 kmh is about 125 mph so unless you were on an autobahn best say nothing!
by cactusman
Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Evans Waterless Coolant
Replies: 17
Views: 1044
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Re: Evans Waterless Coolant

Evans only warranty their coolant for two years. Nothing lasts for ever.
by cactusman
Thu Nov 29, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Engine stalls after 3-5 secs (and has very sooty plugs)
Replies: 8
Views: 280
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Re: Engine stalls after 3-5 secs (and has very sooty plugs)

Might do. Over rich mixture may flood the engine. Very sooty plugs are an indication of poor combustion due usually to a rich mixture and lots of soot prevents the plug from giving a clean spark which makes matters even worse. I'd say your carburettors need setting up correctly.
by cactusman
Wed Nov 28, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Chrome dashboard gauge surrounds/rings
Replies: 15
Views: 481
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Re: Chrome dashboard gauge surrounds/rings

As others say....your car so do what ever suits you. Not sure chrome surrounds would be my choice but everyone has their own tastes. Most of us have modified our cars...I have....LED bulbs, better brakes, better radio..I could list a lot more. I have yet to see two truely identical e types :bigrin: ...
by cactusman
Wed Nov 28, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: General
Topic: No Registration Documents
Replies: 30
Views: 1186
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Re: No Registration Documents

I agree with Chris...avoid....plenty more about. It has no id for a reason and there can be no good reason.
by cactusman
Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Engine and gearbox swap
Replies: 8
Views: 263
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Re: Engine and gearbox swap

Having driven a 3.8 with a moss box I would have to say that the later jag box is a distinct improvement. Fitting a moss box won't improve driveability. My 3.8 has a later box and my moss box adorns the garage :bigrin: As to value....unless you have the original box that came with the car new...matc...
by cactusman
Fri Nov 23, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: Pub Chat
Topic: Series 1 been in the garage for 40 years!!
Replies: 2
Views: 274
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Series 1 been in the garage for 40 years!!

Good ones fetch £10k to £20k or more. No idea what a basket case would cost to fix.....shame it wasn't a series one OBL e type though :bigrin: :bigrin:
by cactusman
Thu Nov 22, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: General
Topic: XKE SU TRI CARBS FOR SALE very good condition
Replies: 7
Views: 380
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Re: XKE SU TRI CARBS FOR SALE very good condition

They appear to be from a fairly early car as they have brass damper tops. Worth more than £1800 but put in the wanted/for sale section with an asking price....those are the rules I think.
by cactusman
Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: General
Topic: Open Day April 2019
Replies: 18
Views: 664
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Re: Open Day April 2019

Hi. I'd be interested


David Jones
Richard Hartfall
Steve Hook (mgcjag)
Steve&Jo (TheDampMan)
Jonathan
John (johnetype)
Julian aka cactusman


Please cut and past to add your name to the list
by cactusman
Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Clock
Replies: 3
Views: 265
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Re: Clock

Fiddly and you get neck ache but entirely doable
by cactusman
Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Help pls - Alternator voltage too high, blowing LEDs?
Replies: 21
Views: 567
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Re: Help pls - Alternator voltage too high, blowing LEDs?

No way of knowing without reference to the data sheet. A simple protection against brief spikes in voltage can be provided by putting a 2.2 ohm 1 watt resistor in the positive and then connecting a 18volt 5 watt zener diode to ground after the resistor. Part no for the zener is 1N5355B. It will soak...
by cactusman
Wed Nov 14, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Crimbo pressie idea?
Replies: 7
Views: 369
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Re: Crimbo pressie idea?

Front bumper line looks a bit odd....wonder what the engine looks like....?
by cactusman
Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:01 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Help pls - Alternator voltage too high, blowing LEDs?
Replies: 21
Views: 567
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Re: Help pls - Alternator voltage too high, blowing LEDs?

Id guess your dimmer device is a variable pulse width modulator type. It very rapidly turns the leds on and off. By varying the relative off and On times the dimming is achieved. If it works then fine.
by cactusman
Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: Series 2
Topic: Restored Car...What to do before putting on the road.
Replies: 14
Views: 671
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Re: Restored Car...What to do before putting on the road.

Minor point but image 6 looking at the sump and exhaust pipes I see two pipe clamps with the nuts and hence the u clamp stud ends sticking down. Bound to catch on a road hump. Turn them 90 degrees so the studs don't point down :bigrin:
by cactusman
Tue Nov 13, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Series 2
Topic: Horn wiring & lighting relay mod questions
Replies: 4
Views: 163
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Re: Horn wiring & lighting relay mod questions

I fitted mine below the sugar scoops......so far no issues :bigrin:
by cactusman
Tue Nov 13, 2018 4:32 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Help pls - Alternator voltage too high, blowing LEDs?
Replies: 21
Views: 567
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Re: Help pls - Alternator voltage too high, blowing LEDs?

If you want to build your own driver it is not difficult providing the forward voltage drop of your LED string is less than the 12 volt supply voltage. The one in your image has a buck converter that steps the output up to 32 volts to drive long strings of LED's and seems to need the output complete...