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by Sarthe72
Fri Nov 22, 2019 12:15 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Series 1.5 electronic tachometer
Replies: 3
Views: 151
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Re: Series 1.5 electronic tachometer

I'm running a 3.8 positive earth car and changed to a 123 dizzy some years back due to arthritis making gapping points difficult. I've had not a problem at all.
by Sarthe72
Thu Nov 21, 2019 4:48 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Keys
Replies: 15
Views: 638
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Re: Keys

We were in Croatia on a rally and for the life of me I could not find my keys in the morning. My trusty Swiss Army knife came to my rescue though. The barrel is so worn I was able to start the car with the scissors! The keys were found later; they had slipped under the reinforcing base of the - Jagu...
by Sarthe72
Tue Nov 19, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Wheel sizes
Replies: 16
Views: 609
Great Britain

Re: Wheel sizes

You're probably - as always - right David, but what I love about this forum is that we are all E-type people and know our cars in depth. The contributions are on the money, not wishful thinking. Before I restored my car (for the second time) in 2013 she was Ford Glacier Blue (rather like Opalescent ...
by Sarthe72
Tue Nov 19, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Wheel sizes
Replies: 16
Views: 609
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Re: Wheel sizes

I would tend to disagree with David about painted's and metallic, but again, it's a personal choice. I've had my car over 30 years and find the combination correct for an early car, but it's your car so you choose. But don't moan about the time it will take you to clean the chromed ones ;- And after...
by Sarthe72
Mon Nov 18, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Champion plug caps removal
Replies: 3
Views: 208
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Re: Champion plug caps removal

Same problem some years back. I sprayed WD40 and left them, to no effect, and in the end got out the mole grips and yanked. I broke two.
by Sarthe72
Sat Nov 16, 2019 6:35 am
Forum: General
Topic: Basic questions when buying an E Type. Question 1
Replies: 13
Views: 1239
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Re: Basic questions when buying an E Type. Question 1

My '61 car has done over 100,000 miles in my ownership on the original head so no, there is no problem with modern fuels. As already said, if you like classic cars then the quirkiness of the Moss box will make you smile, and when you get used to double declutching - and get it right without a graunc...
by Sarthe72
Sat Nov 16, 2019 6:27 am
Forum: General
Topic: Top speed runs
Replies: 8
Views: 745
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Re: Top speed runs

Bruntingthorpe was great in the 90s I seem to remember, being the old bomber airfield with one ginormous straight.
by Sarthe72
Wed Nov 13, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Door top chrome finisher question
Replies: 1
Views: 195
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Re: Door top chrome finisher question

The very early cars had not only different door chromes but the chrome under the screen is deeper and the uprights different too, with a capping where the soft top clips on. I am sure that someone will correct me, but I believe that this applies only to the outside lock cars, the first 500 E-types m...
by Sarthe72
Wed Nov 13, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Wheel sizes
Replies: 16
Views: 609
Great Britain

Re: Wheel sizes

I second wholeheartedly David's comments above. Might I add that while it is a personal choice I find the painted rather than the chrome wheels suit the car better. And they are much cheaper!
by Sarthe72
Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Aluminium under dash panels change date
Replies: 9
Views: 856
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Re: Aluminium under dash panels change date

This information is taken from page 78 of the latest Thomas Haddock reference book, and as I thought the change from alloy panels to leather(vinyl came later) took place in September 1963. Prior to that there were two styles of alloy dash, one dot pattern for the early cars and the other like a seri...
by Sarthe72
Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Aluminium under dash panels change date
Replies: 9
Views: 856
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Re: Aluminium under dash panels change date

About September 1963 from memory, but I haven't looked it up so may be a tad out.
by Sarthe72
Mon Oct 07, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: General
Topic: 150 MPH Number plate
Replies: 42
Views: 12012
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Re: 150 MPH Number plate

Here in France all will change in 2021 for old car registrations. The government has decided to abolish all old style plates and replace with new style numbers and letters. Apparently this is to "clean the system" of cars that no longer exist.
by Sarthe72
Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Number plate light bezels
Replies: 5
Views: 605
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Re: Number plate light bezels

James told me he was making them again after a NOS pair sold on Ebay for £500. I didn't know he was making them for Australia though! Next time I speak to him I'll mention it, but, as a past concours judge, I doubt I would have noticed it really. Too busy thinking of Lucas, no name at all, and hopin...
by Sarthe72
Wed Oct 02, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: C15168 Early steering wheel rim wood.
Replies: 14
Views: 1675
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Re: C15168 Early steering wheel rim wood.

I think you will find that they also used white mahogany for the early rims.
by Sarthe72
Fri Sep 27, 2019 1:15 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Wheel inner arch & floor paint in original S1 3.8
Replies: 8
Views: 781
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Re: Wheel inner arch & floor paint in original S1 3.8

Original is all very well if you don't plan to use the car much, but you might be making a dreadful decision if you do. The U-Pol is used for pick-up beds and is exceptionally tough, and you can't see the difference once the top coat is on. I rest easy knowing mine has this treatment. Just my take o...
by Sarthe72
Tue Sep 17, 2019 3:06 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Zeus Callipers
Replies: 10
Views: 4214
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Re: Zeus Callipers

I have had Zeus problems from time to time, but not drag as you describe it. I just get the front slowly locking on and so always carry a 7/16 in the glove box. I've changed to aeroquip hoses, and the problem is rare so I live with it. I can go months without a problem and then suddenly the front N/...
by Sarthe72
Tue Aug 27, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: MPG
Replies: 6
Views: 1843
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Re: MPG

In this photo are two E-types, one my 1961 flat floor and the other a 1972 V12. On a run from Hampshire to St Tropez which was the more economical? Well, most would say the 3.8 but they'd be wrong. The V12 sported an XJ6 overdrive box and a 2.88 rear axle. Including some spirited driving we worked o...
by Sarthe72
Mon Aug 26, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: MPG
Replies: 6
Views: 1843
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Re: MPG

Over 100,000 miles I averaged 23 mpg, then had the engine rebuilt and the carbs by Burlen. Now I get 20 mpg and I can't for the life of me figure out why. I'm not bothered, because in the scheme of things it doesn't really matter, but I still wonder why.
by Sarthe72
Sun Aug 11, 2019 7:24 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: rolling road figures
Replies: 59
Views: 10277
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Re: rolling road figures

My Turrino wheels for the C-type. Beautiful work.


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by Sarthe72
Thu Aug 01, 2019 3:48 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Parts quality
Replies: 13
Views: 3415
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Re: Parts quality

It seems to me, both from experience and talking to SNGB, that some effort is being made to improve the quality of replacement parts. Things that I carried and regularly failed were, for example, a fuel pump, in line brake switch and especially an oil pressure sender, of which I have had numerous. B...