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by Sarthe72
Tue Sep 17, 2019 3:06 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Zeus Callipers
Replies: 9
Views: 3077
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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: 769
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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: 769
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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: 4973
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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: 1495
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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...
by Sarthe72
Sun Jul 28, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Over £18k for a bonnet?
Replies: 5
Views: 1439
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Re: Over £18k for a bonnet?

Then look at A-frames from E-type Fabs. I bought mine in 2014 for £2,000 I think they are more than double that now.
by Sarthe72
Sat Jul 27, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: re enamelling exhaust manifolds
Replies: 46
Views: 18401
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Re: re enamelling exhaust manifolds

A bit bored, so I thought I'd give the manifolds a new coat of paint. I think they look even better now.


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by Sarthe72
Wed Jul 24, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Oh no! Engine frame damage, could it be repaired?
Replies: 14
Views: 1091
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Re: Oh no! Engine frame damage, could it be repaired?

A restorer told me that he won't use any A-frames except those from E-type Fabs because those from Robey are not correct. The problem, the last time I heard, is that E-type Fabs have put their prices up to £4,000 for the A-frames. After 25 years I bought mine from them five years back and they were ...
by Sarthe72
Sun Jul 07, 2019 5:05 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Coolcat fan switch
Replies: 13
Views: 1634
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Re: Coolcat fan switch

I put the Coolcat switch in place when I bought the fan but found that it seemed to cut in a little late for my liking and went back to the old Otter switch. Four years later everything is still fine.
by Sarthe72
Mon Jul 01, 2019 2:00 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: rolling road figures
Replies: 59
Views: 4973
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Re: rolling road figures

Obviously not rolling road, but two before and after graphs. I feel that the lesser figures are pretty representative of a standard engine.
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by Sarthe72
Sun Jun 23, 2019 3:02 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: New distributor? 123 or Pertronix?
Replies: 13
Views: 6075
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Re: New distributor? 123 or Pertronix?

I bought the XKSS 18 years ago already fitted with Lumenition, my first experience of such. In 28,000 miles it has performed impeccably except for one unnerving thing; on a rare occasion just turning on the ignition will start the engine! Obviously the engine stopped just at the top of the ignition ...
by Sarthe72
Fri Jun 21, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Prescott Hil
Replies: 17
Views: 1499
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Re: Prescott Hil

I do like this one of him being overtaken by the rear tyre!
by Sarthe72
Fri Jun 21, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: General
Topic: Prescott Hil
Replies: 17
Views: 1499
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Re: Prescott Hil

Sadly, that doesn’t work now because it relates to JD Classics, who of course went into receivership. Which beggars another question; has the ex owner of JD been convicted yet? I know there were several people wanting to bring cases forward for fraud. My latest info says that he is keeping his head...
by Sarthe72
Wed Jun 19, 2019 4:48 am
Forum: General
Topic: Prescott Hill Climb 8th June 2014
Replies: 14
Views: 3403
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Re: Prescott Hill Climb 8th June 2014

Were we at the same event? Here's my car at that event in glorious sunshine!

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by Sarthe72
Wed Jun 19, 2019 4:37 am
Forum: General
Topic: Prescott Hil
Replies: 17
Views: 1499
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Re: Prescott Hil

Keep up the good work Chris. I took the XKSS to XK70 last year and since I was staying with the Heynes family lent the car to young William to take it up the hill. He made a good fist of it too:- https://i.postimg.cc/GtSMDxyM/DSC-5506.jpg Better than the JD Classics driver did anyway! https://i.post...
by Sarthe72
Sat Jun 15, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Prescott Hil
Replies: 17
Views: 1499
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Re: Prescott Hil

I used to have a cottage at Winchcombe and was part of the first wave back in the 90s. Here's a photo of chassis #13 in 1996 at Pardon. At the beginning we were numerous with our E-types, but as time passed the value and the age of the owners meant less and less came, so Petronel invited the Maserti...
by Sarthe72
Tue Jun 11, 2019 4:38 am
Forum: General
Topic: RIP Norman Dewis
Replies: 12
Views: 1289
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Re: RIP Norman Dewis

A very moving tribute by Andrew Frankel in Motorsport: https://www.motorsportmagazine.com/opinion/historic-racing/extraordinary-life-norman-dewis-hero "So the next time some idiot jumps out of a side-turning forcing you into an emergency stop, as your powerful, fade-resistant discs bite, spare a th...
by Sarthe72
Mon Jun 10, 2019 4:33 am
Forum: General
Topic: RIP Norman Dewis
Replies: 12
Views: 1289
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Re: RIP Norman Dewis

Such an unassuming man and a real pleasure to be with. And one would never have guessed his age, so full of life all the time. So many memories of him, but one of my favourites was at the Festival of Speed in 2011 when, aged 91, he was delighted to drive E2A again. He set off at a great rate of knot...
by Sarthe72
Thu May 23, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Anyone started to use their e-types yet?
Replies: 70
Views: 6105
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Re: Anyone started to use their e-types yet?

Only anno domini and illness has stopped me using her summer or winter, and we are well into six figure mileage together. Here she is on a nice dry day.
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by Sarthe72
Mon May 06, 2019 2:28 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: New battery needed
Replies: 4
Views: 587
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New battery needed

After 17 years the battery is dying. It hasn't shown more than 80% for a couple of years now, so time for a change. But a conversation leads me to believe that it is difficult to find ones that will fit inside the clamps. Has anyone else had this problem and can anyone point me in the direction of a...