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by Mark Gordon
Mon Apr 08, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: 123 distributor
Replies: 5
Views: 238
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Re: 123 distributor

The standard 0.025 spark plug gap is fine as are the coil and ignition wires. I recommend that you go for a test run letting the engine fully warm up and then try the engine performance under various conditions such as hard acceleration and uphill acceleration in low RPM (starting at about 2000 RPM)...
by Mark Gordon
Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Left in the carpark
Replies: 3
Views: 330
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Re: Left in the carpark

I fully agree, Malcolm. Like most of us, I didn't buy my E to stand and admire it in the garage (although I do my share of that, for sure). The real enjoyment for me comes in driving it and sharing the joy with others who, in my opinion, are not so fortunate. That is not to say that I don't have a h...
by Mark Gordon
Sun Mar 31, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: General
Topic: shipwright's disease
Replies: 4
Views: 253
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Re: shipwright's disease

I'm sure that you're right, Barry. I plead guilty on several of the charges. To wit: " If bankruptcy doesn't stop this person, eventually they have a breakdown that results in a major personality shift to Jaguarphobia, wherein they buy a Toyota." I bought a 2002 XJ8 VDP in 2014. After an endless str...
by Mark Gordon
Tue Mar 26, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Series 2
Topic: battery trickle charger
Replies: 5
Views: 231
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Re: battery trickle charger

I've been using one of these for years. It senses the battery voltage, charges it up if needed and then adds charge from time to time if needed. I leave it on at all times unless I plan on driving again in the next day or two or while I'm on an overnight trip. I have no idea how old the battery was ...
by Mark Gordon
Wed Mar 13, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Custom E Type: only in America!
Replies: 2
Views: 318
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Re: Custom E Type: only in America!

I can't say that it's something that I would go for, but it sure beats a lot of the attempts to improve on the original design. It would be a show stopper at a local cars and coffee.
by Mark Gordon
Sat Mar 02, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: Welcome!
Topic: Hi everyone I’m the new owner of an e type
Replies: 34
Views: 1313
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Re: Hi everyone I’m the new owner of an e type

Excellent perspective, Carsten. As I recently heard a home built airplane pilot say, you can have it fast, cheap or good. You get to choose two of the three, but not all three. In your case, you have obviously chosen the latter two and I salute you! A friend of mine chose to prove the exception to t...
by Mark Gordon
Wed Feb 27, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Anyone started to use their e-types yet?
Replies: 58
Views: 2361
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Re: Anyone started to use their e-types yet?

"Fabulous drive out with wifey to a country pub for a coffee and then back home avoiding as many cyclists as I could..."

How many did you not avoid? :bigrin:
by Mark Gordon
Sat Feb 23, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Anyone started to use their e-types yet?
Replies: 58
Views: 2361
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Re: Anyone started to use their e-types yet?

It's not likely a fault with the Pertronix; it will either work normally or not at all. I would check ignition timing and advance first. Also, it could be a worn distributor. Doesn't sound like a fuel delivery problem.
by Mark Gordon
Wed Feb 20, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Anyone started to use their e-types yet?
Replies: 58
Views: 2361
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Re: Anyone started to use their e-types yet?

It's snowing hard right now (8 AM) with 2-4 inches accumulation predicted before it turns to freezing rain this afternoon. Jaguar repellant applied to all the local roads, so my E will be off of the roads for the foreseeable future.
by Mark Gordon
Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Anyone started to use their e-types yet?
Replies: 58
Views: 2361
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Re: Anyone started to use their e-types yet?

I drive mine all winter as long as the roads are dry and don't have Jaguar repellant spread on them. Drove it to church yesterday and then on a 45 minute drive on the local back roads. Silly grin still plastered on my face.
by Mark Gordon
Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:06 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Norman Dewis interview
Replies: 10
Views: 823
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Norman Dewis interview

I don't believe that this has been posted before; my apologies if it has. A fascinating interview with the Legend.

by Mark Gordon
Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Series 2
Topic: BHP of 4.2 engine.
Replies: 13
Views: 765
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Re: BHP of 4.2 engine.

Excellent write-up, James. I've always had trouble understanding the relationship (or lack thereof) between horsepower and torque and how horsepower is measured by various standards. You make it very clear. Thanks! I once saw a Honda motorcycle on display that had an engine which produced something ...
by Mark Gordon
Sun Feb 03, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ultrasonic cleaner
Replies: 11
Views: 781
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Re: Ultrasonic cleaner

The real advantage to ultrasonic cleaners is that they clean areas that are nearly inaccessible as long as you can get the immersion liquid into the tiny crevices and passageways. When you turn it on, you can watch the gunk just dissolve and float away from the dirty part. :bouncyyellow:
by Mark Gordon
Sat Feb 02, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Build engine frames around the engine?
Replies: 11
Views: 713
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Re: Build engine frames around the engine?

Obviously from the previous responses, this can be done. According to Phillip Porter's "Jaguar E Type The definitive history", page 163, it's exactly how Jaguar did it on the early models although later on (he doesn't say just when) they installed the subframes first and then installed the engine. I...
by Mark Gordon
Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:57 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Custom wheels series 1
Replies: 21
Views: 1038
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Re: Custom wheels series 1

"Or buy MWS or Dayton, of both of which I read horror stories in another thread ?" I can only speak from personal experience, Carsten, but I've been running tubeless Dayton "6X15's for about 4 years and have absolutely NO problems. They hold air as well as modern wheels do and there is no vibration ...
by Mark Gordon
Fri Jan 04, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Welcome!
Topic: Greetings From Whidbey Island Washington, USA
Replies: 13
Views: 760
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Re: Greetings From Whidbey Island Washington, USA

"Tyres not tires. Labour not labor. Boot not trunk (elephants have trunks!). Bonnet not hood (hoodies, thems wot yoof wear!). All said with tongue firmly in cheek and in friendship :wink: Oh! And we drive on the right side of the road, you drive on the wrong side :lol:" I beg to differ, Geoff. Boots...
by Mark Gordon
Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: Welcome!
Topic: Greetings From Whidbey Island Washington, USA
Replies: 13
Views: 760
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Re: Greetings From Whidbey Island Washington, USA

"Since I am taking copious notes of what is required to get it back on the road, I trust it will be a labor of love and money. " Another welcome to the forum, Charles. You appear to be well-experienced in the pitfalls of auto restoration so you know that it is a labor of love to do the work yourself...
by Mark Gordon
Sun Dec 30, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Thought and Contemplation
Replies: 49
Views: 2454
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Re: Thought and Contemplation

As a general rule, I suspect that one's interest in their dream car centers on what is currently hot around the time the hormones start circulating. For me, age 70, it was unequivocally the E Type when I first saw one in probably '62. School, career building, family monetary drain, etc. kept it out ...
by Mark Gordon
Wed Dec 26, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Looking for my old E-Type reg "XKE 75"
Replies: 24
Views: 1551
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Re: Looking for my old E-Type reg "XKE 75"

Christopher, if his interest in uniting the current owner with the photos is truly altruistic, how about having him send the photos to you so that you could forward them to said current owner. I won't hold my breath until that happens.
by Mark Gordon
Wed Dec 26, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Xmas Lights
Replies: 8
Views: 473
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Re: Xmas Lights

ALAN COCHRANE wrote:
Wed Dec 26, 2018 6:46 pm
They're here again and I couldn't stop until they were all smashed. I tried to do it in one sweep of the cursor, Al Capone style.
Anyone else similarly addicted.

Merry Xmas

Alan
Yes, Alan, Lord help me I am. It must be that suppressed vandal in me.