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by chrisfell
Thu Feb 21, 2019 6:52 am
Forum: Pub Chat
Topic: Some legal advice ??
Replies: 5
Views: 198
St Lucia

Re: Some legal advice ??

At the risk of upsetting any real lawyers.... try not to get lawyers involved. Family lawyers, as those involved in divorce proceedings laughingly call themselves, prefer conflict to compromise, argument to amicable arrangement. And if there are children involved, please be aware that the system is ...
by chrisfell
Tue Feb 19, 2019 6:52 am
Forum: General
Topic: Anyone started to use their e-types yet?
Replies: 20
Views: 494
St Lucia

Re: Anyone started to use their e-types yet?

Rack is off the car, waiting for a bush, radiator is out, suspected leak, waiting to be tested. Can’t really start the engine let alone drive it anywhere....

And it is the car’s 52nd birthday tomorrow.
by chrisfell
Sat Feb 16, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Inner sealing of Engine Frames
Replies: 8
Views: 270
St Lucia

Re: Inner sealing of Engine Frames

I recall seeing a sequence of photos and a description on Chuck Hadley’s site (monocoque-metalworks.com). I think he opens out holes in the end plates and floods the tubes with red oxide paint. Waxoyl (other brands are available) is, as Pat says, a good choice.
by chrisfell
Sat Feb 16, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Cold start issue
Replies: 3
Views: 111
St Lucia

Re: Cold start issue

Mine cranks over for several seconds if I’ve left it for a few weeks. If I start it within a week, it fires up almost straight away. Nothing wrong with the choke on my car, it gives a very rich mixture and needs backing off almost immediately. But it doesn’t like being woken from a deep sleep.
by chrisfell
Thu Feb 14, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Pub Chat
Topic: What did you do with your E Type today?
Replies: 7
Views: 203
St Lucia

Re: What did you do with your E Type today?

That was life before any from of computers in a small business accounts function. Dammit, it was even before calculators.
by chrisfell
Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:19 am
Forum: Pub Chat
Topic: What did you do with your E Type today?
Replies: 7
Views: 203
St Lucia

Re: What did you do with your E Type today?

What’s wrong with a sturdy Kalamazoo system? None of that new-fangled elastic trickery required.
by chrisfell
Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Pub Chat
Topic: Mr. Haynes has passed away...
Replies: 4
Views: 174
St Lucia

Re: Mr. Haynes has passed away...

Many years ago I was friendly with a motorcyclist who owned a motorcycle shop in Glastonbury. His circle of friends included John Haynes and one of many enthusiasts who worked for John as a copywriter. Through these connections I ended up buying a motorbike that had been used for one of the Haynes m...
by chrisfell
Fri Feb 08, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Various basic servicing questions
Replies: 10
Views: 468
St Lucia

Re: Various basic servicing questions

Others will advise not to use modern iridium spark plugs. One piece of advice I recall was to throw them as far away as possible. I ignored that advice and fitted them to my engine. Iridium plugs are well suited to today’s clean fuels and quite able to cope with the richer mixture the XK engine dema...
by chrisfell
Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: my soft top leaks
Replies: 17
Views: 591
St Lucia

Re: my soft top leaks

You guys with OTSs don’t have problems with water ingress, you know it is coming in through the screen to hood gap. It isn’t a problem, it’s a fact. You get used to it. I know many roadsters are driven with the top down in all weathers. If it rains you just drive a little faster and the rain goes co...
by chrisfell
Mon Feb 04, 2019 10:33 pm
Forum: Series 2
Topic: BHP of 4.2 engine.
Replies: 9
Views: 401
St Lucia

Re: BHP of 4.2 engine.

The late Dennis Jenkinson (Jenks) owned an E-Type or two. He estimated that a the 4.2 in his car produced “an honest 180bhp”. His seat of the pants dynamometer was honed by years of experience of testing cars, both roads cars and race cars. So I call that a good source. Others may chime is with real...
by chrisfell
Wed Jan 30, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: General
Topic: E Types banned in cities.
Replies: 5
Views: 402
St Lucia

Re: E Types banned in cities.

"..so lets all stop driving for fun."

If the tree hugging nazis get their way that will happen. We'll have to become outlaws.
I'm up for that!
by chrisfell
Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: General
Topic: E Types banned in cities.
Replies: 5
Views: 402
St Lucia

Re: E Types banned in cities.

In a world increasingly aware of the damage that burning fossil fuels can do, driving for fun when there are multiple other opportunities to travel using subsidised public transport, could be considered anti-social.

Just saying.......
by chrisfell
Wed Jan 30, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Upper wishbone ball joint
Replies: 24
Views: 3327
St Lucia

Re: Upper wishbone ball joint

This thread reminds me of my experience. My car had been off the road for a few years and not cared for before i bought it. As a result the top wishbones were pitted with rust. After a few years of using the car the joint needed reshiming every MOT. I gave up when I had to put amost 1/4inch of extra...
by chrisfell
Sun Jan 27, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: 3rd time lucky?
Replies: 14
Views: 488
St Lucia

Re: 3rd time lucky?

I’ll say this quietly, so as not to upset any purists....
Keep the S3 head. Bigger valves, parabolic cams.
Then match the ports, tune the carbs, set the ignition for 99 octane fuel and enjoy the performance.
by chrisfell
Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Winter layup advise
Replies: 6
Views: 242
St Lucia

Re: Winter layup advise

Wheels off, hubs resting on jacks. Body covered with a loose cover. Windows open. Dehumidifier on constantly. I still start the car once a month, let it idle for a while, until the fan comes on. Gently rev the warm engine, listen for any noises that shouldn’t be there. Try not to get caught by the n...
by chrisfell
Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Engine chugs when power is taken off
Replies: 10
Views: 475
St Lucia

Re: Engine chugs when power is taken off

I only know one of the causes of just this kind of symptom because my neighbour told me about it. In this case it was a Ford Escort, but the cause was the same. A recently cashed up young chap who always wanted to own the car his Dad used to drive, bought one fully restored. And on his first few dri...
by chrisfell
Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: General
Topic: Valuation.
Replies: 28
Views: 1298
St Lucia

Re: Valuation.

Resources such as Hagerty are useful guides. Their methodology is sound, but in a thin market such as that for the remaining 25,000 or so E-Types the valuations are never going to be as reliable as those for (say) 911s, of which many more than 72,000 were made. (It is said that the 1millionth 911 wa...
by chrisfell
Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:24 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Valuation.
Replies: 28
Views: 1298
St Lucia

Re: Valuation.

by chrisfell
Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Trouble shooting 123 dizzy
Replies: 21
Views: 614
St Lucia

Re: Trouble shooting 123 dizzy

Tom W wrote:
Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:09 pm
I thought the 123 had a built in cut off to protect against the ignition being left on.
Yes it does. If turns itself off after a preset interval if the engine isn’t turned over.
by chrisfell
Sun Dec 30, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Thought and Contemplation
Replies: 49
Views: 2090
St Lucia

Re: Thought and Contemplation

tim wood wrote:
Sun Dec 30, 2018 2:31 pm
Ohh to be 57 !
Does anyone know how to post one of those surveys where you indicate your age group?
45 -50
51 -55
56-60


Etc
I’ve never been Etc before. Ho hum!