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by chrisfell
Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Insulation on exhaust hoses
Replies: 12
Views: 289
St Lucia

Re: Insulation on exhaust hoses

I knew a motor engineer who insulated the whole system on his car, manifold to tail pipe (not an E). He claimed two benefits: 1. It kept heat inside the system until out from under the car; 2. The hotter system resisted rusting (mild steel) for much longer. I wasn’t sure whether his theory was based...
by chrisfell
Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:25 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Which 185 tyre: Dunlop or Pirelli or Michelin ?
Replies: 12
Views: 349
St Lucia

Re: Which 185 tyre: Dunlop or Pirelli or Michelin ?

I saved money, I buy Vredesteins. They are a goodtyre, despite what others say.
by chrisfell
Fri Mar 08, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: General
Topic: 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series I Fixed Head Coupé – The Geneva Launch Car
Replies: 14
Views: 802
St Lucia

Re: 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series I Fixed Head Coupé – The Geneva Launch Car

cactusman wrote:
Fri Mar 08, 2019 4:07 pm
Anyone dared to enquire the price? :bigrin: :bigrin: :bigrin:
The owner of one of the very early cars (which was raced in period and has lost its original engine). was asked how much he’d let it go for. Seven figures, he said.
by chrisfell
Tue Mar 05, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: water in headlight
Replies: 11
Views: 421
St Lucia

Re: water in headlight

One of the issues we as drivers of cars fitted with 1950s lighting is that everyone else drives with 2010s lighting. I find the weedy H4s pouring faintly yellow light onto a spot on the road a few feet in front of the bonnet totally blinded by the stream of HIDs and LEDs coming towards me. Worse whe...
by chrisfell
Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Phone / sat nav adaptor
Replies: 15
Views: 539
St Lucia

Re: Phone / sat nav adaptor

Has anyone installed a power supply that actually charges a sat nav using a cable and not the one that comes with the unit (ie the one that plugs into the cigar lighter)? This is my setup. All my satnavs have USB leads which allows me to have satnav and phone plugged in while driving. This unit is ...
by chrisfell
Mon Mar 04, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Servo assistance for the clutch ?
Replies: 7
Views: 1602
St Lucia

Re: Servo assistance for the clutch ?

My oldest, trying the E-Type’s clutch for the first time complained “I need a friend to help me with this on long journeys”. He was used to smaller cars with feather light clutches. He was also used to brakes servos that needs only the lightest of touches on the brake pedal. And power steering on ev...
by chrisfell
Fri Mar 01, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Engine oil leaks
Replies: 14
Views: 647
St Lucia

Re: Engine oil leaks

“has anyone got a sure fire way of stopping the cam feed banjo’s leaking.”
I just reused the copper washers after softening them/annealing them.
Heat them to glowing a let them cool down (do not quench).
Then I made sure everything was really clean before tightening up.
by chrisfell
Fri Mar 01, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: fan belt
Replies: 2
Views: 171
St Lucia

Re: fan belt

SNGBarratt.
My car, same as yours, uses a duplex V belt, C24291, which is approx 1100mm long.
by chrisfell
Fri Mar 01, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series I Fixed Head Coupé – The Geneva Launch Car
Replies: 14
Views: 802
St Lucia

Re: 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series I Fixed Head Coupé – The Geneva Launch Car

Don’t tell Porter, but his car is not the oldest coupe, 005 is. It is unique, many panels were hand made and are quite unlike the production cars, for example the centre bonnet panel and the roof panel. The resto was the subject of much interest when it happened. Pretty sure several magazines follow...
by chrisfell
Fri Mar 01, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Phone / sat nav adaptor
Replies: 15
Views: 539
St Lucia

Re: Phone / sat nav adaptor

“I’ll take a photo of my installation later.”
David beat me to it.
by chrisfell
Thu Feb 28, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Rack mount fail safe bolts
Replies: 1
Views: 159
St Lucia

Rack mount fail safe bolts

My car was last rebuilt by its PO, a now defunct self proclaimed world’s largest seller of E-Types. Since rebuilding my steering rack with a new bush, I’ve made a few discoveries. One is that the rack mounting plates were bent. Another is that the failsafe bolts were not to original spec, and had le...
by chrisfell
Thu Feb 28, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Kenlowe.....
Replies: 2
Views: 176
St Lucia

Re: Kenlowe.....

David, Thanks for this. I have experience of two Kenlowe installations. The first, on a Dolomite Sprint, wore through one of the caliparies in the core of a high efficiency rad. My E has had a Kenlowe for over 60k Miles. But the core was a cheaper version. My new core is a high efficiency core, so I...
by chrisfell
Thu Feb 28, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Phone / sat nav adaptor
Replies: 15
Views: 539
St Lucia

Re: Phone / sat nav adaptor

This is not difficult. Cheapo USB sockets can be found on your favourite online resource. Also obtain a plastic switch mount. Plastic is important as it matters not whether the frame is +ve or -ve. I’ll take a photo of my installation later.
by chrisfell
Thu Feb 28, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Kenlowe.....
Replies: 2
Views: 176
St Lucia

Kenlowe.....

Has anyone ever made steel brackets to fit a Kenlowe to their car’s radiator? I’ve got a newly recored rad. and before I push the plastic ties through the fins I thought I’d investigate this alternative.
by chrisfell
Thu Feb 28, 2019 6:53 am
Forum: General
Topic: Anyone started to use their e-types yet?
Replies: 48
Views: 1753
St Lucia

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

The last piece of the jigsaw puzzle is ready, a re-cored radiator. Collecting it today. Rack has been reassembled with a new passenger side bush installed. Nice smooth action, lots of clean grease inside. Header tank and mount are repainted. New hoses and clamps. Now I need to clean and re plate all...
by chrisfell
Wed Feb 27, 2019 7:04 am
Forum: Welcome!
Topic: Hi everyone I’m the new owner of an e type
Replies: 33
Views: 1030
St Lucia

Re: Hi everyone I’m the new owner of an e type

Steve, “ What’s best case and worst case scenario on the worth “ Best case, you’ll cover costs when you sell the car and maybe have a few quid left over. Worst case, money pit! More than one enthusiast has bought a car for restoration only to have to do the job twice or more to correct errors or poo...
by chrisfell
Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Insurance
Replies: 8
Views: 344
St Lucia

Re: Insurance

I had an interesting conversation with Hagerty UK last year about my mileage. Are you sure you’ll do over 3,000 miles? they asked me. Most classic cars do less than 1,500. I never do less, I said in reply. They would not quote a sensible premium for 6,000 miles. I’ll renew my insurance in May. Makin...
by chrisfell
Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Nickel plating at home
Replies: 6
Views: 304
St Lucia

Re: Nickel plating at home

“I would wear disposable gloves ”
So would I. I always have ar least one spare box of gloves in the workshop/garage. Never attack the car without them. Keeps my delicate white collar cuticle free from all that nasty blue collar muck and grime.
by chrisfell
Sun Feb 24, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Nickel plating at home
Replies: 6
Views: 304
St Lucia

Re: Nickel plating at home

Jerome, Fleabay sourced nickel. Rust removed with a wire brush. I should have acid etched the parts before plating to remove the last traces of rust. I’ll use limescale removing toilet cleaner, (hydrochrolic acid). Electroplated nickel is durable, but its function is to oxidise instead of the iron i...
by chrisfell
Sun Feb 24, 2019 3:01 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Nickel plating at home
Replies: 6
Views: 304
St Lucia

Nickel plating at home

After a long time of pondering I thought I’d try and plate some fasteners. It goes like this. Search the interweb for plating kits. Baulk at the cost. Search the interweb for eejits who claim to have done this already using household products. Disbelieve them all. Another search, more claims using c...