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by chrisfell
Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:16 am
Forum: General
Topic: Tyres - 205/65R15
Replies: 10
Views: 242
St Lucia

Re: Tyres - 205/65R15

Halve the cost with Vredesteins. They are a very good tyre, good grip dry and wet, excellent longevity. Proper profile and width for the car. Vintage tyres at Beaulieu are my local supplier. NAYYY.
by chrisfell
Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: MOT no more?
Replies: 21
Views: 239
St Lucia

MOT no more?

As the current MOT runs out on 18th May I had my car tested today. I always get it done as soon as possible just in case I’ve missed something that needs more than a few days to sort out. So far in 18 years of ownership, nothing has, but you never know. Now my car possesses an MOT for the two days b...
by chrisfell
Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Spam email complaint
Replies: 21
Views: 299
St Lucia

Re: Spam email complaint

No spam in my inbox, unless you include the Nigerian with an improbable name who still insists he has US$50 million with my name on it, if only he had my bank account details....
by chrisfell
Sun Apr 22, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Out and about
Replies: 0
Views: 91
St Lucia

Out and about

While loads of listers were making their way to Bicester, I popped along to the Earl of Pembroke’s Wilton Wakup. Iconic performance cars, the theme for today. Loads of cars to gawp at. Here's a few of them. https://s31.postimg.cc/ib67rf3cb/IMG_1824.jpg https://s31.postimg.cc/k2z6mchkb/IMG_1826.jpg h...
by chrisfell
Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Brake bleeding problems - silicone fluid
Replies: 44
Views: 953
St Lucia

Re: Brake bleeding problems - silicone fluid

A mention of engines consuming brake fluid reminds me of a dodge used by friends who were into stock car racing in the 1970s. Back then the go to car for performance was the MG Magnette. Built like an out house (especially after the doors were ‘reinforced’ with concrete), twin carbs for acceleration...
by chrisfell
Sun Apr 15, 2018 7:04 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Drive shaft UJ shields
Replies: 4
Views: 180
St Lucia

Re: Drive shaft UJ shields

One could be cynical and suggest they were abandoned so that spare UJs could be sold more often........

All I”ll say is that after a run in shitty conditions the boots on my car are covered in shite. But the UJs inside are not. YMMV.
by chrisfell
Sat Apr 14, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Drive shaft UJ shields
Replies: 4
Views: 180
St Lucia

Re: Drive shaft UJ shields

Sorry chaps, they do perform a function.
On the few E-Types that are driven on days other than when the sky is blue and the roads are dry the boot protects the UJ from road dirt thrown up by the tyres.

The UJs are strategically positioned just where shit from the inner wheel arch dribbles down.
by chrisfell
Thu Apr 12, 2018 7:27 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Oil Capacity
Replies: 11
Views: 257
St Lucia

Re: Oil Capacity

Things that could be wrong...... 1. Dipstick collar in wrong place. 2. Car not level. 3. Garage floor not level. The collar for the dipstick, which limits how much is in the sump, should be approximately 10” from the tip. This means the top of the hatch marks, indicating the full level, should be ap...
by chrisfell
Tue Apr 10, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: What causes plugs like THIS??
Replies: 20
Views: 515
St Lucia

Re: What causes plugs like THIS??

"You really don't have much confidence in me Chris!!"

It's just me, Phillip, just me.
by chrisfell
Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: What causes plugs like THIS??
Replies: 20
Views: 515
St Lucia

Re: What causes plugs like THIS??

Am I the only one shouting at my laptop screen, "Stop stop stop! A '65 4.2 deserves better than this." A well sorted '65 must be worth at least £100k (unless, of course it is a 2+2 like mine). It should be treated accordingly. There is at least one thing seriously wrong with this car. Do not drive i...
by chrisfell
Mon Apr 09, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ebay: Series 2 FHC with front coil springs?
Replies: 16
Views: 587
St Lucia

Re: Ebay: Series 2 FHC with front coil springs?

No TBs and no reaction plate showing in the engine out shot. I wonder if the reaction plate was installed after the engine was re-installed.
by chrisfell
Fri Apr 06, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Bump Stops in rear arches
Replies: 31
Views: 829
St Lucia

Re: Bump Stops in rear arches

Wise words David. Guess I'll investigate having the brackets welded back. Some PO ground them off :questionmarks: Mean time gently does it.... What was more likely in the case of my car was that rust required the removal of the bump stop bracket, and cost of replacement, compared with a patch cut f...
by chrisfell
Thu Apr 05, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Bump Stops in rear arches
Replies: 31
Views: 829
St Lucia

Re: Bump Stops in rear arches

No bumps stops on my 2+2. Long time since they were there. In more than 55,000 miles never once have I bottomed out the suspension. With the car fully loaded with 14 days of kit for touring holidays and loads of spares parts (just in case) I’ve grounded the exhaust many times, but never bumped the s...
by chrisfell
Tue Apr 03, 2018 7:50 am
Forum: General
Topic: CLASSIC CAR CLUBS
Replies: 20
Views: 701
St Lucia

Re: CLASSIC CAR CLUBS

If you do only one thing this year it has to be visiting the E-Type Register’s day at Prescott Hill on June 10. Not a huge drive for you. Unfortunately, I won’t be there this year, due to other commitments.
by chrisfell
Tue Apr 03, 2018 6:40 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Prop shaft universal joints
Replies: 2
Views: 155
St Lucia

Re: Prop shaft universal joints

You may be offered “sealed for life” UJs. Whilst these are true to their descrption it is only because their life will be very short These may be fitted with a grub screw in the central spider. Remove it and throw it away and fit a grease nipple. If there is no grub screw, find an alternative that h...
by chrisfell
Tue Apr 03, 2018 6:28 am
Forum: Pub Chat
Topic: Potholes
Replies: 13
Views: 419
St Lucia

Re: Potholes

I drove the A27 from Chichester to Portsmouth on Saturday. Jay -zus - the road surface is delaminating! Got to be amongst the worst I've ever seen - not fun at speed in the wet! :shock: I regularly use this stretch. It was been getting worse for several years. There are plans to resurface the affec...
by chrisfell
Tue Apr 03, 2018 6:21 am
Forum: Pub Chat
Topic: Potholes
Replies: 13
Views: 419
St Lucia

Re: Potholes

Chris, before the border fell we had a few trips over to east Germany to have some Mercedes chrome parts remufactured and others rechromed in Zwickau, the former site of Horch. The roads were dismal! Lots of Cobblestone in bad shape. My next trip back to Helmstedt was in 1991, after the wall had co...
by chrisfell
Mon Apr 02, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Pub Chat
Topic: Potholes
Replies: 13
Views: 419
St Lucia

Re: Potholes

The road surfaces this year have become bad. Little or no maintenance last year, plus one of the longest coldest winter/springs we’ve had for a while, all adds up to a lot of road surface damage. It is, however, nothing compared to a journey I had in April 1987. I drove from the Dutch coast to the M...
by chrisfell
Wed Mar 28, 2018 7:29 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Fuel level warning lamp
Replies: 3
Views: 193
St Lucia

Re: Fuel level warning lamp

My low fuel warning lamp started indicating low fuel when there was plenty of fuel in the tank. I took the unit off the tank, and cleaned the contacts using metal polish. It has worked properly since.
by chrisfell
Fri Mar 23, 2018 7:48 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: rear brakes
Replies: 5
Views: 236
St Lucia

Re: rear brakes

Having had my IRS out for a seal change not long after I bought the car I found it necessary to change the lower wishbone pivot bearings. They were toast, but it was not possible to detect any wear until the IRS was stripped. Having got the IRS stripped that far I replaced everything, bearings rubbe...