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by chrisfell
Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:21 pm
Forum: Series 3
Topic: Gritted roads!!!!
Replies: 3
Views: 74
St Lucia

Re: Gritted roads!!!!

Mine would have been out over the weekend as well, but for the highways agency gritting the major roads. I’m not so worried about salt damaging the brightwork of the playing. I’m worried that salt will unzip bodypanels. My car hasn’t had a proper restoration. I suspect much of the paint hides body f...
by chrisfell
Sat Nov 18, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Cam Cover sealing...again
Replies: 25
Views: 641
St Lucia

Re: Cam Cover sealing...again

Are you sure all the other leaks are not actually from the cam covers. My analysis of oil engines is a lot of originates from the cam covers or nuts! Nope. Oil pisses out from the breather in the timing cover, the rear of the head, both ends of the crank, but nothing from the cam covers. Top of the...
by chrisfell
Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:08 am
Forum: Series 2
Topic: 3rd brake light
Replies: 13
Views: 235
St Lucia

Re: 3rd brake light

I won’t be fitting high level brake lights any time soon. There was never any evidence that these would produce results before they were mandated, and since then, if anything, the number and severity of rear end accidents has risen rather than fallen. Stats are difficult to obtain proving either eff...
by chrisfell
Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:55 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Cam Cover sealing...again
Replies: 25
Views: 641
St Lucia

Re: Cam Cover sealing...again

I don’t do any of the above. Copper washers, chrome nuts, nothing tightened more than screwdriver tight, never have any leaks anywhere around the cam covers. Every five years or so I might anneal the copper washers, but that’s all. Engine leaks oil from everywhere else though, just not the cam covers.
by chrisfell
Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Costs of running a Classic. Sorta OT
Replies: 1
Views: 213
St Lucia

Costs of running a Classic. Sorta OT

A little before I sold my previous classic, a Dolomite Sprint I’d owned for 20years, and bought my current E, my Dad bought himself a car he’d lusted over for many years, a very fast Bentley (‘86 Turbo R). In the 17 years since then he’s driven it less than 1,700 Miles, mostly just to get it to the ...
by chrisfell
Tue Nov 14, 2017 6:53 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Bonnet: dished lip around front lights ?
Replies: 49
Views: 1660
St Lucia

Re: Bonnet: dished lip around front lights ?

A quick inspection of any unrestored bonnet, or even a recently installed ‘factory’ bonnet will reveal that Carsten’s misaligned panels are not that misaligned. Once the badge bar and bumper blades are in place these little wrinkles will not be visible.
by chrisfell
Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:58 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Govt. electric car plans - effect on us
Replies: 34
Views: 857
St Lucia

Re: Govt. electric car plans - effect on us

I did some back of envelope calcs the other day, just to frighten myself. 55,000 E-Typing miles has cost me around £13k in petrol. As a comparison I thought I would see how much a Tesla would cost to run over the same distance using my standard tariff elastic-trickery, and Tesla’s own energy consump...
by chrisfell
Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:42 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Oil additive ZDDP
Replies: 6
Views: 263
St Lucia

Re: Oil additive ZDDP

I currently use Millers Classic 20W50 semi-synthetic. This oil is designed for Jags and Astons etc. My opinion is that as long as the oil is changed regularly, ie at least once a year or every 3,000 miles, the type or brand of oil isn’t hugely important. Halfords 20W50 is as good as the stuff I use,...
by chrisfell
Sun Nov 12, 2017 8:00 am
Forum: Series 3
Topic: Heritage Throttle body injection
Replies: 23
Views: 476
St Lucia

Re: Heritage Throttle body injection

. I was told that they are going to make throttle bodies disguised as SUs which makes it even more interesting. Tim I’ve seen these made by Burlen (AKA SUj. Very clever disguise. Only an eagle eye’d observer would notice the ‘carbs’ lacked float chambers or that there was a throttle position device...
by chrisfell
Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:28 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Ride Height
Replies: 21
Views: 483
St Lucia

Re: Ride Height

"BTW Chris, just wondering if you need to adjust the ride height of the model E, looks a tad high at the front and low at the rear, based on the above! :bigrin:" Unfortuately, I crashed it....... https://s1.postimg.org/3eixs79mpb/DSCN0929.jpg Since then the ride height has been all wrong.
by chrisfell
Thu Nov 09, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Bushes instead of bearings for rear wishbone and hub carrier
Replies: 12
Views: 294
St Lucia

Re: Bushes instead of bearings for rear wishbone and hub carrier

Maikel wrote:Your turn now.

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Snap!

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by chrisfell
Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Ride Height
Replies: 21
Views: 483
St Lucia

Re: Ride Height

Andrew, Quite correct, that photo of my car shows it is much lower than yours. https://s1.postimg.org/2vkzsatcjj/DSCN0071.jpg Since then it has ridden higher........ https://s1.postimg.org/9t3ezcuw9r/DSCN0486.jpg and slightly less high..... https://s1.postimg.org/13f9j7zu7j/IMG_4912.jpg I'm happy wi...
by chrisfell
Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:32 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Ride Height
Replies: 21
Views: 483
St Lucia

Re: Ride Height

“I managed to pull the exhaust apart on a ferry ramp when I bought the car”

Yup! Been there, done that. Middle of France when I pulled mine to bits. Temporary repair involved hangers made from a quad bike drive belt and lots of large washers. It held for the next two MOTs!
by chrisfell
Mon Nov 06, 2017 10:45 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: 1968 S1.5 E-Typ Jaguar drive shaft removal
Replies: 18
Views: 456
St Lucia

Re: 1968 S1.5 E-Typ Jaguar drive shaft removal

“I see that there are sealed for life UJs for our cars, why would I not fit these“ The sealed for life UJs are ordinary UJs with the grease nipple replaced by a grub screw. Take out the grub screw and fit a grease nipple. Without continual greasing the ‘life’ of the UJ will be limited by the amount ...
by chrisfell
Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:53 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Ride Height
Replies: 21
Views: 483
St Lucia

Re: Ride Height

Andrew, Dont do it. Just dont. You have a LWB car which, if the ride height is set at standard, will give you problems with sleeping policemen and other so called traffic calming devices. And car ferries. Given where you are.......
by chrisfell
Wed Nov 01, 2017 8:35 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: oil dipstick
Replies: 12
Views: 433
St Lucia

Re: oil dipstick

Hi everybody, if you happen to have an original oil dipstick with your 3.8 E Type engine, could you please give me the exact length between the cap (without the felt ring) and the center of the knurled area of your original oil dipstick? That would be very useful to me: I just learned that the tota...
by chrisfell
Tue Oct 31, 2017 4:31 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Fuse issue?
Replies: 8
Views: 269
St Lucia

Re: Fuse issue?

Before you go changing a fuse, it would be prudent to establish a cause. The No6 fuse is a chunky one that wouldn’t blow unless there was a short circuit, live to earth somewhere. I had the very same issue recently, the cause was one of the dash light bulbs, which had come loose from the speedo and ...
by chrisfell
Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:14 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Tach drive dog problem
Replies: 4
Views: 132
St Lucia

Re: Tach drive dog problem

On my tach generator the shaft moved into the unit despite the circlip being larger than the bearing. It was the bearing that had become loose. Someone on this or the JL forum suggested using a small self taping screw to fix the bearing in position. I think I tried to crush the housing to grip the b...
by chrisfell
Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Garage Flooring
Replies: 54
Views: 2755
St Lucia

Re: Garage Flooring

neil4444 wrote:£200 and still fine 5 years on.
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Sod the garage floor, You’ve got 2 J40s! Either of them race winners recently?
by chrisfell
Tue Oct 24, 2017 4:44 pm
Forum: Welcome!
Topic: New With 1R11203 Series II
Replies: 12
Views: 406
St Lucia

Re: New With 1R11203 Series II

Why wasn’t that car owned by someone I know? Why wasn’t I asked to take it away or it’ll be dumped?

Ho hum!

As had been said others have produced stunning cars from much much worse. I hope you have fun getting it to the condition you want.

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