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by chrisfell
Thu Aug 16, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Pub Chat
Topic: Getting "overexposed" on Bleaklow
Replies: 3
Views: 102
St Lucia

Re: Getting "overexposed" on Bleaklow

Misty conditions add to the poignancy of these images......
by chrisfell
Sat Aug 11, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Brake pedal travel..
Replies: 6
Views: 209
St Lucia

Re: Brake pedal travel..

Yup.
It was air in the system. Took quite a few bleeds to clear it.
by chrisfell
Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Help needed. - Starter failure
Replies: 14
Views: 249
St Lucia

Re: Help needed. - Starter failure

Just in case the fault is worn brushes (on an original M45G starter), give the end of the starter motor a good sharp tap. This may move the worn brush(es) into contact with the commutator. I used to have to do this a lot when I ran old Brit cars as daily drivers on a limited budget. Back then every ...
by chrisfell
Sun Aug 05, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Temporary or drive away insurance for classic car
Replies: 16
Views: 403
St Lucia

Re: Temporary or drive away insurance for classic car

Hire beg borrow or steal a van/car with a towing hook, then hire a car trailer.
by chrisfell
Thu Aug 02, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Fan belts.
Replies: 8
Views: 292
St Lucia

Re: Fan belts.

Getting somewhere now, I have some data. The belt that shredded itself has an overall height in cross section of 0.5”. The older belt which didn’t shred but just stretched, 0.375”. The pulleys have a groove depth (max, from outer edge) of 0.3”. This means that the belt that failed was proud of the p...
by chrisfell
Wed Aug 01, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Fan belts.
Replies: 8
Views: 292
St Lucia

Re: Fan belts.

As far as I can see the pulleys are all in line. And as far as I can see, there is no damage to any of the pulleys. So the initial verdict could be over tightening. Of which I am guilty. However, there have been two developments. 1. I now know with some precision what it feels like to have the middl...
by chrisfell
Wed Aug 01, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Goodwood Breakfast, Classics meet 5th August
Replies: 7
Views: 314
St Lucia

Re: Goodwood Breakfast, Classics meet 5th August

All change. I can’t make it now. Had some issues with the fan belt, so I changed it. And when checking how the new belt was running with the engine running (you know where this is goingj, the new belt hooked my finger over the alternator pulley. Result, on fan belt on the floor, and one finger bleed...
by chrisfell
Tue Jul 31, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Fan belts.
Replies: 8
Views: 292
St Lucia

Fan belts.

Has anyone else had to replace more than one fan belt recently? I’ve just lost my third in about 5,000 miles. The first just stretched, was about 30,000 mile old, so I’ll forgive it. The next two shredded themselves, individual wire ropes breaking away from the carcass. I’ve already checked the pull...
by chrisfell
Tue Jul 31, 2018 7:16 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Best Colour For Series 1 OTS?
Replies: 16
Views: 438
St Lucia

Re: Best Colour For Series 1 OTS?

We parked next to a coupe in OGS a few weeks ago. SWMBO said it was the prettiest colour for an E-Type. I tend to agree. As for a OTS, OGS paint would need to be matched or contrasted with the colour of the roof, either canvas or if you have one, a hard top. For example OSG goes well with a pale blu...
by chrisfell
Tue Jul 31, 2018 5:35 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Knock on rear end (sounds painfull)
Replies: 20
Views: 382
St Lucia

Re: Knock on rear end (sounds painfull)

I had a knocking at the rear under certain conditions. It was the drive shaft boot, which needed to be reseated. I also had a knock caused by a loose drive shaft boot when I first had the car. PO, a business, hadn’t tightened the clamp enough and the boot worked its way up the drive shaft to tap on ...
by chrisfell
Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Covered headlamps - water tightness
Replies: 15
Views: 512
St Lucia

Re: Covered headlamps - water tightness

Nothing on my E-Type is water tight. Headlamps? No way. Doors? No Windscreen? No Rear hatch? Nope. Engine and radiator? No, there are constant battles with Cheney clamps, leaking radiator caps, and a suspected leaking radiator. Not even the fuel filler cap is water tight, but once upon a time the dr...
by chrisfell
Mon Jul 30, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Goodwood Breakfast, Classics meet 5th August
Replies: 7
Views: 314
St Lucia

Re: Goodwood Breakfast, Classics meet 5th August

All arranged, permit printed and ready. One year I managed to blag my way onto the circuit, but I think they are a little more strict these days. If the weather is good, expect a large turnout, and expect to be directed to the outer reaches of the circuit if even slightly late. Prime spot by the pit...
by chrisfell
Wed Jul 25, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Boring insurance
Replies: 6
Views: 266
St Lucia

Re: Boring insurance

JJC wrote:
Wed Jul 25, 2018 4:55 pm
Does Hagerty cover the UK ?

JC
Seperate business. I called them this year. Very friendly, but double the cost of the competition for no better cover. Didn't do a deal.
by chrisfell
Wed Jul 25, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Series 1.5 seats
Replies: 5
Views: 211
St Lucia

Re: Series 1.5 seats

I’d leave them in bits. I did leave mine in bits. Go to a wrecker and find a pair of MX5 seats, early style with the separate head rests. Then take these seats to a trimmer, and select the leather to match your new interior. You’ll need to fabricate a pair of mounts to attach the seat bases to the E...
by chrisfell
Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:13 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Loose tappet guide
Replies: 22
Views: 777
St Lucia

Re: Loose tappet guide

phil.dobson@mac.com wrote:
Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:45 am
ooops typo sorry guys. should have read ...ptfe tape has no place in an engine.
:yeahthat:
by chrisfell
Tue Jul 24, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Series 1 2+2 values
Replies: 26
Views: 1309
St Lucia

Re: Series 1 2+2 values

The biggest variable in E-Type prices is the premium that some retailers command on their cars. Eagle E-Types for example, command stratospheric prices.
by chrisfell
Sun Jul 22, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Another Sunday.....
Replies: 1
Views: 219
St Lucia

Another Sunday.....

Took Dad out for another day out. At 94 he finds getting into and out of the E, even the 2+2 with its wider doors and greater room, difficult, but we persevere. Today’s venue was a small local steam fair. I say small because also close by is this country’s largest steam fair, the Great Dorset Steam ...
by chrisfell
Sun Jul 22, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Which exhaust
Replies: 7
Views: 383
St Lucia

Re: Which exhaust

I had a Bell stainless system which I fitted about ten years ago. The pipes didn't match up, and I've had to modify the connections rear of the main boxes. Some will say mild steel sounds better. I dont think so. Different, but not better. As for sound, I'd go for straight through every time. Mine w...
by chrisfell
Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:19 am
Forum: General
Topic: Dashboard mirror bar
Replies: 22
Views: 504
St Lucia

Re: Dashboard mirror bar

Others in the know will nod sagely....... Dump the overvalued OTS or FHC, get yourself a 2+2 (with a Webasto roof). All the E-type experience. Same view over the bonnet; same XK bark when the loud pedal is pressed (OK, slightly different with the siamesed exhaust); more headroom for those of us buil...
by chrisfell
Sun Jul 15, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Wheel: what Tightening torque
Replies: 40
Views: 1014
St Lucia

Re: Wheel: what Tightening torque

The self tightening spinner story is an urban myth and a dangerous one at that.
:yeahthat: