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by christopher storey
Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Compression test results - advice?
Replies: 10
Views: 231
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Re: Compression test results - advice?

Just make absolutely sure that your tachometer is accurate . As they age, there is a tendency to underread
by christopher storey
Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Compression test results - advice?
Replies: 10
Views: 231
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Re: Compression test results - advice?

Malcolm : I see nothing in those compressions to be concerned about . Furthermore, nearly 60 years' experience of various XK engines suggests to me that 300 miles per pint is certainly nothing out of the ordinary and , indeed, better than many XK engines usage. IMHO It is only if it gets below 100 m...
by christopher storey
Mon Nov 12, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: E type reaction plate
Replies: 32
Views: 848
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Re: E type reaction plate

I am beginning to lose patience with this drivel , and I have lost the urge to be polite . It is quite impossible to remove the engine and gearbox on a 6 cylinder E type without removing the reaction plate. The plate lies with its upper edge about 10 to 15 mm below the upgoing curve of the sump, and...
by christopher storey
Sun Nov 11, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: E type reaction plate
Replies: 32
Views: 848
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Re: E type reaction plate

Well, I have watched and assisted in this on several cars and it is not a load of tosh. It simply requires some careful work and attention to what needs to be removed first and protected. Clearly necessary to remove gear lever and likely the water pump pulley as the bolts can foul on the picture fr...
by christopher storey
Sun Nov 11, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Pub Chat
Topic: We're OK
Replies: 7
Views: 200
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Re: We're OK

A horrible experience for everyone concerned, but so glad to hear you are ok. I hadn't realised much of it was eucalyptus - it expains the spread because of the flashover that gum trees encourage
by christopher storey
Sun Nov 11, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: General
Topic: jacking points and axle stand locations
Replies: 17
Views: 6870
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Re: jacking points and axle stand locations

At the front , there are two choices : 1. using a block of hardwood inserted into the bottom channel in the picture frame 2. Under the foremost part of the inner end of the front part of the wish bone i.e the trunnion At the rear , using a block of wood ( preferably shaped ) under the final drive No...
by christopher storey
Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Radius Arm Cup Location
Replies: 3
Views: 235
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Re: Radius Arm Cup Location

I agree with Andrew. Once you have got wheels on the car , you can push the car back and forward a few times and you will find that the IRS has lots of compliance which will affect the relationship between the radius arms and the cups on the body, so that with a bit of luck you can get the bolts in....
by christopher storey
Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Welcome!
Topic: Just Joined the Forum - looking for help on buying a car
Replies: 23
Views: 464
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Re: Just Joined the Forum - looking for help on buying a car

I agree with Stuart. $90,000 US is a joke price for that car . What I referred to earlier as a "derisorily low" price was something in the region of $30,000, and even at that level you would be taking a big chance
by christopher storey
Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: Welcome!
Topic: Just Joined the Forum - looking for help on buying a car
Replies: 23
Views: 464
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Re: Just Joined the Forum - looking for help on buying a car

I agree with everything Mark has said above. The problem on an E is that the rust you can see is invariably just the tip of the iceberg. For the exhaust to have rusted like that, the car has been stored somewhere very wet for a very prolonged period. It looks to me from the fact that the tops of the...
by christopher storey
Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: E type reaction plate
Replies: 32
Views: 848
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Re: E type reaction plate

I've no doubt that makes it easier but the engine/gearbox can be removed and replaced with it in place. A little bending of the body flange above the bell housing may be required :seeingstars: This can only be done by tilting the back of the engine/gearbox down quite steeply so one of those adjusta...
by christopher storey
Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: coolant in catch can after one hour on track
Replies: 18
Views: 454
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Re: coolant in catch can after one hour on track

I certainly don't recommend those very high pressures : 7lbs at low altitudes, or if you are in the mountains perhaps 13 lbs, should suffice. 21 lbs will be putting a great strain on hoses , gaskets etc, not to mention on the structure of the radiator itself and on the water pump gland
by christopher storey
Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:06 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Best electronic ignition
Replies: 16
Views: 11584
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Re: Best electronic ignition

It is the ignition amplifier In reply to the original post, I am in total agreement with your German mechanic : the best electronic system is the one you don't fit ! But then, one of my favourite sayings is that of the pioneer airliner manufacturer William Douglas " What you don't fit don't give no ...
by christopher storey
Sun Nov 04, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: coolant in catch can after one hour on track
Replies: 18
Views: 454
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Re: coolant in catch can after one hour on track

Ah, Peter, thank you for that explanation. I had not considered that air could not get back in if my hypothesis had been correct . I must look more closely at the caps on mine !

I hope all is well with you and yours
by christopher storey
Sun Nov 04, 2018 8:24 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: coolant in catch can after one hour on track
Replies: 18
Views: 454
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Re: coolant in catch can after one hour on track

Having the overflow from the rad pressure cap submerged in an atmospheric catch tank will simply mean that expelled coolant will be sucked back into the tank past the pressure cap, on cooling. Are you sure, Peter ? If the rad has a pressure cap, this prevents the expelled coolant being sucked back ...
by christopher storey
Sun Nov 04, 2018 8:16 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Bonnet stop
Replies: 9
Views: 257
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Re: Bonnet stop

Yes : if you look in the front suspension section of the workshop manual ( knowledge base on this board ) it tells you a. how to measure and b. how to alter the ride height by re-setting the torsion bars in their mountings . It is, however, not a five minute job
by christopher storey
Sat Nov 03, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: coolant in catch can after one hour on track
Replies: 18
Views: 454
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Re: coolant in catch can after one hour on track

Several points : 1. Your photo from Spa shows 2 objects in the duct in the bonnet leading to the radiator. Whilst they are not very large, at speed they will create turbulence in the airflow which will affect cooling. Since the S1 was always a bit marginal on cooling, this will not help 2. The syste...
by christopher storey
Mon Oct 29, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: SU minutiae
Replies: 17
Views: 817
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Re: SU minutiae

The 'disadvantage' of SU's over accelerator pump carbs is that they overcome this issue by slowing down the airflow rather than speeding up the fuel flow by giving it a squirt. This makes the throttle response less sharp. I don't think this proposition is correct , superficially attractive though i...
by christopher storey
Sat Oct 27, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: General
Topic: Built by Many
Replies: 59
Views: 3494
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Re: Built by Many

Episode 2 up and running and very interesting it is . However, the sound quality is still very variable . A very interesting contribution by William Heynes, grandson of WMH. However, his assertion that the XK was all the work of WMH will be looked at askance by the families of Claud Baily and Wally ...
by christopher storey
Sat Oct 27, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Series 2
Topic: distributor
Replies: 14
Views: 640
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Re: distributor

Repeated and painful experience has convinced me that aftermarket electronic systems are inherently unreliable. Points are not "silly" - they worked well for about 100 years of motoring, and crucially they are repairable at the roadside . If you must go electronic, either carry your old working dist...
by christopher storey
Thu Oct 25, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: General
Topic: Advice on rustproofing treatment please?
Replies: 26
Views: 789
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Re: Advice on rustproofing treatment please?

And if you take the carpets out and peel up the vinyl sill covers just an inch or so, you will see a series of holes in the inner sill leading directly into the sill cavity