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by christopher storey
Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Size of SU idle mixture screw
Replies: 4
Views: 171
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Re: Size of SU idle mixture screw

abowie wrote:
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:34 am


I just ran a screw through a 3BA tap; perfect fit.
Being a real nit-picker , don't you mean a 3BA die ?? :bigrin: :bigrin:
by christopher storey
Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Long stud straight port head....or short?
Replies: 25
Views: 484
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Re: Long stud straight port head....or short?

Unless it is an artefact in the picture, the block in your photograph looks to have the vertical ribs adjacent to the core plugs which were only present in the S3 XJ6 block ( and some of the military engines ) . If those ribs are present , and not just a quirk of the photograph, then this is an engi...
by christopher storey
Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Long stud straight port head....or short?
Replies: 25
Views: 484
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Re: Long stud straight port head....or short?

I have now looked at the photographs of the block. This engine as a whole has nothing to do with an E type. It has the vertically ribbed block which came in with the Series 3 XJ6 and IIRC has engine numbers which have an 8 prefix
by christopher storey
Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Long stud straight port head....or short?
Replies: 25
Views: 484
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Re: Long stud straight port head....or short?

That looks to me from the top picture to be a later long stud type head, as it has the slight rearwards extension at the back of the head Your block , whichever it is, will be unmistakable.Short stud blocks have the studs solid within the block face. Long stud blocks in contrast have the stud coming...
by christopher storey
Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Minimum thickness of the tappet
Replies: 4
Views: 151
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Re: Minimum thickness of the tappet

Michel : have you actually tried to machine an existing shim? My experience has been that they are incredibly hard and will take the edge immediately of any tool used. The only effective method to thin them in my experience is to grind them, but doing this accurately is very nearly impossible. This ...
by christopher storey
Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Series 3
Topic: Clutch pushrod removal
Replies: 7
Views: 140
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Re: Clutch pushrod removal

Adrian : I advise strongly against using a blowtorch, because there is too much alloy in the vicinity. Use a hot air gun on a 300C ( or if you really must, 500C but be careful ! ) setting . Penetrating oil and/or an ATF/diesel mix are your friends , and you might try shock therapy by heating the yok...
by christopher storey
Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: Series 2
Topic: Engine paint Colour
Replies: 2
Views: 121
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Re: Engine paint Colour

Except for the very early cars , Gold was the standard head colour up until ( about ) the introduction of the S2, which I assume yours is, at which point the heads were left as natural aluminium . I have always thought the blocks were shiny black , and they certainly look nicer shiny rather than sat...
by christopher storey
Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Minimum thickness of the tappet
Replies: 4
Views: 151
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Re: Minimum thickness of the tappet

Michel : provided that the shim is still sitting above the valve spring cap there should be no problem. The only danger arises when the shim is so thin that the tappet is actually pressing on the valve spring cap rather than on the shim.( There is then a danger of releasing the collets ). I should u...
by christopher storey
Tue Jan 08, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: 3.8 1962 gearbox tunnel cover colour?
Replies: 3
Views: 113
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Re: 3.8 1962 gearbox cover colour?

Certainly both of mine were gloss black

Edit : I was referring to the gearbox cover itself i.e. the bit which is screwed to the tunnel. I now see you are talking about the tunnel cover - I really don't think it matters, but I would have thought that Jaguar in those days would have used gloss black
by christopher storey
Tue Jan 08, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Series 3
Topic: Heating and ventilation
Replies: 27
Views: 437
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Re: Heating and ventilation

CW = Clockwise

CCW = Counter-clockwise = Anti-clockwise
by christopher storey
Mon Jan 07, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: S 1 3.8 FHC are pistons 8:1 or 9:1
Replies: 4
Views: 156
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Re: S 1 3.8 FHC are pistons 8:1 or 9:1

That looks like a 9:1 to me
by christopher storey
Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: Series 2
Topic: Starter wiring and solenoid questions.
Replies: 20
Views: 262
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Re: Starter wiring and solenoid questions.

Have you made sure that the ignition/start switch is fully returning to the ignition only position after a start ? On my S2 I have had this problem and it was just a weak spring in the switch
by christopher storey
Sat Jan 05, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: General
Topic: Thought and Contemplation
Replies: 49
Views: 1521
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Re: Thought and Contemplation

The DB5/6 , though nice to look at, as a driving experience is not a patch on an E type, feeling rather lumpen and lorry like in comparison . Its quality also is very debatable, with the engine being rather fragile ( literally so in the case of the car of a friend, which had cracking of the block at...
by christopher storey
Tue Jan 01, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: steam
Replies: 8
Views: 411
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Re: steam

If you have smelled coolant, then you have a leak. On the right side the most likely places are the manifold to head joint ( not very likely ) ; the water pump and/or manifold to radiator/header tank ; and most likely the heater to manifold connections
by christopher storey
Mon Dec 31, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: S1 & 420G similarity
Replies: 9
Views: 413
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Re: S1 & 420G similarity

The engine itself can be used , and ancillaries such as (probably ) the alternator . There is not much else which is common to the two cars , although there may be minor electrical parts suc as relays , flasher unit etc which can be re-used. It may be possible to use the waterpump but it is a bit un...
by christopher storey
Sun Dec 30, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Thought and Contemplation
Replies: 49
Views: 1521
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Re: Thought and Contemplation

I bought my first one at age 48 in 1993 . It is interesting that my interest in cars has been inherited by one son, but not the other , who regards hs car as a means of transport. My younger son is absolutely obsessed by cars - he has , I think , 11, but only 1 is a classic in the shape of a Lancia ...
by christopher storey
Sun Dec 30, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Series 1 2+2 values
Replies: 39
Views: 2826
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Re: Series 1 2+2 values

Very simple, what you bought is an early S1.5 which is sometimes called an S1.25. I doubt whether it is quite so simple. If your car really is a 1966 one, then it cannot be an s1.5 or 1.25. The chassis no will tell you, and you can probably get an idea of build date by checking it against the list ...
by christopher storey
Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: General
Topic: Looking for my old E-Type reg "XKE 75"
Replies: 24
Views: 1034
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Re: Looking for my old E-Type reg "XKE 75"

Come on guys give the man a chance! The issue of copyright for amateur and indeed professional photographers is one that generates strong feeling. I spent many years having my underwater photos ripped off and used without any attribution or payment so I can sympathise with him. What he's offering h...
by christopher storey
Wed Dec 26, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Looking for my old E-Type reg "XKE 75"
Replies: 24
Views: 1034
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Re: Looking for my old E-Type reg "XKE 75"

I happen to know where this car is and who owns it. In view of your attitude, Giordanelli, I have not the faintest intention of letting you have any information , and would not do so even if the owner would permit it. For a motoring journalist, you seem to have a very strange approach to this matter.
by christopher storey
Wed Dec 26, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: XJ6 versus E Type
Replies: 13
Views: 583
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Re: XJ6 versus E Type

While the E steers well, the Daimler can be steered with 1 finger on the steering wheel with far more confidence James I cannot reconcile this with either of my 6 cylinder Es, both of which steer with pinpoint precision with one finger . There can be many reasons for this : wider than standard tyre...