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by christopher storey
Tue Nov 21, 2017 9:17 am
Forum: Series 2
Topic: distributor from 69 non vacuum distributor to 81 XJ 6 4.2 Engine
Replies: 2
Views: 70
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Re: distributor from 69 non vacuum distributor to 81 XJ 6 4.2 Engine

That sounds very strange . All XK distributors that I have seen were always fully interchangeable and the drive shafts were identical in length . Can you see the identifying numbers on your old one, because it sounds to me as though it has come from a non-Jaguar application ? PS I have never seen a ...
by christopher storey
Tue Nov 21, 2017 9:13 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Gearbox and carbs
Replies: 7
Views: 135
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Re: Gearbox and carbs

There's no real need to modify the tunnel going from auto to manual - it just looks a bit wider, as indeed it is
by christopher storey
Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:14 am
Forum: Welcome!
Topic: Windscreens
Replies: 2
Views: 137
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Re: Windscreens

It appears , from accounts on other threads, that Pilkington's have cured the problem which caused FHC screens to be a poor fit, so I would suggest them as a first line of enquiry . Edit : sorry I see it is for an OTS . I had no trouble with replacing my OTS screen again using Pilks
by christopher storey
Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:19 am
Forum: Series 2
Topic: Original Late E Series II refresh as it unfolds (Aug 1970 Build)
Replies: 27
Views: 1096
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Re: Original Late E Series II refresh as it unfolds (Aug 1970 Build)

If you have a vibration problem, the very first thing to check critically is the front crankshaft damper. Failure of these with an engine this age is very common, the usual failure mode being that the rubber between the inner and outer annular sections starts to delaminate, and in an extreme case th...
by christopher storey
Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:11 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Tappet thickness - previous posts
Replies: 7
Views: 192
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Re: Tappet thickness - previous posts

Am I going crackers ? If you have excessive tappet clearance of 20 thou instead of 6 thou, what you need are shims 14 thou thicker than the existing ones don't you ? You only need undersize shims where there has been valve seat recession and you cannot get sufficient clearance
by christopher storey
Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: Series 2
Topic: SerII Engine Removal
Replies: 6
Views: 220
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Re: SerII Engine Removal

The biggest challenge was getting the front of the car high enough Simon The key to this, paradoxically, is that it is usually made much easier if the rear wheels are raised significantly ( perhaps 5 or 6 inches ) before you start . Normal ramps are ideal for this. Make sure also that you have enou...
by christopher storey
Tue Nov 14, 2017 7:39 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: No ignition light working on series 1 1/2 etype
Replies: 9
Views: 344
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Re: No ignition light working on series 1 1/2 etype

I cannot say if this would apply to your car, but on quite a lot of S1 4.2 cars , the ignition light was nothing to do with the alternator at all, but was driven off a an oil pressure light switch plugged into the long gallery which runs the length of the block on the right hand side at oil filter l...
by christopher storey
Tue Nov 14, 2017 7:28 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Bulb replacement help
Replies: 7
Views: 130
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Re: Bulb replacement help

Just to add to Julian's advice - to check the hydraulic switch, remove the two wires and connect them together with the ignition on . If the brake lights now light, then it is the hydraulic switch at fault. If they still do not light , then you need to check the circuit further
by christopher storey
Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:21 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Brakes, Tyres and Cooling upgrades
Replies: 29
Views: 808
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Re: Brakes, Tyres and Cooling upgrades

I warn against any use of 205/70 tyres. They upset the handling, develop your biceps, and make the car drive like a lorry , as well as producing considerable entertainment on many cars when you have the steering on full lock and the car tries to climb the wheels! Also, it is often not possible to re...
by christopher storey
Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:07 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Bushes instead of bearings for rear wishbone and hub carrier
Replies: 12
Views: 298
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Re: Bushes instead of bearings for rear wishbone and hub carrier

I don't know who the "old" fellow was but in my view he has some VERY dangerous ideas. If you substitute for the precision location of the rear bearings as they are , the highly imprecise - and compliant in all directions and in response to all forces - rubber/plastic bushes, what you will...
by christopher storey
Thu Nov 09, 2017 8:56 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Tach query
Replies: 4
Views: 141
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Re: Tach query

Ah, good point about the clock, but the chrome bezel has, I think, to be early XJ6. The right hand one is certainly not Triumph, and the redline was IIRC 5800 rpm on them . Bit of a puzzle - the only possibility in my mind is a 2.8 litre XJ6
by christopher storey
Wed Nov 08, 2017 9:05 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Tach query
Replies: 4
Views: 141
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Re: Tach query

Yes - the S3 V12

Or it could also be from a Daimler V8

Incidentally, the tacho on the left of your picture is almost certainly from an XJ6
by christopher storey
Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:15 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Stay Up Float Kits
Replies: 2
Views: 244
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Re: Stay Up Float Kits

Just to say that I now have installed these, and they seem to work very well indeed . They are priced about 30% above brass floats ( and at my age are probably not worth the extra :bigrin: :bigrin: ) but they have an indestructible feel to them . First class service from Burlen, BTW : ordered on Wed...
by christopher storey
Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: Your Dream Garage
Topic: Fibreglass Mech Mate Garage Pits
Replies: 12
Views: 373
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Re: Fibreglass Mech Mate Garage Pits

Yes indeed, water table is an important consideration, and mech mate make this point , and some of the models are specifically tailored for high water table. We live on a gently sloping site, well above any river level, and our ground tends to be dry however far you dig down, so that I think we do n...
by christopher storey
Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:15 am
Forum: Your Dream Garage
Topic: Fibreglass Mech Mate Garage Pits
Replies: 12
Views: 373
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Re: Fibreglass Mech Mate Garage Pits

Thanks to all for the comments, and thank you , David for the offer - I shall revert to you on this. I already have a lift, but I cannot use a 2 poster because of a. height ( I only have 8 feet below trusess ) and b.the posts would put me back in the position I have just cured by getting rid of a ce...
by christopher storey
Thu Nov 02, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: Your Dream Garage
Topic: Fibreglass Mech Mate Garage Pits
Replies: 12
Views: 373
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Fibreglass Mech Mate Garage Pits

Has anyone any experience of these? I have reached that stage in life where grovelling under cars has no appeal ( and my back complains about it :cry: ) and although I have a hydraulic lift which tilts each way - so that the extremities of the car are easily accessible - it has the major snag that w...
by christopher storey
Thu Nov 02, 2017 6:11 pm
Forum: E-Type Running Reports
Topic: Drove her home today
Replies: 12
Views: 468
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Re: Drove her home today

Before you put any oil in at all, I should leave the car overnight and then dip it again. These engines take a long time for the oil to drain down . When you do fill it, put 2 pints ( or 1 litre if you are metrically inclined ) ) in first, and see where that takes you on the dipstick. If it has not ...
by christopher storey
Thu Nov 02, 2017 2:57 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Engine removal
Replies: 2
Views: 204
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Re: Engine removal

I'm afraid that 93 octane and a 10:1 static nominal CR do not go together. Even at 9:1 with modern fuels, pinking is at best a nuisance and at worst can be a destroyer. It is often not the pinking you can hear which is very destructive, but the higher speed detonation which you cannot hear but which...
by christopher storey
Thu Nov 02, 2017 7:55 am
Forum: Series 2
Topic: Bulkhead brackets
Replies: 3
Views: 151
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Re: Bulkhead brackets

Both should have the tab aligned exactly fore and aft, and the stud precisely across the car. You always have to splay the forward end of the console out a little during fitting to get it over the studs in the first place
by christopher storey
Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:43 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Stay Up Float Kits
Replies: 2
Views: 244
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Stay Up Float Kits

Has anyone tried these ? I am a bit puzzled by the reference on the Burlen website to the "easily adjustable float level" and wonder what this consists of . The reason I ask is that on my Mark 2 I have been having flooding, and on looking at the floats, I find that 1 is leaking with multip...

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