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by christopher storey
Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: Series 3
Topic: Laycock de Normanville
Replies: 2
Views: 62
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Re: Laycock de Normanville

Overdrive Repair Services is definitely in the Sheffield area and I can recommend them. Their address is

1, 50 Rother Valley Way, Holbrook, Sheffield S20 3RW

Phone: 0114 248 2632

I have not come across OD spares in Rugby
by christopher storey
Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: General
Topic: Paint colour
Replies: 2
Views: 117
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Re: Paint colour

The colour you want is called Opalescent Silver Blue . It is a most beautiful colour ( I repainted my FHC in it ) but be warned , it is very expensive and more importantly is very difficult to match in the case of damage
by christopher storey
Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Series 1 Tach drive
Replies: 1
Views: 76
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Re: Series 1 Tach drive

This is difficult to answer because the terminology you have used is rather hard to understand . The S1 tacho generator and its associated instrument is an AC device which is quite separate from the cars electrics . If by "electronic tach drive " you mean the AC generator attached to the back of the...
by christopher storey
Mon Feb 19, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Does This Only Happen To Me?
Replies: 10
Views: 371
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Re: Does This Only Happen To Me?

I'm told it is a sign of good luck ! Just count your lucky stars it's not an OTS :bigrin:
by christopher storey
Mon Feb 19, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Series 3
Topic: radiator fans turning wrong way
Replies: 8
Views: 164
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Re: radiator fans turning wrong way

I don't believe the fans are uni-directional motors, so you should be able to reverse the rotation by reversing the terminal wires
by christopher storey
Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Interior
Replies: 7
Views: 220
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Re: Interior

Johan : here are pictures of my S1 FHC which was restored about 9 years ago. The interior came from BAS in South Wales ( whom I can recommend highly incidentally ) . BAS rebuilt the seats and provided the rest of the furnishings which were fitted by Hutsons https://s10.postimg.org/ovpydhlbt/P1050491...
by christopher storey
Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Front Bumper and Badge-Bar, tweaking them to fit to bonnet.
Replies: 5
Views: 127
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Re: Front Bumper and Badge-Bar, tweaking them to fit to bonnet.

The metalastik bushes look highly non-original ; that is not to say, however, that they do not in your case serve some useful purpose , because as Jeremy has said, getting the front bumpers to line up without sagging is one of the most difficult jobs on the car. The wedge shaped spacers are in my vi...
by christopher storey
Fri Feb 16, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Crayon Writing
Replies: 20
Views: 701
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Re: Crayon Writing

The problem, Phil , is worsened by the fact that there were many more bonnets made than cars , for the simple reason that they were very vulnerable to accident damage and needed replacement. I imagine that none of these replacements would ever have had a number stamped on them
by christopher storey
Fri Feb 16, 2018 6:43 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: IRS access panels
Replies: 9
Views: 241
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Re: IRS access panels

The panels behind the seats are for 2+2 cars only . The top access panels were widely fitted to series 1 cars , but seem to have been less widely fitted from S1.5 onwards, although my S2 OTS has one which I am quite sure is original. The factory panels themselves are well made, rhomboid in shape and...
by christopher storey
Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Pub Chat
Topic: Vintage Top Gear Episode 2
Replies: 4
Views: 258
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Re: Vintage Top Gear Episode 2

Er.... am I missing the point of this ? Assuming, that is, that there is some point to it?
by christopher storey
Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: Series 3
Topic: Acrid smoke and low vacuum
Replies: 19
Views: 328
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Re: Acrid smoke and low vacuum

Jagwit : the Compression pressures don't strike me as too high. Your figures may be lower if you are at a significant altitude above sea level What I do wonder is whether someone has inadvertently fuelled this car with either paraffin or diesel ( people do sometimes grab the wrong can , as well as t...
by christopher storey
Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: 4.2 running on
Replies: 3
Views: 164
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Re: 4.2 running on

It is essentially a sign of some form of localised overheating, or , just possibly, significantly over-advanced ignition timing . The first thing I would do is remove all the plugs and look at each one carefully . What you are looking for is excessive carbon deposition, whiskers on the electrodes, a...
by christopher storey
Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Cracked rear Hub
Replies: 6
Views: 191
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Re: Cracked rear Hub

I agree with Andrew. This is a safety critical part, and I would not want to encounter the rear wheel steering which would occur if it were to break whilst in motion
by christopher storey
Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Series 3
Topic: Engine weight and engine stands
Replies: 3
Views: 136
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Re: Engine weight and engine stands

The V12 engine on its own is a good deal heavier than 500 lbs. The 6 cylinder engines weigh about that, and from memory the V12 is 142 lbs heavier than the 6 cylinder XK, so the engine with no ancillaries probably weighs about 650 lbs. It should stand , easily, on its sump without damage provided yo...
by christopher storey
Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Cylinder Head Studs - where from ?
Replies: 6
Views: 263
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Re: Cylinder Head Studs - where from ?

Rory, Geoff et al : yes indeed, it is only the later 4.2 ( the ones with 5 core plugs on the exhaust side ) where the studs are about a foot long and go through the coolant . Some that I have removed were down to about 2/3 diameter ! However, I do wonder whether Rory's corroded tips are on the short...
by christopher storey
Wed Feb 07, 2018 8:06 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Restoring Carburettors - Tips, Methods ?
Replies: 24
Views: 666
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Re: Cleaning carburettor bodies - Soda Blasting ?

Diecast alloy is fairly delicate stuff and blasting it is likely to pit the surface . The dark coloured stuff which discolours diecast components tends to be resinous deposits from oil and petrol and is not easy to shift. I use a specialist cleaner called ND which is based on, believe it or not, ora...
by christopher storey
Mon Feb 05, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Cylinder Head Studs - where from ?
Replies: 6
Views: 263
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Re: Cylinder Head Studs - where from ?

I should buy the David Manners set, if you think it's really necessary ( I am not quite sure what you mean by corrosion at the tips - it is erosion of the thickness of the shaft that is the serious problem on the later 4.2 ones which go to the base of the water jackets ) . These are not particularly...
by christopher storey
Mon Feb 05, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Wiring looms...an Autospsrks fan.
Replies: 13
Views: 328
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Re: Wiring looms...an Autospsrks fan.

Bobb : you have said this before, and as far as I know you have no evidence that this was an Autosparks loom at all . All I can say is that those of us who have dealt with Autosparks as such ( instead of guessing who had manufactured the loom ) have as far as I know had great satisfaction from their...
by christopher storey
Mon Feb 05, 2018 8:25 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Wiring looms...an Autospsrks fan.
Replies: 13
Views: 328
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Re: Wiring looms...an Autospsrks fan.

Their products are superb in my experience . On the subject of soldered connections, the problem with solder which eventually arises is dry joints as the solder ages with vibration, heating/cooling cycles etc.
by christopher storey
Mon Feb 05, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: Series 2
Topic: Slow fuel pump?
Replies: 4
Views: 147
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Re: Slow fuel pump?

That is much too slow , but caution , it may not be the pump at fault : if the system gets partly blocked, this is how the pump will behave. First I would try the flow test already suggested, then I should disconnect the delivery pipe from the tank at the filter, and blow compressed air down it back...