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by christopher storey
Sun Sep 23, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Built by Many
Replies: 32
Views: 1455
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Re: Built by Many

Car SOS is terrible rubbish. The mechanic fellow is OK but the sidekick ( Tim someone or other ) makes you cringe . It is, however, as nothing compared with the dreadfulness of one on another channel ( ITV ? , Ch4 ? ) with Bernie and Mario or some names like that. This Built by Many thing seems alri...
by christopher storey
Sun Sep 23, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: VIN number
Replies: 30
Views: 668
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Re: VIN number

Hutson's in Bradford should be able to do it for you
by christopher storey
Sat Sep 22, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Clutch choices, and Release Bearing and Fork Woes
Replies: 29
Views: 1642
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Re: Clutch choices, and Release Bearing and Fork Woes

Rory : where obtaining the driven plate has been difficult, I have had very satisfactory service from Bonding and Reline at Thurmaston in Leicester, who will put new linings on your plate at very modest cost and with a quick turnround. I posted mine off one day and had it back within about 4 days
by christopher storey
Sat Sep 22, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: General
Topic: Built by Many
Replies: 32
Views: 1455
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Re: Built by Many

Robbie. As you say the chambers will be offset. As far as I know the 3.8 heads were put on the early 4.2 engines anyway in the day. The bores were moved for the 4.2 but the heads remained essentially unaltered... The XK head remained unaltered in all essentials throughout the life of the engine, al...
by christopher storey
Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: General
Topic: Low Drag
Replies: 3
Views: 154
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Re: Low Drag

4868WK belongs to Peter Neumark and is in the UK
by christopher storey
Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: General
Topic: Jag promo video LeMans 1953
Replies: 7
Views: 130
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Re: Jag promo video LeMans 1953

A great find , Steve. Was that William Lyons at 2:21 and 2:25 ?
by christopher storey
Tue Sep 18, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Oil Filler Cap, Gap to Bonnet, and Improving Breathing ?
Replies: 16
Views: 431
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Re: Oil Filler Cap - and gap to bonnet ?

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, Peter
by christopher storey
Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Ported vacuum advance vs manifold vacuum advance
Replies: 47
Views: 1330
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Re: Ported vacuum advance vs manifold vacuum advance

No E type has a mechanical tacho drive. The S1 cars had a self contained AC circuit driven by a generator at the back of the right hand cam bank, and your 1969 car will have an electronic tacho driven by a signal from a loop of the ignition supply lead ( white ) wrapped round a fitting on the tacho,...
by christopher storey
Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Bonnet opening at speed
Replies: 2
Views: 142
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Re: Bonnet opening at speed

It is an aerofoil surface with quite a degree of camber when viewed side on, and thus produces a good deal of lift . It is this which makes the steering go light at speeds over about 120 mph/ 180 kph
by christopher storey
Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Bruce McLaren #15 E-type JD Classics
Replies: 57
Views: 5020
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Re: Bruce McLaren #15 E-type JD Classics

I fear, Simon, that the Fund managers are likely to be the biggest losers of all . They are partners in a Swiss based investment company called Charme II, who bought about 2/3 of the equity from Hood in c.2016 . Presumably what they thought they were buying into was a lot of valuable stock , since l...
by christopher storey
Sun Sep 16, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: General
Topic: Bruce McLaren #15 E-type JD Classics
Replies: 57
Views: 5020
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Re: Bruce McLaren #15 E-type JD Classics

Well, Peter, it does you credit that your views had mellowed. Mine hadn't, and I refused to go to any event where they were one of the sponsors, hence my non-attendance at XK70 .
by christopher storey
Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Welcome!
Topic: SNG Barratt
Replies: 25
Views: 859
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Re: SNG Barratt

Welcome indeed , Julian . I know things don't always go to plan, but your company has been at the forefront of enabling us to keep our 50 plus year old vehicles going . Long may it continue
by christopher storey
Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: Series 3
Topic: Changing a clutch a 9 to 5 job !
Replies: 27
Views: 932
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Re: Changing a clutch a 9 to 5 job !

And It can be done with a six. I don't know how many times it is necessary to repeat this before the message gets through, but it is IMPOSSIBLE without butchering the floors and tunnel to remove the gearbox separately from the engine on an XK engined Short wheelbase E type i.e. any OTS or FHC 6 cyl...
by christopher storey
Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: London Auction
Replies: 21
Views: 973
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Re: London Auction

In a nutshell, Derek Hood who was one of the co-founders, was found by a High Court Judge in the early part of the summer to have been defrauding a client he was purchasing cars for on commission, essentially by representing that the price the customer was paying for the car was what the seller was ...
by christopher storey
Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: General
Topic: London Auction
Replies: 21
Views: 973
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Re: London Auction

I’ve had a look at JD Classics website and see that they’ve taken on a new CEO, coincidence or not? Yes, a complete coincidence. The sucker was the Chief of Lotus believe it or not, and joined in about May or June , presumably having agreed to do so just before the storm broke. I imagine he is anxi...
by christopher storey
Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Series 1 engine/head numbers
Replies: 12
Views: 223
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Re: Series 1 engine/head numbers

It really won't devalue the car at all. Given that in the recent RM sale they had the effrontery to actually state in the sale particulars that on one E type a different block had been fitted but re-stamped to match the head you can see that these so-called matching numbers are not worth the alloy /...
by christopher storey
Sun Sep 09, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: General
Topic: London Auction
Replies: 21
Views: 973
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Re: London Auction

The huge cloud hanging over the market at present is that even if JD Classics survives, which looks very questionable unless a buyer is mug enough to take it on, there is likely to be be a fire sale of its stock , and the effect of this is unpredictable, with some traders known to me fearing that th...
by christopher storey
Sun Sep 09, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Overwintering ...synthetic petrol
Replies: 15
Views: 394
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Re: Overwintering ...synthetic petrol

In the fuel crisis which erupted in 1973 and again in ?1978/79 I used 100LL for a month or two in my MGB ( two different cars ) . It's a very fetching blue colour! It caused no problems at all
by christopher storey
Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Overwintering ...synthetic petrol
Replies: 15
Views: 394
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Re: Overwintering ...synthetic petrol

Especially given the well documented problems on this forum with stale fuel and ethanol Any thoughts?? Regards Graham I am slightly puzzled : I know of no actual experience on this forum with stale fuel / ethanol problems. There seem to be plenty of anecdotes which do the rounds, but despite my 5 c...
by christopher storey
Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: XKE 3.8 Compression Test Result
Replies: 8
Views: 353
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Re: XKE 3.8 Compression Test Result

I'm afraid I am not persuaded that there is any significant abnormality in these readings. I am rather doubtful that they are indicative of a leak between 3 and 4, which in my view would produce a considerably greater drop in both cylinders than the overall 20% between highest and lowest, and about ...