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by Moeregaard
Sat Aug 17, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: OBL = $565k
Replies: 12
Views: 387
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Re: OBL = $565k

Agree 100% that the buyer is underwater with this one, unless the car has some sort of provenance we haven't heard about. He/she apparently got caught up in a feeding frenzy with no way out, and will be taking a significant haircut down the road.
by Moeregaard
Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Does anyone know my car (USA)
Replies: 4
Views: 220
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Re: Does anyone know my car (USA)

California plates went to seven digits in 1980, and my guess is that "1QBE038" is from the middle/late part of that decade. If your car isn't listed on xkedata.com, you might consider putting it there to see if the former owner jumps in.
by Moeregaard
Sun Aug 04, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Car jacking
Replies: 39
Views: 1485
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Re: Car jacking

I'm with Andrew on not using the E-Type's factory jacking points. Jaguar didn't put a lot of meat in there to begin with, and if a car still has its original inner sills and related bits, lifting the car from here would make me really nervous. Chris Harvey mentions this in his book, "E-Type--End of ...
by Moeregaard
Thu Aug 01, 2019 3:51 am
Forum: Series 2
Topic: Typical oil pressure 4.2
Replies: 18
Views: 761
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Re: Typical oil pressure 4.2

I saw 45--50 psi on both of my 4.2-liter cars at 2,000 rpm hot, with pressures dropping to 20--25 psi at idle. Both were checked with a mechanical gauge, and the sumps were filled with Castrol 20/50.
by Moeregaard
Fri Jul 05, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Slight clonk from back of car
Replies: 5
Views: 434
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Re: Slight clonk from back of car

As James mentioned, it's probably radius-arm bushings, but I would raise the rear of the car and look, wiggle and poke at everything. I once experienced some intermittent clunking in the rear of my '65, and it turned out to be a half-shaft U-joint bearing breaking up. I would have expected more dram...
by Moeregaard
Sun Jun 30, 2019 2:20 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: About to sign for my first S1 FHC
Replies: 10
Views: 717
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Re: About to sign for my first S1 FHC

I'd look at few more cars before settling on this one. I'm just seeing too many red flags here--the fibreglass bonnet, etc. Even if the seller is asking for a ridiculously low price, keep in mind that a cheap E-Type can be one of the most expensive decisions you ever make. Find a clean original car,...
by Moeregaard
Wed Jun 26, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: About to sign for my first S1 FHC
Replies: 10
Views: 717
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Re: About to sign for my first S1 FHC

Steve has good advice. I would never buy an E-Type (or any car) unless I had a couple of days to look it over--and this includes spending a good deal of time under the car. An E-Type is one of those cars that can seriously bite an unwary buyer. If you can take along someone who is intimately familia...
by Moeregaard
Wed Jun 26, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Cooling fan options
Replies: 15
Views: 722
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Re: Cooling fan options

The CoolCat and Fosseway fans have the advantage of integrating properly with the fan shroud, making them the most efficient options. I have no experience with the Fosseway, but I did have the CoolCat on my '66 FHC with the stock radiator, and had no problems with overheating in southern California ...
by Moeregaard
Tue Jun 25, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Coolcat fan switch
Replies: 13
Views: 878
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Re: Coolcat fan switch

I installed a CoolCat fan on my '66 and ran it via the Otter switch with no problems. With this arrangement the car usually ran just slightly above 70C at all times. I believe the CoolCat thermal switch is from a VW Golf, and I felt that 85C/185F was a little on the high side, especially for souther...
by Moeregaard
Mon Jun 17, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: clutch replacement jobs
Replies: 4
Views: 537
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Re: clutch replacement jobs

I'll second the sump-gasket diagnosis. Oil can come out of here in a big way, especially at the rear. The rear main turd seal usually won't produce a large volume of oil when it fails. Before taking things apart, give everything under there a good pressure wash, then take the car out for a drive and...
by Moeregaard
Sat Jun 08, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Purchasing an E - advice?
Replies: 14
Views: 874
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Re: Purchasing an E - advice?

Bodywork condition and bodged restorations are major considerations. Mechanical bits are readily available, reasonably priced and of a known quantity. Rectifying a rotted bodyshell is a major expense, especially one that has been "repaired" with chicken wire, Bondo and a cheap paint job. Don't fall ...
by Moeregaard
Sun Jun 02, 2019 9:15 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Camshaft bearing failure 4.2
Replies: 5
Views: 342
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Re: Camshaft bearing failure 4.2

I'm inclined to go with Carsten's theory, as this appears more corrosion-related than a case of accelerated wear due to lack of oil. From the photos, it appears to be from an engine that was laid up after many miles. As James mentions, premature bearing wear can often be attributed to the cam bearin...
by Moeregaard
Fri May 03, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Bullet dent
Replies: 16
Views: 870
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Re: Bullet dent

This one deserves a really good, James Bond-esque story: The original owner was a British agent conducting a between-the-sheets interrogation of the Russian spy, when her East German ski-instructor/hired-gun boyfriend walked in. While our agent was making his escape, the assassin squeezed off a few ...
by Moeregaard
Sun Apr 07, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Left in the carpark
Replies: 3
Views: 505
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Re: Left in the carpark

Back in the days before tracking devices, etc., I would just make stealing my E-Type a lengthy process. Thieves want to get their work done as quickly and quietly as possible, so forcing them to get through multiple layers of protection always seemed like a good idea. I installed a battery cut-off s...
by Moeregaard
Sat Mar 30, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Oil pressure gauge replacement
Replies: 9
Views: 606
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Re: Oil pressure gauge replacement

Just put some heat-shrink tubing over the ends, to cover the metal connectors, and stow them safely. I wouldn't cut them off, in the event some future owner of your E-Type decides to refit the electrical gauge.
by Moeregaard
Fri Feb 15, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Steel plug - holes in floor
Replies: 2
Views: 344
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Re: Steel plug - holes in floor

I used 1/2" knockout plugs for electrical junction boxes, available at most hardware stores.
by Moeregaard
Wed Jan 30, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: E Types banned in cities.
Replies: 5
Views: 702
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Re: E Types banned in cities.

E-Types are more fun on the open road, far away from cities, anyway.
by Moeregaard
Sun Jan 20, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Series 1 3.8 low oil pressure after fresh engine build..Help!
Replies: 33
Views: 1607
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Re: Series 1 3.8 low oil pressure after fresh engine build..Help!

Tom makes a good point. If the O-rings on the pickup tube are missing or damaged, any amount of air drawn in will aerate the oil as it enters the pump. Fortunately, you had 20 psi, so there was most likely no bearing damage. There is the possibility that your oil-pressure relief valve is malfunction...
by Moeregaard
Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Engine chugs when power is taken off
Replies: 10
Views: 813
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Re: Engine chugs when power is taken off

All great suggestions, so here's one more: check for a stuck distributor breaker plate.
by Moeregaard
Fri Jan 04, 2019 12:48 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: steam
Replies: 8
Views: 763
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Re: steam

After reading the excellent suggestions put forth, I thought of two more potential causes. First, check to see if any of your core plugs are leaking. The ones along the side of the engine block can be replaced in situ. The rear one is a different story and I'd just toss in a can of Bars Leaks and re...