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by Moeregaard
Thu Oct 17, 2019 3:45 am
Forum: General
Topic: Newspaper report E type in crash
Replies: 6
Views: 492
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Re: Newspaper report E type in crash

Not good. I hope all injured parties make a full recovery. Incidents such as this are not good for the vintage-car hobby. Politicians in the U.S. are starting to make noise about requiring owners to retrofit their cars with modern safety equipment or park them. I'm sure legislators around the globe ...
by Moeregaard
Sat Oct 12, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Aluminium under dash panels change date
Replies: 9
Views: 507
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Re: Aluminium under dash panels change date

My very early 4.2 FHC, built 9/64, had the alloy under-dash panels.
by Moeregaard
Fri Oct 04, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Brake Fluid Change
Replies: 5
Views: 416
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Re: Brake Fluid Change

I still use Castrol GTLMA DOT 4 fluid and change it annually. I did mess about with DOT 5 silicone-based fluid, and found bleeding the brakes difficult due to the air suspended in it. Other owners may have had better experiences, but that was mine. Start the bleeding process from the caliper farthes...
by Moeregaard
Tue Oct 01, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Steering Wheel
Replies: 10
Views: 501
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Re: Steering Wheel

I'm a semi-skinny six feet, with long legs, and a 15" Moto Lita was a good compromise. Getting in and out wasn't a problem with the original wheel, but driving long distances with the wheel against my thighs became tiresome. I also ran 185-15 skins, so steering at low speeds was as light as it was g...
by Moeregaard
Sat Sep 28, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Crankcase ventilation adequate?
Replies: 5
Views: 357
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Re: Crankcase ventilation adequate?

My '65 FHC had the breather with the vertical cylinder and small outlet, and it was totally inadequate. I modified the breather assembly from an earlier car, giving the breather outlet an ID of 1.00" and this worked well. I just let the fumes dump out under the car.
by Moeregaard
Fri Sep 20, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Series 2
Topic: Tyre advise
Replies: 3
Views: 537
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Re: Tyre advise

Here's one more vote for the 185-15. You'll find that the car just feels "right" with the original skins. Back in the '80s, the 185-15 was difficult to source in the U.S., and I experimented with various tire sizes. The one that fit on the stock wheels without rubbing on anything was the 205/75-15. ...
by Moeregaard
Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:31 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: FHC Luggage mat doubt
Replies: 2
Views: 331
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Re: FHC Luggage mat doubt

I've never seen that on a 3.8 car, and even my very early 4.2 had the one-piece mat without the pull ring.
by Moeregaard
Sat Sep 14, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: General
Topic: So sad, FIRE
Replies: 20
Views: 1286
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Re: So sad, FIRE

That bonnet latch probably got very warm very quickly. Hopefully, they were able to save the car. This just illustrates the necessity of keeping all fuel-system components in top-notch condition. If the car has been sitting a long time, plan on a carb rebuild at the very least.
by Moeregaard
Fri Sep 06, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Series 2
Topic: Front suspension creaks&clunks
Replies: 6
Views: 1214
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Re: Front suspension creaks&clunks

I addressed mystery clunks in another thread a while back, but I'll mention it again. The lower damper bolt has an annoying tendency to seize itself to the steel bushing, as well as the lower A-arm, leading to one more clunk in the front end. You'll notice it most on minor road irregularities at low...
by Moeregaard
Fri Sep 06, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Engine Rebuild or not?
Replies: 12
Views: 2147
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Re: Engine Rebuild or not?

If you go the JB Weld route, use the slowest-setting formula available. The five-minute stuff is nothing more than five-minute epoxy with metal filler and will not hold up to continuous submersion, and you'll probably see the leak return in short order.
by Moeregaard
Thu Sep 05, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Using the FHC
Replies: 6
Views: 1283
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Re: Using the FHC

I used to haul all sorts of stuff in my FHC. There was plenty of room for all the stuff needed for a two-day camping trip to the vintages races at Laguna Seca, numerous model aircraft, and at one time I put two of my teenaged sister's friends back there. The E-Type is a lot more practical that most ...
by Moeregaard
Tue Sep 03, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Engine Removal Question
Replies: 3
Views: 1181
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Re: Engine Removal Question

If the engine will remain level during removal, you shouldn't have to drain the oil first, but I'd do it anyway. It's the perfect time for an oil change.

You can remove the clutch slave without having to bleed the system. Just tie it off to something out of the way during engine removal.
by Moeregaard
Tue Aug 27, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: MPG
Replies: 6
Views: 1537
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Re: MPG

I never got more than 23 miles per U.S. gallon with my '65 FHC, with 20 mpg being the norm. Road trips were usually taken at 65--70 MPH and I had the horrible 3.54:1 gearing.
by Moeregaard
Tue Aug 27, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: General
Topic: RIP Andrew Waugh
Replies: 19
Views: 2160
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Re: RIP Andrew Waugh

So sorry to hear this. My condolences to his family and friends.
by Moeregaard
Sun Aug 25, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Torsion bar ears spline wear?
Replies: 8
Views: 1223
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Re: Torsion bar ears spline wear?

As Tom mentions, the torsion bars will always have a pre-load on them, even if the car leaves the ground. I suspect your clonk is coming from the bolt that serves as the lower damper mount. The bolt and its nut capture the two pieces of the lower A-arm, as well as the steel shock bushing, which ofte...
by Moeregaard
Sun Aug 25, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Is the end near?
Replies: 14
Views: 1943
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Re: Is the end near?

I think it's just a generational thing. The E-Type was launched exactly three months before my birth, in 1961, so I sort of "grew up" with cars of that era. Kids starting to drive today grew up seeing tricked-out VWs, Honda Civics and other cars of this era, so the E-Type just doesn't belong to thei...
by Moeregaard
Thu Aug 22, 2019 4:07 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Rebuilt engine starting procedure
Replies: 6
Views: 1259
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Re: Rebuilt engine starting procedure

Before you do anything, ensure that there is oil in the sump. It's amazing how many newly overhauled engines have been wrecked by this small detail. I've always turned the engine over with the starter until I see oil pressure registered on the gauge. You definitely want the plugs out for this--your ...
by Moeregaard
Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Sheered cam cover stud
Replies: 9
Views: 1464
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Re: Sheered cam cover stud

Andrew's approach to leaky cam covers is similar to mine and works extremely well. I apply a thin coat of that glorified rubber cement sold by Permatex to both sides of the gasket, with a small amount blue Hylomar in each corner at the rear. Regarding the cam oil feeds, be very careful bringing up t...
by Moeregaard
Sat Aug 17, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: OBL = $565k
Replies: 27
Views: 2970
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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: 1263
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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.