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by 42south
Sun Feb 11, 2018 5:25 am
Forum: Series 3
Topic: Timing a v12 with no timing marks!
Replies: 6
Views: 1070
New Zealand

Re: Timing a v12 with no timing marks!

Hi
Be careful if using a dial gauge to set TDC. Do not turn the engine backwards as you may damage the timing chain tensioner.
Use the double stop method, plenty of posts on the subject.
Cheers
by 42south
Fri Feb 02, 2018 7:28 am
Forum: Welcome!
Topic: Scotland to New Zealand
Replies: 7
Views: 1433
New Zealand

Re: Scotland to New Zealand

hi Algrant All good advice so far. Bringing GBP to Nz will give you a good currency gain so buying whatever services you need down here will be reasonable. There are a number of top quality restorers, think Beacham, or Tempero at the top end, and also plenty of old school mechanical types that can f...
by 42south
Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: Series 3
Topic: s3 auto to manual conversion.
Replies: 7
Views: 1426
New Zealand

Re: s3 auto to manual conversion.

I think you would be disappointed with the manual 4 speed box. I had one in my car and in 4th it was revving too high for my liking at normal road speeds. In my case I didn't have the Overdrive box choice, so wound up fitting a Getrag 5 speed, which I like, but it did need an adaptor plate to mount ...
by 42south
Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: Series 3
Topic: JD40 Sprocket Retaining Tool
Replies: 7
Views: 1206
New Zealand

Re: JD40 Sprocket Retaining Tool

Yikes
how about one of those telescopic antenna like devices with a strong magnet on the bottom, some are stronger than others.
Then when you have lifted it a hooked wire may be able to be used.
Good luck
by 42south
Sat Jan 06, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Series 3
Topic: opus ignition system
Replies: 28
Views: 5455
New Zealand

Re: opus ignition system

Hi Colin, As usual our resident expert Marek has posted the good gen. Here are a couple of websites I used to research when I was doing the mod on my car. The british vacuum site is useful to ensure you have the appropriate vacuum module. Following his advice I wound up using the 54405202 unit which...
by 42south
Sat Jan 06, 2018 8:42 pm
Forum: Series 3
Topic: opus ignition system
Replies: 28
Views: 5455
New Zealand

Re: opus ignition system

Hi Philip
Isn’t the issue that, in your case, with vacuum still being provided to the advance capsule at idle, then extra advance will be provided at idle, which I believe is undesirable.
Well jaguar thought so which is why they set up the system to avoid this.
Cheers
by 42south
Mon Dec 25, 2017 7:39 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: SU fuel pump electronic upgrade
Replies: 5
Views: 948
New Zealand

Re: SU fuel pump electronic upgrade

I have just fitted Marek’s pump upgrade, and it’s working as advertised. His instructions are detailed with clear photos. It’s just as well I did the job at this time, as the points in the pump were quite pitted, the very symptom Marek’s mod is designed to reduce. I’ve cleaned them up and will be in...
by 42south
Tue Oct 24, 2017 8:13 pm
Forum: Series 3
Topic: tyre pressure
Replies: 12
Views: 2076
New Zealand

Re: tyre pressure

hi Definitely have a look at your mounting of the underbody mufflers and exhaust pipes. Make sure the mufflers are right up in the cavities. And check they are the same oval shape as the OEM mufflers, I'm assuming someone has replaced them at some stage. The pipes where they go under the IRS should ...
by 42south
Sun Oct 22, 2017 12:24 am
Forum: Series 3
Topic: Series 3 Steering Upgrade
Replies: 25
Views: 2003
New Zealand

Re: Series 3 Steering Upgrade


Hi,
I did the washer mod on mine, which was the jaguar solution to the oversensitive steering.
It does work very well, and gives a nice positive feel in the corners, as opposed to that driving on ice feeling.
However the rob beere solution sounds simpler and effective.
Cheers
by 42south
Thu Oct 19, 2017 12:04 am
Forum: Series 3
Topic: Series 3 timing stroboscope
Replies: 6
Views: 1290
New Zealand

Re: Series 3 timing stroboscope

Hi I have found that due to the placement of the timing marks, the straight head type of light quite difficult to get in position to see the marks. I bought a similar one to this. I do like the dial back feature to get accurate numbers. Your numbers sound right to me. I run on 95 octane down here wi...
by 42south
Sat Sep 23, 2017 7:44 am
Forum: Series 3
Topic: opus ignition system
Replies: 28
Views: 5455
New Zealand

Re: opus ignition system

Hi guys If you check out the reopus website you'll find that it's no longer available. I fitted the SNG Barratt replacement HE system, and find it excellent. It does give you a rebuilt dizzy as well, which as we all know generally benefits from a rebuild. This kit is still has a retard vacuum capsul...
by 42south
Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:15 am
Forum: Series 3
Topic: Power steering problem
Replies: 5
Views: 1570
New Zealand

Re: Power steering problem

Hi
whilst you are on it, search the S3 forum for "pressure reducing washer". This mod is one of the best, and simplest, you can do for your S3. No more vague steering in the corners.
Cheers
Mark
by 42south
Thu Aug 31, 2017 11:53 pm
Forum: Series 3
Topic: sound of the v12
Replies: 36
Views: 6715
New Zealand

Re: sound of the v12

Hi Barry,
where was the HP increase?
Some have suggested that it is only at high revs, an area most of us are unlikely to use often.
If it was in the mid range it would be an advantage. I certainly would like more in this area for overtaking.
Cheers
Mark
by 42south
Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:20 pm
Forum: Series 2
Topic: Rusty fuel issues! Part 1
Replies: 42
Views: 6606
New Zealand

Re: Rusty fuel issues! Part 1

hi Catnip I see your carbs have the temperature compensator fittings on the side, the whiteish plastic cover. Did you overhaul or do anything to these? They can be a source of a vacuum leak. It should have a small tube out the top of the metal fitting for vacuum, if you haven't overhauled it, blank ...
by 42south
Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:55 am
Forum: Series 2
Topic: Rusty fuel issues! Part 1
Replies: 42
Views: 6606
New Zealand

Re: Rusty fuel issues! Part 1

Hi Catnip that little pipe under the carb is the vacuum pickoff for the vacuum retard unit on the distributor. It was fitted in an attempt to meet US emissions regulations. This was normally on a rear carb. I would block it off, and also the retard capsule on the distributor. you can tell its a reta...
by 42south
Fri Aug 25, 2017 6:47 am
Forum: Series 3
Topic: sound of the v12
Replies: 36
Views: 6715
New Zealand

Re: sound of the v12

Hi
Why doesn't someone publish the Dyno results, to prove the power increase?
In fact I can't understand why Mr Bywater hasn't done it to end the aspersions cast by some about his systems.
by 42south
Tue Aug 22, 2017 5:00 am
Forum: Series 3
Topic: sound of the v12
Replies: 36
Views: 6715
New Zealand

Re: sound of the v12

Hi guys here is a link to the sound of my car with straight through glasspack underbody mufflers, the same size as the originals, exiting into 52mm pipe with no rear resonators. This is stage 3 of Woolfi's ideas. Sounds great to all my mates, translate=(Friends), even my missus, translate = wife, lo...
by 42south
Mon Aug 21, 2017 11:26 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: oil residue around petrol cap
Replies: 3
Views: 824
New Zealand

Re: oil residue around petrol cap

Hi
Is the car burning oil?
I had similar issues before the rebuild of my V12. Oil was leaking into the cylinders and being burnt during trips. This left more of a sooty residue than oily, if you know what I mean. So an oily residue suggests a leak from the diff, or somewhere on the engine.
by 42south
Sat Aug 19, 2017 1:49 am
Forum: Series 3
Topic: sound of the v12
Replies: 36
Views: 6715
New Zealand

Re: sound of the v12

Hi guys Here's a pic of a 52mm straight through exhaust. You will notice I have done the Marek mod on the rear tailights, nice to get rid of the messy reversing lights. We did have to flatten the pipes where they go under the IRS to keep ground clearance. https://s2.postimg.org/jz8zm5yyx/IMG_0504.jp...
by 42south
Fri Aug 04, 2017 9:06 pm
Forum: Series 3
Topic: Stromberg carb temperature compensators
Replies: 7
Views: 2187
New Zealand

Re: Stromberg carb temperature compensators

Hi, I agree disable them. While you are at it also disable the bypass valve on the side of each carb. To do this just remove the vacuum source from the little pipe on the top of the valve and plug it. These units were only there for emission control purposes. Also I would remove the vacuum from the ...