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by Sarthe72
Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Aluminium under dash panels change date
Replies: 9
Views: 1934
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Re: Aluminium under dash panels change date

About September 1963 from memory, but I haven't looked it up so may be a tad out.
by Sarthe72
Mon Oct 07, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: General
Topic: 150 MPH Number plate
Replies: 42
Views: 14337
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Re: 150 MPH Number plate

Here in France all will change in 2021 for old car registrations. The government has decided to abolish all old style plates and replace with new style numbers and letters. Apparently this is to "clean the system" of cars that no longer exist.
by Sarthe72
Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Number plate light bezels
Replies: 5
Views: 1474
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Re: Number plate light bezels

James told me he was making them again after a NOS pair sold on Ebay for £500. I didn't know he was making them for Australia though! Next time I speak to him I'll mention it, but, as a past concours judge, I doubt I would have noticed it really. Too busy thinking of Lucas, no name at all, and hopin...
by Sarthe72
Wed Oct 02, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: C15168 Early steering wheel rim wood.
Replies: 14
Views: 3290
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Re: C15168 Early steering wheel rim wood.

I think you will find that they also used white mahogany for the early rims.
by Sarthe72
Fri Sep 27, 2019 1:15 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Wheel inner arch & floor paint in original S1 3.8
Replies: 8
Views: 1840
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Re: Wheel inner arch & floor paint in original S1 3.8

Original is all very well if you don't plan to use the car much, but you might be making a dreadful decision if you do. The U-Pol is used for pick-up beds and is exceptionally tough, and you can't see the difference once the top coat is on. I rest easy knowing mine has this treatment. Just my take o...
by Sarthe72
Tue Sep 17, 2019 3:06 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Zeus Callipers
Replies: 10
Views: 5280
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Re: Zeus Callipers

I have had Zeus problems from time to time, but not drag as you describe it. I just get the front slowly locking on and so always carry a 7/16 in the glove box. I've changed to aeroquip hoses, and the problem is rare so I live with it. I can go months without a problem and then suddenly the front N/...
by Sarthe72
Tue Aug 27, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: MPG
Replies: 6
Views: 2816
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Re: MPG

In this photo are two E-types, one my 1961 flat floor and the other a 1972 V12. On a run from Hampshire to St Tropez which was the more economical? Well, most would say the 3.8 but they'd be wrong. The V12 sported an XJ6 overdrive box and a 2.88 rear axle. Including some spirited driving we worked o...
by Sarthe72
Mon Aug 26, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: MPG
Replies: 6
Views: 2816
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Re: MPG

Over 100,000 miles I averaged 23 mpg, then had the engine rebuilt and the carbs by Burlen. Now I get 20 mpg and I can't for the life of me figure out why. I'm not bothered, because in the scheme of things it doesn't really matter, but I still wonder why.
by Sarthe72
Sun Aug 11, 2019 7:24 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: rolling road figures
Replies: 59
Views: 14397
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Re: rolling road figures

My Turrino wheels for the C-type. Beautiful work.


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by Sarthe72
Thu Aug 01, 2019 3:48 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Parts quality
Replies: 16
Views: 5218
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Re: Parts quality

It seems to me, both from experience and talking to SNGB, that some effort is being made to improve the quality of replacement parts. Things that I carried and regularly failed were, for example, a fuel pump, in line brake switch and especially an oil pressure sender, of which I have had numerous. B...
by Sarthe72
Sun Jul 28, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Over £18k for a bonnet?
Replies: 5
Views: 2892
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Re: Over £18k for a bonnet?

Then look at A-frames from E-type Fabs. I bought mine in 2014 for £2,000 I think they are more than double that now.
by Sarthe72
Sat Jul 27, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: re enamelling exhaust manifolds
Replies: 46
Views: 23257
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Re: re enamelling exhaust manifolds

A bit bored, so I thought I'd give the manifolds a new coat of paint. I think they look even better now.


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by Sarthe72
Wed Jul 24, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Oh no! Engine frame damage, could it be repaired?
Replies: 14
Views: 2502
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Re: Oh no! Engine frame damage, could it be repaired?

A restorer told me that he won't use any A-frames except those from E-type Fabs because those from Robey are not correct. The problem, the last time I heard, is that E-type Fabs have put their prices up to £4,000 for the A-frames. After 25 years I bought mine from them five years back and they were ...
by Sarthe72
Sun Jul 07, 2019 5:05 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Coolcat fan switch
Replies: 13
Views: 4257
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Re: Coolcat fan switch

I put the Coolcat switch in place when I bought the fan but found that it seemed to cut in a little late for my liking and went back to the old Otter switch. Four years later everything is still fine.
by Sarthe72
Mon Jul 01, 2019 2:00 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: rolling road figures
Replies: 59
Views: 14397
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Re: rolling road figures

Obviously not rolling road, but two before and after graphs. I feel that the lesser figures are pretty representative of a standard engine.
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by Sarthe72
Sun Jun 23, 2019 3:02 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: New distributor? 123 or Pertronix?
Replies: 13
Views: 6975
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Re: New distributor? 123 or Pertronix?

I bought the XKSS 18 years ago already fitted with Lumenition, my first experience of such. In 28,000 miles it has performed impeccably except for one unnerving thing; on a rare occasion just turning on the ignition will start the engine! Obviously the engine stopped just at the top of the ignition ...
by Sarthe72
Fri Jun 21, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Prescott Hil
Replies: 17
Views: 3279
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Re: Prescott Hil

I do like this one of him being overtaken by the rear tyre!
by Sarthe72
Fri Jun 21, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: General
Topic: Prescott Hil
Replies: 17
Views: 3279
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Re: Prescott Hil

Sadly, that doesn’t work now because it relates to JD Classics, who of course went into receivership. Which beggars another question; has the ex owner of JD been convicted yet? I know there were several people wanting to bring cases forward for fraud. My latest info says that he is keeping his head...
by Sarthe72
Wed Jun 19, 2019 4:48 am
Forum: General
Topic: Prescott Hill Climb 8th June 2014
Replies: 14
Views: 4540
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Re: Prescott Hill Climb 8th June 2014

Were we at the same event? Here's my car at that event in glorious sunshine!

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by Sarthe72
Wed Jun 19, 2019 4:37 am
Forum: General
Topic: Prescott Hil
Replies: 17
Views: 3279
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Re: Prescott Hil

Keep up the good work Chris. I took the XKSS to XK70 last year and since I was staying with the Heynes family lent the car to young William to take it up the hill. He made a good fist of it too:- https://i.postimg.cc/GtSMDxyM/DSC-5506.jpg Better than the JD Classics driver did anyway! https://i.post...