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by rfs1957
Wed Nov 06, 2013 3:52 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Front Roll-Bar rubbers going AWOL
Replies: 13
Views: 3619
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Front Roll-Bar rubbers going AWOL

Thought this might help someone, or throw up a cause ...... http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h475/rfs1957/DSC04658_zps65d26153.jpg Suffered for many years with occasional sideways movement of one of the front roll-bar D-rubbers, going as far as falling out, both originals and polyurethanes, even ...
by rfs1957
Wed Nov 06, 2013 3:29 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: High revs equals damper explosion ... fitting ProRace damper
Replies: 23
Views: 8116
France

A few comments to help the next forum member confronted with these ProRace dampers, and the "one-size-fits-all-XK-motors" approach. http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h475/rfs1957/DSC04975_zpsfafe881f.jpg The crank on my 3.8 sticks out by only 38mm, whereas the damper is 44mm deep - however the rea...
by rfs1957
Fri Oct 18, 2013 10:47 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: High revs equals damper explosion ... fitting ProRace damper
Replies: 23
Views: 8116
France

Funny that, there's actually a figure in the instructions after all. 125-150 ft.lbs.
by rfs1957
Fri Oct 18, 2013 7:04 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: High revs equals damper explosion ... fitting ProRace damper
Replies: 23
Views: 8116
France

Delivered within 48H ; made by PRORACE in Australia, reference 64296, haven't seen lower than 390 USD elsewhere so £283 is fine by me. Anyone got a torque figure for the nose-bolt ? Standard tables suggest 3/4 16 TPI in a Grade 5 / Metric 8.8 condition torques to 220 ft.lbs lubricated. Is there an e...
by rfs1957
Wed Oct 16, 2013 4:34 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Early S1 tripod headlights
Replies: 16
Views: 12175
France

Too fast for me. The spring is fastened to the main backing-bowl (black) and hooks onto what you refer to as the bucket. That right ? The botch has been working fine since 1990, it's just I've never learned "if it ain't broke don't fix it".
by rfs1957
Wed Oct 16, 2013 3:59 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: High revs equals damper explosion ... fitting ProRace damper
Replies: 23
Views: 8116
France

Indeed very wary due to past systemic fecklessness but they said they had them in stock and were despatching yesterday, otherwise son 19 emigrated in Oz last week so do indeed now have a local franchisee. Dave, Thanks for the offer, I was assuming that if it ever needed taking off it would be becaus...
by rfs1957
Wed Oct 16, 2013 10:56 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Early S1 tripod headlights
Replies: 16
Views: 12175
France

The cock-up may be in the main backing bowls. The adjuster screws are at 3 and 6 o'clock on mine, whereas they're shown at 9 and 12 o'clock elsewhere. The cut-outs in the zinc bowls that locate the headlamps via the three raised profiles have been hand-cut, see picture, because their orientation wou...
by rfs1957
Tue Oct 15, 2013 6:44 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Early S1 tripod headlights
Replies: 16
Views: 12175
France

There would appear to be 60/55W with 410 / P45 base bulbs available here for ?3.99, and a 100/80W version for ?5.99 ? http://www.classic-car-accessories.co.uk/acatalog/12_volt_bulbs.html Is there something wrong with them at that price ? http://i1111.photobucket.com/albums/h475/rfs1957/DSC04929_zps7...
by rfs1957
Tue Oct 15, 2013 8:23 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: High revs equals damper explosion ... fitting ProRace damper
Replies: 23
Views: 8116
France

Well that's a pretty clear vote. Initially I was nevertheless tempted to go down the Reconditioned-Original route as suggested, but the source was a bit curmudgeonly, as if they were doing me a favour, on top of which they wanted to charge £55 to ship the 4kg involved to France - when you can in fac...
by rfs1957
Sun Oct 13, 2013 4:34 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: High revs equals damper explosion ... fitting ProRace damper
Replies: 23
Views: 8116
France

High revs equals damper explosion ... fitting ProRace damper

So, a quick rip up to 5.200/115mph going past Pezenas on the A750, returning from a gander at Retrofolies in Béziers ..... safe enough now I've done the valve clearances, which is - like an oil-change or new-plugs - akin to a brand-new motor as everyone knows .... and there's a clang and a knock thr...
by rfs1957
Mon Sep 30, 2013 4:20 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Timing chain adjustment
Replies: 35
Views: 22127
France

Can anyone tell me how difficult it generally is to get the cam-covers oil-tight ? I'm used to all sorts of leak-issues in a variety of engines made over the last 50 years, and some, and some locations, are more prone than others, hence the question. With new gaskets, seals, flatted cam-cover surfac...
by rfs1957
Sun Sep 29, 2013 9:20 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: legroom in etypes
Replies: 13
Views: 6348
France

Nearly a year since the last post, with an intervening deafening silence but ............... I can now confirm that there was indeed a rich vein here to mine, and it has utterly transformed my enjoyment of the car . Haven't finished writing up all this stuff but there is a start here in what might a...
by rfs1957
Sat Sep 28, 2013 6:58 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Timing chain adjustment
Replies: 35
Views: 22127
France

The Jag advice about "there should be slight flexibility on both outer sides below the cam-shaft sprockets" is open to interpretation, and mine felt way too tight upon opening the timing up today - I couldn't find any movement at all using strong fingers, although with a 1/4" screwdriver I could jus...
by rfs1957
Thu Sep 26, 2013 8:15 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Series 1 Clutch Slave Cylinder
Replies: 11
Views: 4511
France

Not sure who comes off worse from this exchange.

Christopher is dead right, it's a 36/49 drop in effort if you go from 3/4 up to 7/8 on the slave bore, hence the 27%, but a 49/36 raise in the effort (36%) the way I've done it - which is 7/8 down to 3/4.

Either way I can recommend the modification.
by rfs1957
Thu Sep 26, 2013 7:52 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Pressurising cooling circuit, and Electric Water Pump.
Replies: 8
Views: 2877
France

So it does ! Had never noticed the centre button's function. However, Peter ........ " you could use it to allow pressurized air in by way of the outer cap" ?? If you pressurised through the outer cap, on mine you'd just vent straight back out down the overflow. And if you pressure test through the ...
by rfs1957
Wed Sep 25, 2013 7:14 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Series 1 Clutch Slave Cylinder
Replies: 11
Views: 4511
France

Anyone working on the Clutch Slave might like to know that in an attempt to move the pedals further forward (long legs) I had the 7/8" slave re-sleeved to 3/4", which gives a 28% reduction in travel, albeit with a 28% increase in effort. I find the heavier pedal - paradoxically - easier to drive wit...
by rfs1957
Tue Sep 24, 2013 3:39 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Pressurising cooling circuit, and Electric Water Pump.
Replies: 8
Views: 2877
France

I may indeed have the Kenlowe set a little low, David, but believe that I can reduce the total watts (sometimes) consumed by the fan after switching off by getting some movement through the radiator at the same time. Since I went to a smaller AH rating on the battery (hidden in the old case) I've be...
by rfs1957
Thu Sep 05, 2013 1:12 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Pressurising cooling circuit, and Electric Water Pump.
Replies: 8
Views: 2877
France

Pressurising cooling circuit, and Electric Water Pump.

In view of the heat-surge that I get with my 3.8, as witnessed by the Kenlowe behaviour, I am about to test-fit a Davies-Craig pump in the bottom radiator hose, with a timed and/or thermostatted swtich to give me a couple of minutes of water (rather than just air) circulation after switch-off. Howev...
by rfs1957
Sun May 19, 2013 3:57 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: RB340 Voltage Regulator adjustment - for Rookies.
Replies: 11
Views: 13737
France

That's a real complete service you're offering David !

Can't find anything similar on LeBonCoin ; just a shame none of the Avo's go to 40A - any bright ideas for a suitable meter for that, now you've solved the voltmeter issue ?
by rfs1957
Sun May 19, 2013 2:52 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: RB340 Voltage Regulator adjustment - for Rookies.
Replies: 11
Views: 13737
France

No, indeed, the guy says the lowest range setting is 0-75. Will keep looking. The problem with a digital, which of course I've got, is that they are not very good at damping out transients, and peak retention and maximums is no help, for example, when doing the falling-revs test to provoke the drop-...