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#1 Hello to everybody! From Adam.

Post by adam » Fri Sep 12, 2008 4:12 pm

I am a new member. Have just bought my first e-type a 1963 3.8 FHC in red.
I am enjoying the forum and finding it very informative, learning a lot!
Going to change all its fluids can anyone tell me best oil for diff, moss gearbox and engine. Are any additives useful? Going with cotton braided hoses and water wetter and more advice would be helpful. :P

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Post by Heuer » Fri Sep 12, 2008 4:36 pm

Adam

Welcome to the forum - glad you are finding it both useful and fun.

To answer your questions on fluids stick with mineral (non-synthetic) oils in line with Jaguar's recommendations - 20w/50. Castrol and Penrite both produce 'classic' oils which work perfectly. No personal experience of the Moss box but others will no doubt chip in with their recommendations on lubricant. US owners seem to favour Redline MTL for some reason. The one thing you must do is put the Jaguar Differential Additive into the rear axle when changing the oil. It comes in a small bottle http://tinyurl.com/4yup6v - stops the LSD plates 'clicking'. Alternatively use an LSD specific oil: http://tinyurl.com/49pnpb

Stick with DOT4 brake/clutch fluid which should be changed every couple of years. Personally I would go nowhere near Silicone fluid (DOT5) because of the cost, hassle and potential problems with seals. The only thing going for it is not having to change the fluid regularly but as that is only an hour's work it does not outweigh the downsides. Finally use any good quality glycol in the cooling system with Water Wetter added to help things along. Oh and use Rain X on the screen and Rain X additive in the washer bottle.
David Jones
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Post by adam » Fri Sep 12, 2008 5:46 pm

Thanks for the advice David, better get on and order more stuff. Thanks Adam

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Post by Phil » Fri Sep 12, 2008 7:04 pm

Adam,

welcome to the forum and congratulations for your new purchase !
David gave you the needed info so far, nothing to add on my side, except
enjoy driving your car and have many many miles of fun with it :wink:
Philippe
1972 V12 2+2, Belgium

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Post by Moeregaard » Fri Sep 12, 2008 9:13 pm

I'll second David's remarks regarding DOT-5 silicone brake fluid. I've never heard of seal troubles, but I've found that getting the air out is a pain--much worse than with DOT-4. I like Castrol GTLMA DOT-4 and change it annually.

Redline gear oil has a reputation for making gearboxes shift more smoothly. My brother runs it in his Porsche 911s ('66 & '81) and in his Toyota pickup. All shift more smoothly than with the dinosaur-based lubricants. I don't know if it's compatible with the E-Type's limited-slip clutches.

A couple of years back I recall Jerry Mouton presenting some oil and coolant options that would be worth repeating here. I forget the exact details, so I'll leave it to Jerry to weigh in on this discussion.

This is probably a topic best discussed on the Technical forum.
Mark (Moe) Shipley
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Former owner '65FHC, #1E30036

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Post by Erikantwerp » Sat Sep 13, 2008 7:39 am

Hi Adam,

a warm welcome from me too and hope you enjoy the forum as we do !
I also fully agree with David's comments. Just to add that, as far as motor oil is concerned, I have had very good experiences with Duckham classic oil (20W50).

cheers
Erik
1966 4.2 FHC, series I

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