Series 3 carb removal

Talk about the E-Type Series 3

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nigeld
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#1 Series 3 carb removal

Post by nigeld » Thu Nov 15, 2018 7:02 pm

Hi. I’m just starting to tinker with a Series 3 fhc. I believe it’s a 1973 in Uk spec. First job is to service the Stombergs
I assume the carbs can be removed with the manifold still on the car but I’m having difficulty accessing the 4th nut (lower inner side ie nearest the other carb). Does anyone have any special tips/techniques for this? seems like my hands are too big to get a spanner or socket on it. Thanks

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#2 Re: Series 3 carb removal

Post by baganz.sven@web.de » Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:33 pm

Hi,

I think you have no chance to get a socket on the nut.
Also a ring spanner is not possible.
I used a normal spanner, it has not been too difficult to remove the carbs.
I acessed the nut from below.
Of course it took some time because I could always only turn some degrees :wrench:
And then turn the spanner around for the next degrees.

There is no magic or trick behind it.
Sven
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'71 S3 coupe LHD manual

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#3 Re: Series 3 carb removal

Post by nigeld » Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:05 pm

Hi Sven

Thanks - yes I had another go and was able to get a c spanner in it. Not as hard as I thought once I knew it was possible!

Nigel.

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#4 Re: Series 3 carb removal

Post by JJC » Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:02 am

Pain in the neck job for sure. It helps if you keep a few extra nuts around , cause your gonna drop one, and of course it will never be found ! LOL
JJ

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#5 Re: Series 3 carb removal

Post by Woolfi » Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:18 am

Easy solution: take a spare spanner (in german language is called "fork key" or "open mouth" key) and saw it short and grind the mouth slim. Drill a small hole at the end and make a thin 1 m long yarn at it. 5 minutes to work, if you have a saw and a grinder. With this special stromberg-tool I was able to put it on the fourth nut and to turn it a few degrees. The first turn I have done with such a tool , which was not cutted shorter, that you have full torque to turn the firt half turn.
Regards Wolfgang Gatza

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#6 Re: Series 3 carb removal

Post by Ole-xke1974 » Sun Nov 18, 2018 11:22 am

When I took mine off I used an adjustable 4" spanner.
When I fitted them again, I had purchased a set of "stubby" wrenches.
The advise of securing the wrench with a piece of string to aid easy retrieval WHEN you drop it, seem like a good idea.
It's a lot quicker to take the manifolds off with the carbs attached, but then you have to consider the added cost of new gaskets. On the other hand then you have the opportunity to refresh the manifolds if the need it.
1974 SIII E-Type w. XJ S2 4sp w. O/D

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