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  1. There's another one not more than 5 miles from...

    There's another one not more than 5 miles from me; I haven't met the owner, but have been at the other side of a stoplight from him. Fellow forumite opethmike lives not too far away and has been to...
  2. [Electrical] Sometimes the needle can just get stuck. I think...

    Sometimes the needle can just get stuck. I think it is caused by the electrical transient when you turn the ignition key. I have a short piece of fine solder that I keep in the change tray just for...
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    Don't overlook old electromechanical machines....

    Don't overlook old electromechanical machines. They can be a lot of fun to play, are usually pretty cheap, and aren't THAT hard to work on. There's no messing about with blown circuit boards and...
  4. I have this system on my DeLorean as well; in my...

    I have this system on my DeLorean as well; in my case it came from a Renault Alpine GTA Atmo. Not too many people use the Solex carbs, but I have had good luck tuning mine. I'd be interested in a...
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    [General] Drove the daylights out of it on this fine, sunny...

    Drove the daylights out of it on this fine, sunny fall weekend in WNY!

    I do not get tired of talking to folks who come up and ask about the car. One fellow on Saturday, in Batavia NY, upon finding...
  6. Nice! I've always liked the original 2-seater...

    Nice! I've always liked the original 2-seater Insight. It looks good in that color.
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    [Electrical] Hrm. Mine glows yellowish-white; I guess the...

    Hrm. Mine glows yellowish-white; I guess the filter in mine is missing or completely faded-out. I didn't know it was supposed to be green!
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    [General] Before I converted to the Airtex mechanical pump,...

    Before I converted to the Airtex mechanical pump, I used the original Bosch pump. I installed a Holley bypass regulator, though, that worked exactly like a FI regulator, popping off at the pressure...
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    My guess is that that port was intended as a...

    My guess is that that port was intended as a vapor bleed and relief port, to keep the flow rate through the pump to some minimum, even at times of low engine demand. I have it connected to the former...
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    [General] Yeah, I can't say for sure that my problem was...

    Yeah, I can't say for sure that my problem was caused by the coil primary impedance, only that switching to a lower one fixed (or masked?) the problem. Adding a cap to clean up the module power...
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    That's interesting! I wonder who made it. Mine is...

    That's interesting! I wonder who made it. Mine is a Sofabex. Does the 1/4 barb have a tiny ID?
    Sofabex is an interesting company. 25+years ago, when I worked for Carter Carburetor in St. Louis,...
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    The only "how much is it worth" questions I've...

    The only "how much is it worth" questions I've gotten have come from other car enthusiasts, and they are usually careful to ask, "How much do these usually sell for?" because it avoids actually...
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    [General] INTERESTING. I may add a cap to mine, just for...

    INTERESTING. I may add a cap to mine, just for grins.

    Hmmmm.... The "Lucas" ignition module in my XJS actually has a 4-pin GM module inside it..... along with a big 'ol capacitor.
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    [General] The GM module requires no ballast resistors, and...

    The GM module requires no ballast resistors, and doesn't use them in the original GM/Jaguar applications. It performs the current limiting internally.
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    [General] I use a GM 4-pin in my car. They are sensitive to...

    I use a GM 4-pin in my car. They are sensitive to coil primary impedance, which can cause truly bizarre RPM-related dropouts if the wrong coil is used. IIRC the GM module needs around a .7 ohm or...
  16. Thread: Rocker tap

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    [Engine] Does it change with engine temperature? Mine...

    Does it change with engine temperature? Mine clatters like Granny's dentures when it's cold, but quiets right down when the engine warms up and clearances shrink.
  17. Thanks for the tip!

    Thanks for the tip!
  18. New arrival: 1985 Jag XJ-S V12. This will be an...

    New arrival: 1985 Jag XJ-S V12. This will be an adventure.

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  19. Thread: Tire Inquiry

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    [General] This is great to know. I have the same spring...

    This is great to know. I have the same spring combination on my car (Grady front, stock rear) and I like how the RWL's look. I'll think about the BFG's when I go to replace my Kumhos.
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    [General] It sounds like your state is like NY. In our case...

    It sounds like your state is like NY. In our case the DMV does not title cars older than 1973. I have 3 cars like that and the only proof of ownership is the transferable registration. NYS, at any...
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    [Engine] Seconded. I had EXACTLY this happen, and had to...

    Seconded. I had EXACTLY this happen, and had to look VERY closely at the rocker arm contact surfaces with a mirror, and at several rotational positions, to figure out what was happening. It turned...
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    [General] Drove it for the first time since Christmas Day!...

    Drove it for the first time since Christmas Day! I took advantage of the warm weather and took the Mrs. to dinner. The D ran like a top.
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    [Engine] 15W40 Rotella is swell stuff. I used to use it in...

    15W40 Rotella is swell stuff. I used to use it in my Volvo 740 Turbo.

    Other readily available oils with suitably high amounts of ZDDP are Mobil 1 V-Twin 20W50 motorcycle oil and the whole line of...
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    [Engine] I use Brad Penn 20W50. It is basically the old...

    I use Brad Penn 20W50. It is basically the old green Kendall GT1, made in the former Kendall refinery. It has a high zinc content by modern standards, which may be beneficial for our cams and rocker...
  25. [General] Another possibility is that the tick may be...

    Another possibility is that the tick may be valvetrain noise. This will normally decrease as the engine gets warmer and clearances tighten. It will also become less apparent as RPM increases solely...
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