July 2013

Sunday, 07 July 2013

Kelsey Hayes finished

It's finally painted, honed, assembled and I think it will work.


3.8 booster complete

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New brakes for the 4.2

After some thought the folly of swapping over the whole hub assembly became aparent to me.

So instead I did the sensible thing and swapped the calipers over for the Coopers.



Coopercraft brakes on

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More little bits and pieces.

For some time now I have been unable to find the 8 pin plug that supplies power to the bonnet. It finally turned up today; it appeared to have been sat on by an elephant.

Not to be fazed by this I shooed the elephant away and restored the plug. Took about an hour and a bit of Araldite.


3.8 eight pin before


3.8 eight pin after

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Thursday, 04 July 2013

More paint photos

As Ross paints something, he takes photos and sends them to me. Here's this week's lot.


3.8 boot painted


3.8 inside painted




3.8 firewall painted


3.8 framesl painted



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Wednesday, 03 July 2013

Engine machining

The engine has been down at the machine shop for a while. Here's a shot of the head, just waiting for new cam buckets to be fitted. Brendan needs the cam buckets to do the job, as they are individually fitted.


3.8 head work


So 4 weeks ago, I ordered a set of 12 oversized long skirt cam buckets from XK's in the US.

Mystifyingly, when they arrived, there were only 10.

I emailled them and they said yes, we will send you another 2 immediately, at our expense.

It seems that in order to keep their expense down they sent them by the little known USPS Rickshaw/Carrier Pigeon combo. This fascinating service took 12 days.

Needless to say, when the 2 cam followers arrived, they were the wrong ones. See the miniskirt?


3.8 tappets



So another pair of the right cam followers was sent UPS, and actually arrived and were the right ones. I'm glad that the XKs Despatch Dept guy was so kind as to thank me for my patience.


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