I figured it was time to try the E-Type on the road: I’d sit on a cushion, wear sunglasses in lieu of a windshield, and use some trailer lights as temporary brake lights–what could go wrong? The machine has run successfully in the shop, and the addition of a NOS voltage regulator has it charging as expected. Should be a piece of cake, right?
The positive is that it handled fine (given limited cornering) and the engine seems quite nice. Plus it’s the first time I’ve ever driven this car, which I’ve owned almost 20 years.
The minus is that it doesn’t have third or fourth gear (!) and that it overheated. The timing is spot on and the carb mixtures are very close to dead on. I suspect the thermostat isn’t opening–which would be about par for the course with the repro pieces that have gone on this car. Speaking of which, here is something which is beyond words:
Those are my brand new exhaust manifolds from XKs. This is four miles from home, max revs 3000 rpm. Note that I also followed their instructions on bedding these in when the car was in the shop. This is pretty amazing and awful.
Above is back home, total of nine miles on the manifolds, no water, no revs above 3000 RPM, carb mixture is pretty darn close, definitely not ultra-lean.
Le sigh. In any case, I’m now back out to the shop to pop the top off the gearbox and see if there is a visible reason why it won’t go into third or fourth…and to contemplate putting the 50+ year old thermostat back into the car because at least it stands a chance of working. Argh.