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Ernest

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    Best fuel

    Wow What a high level of expertise in evidence here - It is so good for non-experts such as myself to be able to take advantage of this resource. On balance, I am thinking that I will stick with the higher octane - so thanks all for your input. Best Wishes Ernest
  2. Ernest

    Best fuel

    Hi all In the last two years of TR6 ownership I have been using 'top-grade' petrol. But this week I have been told by a very respected classic car garage that should only be using the ordinary petrol as the higher octane has a very adverse effect of the P.I. system. - I think is was on 'deteriorating' seals. What are the views of you guys? Best Wishes Ernest
  3. Thanks Bob I will give this a try - mind I would have thought if a pressure problem the car would not run all that well? I took it our this morning and, once started (1ist time after the 3 mins), it ran really well. Made me realize why I keep an old car! Best Wishes Ernest
  4. Hi Roger Yes, I had the fan control changed so that it has to be manually operated. I will check direction of air-flow as you suggest. Thanks Ernest
  5. Hi Roger Thanks very much for these fulsome responses. - P.I. and Fuel-pump Bosch - if try after 30 sec the starter motor just turns but engine does not fire. - As thermostat new from Moss I assume it the correct temp the car also overheated on the previous one - As Rees Bros. (Aldershot) fitted the fan I am assume it doe rotate in the correct way. - Cant' hear the solenoid trying on any gear. - Poorish with electrics, no multi meter, and I can only follow o/d connection until the wires disappear into the 'tunnel'. - no inspection holes - that would have been brilliant! - I am always concerned about 'unknown' costs, not with the actual cost of work (good work deserves decent pay) I just don't like going into anything without having some idea of costs - hence the query re. water-pump and solenoid Thanks again Roger any further feedbck woud be appreciated Ernest
  6. Hi all As ever, seeking advice: This time on three issues: - When I start the 6 I have to have the ignition on .i.e. fuel pump running, for at least 3 mins prior to trying the starter - it then starts first time, no problem. - Why the need for the delay? - Car gets very hot when siting in traffic, fine when on open road - It has a new radiator, new thermostat, and it has a supplementary cooling fan - could it be the water pump needs replacing? If so, is this an expensive job? - Overdrive had been working perfectly up to a few weeks or so ago then just stopped - I am suspecting the coil as ammeter indicates the switch working and the gearbox oil level is fine - would this be an expensive job to have done? It looks like the interior gearbox cover has to be removed to gain access. Can the job be carried out from under the car? Feedback on any of the above would be much appreciated. Ernest
  7. Ernest

    Overheating

    Mike C and Mark V Thanks for these suggestions - I think the circulation note and the three row radiator comment might well be relevant. Best Wishes Ernest
  8. Ernest

    Overheating

    Thanks very much for comments.......some ideas/suggestions for me to consider. Best Wishes Ernest
  9. Ernest

    Overheating

    Hi all Seeking advice re. overheating on my 6. Caught is some heavy traffic last week and gauge into red - so had to stop for hour or so then back on road. This is the second time this has happened over the past year It looks like the car is prone to overheating. I have recently had a new radiator fitted by a TR specialist and I assume they would have flushed the system through at that time. I have also changed the thermostat and this did improve the issue somewhat. The car also has a supplementary fan (and an oil-cooler). I had a six in daily use back in the early 70s and I don't remember any problems with overheating - and that one did not have a supplementary fan. Any ideas on what I can do to improve this issues? I seem to remember that back in the day when I drove mini coopers we used to just take the thermostat out to help cooling. Best Wishes Ernest
  10. That's really helpful - Thanks Hamish I will await your e.mail John Ernest
  11. Hi John Good to hear from you. I do still have the bits I think we need to make contact off this site but I am note sure how we can exchange contact details as I have been advised (see above) not to post phone number, address, or e.mail details on this forum I live in south London (Hayes in Bromley) whereabouts are you? Best Wishes Ernest
  12. Hi Ian I was unsure if Roger would be prepared to store information related to individual cars - other than basics of ownership history but, as you note, worth contacting him to see. Best Wishes Ernest
  13. Hi all Just a note to have one more go at contacting the current owner re. the TR 'bit' I have found recently - see top posting on this thread. If I don't get a positive repose to this message the material will no doubt be dumped at some point. This would be shame as the material does provide some interesting history on the 5 whose numbers are noted. So, if any of you out there know someone with a conifer green 5 with surrey top etc. then please bring the posting to their attention. Best Wishes Ernest
  14. Thanks for cautionary advice Waldi and Roger Ernest
  15. Hi all Whilst clearing out some draws yesterday I came across a couple of bits related to a TR5 I owned (1989-1993) The bits include bills of sale (Geoff Mansfield of Northern TR), a long letter from a previous owner detailing work done on the car plus a picture of the car racing at Oulton Park When I bought the car from Geoff the reg number was TR 125 but, due to my not being into quaint number plates l sold it to a farmer down in Hampshire - he put it on a late TR6. I then put an age-related (G reg) number plate on the car but can't remember what it was The car's commission number was/is CP3012 The engine number was/is 2238 E The car was conifer green, surrey top, wire wheels and o/d If the current owner wants to contact me via this forum would be happy to forward these bits- I am not sure if I should give out e.mail address/phone numbers on this site so hopefully someone will clarify? I would have thought phone number would be OK? Ernest
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