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Just caught up on this thread. A good idea would be to keep the fuel tank near to full all the time, as it stands to reason the silt will disperse more. Definitely agree with giving it an Italian tune-up too!

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The size of that tank it's probably an investment too.

Last time I gassed up I put £60 of normal 95 unleaded in. That got me just under 3/4 of a tank. So yes, it'll cost a bit to fill it and it doesn't last long either!

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I know this has already been suggested and rejected Dan but, these efi throttle bodies can still maintain the appearance of a carb while giving much better performance and reliability.

 

 

 

 

My last yank was a Chevy K1500 Silverado Pickup, Had a 350ci in it with that dredded TBI  Throttle body.

In my opinion They are GREAT when running 100%...but when they go wrong their shit,,,,Expensive...Computer controlled...too many leccy bits on em...

Throttle Position sensor,needs Map/Maf sensors,plus has to have an Engine Management system as the engine timing on a TBI engine ...TDC is "O".

More trouble to fit TBI to a NON TBI engine, I'd just go with the original CARB.....can't beat em.

Like EDD implied....Yanks don't like sitting around   (don't mind shagging around....diff topic  8) ) You'll have to bite the bullet on the price of juice....GOD MAN your a YANK OWNER!!!

Best of luck DAN  

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Last time I gassed up I put £60 of normal 95 unleaded in. That got me just under 3/4 of a tank. So yes, it'll cost a bit to fill it and it doesn't last long either!

Smaller than I thought then. When I first got a XJ40 a few years ago I filled it up from the light on, took almost £110...

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Was your jag a TWIN TANKER?

Nope, But I did buy it just in time for when normal unleaded got up near £1.30 per litre. This is the only pic of it I can find on this PC, unsurprisingly I sold it shortly afterwards.

 

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 Looks like a well looked after motor before you where reversed into. I had a Daimler 4.2 XJ  ex doctors ride,that was a twin tanker,don't think the jag/daimlers were guzzlers.Most of the yanks I had have been V8 5.0 upwards don't think the GMs were heavy on juice, Found the Ford ones I had very heavy on fuel tho; (2ltr Cortina rediculous)

Surprisingly the biggest one a 66 Olds Toronado,455ci front wheel drive was very good on suppin,even a Dodge Charger with a 440ci was good(avitar).But like a boot to the floor you suddenly had TWO tacho's   (one being the fuel gauge) :-) .

So Dan will have to get a mortgage at Shell....or give it to Edd.

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The BGD  holds 110 litres! So when I fill it (getting rarer weekly!) full of super-green at £1.30 a litre, it becomes very expensive!

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 Looks like a well looked after motor before you where reversed into.

 

Yup, I really wish that lamp post had looked where it was going...

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Smaller than I thought then. When I first got a XJ40 a few years ago I filled it up from the light on, took almost £110...

This has an 83 litre tank apparently. Not that big considering. But, back in the good old days in the states there was a gas station on every corner so you'd rarely be in a position where you were caught short!

The killer on this car is the rate you can go through the fuel! Very big engine + automatic + carb + big heavy car = not an economy car!

Who cares though, I'd still rather have and run this than some shitty eco car. Or worse an electric or hybrid!

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83 litres at about 4 miles per litre (18mpg... about right?) is 332 miles range from brim to empty.  If that was 5 miles per litre (22.5mpg) that extends to 415 miles.  Not too shabby.

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  • 3 weeks later...

Right then...

 

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Good weather today so that means time to unleash the beast!

The Volvo is now mobile again so I can now get this out.

 

Covered nearly 200 miles in it today. Faultless. Not a single thing went wrong or pissed me off.

It drove beautifully for the whole drive which covered A roads, motorways and normal urban roads and didn't miss a beat.

On the way back I stuck half a tank of super unleaded in the tank too. Since winters fast approaching I'll keep it topped up now as the car is going to be off the road once the salt comes out. I'll get some fuel stabiliser in it too soon.

It seems to be running really well now and shouldn't be going through so much gas now it's not flooding itself!

 

Next nice day I get it'll get a full wash and wax to help protect agains the shitty winter weather.

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I have two ordinary disposable filters on my cars - one at the tank end, the other at the carb end.   I change them both annually but that at the tank end is always the dirtiest which I suppose stands to reason.

 

I've got similar on the Stellar, with the filter closest to the tank being a coarser mesh type, to avoid clogging the paper engine bay filter if there are larger pieces of crud. Fortunately it's only caught a few flakes so far.

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  • 6 months later...

Used the lovely day today to get a few jobs done on the Mercury.

First job was clean up a few scratches and stone chips then dab on a bit of specially matched touch up paint. Got this colour matched from paints4u and it’s a pretty good match.

 

Next job was to fix the drivers seatbelt. This had somehow got jammed part way out. Turned out the very first length of the belt out of the reel had become twisted and locked the mechanism up. A hard sharp yank was all it took to free, pulled the belt right out and untwisted it and now it’s good as new.

 

Finally I decided after however many years I’ve had the car today was the day the rear seat base was getting fixed! The rear seats never get used so I’ve just ignored it tbh but I’m doing a mates wedding soon so the rear seat will be needed.

The rear seat base was always a terrible fit and was quite loose against the back rest. I couldn’t see any obvious way to screw or bolt it down so I decided to lift it right out and see what’s underneath.

Very simple to fit properly actually! There’s a round bar which forms the seat frame and a big hook type thing welded to the cars floor, one each side, you simply shove the seat base right back under the back rest then give it a thump down at its front edge to push the bar behind the hook. Now it doesn’t move or rattle around and it fits as it should too with no unsightly gap between base and back.

 

Found a few goodies down there too while I was hoovering out all the dust and crap.

 

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Selection of currency. Two cents dated 71 and 82 and two dimes dated 72 and 92.

 

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Original carpet manufacturer card.

 

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Old Werthers wrapper and ‘slippery when wet’ sticker...

Also had a result by finding one of the two missing finishing trims for the front door handles! Now fitted where it should be. Hopefully the last missing one will turn up somewhere.

 

This pic shows how far out the seat base was. You can see the mark on the carpet where it was. It actually went a fair way back when fitted properly.

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The finished seat.

 

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Tomorrow I’ll get the car out for some gas and a drive. Fingers crossed the flooding issue has now gone away when carb was recently rebuilt. It was fine the other day but I’ll go further in it tomorrow...

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Hurrah for simple fixes!

I’m certainly due a few I think!

 

 

I’m shitting myself about doing the wedding! I just hope the car behaves itself.

Luckily it’s not a huge distance to cover on the day. I don’t want to wear a shirt and trousers either! And shoes ffs!

Smart my arse, you can’t go wrong with jeans, T shirt and trainers.

 

Oh, and I need to get some ribbon too.

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Got woken up early by the dogs yapping so decided to get this out for a burble.

 

Fired up first turn of the key and idled fine which is a good start.

Went round to the gas station down the road and stuck £40 in, which hardly seems to have touched the sides! It started fine leaving the forecourt.

I’ve done nearly 100 miles today of every type of road and speed limit and everything is spot on!

 

The carb rebuild has definitely done something. It’s much smoother and it seems to accelerate much nicer and quicker too. No sign of the flooding issue either.

By the looks of things it was either the worn needles (they had a wear ridge around the points which you could both see and feel if you ran you finger nail over them) and/or something was still inside somewhere gumming them up.

Either way it seems to have done the trick and I think the carb was due for a rebuild at any rate with wear like that.

 

I’ll try starting it up in an hour or so now the engines hot and it’s sitting in the sun. Fingers crossed it’ll hot start fine too.

 

 

Edit: just been out and started it...

 

...it’s fine! It’s pretty hot under the hood and it fired easily, ran well and no trace of the black smoking it did at the Solent Shiters meet the other week. All seems well.

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