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Post by The Beast » Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:30 am

Hello all,

This is my first thread so this is going to be fun.

I have a 1978 SE6A OD.

It was restored from the ground up and has had a lot of upgrades done as it was being prepped for hill climbs.

I now have it and would like to continue that venture but for it to also be a daily as I really enjoy driving it everywhere.

So I will ask questions about performance but it will always need to be reliable as it is being built as a daily first and foremost. If I do decide to get involved in hill climbs then I will be doing it just for the fun of it (so he says).

Thank you for all your help and advise that I have already received from some of you and for the advise still to come.



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Post by The Beast » Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:31 am

Does anyone have advice on oil coolers for these as I will be relocating the oil filter so I might as well?



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Post by philhoward » Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:11 am

Unless doing circuit racing with a long time at full chat, I doubt you'll need a cooler?

If you do that way, I'd go with Mocal every time personally.


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Post by The Beast » Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:31 am

philhoward wrote:
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Unless doing circuit racing with a long time at full chat, I doubt you'll need a cooler?

If you do that way, I'd go with Mocal every time personally.
Perfect, thank you.

I was thinking about long trips and then being stuck in traffic in the summer. Only because I have read a few of the Essex v6s overheating but then again mine has better pipping and an upgraded electric fan.

I was thinking of taking her to the ring in Germany so I guess I just want to be extra carful.



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Post by The Beast » Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:31 am

Are there anything that anyone would recommend doing just to make sure I cover all angles?

Thanks in advance.



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Post by The Beast » Thu Feb 13, 2020 12:26 pm

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Post by Old and Slow » Thu Feb 13, 2020 6:03 pm

IIRC one question you asked earlier was about electronic ignition.
An acquaintance has an AC Ace with the straight six engine, same as mine, and he's running a Boyer Bransden system as this keeps the points (for originality) but acts as a current booster, so the current through the points is kept very low.
http://boyerbransden.com/
One day perhaps, I'll fit this, but in general I think KISS is probably best.


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Post by The Beast » Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:49 am

Thank you for this, very helpful. I am going to look into it more and see how I get on because as I inspect this car and learn more about it, the more I realise that it has had a lot of work done and things upgraded.



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Post by The Beast » Tue Feb 18, 2020 4:09 pm

Hi all,

Does anyone know or have an idea to why the springs under my rocker cover are red. I know that it is said to have a race engine in there but I know very little else about it. Any recommendations on where to take her to have a proper check over to see just what is in there and what has been done?

I am in Croydon London so if there is a local place, that would be amazing but if not then I just need to know where to take it, that can be trusted.

Thanks in advance.



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Post by David Tew » Tue Feb 18, 2020 5:35 pm

If you have single springs with a red flash I suspect they're uprated as standard springs have a white flash. The difference is in the max revs, approximately 6,000 for standard and 7,000 for uprated.

Double springs are rated to approx 7,500 and 8,000.


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