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Stein Hovind

Hi you all!!

I own a Jaguar 3.8 S-type, OEW, auto, W.W., green tinted glass with a blue-grey interior. The car was totally restored 1982-85, bare metal respray etc. It's strictly a summer car, and I avoid driving in rain if I can. It has 55 000 miles on the clock, 6000 after rebuild.

Buying the car may -96, a 23 year dream came through. My father bought a 3.8 manual new in 1966 and sold it in -73, this being the car that I learned to drive by. Getting up 3 am as a 16 year old, sneaking a ride, reaching speeds I never would have tried today. Guess I was a lucky guy, never caught neither by the police nor my father

Back to my car.

Once warm, you can barely hear the engine, it runs soo smooth.
I guess alot of you have experience with oil dripping from the engine. After parking the car with a hot engine, a small puddle accumulates under the car. 10-15 drops in one hour, stopping as soon as the oil cools off. It drips off from the anterior part of the cooling ribs of the oil sump. Is it the asbesto seal around the crank-shaft?

Is there any way to reduce the problem without having the engine out and dismantle it? I use Quaker State oil, grade 20 - 50.

I had to rebuild the front calipers, and I can warmly recommend Classicar Automotive who I finally found after searching for help for 6 months.

The brake warning light had a nasty habit of coming on after a few miles of driving. It puzzeled me, cause the reservoir was full, and the handbrake fully off.

Finally I found that inside the floating chamber, someone had put a regular cork as floating device. It was soaked with brake fluid. Is this the original floater?

As the fluid got hot from the engine, its density decreased, and the cork sank, making contact. I just replaced it with a new cork.

I have switched the AED from thermostat to manual which prevents the engine from stalling when not fully warm at traffic lights etc.

Thanks for any good advice you might have out there.

Stein Hovind

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