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Choke knob location

Choke Knob Location

Where does the choke knob go on the instrument panel of a 140 OTS equipped (from new) with H8 carbs? The new edition of Porter shows a 140 DHC with these carbs, and the choke knob is located below the speedo, at around the 6:30 position. Our OTS instrument panel doesn't have an unoccupied hole anywhere near there. Anyone familiar with this? - TIA, Evan Gamblin 1956 XK-140 OTS (S811787)

Evan, Question re the choke knob is a beauty. Terry McGrath wrote a while back in a CJA magazine that this issue was a mystery. I can't help at the moment either! If you get nowhere the next week or two, keep pressing and I will find time to check out some photos or whatever. - Regards, John Elmgreen

Similar problem as I presume your request is for Left Hand Drive. I do know where my photos/details of original Right Hand Drive 140 roadster H8 choke cable/holes detail is, but a quick look says my LHD detail is somewhere else. If I find, will post. - Roger Payne

Thank you both. I may have an answer. In the metal dash below the inboard end of the passenger's grab handle is a hole the right size for the choke cable bushing. It's in line with the bottom row of controls on the instrument panel. On RHD OTS cars, is the choke located behind the steering wheel in roughly this spot, Roger? Or has this hole some other purpose? (Other than to baffle the already perplexed). Also, do you know where the cable passes through the firewall?

>Similar problem as I presume your request is for Left Hand Drive.< >Correct. - Evan Gamblin

Evan, Checking my photos (but not templates I made of originally equipped car), choke cable hole goes through dash panel just below top of recess to take steering column, and just to the right of recess, about 1/2" past where recess curve becomes horizontal. In the firewall, the top of the choke cable hole is in line with top of the steering column hole, with its inside edge in line with outside edge of steering column hole. This makes sense when you have photo to look at! - Roger Payne

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