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XK140 Scuttle fittings

XK140 Scuttle Fittings

I would be interested in any comments to clarify a couple of points that
arise from the picture (reference no. 1030) at page 20 of the 140 handbook.
It shows the rear carb and the scuttle area just behind it of a car I
assume is a 140 OTS LHD Special Equipment.  On the scuttle shelf, adjacent
to the rear of the inlet manifold, there is a twin clip that holds the
water and oil gauge lines, and another black cable that disappears under
the inlet manifold.  I had thought that it might be the bonnet release, but
that appears to be lower and to go through the vertical face of the
scuttle.  So I guess that the top cable here may be a manual choke.  Any
comments, or have I missed something very obvious? Also, there is on the
vertical face of the scuttle (firewall) what looks like an empty hole, just
to the rear of the rear carb and about 1 1/2 inches down from the top edge
of the scuttle shelf.  Probably for some RHD fitting not used on this car,
maybe an accelerator linkage (I have not done a check yet to see if I can
tell from other photos) - again, any comments would be helpful. - Regards,
John Elmgreen (and happy Australia Day to all!)

John, I can answer this one. The black cable is the speedometer cable. The
hole, if its the one I'm thinking of, is plugged. I still have the orginial
gromment. I'm assuming its on the same flat as the tach drive but on the
right side. - Cleo Bay Jr., 52 XK120 OTS, 56 XK140 OTS

John, I don't have my car handy to check, but I believe the "hole" is
really the back side of the carpet retaining snap pop rivet. It looks like
a hole in the photo, because the rivet isn't painted, i.e., installed after
the scuttle was painted. Hope this helps. G'day. - Mike Carpenter

Mike, You are right. I was thinking of a different hole not on the picture.
I remember drilling them out years ago. - Cleo Bay

Mike Carpenter,  Thanks for the clarification re the carpet fitting. You
must be right.  Interesting how obvious it is when you know!  Regards, John

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