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More for new people not in the Two-Sixties but have the V8.

From ownership of our cars there are some things to keep an eye on as the cars get older as part of your maintenance checks and in addition to the normal service checks:-

Rear springs need checking on a regular basis some have snapped.

Radiator needs regular checks on the drivers side tank return. Seams are popping.

On mk2's upgrade the resistor to the fan to help reduce the likely hood of a short life (Jules Bass on 07831 457011 is selling the upgrade)

Don't over tighten your spark plugs, quite low on torque setting.

Don't fill your screen wash bottle to the top during winter months, try and judge it to about half way on the bottle.

Regularly check your top heater hose going into the bulkhead, above the throttle body. Check by squeezing the elbow for any fractures.

Keep your heater valve moving by adjusting the temperature on a regular basis. The valve is weak.

Do check to see if you have an orange fuel clip if you are a new owner, you will break down if it is not fitted. Or a self tapper into the lid edge.

Keep an eye on the bonnet pull cable, does come out of the junction box

It's recommended to change the diff oil, if you are not sure it has been done then its something to consider.

Check your gearbox insulation, some have come loose.

And a reminder, don't disconnect your satnav until the red light has gone out.


I have made a point of not writing the remedial work needed as this is elsewhere on this site and the Two-Sixties and would make this post too long.


Hope this is useful, and don't panic is not a long list and is from owning a future classic car.
 

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Good advice, Tim, as usual. Nothing more than regular checks for an enthusiast, but so handy to have a list to refer to.
We are becoming more knowledgeable about the things that can go wrong as owners flag them up and trends start to appear.

As a result, we have had an improved heater hose manufactured, plus some other items such as stickers, grille/rear badges featuring the 260s Mustang, bespoke carpet mats, lapel pins and sew-on badges. Even an improved radiator is in the pipeline (no pun intended).

All these are available from [email protected] and as a member of "The Two-Sixties" you qualify for a reduced price on most items and free advice on whatever issue you would like to talk to the experts about.

Phil
 

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Rear springs are definitely one to watch out for. I've now broken a second set! It's proved a nightmare over the last few days to get a new set as it appears they're now discontinued (albeit I'm not with a specialist at the moment - will speak with Austin Garages tomorrow to see what they say).

The heater valve went at about 40,000 miles and I also keep warping the front brake discs (and no, I'm not blasting around tracks) - on to set three now. I've had two clutch master cylinders too.

However, I have done over 80,000 (hard) miles and I really haven't looked after the car like I should have. Oh, the cruise control has packed in too.

Sounds like I'm moaning, but definitely not. I think it's brilliant. Even at this fairly late mileage, I'm thinking of squeezing some more power out of it............
 

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Dreadnought have some springs but you would know that if you had joined the Two-Sixties ;) only joking. See you have just registered. We have developed a better heater valve as well :)

Rear springs are definitely one to watch out for. I've now broken a second set! It's proved a nightmare over the last few days to get a new set as it appears they're now discontinued (albeit I'm not with a specialist at the moment - will speak with Austin Garages tomorrow to see what they say).

The heater valve went at about 40,000 miles and I also keep warping the front brake discs (and no, I'm not blasting around tracks) - on to set three now. I've had two clutch master cylinders too.

However, I have done over 80,000 (hard) miles and I really haven't looked after the car like I should have. Oh, the cruise control has packed in too.

Sounds like I'm moaning, but definitely not. I think it's brilliant. Even at this fairly late mileage, I'm thinking of squeezing some more power out of it............
 

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Dreadnought have run out too! He's keeping one set for himself and has shipped his last set on to someone else. Now trying Eibach direct who will re-make a set, but at a cost of about £142 each! I'll take a look on the more comprehensive forum now!
 

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Dreadnought have run out too! He's keeping one set for himself and has shipped his last set on to someone else. Now trying Eibach direct who will re-make a set, but at a cost of about £142 each! I'll take a look on the more comprehensive forum now!
We are sourcing springs at the moment so keep in touch.
 

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After searching and searching and searching, I (through the garage doing the work to the car) had to get hold of Eibach direct who have stopped making the springs. However, they agreed to make two for me so at least it's possible to get them. I'm told it's going to cost about £150 a spring. So not the cheapest, but at least it gets the car back on the road! The worst problem is that it's a month to get hold of them............
 

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After searching and searching and searching, I (through the garage doing the work to the car) had to get hold of Eibach direct who have stopped making the springs. However, they agreed to make two for me so at least it's possible to get them. I'm told it's going to cost about £150 a spring. So not the cheapest, but at least it gets the car back on the road! The worst problem is that it's a month to get hold of them............

I don't understand the pressure. Go and have some springs made, it is not difficult, there is most likely many places that can actually make them.
You can even make them softer or harder, if you wish.

Best is to bring a sample and know the free length. You need the number of coils and the diameter of the spring material. And Bob's you uncle.

Especially if the original spring is of inferior quality, make new ones!!
 

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I don't understand the pressure. Go and have some springs made, it is not difficult, there is most likely many places that can actually make them.
You can even make them softer or harder, if you wish.

Best is to bring a sample and know the free length. You need the number of coils and the diameter of the spring material. And Bob's you uncle.

Especially if the original spring is of inferior quality, make new ones!!
I guess that something was sorted out at the time as he's a Two-Sixties member now and it was 18 months since he posted the problem on here.
 

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I don't understand the pressure. Go and have some springs made, it is not difficult, there is most likely many places that can actually make them.
You can even make them softer or harder, if you wish.

Best is to bring a sample and know the free length. You need the number of coils and the diameter of the spring material. And Bob's you uncle.

Especially if the original spring is of inferior quality, make new ones!!


I have to say in my own experience having owned 75s since launch night I haven’t replaced a rear spring due to a failure though I have replaced rear springs about five times. I used to have a little man who made these about 20 miles from me got my springs made 30% uprated car sat about 24mm higher. Wonderful for towing.
The Front springs I have found have a habit of failing on the first bottom coil. Perhaps this fault is aided by the wonderfully flat roads up hear, and the traffic calming is so good busses sometimes get stuck on top the humps.
Sadly my spring man passed away last year and the boy he had working for him is only carrying on the stainless side of the business.
I have just ordered a pair of front uprated springs for my diesel auto tourer from a company down south when I get them I will fit them. Hopefully they will meet my hopes for them and if they do I will be ordering a further three sets one for the wife’s car and two pairs for the shelf.
I have owned many 75s since they came out both Tourers and saloons all diesel bar 1 and both automatic and manual. The petrol car was a Mustang hiding inside a 75 body.
Have probably covered over 800,000 miles in them. I love them.
A classic British car in the future without a doubt.
Alan
 
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