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Wedge List / Re: Kevlar reinforced radiator hoses
« Last post by Sujit Roy on October 15, 2018, 03:25:35 AM »
Wayne. I had a similar issue with a lower rad. Hose on the stag . It sprung

a leak. It was a Kevlar hose. Lasted about 16 or so years. But the folks in

UK stag forum say to stay away from Kevlar .  It was reinforced.  So maybe

that was good so the leak was small and I noticed it.

Wedge List / Kevlar reinforced radiator hoses
« Last post by Wayne Simpson on October 14, 2018, 10:15:23 PM »
Anyone have any experience with these to share? I just had a kevlar

reinforced lower hose develop a leak somewhere in the middle of the

hose. It had been in service about 9 years, so perhaps I shouldn't

complain, but this is the first time I've ever had a hose go bad like

this. It doesn't look bad an it isn't soft, but any pressure at all will

cause a sizable leak. I have another one to replace it with, but if

these things have a shelf life maybe I should buy something else.


Wedge List / Subject: Re: lock picks, pry tools, glovebox lock
« Last post by "peternuss" on October 14, 2018, 07:32:15 PM »
"Anyone have a spare glovebox hinge or are these NOT common and Unobtanium?"

   I don't know about Unobtanium,  I've got several of them I've found in a
quick look.  If you cut the two out side hinge pieces (left and right attached
to the dash)  I can send you one for each side.  I'd call this the male side
of the hinge.  If you cut the inside part of the hinge (attached to the glove
box door, well, I'd have to do more looking for those pieces, and I wouldn't
like to do that. As I think all the parts fall inside the door assemble and
renders the door junk.

  I've got some extra lock cylinders and latches also.  But, I guess you are
not really looking for that.   I would not cut the plastic door unless you
plan to repaint the whole dash when the replacement door doesn't match the
original dash.  Anyway, let me know if you still need them.
Wedge List / Re: lock picks, pry tools, glovebox lock
« Last post by on October 12, 2018, 09:14:32 AM »
My guess is that plastic latch dog has broken and is no longer connected to

the lower part that acts on the barrel and is just being pushed up by the

spring. I would think the glove box lid in grey should be obtainable from our

normal purveyors of used parts.

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Wedge List / lock picks, pry tools, glovebox lock
« Last post by tencate on October 12, 2018, 08:58:26 AM »
My glovebox lock turns, and the key seems to work but it doesn't actually work

the latching mechanism. I've been fooling around with my other TR8 trying to

fashion tools to get it open by pressing down on the white latching part, all

to no avail. My patience is wearing thin, as our my hopes of actually getting

this open without resorting to something more drastic.

Speaking of which, I was thinking to hacksaw through one of the hinges (which

I can get to pretty easily). Perhaps then there will be enough access to get

in the rest of the way.

Anyone have a spare glovebox hinge or are these NOT common and Unobtanium?



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Wedge List / Change of model
« Last post by LesLie Farrell on October 10, 2018, 09:08:10 AM »
Hi all

Thanks so much for the great feedback especially those who have previous first

hand experiences of the GT6 . Clearly I have a lot to consider but it would

appear that I am barking up the wrong tree and may have to reconsider my

options.  MG perhaps. Though I have always quite liked the quirky looks of the

bug eyed sprite. Now that has to be an economic bsportsb car!!

Best wishes to you all and thanks again.




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Wedge List / Re: RE: Change of model - fuel economy
« Last post by Odd Hedberg on October 09, 2018, 11:00:12 AM »

I've managed to get 7.82 L/100km [36.123 mp(UK)g or 30.079 mp(US)g] out

of my hot-wire Disco 3.9 engine _once_.  It was a chilly (=top up) 499

km long

summer nights drive coast to coast (Osthammar to Uddevalla).

[Still a long way down to the 6.7 my '70 Mk3 Spitfire got...  ;-) ]

Over-all average so far is 9.98 L/100km [28.305 mp(UK)g or 23.569 mp(US)g]

for the 38767 km I've driven my '8 with that engine fitted...  So, at


I get ~511 kilometres [~317.5 miles] out of a Wedge tankful...


On 2018-10-09 at 16:03 Mark Elbers wrote:
Wedge List / Re: Change of model
« Last post by Anthony Rhodes on October 09, 2018, 10:20:50 AM »
How about a TR7 instead?

I have a US TR7 Spider fitted with the UK SU carbs, the US Delco distributor

(vacuum retard disconnected), and then Delco-France HEI ignition, 4 into 1

tubular exhaust header and SU needles selected for proper mixture over the

full RPM range.

I get about 30 MPG (US gal) on the highway.

The engine has around 90 HP, and you can tell.   It is no TR8, and especially

no improved TR8.  But it cruises on the road with the best of them.   The

suspension is nice without being harsh.

If you want MPG but otherwise like the TR8, then this should be considered.

Also a U.K. spec high compression engine would probably improve MPG as would a

CEI distributor fitted with vacuum advance.  The CEI distributor is compatible

with the AB14 ignition module as well as the Delco-France HEI unit.


Sent from my 1837 Babbage Analytical Engine

Wedge List / Re: RE: Change of model - fuel economy
« Last post by Mark Elbers on October 09, 2018, 10:04:02 AM »
Keep the TR8 and convert to EFI which should give a couple more mpg,  and if

you went with a programable ECU you could lean out further in the cuise zone.

Programmable ignition is also beneficial all  while getting more power from

the existing engine.

Seems counter intuitive but if done properly a larger engine can give more

power/torque and better fuel efficiency at lower cruise RPM.  Time to look for

a wrecked Range Rover....???

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Wedge List / RE: Change of model - fuel economy
« Last post by Brian Lanoway on October 09, 2018, 09:20:50 AM »
I have a 80 TR8 with a Holley-type carb. Being a retired engineer, with
nothing better to do, I measure my TR8 fuel economy with every tank. In litres
per 100 km (US mpg) on the highway, I get 9.2 (26 mpg) and with a heavy foot
in the city, I get 16 (15 mpg). My old TR6 never got better than 11.8 (20 mpg)
on the highway. Adding an overdrive to the TR8 didnbt really help.

Our car club often goes on long trips to other car events in a large LBC
convoy. We all pull up for gas at the same time.  My TR8 seems to use slightly
less fuel than the average LBC.  The GT6s and MGs are not too far behind. A
Jag V12 seems to need double the fuel. The only LBCs that sipped fuel were
those with engines smaller than 1000 cc.

None of these old LBCs get good fuel economy.  Compared to todaybs cars,
they all run rich, have high-friction powertrains and horrible drag
coefficients.  If I lived in Europe, I would keep the TR8 for special drives
and buy a cheap, reliable MX-5 to deal with the everyday fuel costs.

Brian Lanoway
1980 TR8
Canada - where premium fuel is $1.30 Cdn per litre this week.
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