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  1. Hi Wayne, So far as I know Skip still supplies the coils. You could convert it the way you describe, but the advantage of Skip's is that they are hidden inside the original housing, so are very neat. I went 12 volt because the previous owner had already started the job, but most people seem to say they run well on 6 volt, so why do you want to change. Mike P.S. Would be nice to correspond off-line, since you may be close by!
  2. My 1938 Jensen with Zephyr engine has been converted to 12 volt, using Skip's coils and ballast resistor. All seems to be OK. However, the original 6 volt Ballasts were wired in parallel, and with two wires going forward - one to each coil. Using the single 1960s ballast supplied by Skip with the coils, means there is a single point of failure in the ballast itself and the wiring from there to the condersors. Since everything else in the ignition circuit is duplicated this seems a pity. Has anyone used Skip's coils with the original ballasts? Thanks, Mike (in the UK and sometimes feel out of touch even with fantastic support from Colin Spong!)
  3. Hi 1950Buick, The exchange rate is good just now, so did you buy the model? and your verdict on it? Mike
  4. I don't have one of those, nor do I know the real cars very well, but Western Models were one of the very best modellers and others of theirs I know of are superb. Sounds like a lot of money, but I guess if they are out of production the price can only go one way. Mike
  5. Julian, They do come up on E-Bay from time to time, and you can get it rebuilt in the UK by Nordian (if Pete is still trading), Belcher (who are rebuilding one for a Ford axle in a friend's Jensen at the moment), or maybe Colin Spong would rebuild it if you asked him nicely! When you say it is all missing, check that you don't still have the speedo gearbox or the valve, as they are not cheap and you don't want to buy them if you already have them.
  6. That would be a start Bill, but there must also be cars known to have been broken, ex-members, cars sold on, or known to be owned by non-members. Recording all these just seems like the right thing to do and I'd be really surprised if nobody in either club isn't already doing it. Mike
  7. I've waited for a response to this from others more knowledgeable tham myself - but none has come. Does the LZOC not have an archivist that records this sort of data? I just assumed that all clubs did this, starting with a list of all the chassis numbers made and adding what is known of the cars, including sightings, auction entries, members etc. Seriously - is this not already being done? Mike (No Zephyr, but a Zephyr-engined British Jensen).
  8. Pete, Thank you for all your efforts getting the UK Zephyr community together. It was a great day, I learned a lot too, even though I don't have a "real" Zephyr. The contrast between UK and USA styling of the period was interesting! Hope you had a good trip back home - it was a long way in temperatures that must have been pushing 30 degrees. Mike
  9. Hi Pete, Yes, I intend to come. Booked in OK. Had a few problems with it lately but will be working on the carb again today, so if the weather holds I intend to be there. If it rains I'm afraid I wont be - sorry! Mike
  10. Perfect. Thanks. For me, that is what this forum is all about. I have a small problem and get expert answers within a few hours. Thanks very much! Mike
  11. Thanks Peecher - just what I wanted to know. How many of each? Mike
  12. I need a new set of cylinder head studs. The last ones I bought were stainless and have stretched, so I want standard studs this time. I understand there are four different lengths of studs used on Ford V8s (which I assume use the same studs), so can anyone please tell me the part numbers or lengths and quantities of each for the Zephyr? The car is 1938, but with cast iron heads. Can somebody also please recommend a parts list, manual or whatever that lists this sort of information? and where I can buy one? Thanks
  13. I have been told that my car (1938 British Jensen fitted with Zephyr engine from new) was advertised for sale in Motor Sports World for February 1952. I’ve tried all the UK dealers and been watching e-bay for several months, without success. Please does anyone know a US dealer in old motoring magazines I could try? I believe it was a weekly mag and I don’t know what issue it was in, but they don’t seem to fetch a lot of money, so I’d be happy to buy all four to get the right one. Thanks Mike
  14. Pete, Looks like not many UK owners read these pages. Have you thought about contacting them directly? Details in the LZOC handbook. I understand the date clashes with the two-day hot rod show at Old Warden. Hot Rods are not my thing, but a second show less than 20 miles away may reduce the numbers at Knebworth. Mike
  15. Thanks chaps. As I suspected - "if something seems too good to be true it probably is". Mike
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