W126 Bonnet insulation

All W126 models have an insulation pad under the bonnet to protect the paintwork and reduce engine noise. Over time, the W126 bonnet insulation degrades and starts crumbling down onto the engine. At this point most owners simply remove it.

I own two W126 models with the remnants of their insulation pads. A few months ago, I purchased W126 bonnet insulation to fit to both of the cars. It is worth noting here that the coupe insulation pad is different to the sedan. I also purchased some Selleys Kwik Grip gel to glue the pad to the bonnet. It apparently […]

Shannons Sydney Autumn 2019 Auction preview

The second Shannons auction of 2019 for Sydney is just around the corner. As usual, I stopped by on my lunch break to view the lots.

There were a few cars that caught my eye:

Gold Medal: Lot 59: 1953 Jaguar XK120 Drophead

This was the standout for me at the Auction. The XK120 was one of Sir William Lyons best creations and the combination of black paint and red interior really shows it off. The Drophead is the most desirable model and this car looked in excellent condition. Guiding range is $120-$150k and I expect the car to do […]

Troubleshooting the E-Type radiator fan

Last September, the electric fan on the E-Type stopped working. This is a particular problem in the E-Type as there is no mechanical fan. At the time I assumed the coolant temperature sensor had failed. It would seem that many people have trouble with these sensors. I knew the coolcat fan was fine, as it roared into life when I applied 12v directly to the fan.

When I had bypassed the switch, I broke one of the connectors off the Lucas relay that controls the fan. Therefore, I ordered an upgraded temperature sensor from Coolcat. I also ordered a new […]

My Traction is migrating north

My Traction Avant is now sold and is migrating north. Like many before it, it is crossing the tweed for a new life in Queensland. My experience selling the car wasn’t too bad. I advertised the car on carsales.com.au and in ‘The Chevrons’. ‘The Chevrons’ is the magazine of the Citroen Club of NSW. In the end I had four interested parties and four offers. One of them was quite silly, but the rest of them were at least in the ballpark. The winning offer was from carsales. I didn’t bother advertising on Gumtree, it seems better for cars less […]