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  1. two2go

    Still Duke-ing it

    Not much chatter here on the Jaguar replicas. I still have my Duke Classic Roadsters replica. I've had some reliability problems the past couple of years and haven't driven it much. The last outing took 4 hours to do a 30 mile loop because the car stalled eight times and I had to wait for it to cool off before it would start and go a bit farther. My mechanic isolated the problem to the fuel pump overheating. A new electric pump seems to have solved the problem. I just did a 50 mile drive today without a hiccup. And my vibration problems were the most obvious of all--tires out of balance. The car is running its best ever since we bought it almost 5 years ago. No plan to sell immediately, but will try next summer. It's still a blast to drive. Especially when it doesn't threaten to strand me. I wish there were more resources for Classic Roadsters, like parts and suppliers. Thankfully the Chevette and Pinto/Mustang chassis are still reasonably well supported with parts and information.
  2. Hi Keith. I'm a little late in getting back to this forum. Best of luck on your project. I have a Classic Roadsters factory-built Duke that I bought over four years ago and have been working on a little just to keep it in running order. I've posted some of my experiences here in the past. I can't quite tell from the picture but I'm guessing you have a Ford Mustang/Pinto doner because your alternator is on the opposite side of the engine bay compared to my Chevy Chevette-based car. Keep us posted, please. Bob M. in Parker, CO
  3. Here are some pix of our Duke. 1. A promo picture of it from the Barrett-Jackson auction. Don't know what Dream Machines refers to or what the price is based on. Nobody paid anywhere near that. Also, they listed it as a '39 but the picture shows '37. 2. Front view of Jag after clean-up and new tires. 3. Rear view. Someone mentioned putting a classic suitcase on the rack. I couldn't find one at the thrift shops but did find this aluminum covered replica trunk pretty cheap. Don't know if it adds or detracts from the overall look? 4. On a whim, I entered the Jag in a local car show last summer. I got a 2nd place ribbon in the "exotics" class. ... this is the one that got the 1st place trophy Kind of hard to top that. Just a couple of things I have noticed. Regarding clearance and body height, the distance from ground to lowest point on the bottom of a running board on my car is 8" on the driver side and 8 3/4" on the pass. side. Gotta check why the difference. I have seen three different sizes of headlight "can" housings on replicas. Mine are medium size, 9 1/2" OD. Some are old single large headlamp size and some are huge, like 12" diam.
  4. Well, it's been over a year and not much activity on the SS-100 Duke scene. I have followed a few sales on the internet and eBay and see a range of prices still holding around $8-10k and up for the Classic Roadster models, not the VW beetle-based ones. I have continued to drive ours in good weather, and we have reached the point of deciding to sell as we move on to other interests. I had a semi-firm buyer with money in my hand, but he reneged after an extended drive. I have to agree with his objections: the car needs a new clutch and something under there is making it shake, rattle, but not roll at anything above 60mph. So it's going into the shop next week because apparently I haven't thrown enough $$ at it. And actually, I have invested relatively little since getting it almost 4 years ago. So I figure to make the car as trouble free and safe as possible and relist it to come close to breaking even for the cost and fun. If anyone is interested, pictures are scattered throughout this thread and can reply. My price will be in the upper $9k range. A very comparable red Duke sold on eBay last month for $10,001. I still haven't done anything about the windshield frame, but the rest of the car will be primo by the time I get my punch list worked.
  5. two2go

    First Shelby Cobra coming to auction

    That's pretty awesome. Looks like a little over a month from now (July 13). Can you post a selling price if you find out? I'll probably forget.
  6. Here are a couple of nice Dukes. The white one has the authentic look and a real Jag inline 6. The blue one has an outstanding dash. Sweet inspiration. Blue Duke White Duke
  7. Too much fun. On 2 cylinders no less. Who needs 600+ hp Vettes or Vipers?
  8. The Brooklands screen would add a bit more authenticity, but I need the regular windshield frame with the groove on the top to connect the convertible top into. And if I did the Brooklands, then I would want to get a 4-spoke steering wheel and get regular fenders or fill in the side mount holes and put a spare on the back and get 19" wheels and paint it racing green and ... and ... (Thanks for the link, I'll check it out.)
  9. I could use a new windshield frame. Does anyone know anything about the original Duke windshields; whether they were from another car of if any even exist on Planet Earth? I'm also looking into a refinish or replating, but mine is pretty pitted. And chrome plating seems to be a lost art thanks to the EPA.
  10. two2go

    1982 Morgan 4/4 Ride Along

    Love the color. I get quite a few people asking if my Duke Jaguar is a Morgan. I would think people who know there is such a car as a Morgan would also know that they are pretty distinctive looking.
  11. I'll hang around and add my email as C.Jim suggests. Bruce, what about a Facebook group for Classic Roadster replicas...maybe a bit bigger population than just Dukes?
  12. We returned to our CO home the first of May. The weather has not been favorable for much driving of the Jaguar, but better weather is promising. Right after we got home, I ordered a rebuilt Holley carburetor from Rock Auto. It worked out to be the exact replacement and a relative bargain. It wasn't hard at all to replace the original. What a difference. The car starts pronto and the fast, mid, and low idle work perfectly. The only adjustment I had to make was to the low idle speed. The car will now idle smoothly at 900 rpm instead of the stuttering 1600 it took to keep it running. No more backfiring when slowing down. And noticeably more power. I am pulling hills in one gear higher than before. It's like a whole different car now. The carb was the last significant punch list item that needed attention, and the Jag really seems to be fully reliable and smooth running now. I have one cosmetic thing that could be hard to fix. The chrome of the windshield frame has a lot of pitting and really needs to be sandblasted and re-plated. As an old guy who has been out of the loop for too long, I am finding that chrome platers are pretty much an extinct species. There was a shop near here that developed a spray-on process that looked good, but they got hit by the floods two years ago and never fully recovered in their temporary facilities. I will keep looking for a solution.
  13. Whoa, it looks like everyone has cashed in their chips. Am I the only one left who still has their Duke-Jag? We are back in Colorado for the summer. The weather is finally looking promising (sorry to all the Texans). I'm ready to roll (see my thread). Well Bruce, if this is it, let me know when you are ready to turn off the lights.
  14. two2go

    The Great Gatsby

    Yes, the old cars do need to be driven once in a while. I was fortunate to be able to drive my Jag around quite a bit during our time at home in November and December. It's buttoned up tight in our garage now awaiting our return in May, and good thing considering all the snow the Denver area is getting. In the mean time, I have been following the Chevette activity on the Facebook group and am somewhat intrigued by the mods folks are doing to their Chevettes (which is the donor for my Duke). The most interesting is putting in a later GM Ecotec fwd engine with 5-speed rwd tranny and a more conventional and heavier duty rear axle. But all that would be a few $ more than the carburetor I need. Other than that, I feel pretty confident to drive my Jag anywhere reasonable. I have driven it across town on I-25 and C-470, but much over 65 mph feels a bit much, and being between 18-wheelers at that speed is kind of sobering. The best is running up and down canyon roads in the mountains. I wasn't sure if you still had your Duke Bruce, but glad to see it still goes for you.
  15. So, what happened to all the Duke replica Jaguars? I'm in Arizona and my Jag is shivering at home in Colorado in the garage under a cover. But I am hoping for some decent top-up driving days when I return there for the holidays. Where are all the others? Any work going on?
  16. two2go

    No more replica activity?

    Back in AZ until May. The Jaguar is in hibernation back in its garage in Colorado. We had quite a bit of decent weather there in Nov., so I put on a few hundred miles driving the Jag around, as long as the streets were dry. The Jag is actually not a bad second car for the occasional trip and I have more confidence in its reliability all the time. With the top up and heater on, comfortable to at least 20 deg. so far. I definitely have to be careful about what I buy at Costco, though. Not a lot of cu. ft. inside. Made some contacts about the carburetor, and the consensus is on a new Weber. I hope to get it on soon after we return to CO.
  17. two2go

    1930 Austin Chummy

    The original Mini? Too cute. Is the brass assembly on the side part of the a/c system?
  18. two2go

    Mailbag: Chevette drivetrain?

    The Chevette driveline and rear axle is pretty unique from what I have found.There is a long extension housing bolted to the rear center member which is attached to a frame cross member ahead of the axle. The purpose of the extension housing is to keep the axle from twisting due to torque. I don't know of any way to extend the drive shaft and eliminate the extension unit without major re-engineering and parts fabrication, because there are no replacement parts or mods available. If you research the web, there are a couple of Chevette forums that have helpful information. There is also a Facebook Chevette user's group. Apparently, the popular conversion is to use an older Chevy S10 pickup rear axle. However, that also requires some modifications like removing the spring mounts from the stock axle and welding them to the S10 axle, and then rigging up some kind of trailing arms to control the torque. This is a necessary mod if you increase the engine output or put in a bigger engine, because the stock axle is barely adequate to handle the measly torque of the stock 1.6 Chevette engine. I had a grinding noise from the bearing section of my extension housing and some vibration. That turned out to be due to (1) a worn out rubber support bushing that allowed the bearing to float out of alignment, and (2) the forward extension mount being about an inch out of alignment from the transmission to the rear axle, causing side pressure. I sourced a replacement support bushing from one of the forums. The bearing turned out to be OK despite the years and miles of abuse. Go through my posts on the thread on my Jaguar Duke replica to see some pictures and a better description of what I am talking about. (edit) Upon re-reading your post, I think you had got some ideas from Bruce's description of the work he did on his replica. That has a Ford Pinto/Mustang chassis with leaf rear springs and a more conventional driveline configuration. Totally different animal from the Chevette in the driveline setup. If you have the Chevette chassis, you will have to deal with its unique quirks like I said above.
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    No more replica activity?

    Wow, that snow in the notheast is just incredible. We came back from the 70-80's of AZ to 50's and some leftover snow in CO. At least we missed the snow and record below 0 temps of last week. A pleasant day in Parker, CO today--upper 50's. I took the Jaguar out for exercise and it ran a bit ratty with the sick carburetor and all the Sta-Bil I put in the gas for storage, but otherwise was a fun run. I had to relearn the entry-exit drill with the side curtains. You can't be in a hurry. Last year was the first year I drove the Jag much with the top up. The top is fastened to the top of the windshield by just inserting the edge bead of the front of the top into a groove in the windshield frame and the tension from the top being pulled back to the rear is "supposed" to keep the edge in place. However, my top would start coming out at each end from the force and flapping from the wind flow at speed. I screwed a small black screw into the bead and groove at each end which barely shows and seems to keep the top bead from slipping out of the groove. Has anyone else had this problem and come up with a better solution?
  20. The Jaguar is a garage queen. We drive it as much as possible when the weather is nice, but it stays at home otherwise. Now that I have the driveline problem fixed, I plan to put it in some more local car shows next summer. I put the top and side curtains on, so we can drive it on nice winter days when we return to CO for the holidays. Sorry for the delayed response. We have been preparing for and traveling to our Yuma, AZ, winter home. I would like to have the Jaguar here sometimes, but there is no garage here, and it would be hard to keep it clean with the dusty winds we get sometimes. There are plenty of shows for classic and custom cars around here.
  21. It has been a busy summer and not much activity on the Jaguar. I have been driving it several times a week and have become confident in its reliability. Other than needing carburetor work (which will wait until next year), the little car just goes about happily, and it makes me happy driving it. My wife thinks I take corners a bit too fast. Uh, yeah! It feels like a slot car and there is no leaning. I haven't driven it aggressively enough to do more than get a little tire squeal and am not about to find out when the rear end will swing around. So this summer saw us sell and say goodbye to our Dolphin Class A motorhome and Chevy HHR toad car. The replacement is a much smaller (by comparison) Pleasure Way Lexor Class B camper van on a Chevy van. We are no longer doing the extended RV living thing since getting a park model unit in Yuma, AZ, and are looking forward to more relaxed touring and double (at least) gas mileage. So here is the leisure fleet...
  22. I have put almost 300 miles on my Jaguar since getting the driveline problem fixed. So far, the repair seems to be holding and the car seems to feel solid and reliable. One remaining item will be to attend to the carburetor. The car starts and runs pretty well, but the idle is very rough and the car will stall unless I keep the idle speed at about 1500 rpm which is pretty buzzy. That does make for easy launches with the clutch from a standstill, but probably not ideal. I got a lead from a Chevette forum about a Weber replacement carb that is supposed to be better than the Holley. Not sure about the differences, as I thought the Holley was an identical carb made under license from Weber. "They" (guys on the forum) say the Weber is the way to go. The replacement price is in the same ballpark for either brand, so I'll most likely go with the Weber when my repair fund gets replenished a bit more. Some driving observations: not much torque out of the little 1.6L Isuzu so I have to downshift for most any grade. The car feels light above 60 mph. The spring rate is probably too stiff for the weight of the car--it hops sideways a bit on bumps. The idiosyncrasies are part of getting used to the car and how to handle it. Overall, still a blast to drive and gets all the attention I can stand.
  23. So here's what we ended up with on the extension housing repair. The new parts (L) and the old parts ®. The old support was fabricated from some kind of casting foam or rubber. The metal insert was trashed and the bearing cushion was cushioning nothing. Here's the underside view of the finished job. The red lines show where the entire extension mount was moved to the left about 3/4 in so the extension at a 90 deg. angle to the rear axle would not be pushing to one side of the forward mount. Not too much else to report. I'm happy to get this thing fixed. I'm off to make up for a few month's lost driving time.
  24. Paper-boy cap and plus-four knickerbockers and I'm good to go. Picked the car up this PM. The mechanic was proud of his work and he ran the car up the hoist so I could get under to see the result. He moved the forward extension mount a good inch to the left and it does look properly aligned to me now. Took the Jag for a 40 mile run this evening and all seems good. Have to say that getting the driveline fixed took some patience, research, luck, and not a small amount of cash. I will put some pictures up to show the work and also the pitiful old parts.