[E-Type] Do our cars have feelings?

I have had my series 1 for 8 years with the intent at time of
purchase to do a full restoration. The car ran and was almost safe
enough to drive so I waited a year and then life got in the way.
This year was it, car was going to come off the road and start the
process of rebirth. This weekend was great weather in upstate NY
and I said one more drive on the back roads and then that is it.

Car took a little extra time to turn over then idled perfectly. I
had to run back to the house to grab my cell phone and wallet (ya
never know) and as I walked back out to the barn I heard the car
shut off? Humm that is odd� When I got to the barn the interior
was filled with smoke and that nasty smell of burn electronics
filled the air. Holy Moly… Quickly pulled the leads off the
battery and all was saved. Turned the key off and folded down the
instrument panel to find all was fine. In an effort to see where
the issue was I hooked up the battery once again and tuned the
key… Instant smoke from behind center gauge cluster. My first
thoughts are leaning towards the ammeter wires as it is a nasty
high end burn which seems to be a direct short…

So I ask, was my car mad at me for thinking this was her last ride
out in the woods? Was there some Halloween spirit saying the car
tells me who gets the last ride? All I know is when I arrived at
work today in my spot was a tine calico kitten waiting to be taken
home (sorry cat lovers I am not fond of the 4 legged ones). My
wife said I should have sold it when I had the chance… My son
said cool we can take it apart now�

Looking forward to a slew of foolish questions as I begin the next
stage of e-type ownership� Thanks in advance for all your help�
Joe D–
Joes64e
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In reply to a message from JOED sent Mon 2 Nov 2015:

Joe;
This is not difficult, the car is telling you loud and
clear, the time has come, FIX ME11
Good luck. Regards, Joel.–
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I have had my series 1 for 8 years with the intent at time of
purchase to do a full restoration. The car ran and was almost safe
enough to drive so I waited a year and then life got in the way.
This year was it, car was going to come off the road and start the
process of rebirth. This weekend was great weather in upstate NY
and I said one more drive on the back roads and then that is it.


49mgtc/mgbgt/jag e type 70 2+2/65 Mustang
Omaha, NE, United States
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In reply to a message from JOED sent Mon 2 Nov 2015:

I agree, these cars have a personality…they are smoking
hot! Smoke from the dash can happen, even after a
restoration. I carry a fire extinguisher and a spanner for
the battery terminal whenever I go for a drive. So far I
had a cracked fuse block, and a smouldering ignition
switch. Better safe than sorry.–
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was filled with smoke and that nasty smell of burn electronics


Alfred signal red 1968 2+2 E-type
london/ontario, Canada
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In reply to a message from JOED sent Mon 2 Nov 2015:

Morning Joe,
Your car must be a scorpio…
Never leave them unsupervised, no telling what kind of trouble
they can get into.
Cheers,
Lynn
PS: I too always disconnect my battery when in the garage,
have a fire extinguisher and avoid waterless coolant (sorry
Mike, the Devil made me say that;-)–
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So I ask, was my car mad at me for thinking this was her last ride
out in the woods? Was there some Halloween spirit saying the car
tells me who gets the last ride? All I know is when I arrived at
work today in my spot was a tine calico kitten waiting to be taken
home (sorry cat lovers I am not fond of the 4 legged ones). My
wife said I should have sold it when I had the chance… My son
said cool we can take it apart now�
Looking forward to a slew of foolish questions as I begin the next
stage of e-type ownership� Thanks in advance for all your help�
Joe D


Lynn G.
68/85 ots, 73 2+2, Boise, Id., United States
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In reply to a message from JOED sent Mon 2 Nov 2015:

do cars have feelings?

Is that even a question?

Drive it, or any car, onto a new car dealership lot and see
what happens within the next two days–
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So I ask, was my car mad at me for thinking this was her last ride


S1 XKE 1966. I really got to put this back together…
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When that happened to my 66, it was a bad alternator.---- JOED jdantuono1@aol.com wrote:

=============
I have had my series 1 for 8 years with the intent at time of
purchase to do a full restoration. The car ran and was almost safe
enough to drive so I waited a year and then life got in the way.
This year was it, car was going to come off the road and start the
process of rebirth. This weekend was great weather in upstate NY
and I said one more drive on the back roads and then that is it.

Car took a little extra time to turn over then idled perfectly. I
had to run back to the house to grab my cell phone and wallet (ya
never know) and as I walked back out to the barn I heard the car
shut off? Humm that is odd
When I got to the barn the interior
was filled with smoke and that nasty smell of burn electronics
filled the air. Holy Moly… Quickly pulled the leads off the
battery and all was saved. Turned the key off and folded down the
instrument panel to find all was fine. In an effort to see where
the issue was I hooked up the battery once again and tuned the
key… Instant smoke from behind center gauge cluster. My first
thoughts are leaning towards the ammeter wires as it is a nasty
high end burn which seems to be a direct short…

So I ask, was my car mad at me for thinking this was her last ride
out in the woods? Was there some Halloween spirit saying the car
tells me who gets the last ride? All I know is when I arrived at
work today in my spot was a tine calico kitten waiting to be taken
home (sorry cat lovers I am not fond of the 4 legged ones). My
wife said I should have sold it when I had the chance… My son
said cool we can take it apart now

Looking forward to a slew of foolish questions as I begin the next
stage of e-type ownership
Thanks in advance for all your help

Joe D


Joes64e
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just to follow up, what burned was the alternator wiring harness all the way to the center station. What I think happened to the alternator was that the bearing finally gave completely out and --I assume-- allowed lots of wobble inside - leading to the alt shorting out and actually starting to burn—on a country road in central Virginia.

tom---- Tom Felts <@tomfelts> wrote:

=============
When that happened to my 66, it was a bad alternator.

---- JOED jdantuono1@aol.com wrote:

=============
I have had my series 1 for 8 years with the intent at time of
purchase to do a full restoration. The car ran and was almost safe
enough to drive so I waited a year and then life got in the way.
This year was it, car was going to come off the road and start the
process of rebirth. This weekend was great weather in upstate NY
and I said one more drive on the back roads and then that is it.

Car took a little extra time to turn over then idled perfectly. I
had to run back to the house to grab my cell phone and wallet (ya
never know) and as I walked back out to the barn I heard the car
shut off? Humm that is odd
When I got to the barn the interior
was filled with smoke and that nasty smell of burn electronics
filled the air. Holy Moly… Quickly pulled the leads off the
battery and all was saved. Turned the key off and folded down the
instrument panel to find all was fine. In an effort to see where
the issue was I hooked up the battery once again and tuned the
key… Instant smoke from behind center gauge cluster. My first
thoughts are leaning towards the ammeter wires as it is a nasty
high end burn which seems to be a direct short…

So I ask, was my car mad at me for thinking this was her last ride
out in the woods? Was there some Halloween spirit saying the car
tells me who gets the last ride? All I know is when I arrived at
work today in my spot was a tine calico kitten waiting to be taken
home (sorry cat lovers I am not fond of the 4 legged ones). My
wife said I should have sold it when I had the chance… My son
said cool we can take it apart now

Looking forward to a slew of foolish questions as I begin the next
stage of e-type ownership
Thanks in advance for all your help

Joe D


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In reply to a message from Tom Felts sent Mon 2 Nov 2015:

Of course they do.
I’ve been with my first love for 39 years and have a closer
relationship with her than I do with my wife of (only) 35
years.

…and isn’t that a little sad.–
1968 Series 1 1/2 OTS
Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
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In reply to a message from Bent Bob sent Mon 2 Nov 2015:

Thanks guys. My son, who,is 8, reminded me tonight that if
I am to start the restoration I need to find a way to move
the car across the yard and into the barn. He was quick to
say he would steer as I pushed. And so the father son
project starts.

Looking forward to this as the end result is so worth it!–
Joes64e
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In reply to a message from Bent Bob sent Mon 2 Nov 2015:

Not sad at all. In my case I met my wife because I had
pictures of E-types pinned to my dorm room bulletin board and
she was gaga about E-types. But only 33 years in my case - the
E, I mean. Been married 42. Don’t know about it (she?) having
feelings but I know I do …


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Of course they do.
I’ve been with my first love for 39 years and have a closer
relationship with her than I do with my wife of (only) 35
years.
…and isn’t that a little sad.


Nick Saltarelli '68 Cdn mkt E-type S1� OTS, '54 XK120SE OTS
Niagara, Ontario, Canada
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Best of both worlds
A Wife & a mistress
Never laugh at your wife’s choices. You are one of them

George Shabatura
Plymouth, Minnesnowda
69 OTS
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Subject: Re: [E-Type] Do our cars have feelings?

In reply to a message from Tom Felts sent Mon 2 Nov 2015:

Of course they do.
I’ve been with my first love for 39 years and have a closer
relationship with her than I do with my wife of (only) 35
years.


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In reply to a message from JOED sent Mon 2 Nov 2015:

My car gets as grumpy as an un-fed cat when it is ignored.

''You want me to start after leaving me alone for two weeks?
Well just wind that starter until the cables get really
hot, then I’ll fire up!

Oh! And dont think you’re getting away lightly. I’ve
invented a rattle you’ve never heard before. It is
harmless, but I wont let you know that until you’ve spent at
least FIVE HOURS tinkering!

Next time dont leave me alone so long, and dont even THINK
of taking that motorcycle out until I’ve had a good long run.’’–
Chris Fell, '67 S1 2+2.
Salisbury, UK, United Kingdom
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In reply to a message from Chris Fell sent Tue 3 Nov 2015:

1st commandment: ‘‘Read to your children’’

2nd commandment: ‘‘Talk to your car’’–
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My car gets as grumpy as an un-fed cat when it is ignored.
''You want me to start after leaving me alone for two weeks?


S1 XKE 1966. I really got to put this back together…
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Yeah, and if your car has a GPS you can have a conversation with it :slight_smile:
pauls

1st commandment: ‘‘Read to your children’’

2nd commandment: ‘‘Talk to your car’’
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