I am now nearing the first 500 miles in my 1961 3.8 ots all been
done in the last week. The weather has been fantastic here which is
unusual in itself, the last time I had a soft top, a TR7 in 1985 I
had it for 18 months and it rained for 19 months, 2 weeks either
side of having it.
It got that bad the guys at work begged me to get rid of it because
they wanted a couple of weeks holiday in the UK by the beach, you
might think that I’m joking, if only. I took so much stick I had to
get rid of it.
Anyway back to the E, took a lot of getting used to at first, it
has gone on the road with only my eye to line up the front
tracking, no camber/castor adjustment again only my eye, the
steering is very notchy, great in a straight line but a bit scary
when entering a corner. I have found the best way to navigate
around a corner is to point it generally in the right direction and
put the boot down, feels very steady then.
The engine is running great but a bit rich and the clutch keeps
going soft on me, every day before using it I have to pump it up, I
changed the slave cylinder last week which didn’t make any
difference, I did tighten all the unions yesterday and it was fine
today, so I’ll wait and see there.
Once the clutch is working OK then the Moss box is great, whines in
first but then as smooth as any car I have driven.
I have been taking it fairly easy this week and running the engine
in nicely I hope, a couple of 100 mile runs, a couple of short runs
24 miles to work and back and so on.
Even in the high 80’s and low 90’s F we have had this last week
there has been no sign of overheating, the Coolcat fan has worked
faultlessly and the Coolcat Otter type switch and the ali rad.
The temp sticks at the next notch above 70 F most of the time, I
also have red line water wetter in the system.
I now need to carry out a 500 mile service, oil filter, tighten the
head down and check over the whole suspension. I have electronic
ignition so no worries there.
Anything else worth looking at? is it best to take it easy up to
1000 miles gradually increasing the revs? a couple of times I got
the urge to let rip but held back don’t know how long I can fight
One thing I have noticed is where is the oil in the dash pots
going? I have filled them up twice this week.
Driving it now is great, I drove my daily driver on Friday to work,
it handles great, has aircon everything you could want and
everything the E is not but the E has something on a totally
different plane, the looks you get from the 50 somethings in their
Mazda MX 5’s and other so called sports cars, the comments while
stopped at the traffic lights, everyone wants to chat about the
car. The noise from the exhaust when you pass through our town
which has narrow streets with high buildings, I always drive
through in second
So I am now beginning to see what all the fuss is about. Had one
idiot hang out the window of his car while on the motorway taking
'61 OTS, I’ll do work for parts
Pershore, United Kingdom
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