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When I learned there was Replacement Smoke available, having just acquired Nix, I then laid in a supply of said Replacement Smoke, just in case, in my colossal ignorance I inadvertently let all the smoke out of her wiring, as I do Not speak electric fluently and chanced of such a mishap were high.

However, in 5 years I've managed to dodge that bullet!
DRAT!!
Now I've Jinxed it!
(';')
 
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A popular upgrade is to refill the wires with more modern smoke. Delphi Electronics offers replacement smoke, as do Denso, Bosch, and Hella.


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Hmm.
I think I'll look for Denso replacement smoke; as being more Dense it should leak less than something as ethereal as smoke called Delphi. I Absolutely don't want HELLA as it will be even lighter than Lucas!
(';')
 
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I wo9nder if that smoke just made legal in Colorado and California would be a suitable replacement ?

I see a series on old cars sponsored by Hegarty. Interesting. And at times a Jaguar is involved. Barn Hunter….

I understood from somewhere that I could sign up for their newsletter, even if I was not an insurance client. I tried., could not find out how>?

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Hi Carl

You can signup for their newsletter here: Signup here for newsletter

I highly recommend it. Every week a new collection of fun collector car articles. No cost or obligation. Yes, we should see if that stuff is bottled in California.

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Jeff:

Thanks. It worked. I'm signed up.

We are having very odd weather for late May!!! Limiting my garage and Jaguar time.
Ugh, cabin fever again... Plenty of indoor chores. As in getting rid of tons of old 'paper records" !!!! Lighten the load concept..

Carl
 
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I've always heard the "Horror" stories of Lucas Electrics, my Dad has told many stories of them on BSA"s and Triumph's. I have never had a lot of experience with them, (yet) I'm sure he (Lucas) will rear his ugly head, as I swap the wiring from my parts car, into my Jacobra. I've heard him compared to Satan? Do you think it would do any good to have a priest pray over, and bless my Jacobra, or should I go for broke, and have a full exorcism performed??? LOL!
Sorry just couldn't help myself. I really just hope he doesn't show up.

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Never mind..........
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Originally Posted by 89 Jacobra View Post
I've always heard the "Horror" stories of Lucas Electrics, my Dad has told many stories of them on BSA"s and Triumph's. I have never had a lot of experience with them, (yet) I'm sure he (Lucas) will rear his ugly head, as I swap the wiring from my parts car, into my Jacobra. I've heard him compared to Satan? Do you think it would do any good to have a priest pray over, and bless my Jacobra, or should I go for broke, and have a full exorcism performed??? LOL!
Sorry just couldn't help myself. I really just hope he doesn't show up.

Jack

The Lucas jokes are fun but, in all honesty, the horror stories are a bit overblown. A basis in truth, yes. But it really isn't all that bad.

Clean connections and grounds every chance you get and you'll solve 80% of the problems before they even occur. Lucas starters, ignition parts, relays, and alternators were fine. Some of the manually operated switches were pretty junky.

I say 'were' because Lucas, as we know it, stopped making automotive stuff back in 1996 or so and sold off the name. Another company now carries the Lucas banner....and I have doubts that they do any of they're own manufacturing. Some of the stuff may be better. Some might be worse.

The real problem with the Lucas wiring is non-sealed connections...even in areas exposed to weather....even into the 80s-90s when everyone else was going to modern connectors.

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I couldn't agree more. If there is a connector that has never been serviced I'll guarantee it has corrosion. And that corrosion keeps getting worse until the electrical device quits working altogether. Any time you have a spare minute clean some connections. Do that enough and your old Jaguars become as dependable as any other car on the road.
 
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If Dielectric Connector Grease had been invented by Lucas to coat bullet connectors at the factory, we would have a forum with half as many electrical posts.

After cleaning with Electrical Contact Cleaner, I coat with Dielectric Grease. Did all ground connectors, engine wiring harness connectors,and external lights. Nice winter project.
Rgds David
 

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If Dielectric Connector Grease had been invented by Lucas to coat bullet connectors at the factory, we would have a forum with half as many electrical posts.

After cleaning with Electrical Contact Cleaner, I coat with Dielectric Grease. Did all ground connectors, engine wiring harness connectors,and external lights. Nice winter project.
Rgds David
And, tighten up all the bullet connectors while you're at it.
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I've been watching a series of adventures on You Tube via my smart TV.

Jonathan Winans of Cameron, North Carolina. Tow service operator by day and a lot of other stuff when time permits. enthralled with videos of his projects. Like assembled his own flat bed from cast off stuff. ad a lot of fabrication.

Fussed as the Lucas" generator" he wanted from e UK failed to clear UK customs. "restricted" Actually a magneto, intended for a self fabed motor cycle!!!

What could be more benign than a Lucas Magneto!!! Beurocrats (sp)

Carl ...
 
 
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