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  1. Sterling #130 (aka American V8 ~ Chapter 2)

    So...progress on Saturday! I checked all the wires again (correct order) and then tried Rick's advice (thanks Rick!) about having someone (my wife) turn the key while I slowly advanced the distributor from 0TDC back to 10BTDC. Nothing. So I pulled the distributor and indexed the rotor 180d...
  2. Sterling #130 (aka American V8 ~ Chapter 2)

    I haven't been able to get as much time on the Sterling lately due to other obligations, but what time I have been able to spend on it has been...frustrating. I've tried starting it...almost 20 times. I thought I heard it "cough" last time, but can't be sure. The battery/starter turns the...
  3. Sterling #130 (aka American V8 ~ Chapter 2)

    Huh...been awhile since I had anything to report... Well, after checking the spark plug wire order about 5 times and checking timing and rotor position and checking for spark, I've finally given up and ordered a new distributor for the Sterling. She just won't catch... So now while I'm...
  4. Sterling #130 (aka American V8 ~ Chapter 2)

    Not a fun evening last night... Attempt #2 for center caps for the Jaguar rims was a failure. I've already sourced Attempt #3...still easier than sourcing the OEM Jaguar caps since I don't want a Jaguar emblem on the wheels. I didn't realize that the screws I ordered for the steering wheel...
  5. Sterling #130 (aka American V8 ~ Chapter 2)

    I'm hoping it evens out as it gets driven...but for all i know, something in there is broken. Sigh... Right now all the suspension just "hangs" from the frame since the jig directly supports the frame, so a floor jack is required to compress the suspension from the bottom up. Pushing down on...
  6. Sterling #130 (aka American V8 ~ Chapter 2)

    I also got a box from Summit racing...one of the few places around that had Braille batteries in stock! a 200 CA lawn mower battery cranked over the engine fine during testing, so hopefully this one with 641 CA will be even better! I also bought the same-brand battery charger.
  7. Sterling #130 (aka American V8 ~ Chapter 2)

    Sunday I decided to test my suspension compression with a floor jack, spreader plate, and rim (now that I have the proper short mag lug nuts and washers). Since I have the car frame strapped to the custom jig I built, I simply measured from the rim to the fender, jacked up until the jig caster...
  8. Sterling #130 (aka American V8 ~ Chapter 2)

    Found these on FB but it was like pulling teeth getting info from the seller. I need more than "yes, 5 bolts" to identify a wheel lug pattern...sigh. then she sold them and ghosted me. I suppose she saved me a headache before I started asking about Backspacing or ET. lol
  9. Sterling #130 (aka American V8 ~ Chapter 2)

    Well, I bought the Craigslist Jaguar rims Sunday morning from a nice, normal "car guy" in an old t-shirt and jeans. We talked about the 1988 Jaguar XJS he was restoring and he was very interested in seeing pix of my Sterling on my phone after I described the VW/Buick/CCC sources. He had bought...
  10. Sterling #130 (aka American V8 ~ Chapter 2)

    close...rims would be the same size, not bigger in rear.
  11. Sterling #130 (aka American V8 ~ Chapter 2)

    thanks, CAD is my day job. :) lots of running from my CAD station in the basement out to the shop for measurements while drawing those! lol no way of estimating the suspension compression amount, so I'm just trying to keep the tire inside the fender lip for now. yeah, I discovered it on a...
  12. Sterling #130 (aka American V8 ~ Chapter 2)

    Basically for the front I'm choosing the smallest tire available (175/65R15) and hoping for the best. the section view tells more about room for suspension rebound. the Green tire is the 175/65R15 on the 6.5Jx15 Jaguar rim. looks like I might actually be able to go up to a 185 if I wanted to...
  13. Sterling #130 (aka American V8 ~ Chapter 2)

    The 1988 6.5Jx15 Jaguar rims have a 32mm (1.25") positive offset, so while they're closer to the body at the bottom, they're farther away from the lip of the fender at the top. After drawing the wheel & tire in CAD, it looks like I'd probably have about 25-30 degrees of wheel turn either...
  14. Sterling #130 (aka American V8 ~ Chapter 2)

    Hmmmm... found a set of 15x6.5 wheels off a 1988 Jaguar XJS. 5x4.75 bolt pattern. and 175/65R15 would JUST fit on a 6.5" rim... Gotta do some photoshopping to see how they'd look on my car! only catch I see: Jaguar was 1/2"-20 threads while Chevy is 7/16"-20 threads. Looks like probably acorn...
  15. Sterling #130 (aka American V8 ~ Chapter 2)

    the 215/70R14 tires look fine in back though. heck, i might even be able to go BIGGER. Note that the pix are taken with the suspension UNcompressed.
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