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    Hello from Los Angeles

    By way of introduction, I stumbled across BCF while searching the web for guidance on how to replace the motor mounts on my '69 XKE OTS, and realized that it might be easier learning from the experiences of others! In addition to the XKE, I have a '48 Lea-Francis 14hp Sports that has been in my family since 1949. Both cars have been languishing in my garage while I spent far too much time working. Now it's time to spend some time on them. The Lea-Francis needs an overhaul to the fuel system as the California gas has gone sour and has gummed up the carbs. I don't think there are any short cuts here - it's a fuel tank removal and clean, and carb rebuild unless anyone has ideas...

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    Re: Hello from Los Angeles

    Welcome to BCF! I have a 67 Type myself. I'd love to see a picture of your Lea-Francis!!
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    Re: Hello from Los Angeles

    Don't forget to replace the soft fuel lines and fuel pump diaphragm, in both cars. Ethanol isn't quite as bad as the MTBE we had a few years back, but it will still dissolve old rubber.

    You might be able to get away with just draining the fuel tank and letting the fresh fuel clean it out. The deposits from CA fuel seem to be hard and stable, so not likely to cause problems in a metal fuel tank. But if it's easy to get to, cleaning it certainly wouldn't hurt either.

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    Re: Hello from Los Angeles

    Welcome to the BCF. Be sure to introduce yourself in the appropriate marque forums on this site, and I too want to see photos...especially of the Lea-Francis.

    Welcome, and enjoy the ride! I am sure you will get all the appropriate advice from the experts here.
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    Re: Hello from Los Angeles

    Lea-Francis_14hp_Sports.jpgHere's the Lea-Francis.
    '48 Lea-Francis 14hp Sports
    '69 Jaguar XKE OTS

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    Re: Hello from Los Angeles

    Quote Originally Posted by bergerda View Post
    Lea-Francis_14hp_Sports.jpgHere's the Lea-Francis.
    Oh my - beautiful!
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    Re: Hello from Los Angeles

    Quote Originally Posted by bergerda View Post
    Lea-Francis_14hp_Sports.jpgHere's the Lea-Francis.
    Does 14HP really mean 14 horse power? Surely not?
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    Re: Hello from Los Angeles

    Quote Originally Posted by Basil View Post
    Does 14HP really mean 14 horse power? Surely not?
    They had bigger horses before the horse size edict of 1950. What...you didn't know that?

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    Re: Hello from Los Angeles

    Welcome to the BCF bergerda! That's quite a pair of Brit cars you have there. The Lea Francis looks much like the early Healey cars with which I am more familiar. Good luck getting them on the road again. You've come to the right place! (Well, one of the right places.)
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    Re: Hello from Los Angeles

    OK. Finally found another Leaf owner. back in 1955, I had the late Jim Pauley replace the engine in my MG TD with a 1767 cc Lea-Francis engine and gearbox. The conversion never worked out too well and the gearbox came out of gear in the clubhouse turn of the old Thompson Raceway track sending me into a 180. I swapped the car for a 1955 Renault 4 CV and have been looking for it ever since. No one on this earth seems to know what happened to it. Your car looks beautiful. I never saw one in the flesh. Welcome to this site. There's not a whole lot some of these guys don't know about LBC's.

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    Re: Hello from Los Angeles

    Quote Originally Posted by TOC View Post
    They had bigger horses before the horse size edict of 1950. What...you didn't know that?
    Clydesdales?
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