Daily runner

#1
Finally got the brakes sorted on my S1, drives safely now. Using it as a daily car and it does seem a tiny bit underpowered, gets up to fifty mph, according to the orange strip, but doesn't really want to go any faster, not that I want to drive fast all the time but overtaking sometimes is required. Anything I should check as I considered that the brakes binding at the front might have been the issue?
 
#5
Brakes did bind, has made some positive difference to the driving, will get onto the compression testing and the service manual, thanks.
 

harveyp6

Well-Known Member
#6
gets up to fifty mph, according to the orange strip, but doesn't really want to go any faster, not that I want to drive fast all the time but overtaking sometimes is required. Anything I should check
Don't discount the speedometer itself as the cause. I had a 3500S that wouldn't even get to 70mph, well according to the speedo anyway. When my mate was driving it and I was following him down the motorway, he was trying to get up to 70mph, and I was clocking 110mph trying to keep up with him....

I changed the speedo head, problem solved.
 

Phil Robson

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#7
I drove a 1965 2000 many years ago & was very underwhelmed at its performance, to the degree that I wasn't expecting my long term project 2000 to be any good at all.

However, now that my car is roadworthy it is certainly no sluggard, being a nimble & nippy drive. It has a fully rebuilt engine, carb etc though, so the earlier experience was probably down to the engine being out of tune or warn.

I'd try a good service & proper set up of the carb & timing. Possibly a compression test wouldn't go amiss either. Hopefully you'll be surprised at the results ;)
 

Demetris

Well-Known Member
#10
The tappet clearances make a significant difference in the performance of a 4 cylinder. Also make sure that the camshaft is not retarded due to wear on chains and gears. This is relatively easy to adjust.
 
#11
The tappet clearances make a significant difference in the performance of a 4 cylinder. Also make sure that the camshaft is not retarded due to wear on chains and gears. This is relatively easy to adjust.
Thank you, I will gen up on this and get it driving better. I might need the experience of a decent mechanic in the Northampton area if any body knows of one?
 

cobraboy

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#12
I had a 2000 Auto but took it back to the garage and told the salesman that I could only get it up to 75 on Acorn Hill. He said it was quite impressive as Acorn Hill was very steep, then asked what the problem was. I told him that I lived at 87.
Ha ha, it's the way you tell 'em !
 
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