It's this little question that I'm wondering about my Spitfire. Basically, I'm restoring a Triumph Spitfire and swapping out the 1.3l 4-cylinder for a 2.5l Triumph inline 6. This necessitates a lot of work to redistribute the weight/lighten things to get the weight distribution back to an acceptable figure. » 11/25/14 6:00am Today 6:00am

These won a design award when they were new. Until I took the time to sit back and look at one properly I could never tell why. They're utterly stunning cars. Photos really don't do them justice, they're just gorgeous :) » 11/25/14 5:34am Today 5:34am

You know I love hearing about these little issues. Not that I have anything against BMW (they make some cars that I really like), but I'm a big Alfa and Jag fan (or British and Italian in general) and I hear countless quips about poor reliability and fit and finish, usually from the same people who praise the Germans… » 11/24/14 10:32am Yesterday 10:32am

Much, much more reliable. I've got one in my XJ40 and it's still solid at 152k miles. On the '40 forum there's plenty of cars at well over 200k miles with nothing but regular oil changes. I've heard of head gaskets going occasionally on early 3.6l cars, but you guys didn't get those in the XJS. The I6 only came later… » 11/21/14 6:16am Friday 6:16am

I've always found forums aren't a particularly good way of gauging how reliable a car is, or how often things go wrong/how likely they are to go wrong. People don't tend to post 'another 10k miles with no problems', but they do tend to post 'drove 8k miles and my diff fell off'. It offers a scary perspective on a… » 11/21/14 6:11am Friday 6:11am

There are a couple of practical differences between an IRS setup and a live axle. In an IRS setup, each wheel can react to changes in the road independently of the other. What that means is that over rough ground, each wheel can react to changes in the surface more efficiently and maintain a higher peak grip. » 11/20/14 9:35am Thursday 9:35am

I would advise against as well, at least with normal seats and seat belts. Unless you're clever with seating position and cage location you can end up making it much more dangerous for yourself. If you crash and a bar in the cage is right in the path of your head as you're flailing around inside you can have a head… » 11/20/14 5:32am Thursday 5:32am

Me too. What I don't like about it is how the grille sticks out an inch or so past the rest of the fascia. It's something I really dislike in a lot of cars, it makes it look pouty. It's the main reason I don't like the Maserati Quattroporte, either the latest generation or the one before. Sometimes it works, but most… » 11/20/14 5:29am Thursday 5:29am