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What Did You Do To Your Jaguar Today??

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Skye Nott
Vancouver, BC, Canada   can
1964 Vespa VNB 125
1966 MG MGB "The Bomber RIP"
1983 Suzuki MC GS750E "Kate"
1986 Merkur XR4Ti "The Rally Car"
1990 Volkswagen Corrado G60   → more

Did you repair or replace a part? Add a new accessory? Sand a panel? Take it out for a drive?
What did YOU do to your Jaguar today?

Post your updates and photos below...... Thanks! grinning smiley




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Steve Smith
North Las Vegas, Nevada, USA   usa

I went and got a new battery for the 66 3.8S to get it going again. It's been sitting for at least six months whilst REAL LIFE swirled around it.

After about four hours of fiddling and starting fluid I finally got a genuine chug from the fuel like stuff in the left tank. Now it starts and revs but is reluctant to idle.

I think Job 1 is going to bin the Mallory distributor and put the original Lucas back in. I'm very suspicious a lot of my issues with this car may be that Mallory.

We'll know soon...
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Skye Nott
Vancouver, BC, Canada   can
1964 Vespa VNB 125
1966 MG MGB "The Bomber RIP"
1983 Suzuki MC GS750E "Kate"
1986 Merkur XR4Ti "The Rally Car"
1990 Volkswagen Corrado G60   → more

In reply to # 3586 by GT6Steve I think Job 1 is going to bin the Mallory distributor and put the original Lucas back in. I'm very suspicious a lot of my issues with this car may be that Mallory.
We'll know soon...

Always so helpful to have a "known good" part sitting on the shelf, saves a lot of time troubleshooting!

Let us know how it goes.... what kind of issues? Idle or hesitation?



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Patrick Newkirk
OK, USA   usa

I put my new insurance verification in the glove box.
Hamilton, New Zealand   nzl

What did i do to my Jaguar today? I drove it! It always puts a smile on my face! Just pulling out into a small gap in a stream of traffic and matching the speed of the traffic so quickly is always a pleasure. Its actually relaxing knowing you have smooth endless power on tap to get you from A to B. I have a 1998 XJR that drives like a new car still.
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Phil Cowley
Coventry, United Kingdom   gbr

Cleaned it.
Due to the local bird population using it for bombing practice.
Bruce BMac
Tauranga, New Zealand   nzl

Replaced Electronic Fuel Pump with another-other Burnt out both ends(Lucky not to have lost the car to Fire)Checked voltage at regulator and at Alternater-both appear ok 13.5 volts.Have purchased Digital volt meter that plugs into cig lighter socket-so will try next time out,vary wary driving at the moment not Knowing what caused initial problem with fuel pump.Amp gauge in car appears to show high charge at all times-not quite in the red zone but pretty close.Car is 73 series 3 E Type
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David Brill
Middletown, CT, USA   usa
1961 Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite "Gabby"
1976 MG MGB "Amelia"
1988 Jaguar XJ6 "Kitty"
1996 Jaguar XJS

Took her out for a short drive and replaced the passenger door handle. (Last weekend)
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Gareth T
Narva, Leningradskaya obl, Russian Federation   rus
1989 Jaguar XJ40 "Animal2"

Did the tracking on the sky blue "Brundle" car after its long trip across Europe.

Some explanation for the astonishing levels of grip has finally been found.

It turns out the RHF wheel was a little toe out (which is why it was pulling to the right), but otherwise nigh on perfect set-up for a dual wishbone car.

Being as the whole thing was sorted by eye with a vernier and moving shims around, it stands as quite remarkable how close it was to perfect., inc the prog rate rear springs and Koni gas dampers.

I finally found the cause of the annoying rattling from the rear suspension
(retaining bolt pulling up the cone-cone rear subframe bush wasn't tight enough!).

Here are the final settings:-

(Notice how the ORIGINAL settings from Jaguar would have given almost ZERO castor.
This is an incredible error from the factory, giving the steering almost no feel, and it's how they are ALL set up despite the advice from the after market databases for castor figs on them! )

Front 3.5 Degrees castor. Camber -0.20 deg toe almost parallel (3 mins toe in).

Rear -1.4 Degrees (castor not measured) Toe 0.00 (parallel)
Left hand side TOE OUT 0.24' which would indicate to me, worn Taper bearings on the bottom trunnion**.

Original figures for XJ40 would have been the following:-

FRONT:-
Castor:- 1 degree
Camber ZERO.
TOE Parallel

REAR
Camber -0.30 (negative)
toe ZERO. (parallel)


**Suprisingly enough I have NEVER EVER seen anyone else change the bearings on the XJ40 rear lower pivots, despite them being renowned for ingesting water and those small Timken bearings destroying themselves as a result. Same design, same weakness as E type Jag.

Methinks,- next job is to order those bearings and strip it all down properly and replace.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/24/2012 06:45AM by AJ6mod6.
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Tom G
Seattle, WA, USA   usa

Replaced glue-on inside rear view mirror with series 1 type. I know it's not correct but a replacement glue-on cost three times as much as the series 1 type. Looks cooler, too.
New York, USA   usa

I enjoyed full with my friends in my Jaguar... and then gave my Jaguar for servicing...
John Hall
Brisbane, Australia   aus

Today I removed the alternator and replaced the regulator and brush box. Tomorrow I shall give the car a well deserved polish. I've been away at work for eight weeks and it seems that everyone and his dog has been driving the Jag but no one has cleaned it. They did all say how nice it is though so they've been forgiven. WE all know how nice Jags are!!!!smiling smiley



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/17/2012 02:58AM by Black Jake.
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Roland Gotzke
Alberta, Canada   can
1986 Jaguar XJ-SC "Kitty"

taking care of some small tidbits. repacking bearings, tune up, replace hood shocks, and drive some open roads..
Hamilton, New Zealand   nzl

Today I collected my Jag from the panel beaters. I had had a couple of rust spots removed from the boot lid, had parking sensors fitted front and rear, and had the headlining replaced. This 1998 XJR is now as good as new! Its was a pleasure to drive it again and yep you guessed it....the smile is back on my face again! lol THAT POWER!
Bruce BMac
Tauranga, New Zealand   nzl

Put $100 gas in the tank and took it for a good 4hr drive, seems to run well at about 3-3500revs.Got home admired it,
cleaned it ,admired it again and put it away under cover!
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Roland Gotzke
Alberta, Canada   can
1986 Jaguar XJ-SC "Kitty"

driving it to the harbour ... parking it .... sailing ... then put the top down and meander home...
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Rhett Redelings
San Rafael, California, USA   usa
1988 Jaguar XJ-S "Simon Templar"
1995 Jaguar XJ6 (X300) "Blofeld's Cat"

Came out to a puddle of coolant under the car so I scheduled time for her with the local XJ-S specialist for tomorrow.
Bruce BMac
Tauranga, New Zealand   nzl

I put the XJS on the hoist-removed all 4 wheels, cleaned inside them and ran the grease gun over all grease points.Put it back together and gave it a hour long run!
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Miklos & Sebastian Kiraly
Honesdale, Pa, USA   usa
1996 Jaguar XJ6 (X300) "FRITZ"

Today I installed several items on my 1996 VDP
Replaced the upper radiator grommets, not there is no shaking of the radiator. The old ones damn near rotted off their metal washers.
Replaced the head lamp bulbs with brighter ones. Low beams are nice brite white sulvania ultras and the Hi beams are a hi output amber. Also replaced the white parking lamps in from with and amber bulb. The cat looks great during twilight now.
Cleaned the K&N filter.
Next chore is removing the front mufflers, finding a few odds and ends parts IE drivers inside door handle because the return spring broke, drivers door curb lap cover due to breakage. Red rim caps because it will match his deep red skin color.
Fritz gets looks and stares where ever he goes. For me he PURRRRRRRfect
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David Brill
Middletown, CT, USA   usa
1961 Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite "Gabby"
1976 MG MGB "Amelia"
1988 Jaguar XJ6 "Kitty"
1996 Jaguar XJS

Replaced front bearings, rotated tires, did minor tune (plugs, wires, oil change, air filter). Buffed her and gave her full detail for the show we went to on Saturday. (Friday, last weekend).
Next weekend, 9/14, our club has its Northwest CT Driving Tour and Vineyard Tour, up in NW CT, Torrington area. So she'll see a couple hundred miles of pure pleasure driving.
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