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Skye Webmaster 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"    & 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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GT6Steve Steve Smith
North Las Vegas, NV, 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 Webmaster 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"    & 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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solerydr 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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244644 Phil Cowley
Coventry, UK   GBR
Cleaned it.
Due to the local bird population using it for bombing practice.

mgbgt1 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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ToxicTurtle Gold Member David Brill
Middletown, CT, USA   USA
1954 Jaguar XK120 "Drop Head Coupe"
1961 Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite "Gabby"
1962 MG MGA MkII
1976 MG MGB "Amelia"    & more
Took her out for a short drive and replaced the passenger door handle. (Last weekend)


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AJ6mod6 Gareth T
Disabled Account, Antarctica   ATA
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 2012-03-24 06:45 AM by AJ6mod6.

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tominseattle 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.

NY, USA   USA
I enjoyed full with my friends in my Jaguar... and then gave my Jaguar for servicing...

Black Jake 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 2012-07-17 02:58 AM by Black Jake.

roland Roland G
Calgary, AB, Canada   CAN
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!

mgbgt1 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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