Next week the XJR is finally back with me having spent best part of 6 weeks at the garage. Fortunately a lot of that time was for waiting for bits and pieces to arrive rather than major problems, but she has undergone a fairly comprehensive suspension overhaul (including new rear shocks) in order to pass the MoT. The good news is I now have one! As is the way with old cars, several other issues were identified and dealt with including; new fog light saga, replacement Steering Rack, Broken rear window motor, and a bent valve stem leading to the head needing to be removed and overhauled. At least i'd found where the tappety noise was coming from. I've continued the work I was doing on the interior parts, and have managed to find both a new cubby box in its entirety (£2.69 on JCP) and a new ashtray. I've also stripped and covered the roof console in leather, although I need to re-do some of this as the thickness of the leather meant that the magnolia covered piece was just a bit to wide. Here's a few pics of the strip, and fitting of the leather. Amazing what can be done in a hotel room when away with work! The leather has been rescued from old seat covers (courtesy of Break Buster) and a leather armrest in ISIS blue brought on ebay. Hopefully more updates to follow in the next few weeks.
First of all stripping off the old material ready for cleaning..
Cleaned and ready for the new leather..
I popped into Wilko's to buy some of these clips to hold the leather while the contact adhesive set. It was quite tricky stretching the leather around the edge, so I decided to stick it in three phases, the outer edge, then the folded over sections.
This photo has had the outside and top stuck down. Not a bad job actually.
and lastly, almost complete. I've not yet finished the ends of the blue leather as I need to re-do some of it, but having learnt form the first attempt, I can be fairly confident that I can get this looking good enough to fit on the car when I re-do the magnolia section.
Couple of pics of the new plastic goodies...
.. and the boot liner that I purchased..