It’s almost 9 months now since I signed the cheque and Lady Penelope emigrated from Victoria to reside in WA. So it’s time to start a sort of blog, detailing her adventures and my personal experiences of living with a classy, yet sometimes demanding lady.
Initial experiences were good and she passed her roadworthy inspection (aka MOT for those north of the equator
) first time. The earlier thread in this sub-Forum tells the story.
Since being registered in October there hasn't been a lot requiring immediate attention, mechanically speaking.
The first hurdle was getting the new remote, supplied as part of the sale, to pair up with the car. After all the experts in Perth ran away and hid, some advice from the forum here coupled with a couple of posts in the XJS section on Jaguarforums resulted in success. I was also lucky that a UK private import MY93 4litre was being parted out here and I managed to get the requisite switch along with a number of electronic modules, side mirror and a few other bits n bobs for the insurance spares box.
Next problem to arise was the electric cooling fans not kicking in. I first became aware of the problem when the aircon failed to work on a hot day here. In the end there were 2 unrelated issues. First was the cooling fan relay and second a defective pressure switch on the aircon. Again the forum was a great help in giving me valuable hints as where to go.
The memory function on the driver’s seat electrics was also not working, but all other functions are fine. It’s not a show stopper as I’m the only driver, so I haven’t spent a lot of time on it. Thus far I’ve cleaned the module contacts and stripped/cleaned the switch, with no success. Next step will be to swap out the module for the one I got from the wreck and if that fails I’m heading to the seat motors and potentiometers
Another irritation is a very occasional clunk on the driver’s side, when hitting a bump. I suspect it is a combination of issues and have slowly been eliminating a few. Firstly the driver’s door mirror is missing a spring so it is a bit floppy. Tapping it up with masking tape has made a measurable improvement in clunk reduction, so I will swap that out with the spare I grabbed when I get a chance. Next rattle found was the seat module cover being loose and missing the rear fir tree clips. Replacing those has removed another clunk. Ditto clearing the door pocket. Fingers crossed that will be it, but if there are any further noises it'll be time to have a closer look at the front suspension and shocker bushes.Trim n Bling...
Cruising ebay late last year I happened to come across a NOS cupholder arm rest in Doeskin. I jumped on it and a few weeks later Lady Penelope was sporting cupholders as her Christmas present. I also got a set of NOS dashboard woods as well at the same time for the insurance spares box.
Last weekend she also scored a set of fluffy mats in the correct Rattan shade. At the same time I replaced the rear passenger headrest with a good second hand item as the old one appeared to have been bitten by a dog at some stage. Mats and head rest were sourced from a wrecker in Adelaide. It was interesting comparing 93 and 94 models at the wrecker though. The 93 headrests had a leather central panel while the 94 model were all vinyl. Jaguar obviously saving a few pennies.
The fluffy mats were a bit matted and grubby, but a gentle washing/soaking in wool wash, cleaned them up and using a dogs slicker brush restored the pile. First brushing was damp followed by a final brush when dry. Changing the rear headrest stumped me for a bit. Eventually I removed the back seat and popped the clips from the rear. Found a good assortment of bobby pins, a comb, hotel sewing kit and $4.10 in small change under the seat!Memorable Outings and Events
The first was in March when she got to go to the ball and transported my daughter and her friends to the year 12 formal. As we all know classic Jags and formal events just naturally go together. Pity the rest of the party had to follow us in a stretch pink hummer
The next event was mid May where Lady Penelope made her formal entrée to Perth Jaguar Society at the British Car day in Gin Gin, about 1.5hrs drive north of Perth. It’s a big day with all the British car clubs taking over the town. Last year apparently 700 cars attended, but numbers this year were well down due to rain. Lady P was well received and looked quite at home with the other classics, which included a couple of other 6cyl XJ40’s and a Daimler 6. On the way home we treated each other to a wee Italian tune-up, overtaking an old WW2 Morris Ambulance, which also nicely removed a tailgating/queue hopping WRX from my rear view mirror.
Well on that note we're pretty well up to date so stay tuned for the occasional new post.