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Also bitten by the XJ-S bug...

pimgmx
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Re: Also bitten by the XJ-S bug...

Postby pimgmx » Mon May 27, 2019 12:20 pm

A couple of the biggest modification boxes have finally been ticked: the XJ-S is back home, with all manual transmission and exhaust mods done to a seriously high standard. With the car came many kilograms of parts that have gone straight into ye olde parts shedde.

I couldn't help it and just HAD to try gearbox and clutch in our back yard: first impression is very, very positive!

Next stop: bodywork & paint...

Some pics to illustrate the latest milestone:

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the daily: 01 S8 http://bit.ly/2kIwP4m
the tractor: 77 LaRo LW https://bit.ly/2Hr9n6y
the eyecatcher: 93 Insignia http://bit.ly/1iGrmsU
the GT: 89 XJS http://bit.ly/1WQGpC5
the project: 95 X306 http://bit.ly/1cW11DN
the pocket rocket: 97 Z3 http://bit.ly/12IfE7B
the ex: 93 3.2 http://bit.ly/14GTNrq

naki_k
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Re: Also bitten by the XJ-S bug...

Postby naki_k » Mon May 27, 2019 12:37 pm

Great news. Impossible to resist the first chance to engage gears. Even if it’s only for a few metres driving.
And a box full of original parts to sell on and get some money back? ;)
88 3.6 XJ6 PDH/CEM
90 Range Rover Vogue SE 3.9 V8 LPG
91 4.0 XJ6 Manual
92 4.0 XJR Manual
92 4.0 XJR
93 3.2s - 4.0 Manual conv
93 4.0 Sovereign
93 6.0 XJ81 DD6 x2
93 6.0 XJ81 XJ12
94 4.0 XJR
94 4.0 Daimler
96 4.0 X306 XJR
96 4.0 X300 D6
97 4.0 X300 Sport Manual
2000 LR Discovery ES TD5 A
Breaking 40/ 300

pimgmx
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Re: Also bitten by the XJ-S bug...

Postby pimgmx » Sun Jun 16, 2019 1:50 pm

naki_k wrote:...original parts to sell on and get some money back?

More added to the original parts pile: I swapped the boat-sized steering wheel for one from Naki Towers: an OEM Momo wheel in the same colour as the car upholstery, Isis Blue. Turned out to be a straightforward job, thanks to the lack of airbags!

Two phillips screws on the back of the wheel let you remove the front pad, after which you can remove the horn contact tube with a 24mm socket and then remove the steering wheel locknut, another 24mm job. The old wheel came off easily, so I could fit the Momo boss, refit the locknut and washer and bolt the steering wheel to the boss with 6 x 10mm hex bolts, provided with the boss. The Momo wheel features two horn buttons (not dissimilar to the original setup, btw); attaching the switch wires to earth (one of the boss hex bolts) and switched (a self-tapper into the central horn contact tube) was easy. Pushing the leather center pad on finished the job.

The original wheel's size reminded me too much of a taxi, the Momo looks - in my unhumble opinion - both sportier and more elegant than the part it has replaced...
These two pictures illustrate the difference in diameter well:

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And some pictures of the actual job:

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the daily: 01 S8 http://bit.ly/2kIwP4m
the tractor: 77 LaRo LW https://bit.ly/2Hr9n6y
the eyecatcher: 93 Insignia http://bit.ly/1iGrmsU
the GT: 89 XJS http://bit.ly/1WQGpC5
the project: 95 X306 http://bit.ly/1cW11DN
the pocket rocket: 97 Z3 http://bit.ly/12IfE7B
the ex: 93 3.2 http://bit.ly/14GTNrq

pimgmx
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Re: Also bitten by the XJ-S bug...

Postby pimgmx » Fri Jul 26, 2019 9:57 am

Another small milestone: the driver's side footwell carpet got lost before I could get my hands on the car.
I've been looking for a replacement for ages, but that's not easy in LHD... :roll:

Aldridge of Wolverhampton have proven to be fantastic: sending me carpet colour samples before even allowing me to place an order... :o
I have picked a colour as close to the original Smoke Grey as possible, so the new carpets will not look out of place versus the center console and sill carpets.

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They will use the passenger carpet as a reference to ensure that backing and trim will also be as close to original as possible: I'm duly impressed...
A few more weeks and their parcel with my new and old carpets should be on my doorstep. :mrgreen:
This is not a cheap solution as you can imagine, but not dramatically more expensive than what some of the 'OEM' suppliers on eBay demand for a carpet set!

the daily: 01 S8 http://bit.ly/2kIwP4m
the tractor: 77 LaRo LW https://bit.ly/2Hr9n6y
the eyecatcher: 93 Insignia http://bit.ly/1iGrmsU
the GT: 89 XJS http://bit.ly/1WQGpC5
the project: 95 X306 http://bit.ly/1cW11DN
the pocket rocket: 97 Z3 http://bit.ly/12IfE7B
the ex: 93 3.2 http://bit.ly/14GTNrq

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Re: Also bitten by the XJ-S bug...

Postby naki_k » Fri Jul 26, 2019 5:52 pm

So many details.
I suspect the person who carelessly removed the carpet to begin with, has not a clue of the implications that creates way down the line.

That’s a good shout for Aldridge. I have heard nothing but good things about this company.
88 3.6 XJ6 PDH/CEM
90 Range Rover Vogue SE 3.9 V8 LPG
91 4.0 XJ6 Manual
92 4.0 XJR Manual
92 4.0 XJR
93 3.2s - 4.0 Manual conv
93 4.0 Sovereign
93 6.0 XJ81 DD6 x2
93 6.0 XJ81 XJ12
94 4.0 XJR
94 4.0 Daimler
96 4.0 X306 XJR
96 4.0 X300 D6
97 4.0 X300 Sport Manual
2000 LR Discovery ES TD5 A
Breaking 40/ 300

pimgmx
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Re: Also bitten by the XJ-S bug...

Postby pimgmx » Mon Aug 05, 2019 5:40 pm

pimgmx wrote:A few more weeks and their parcel with my new and old carpets should be on my doorstep.

Same old, same old...

The Aldridge parcel obviously arrived when I was out, although I don't regret my weekend excursion to the Midlands in the least. ;)
The craftspeople at Aldridge have done a stellar job: from carpet structure to colour, from the grey trim to its white stitching, all the way up to using the same backing material as Jaguar did 30(!) years ago!

Top: original passenger carpet
Bottom: new Aldridge item

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Top: original passenger carpet
Middle and bottom: new Aldridge items

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the daily: 01 S8 http://bit.ly/2kIwP4m
the tractor: 77 LaRo LW https://bit.ly/2Hr9n6y
the eyecatcher: 93 Insignia http://bit.ly/1iGrmsU
the GT: 89 XJS http://bit.ly/1WQGpC5
the project: 95 X306 http://bit.ly/1cW11DN
the pocket rocket: 97 Z3 http://bit.ly/12IfE7B
the ex: 93 3.2 http://bit.ly/14GTNrq

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Re: Also bitten by the XJ-S bug...

Postby Brake buster » Mon Aug 05, 2019 6:32 pm

looks fantastic

BB
1994 3.2S in Morocco red and Doeskin/Ruby red interior
1989 V12 XJS White with Mulberry interior
2004 2.1 X-Type Platinum with Champagne Leather interior

previously ,
1999 V8 Sovereign in Seafrost with Oatmeal and Antelope interior

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Re: Also bitten by the XJ-S bug...

Postby katar83 » Mon Aug 05, 2019 8:30 pm

But why this depressing Jaguar grey? Surely this could be nice red/blue or any other amazing colour... :lol:
1997, 4.0 LWB X300 - Unlucky car but still a daily driver.
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1994, 3.2S X300 - Accident damaged, October 2015. Gone!
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Re: Also bitten by the XJ-S bug...

Postby carlmt » Mon Aug 05, 2019 8:38 pm

katar83 wrote:But why this depressing Jaguar grey? Surely this could be nice red/blue or any other amazing colour... :lol:


Understated subtlety........... The rest of the car will make up for it!!!!

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pimgmx
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Re: Also bitten by the XJ-S bug...

Postby pimgmx » Thu Aug 08, 2019 12:16 pm

katar83 wrote:But why this depressing Jaguar grey? Surely this could be nice red/blue or any other amazing colour...


carlmt wrote:Understated subtlety...


A highly pragmatic reason: all carpets are as good as mint, it was just that the driver's side was missing altogether.
Smoke Grey (or should that be 'Shmoke Grey' in the Low Lands? ;) ) is not the most uplifting colour, agreed, but it does go well with the Isis Blue upholstery & steering wheel.

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The XJ-S looks refreshingly 'normal' compared to either the Insignia, the fading-signal-yellow Land Rover, or the Fire Brigade Red Italian plaything...
And I think that's not a bad thing: its new paint job combined with the mechanical mods will make it as understated as any 16-foot-long two door GT can be. ;)

the daily: 01 S8 http://bit.ly/2kIwP4m
the tractor: 77 LaRo LW https://bit.ly/2Hr9n6y
the eyecatcher: 93 Insignia http://bit.ly/1iGrmsU
the GT: 89 XJS http://bit.ly/1WQGpC5
the project: 95 X306 http://bit.ly/1cW11DN
the pocket rocket: 97 Z3 http://bit.ly/12IfE7B
the ex: 93 3.2 http://bit.ly/14GTNrq