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

Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:10 pm
by naki_k
pimgmx wrote:It's basically been built by men in sheds, but my goodness...
That's one of the most impressive engines I've ever seen, or - even more addictive - heard!!! :o


That’s a good reason it’s so impressive.
More so to say it’s back from an era when a typical production supercar might have half that power?

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

Posted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:15 pm
by pimgmx
pimgmx wrote:Pictures will follow as soon as the parcels(!) arrive!

The parcels have arrived, and have already been approved by our Inquisicat(tm) parcel inspectors...

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In summary: exhaust & suspension upgrades, freeing up some more horses AND improving handling.

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Far less restrictive downpipes...

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Uprated center pipes

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Adjustable GAZ shock absorbers

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Eibach springs

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Stronger (1") front anti-roll bar

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The exhaust bits will be fitted when the manual gearbox is in, I'll try and find time to do the suspension stuff myself this Spring.

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

Posted: Sat Jan 19, 2019 3:15 pm
by naki_k
Ready for the track?

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

Posted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 10:46 am
by pimgmx
naki_k wrote:Ready for the track?

"Fast road" is good enough for me, Naki!
The Nürburgring is our nearest race track, at just over an hour's drive away, but I wouldn't feel comfortable there, sharing the same road with all 'those' others...


Time from another update from the workshop: the O2 sensor bungs have been welded in and the downpipes have been fitted after a modest amount of fettling.

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It's a tight fit!

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

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:00 pm
by pimgmx
Steady progress: some small mods were needed to accommodate the hardware around the adapter plate and bellhousing.

That's all been done, so flywheel, clutch, bellhousing are now all where they should be: attached to the mighty V12! :mrgreen:

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

Posted: Sat Mar 02, 2019 8:39 pm
by pimgmx
Steady progress: gearbox and exhaust pipes fitted!

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

Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 1:26 pm
by leo_denmark
Looks good, Pim

I see your new manual box is a lot smaller than the old TH400.
I can also see that your straight pipes is placed very close to the fuel line heat shields, just like mine. I have a rattle from something in this region, so I'm considering to make a small kink to the tube at the point where the fuel line goes up into the transmission tunnel. There is lots of room to do this even on mine with the autobox, and I do see no good reason to run the fuel line that close to exhaust.

BR Leo

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

Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:34 pm
by pimgmx
Thanks, Leo!

Fuel lines on XJ-S is a classic 'what were they thinking?' thing, don't you agree?
Whether it's the leak-prone plate of fuel hose spaghetti in the boot, the pre-HE injector hoses causing quite a few engine fires or how closely they positioned the lines to the exhausts...

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

Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 3:41 pm
by leo_denmark
I dont think the fuel lines on the HE is much better than on the preHE ? They changed to better quality tubing, but the design was still not impressive with the short hoses from fuel manifold to injectors.

I have just finished replacing ALL rubber sections in the fuel system and also 2-3 meter of the steel line, as the rear portion in both sides were too corroded to contain 3 bar fuel pressure on my car. I hope I have cured the classic Jaguar fuel smell issue now...
I could fairly easy break the hoses during removal, so they were ripe and crisp...

BR Leo

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

Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 2:57 pm
by pimgmx
More parts hoarding, more modifications to be added to the ever-growing list: Fosseway Performance's EZ Bleeder kit.
Remote bleeding valves for the notoriously hard-to-access inboard rear brakes...

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Beautifully engineered parts to overcome one of the biggest (after rust and engine fires, I guess? :roll: ) sources of XJ-S frustration.