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Also bitten by the XJ-S bug...

katar83
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Re: Also bitten by the XJ-S bug...

Postby katar83 » Fri Mar 08, 2019 3:05 pm

Beautiful set indeed, saw these in the past and I'm planning to get a set too. Eventually :roll:
1997, 4.0 LWB X300 - Unlucky car but still a daily driver.
1988, 3.6S XJS - Never ending restoration project.
1994, 3.2S X300 - Accident damaged, October 2015. Gone!
1994, 3.2S XJ40 - Long gone.

pimgmx
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Location: South East of the Netherlands

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

Postby pimgmx » Fri Mar 08, 2019 3:27 pm

katar83 wrote:Eventually :roll:

It almost feels cheating compared to your project: virtually no rust to battle on mine and straight to the fun stuff of mods & upgrades...

What's on your short-term to do list, Katar?

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

katar83
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Re: Also bitten by the XJ-S bug...

Postby katar83 » Fri Mar 08, 2019 3:39 pm

Rear suspension on my x300. That will pretty much bring my x300 project days to an end as everything else is pretty much completed now :)

That should allow me to go back to XJS when late spring arrives. Rear deck is first on the list as currently rear screen is taped up not to allow any water inside(its dry inside! :shock: ). Then right side rear radius arm mount and that sill end to finish. I have all the panels ready to weld for a while now so shouldn't be too bad, just cut out and weld new stuff in. With these two complete, welding stage will be pretty much finished and then I'm planning to drop rear cage and fit the same brakes bleeding kit. No rush of course, I'll get there eventually, man needs his projects :lol:
1997, 4.0 LWB X300 - Unlucky car but still a daily driver.
1988, 3.6S XJS - Never ending restoration project.
1994, 3.2S X300 - Accident damaged, October 2015. Gone!
1994, 3.2S XJ40 - Long gone.

katar83
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Joined: Tue Aug 23, 2011 11:17 am
Location: Cambridge

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

Postby katar83 » Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:35 am

Pim, forgot to ask. How's air con in this car?
1997, 4.0 LWB X300 - Unlucky car but still a daily driver.
1988, 3.6S XJS - Never ending restoration project.
1994, 3.2S X300 - Accident damaged, October 2015. Gone!
1994, 3.2S XJ40 - Long gone.

leo_denmark
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Location: Denmark

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

Postby leo_denmark » Sat Mar 09, 2019 11:58 am

katar83 wrote:Pim, forgot to ask. How's air con in this car?


That’s normally a nasty question. There is a good chance it needs conversion from R12 before it’s working again. Here’s how I did it

http://xj-s.dk/ac_conversion/
BR Leo Jensen - Denmark
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XJ40 3.2 LHD 1992 (VIN: ...660341). Owned since Nov 9th 2005
XJ-S V12 coupe 1977 (SW53309BW). Owned since April 28th 2016. http://www.xj-s.dk/home/
Citroën 2CV 1975. Owned since Sep 1st 1984
Board member of Jaguar Club of Denmark

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

Postby pimgmx » Sat Mar 09, 2019 1:33 pm

katar83 wrote: How's air con in this car?

'Needs more than a regas' is the most conservative diagnosis for now. ;)
No cold air when we tried, but at least the heater works as it should...

leo_denmark wrote:There is a good chance it needs conversion from R12 before it’s working again.

Yep...

And that's why I decided to go for a drastic solution: http://www.fenair.co.uk/jaguar%20xjs%20 ... %20kit.htm

It's another leg off the piggy, but comes with quite a few benefits:
- weight reduction: the Sanden compressor is a fraction of the original compressor's weight;
- R134a compatible;
- replaces all key (and wear-prone!) A/C parts;
- compressor small enough to move to the position of the idler pulley (or air pump on my US spec car), resulting in more airflow over the engine's vee

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

katar83
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Re: Also bitten by the XJ-S bug...

Postby katar83 » Sat Mar 09, 2019 2:14 pm

Haha, that's exactly why I was asking as I saw this kit too, bit pricey but they do offer separate parts of it too on their website so its possible to get just parts of the whole system and get eg compressor separately. They use Sanden SD7H15 compressor I think and a Fiat Croma expansion valve and getting these separately could bring the price of that kit down.

leo_denmark wrote:
katar83 wrote:Pim, forgot to ask. How's air con in this car?


That’s normally a nasty question. There is a good chance it needs conversion from R12 before it’s working again. Here’s how I did it

http://xj-s.dk/ac_conversion/


So you're saying that XJS R12 hoses are fine to reuse with R-134a? I'm wondering how tight they might be and whether it would be better to replace them as this seems to be a hit and miss and varies from car to car. The rest of conversion makes sense, I'd probably replace every single o-ring before any gas going in though :)
1997, 4.0 LWB X300 - Unlucky car but still a daily driver.
1988, 3.6S XJS - Never ending restoration project.
1994, 3.2S X300 - Accident damaged, October 2015. Gone!
1994, 3.2S XJ40 - Long gone.

leo_denmark
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Location: Denmark

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

Postby leo_denmark » Sat Mar 09, 2019 2:27 pm

katar83 wrote:So you're saying that XJS R12 hoses are fine to reuse with R-134a? I'm wondering how tight they might be and whether it would be better to replace them as this seems to be a hit and miss and varies from car to car. The rest of conversion makes sense, I'd probably replace every single o-ring before any gas going in though :)


There is still charge on the A/C after 8 months, so I cross my fingers. I had it started 2 weeks ago to turn it 180 degrees and get better access to front and left side. Too small garage. Servo pump just mounted again with new seal kit 8-)
BR Leo Jensen - Denmark
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XJ40 3.2 LHD 1992 (VIN: ...660341). Owned since Nov 9th 2005
XJ-S V12 coupe 1977 (SW53309BW). Owned since April 28th 2016. http://www.xj-s.dk/home/
Citroën 2CV 1975. Owned since Sep 1st 1984
Board member of Jaguar Club of Denmark

katar83
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Re: Also bitten by the XJ-S bug...

Postby katar83 » Sat Mar 09, 2019 2:47 pm

Good to know! I'm sure I'll ask you again about it, hopefully it lasts :)
1997, 4.0 LWB X300 - Unlucky car but still a daily driver.
1988, 3.6S XJS - Never ending restoration project.
1994, 3.2S X300 - Accident damaged, October 2015. Gone!
1994, 3.2S XJ40 - Long gone.

pimgmx
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Joined: Tue Jul 08, 2014 12:07 pm
Location: South East of the Netherlands

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

Postby pimgmx » Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:01 am

Another NLA part sourced: the clutch pedal return spring.
They're notorious for rusting/breaking, and of course the one on my donor pedal box was a goner as well...

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In cost per gram probably the most expensive part I have acquired for this project! :roll:

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