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

Posted: Thu May 09, 2019 3:59 pm
by pimgmx
naki_k wrote:Really going for broke on this one then?

Guess I'm beyond the point of denial now, Naki... :?

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This arrived today: a rebuilt 3.54 diff to give it more sprinting oomph in low gears... :mrgreen:

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

Posted: Fri May 10, 2019 9:02 am
by pimgmx
I just returned from a visit to the workshop, to get our daily MOT'd.

The manual conversion is now finished mechanically and electronically; only a couple of small finishing touches and it's finally ready for the next stage in the project...

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The brand new ski slope makes the worn gear knob look even worse ;)

First time I heard the car's new stainless pipe soundtrack, and I am far from disappointed!
Click images below for short clips:

1 - cold start

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2 - a bit more throttle...

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

Posted: Fri May 10, 2019 9:53 am
by leo_denmark
Nice !

New injector rubbers I suspect ? They often make much more clicking noise.

And no overrun valves. Now I consider removing mine to get some exhaust popping :)

Leo

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

Posted: Fri May 10, 2019 9:59 am
by pimgmx
leo_denmark wrote:New injector rubbers I suspect ?

New-ish...
I haven't replaced anything in the engine bay yet (apart from fluids & filters), and will replace fuel lines, O rings, injector caps and wiring harness when it returns home.

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

Posted: Fri May 10, 2019 10:37 am
by naki_k
pimgmx wrote:
naki_k wrote:Really going for broke on this one then?

Guess I'm beyond the point of denial now, Naki... :?

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This arrived today: a rebuilt 3.54 diff to give it more sprinting oomph in low gears... :mrgreen:


Blimey! There’s me thinking it will have plenty of pace off the line! Hold onto your trousers, this is going to be a rocket ship. What happened to GT cruiser? :lol:
Why do I get the feeling you have already looked at how to shoehorn a supercharger or two in there?

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

Posted: Sun May 12, 2019 8:30 pm
by pimgmx
naki_k wrote:Why do I get the feeling you have already looked at how to shoehorn a supercharger or two in there?

You know me too well, Naki! ;)

But no, that kind of heart surgery doesn't just require a mammoth-sized piggy, you also need one of your eyes permanently glued to the coolant temp gauge, not my idea of fun...

The workshop's done for now: the whole manual-conversion process is finished.
I'll be away from home (again! :( ) next week, so have asked to deliver the XJ-S back home the week after.

Next step: more interior work to be done by myself and (ouch!) getting the car booked for a respray.

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

Posted: Mon May 13, 2019 3:18 pm
by naki_k
Massive scoops to funnel in cooling air required! :lol:
There’s always the next thing.

What’s you plan long term for wheels? I assume you are not sticking with the 15” Lattice? That would be too easy?

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

Posted: Mon May 13, 2019 3:19 pm
by naki_k
16” Lattice?

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

Posted: Mon May 13, 2019 3:20 pm
by naki_k
pimgmx wrote:
naki_k wrote:Really going for broke on this one then?

Guess I'm beyond the point of denial now, Naki... :?

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This arrived today: a rebuilt 3.54 diff to give it more sprinting oomph in low gears... :mrgreen:

Presumably whilst fitting this the entire back end will get refurbished too?

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

Posted: Mon May 13, 2019 5:06 pm
by pimgmx
naki_k wrote:16” Lattice?

Latest thinking is to have the OEM 17"s from my X300 XJR basket case refurbed...

naki_k wrote:...whilst fitting this the entire back end will get refurbished too?

That's the plan for 'Phase II', most likely not before next year.
So, apart from the diff:
- replace/upgrade front & rear suspension bushes with blend of OEM rubber and polybush;
- modified steering rack bushes;
- front & rear adjustable GAZ shockers and Eibach springs;
- ARB-compatible radius arms;
- rear ARB and beefier front ARB;
- braided brake lines front and rear, remote bleeder kit for back axle;
- overhaul front & rear brake calipers;
- upgrade pads to RedStuff or similar

With less than 26K miles on the clock that should make it 'better than new' in the handling department...
(and leave a gaping black hole in my wallet :? )