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'92 Sovereign: Rust and restoration

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Re: '92 Sovereign: Rust and restoration

Postby katar83 » Sat Jan 23, 2016 11:25 pm

I agree with Naki, it looks stunning, like it just left the factory, excellent work David.

The Jaguar AJ6 engine is one of the strongest of any car: it will generally shrug off a loss of coolant in this way without damage. I know of several cars which have suffered in this way. None of them blew a head gasket or suffered other damage, despite more than one loss of coolant at speed in the fast lane of a motorway!

I drove mine 10 miles with barely any coolant, just flushing few litres every 2 miles. No damage, temp didn't even get to red but it is winter so this probably helped a bit. It is super strong engine indeed :)
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Re: '92 Sovereign: Rust and restoration

Postby naki_k » Sun Jan 24, 2016 12:22 am

In some aspects better than new!
88 3.6 XJ6 PDH/CEM
90 Range Rover Vogue SE 3.9 V8 LPG
91 4.0 XJ6 Manual
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92 4.0 XJR
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93 4.0 Sovereign
93 6.0 XJ81 DD6 x2
93 6.0 XJ81 XJ12
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Re: '92 Sovereign: Rust and restoration

Postby david » Tue Jan 26, 2016 9:23 pm

It isn't concours by any means - the paint does have some flaws in it and to be concours it would have to be flawless. It looks decent to the average non-concours-judge viewer though!
Image 1992 Sovereign 3.2 diamond blue (1993 model)

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Re: '92 Sovereign: Rust and restoration

Postby carlmt » Tue Jan 26, 2016 10:46 pm

This car is absolutely beautiful!!!! It ticks all my OCD boxes :lol: :lol: :lol:

I am looking forward to seeing this in the flesh one day. David - I take my hat off to you!!! There cannot be many who would go to such lengths on an XJ40, but this proves that sometimes, just sometimes, it is worth it. In time, it will be cars like yours that will be the final survivors when all the others have bitten the dust.

This is the standard I aspire to with my Daimler - problem is, if I went to those lengths just now - especially stripping it right down - my missus would castrate me!!!!! :? She is looking forward to being out and about in it this summer :P .

I will content myself with the smaller things for now...........
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Re: '92 Sovereign: Rust and restoration

Postby Elsa_jag » Wed Jan 27, 2016 12:00 am

Looking better than new David, you have right to be very, very proud of this car.

Will we see it in the metal this year? Perhaps the 7th, with a touch of fair weather?
Regards, Carl

Elsa_1994 3.2 s/ 61000 miles/ VIN 698892