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XJ40 4.0 re-birth.

donkeyotty
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Re: XJ40 4.0 re-birth.

Postby donkeyotty » Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:49 am

Shiny 8-)
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Jaguarxj40
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Re: XJ40 4.0 re-birth.

Postby Jaguarxj40 » Wed Jul 03, 2019 9:43 pm

Seat cover as explained in a previous post, the piping has made a bid for freedom and this spoils an otherwise tidy interior so I had a chat with one of our sewing ladies at work and explained what I wanted done to repair my cover and she has agreed to sew it back up for me This Friday so this evening I have stripped the squab cover off the seat in preparation to make the repair piece.

Removal of the cover was quite straight forward once the backboard and headrest was removed, however once the backboard was removed it became quite clear why the lumber function was always a bit weak and would not always stay in place.
The runners that are a type of guide were broken and must have been for a long time.

Broken lumber runners. These are the white parts to the left and right of the picture.

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Seat piping that needs the repair.

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Once the cover was removed it became apparent that the foam bolster beneath the cover needs a little repair too.

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Hopefully on Friday I can reveal the repair and the refitted cover.

Sequence to finish the re-birth.

Refit seat cover Friday.

Time permitting this Saturday, new tyres and bleed the brakes.

Need to polish and wax the paint work as this still needs to be done before it leaves the stable. For me it needs to look good for the MOT :D

Oil and filter change as all the short starting in and out of the garage has pobably contaminated he oil with fuel ashed down the bores and this will probaly affect the emissions.

Lastly, fingers crossed enjoy

Regards
Gary.
Current
1996 BMW Z3
1990 Jaguar XJ40 4.0

Previous,in this order.
1986 BMW M535i
1985 BMW 525e
1972 Vauxhall victor FE2300
1966 Ford cortina estate
1961 Renault dauphine Gordini
1978 Range Rover
1976 LR 101 forward control
1968 S2 lightweight Land Rover
1975 Range Rover
1973 Range Rover
1972 series 3 Land Rover SWB

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Re: XJ40 4.0 re-birth.

Postby katar83 » Thu Jul 04, 2019 6:51 am

You're replacing the piping entirely? It's generally available in all sorts of colours on eBay...
Also, make sure to not take it out of 2nd gear on your way to MOT station ;)
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.

Jaguarxj40
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Re: XJ40 4.0 re-birth.

Postby Jaguarxj40 » Thu Jul 04, 2019 9:36 pm

katar83 wrote:You're replacing the piping entirely? It's generally available in all sorts of colours on eBay...
Also, make sure to not take it out of 2nd gear on your way to MOT station ;)


Hi Katar,
To replace the piping in its entirety is quite a difficult task even to the professional, the cover is nearly 30 years old and a little fragile so I decided to go for a repair, I think that it will acceptable.

Second gear could be a good idea but not all the way ;)

Hope you think the next instalment is acceptable. :D

Best regards
Gary.

Regards
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1996 BMW Z3
1990 Jaguar XJ40 4.0

Previous,in this order.
1986 BMW M535i
1985 BMW 525e
1972 Vauxhall victor FE2300
1966 Ford cortina estate
1961 Renault dauphine Gordini
1978 Range Rover
1976 LR 101 forward control
1968 S2 lightweight Land Rover
1975 Range Rover
1973 Range Rover
1972 series 3 Land Rover SWB

Jaguarxj40
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Re: XJ40 4.0 re-birth.

Postby Jaguarxj40 » Thu Jul 04, 2019 9:51 pm

I have opened up the seem in the cover in preparation for the piping repair, I have only opened it up just enough rather than going to far.
Once opened up I cut out the old piping and wrapped my prepared leather which I skived down ( thinned the thickness down ) and split both ends to make a little thinner again to get the best transition from new to old.


Seem opened up.


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Leather repair piece glued in place ready for sewing back up.

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All being well, cover will be fitted back onto the seat frame tomorrow evening and lets see what it looks like.

Best regards
Gary.
Current
1996 BMW Z3
1990 Jaguar XJ40 4.0

Previous,in this order.
1986 BMW M535i
1985 BMW 525e
1972 Vauxhall victor FE2300
1966 Ford cortina estate
1961 Renault dauphine Gordini
1978 Range Rover
1976 LR 101 forward control
1968 S2 lightweight Land Rover
1975 Range Rover
1973 Range Rover
1972 series 3 Land Rover SWB

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Re: XJ40 4.0 re-birth.

Postby Jaguarxj40 » Fri Jul 05, 2019 10:03 pm

Seat cover has been sewn up and I think our sewing lady done a good job of getting it all back together, first needle broke, probably due to the extra thickness of gluing the leather to the piping which is not normal but had to be done this way to make it easier to sew the panels and piping back otherwise it would have been very fiddly.

Colour match is not perfect but a hell of a lot better and more pleasing to the eye ;)

Looks like the side bolster needs a little pulling back as its out of shape slightly and this is probably due to the worn foam squab as you can see in the picture before i removed the leather cover.

Before.

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After.

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Much better :D

Regards
Gary



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Current
1996 BMW Z3
1990 Jaguar XJ40 4.0

Previous,in this order.
1986 BMW M535i
1985 BMW 525e
1972 Vauxhall victor FE2300
1966 Ford cortina estate
1961 Renault dauphine Gordini
1978 Range Rover
1976 LR 101 forward control
1968 S2 lightweight Land Rover
1975 Range Rover
1973 Range Rover
1972 series 3 Land Rover SWB

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Re: XJ40 4.0 re-birth.

Postby Jaguarxj40 » Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:55 am

Yesterday i had four new tyres fitted, that's another item ticked of the list, so while i was away taking the wheels to my local tyre garage i soaked all four brake bleed nipples in WD40 to give myself a fighting chance of releasing them so i could bleed the brakes on my return before i put the wheels back on then disaster struck ( wasn't surprised really ), three released quite easily but the fourth snapped :roll:

That's another job to do but getting the broken part out is going to be a challenge, i have a selection of easy outs but have not had much luck in the past with these. Any suggestions :?:

Monday morning i think the best way to get the correct nipple is order one from my local Jaguar dealer.

Lets see what this week brings.

Best regards
Gary.
Current
1996 BMW Z3
1990 Jaguar XJ40 4.0

Previous,in this order.
1986 BMW M535i
1985 BMW 525e
1972 Vauxhall victor FE2300
1966 Ford cortina estate
1961 Renault dauphine Gordini
1978 Range Rover
1976 LR 101 forward control
1968 S2 lightweight Land Rover
1975 Range Rover
1973 Range Rover
1972 series 3 Land Rover SWB

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Re: XJ40 4.0 re-birth.

Postby Jaguarxj40 » Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:49 pm

The broken bleed nipple in the calliper defeated me, no matter how much I tried but the easy out just kept on chewing up the remaining part of the broken nipple and I just could just not get any purchase on it so I succumbed and brought a new unit.

With this installed I could now bleed the whole braking system and flush out the old fluid and fill with nice fresh stuff. I found the brake bleeding article on this forum helpful and it also enabled the other half to get involved :D

The last job was to give the car a good detailing and boy it needed it, no matter how good you are at sealing and covering everything up spray dust gets every ware and while I was at it I gave the Jag its first polish and waxing since it was painted.

MOT is booked for two weeks time, this is the earliest I can get it in due to work and family commitments.

The last two years have had some ups and downs but I'm pleased with the result, icing on the cake will be the MOT. Fingers crossed eh. :D

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Best regards
Gary.
Current
1996 BMW Z3
1990 Jaguar XJ40 4.0

Previous,in this order.
1986 BMW M535i
1985 BMW 525e
1972 Vauxhall victor FE2300
1966 Ford cortina estate
1961 Renault dauphine Gordini
1978 Range Rover
1976 LR 101 forward control
1968 S2 lightweight Land Rover
1975 Range Rover
1973 Range Rover
1972 series 3 Land Rover SWB

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Re: XJ40 4.0 re-birth.

Postby old del boy » Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:24 pm

A successful end to a huge project , there's not many of us that have restored a car so comprehensively , especially when it includes a full re paint , all that remains is to get the mot out of the way [ a formality i'm sure ] and come and show her off at one of our meet ups , not too late to join us at the breakfast meet at Gaydon on the 3rd August ;)

Great job Gary

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Re: XJ40 4.0 re-birth.

Postby katar83 » Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:56 am

Great work! Looking forward to MOT results.

Re caliper bleed nipples and for future reference, derusting caliper in either acid, deox-c or through electrolysis makes it very easy to remove, I wouldn't attempt removing them without this or at least wire brushing the hell out of them in this area. Also I think the bleed nipples are actually imperial size, it is absolutely crucial that socket fits super tight, otherwise very easy to break or round them. Impact gun by the way helps a lot even with some badly corroded ones.
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.


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