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My 1987 3.6 Sovereign

Indiana_Jones
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My 1987 3.6 Sovereign

Postby Indiana_Jones » Sun Aug 06, 2017 6:15 am

Hey all,

As same my know, I have been on the look for a Jag for a wee while (XJ40 or X300), a few months later I found this one in the next city over, got my Father in law and a friend to take a peak and she sounded like the ticket, settled on a price with the seller and picked her up 2 weeks ago.

She's a 1987 3.6 Sovereign in Solent Blue (going by the paint code - JFJ) with Doe skin interior.

She seems fairly original, she's still on metric wheels and I think she still has the SLS in place (I haven't investigated this yet, need to take a look), she had 122,000km on the clock when I picked here up, so fairly low mileage.

She's not without her issues, but nothing major (touch wood!)

A few photos (my apologies for the sun, they looked better on my phone):

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1987 3.6 Auto Sovereign 506111

Jaguarxj40
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Re: My 1987 3.6 Sovereign

Postby Jaguarxj40 » Sun Aug 06, 2017 6:07 pm

Hi indian_jones,
Sovereign looks good. Is this your first time Jaguar ownership?

Is that a metallic blue colour, it's one of my favourite colours. I had those nasty metric wheels when I got mine, it was the first thing I ditched. Are you going to keep those wheel arch trims, they tend to hide the rot so hope you are lucky not to find any.

Good luck with the sovereign and keep us posted with your high points and low points.

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

Indiana_Jones
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Re: My 1987 3.6 Sovereign

Postby Indiana_Jones » Sun Aug 06, 2017 9:47 pm

Hey Gary,

Yup, my first turn at Jaguar ownership, but I'm not too unfamiliar with older cars, as I also own a Wolseley 18/85 Landcrab.

Have always fancied an XJ40/Jaguar in general, so finally decided to take the leap.

The plan will be to eventually replace the metrics, but they have plenty of tread on them at the moment, so no rush.

As for the wheel arch covers, they've grown on my a bit, I guess I'm afraid to see what's under them (that being said, we are lucky here in NZ that our cars don't rot as badly as the UK it seems), also of the possible damage I may do if I try to remove them!

Cheers,

Andrew
1987 3.6 Auto Sovereign 506111

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Re: My 1987 3.6 Sovereign

Postby naki_k » Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:52 am

Looks decent enough. No need to ditch the Metrics if they are still good. But also it gives you some time to look for a set of 15"/ 16" wheels for the long term.
Obviously there always a list.
Are all the fault warnings present and correct on the dash?
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88 3.6 XJ6 PDH/CEM
90 Range Rover Vogue SE 3.9 V8 LPG
91 4.0 XJ6 Manual
92 4.0 XJR Manual
92 4.0 XJR
93 3.2s - 4.0 Manual conv
93 4.0 Sovereign
93 6.0 XJ81 DD6 x2
93 6.0 XJ81 XJ12
94 4.0 XJR
94 4.0 Daimler
96 4.0 X306 XJR
96 4.0 X300 D6
97 4.0 X300 Sport Manual
2000 LR Discovery ES TD5 A
Breaking 40/ 300

Indiana_Jones
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Re: My 1987 3.6 Sovereign

Postby Indiana_Jones » Mon Aug 07, 2017 1:19 am

Only issue I had on the VCM was a bulb failure, which turned out to be correct (was a side repeater that was out, so I replaced it), otherwise I think the only thing that has popped was a an ABS failure, but this disappears soon after start up, which I understand is normal? (some sort of self test, going by information on this forum)

One thing I did note is that there's no fasten seat-belt warning, was this something they perhaps turned off for certain markets?
1987 3.6 Auto Sovereign 506111

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Re: My 1987 3.6 Sovereign

Postby naki_k » Mon Aug 07, 2017 2:47 pm

Perhaps the foreign market cars fare better than the U.K. models. But here it's normal to see a full tally of fail warnings on the dash (that's assuming the dash works).
Yours is looking to be in very good order so far, if none of the typical fails are present.
88 3.6 XJ6 PDH/CEM
90 Range Rover Vogue SE 3.9 V8 LPG
91 4.0 XJ6 Manual
92 4.0 XJR Manual
92 4.0 XJR
93 3.2s - 4.0 Manual conv
93 4.0 Sovereign
93 6.0 XJ81 DD6 x2
93 6.0 XJ81 XJ12
94 4.0 XJR
94 4.0 Daimler
96 4.0 X306 XJR
96 4.0 X300 D6
97 4.0 X300 Sport Manual
2000 LR Discovery ES TD5 A
Breaking 40/ 300

Indiana_Jones
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Re: My 1987 3.6 Sovereign

Postby Indiana_Jones » Tue Aug 22, 2017 10:23 am

Righto, have been stonkers at work and getting the Wolseley sorted, so no chance to get any work done on the car, save getting a coat of wax on her.

One thing I have noticed is that the blower(s) on the heater don't seem to work. I think I can hear a faint noise when it's on high (on manual mode), but that's about it. Will carry out some further investigation work.

I see there's a handy checklist here that covers the heaters etc, but was keen for any other suggestions as to what it may be?

Cheers!
1987 3.6 Auto Sovereign 506111

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Re: My 1987 3.6 Sovereign

Postby baldilocks » Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:02 pm

Hi
There are a few of us on here in NZ. Is yours NZ new or an import, quite few start in Singapore, two of mine did? Does seem to help reduce corrosion.
Regards
Gordon
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A family of six Land Rover from a 1957 S1 to 1993 200TDI 110 CSW
1967 MGB GT

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Re: My 1987 3.6 Sovereign

Postby naki_k » Thu Aug 31, 2017 11:13 am

Indiana_Jones wrote:Righto, have been stonkers at work and getting the Wolseley sorted, so no chance to get any work done on the car, save getting a coat of wax on her.

One thing I have noticed is that the blower(s) on the heater don't seem to work. I think I can hear a faint noise when it's on high (on manual mode), but that's about it. Will carry out some further investigation work.

I see there's a handy checklist here that covers the heaters etc, but was keen for any other suggestions as to what it may be?

Cheers!


Change both Darlington transistors first, then take it from there. Loads of posts about it on here. It's the standard fail.
88 3.6 XJ6 PDH/CEM
90 Range Rover Vogue SE 3.9 V8 LPG
91 4.0 XJ6 Manual
92 4.0 XJR Manual
92 4.0 XJR
93 3.2s - 4.0 Manual conv
93 4.0 Sovereign
93 6.0 XJ81 DD6 x2
93 6.0 XJ81 XJ12
94 4.0 XJR
94 4.0 Daimler
96 4.0 X306 XJR
96 4.0 X300 D6
97 4.0 X300 Sport Manual
2000 LR Discovery ES TD5 A
Breaking 40/ 300

Indiana_Jones
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Re: My 1987 3.6 Sovereign

Postby Indiana_Jones » Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:30 am

baldilocks wrote:Hi
There are a few of us on here in NZ. Is yours NZ new or an import, quite few start in Singapore, two of mine did? Does seem to help reduce corrosion.
Regards
Gordon


According to the certificate of registration, it says it was "previously registered in New Zealand in 1987", but the plate history only goes to 1993, so a bit perplexed. Going by the info I guess it's NZ new.

Also it came from your neck of the woods (Invercargill)!

naki_k wrote:
Change both Darlington transistors first, then take it from there. Loads of posts about it on here. It's the standard fail.


I think that's the likely culprit, as the fan speed seems to only do 'low' on all the settings. Also if one turns it from cold air to hot air, the blower stops, odd.

First port of call is to replace the transistors!
1987 3.6 Auto Sovereign 506111