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1994 Daimler Double Six

rvdz
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Re: 1994 Daimler Double Six

Postby rvdz » Mon Sep 17, 2018 7:51 am

richard1983 wrote:It had GAZ dampers and a new thicker roll bar off an XJ12 fitted before collection. They all had new bushes on fitting.

The front springs were not changed - but will be now. Got to admit - I won’t be doing that one as it sounds very dangerous to someone inexperienced like me! Keith at XJ will be handling that and the wishbone bushes - as the car is not far off undrivable.


The front spring replacement seems like a pretty daunting job, but it really isn't when you get into it. Just make sure you have the right tools. After putting it off for ages I replaced the springs and shocks on my car. It's a very rewarding job and nowhere near as hard as you think.

Some pics here:
https://www.xj40.com/viewtopic.php?f=33&t=4143&start=360

I still own the spring compressor, you're welcome to borrow it if you like.
Roel

1994 Sovereign 4.0 Auto [698760]

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Re: 1994 Daimler Double Six

Postby richard1983 » Mon Sep 17, 2018 7:33 pm

rvdz wrote:The front spring replacement seems like a pretty daunting job, but it really isn't when you get into it. Just make sure you have the right tools. After putting it off for ages I replaced the springs and shocks on my car. It's a very rewarding job and nowhere near as hard as you think.

Some pics here:
https://www.xj40.com/viewtopic.php?f=33&t=4143&start=360

I still own the spring compressor, you're welcome to borrow it if you like.


Thanks for the offer Roel.

It’s going back to XJ Restorations as it’s all still part of the deal for the car. :D

I’ll borrow them for the next set!
1993 4.0 Sovereign, Flamenco Red.
1994 6.0 Daimler Double Six, Silver Frost.
2012 Mercedes E350, Obsidian Black.

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Re: 1994 Daimler Double Six

Postby Simont485 » Sat Sep 22, 2018 10:02 am

richard1983 wrote:Front springs have totally had it now - the tyres are slowly disappearing into the wheels arches!

I've currently got 61cm from the garage floor to the wheel arch on the front and 69cm on the rear. So it's looking a bit like a drag racer at the moment! Out of interest - what is the normal ride height for the V12?




Looks like 66cm front and 65 cm rear on mine! (well ish) ……..and its a Jaguar not a Daimler if that makes a difference??!?!?!??!?!
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Re: 1994 Daimler Double Six

Postby richard1983 » Sat Sep 22, 2018 12:45 pm

Simont485 wrote:
Looks like 66cm front and 65 cm rear on mine! (well ish) ……..and its a Jaguar not a Daimler if that makes a difference??!?!?!??!?!
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Thanks for the info Simon.

Yours sounds like a nice average of my heights.

Hopefully replacing my front springs will level the whole car out.
1993 4.0 Sovereign, Flamenco Red.
1994 6.0 Daimler Double Six, Silver Frost.
2012 Mercedes E350, Obsidian Black.

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Re: 1994 Daimler Double Six

Postby Brake buster » Sat Sep 22, 2018 2:21 pm

there are Genuine plastic shims( or round spacers ) that fit under the spring base to ' adjust ' the ride height , they are 3mm and 5mm thick, and fitting them gives 1.5x the distance fitted to the ride height


so fitting a 5mm shim would give 7.5mm lift,,,,,,, or any mixture of,,,,,

from memory.........


BB
1994 3.2S in Morocco red and Doeskin/Ruby red interior
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Re: 1994 Daimler Double Six

Postby richard1983 » Sun Sep 23, 2018 9:05 am

Brake buster wrote:there are Genuine plastic shims( or round spacers ) that fit under the spring base to ' adjust ' the ride height , they are 3mm and 5mm thick, and fitting them gives 1.5x the distance fitted to the ride height


so fitting a 5mm shim would give 7.5mm lift,,,,,,, or any mixture of,,,,,

from memory.........


BB


Hi BB.

Thanks for the info.

I'm in the process of sourcing new spacers for the new front springs - so that should hopefully sort the droopy front end out.

The rear end of the car does appear too high though.
It could be the result of the droopy front, but I guess it could also be large spacers on the rear then?
1993 4.0 Sovereign, Flamenco Red.
1994 6.0 Daimler Double Six, Silver Frost.
2012 Mercedes E350, Obsidian Black.

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Re: 1994 Daimler Double Six

Postby Brake buster » Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:43 am

i have new spacers around here somewhere, as i didn't need them when i fitted my new springs etc

i will see what sizes and thicknesses they are if you want ?

BB
1994 3.2S in Morocco red and Doeskin/Ruby red interior
1989 V12 XJS White with Mulberry interior
2004 2.1 X-Type Platinum with Champagne Leather interior

previously ,
1999 V8 Sovereign in Seafrost with Oatmeal and Antelope interior

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Re: 1994 Daimler Double Six

Postby richard1983 » Sun Sep 23, 2018 1:47 pm

Brake buster wrote:i have new spacers around here somewhere, as i didn't need them when i fitted my new springs etc

i will see what sizes and thicknesses they are if you want ?

BB


Thanks for the offer BB, but the spacers are sorted now.

Much appreciated.

On to the next thing!
1993 4.0 Sovereign, Flamenco Red.
1994 6.0 Daimler Double Six, Silver Frost.
2012 Mercedes E350, Obsidian Black.

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Re: 1994 Daimler Double Six

Postby Brake buster » Sun Sep 23, 2018 2:11 pm

cool 8-)

should look better with them fitted

BB
1994 3.2S in Morocco red and Doeskin/Ruby red interior
1989 V12 XJS White with Mulberry interior
2004 2.1 X-Type Platinum with Champagne Leather interior

previously ,
1999 V8 Sovereign in Seafrost with Oatmeal and Antelope interior

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Re: 1994 Daimler Double Six

Postby richard1983 » Sat Oct 20, 2018 11:38 am

Well I haven't been getting as much done as I'd like with the car this month.
The car has been off the road at XJ Restorations awaiting new pistons for the front calipers. A total rebuild was required - so they were removed and sent to Bigg Red. Only issue is that they can't get replacement pistons - so are having some made. Taking a while though!

Anyway, I was able to get on with some small jobs.

Replacement N/S wing mirror courtesy of Naki for a start.

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Soldering up every relay I can lay my hands on! Many things now work again - although I'm still to get onto the fuse boxes.

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New bleed hoses for the expansion tank have been fitted to stop the leaks and the whole thing given a damn good clean to remove a couple of years worth of crud from every nook and cranny of the car!

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The boot has also been scraped out, treated and painted. Plus a refurbished aerial - again courtesy of Naki industries, fitted. Got some corroded metal plugs to replace there eventually.

The tactile panel has had a good scrape, treatment and paint too.

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It's not perfect by any means - but it'll do and it tidied the back of the car up.

The remote central locking has stopped working - but I guess that is a relay I haven't found yet. Does anyone know where that one is?

The radio has also packed up - and the working spare I have doesn't work in the car either. Is there a relay or earth point I can check?

Both of the above might be solved when tackle the fuse boxes though.

So I'm still awaiting brakes that work and the front suspension rebuild - but hopefully it'll be on the road again soon.

In other news - the Sovereign was made famous in the Jaguar Enthusiast magazine this month!

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1993 4.0 Sovereign, Flamenco Red.
1994 6.0 Daimler Double Six, Silver Frost.
2012 Mercedes E350, Obsidian Black.