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L399GYP 1993 3.2S

Walker
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L399GYP 1993 3.2S

Postby Walker » Sun Jan 27, 2019 6:50 pm

Finally decided it's time to start a proper thread for my 3.2s. I bought the car during the summer of 2015 and have done a lot of fettling to it since. Initial 'welcome to the club' jobs such as wet footwells and corrosion were dealt with varying degrees of success, more on them later on. Mileage was 71K when I bought it and currently sits just under 77k, the car is currently out of mot due to cylinder head issues covered here https://www.xj40.com/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=998644. I thought now the car is running again, no warning lights and dare I say it, quite happy with itself finally, it's likely time to take it back to pieces again. This seems quite the normal thing with the XJ40! The car was never in front line action and so it being off the road for another 6 months or so wouldn't be a pain, it would be nice to drive her again this summer though.

During the test drive of the car with it's new cylinder head I was reminded just how loud the upper wishbone knock had gotten. In order to MOT the car again I'd like to have these sorted, and as we all know this isn't a job you could do without at least half a dozen other things distracting you "while you were there". So, I am gearing up to a complete front end rebuild, sub frame out, new vee mounts, rear mounts and after reading Naki's fantastic thread regarding the job on his 3.2S: https://www.xj40.com/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=2797 a full Polybush kit. A rather tasty pile of parts already mounting up on the bench for the job in hand, as usual time is the one thing I cannot have tucked away in reserve. I plan to have the lot out, shot blasted and painted at work and have something fairly respectable to put back in the car to last.

I'm already mulling over my options when I get to that stage, rather than have the engine supported while the sub frame is out, I'm seriously leaning toward taking the thing out. Which is quite a job in itself from what I've read, and any encouragement from veterans would be gratefully received. Decent engine crane here, in fact tool wise I'm much better set up than I was at the ripe old age of 22 when I bought the car. I'm not hell bent on having the car in as many bits as I can, and will maintain a very orderly way of working to make sure it goes back together properly. The logic behind the engine out operation is to get the best access I can to deal with the dreaded bulkhead properly. I have the illusive plenum panel from xjrestorations, and have a minor rust spot on the top of each wheel arch in the engine bay.

So not exactly a small list of jobs, but hopefully announcing my plans to you fellows may just keep me on the right path. I'll be doing the work myself, much to the sheer delight of my now wife! I like everybody here have to balance a fair old bit of life on my plate but hopefully an update per week minimum should keep things moving on. I'm currently battling with the photo upload from my laptop, so one size fits most pictures from my phone shall have to do us for image updates for now.
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Re: L399GYP 1993 3.2S

Postby donkeyotty » Sun Jan 27, 2019 7:04 pm

Hi Jason, Long list of jobs but thankfully all doable. Are you planning to cut out the plenum chamber front and replace the whole thing or “stick “ it on as per the TSB ?? Be good to see some pictures of the bulkhead if you have any. Probability is though it will be the interior firewall that is holed so it could be a dash out job first to see what is really going on before you hack away the plenum. Plenty of research to do, enjoy :D
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Re: L399GYP 1993 3.2S

Postby Walker » Sun Jan 27, 2019 7:08 pm

I did manage to get out the the car brifely today, and this is where we are currently up to. Not exactly huge progress, but I'd forgotten the delights of the wiper motor fixings...
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Saturday pencilled in as a full shift on the car, should see the bumper bonnet and wings off at least...
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Re: L399GYP 1993 3.2S

Postby donkeyotty » Sun Jan 27, 2019 7:14 pm

Hmmm...... bulkhead does look a bit errr crusty :o
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Re: L399GYP 1993 3.2S

Postby Walker » Sun Jan 27, 2019 7:27 pm

Hey Don trust you are well! I've not long got the interior back to normal after swapping the horn mechanism and wiring, only wishing I'd just carried on stripping it out! Passenger side fan blower (99% sure) has always made a funny noise so I will finally get around to that, could do with making a video of it before it comes out to better explain the sound. Yes I was speaking to naki regarding the stick on jaguar repair approach, I can't see why I won't just take the old one out completely as it's gone in the middle as usual but also the ends look a bit moody. My initial search and destroy efforts against rust were only so effective as I didn't have my own welder back then, but hopefully repairs will be a little bit more permanent this time around. As always i like to be well read up on the job before starting, which is a lot easier thanks to the forum.
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Re: L399GYP 1993 3.2S

Postby Welshy » Sun Jan 27, 2019 10:07 pm

Good luck with your repairs.

I to, had to replace the head gasket on my 3.2S. My car has 88k and the bores had no wear at all, and the cam lobes are perfect

I've many jobs to do on my car, and will hope to report on them as I tick them off my (ever growing) list
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Re: L399GYP 1993 3.2S

Postby naki_k » Mon Jan 28, 2019 6:59 pm

donkeyotty wrote:Hmmm...... bulkhead does look a bit errr crusty :o


Probably about “average” now IMO.
If you have anything less that that, you are doing very well!
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Re: L399GYP 1993 3.2S

Postby pimgmx » Mon Jan 28, 2019 7:30 pm

Did you mean less bulkhead or less rust, Naki? :roll:

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Re: L399GYP 1993 3.2S

Postby naki_k » Thu Jan 31, 2019 2:24 pm

pimgmx wrote:Did you mean less bulkhead or less rust, Naki? :roll:


Good point yes. :lol:
Any less rust that that is doing good!
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Re: L399GYP 1993 3.2S

Postby Walker » Sun Feb 03, 2019 7:31 pm

Right then as promised an update on this weekends activities. I feel I should mention the lifting gear I used for the engine as it's sometimes a bit hard to nail down just what somebody has used. I have a Clarke strong arm crane which until today I swore was 2 ton lift, however it's just 1 ton, I had it set on 750kg boom setting and it worked a treat. Load leveller is a fantastic piece of kit I wouldn't fancy doing it without one, cleared the front panel no problems lots of control of the load. Just used 2 x 2m slings rated at a ton each, and a couple of D shackles to bring it all together. Handy thing to have is a pallet dolly, mine is rated at 400kg and the engine and gearbox is now reasonably mobile around the gaff. I have a homemade effort which the front subframe is currently perched on, to save fighting the nuts and bolts under the car.

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Plenty to be done on the suspension end, to be honest I wasn't expecting it to look quite so minging. Not to worry, it will hopefully be getting stripped during evenings this week. I'll be asking around for the famous spring compressor, to be honest that's the only thing I've been concerened about :o

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I knew the a.c. condenser was a bit shabby from previous adventures, I was looking up a replacement when I remembered that i had bought one a couple of years back so in a round about way I'm organized I suppose!

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The war on rust has gained a high intensity, and the battle for the bulkhead has moved a step closer...
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I've taken about 400 pictures of various connections and points of reference, so while it does look fairly dramatic at the moment I'm certain it'll all go back together the right way.
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