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.