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Daimler Double Six - 1993 - J6DXJ

moglite
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Re: Daimler Double Six - 1993 - J6DXJ

Postby moglite » Sun May 27, 2018 8:42 pm

This was a stoopid liitle project that took way too long, but at least was free :lol:

When you fit a modern head unit to an XJ40, the replacement unit ends up being quite deeply recessed into the center console. This makes some of the controls a little hard to operate IMHO

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I wanted to space it forward a little, but it is an awkward shape.

After making some templates, I ended up with this piece of 18mm ply.

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If I were to cut out the hole for the head unit, this would have been pretty fragile. So I glued some alupanel to it.
Alupanel is a aluminium/plastic/aluminium sandwhich, which was lying around my garage.

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Once dried I could cut out the aperture with a coping saw, and file it to the exact size.
The paint I used is textured, and similar to the crackle paint, used on MGBs etc. But it doesn't take a week to dry, and is sold as "Truck bed liner" in aerosols on eBay.

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That brings the head unit about 22mm further forward.

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If it will make much difference I'm not sure, but to quote Mastermind.... I've started so I'll finish.

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Re: Daimler Double Six - 1993 - J6DXJ

Postby moglite » Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:19 pm

So my collection of air con condensers continues to grow.

I bought the kit from FenAir to replace the condenser and dryer.

Alas it won't fit :twisted:

The original has pegs top and bottom, the replacement brackets, but they don't line up with the holes in the bodyshell.
The vendor has been helpful, but seems the batch he had made are not to spec :shock:

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This is a bit of a blow, as if the AC was working, I was planning to take the car to LeMans Classic in July, but it will be a slog without AC, so I'll have to take my daily driver.

Not sure where I go from here to get a working AC.....

So repainted the radiator mounting bracket, as it was rusty and tatty.

Looking much better now.

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It is off for the first MOT in my ownership tomorrow - fingers crossed.

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Re: Daimler Double Six - 1993 - J6DXJ

Postby newyankee » Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:35 am

Dear XJ81 friends,

it may be poorly advertised, but with a tiny bit of googling (https://www.google.de/search?q=MMC7390AB) I found this AC condenser which is a copy of the original:https://www.coolcar-automotive.nl/OEM-nummer-MMC7390AB-Condenser-Jaquar-XJ12-(88-94)_15_67909.html. It is consequently an exact fit. You may want to paint it black if you prefer. I have bought one from them about 3 years ago and have had working AC ever since.

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Re: Daimler Double Six - 1993 - J6DXJ

Postby moglite » Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:11 am

Guido

Many thanks, that is just the thing.

I've emailed them, to see how much it will be shipped to the UK.

Andy

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Re: Daimler Double Six - 1993 - J6DXJ

Postby naki_k » Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:45 am

Persistence should pay off eventually. So many things that should be simple, somehow are not.
Let us know ofd the Dutch company come through. Its a good lead on a rare part.

I hope Fen air will offer a full refund, or maybe there can modify the part, but that the price you paid it should have been correct. I know they have made these up from an original part, so theres no excuse really from them.
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Re: Daimler Double Six - 1993 - J6DXJ

Postby moglite » Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:39 pm

Well today was MOT day, dropped off at the local garage.

After a quick adjustment on the headlamps - it passed :D

First MOT with a new/old car is always a bit of a lottery, especially as this is the new style MOT but the to-do list now looks like this

Repair as soon as possible (minor defects):
Nearside Headlamp reflector slightly defective (4.1.1 (b) (i))
Offside Headlamp reflector slightly defective (4.1.1 (b) (i))

Monitor and repair if necessary (advisories):
Nearside Front Exhaust has a minor leak of exhaust gases (6.1.2 (a))
Offside Rear Macpherson strut pin or bush worn but not resulting in excessive movement lower bush (5.3.4 (a) (i))
Nearside Front Coil spring corroded (5.3.1 (b) (i))
Offside Front Coil spring corroded (5.3.1 (b) (i))
Nearside Rear Coil spring corroded (5.3.1 (b) (i))
Offside Rear Coil spring worn (5.3.1 (b) (i))
Offside Front Service brake binding but not excessively (1.2.1 (f))
Offside Play in steering rack inner joint(s) under load ()
Nearside Rear Drive shaft joint worn, but not excessively (6.1.7 (c) (i))
Offside Rear Drive shaft joint worn, but not excessively (6.1.7 (c) (i))

I don't think the tester is used to seeing fish-tanks, as there is really nothing wrong I can see, but the rest seems fair.

I already had front caliper rebuild on my to-do list, as they were a bit crunchy after the new pads
The SLS is still fitted, I noticed it going up/down the other day, but I've got a spring/shock kit on order, as they are on special offer at the moment.

Driveshafts and steering rack I'll have a think about.
For sure the steering isn't as precise as I'd like.

But overall pretty happy with that list.

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Re: Daimler Double Six - 1993 - J6DXJ

Postby NMV 1E » Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:24 pm

Hmmm, "slightly defective" .... ah well semantics maybe :?: Coil spring corrosion as long as its only surface I'd wallop some waxoil on, via an old paint brush ;)
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Re: Daimler Double Six - 1993 - J6DXJ

Postby moglite » Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:45 pm

My mudflaps were letting the side down.
I was in two minds to put them back on or not.

But the brackets were shot, and even cleaned up they were scruffy

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So I made some new brackets, primed and painted, and painted the rubber flaps with trim and bumper paint from an aerosol

Much better

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All four are done now, and they are back on the car.
The back ones took some patience to refit without taking the back wheels off, but a satisfying little job.


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