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Flooded XJ81

katar83
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Re: Flooded XJ81

Postby katar83 » Wed Oct 20, 2021 8:19 am

Go on, tell us how you did it. Looks great.
I've tried it myself once but I'm not patient enough :lol:
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panarabica
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Re: Flooded XJ81

Postby panarabica » Wed Oct 20, 2021 3:07 pm

Thanks. It's no rocket science actually, just takes a bit of patience.
I clean the seats with Glipton leather cleaning liquid and a micro fibre towell to soak up everything that is in the crevices. Then I let it dry down, and use a 600 grid sandpaper to remove the top layer of the leather. There should be no visible marks from the sandpaper and areas that are scuffed can be flattened out.
Following that are 8-12 layers of dye ( custom color made from a leather sample). The leather only absorbs the dye slowly, and especially on old seats where you have wrinkles dye will not show a homogenius surface. After each round of dye I drie the leather with an hairdryer.
Once dying is complete I treat the leather with saddle wax two to three times. From my experience the best thing you can to preserve the leather.
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Re: Flooded XJ81

Postby panarabica » Tue Nov 02, 2021 12:44 pm

Update:

Got around to fitting the carpet and the rear seat, as well as installing the middle console again. Carpet wise I have opted against changing out the original one. The carpet is still looking reasonable, and the products that I have been offered are to far away in terms of spec and color. Here some pics of it coming together:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/oNFBH4pWXJ5TGMp38
https://photos.app.goo.gl/GHxjhvirGe3o2XEv5
https://photos.app.goo.gl/32G9UwqP38tcMJddA

Assembly went so well that I got all excited forgetting to install the air ducts for the rear passengers.The whole middle console had to come out again, which was a real pain especially with the middle ventilation shaft. Even though my original stereo work, the sound quality has deteriorated. Larger volumes produces a buzz and I will swap to something more modern probably with DAB+ and a decent bluetooth connection for streaming and Hands free. The Nokia will stay, but I am looking at something more covenient to work with.
- Jaguar DD6 MY'93
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katar83
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Re: Flooded XJ81

Postby katar83 » Tue Nov 02, 2021 8:46 pm

Nice!

Is that a working phone? Have you got the module in the boot? Not sure I've seen this one but had similar Motorola in mine which was working fine.

Also is the cup holder ok and are you planning to replace the arm rest to match rest of the leather?
1996, 3.2 SWB X300 - Relatively rust free daily driver!
1997, 4.0 LWB X300 - Unlucky car, sold 10.2020!.
1988, 3.6S XJS - Never ending restoration project.
1994, 3.2S X300 - Accident damaged, 10.2015. Gone!
1994, 3.2S XJ40 - First Jaaaag, long gone.

panarabica
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Re: Flooded XJ81

Postby panarabica » Fri Nov 05, 2021 7:59 am

Yes the phone is working, even though the module and speaker have taken a bath. It is located under the passenger dash and is not much bigger than a pocket sized book. However I found the rememnants of a previous phone installation. So I guess the Nokia came a bit later.
Cup holder is working, and I am not sure, but it may even be original. The color matches pretty well the grey in the seats.
- Jaguar DD6 MY'93
- Mercedes S500 Lorinser MY'99
- VW Phaeton MY'15
- Mercedes S300 MY '67
- Mercedes SL280 MY`94
- Mercedes C220 MY'15

panarabica
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Re: Flooded XJ81

Postby panarabica » Mon Nov 22, 2021 1:26 pm

Update:

The front seats are in, but only working partially. I had the driver seat out and took it apart. It looked first as if the electric motors were gone, but with a good thump they have come back and are working. I now need to do the same with the passenger seat. Theses things are not light to move around in the workshop and I am happy once they are opperational again.

The factory stereo works, but the sound is far from great. I have decided to have an upgrade with all modern features. Sucker is that the adapter that I bought to bring it back to DIN does not work. Very special is also the wiring that Jaguar has used. The colour coded wires seem to only run a part of the way, I do not know if someone fiddled with the installation but it seems odd and not stock.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/4QGmrMPwAcD9abjBA

Rather than cutting the original setup, I will change the pins on the adapter, and I hope this will do the job. Together with the new speakers the sound should improve. As on my DD6 I may put in a woofer under the seat.

So much for now...
- Jaguar DD6 MY'93
- Mercedes S500 Lorinser MY'99
- VW Phaeton MY'15
- Mercedes S300 MY '67
- Mercedes SL280 MY`94
- Mercedes C220 MY'15

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Re: Flooded XJ81

Postby pimgmx » Mon Nov 22, 2021 1:52 pm

Congratulations with the steady progress!

panarabica wrote:I do not know if someone fiddled with the installation but it seems odd and not stock.

Those red cable ferrules/connectors look nasty, and VERY far from original. :?

There's hardly anything that I hate more to work on than butchered wiring... :evil:

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