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Also bitten by the XJ-S bug...

pimgmx
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Re: Also bitten by the XJ-S bug...

Postby pimgmx » Mon May 27, 2019 12:20 pm

A couple of the biggest modification boxes have finally been ticked: the XJ-S is back home, with all manual transmission and exhaust mods done to a seriously high standard. With the car came many kilograms of parts that have gone straight into ye olde parts shedde.

I couldn't help it and just HAD to try gearbox and clutch in our back yard: first impression is very, very positive!

Next stop: bodywork & paint...

Some pics to illustrate the latest milestone:

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the daily: 01 S8 http://bit.ly/2kIwP4m
the tractor: 77 LaRo LW https://bit.ly/2Hr9n6y
the eyecatcher: 93 Insignia http://bit.ly/1iGrmsU
the GT: 89 XJS http://bit.ly/1WQGpC5
the project: 95 X306 http://bit.ly/1cW11DN
the pocket rocket: 97 Z3 http://bit.ly/12IfE7B
the ex: 93 3.2 http://bit.ly/14GTNrq

naki_k
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Re: Also bitten by the XJ-S bug...

Postby naki_k » Mon May 27, 2019 12:37 pm

Great news. Impossible to resist the first chance to engage gears. Even if it’s only for a few metres driving.
And a box full of original parts to sell on and get some money back? ;)
88 3.6 XJ6 PDH/CEM
90 Range Rover Vogue SE 3.9 V8 LPG
91 4.0 XJ6 Manual
92 4.0 XJR Manual
92 4.0 XJR
93 3.2s - 4.0 Manual conv
93 4.0 Sovereign
93 6.0 XJ81 DD6 x2
93 6.0 XJ81 XJ12
94 4.0 XJR
94 4.0 Daimler
96 4.0 X306 XJR
96 4.0 X300 D6
97 4.0 X300 Sport Manual
2000 LR Discovery ES TD5 A
Breaking 40/ 300

pimgmx
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Re: Also bitten by the XJ-S bug...

Postby pimgmx » Sun Jun 16, 2019 1:50 pm

naki_k wrote:...original parts to sell on and get some money back?

More added to the original parts pile: I swapped the boat-sized steering wheel for one from Naki Towers: an OEM Momo wheel in the same colour as the car upholstery, Isis Blue. Turned out to be a straightforward job, thanks to the lack of airbags!

Two phillips screws on the back of the wheel let you remove the front pad, after which you can remove the horn contact tube with a 24mm socket and then remove the steering wheel locknut, another 24mm job. The old wheel came off easily, so I could fit the Momo boss, refit the locknut and washer and bolt the steering wheel to the boss with 6 x 10mm hex bolts, provided with the boss. The Momo wheel features two horn buttons (not dissimilar to the original setup, btw); attaching the switch wires to earth (one of the boss hex bolts) and switched (a self-tapper into the central horn contact tube) was easy. Pushing the leather center pad on finished the job.

The original wheel's size reminded me too much of a taxi, the Momo looks - in my unhumble opinion - both sportier and more elegant than the part it has replaced...
These two pictures illustrate the difference in diameter well:

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And some pictures of the actual job:

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the daily: 01 S8 http://bit.ly/2kIwP4m
the tractor: 77 LaRo LW https://bit.ly/2Hr9n6y
the eyecatcher: 93 Insignia http://bit.ly/1iGrmsU
the GT: 89 XJS http://bit.ly/1WQGpC5
the project: 95 X306 http://bit.ly/1cW11DN
the pocket rocket: 97 Z3 http://bit.ly/12IfE7B
the ex: 93 3.2 http://bit.ly/14GTNrq


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