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Also bitten by the XJ-S bug...

katar83
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Re: Also bitten by the XJ-S bug...

Postby katar83 » Fri Apr 10, 2020 12:20 pm

Morgan1 wrote:Thanks both for the advice. I have had photos and looked at the mot history. I think I will leave it until I can go and see it. As I'm in the Police it would be inappropriate for me to travel 1hr to see it. They have mentioned £900 but I was going to go in at £600.


Even complete XJS wrecks go for more than £1k these days.
Price is fully dependable on rot situation and yes, it's not rust at this price, it's full on rot. You can expect floors, sills, rails and whatnot gone, if you won't be able to do any of these yourself it's not really worth it, any garage will require you to donate a kidney before you'll be allowed to roll it onto a ramp.
1997, 4.0 LWB X300 - Unlucky car but still a daily driver.
1988, 3.6S XJS - Never ending restoration project.
1994, 3.2S X300 - Accident damaged, October 2015. Gone!
1994, 3.2S XJ40 - Long gone.

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

Postby naki_k » Sun Apr 19, 2020 11:26 am

pimgmx wrote:
naki_k wrote:You will be hoovering up small animals...

That would be practical: they can be immediately cooked in that V12 engine bay heat... ;)


2 for 1 discount deal.
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

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

Postby naki_k » Sun Apr 19, 2020 11:28 am

No just saw it for sale and thought it might be a good buy? Stick with the xj40 for the time being I think lol[/quote]

Go and view it by all means. But go with you eyes open.
Most 40s for sale in this price range probably fall into the same category now too in reality.
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 » Sat May 09, 2020 1:41 pm

Some small jobs done/in progress...

Dismantled the aerial housing to quickly reach the 'kaputt' diagnosis...

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The manufacturer (Hirschmann) is still around, so I have a new replacement item ready to go in.
I will try and squeeze the new innards into the old housing for the ultimate OEM look, wish me luck!

Time to continue with the interior: I had to take the radio out to get to its serial number, no security code provided when I bought the car...
and that was good news basically: the wiring loom behind the radio still 100% intact, no spliced wires, handsfree carphone components, aftermarket alarms or other nightmares!

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Getting a code for this AJ8700 radio will take some effort: all regular 'unlock' web sites only support head units from the late nineties onward, not electronic antiquities like this 'un.
I managed to find an identical radio during a trip to the USA a few years ago. Hooked it up to the loom, entered the code and that works just fine. So far, so good...

More interior jobs followed after the radio: all damaged woodwork has been taken out, as well as the driver's seat.
There's a new set of veneer piece on its way from the UK, and I left the seat at a local trim shop to have the LH side piping repaired.

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That driver's seat revealed one more 'surprise': the lumbar support air hoses had gone brittle and were gone in several spots.
A quick visit to a local hydraulics/pneumatics supplier and that was sorted: a highly affordable repair at not even 1 1/2 quid/meter!

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the daily: 01 S8 http://bit.ly/2kIwP4m
the eyecatcher: 93 Insignia http://bit.ly/1iGrmsU
the GT: 89 XJS http://bit.ly/1WQGpC5
the diva: 88 Biturbo SI https://bit.ly/3dzdvAL
the ex: 93 3.2 http://bit.ly/14GTNrq

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

Postby pimgmx » Fri May 29, 2020 7:09 am

Some smaller items have been crossed off the list...

The local trimmer called: driver's seat, gear knob and gaiter were ready for pickup!
Our daily driver was the pickup vehicle of choice: sufficient rear seat room to hold TWO XJ-S front seats if necessary...

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The burst piping has been repaired SO well that my wife could not tell which side of the seat had been repaired! :lol:

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The gear shift parafernalia looked equally OK:

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Only now I noticed that the plastic disc with the shift pattern is not quite brand new, I might try to polish some of the scratches out at a later stage...

Waiting for woodwork was equally rewarding; these were the contents of yet another parcel from the UK:

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My assumption that LHD (my car) and RHD (donor items) parts were interchangeable was confirmed, with the caveat that some corners and edges need minor fettling.
Apart from that only the springs clips needed to be transferred to the 'new' veneer panels.

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LH ventilation bezel:

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The most prominent panel, the central dash finisher:

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Another minor imperfection had been bugging me, a vertical crack in the LH door mirror...

Step 1: order the correct part!

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Step 2: use steel hooks to wiggle the old glass out:

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Step 3: clean mirror body internals, re-route the heating wires from left to right side:

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Step 4 was rather fiddly: aligning the three plastic notches that hold the mirror backing in place:

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... but after a few minutes of gentle maneuvering all was good again:

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Last job for now was the original radio. It took a while to find a working security code and get the poor thing back to life.

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That called for celebration!
... with the original sales package cassette, of course... :mrgreen:

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Short video here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pimgmx/49937331881

Now it is on to the next job: re-tubing the lumbar support pneumatics...

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the daily: 01 S8 http://bit.ly/2kIwP4m
the eyecatcher: 93 Insignia http://bit.ly/1iGrmsU
the GT: 89 XJS http://bit.ly/1WQGpC5
the diva: 88 Biturbo SI https://bit.ly/3dzdvAL
the ex: 93 3.2 http://bit.ly/14GTNrq