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Also bitten by the XJ-S bug...

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

Postby naki_k » Sat Jun 27, 2020 11:33 pm

Come on please say it’s ready to drive! Enough tinkering now? I want to see some red lime rev counter action.
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Re: Also bitten by the XJ-S bug...

Postby pimgmx » Sun Jul 05, 2020 12:03 pm

naki_k wrote:Come on please say it’s ready to drive!

It's been for ages, just not legally so... :roll:

naki_k wrote:Enough tinkering now?

You know me better than that: never! :lol: :lol: :lol:

But hey, there's also a house that's still not finished yet...
I had to nerd out on my flooring first before I could pick up the XJ-S work again:


I have ALMOST finished the XJ-S exterior work now, having shortened the car over 2" in the process... :mrgreen:

Here's the visual narrative:

1 - unbolted the rear bumper center. Two bolts, both of them yielded without requiring ultraviolence: nice!

2 - discovered that the bumper beam held a rodent nest...

3 - rebuilt the rear fog lights, not present on my US-spec car. New bulbs and wire grommets, of course.

4 - a thorough clean for inner & outer rear bumper, then used NOS spring clips to reunite the two.

5 - stripped back the boot carpet, unbolted the two bumper shockers and hammered them out.

(6 - drilled through the wire grommets on the body, fitted foglights to 'new' bumper, as well as the adapter rods)

7 - fed foglamp wires through the body grommets and test fitted the bumper assembly

8 - bolted up the adapter rods: job done!!!


And for those asking 'why?': this is what the rear looked like before this little intervention:

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 Elsa_jag » Sun Jul 05, 2020 4:34 pm

That’s a worthwhile improvement Pim, looking much sharper now 8-)
Regards, Carl

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