I've decided to tackle the snapped bolts today, of course easier said than done. For the past week or so I've collected the necessary drills and taps and thought about best approach. Packed all the tools into boot and drove to my friend with a better space.https://goo.gl/photos/8GYvNdeVQynj7x6Z8
That big blue case is a 100 drill set, after snapping and destroying about 5+ drills on the other side last year I thought these would come handy
I've removed the single bolt that was holding up the new ball joint. Clearly been pushing it... https://goo.gl/photos/KYvkLuKt2TKVbbkg6
Sadly the metal wire holding the rubber boot slipped from its groove and damaged the boot, so I needed to remove the whole thing and put it back in. Might need to replace the ball joint again at some point or at least the boot.
Then it was time for the snapped bolts. This method worked well:https://goo.gl/photos/jLi3VataXx8djGKHA
Took approx 30 minutes to drill each bolt, the angle needed to be perfect because as soon as you hit the wishbone(which is made from adamantium) drill stops or gets destroyed. Tapped each hole and finally got all bolts in:https://goo.gl/photos/Exh9yMRuLBvPm5wFA
Massive improvement and I can finally drive safe
Now time to do the wheel alignment.
While I had the car on axle stands I've also replaced the rear left parking brake cable that snapped last November. Replaced the rear discs too as its so much easier to adjust the handbrake with new discs https://goo.gl/photos/9MnBTpSiwTBY8wieA
Everything took 8 hours but finally I've got a MOT worthy Jag again
Now just need to clean the interior, fit in recovered sunvisors and hopefully enjoy it for a while without getting the grinder out again
I know I have to clean that spring pan at some point
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.