Clive Aintree wrote:
Hi folks - an update on this 2017 thread. For the full story and new photos please check out this Jag Lovers thread - a UK supplier showing interest in remanufacture:-https://forums.jag-lovers.com/t/remanuf ... ers/405730
And we may need a North of England XJ40 owner to help develop.
All the best and keep safe,
This sounds exciting, and thank you for initiating this project. My car will need some sort of bumper rebuild work in the near future and I was day-dreaming of welding-up a new metal structural beam for my car - assuming it's original units were toast - even though I can't weld
I read your Jag-Lover's posts and it sounds as if things are progressing well.
I'm wondering if your intention is to produce an item that, while not fabricated the same way as the original, (your welded stainless steel "box beam" vs. Jaguar's mild steel rust trap
), it would still look the same from the outside? So it would have the same tapers and radii to the visible parts of the brightwork and the same depression in front of the grille etc, and the rubber elements would be held onto the outside of the beam via some sort of secret fixing/clip arrangement?
Another thought is that, while it's probably desirable to fabricate the bumbers out of as few a number of pieces as possible, doesn't that method mean that even a small nudge to one part of the bumper would possibly render the whole thing in need of replacement due to ripples and dents in what is essentially a single piece of metal? If I may contribute an idea to this really useful project, would it perhaps work out better to have three box sections per bumper; one central and two corners, so that a bash to one third wouldn't mean the whole unit needs to be replaced? I imagine that once a jig was made there might not be too much more work involved for the fabricators to make a bumper out of three smaller sections which could then be bolted together somehow whilst fitting it to the car?
If this is of interest to you, I could sketch something to give you a better idea of what my thoughts are so you and the fabricators could more easily abandon my idea or run with it and refine it?