I do apologise, i didn't realise that it was last August since i have visited the forum. Its not intentional, i suppose too many cars to look after and life gets in the way some times.
But an update on the re-birth project, after passing its first mot after nearly 8 years with no advisories i started using the Jag almost daily for my commute to work which sadly is only a 12 mile round trip but very satisfying. I forgot just how nice a really well sorted 40 drives and i use it whenever i can, however since December its been tucked up in the garage mainly to the horrible weather and road muck but it did live outside up to this point and we did experience quite a bit of rain in that time and the car was completely water tight with no leaks into the foot wells or any ware else for that matter.
1400 miles under its belt so far and there have been a few small issues to deal with. Firstly an oil leak developed from the oil cooler pipes where they meat the engine block but that was my fault for not renewing the O rings, easy fix. Next the alternator belt started squealing on start up and this was down to the adjuster fixing bolt coming loose, maybe i didn't quite tighten it enough, i'm not sure.
Next the small water pipe that goes to the thermostat split right in front of the securing clip causing a slight weep, bit annoyed with this as all rubber hoses in the engine bay was replaced with new.
The rear suspension has developed a small annoying squeak which is going to be fun but this will have to wait until spring and is probably due to the car being laid up for so long and one or two bushes drying out, major rear suspension service coming up then.
Lastly the most annoying thing is the rear passenger wing that was sprayed last has developed a small area of micro blistering, i know what causes this and i thought that i had been very careful, so that's going to have to be resprayed. I will post a picture up when i get the car out next. its not that noticeable unless you look down the length of the panel and most would not know its there but i do and its really annoying me.
I could leave it but in time i think it will only get worse.
Apart from that its been an absolute joy and the response from joe public has been amazing even thumbs up from modern Jag drivers
Fuel consumption locally is between 20-22 MPG and up to 29.3 on a motorway run.
All in all, pretty happy.