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Post by Old and Slow » Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:05 pm

Looks like one of them Zummerzet "Infernal corn-bustin' engines" to me! :D


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Post by Gillsfan » Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:54 pm

Old and Slow wrote:
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Looks like one of them Zummerzet "Infernal corn-bustin' engines" to me! :D
Finally someone who makes sence.


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Post by Gillsfan » Mon Jul 22, 2019 12:58 pm

I've continued with some small steps.

I remove both front seats. The passenger so I can fit the jag seat and the drivers to use the base as a template for the passenger side. Removing the seats revealed damaged fibre glass. Photos are of drivers side, I did the passenger side a few weeks ago.
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I made up some aluminium plates to add strength
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Fitted, fibreglassed and a quick spray with the remnants of a rattle can I has laying around.
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Now I need to get on with modifying the jag seat to fit.


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Post by Gillsfan » Sun Jul 28, 2019 5:49 pm

I've been out again with a small amount of progress aided and abetted by my 13 year old son. In no particular order the seats and runners are out ready to complete the modification of the XJS seats and the centre console has been recovered.

We checked the lights, the rear indicators and revearse lights weren't working. I gave up trying to find the positive supply to the revearse switch and we wired a new one. The indicators turned out to be our old friend a bad earth , some questionable wiring removed and new put in and all the lights now work. Below is the earthing wires the PO had put in. Jim King for the sake of your blood pressure look away now.
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Post by scimjim » Sun Jul 28, 2019 6:05 pm

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Post by Gillsfan » Wed Jul 31, 2019 4:26 pm

Some significant progress today. First off my son fitted the steering wheel.
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We then got her started and drove her out, down the street and back on the drive the other way round.

This means we can get to the drivers side front suspension to rebush it.
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Now the bad news, the brakes are really spongy. Which is annoying because I thought I had them sorted. Also the electric fan isn't kicking in and the head lights aren't working on dipped beam :evil:


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Post by Gillsfan » Tue Aug 27, 2019 5:01 pm

Ladies and Gentlemen

Since getting Rat Rod I've been plagued with electrickery problems, most recent are the lights. They worked a few months ago but when i checked them a few weeks ago one indicator was playing up, then the side lights stoped working then they worked, then I could have main beam or headlights working but not both....... I snapped and ripped out the loom
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I then set about rewiring and adding relays to headlights, main beam, air horn and radiator fan.
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Well blow me it only works, I now have all lights working consistently.
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Post by halfpenny » Tue Aug 27, 2019 5:12 pm

I had the same, and rewired the lot with relays, and no Scotchloks!. My issue, which became apparent when I stripped the old harness, was a completely fried alternator- battery cable. Completely reliable now for three years. As a precaution, I also fitted a fusible link in the alternator feed.



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Post by scimjim » Tue Aug 27, 2019 6:12 pm

Good work shipmate :D


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Post by Gillsfan » Tue Aug 27, 2019 6:31 pm

It turned out that my loss of patience was quite timely, the head light wires had melted :shock:


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Post by Gillsfan » Wed Aug 28, 2019 11:38 am

Well that got serious quickly. I set about removing the front suspension this morning. the trunnion and its bolt gave become one, my plan was to remove the whole thing brakes/hub complete and address the trunnion on the bench. Well the front lower arm gad also become one with its bolt. After pen oil, levering, percussion assistance it wouldn't move. Then this happened...
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Well at least is out and I have a replacement arm already painted ready to fit. I had thought about unbolting the brackets and dealing with the bolt on the bench, but the bolt heads are welded the bracket, is that normal?
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Post by philhoward » Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:16 pm

Nuts on the back (engine side of the chassis) - the bolts are supposed to be welded to the brackets.


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Post by Gillsfan » Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:22 pm

Thanks Phil I was just looking at the parts catalogue and realised. Next stupid question, how do i separate the trunnion from the vertical link. I'm being a biff and it looks like it's just sat in, what secures it in place?


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Post by philhoward » Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:33 pm

Just screws on/off.


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Post by philhoward » Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:34 pm

If you’ve got the lockstops still fitted, pretty sure they need to come off as well as the hub (and disc etc).


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