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Re: Oaksey's XJ6

Post by Oaksey » Sat Sep 17, 2016 2:03 pm

Blimey, it was made less than a month after mine too. If it sells for around that, it's good news for me :)


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Re: Oaksey's XJ6

Post by *JP* » Sat Sep 17, 2016 3:43 pm

Oaksey wrote:Blimey, it was made less than a month after mine too. If it sells for around that, it's good news for me :)
After selling yours for that sort of money you may be onto an E type project sooner than you think!! :)



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Post by Oaksey » Sat Sep 17, 2016 8:33 pm

I'm honestly not sure I'd spend the money on an E Type tbh. Having worked on and driven every variation, I've got a good grasp of them and they just don't feel that special. The V12 S3s feel like an XJ12 and the S2s aren't a great deal better. Series 1s are nice but they're also the most expensive :lol:
If I end up putting the money from the jag into another car, it'd probably be a BN1 Healey as I don't think I'll be able to afford an XK120 for a good while :)


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Re: Oaksey's XJ6

Post by *JP* » Sat Sep 17, 2016 10:50 pm

Oaksey wrote:I'm honestly not sure I'd spend the money on an E Type tbh. Having worked on and driven every variation, I've got a good grasp of them and they just don't feel that special. The V12 S3s feel like an XJ12 and the S2s aren't a great deal better. Series 1s are nice but they're also the most expensive :lol:
If I end up putting the money from the jag into another car, it'd probably be a BN1 Healey as I don't think I'll be able to afford an XK120 for a good while :)
You are right the S1 E types are the best,especially the 4.2 versions from '64 onwards retaining the original looks but with various important improvements.The later plus 2s on the long wheelbase ( all the V12s are lwb cars) don't handle as well,and almost ceased to be sports cars.
However,I would say that all E types are overpriced,too many just thought of as investment cars.
BN 1 Healeys have a lot of charisma with their looks and fold down windscreen but will be rather primitive to drive.
Better a XK 140 than a 120 for the better steering but that's just my opinion.
Personally,costs also being taken into consideration and driving pleasure I like the Elan,Elan+ 2 and Europa,fragile but brilliant handling things and easy to work on.
Good luck with your choice!



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Post by Oaksey » Sat Sep 17, 2016 11:13 pm

Agreed, I was lucky to drive a 100/4 with the Le Mans tuning pack at work and it was very primitive but it's about the best thing I've ever driven. The massive torque from the huge 2.6 4 cylinder, the 3 speed side change gearbox, skinny tyres and the fact that if you leaned on the door too hard, it would open and throw you out was brilliant :mrgreen:

As I've not posted in a while, have some photos. I'm still astounded with the condition of the metal work. I've only found one speck of surface rust, the size of a pea on the whole thing. There was a little bit of damage lurking at the back but nothing too bad.
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Re: Oaksey's XJ6

Post by *JP* » Fri Oct 07, 2016 12:05 pm

[quote="Oaksey"]Agreed, I was lucky to drive a 100/4 with the Le Mans tuning pack at work and it was very primitive but it's about the best thing I've ever driven. The massive torque from the huge 2.6 4 cylinder, the 3 speed side change gearbox, skinny tyres and the fact that if you leaned on the door too hard, it would open and throw you out was brilliant :mrgreen:

It wasn't this car, was it?
http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C759179

Interesting quote: "the trunnions have roller bearing kits "...would these adapt to a Scim? :)



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Re: Oaksey's XJ6

Post by toomanysabres » Fri Oct 07, 2016 3:47 pm

*JP* wrote:I like the Elan,Elan+ 2 and Europa,fragile but brilliant handling things and easy to work on.
Good luck with your choice!
I am only alive today due to the impressive handling of the Elan.


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Post by Oaksey » Sat Oct 22, 2016 7:12 pm

No, not that one JP though the same basic spec as that, just red and cream.

Shock, there has actually been some progress on the Jag. The photos speak for themselves
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Here's another look at how rust free the car is - this is the largest bit of rust I can find.
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Post by Oaksey » Sat Feb 24, 2018 9:55 pm

It went for paint today (24/02/18)
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Post by efi_sprintgte » Sat Feb 24, 2018 11:12 pm

Nice one Josh


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Post by turbster » Sun Feb 25, 2018 8:06 am

Nice one Josh, love this car!!


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Post by Oaksey » Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:17 pm

It's back
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Post by Rattling » Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:07 pm

That looks great !


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Post by Oaksey » Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:07 pm

Progress was reasonably steady due to a number of reasons.

The first was down to the difficulty of sourcing parts. There are two Jaguar parts suppliers that are half decent. The first is SC Parts but they are very expensive and ship everything from Germany with the delivery costs to go with it. They also use their own part numbering system instead of Jaguar numbers which can make things tricky. The second is SNG Barratt who are half reasonably priced and we use them for E-Type and XK120/40/50 parts at work. Unfortunately, they have removed every parts diagram for the XJ Series cars which makes it very difficult to find the correct parts.
Because of this, there have been a lot of incorrect parts and waiting for more plus a lot on back order.

The second has been down to all the shiny parts. When the car was painted in the past, whoever did it removed all of the chrome window trim and guttering. Unfortunately, they put it back on using household bonding agents which were far too strong and the result of me removing them was lots of bent trim pieces. I spent a long time getting everything back as good as possible as they are now as good as new
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The third reason is my fault. Initially the idea was to reassemble the car exactly how it was but I can't bring myself to do that. I've therefore spent a fair bit of time stripping every part down, checking it, cleaning it and then either painting or zinc plating it before reassembly.
The wiring loom is in perfect original condition but was very grubby and covered in overspray from not one but two paint jobs so it took a while to get that looking good again.
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The engine bay is now pretty much there, so I set to stonechipping the inside of the wings, the crossmember and the transmission tunnel. I also replaced the crossmember mounts as it's a pig to do them once the engine is in.
One of the fuel pumps didn't work when I bought the car so I dismantled both pumps, checked them over, cleaned the points and now they both work nicely. I've got new fuel hose to replace all the flexible lines with.

The carbs always gave issues and the only way forward was to start again. So I completely stripped them down, ultrasonically cleaned every part and fitted genuine SU rebuild kits to them as well as new needles, needle guides and various other bits that were damaged.

Missing a lot of boring stuff out, that brings us to last weekend. The plan was to refit the engine after being cleaned and painted and having its core plugs replaced. When the engine and box were tilted, oil started coming from the bell housing at an alarming rate. I knew that it'd either be the half moon seal at the back of the sump or the rear crank rope seal. Either way, sump off.
Off the sump came and I was greeted with this
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One of the timing chain guides. I've come across it before in a 4.2 E-Type so I knew what a bad thing it was. Due to the design of the XK engines, the timing cover uses the cylinder head gasket to seal itself against the head. It also uses studs between the head and timing cover so there is pretty much no way to get it off without destroying the HG. I did manage to do it on the E-Type but that had been apart not too long before, whereas this engine has never been apart. So this weekend, the engine looks more like this
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The good news is that everything is in fine fettle. There is still evidence of the original honing marks and only light wear on the (STD) bores so they will be honed as is.
The big end and main bearings are not only standard size, but the Jaguar part numbers and brilliant condition prove the 22,000 miles.
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I'm still going to replace them because it would be silly not to and I'm going to polish the crank journals too so it will all be perfect.
So we're about up to date now. A bit of a set back with the engine but it should be worth it when it's back together :)


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Post by DarrylWebb » Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:16 pm

Great work, Josh.


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