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Re: Oaksey's XJ6

Post by Oaksey » Tue Jun 21, 2016 6:35 pm

Well if there's one thing I've learnt, it's that it's always dangerous to assume things :)

You're probably right about Lotus but I just can't get excited about them. I don't think any of them are particularly pretty and I've worked on a few now including an Esprit Turbo and it comes across as though very little thought went into designing anything, more like they just kept adding parts to where they'd physically fit. Now could put up with those issues if it was a TVR :)

I know, it must be a shock for you Mike :lol: I modify my Scimitars because there's nothing to lose. They're worth nothing when they're standard and they're worth nothing modified whereas an original matching numbers Jaguar will always be worth more than a modified example. There's also a lot less S1 XJs left than Scimitars!

The decision has been made, it's being painted


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Re: Oaksey's XJ6

Post by *JP* » Tue Jun 21, 2016 8:20 pm

Which TVRs do you like? ...might be able to enlighten you a little because I've owned four(2500m,Cerbera 4.5,Tuscan 4.0 and S3 2.9) plus had a week driving a Griffith 5 litre.
Again they follow the tradition of expediency of parts choice over considered rational design, but that's to be expected.
They can be daunting but exciting to drive.Generally speaking TVRs have power in excess of road holding,Lotuses the reverse.Same frequent maintenance required!!



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Re: Oaksey's XJ6

Post by Oaksey » Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:53 pm

I can't actually think of a TVR I don't like. I admit to being more drawn to the 90s onwards cars, especially the Cerbera, Tuscan and Tamora. I was looking at Chimaeras and Cerberas before I saw the Jag but there wasn't a chance I was going to get insured on one.

Back to the XJ and the clutch has gone. Seems a coincidence, seeing as I spent a while trying to find somewhere to get one for under £1000... With no luck so far.

I put it up on the ramp after work and steam cleaned the underside. I forgot to take photos but it's brilliant. The caked on underseal flew off and revealed the factory paint still on every surface and in perfect condition. It's apparent the rear subframe has been restored once but the brake discs need doing so I'll drop that out along with the front one to replace all of the original looking bushes.


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Re: Oaksey's XJ6

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Re: Oaksey's XJ6

Post by *JP* » Thu Jun 23, 2016 11:46 am

Josh,re the Jag clutch.
Contact Ken Jenkins,whose details can be found either under the Jaguar Enthusiasts Club or search under Ken Jenkins Jaguar.
I've known him for over 40 years and there is very little he doesn't know about all the older Jags (as he puts it the ones before electronics) especially the best sources of spares.He's very down to earth and not someone who only is interested in those with lots to spend.He may know of a cheap clutch set that will do the job or may even have some old stock in his store at a reasonable price.His daughter Annie also deals with the spares side of his business.



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Re: Oaksey's XJ6

Post by FrazzleTC » Sat Jun 25, 2016 12:11 am

Absolutely beautiful car. I've a major hankering after a Series 1 XJ, and yours is gorgeous. Alas, as a very poor man, I won't be buying one for a long time. Can't wait to see more photos!



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Re: Oaksey's XJ6

Post by Oaksey » Sat Jun 25, 2016 10:17 pm

That's not quite right, Mike
Cheers JP, he's not someone I'd heard of so I'll give him a go
Don't worry, there'll be lots more photos as it all gets stripped down :)


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Post by Oaksey » Mon Jul 04, 2016 10:03 pm

So the strip down has begun. It's going to have a full respray which will hopefully be done at SP Automotive (the same company that did GTC 404)
Here's showing the slight difference in colour between the original and the previous respray
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They used a lot of filler primer too but I'm optimistic that it was down to saving time than hiding anything nasty
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I won't bore the Internet with all the photos I took to remind me where everything goes and how it was routed as there's a lot. Things like all the heating system, which is vacuum controlled and therefore has lots of pipework and a reservoir tank - which I've already blasted and painted :)
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One revelation is the use of a label maker instead of tape for labelling things. The writing is actually legible and doesn't rub off after two minutes
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Out with the engine and box
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Leaving an almost empty engine bay
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Gearbox removed. Definitely an oil leak or two
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The eagle eyed will have already spotted it but here's what failed
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The rest of the clutch is in mighty fine condition, as is the flywheel. The flywheels on XK6 engines have a tendency to wear quickly so this kinda proves the mileage
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Next is to wash down the engine and box then finish stripping the engine bay and remove the wings. Then the rest of the trim will be removed and the shell will be off for soda blasting :)


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Re: Oaksey's XJ6

Post by Corky » Tue Jul 05, 2016 2:55 pm

Oaksey wrote:So the strip down has begun. It's going to have a full respray which will hopefully be done at SP Automotive (the same company that did GTC 404)
Good choice. I was very pleased with Ryan's work.

Have you seen the DB5 he's just done? WOW :D


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Re: Oaksey's XJ6

Post by philhoward » Tue Jul 05, 2016 2:59 pm

"Just" a release bearing needed for the clutch then? Bet that's a relief!


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Re: Oaksey's XJ6

Post by CNHSS1 » Tue Jul 05, 2016 3:58 pm

Bloody 'ell Josh, your taking after Mikey and mending them till they break :lol:

Is it best not to mention the Coupe (AKA Swampy the Coop) that sits in bits with no engine and bodywork part prepped?? Shall i get my coat?

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Re: Oaksey's XJ6

Post by MikeyBikey » Tue Jul 05, 2016 6:30 pm

CNHSS1 wrote:Bloody 'ell Josh, your taking after Mikey and mending them till they break :lol:

Is it best not to mention the Coupe (AKA Swampy the Coop) that sits in bits with no engine and bodywork part prepped?? Shall i get my coat?

Only kidding, the Jaaaaggg is uber 8)

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Josh what did you blast and paint that black thing with.....


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Re: Oaksey's XJ6

Post by Oaksey » Tue Jul 05, 2016 7:09 pm

Not in person, but the photos of the DB5 do look very good.
Yep, a £20 odd bearing :) although I want to get the pressure plate checked for damage just to be safe.

I'm still being held up with the engine on the Coupe and one potential plan is to use the money from when the Jag goes into having the Coupé painted. I've realised by now that bodywork isn't my thing :lol:

The vacuum tank was shot blasted then primed and painted using Autosmart aerosols. The finish is pretty good so I did a few more bits in my lunch break today. Powder coating is great in theory but it's too thick for a lot of things, plus doing it this way, it costs me nothing :)


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Re: Oaksey's XJ6

Post by CNHSS1 » Tue Jul 05, 2016 7:19 pm

if its any consolation Josh, bodywork aint my thing either (not that you could tell looking at my Sabre *cough* )


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Re: Oaksey's XJ6

Post by *JP* » Sat Sep 17, 2016 11:29 am

Josh,looks like you got the XJ finished quickly and got it sold:- :wink:
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