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Xtriple does it again... folly, folly, woe is me!


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#61 OFFLINE   stuboy

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Posted 12 September 2018 - 11:19 PM

as a smail child i liked them after watching the saint on tv

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Posted 13 September 2018 - 06:44 AM

It has to be a Perkins 4.99 though or it doesn't count.


Or an old 1.8TD from an Escort Van to really stoke the Ford hate.

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Posted 13 September 2018 - 07:19 AM

Quality purchase, looking forward to reading about all the lows highs of V12 ownership.


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Posted 13 September 2018 - 07:31 AM

Cracking buy, always had a soft spot for these. A family friend has an XJR-S tucked away, needs quite a lot of work (naturally) but its probably appreciated a fair bit in the time its been off the road



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Posted 13 September 2018 - 07:57 AM

As Murray Walker would say SENSATIONAL!!!! Excellent purchase, there's a drug dealer spec late 80s one in white with whitewalls near me. Beautiful things!!


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Posted 13 September 2018 - 08:23 AM

My car doe snot like them Cooper's tyres. Ok in dry, let rip with ease in wet but then my rear ends centre of gravity is below the tarmac.


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Posted 13 September 2018 - 09:26 AM

Most excellent snaffling skills sir....... that is a truelly epic motor in anyones eyes. Small children will wave, ladies will swoon and the dogs will lord it over the 'common' hounds they meet whilst out and about. 

I've only been a passenger in one - I promptly offered on a cabriolet that was languishing at a nearby garage but was rebuffed...... it was also rotten at the rear supports (buttresses?) and fragged not long after. I thanked the garage owner for saving me from myself!

 

I really would love to own one if ever possible - but will read up on this one and beat myself senseless every time I have one on 'the list'

 

Go get 'em fella - videos are demanded......



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Posted 13 September 2018 - 09:44 AM

Mad bastard.

 

Love it!



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Posted 13 September 2018 - 10:05 AM

Those front tyres man...  Fine for pootling to the shops and shows, but Corsas are a terrible tyre with only marginally more grip than teflon.  Had to fit some to the front of the 414 in an emergency and even then I wouldn't recommend using them.  Just be careful on them, especially in the wet, and swap them out for something a little better when you can.

 

That said, the rest of the car does look rather nice and the V12 is a lovely looking and sounding thing, very much the right engine for the car.



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Posted 13 September 2018 - 09:04 PM

After quite a bit of faffing about to get the poor chap paid for his car, I should be picking the great black whale up at 1:00 tomorrow. I am 'quite' looking forward to it! Also, bloody nervous, I really didn't check it over that well at all, just realised I didn't even lift the carpets!


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Posted 13 September 2018 - 09:12 PM

Great stuff, well done; expect dogs to be riding about in it at all times :)
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Posted 13 September 2018 - 09:12 PM

What a stunner! I do love a XJS!

 

My Uncle taught me to drive in his V12 XJS, that was bloody mental!

 

In regards to the break fluid level warning light, check the connections in the level sensor cap, they tend to come loose when the cap is removed/replaced.


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Posted 13 September 2018 - 09:13 PM

Of course! Though there's going to be arguments as the back windows are fixed and Chester does like the window open!


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Posted 13 September 2018 - 09:19 PM

Shouldn't cost much* to convert them to opening quarter lights for him.


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Posted 13 September 2018 - 09:30 PM

Shouldn't cost much* to convert them to opening quarter lights for him.

Thou jesteth surely Sir? It would be easier to make it a convertible... where's my angle grinder?


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Posted 13 September 2018 - 09:30 PM

Just* swap the back window for a mesh curtain.


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Posted 13 September 2018 - 10:02 PM

Realise I'm late to the party, but that is a fantastic purchase! I'd give my left arm for an XJS!

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Posted 14 September 2018 - 07:11 AM

Realise I'm late to the party, but that is a fantastic purchase! I'd give my left arm for an XJS!


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Posted 14 September 2018 - 07:14 AM

Please, for fucks sake, check the back end for rust, lift those carpets man! I parked next to an XJS last night, one of the light metallic blue jobbies. Looked very tidy and immediately thought of yours.


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Posted 14 September 2018 - 07:37 AM

Welcome to the madhouse.

Have you opened the bonnet yet? Did it give you The Fear? Actually they aren’t really that complicated, there’s just 12 of everything.

Hopefully the brake fluid light is just a dodgy contact but keep an eye on it in case the inboard rear brakes are sticking - a common problem, especially if it’s been standing a while. You’ll smell it if they are. Ask me how I know.

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Posted 14 September 2018 - 09:25 AM

Yes underbonnet is a fearful experience indeed. Pretty sure the levels are correct, just the sensor playing silly buggers. Hopefully, if the money as gone thru, then I will be collecting later today :)


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Posted 14 September 2018 - 09:41 AM

Break the internet and put a diesel in it, then attend a Jaguar owners club meeting.


Have seen a few in the pre internet years, all Perkins powered as they were freely available at the time, they had all been converted to manuals though.
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Posted 14 September 2018 - 09:53 AM

I was at a workshop talking to a guy restoring an e type V12, I asked him what it was like to work on , he said it had air con and power steering and he was about to start changing the plugs then he got a faraway look and I swear I saw tears forming  :shock:

 

XJS is a stonker !!


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Posted 14 September 2018 - 10:32 AM

You can buy a kit to fit an ls1. This is all heresy of course.
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Posted 14 September 2018 - 11:01 AM

Well, collection is set for 1:00 today. Car is insured (£118 through One Call who the Mazda was insured with, they were good then) and the money is the seller's bank. The seller is going to drive it back here and there are loads of bits and history, a cover and books that come with it. I am, strangely, shit scared! It's going to have to live outside for a week or two as the garage is full of other peoples shit, which is not ideal, but hey, gives me a chance to drive it and do a bit of fettlin' play with it, polish it, ponder life and meaning of a bank statement printed all in red.

 

Again!


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Posted 14 September 2018 - 11:07 AM

Cars living outside is no biggy. It will be fine. We wash cars with water after all....
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Posted 14 September 2018 - 11:52 AM

No no collection fred? I was hoping for at least four pez shots in 30mile*!

 

 

 

 

 

*note I have no idea how far away it's currently living.


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Posted 14 September 2018 - 01:54 PM

It's home.... without a single break for fuel :)  I am just going to go and wash it, the cover the last guy has had on since it was evicted from the garage has got the car filthy and worse, caused blisters on the bonnet! Argh!

 

I have just checked all the things I didn't check the other day and all is good - boot floor, rear floors, front floors. Oil is new and clean and up to the level, brake fluid is fine (though the light still flashes!). There is a 'tinkling' sound from somewhere under the middle of the car, no idea what that is and the starter makes a horrible noise when it starts but seems to work okay? Even the electric aerial works and so does the radio/cassette! No C.D. whatever will I do.

 

There are a few bubbles of rust but nothing major and the engine seems fine which is the big thing, underneath looks peachy not Papal! :) 


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Posted 14 September 2018 - 02:28 PM

Is the starter staying engaged after it starts & screaming for a second or two?

 

My XJ40 did that and the fix* was to ignore it for a year so the more regular use freed it up.


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Posted 14 September 2018 - 02:54 PM

Just washed her, it does look a treat in black. Needs a good cut and polish as it has been stood for months again. I 'think' I'm a happy camper but until it's been used for a bit, I'll never settle down!

 

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