So the XJS will be on the road from Monday. I took out an insurance policy, which was dead cheap anyway. Gives much more flexibility having it as a rolling resto. It is perfectly usable and not that thirsty. Here is the official to-do list. The rules are that once all the items are ticked off, the car should be quite different, and will immediately be on sale! Here we go in no particular order:
*Collect replacement repainted bonnet and fit - sell old one.
*Get the dodgy areas of the car painted, this included the front valance, roof, rear flanks and sills (some of this might be ok with a rattle can, i.e. the bits low down).
*Fit new bonnet gas struts.
*Replace fuel pump (easy).
*Full service and coolant change.
*Rub down interior floors (after making sure there are no further leaks), lay down some zinc primer and paint on top of that.
*Repaint X300 Sport wheels and replace the Azevs. Azevs can go on sale.
*Change steering wheel for the correct one.
*Fix operation of handbrake. It works, but the button on the lever is stuck.
*Find a suitable battery that is not calcium or too big. About 55Ah is the limit, silly Jag.
*Fix reversing lights
*Fix interior lights
*Fix dash lights
*Fit a more subtle radio
*Fix electric aeriel
*Fix non-operational passenger side window
*Fix central locking
*Make the car as clean as possible
*Get driver's seat refurbished
*Fit new wiper blades
*Investigate engine fan catching on shroud. I fear it is the gearbox mount.
Now that is a long list, but a great many of the items are quite doable and not very involved. My main headaches are paint and probably that gearbox mount. With all those bits done though, it will be a totally different car, which is quite an exciting idea.
I was looking through the paperwork with the car. There is a receipt from 2017 for £2173! This included 31 hours labour! Description of the work is welding, repairs to washer pump and replace rear mounts. My theory is that the owner at that point lost his cool after paying the bill and attacked the big cat with blackboard paint.