It has been very hard to do any meaningful work on the cars due to the very cold weather. Some progress nonetheless on the Jag. The tracking has been done. The place that did it moaned a bit saying the job was supposedly difficult, but completed the work nonetheless. Small pieces of trim have been replaced here there and everywhere. At this point the car is so good that any minor imperfection is amplified, so this last 10% of the restoration will be the biggest challenge I feel. A bigger defect was the sticking clutch pedal. X300 manuals seem quite prone to the clutch hydraulics seizing up. That was the case here. I decided not to mess around and replace both the clutch master and slave cylinder. The original bits are NLA, but simply performance sell a modified slave cylinder from an XJS (the pushrod is modified to make it work on an X300) and I think the master cylinder they sell is XJS, but fits.
Fitting the clutch hydraulics was a bugger in my garage and in the cold. The kit supplies new hydraulic lines due to the change in fitment in the slave from 3/16'' to 1/4''. but I opted for an adaptor on the slave. This worked well in the end and with a little bending of the exisiting lines. The slave looked pretty ropey but moved ok. The master cylinder was clearly sticking when moving the pushrod up and down and I think the main cause of the sticking pedal (you could see from the old, recently flushed fluid that the rubber was breaking up on the seals). The clutch is nice now. Weighty but not heavy. The next weakness down the line are the rubber bushings in the gear selector mechanism. I'm pretty sure they are tired because second gear in particular takes a load of reaching for. The way the gear selector mechanism works is that the lever is in a tower which bolts to the gearbox. The rubber bushings attaching the tower to the box get tired and a load of flex is introduced to spoil the fun. I'm eyeing up a poly bush kit to fix this.
Another small job was replacing the supercharger idler pulley which suddenly went bad. It's a five min job to replace, all sorted now.
The car is pretty much undriveable in this weather around -2 and icy roads. The power of the thing is tremendous, it's just scrabbling for grip. I would really like some better weather to crack on..