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  1. All I know for sure is that the exhaust manifolds and downpipe have been off a good few times to prototype a custom set of headers, which apparently will go into production soon. I'm pretty sure the running problems have been caused by this process or when the gearbox came out a second time to do the rear main seal. Every time you disturb the the drivetrain in such a major way it causes unforeseen problems. The same happened to another converted XJR. My next line of investigation will be all the wiring loom to the O2 sensors that I can find. Assuming the replacement sensors (or at least one of
  2. The manual XJR still runs dead rich and is misfiring at idle. We now know neither oxygen sensor works so presumably this is the problem. I elected to take the entire manifold(s) downpipe assembly off in one piece as this is quite easy. Then you can very easily remove both oxygen sensors. Both were destroyed, like someone cut the tops off them. Very strange. This I thought was good news as it must have been just a case of throwing two replacements in and off we go. Unfortunately not. With replacement O2 sensors in there was zero difference, neither work. You can unplug the sensors and it makes
  3. Half way through a cam belt job on a mk. 2 Ka (Fiat 500) , got the new belt lined up all nice, put on the new tensioner and ping it disintegrated. Bugger!
  4. More activity! The fleet is now down to one Jag!!! Only the manual XJR6 remains after a marathon run working on the lovely turquoise car getting it up to scratch for sale. Last major jobs were serving and cleaning the throttle body (big job!) to address the sticky throttle. I also put in a new headlining. Exhausted now but my reward was that the car sold in record time. I put it on eBay last Sunday mid-day and it was sold by six. I wasn’t expecting that. I guess the colour sold it. This leaves the Herald which has been hibernating in a nice dry garage. It has been getting regular exercise
  5. Strangely the Range Rover has decided to fix itself for now. I’m sure the aux belt tensioner is suspect though. Oh well, a problem for another day. Today was a rare day where instead of fixing lots of things I focused on driving. Why? I had a visit from a fellow Jag enthusiast with a very special XJR6 converted to manual and treated to the most enormous amount of work to make it like a new car. Every bushing, joint brakes, springs, everything has been gone through and replace or more often upgraded with superior parts. You may recognise the car from JayEmm’s YouTube channel. Some of
  6. So the Rangie, which has been quite reliable over the past 12 months, has reverted to type and in exchange for the new tyres rewarded me with this strange chattering noise. My money so far is on the auxiliary belt tensioner. I can hear it on my mechanics stethoscope reasonably clear. IMG_2958.MOV
  7. Today’s excitement involved the Range Rover getting a full set of brand spanking new Goodyear Wrangler all weather tyres. I got a good deal from Halfords at £320 fitted using a spare voucher and a 15% off promotion at the time. Home fitting was free so I opted for that. Fitting took place this morning. It went ok, but I had to be there to help. No. 1 the bloody wheel nuts have stupid caps on them that can burr making it very hard to get a socket on. In the end the few troublesome wheel nuts I was hammering the socket on while the guy was doing the tyres. It was a bit stressful but ok in the en
  8. I fully approve of the C5. The estate looks bigger than a Volvo V70, it’s massive! I kind of want one again myself after flipping a very early HDi hatchback bought for just £350 ages ago. It felt quite lovely in a squishy cheap French way. The early ones sound like the most reliable* option, certainly avoid the 2.2. I had a good couple trouble free years in a Xantia some time ago before. I still miss the waft, but they are getting a bit old to daily now. EDIT: I would be looking at the earth points going by the description of those electrical gremlins.
  9. I have a feeling it wouldn't be too hard to achieve such a thing. The XJ40 was the test bed for the XJR6. Somewhere there are photos of a prototype, which was apparently developed in the USA. From what I remember (don't have the photo, but it should be floating around somewhere), the test driver binned the prototype quite badly. I know there is an XJS with the blower engine out there, and also a Mk. 2. Just thinking back now I've now had FIVE XJR6s. This is most agreeable. The current two are notable because they are very early cars, both built in 1994. M138 PNU is even earlier than the t
  10. Here’s a tiny bit of footage showing the difference between the auto and manual XJRs that happen to be on my phone already. Had to cut out the swearing when I launched the manual at the request of the camera person.
  11. Now is not the time to start guessing what and how I'd suggest, call the AA.
  12. Oh bugger! I was just about to ask if you had run out of electricity only to read that it had overheated.
  13. Always very satisfying to see a good thorough brake job done well. Nice work!
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