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    Broadsword reacted to HMC in HMC- Shad gets its “fine lines” back on the cheap   
    Dropped the most original minor ive ever owned off at my mate steves, hes always wanted a decent one.

     
    That mk10 he bought in 2005 for £1500. I would have said its worth xxxx now, but its looking a bit ropey now, and theres some nasty rot under that vinyl roof. He’s looking to sell that gt6, at around £8k its a bit too much for me, i bought a really nice mk1 gt6 off him about 8 years ago for 4.5k and im struggling to see the values they currently achieve; although was tempted to strike a deal with the morris and cash his way.
    He has so many small chassis triumph bits over years of breaking them, his garden and sheds are an aladdins cave. He also owns the s type that i bought off him, and sold back to him, a decade or so ago. It looks a little sad these days, and the clutch is seized, and the wood is peeling and mouldy. Its a 3.4 but had a 3.8 transplant - actually originally out of an e type but with a twin carb head, and a taller rear diff. Its a 64 so has the moss box, which was quite pleasant to use despite its reputation. I went up to visit my parents in it once (a 700 mile round trip)  it would happily sit at 85-95 all day with the engine at something like 2700 rpm. With no pas and that moss box it was a physical but fun car to drive.

     
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    Broadsword got a reaction from mercedade in Broadsword's Fleet Thread   
    After a day checking the latest Jag over, it’s on the road!
    First I had a good prod underneath to assess the rot. The special prodding tool failed to penetrate the chassis, which was nice. It’s a strange situation where the scabbiness is on top but it’s actually solid in all the right places. A good start to the day.
    Then the gear linkage. It took about an hour. I used the old bushings from NLW which were about 1000% more effective at being bushings than thin air. Suddenly the gearshift felt fantastic. It actually feels nicer than on NLW but now I realise you need that weighted knob to make it work properly. Excellent result!
    Next the clutch hydraulics. I was very suspicious of the master cylinder. Not for nothing. It was rusty on the inside. Once the old master was off I thought I’d be clever and bench bleed the brand new replacement that came with the car. I had a cap for the hard line to blank the system off while I swapped things around. Everything came off easy and bench bleeding the master was a breeze. I was expecting to be driving the car by mid afternoon. Then I realised the new master cylinder is 180 degrees out from the old one, and the line wouldn’t fit. Bugger! A trip to Halfords for some a pipe cutter and bender got me back on track. I just about managed to reroute and re-flare everything and get the system buttoned up as the sun was setting. It still needs bleeding but there was a pedal.
    I was quite happy at this point. The car up and running and on the road in a day was a good result. Initial observations: the clutch release bearing is done but the clutch and gearbox and fantastic. The engine is also amazingly good. They not all have a bit of a misfire and stuck throttle but this was fine. A bit of an exhaust blow but that is just a badly fitted centre section.
    The car actually drives well, completely contrary to its appearance. So well it might in fact pass an MOT. More prodding tomorrow but so far so good.
    I’ll have to think hard about the clutch. I don’t think I can get the gearbox in and out with my facilities. There is no way to get an OEM new clutch kit. My options are to just replace the bearing, which I can get or convert to a single mass flywheel setup so that I can install the clutch out of an XJS. I need to find someone trusted who can get the gearbox out. This is much harder than getting the bits!

     





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    Broadsword got a reaction from Dave_Q in Broadsword's Fleet Thread   
    Took the red Jag out for an extended test drive today to shake out any issues. It behaves remrkably well and the only issue that has cropped up so far (apart from the noisy release bering) is the thermostat has stuck open. I plan to take it in for an MOT ASAP.
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    Broadsword reacted to Crispian_J_Hotson in Jaguar S Bype R - An Imposter, saving a bird, and that effin supercharger!   
    Here we go again... 
    The diff seal has remained a useful task to have done. Technically, this car does not drip any oil or water. I say technically because there is a power fluid drip hanging off of one of the lines but it hasn't dripped yet.
    The car has been good and is now in daily service and being relied upon. There wasn't much to do on it for a bit as spare funds were low after the last splurge. I did however shell out on a Michelin for the rear which replaced the split, worn, and curbed 10 year old one that was on there.
    The Diesel decided the water pump should have a shit, the coolant sensor had died, it was due a set of front pads and an aux belt, so that kept me occupied. Of course, it hasn't wanted for anything so I wasn't reluctant to chuck some money at it but the new coolant lever sensor failed after 6 seconds of working and 4 days later one of the rear speed sensors quit. So, after a bit of work, it has 2 faults lighting up the dash. Cars eh?
    Using the Rbype daily has seen concern for a blow on the exhaust manifold seemingly worsen and I believe that this blow is responsible for a lean fault on the same bank which raises itself every now and then. Fearing that something was not right, I had a look and today I mostly attempted to remove 1 bit of metal.

    Having a look at this manifold blow, I realised that, unlike the conventional vehicle, you cannot see bugger all as the manifold is encased in a stainless metal type tomb.
    This prompted me to have a go at removing the outer heat shield which is held onto lugs on the exhaust manifold gasket by what used to be 8mm bolts.
    These bolts had now turned into something that can only be described as components from the Titanic shipwreck.
    What's more, it is almost impossible to get a thing onto them to even attempt to remove them. Let me show you something...



    Potato cam close up...



    That was an hour of work, on my back, on the tarmac, with shite raining down into my eyes. I tried to preserve the heat shield but swiftly lost all interest in keeping it. It wasn't done with me yet though.
    This was one of those jobs where I didn't have the tools that were long enough, small enough, big enough, and short enough.
    3 hours later, all 4 bolt remains were dislodged from the manifold gasket and the shield was free... or was it? Nope, I couldn't actually find a space or an angle big enough to position the shield enough to extract it from the vehicle. So, even if I did save on it, it wasn't to last, as I enjoyed destroying the thing during my attempt to get it out. It's dead now.

    Once extracted, I immediately stuffed the camera down the slither of space between the engine and the body. Here's what I saw...



    Oh, how I laughed... the whole time... it was just loose? Lolz... No.

    Someone has been here before and we all know what that means... treachery is afoot.

    Sure enough, hope dwindled away as this 'loose' nut is locked up on the stud which is tight in the head. I hung off it as much as I dare fearing a snap or a strip and it's not going in any more. Loosening it pulls the stud out but i haven't taken that out yet as I've run out of time today and need to hit myself in the face repeatedly with something heavy and blunt.
    But that's not all... checking out the other nuts, I noticed one was wonky, so I touched it and it fell out.

    What does this mean? Well, it means that someone has stuck the snapped stud and nut in the manifold hole with exhaust paste and hoped that no one would ever find out.

    What else does this mean? in order to remedy this bodgery, the head is going to come off. There is simply no room and no line of sight in that area to try and drill stuff and tap stuff... it's a straight no way.
    The rest of the manifold is secure enough and I suppose I can try and release that binding stud, fit a shim, and attempt to tighten it as a get me by, it's not doing anything as it is, so I've nothing to lose.

    To say I wasn't expecting this is an understatement but more fool me when I consider the idiots that have been let loose on it in the past, I should have expected the worst.
    I've got to do it right, so it's going to come off the road (again) to have the work done. I'll have to get a breakdown of the parts required and gather those and of course, the bits for 'you might as well while your there M8' like the valley pipes and things like that. The head will be sent off to a proper machine shop rather than my shed, simply because it needs to be done right, the first time.

    Sad times in one respect, but we found yet another catastrophic bodge that's getting put right.
     
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    Broadsword got a reaction from Coprolalia in Broadsword's Fleet Thread   
    A very nice Christmas present, the XJR manual is now back from paint. To kick off I'll just leave you with some photos...
     





















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    Broadsword got a reaction from Shirley Knott in Broadsword's Fleet Thread   
    After a day checking the latest Jag over, it’s on the road!
    First I had a good prod underneath to assess the rot. The special prodding tool failed to penetrate the chassis, which was nice. It’s a strange situation where the scabbiness is on top but it’s actually solid in all the right places. A good start to the day.
    Then the gear linkage. It took about an hour. I used the old bushings from NLW which were about 1000% more effective at being bushings than thin air. Suddenly the gearshift felt fantastic. It actually feels nicer than on NLW but now I realise you need that weighted knob to make it work properly. Excellent result!
    Next the clutch hydraulics. I was very suspicious of the master cylinder. Not for nothing. It was rusty on the inside. Once the old master was off I thought I’d be clever and bench bleed the brand new replacement that came with the car. I had a cap for the hard line to blank the system off while I swapped things around. Everything came off easy and bench bleeding the master was a breeze. I was expecting to be driving the car by mid afternoon. Then I realised the new master cylinder is 180 degrees out from the old one, and the line wouldn’t fit. Bugger! A trip to Halfords for some a pipe cutter and bender got me back on track. I just about managed to reroute and re-flare everything and get the system buttoned up as the sun was setting. It still needs bleeding but there was a pedal.
    I was quite happy at this point. The car up and running and on the road in a day was a good result. Initial observations: the clutch release bearing is done but the clutch and gearbox and fantastic. The engine is also amazingly good. They not all have a bit of a misfire and stuck throttle but this was fine. A bit of an exhaust blow but that is just a badly fitted centre section.
    The car actually drives well, completely contrary to its appearance. So well it might in fact pass an MOT. More prodding tomorrow but so far so good.
    I’ll have to think hard about the clutch. I don’t think I can get the gearbox in and out with my facilities. There is no way to get an OEM new clutch kit. My options are to just replace the bearing, which I can get or convert to a single mass flywheel setup so that I can install the clutch out of an XJS. I need to find someone trusted who can get the gearbox out. This is much harder than getting the bits!

     





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    Broadsword got a reaction from dome in Broadsword's Fleet Thread   
    After a day checking the latest Jag over, it’s on the road!
    First I had a good prod underneath to assess the rot. The special prodding tool failed to penetrate the chassis, which was nice. It’s a strange situation where the scabbiness is on top but it’s actually solid in all the right places. A good start to the day.
    Then the gear linkage. It took about an hour. I used the old bushings from NLW which were about 1000% more effective at being bushings than thin air. Suddenly the gearshift felt fantastic. It actually feels nicer than on NLW but now I realise you need that weighted knob to make it work properly. Excellent result!
    Next the clutch hydraulics. I was very suspicious of the master cylinder. Not for nothing. It was rusty on the inside. Once the old master was off I thought I’d be clever and bench bleed the brand new replacement that came with the car. I had a cap for the hard line to blank the system off while I swapped things around. Everything came off easy and bench bleeding the master was a breeze. I was expecting to be driving the car by mid afternoon. Then I realised the new master cylinder is 180 degrees out from the old one, and the line wouldn’t fit. Bugger! A trip to Halfords for some a pipe cutter and bender got me back on track. I just about managed to reroute and re-flare everything and get the system buttoned up as the sun was setting. It still needs bleeding but there was a pedal.
    I was quite happy at this point. The car up and running and on the road in a day was a good result. Initial observations: the clutch release bearing is done but the clutch and gearbox and fantastic. The engine is also amazingly good. They not all have a bit of a misfire and stuck throttle but this was fine. A bit of an exhaust blow but that is just a badly fitted centre section.
    The car actually drives well, completely contrary to its appearance. So well it might in fact pass an MOT. More prodding tomorrow but so far so good.
    I’ll have to think hard about the clutch. I don’t think I can get the gearbox in and out with my facilities. There is no way to get an OEM new clutch kit. My options are to just replace the bearing, which I can get or convert to a single mass flywheel setup so that I can install the clutch out of an XJS. I need to find someone trusted who can get the gearbox out. This is much harder than getting the bits!

     





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    Broadsword got a reaction from CreepingJesus in Broadsword's Fleet Thread   
    After a day checking the latest Jag over, it’s on the road!
    First I had a good prod underneath to assess the rot. The special prodding tool failed to penetrate the chassis, which was nice. It’s a strange situation where the scabbiness is on top but it’s actually solid in all the right places. A good start to the day.
    Then the gear linkage. It took about an hour. I used the old bushings from NLW which were about 1000% more effective at being bushings than thin air. Suddenly the gearshift felt fantastic. It actually feels nicer than on NLW but now I realise you need that weighted knob to make it work properly. Excellent result!
    Next the clutch hydraulics. I was very suspicious of the master cylinder. Not for nothing. It was rusty on the inside. Once the old master was off I thought I’d be clever and bench bleed the brand new replacement that came with the car. I had a cap for the hard line to blank the system off while I swapped things around. Everything came off easy and bench bleeding the master was a breeze. I was expecting to be driving the car by mid afternoon. Then I realised the new master cylinder is 180 degrees out from the old one, and the line wouldn’t fit. Bugger! A trip to Halfords for some a pipe cutter and bender got me back on track. I just about managed to reroute and re-flare everything and get the system buttoned up as the sun was setting. It still needs bleeding but there was a pedal.
    I was quite happy at this point. The car up and running and on the road in a day was a good result. Initial observations: the clutch release bearing is done but the clutch and gearbox and fantastic. The engine is also amazingly good. They not all have a bit of a misfire and stuck throttle but this was fine. A bit of an exhaust blow but that is just a badly fitted centre section.
    The car actually drives well, completely contrary to its appearance. So well it might in fact pass an MOT. More prodding tomorrow but so far so good.
    I’ll have to think hard about the clutch. I don’t think I can get the gearbox in and out with my facilities. There is no way to get an OEM new clutch kit. My options are to just replace the bearing, which I can get or convert to a single mass flywheel setup so that I can install the clutch out of an XJS. I need to find someone trusted who can get the gearbox out. This is much harder than getting the bits!

     





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    Broadsword got a reaction from Shirley Knott in Broadsword's Fleet Thread   
    This is my 9th or 10th (I’ve lost count now) XJR6. I’m so in tune with these and their whereabouts through user groups and previous owners of the cars I’ve had that  they come to me now!
    This car purchase came basically out of nowhere. It’s rough but solid in all the right bits. The paint is ruined as are the front wings and wheels, but I now have a trusted place for paint and two good wings came with the car to help me along. It has a whole three days MOT left! I have the weekend to get it back up and running.
    What is the main problem? The bit I care about most of course… the gear shift feels broken and the clutch sticks. For the latter there are all new clutch hydraulics in a box on the back seat so I can sort that out easily.
    The gear shift is strange. It was as if the linkage was falling off. I had only replaced the gear linkage bushings on NLW a couple weeks ago so was able very quickly to get the centre console out for a look. The first photo is of NLW with fresh polyurethane gear linkage bushings from Simply Performance, lovely. The second is footage the red car. There are no bushings on that. I don’t quite understand how. Look at that against footage of the refreshed linkage on NLW.
     

    Finally we need to discuss the very heavy knob.  No really it seems to be pivotal to the linkage (pun intended). NLW doesn’t currently have its original gear knob. The red car does and I realise now that the knob itself is very very heavy to help with the ponderous gear shift (quote Auto Car review of the XJR6 manual in 1994). For whatever reason the linkage on the X300 manuals is flawed in some fashion so Jaguar in their infinite wisdom thought that having a approx 400 g solid steel knob would be a good fix.
     




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    Broadsword got a reaction from Shirley Knott in Broadsword's Fleet Thread   
    This weekend the Jag XJR manual went to its first show at the Motorist centre (near Sherburn in Elmet). It was a Jag meet so nice to see a decent mixture of XJs, E-types and some older stuff too. By far the strongest showing was of F-types. There must have been at least 20. There were 5-6 X300s. NLW was the only supercharged XJR6 and interestingly there was only one XJR X308. NLW felt a bit under the radar, but people gradually noticed what it was all about, which was nice. It got a big thumbs up from the Jaguar Enthusiast Club people.
    Today I was spectating at a top speed run event at Elvington Airfield. My friend was participating in his 996 flavour Porsche 911 with fresh suspension rebuild work and a fresh just run-in Hartech rebuild with a rebore to 3.7 litres. It's a tremendous car and a real credit to the owner. Apart from an undertray coming off, it didn't miss a beat and did a solid 150 mph (keep in mind you have to back off at the 1 mile marker). It then proceeded to drive us back 160 miles south in air-conditioned comfort. What a car! Check out his YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/@leeevernden
    Just before today's fun I took NLW for an early MOT. This is due to a busy calendar for the next few months and I wanted the extra check after the Powerflex fiasco. It passed with flying colours and I was happy to see it didn't struggle with emissions. Granted I put in some magic potion and got the car HOT, but I think having run it for months exclusively on V-power has been the right call.
    To top off a good day, the next project has been collected courtesy of @worldofceri. Obviosuly it's another Jag. Anyone want to guess what? Clue: what would be even better than one factory manual XJR6?
     









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    Broadsword got a reaction from Shirley Knott in Broadsword's Fleet Thread   
    Interesting progress on the XJR manual. Ever since it went back on the road following the extensive rebuild, it has felt both really tight but also wayward. What with the respray and various other bits and bobs I never really investigated it in massive detail. I didn't really know where to start with the issue. When the wheels got alinged, the guy was quite cross with the car and said something was wrong. It was banging like the exhaust was knocking.
    Really it should have been very tight vis a vis the front end and steering thanks to Powerflex upper and lower wishbone bushes. Fast forward to a couple weeks ago, I discovered what you see in the video below...
    That there is your expensive Powerflex upper wishbone bushes allowing several mm lateral movement. Basically they aren't doing the job of a bushing. I couldn't believe it. A friend said he had experienced the same. I got on to Powerflex direct and they have admitted the part has been designed wrong. AND THEY ARE STILL SELLING THIS JUNK!!!
    Next step was to order some OEM front upper wishbone bushes and get them fitted pronto. Pretty exciting really because I was certain this would finally make the car drive as it should. The job took a while this weekend because I had to press the buhses in, which was a faff for an inexperieced operator but I got there in the end. Just as the sun was setting yesterday I got the Jag on the road. It was a revalation. The car is totally transformed on the road. It used to be ok in a striaght line but with an unpredicatable rear end, not as much grip as you would like, vague steering and occasional bump steer. I previously thought it was the steering rack, but I was wrong. The car has no rattles or bangs anymore (yep, the front end was banging it was that bad), I now have masses of mecahnical grip. The rear end can actually be kept in check and the steering is an absolute delight. It handles far better than a 28 year old 2 tonne RWD barge ought to. It's an absolute weapon at full throttle.
    More driving around this weekend followed by rechecking every bolt on the front end an retorque everything. Then another wheel alingment will be in order.
    The car is now running well and looks great. I can finally start to think about smaller jobs and details. One thing to address is the rubber gear lingake bushings which are known to wear out and cause a unpleasant gearshift experience. In my case first to second is not good. You can feel the lingake flexing away from you as you grab second. Should be a realtively easy fix.
    I plan to be at the Motorist near Leeds for a Jag meet April 15th to finally get the car to a show.






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    Broadsword got a reaction from eddyramrod in Broadsword's Fleet Thread   
    A very nice Christmas present, the XJR manual is now back from paint. To kick off I'll just leave you with some photos...
     





















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    Broadsword reacted to Supernaut in Supernaut's Cars - 323i / Astra SXi   
    I have discovered that 110hp is perfectly adequate in a Clio, and it's impossible to drive it slowly.
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    Broadsword reacted to Supernaut in Supernaut's Cars - 323i / Astra SXi   
    That's the cat out of the bag, then.
    My confidence was indeed misplaced.

     
    For sale by the local fast Clio specialist, which a few of our local members are already familiar with.
    He's going to sort out the gearbox mount and washer pump from his vast stock of parts (I may even end up with a powerflex gearbox mount) and tell me when it's ready. It's an absolute wee cracker. 64k miles and in spotless condition.
     
    Just look at those seats. They're the proper comfy sports seats from a 172/182.

     
    As I said before. If I was going to spend about £2k on a small runabout, I may as well get something interesting!
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    Broadsword reacted to DVee8 in Supernaut's Cars - 323i / Astra SXi   
    A Renault Clio 1.6 RSi


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    Broadsword got a reaction from LightBulbFun in Broadsword's Fleet Thread   
    This is my 9th or 10th (I’ve lost count now) XJR6. I’m so in tune with these and their whereabouts through user groups and previous owners of the cars I’ve had that  they come to me now!
    This car purchase came basically out of nowhere. It’s rough but solid in all the right bits. The paint is ruined as are the front wings and wheels, but I now have a trusted place for paint and two good wings came with the car to help me along. It has a whole three days MOT left! I have the weekend to get it back up and running.
    What is the main problem? The bit I care about most of course… the gear shift feels broken and the clutch sticks. For the latter there are all new clutch hydraulics in a box on the back seat so I can sort that out easily.
    The gear shift is strange. It was as if the linkage was falling off. I had only replaced the gear linkage bushings on NLW a couple weeks ago so was able very quickly to get the centre console out for a look. The first photo is of NLW with fresh polyurethane gear linkage bushings from Simply Performance, lovely. The second is footage the red car. There are no bushings on that. I don’t quite understand how. Look at that against footage of the refreshed linkage on NLW.
     

    Finally we need to discuss the very heavy knob.  No really it seems to be pivotal to the linkage (pun intended). NLW doesn’t currently have its original gear knob. The red car does and I realise now that the knob itself is very very heavy to help with the ponderous gear shift (quote Auto Car review of the XJR6 manual in 1994). For whatever reason the linkage on the X300 manuals is flawed in some fashion so Jaguar in their infinite wisdom thought that having a approx 400 g solid steel knob would be a good fix.
     




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    Broadsword got a reaction from worldofceri in Broadsword's Fleet Thread   
    This is my 9th or 10th (I’ve lost count now) XJR6. I’m so in tune with these and their whereabouts through user groups and previous owners of the cars I’ve had that  they come to me now!
    This car purchase came basically out of nowhere. It’s rough but solid in all the right bits. The paint is ruined as are the front wings and wheels, but I now have a trusted place for paint and two good wings came with the car to help me along. It has a whole three days MOT left! I have the weekend to get it back up and running.
    What is the main problem? The bit I care about most of course… the gear shift feels broken and the clutch sticks. For the latter there are all new clutch hydraulics in a box on the back seat so I can sort that out easily.
    The gear shift is strange. It was as if the linkage was falling off. I had only replaced the gear linkage bushings on NLW a couple weeks ago so was able very quickly to get the centre console out for a look. The first photo is of NLW with fresh polyurethane gear linkage bushings from Simply Performance, lovely. The second is footage the red car. There are no bushings on that. I don’t quite understand how. Look at that against footage of the refreshed linkage on NLW.
     

    Finally we need to discuss the very heavy knob.  No really it seems to be pivotal to the linkage (pun intended). NLW doesn’t currently have its original gear knob. The red car does and I realise now that the knob itself is very very heavy to help with the ponderous gear shift (quote Auto Car review of the XJR6 manual in 1994). For whatever reason the linkage on the X300 manuals is flawed in some fashion so Jaguar in their infinite wisdom thought that having a approx 400 g solid steel knob would be a good fix.
     




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    Broadsword got a reaction from CreepingJesus in Broadsword's Fleet Thread   
    This is my 9th or 10th (I’ve lost count now) XJR6. I’m so in tune with these and their whereabouts through user groups and previous owners of the cars I’ve had that  they come to me now!
    This car purchase came basically out of nowhere. It’s rough but solid in all the right bits. The paint is ruined as are the front wings and wheels, but I now have a trusted place for paint and two good wings came with the car to help me along. It has a whole three days MOT left! I have the weekend to get it back up and running.
    What is the main problem? The bit I care about most of course… the gear shift feels broken and the clutch sticks. For the latter there are all new clutch hydraulics in a box on the back seat so I can sort that out easily.
    The gear shift is strange. It was as if the linkage was falling off. I had only replaced the gear linkage bushings on NLW a couple weeks ago so was able very quickly to get the centre console out for a look. The first photo is of NLW with fresh polyurethane gear linkage bushings from Simply Performance, lovely. The second is footage the red car. There are no bushings on that. I don’t quite understand how. Look at that against footage of the refreshed linkage on NLW.
     

    Finally we need to discuss the very heavy knob.  No really it seems to be pivotal to the linkage (pun intended). NLW doesn’t currently have its original gear knob. The red car does and I realise now that the knob itself is very very heavy to help with the ponderous gear shift (quote Auto Car review of the XJR6 manual in 1994). For whatever reason the linkage on the X300 manuals is flawed in some fashion so Jaguar in their infinite wisdom thought that having a approx 400 g solid steel knob would be a good fix.
     




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    Broadsword got a reaction from DVee8 in Broadsword's Fleet Thread   
    This is my 9th or 10th (I’ve lost count now) XJR6. I’m so in tune with these and their whereabouts through user groups and previous owners of the cars I’ve had that  they come to me now!
    This car purchase came basically out of nowhere. It’s rough but solid in all the right bits. The paint is ruined as are the front wings and wheels, but I now have a trusted place for paint and two good wings came with the car to help me along. It has a whole three days MOT left! I have the weekend to get it back up and running.
    What is the main problem? The bit I care about most of course… the gear shift feels broken and the clutch sticks. For the latter there are all new clutch hydraulics in a box on the back seat so I can sort that out easily.
    The gear shift is strange. It was as if the linkage was falling off. I had only replaced the gear linkage bushings on NLW a couple weeks ago so was able very quickly to get the centre console out for a look. The first photo is of NLW with fresh polyurethane gear linkage bushings from Simply Performance, lovely. The second is footage the red car. There are no bushings on that. I don’t quite understand how. Look at that against footage of the refreshed linkage on NLW.
     

    Finally we need to discuss the very heavy knob.  No really it seems to be pivotal to the linkage (pun intended). NLW doesn’t currently have its original gear knob. The red car does and I realise now that the knob itself is very very heavy to help with the ponderous gear shift (quote Auto Car review of the XJR6 manual in 1994). For whatever reason the linkage on the X300 manuals is flawed in some fashion so Jaguar in their infinite wisdom thought that having a approx 400 g solid steel knob would be a good fix.
     




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    Broadsword got a reaction from Schaefft in Broadsword's Fleet Thread   
    This is my 9th or 10th (I’ve lost count now) XJR6. I’m so in tune with these and their whereabouts through user groups and previous owners of the cars I’ve had that  they come to me now!
    This car purchase came basically out of nowhere. It’s rough but solid in all the right bits. The paint is ruined as are the front wings and wheels, but I now have a trusted place for paint and two good wings came with the car to help me along. It has a whole three days MOT left! I have the weekend to get it back up and running.
    What is the main problem? The bit I care about most of course… the gear shift feels broken and the clutch sticks. For the latter there are all new clutch hydraulics in a box on the back seat so I can sort that out easily.
    The gear shift is strange. It was as if the linkage was falling off. I had only replaced the gear linkage bushings on NLW a couple weeks ago so was able very quickly to get the centre console out for a look. The first photo is of NLW with fresh polyurethane gear linkage bushings from Simply Performance, lovely. The second is footage the red car. There are no bushings on that. I don’t quite understand how. Look at that against footage of the refreshed linkage on NLW.
     

    Finally we need to discuss the very heavy knob.  No really it seems to be pivotal to the linkage (pun intended). NLW doesn’t currently have its original gear knob. The red car does and I realise now that the knob itself is very very heavy to help with the ponderous gear shift (quote Auto Car review of the XJR6 manual in 1994). For whatever reason the linkage on the X300 manuals is flawed in some fashion so Jaguar in their infinite wisdom thought that having a approx 400 g solid steel knob would be a good fix.
     




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    Broadsword got a reaction from BeEP in Broadsword's Fleet Thread   
    This is my 9th or 10th (I’ve lost count now) XJR6. I’m so in tune with these and their whereabouts through user groups and previous owners of the cars I’ve had that  they come to me now!
    This car purchase came basically out of nowhere. It’s rough but solid in all the right bits. The paint is ruined as are the front wings and wheels, but I now have a trusted place for paint and two good wings came with the car to help me along. It has a whole three days MOT left! I have the weekend to get it back up and running.
    What is the main problem? The bit I care about most of course… the gear shift feels broken and the clutch sticks. For the latter there are all new clutch hydraulics in a box on the back seat so I can sort that out easily.
    The gear shift is strange. It was as if the linkage was falling off. I had only replaced the gear linkage bushings on NLW a couple weeks ago so was able very quickly to get the centre console out for a look. The first photo is of NLW with fresh polyurethane gear linkage bushings from Simply Performance, lovely. The second is footage the red car. There are no bushings on that. I don’t quite understand how. Look at that against footage of the refreshed linkage on NLW.
     

    Finally we need to discuss the very heavy knob.  No really it seems to be pivotal to the linkage (pun intended). NLW doesn’t currently have its original gear knob. The red car does and I realise now that the knob itself is very very heavy to help with the ponderous gear shift (quote Auto Car review of the XJR6 manual in 1994). For whatever reason the linkage on the X300 manuals is flawed in some fashion so Jaguar in their infinite wisdom thought that having a approx 400 g solid steel knob would be a good fix.
     




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    Broadsword got a reaction from Carl1981 in Broadsword's Fleet Thread   
    A very nice Christmas present, the XJR manual is now back from paint. To kick off I'll just leave you with some photos...
     





















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    Broadsword reacted to gm in gm's unhealthy obsession with mx5s - the green monster is finally back on the road !   
    hmm, something’s not right here



    cheap rubbish ebay headlight bracket has snapped  
    i know i have a spare somewhere but gave up looking after wasting the best part of an hour - time to break out the tools

    seems solid enough, less vibratey than it’s predecessor - i’d better nip out for a test drive 

    success  
    i’ll give it a lick of paint and maybe think about making a matching one for the other side 
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    Broadsword reacted to gm in gm's unhealthy obsession with mx5s - the green monster is finally back on the road !   
    new wheels for the exo

    the reason for choosing these is that they are one of the lightest wheels available for the mx5, something ridiculous like 11kg including the tyre - i’ll need to dig out the bathroom scales and check

    when i went to collect them, the sellers son was so pleased another mx5 had come to visit, he got his car out to take photos of the two of them together  


    so how do they look on Exo ? 

    the skinny 185 tyres look lost in the arches

    compared to the previous 195 tyres

    only 1cm difference but the more square edge definitely fills the arch better
    i wasn’t sure about black wheels but they look pretty good on the car


    only one thing left to do - time for a hoon !
    maybe it was the cold weather, or maybe the cheap tyres, but some serious wheel spinning went on  there’s a road from lanchester up the hill to burnhope which is more like a hillclimb course - i got a clear run at it today and had to fight to keep the back end in shape, tremendous fun !
     
     
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    Broadsword got a reaction from timolloyd in Broadsword's Fleet Thread   
    This is my 9th or 10th (I’ve lost count now) XJR6. I’m so in tune with these and their whereabouts through user groups and previous owners of the cars I’ve had that  they come to me now!
    This car purchase came basically out of nowhere. It’s rough but solid in all the right bits. The paint is ruined as are the front wings and wheels, but I now have a trusted place for paint and two good wings came with the car to help me along. It has a whole three days MOT left! I have the weekend to get it back up and running.
    What is the main problem? The bit I care about most of course… the gear shift feels broken and the clutch sticks. For the latter there are all new clutch hydraulics in a box on the back seat so I can sort that out easily.
    The gear shift is strange. It was as if the linkage was falling off. I had only replaced the gear linkage bushings on NLW a couple weeks ago so was able very quickly to get the centre console out for a look. The first photo is of NLW with fresh polyurethane gear linkage bushings from Simply Performance, lovely. The second is footage the red car. There are no bushings on that. I don’t quite understand how. Look at that against footage of the refreshed linkage on NLW.
     

    Finally we need to discuss the very heavy knob.  No really it seems to be pivotal to the linkage (pun intended). NLW doesn’t currently have its original gear knob. The red car does and I realise now that the knob itself is very very heavy to help with the ponderous gear shift (quote Auto Car review of the XJR6 manual in 1994). For whatever reason the linkage on the X300 manuals is flawed in some fashion so Jaguar in their infinite wisdom thought that having a approx 400 g solid steel knob would be a good fix.
     




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