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MOT'd, Insured and taxed, a bit of gentle waftage has been done.

Lads at the VW specialist were astonished to learn that it cost the same to tax as a T2.

Our parents all agree that this is the finest car they have ever been driven in.

Tracking still to be sorted, I've been buggered about by DC Tyres a bit, but it will be done shortly.

Fuel gauge was on empty, car said it had a range of 20 miles, so I brimmed the tank.

I only got 65 litres in & the car said it now had a range of 248 miles!

 

Anyone know how to reset the trip meter?

 

 

It sounds like the fuel gauge isn't very accurate! That said, it could be blow back from the fuel tank is triggering the petrol pump to cut out before it is full. XJ40s can do this - though your XJ8 has a different (smaller) fuel tank than the '40, so Jaguar may have solved that occasional foible.

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Well, time for an update.

 

There was a 'bit' of a vibration when I got the car that Volksy put down to a dodgy suspension bush that it had failed the MOT on previously and the tracking being out. Neither my man with the spanners or his man with the MOT ramp could find anything wrong with the bushes. The tracking was way out & the front tyres were almost down to the cords on the inners, but the vibration was eventually traced to a seized n/s/f calliper. This was replaced along with new pads & the tracking tracked. It is much, much better with just a bit of an occasional tinkle, which is probably a road surface thing, but I'm booked in for a fine tune on the tracking & a wheel re-balance in the morning. 

It is a revelation to drive.

I have never been in anything so superbly smooth & quiet.

Took it for a thirty mile waft this morning just for the sake of it - I've not done that in years.

I stopped for a bit of grass seed & when I fired it up again, a little orange lamp told me that the stability control had failed.

Not the end of the world, I've never had a car with stability control before anyway so I'm unlikely to be using it.

When I restarted it again later, the light had gone out and I'd barely been worried anyway.

I'm getting a quote to replace the timing chain tensioners in the morning so that I can rev it to a millionty rpm's in sports mode without blowing it all up.

Then I might look at a bit of waxoil on the bottoms before winter, but essentially I'm just going to be pottering gently about in it for a bit.

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I stopped for a bit of grass seed & when I fired it up again, a little orange lamp told me that the stability control had failed.

Not the end of the world, I've never had a car with stability control before anyway so I'm unlikely to be using it.

When I restarted it again later, the light had gone out and I'd barely been worried anyway.

 

Its done that once a month or so every now and then. It always seems to cure itself when you restart the engine. 

 

 

I'm getting a quote to replace the timing chain tensioners in the morning so that I can rev it to a millionty rpm's in sports mode without blowing it all up.

 

Its when it's idling that the chain is looser. When you rev, it tightens up. Therefore drive it as fast as you can everywhere, just to be safe. 

 

When I spoke to Tasker & Lacey about it a couple of years back they said that you only really need to replace the top tensioners. You can do them all but its a lot of money for a cheap car. You might still get an occasional rattle on low revs but you will have eliminated most of the risk for about a third of the cost.

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Glad that you're getting on well with the old girl. It's one of the many cars I've owned that I do miss, and one that I used to take out for a drive, just to drive.

Nothing quite like it.

 

The Stability Control Fail showed up every now and again in my ownership, at some points I thought it was sensing my state of mind.... It tended to happen in damp weather, and once switched off and restarted it would go off. It's normally down to cracked solder joints in the ABS module, which also happened (but permanently) on M.Imps red Sport. We ended up replacing the module, which to be honest wasn't as bad a job as I expected.

To reset the trip IIRC you cycle through to which function and hold the 000 button on the dash, or press and hold the end of the indicator stalk. one or the other... But I must admit it does have a small fuel tank for a guzzly car. Not as bad as the Mitsubishi I have now which I seem to have to throw fuel in twice a week.

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Time for a long overdue update.

 

I've not driven this as much as I would have liked because of the threat of impending timing chain failure.

Today I have taken it to a specialist, (rammed with XJ-S's and four Lagondas!).

Chap has just phoned to tell me that the chain tensioners have already been replaced with the later aluminium versions, 

but the work has been done to a poor standard and the cam timing is a yonk out, one of the coils isn't coiling

& it's only running on seven cylinders.

He says the oil is dire and he's going to drop the sump to see if it's full of 'cam chain breakage' style bits.

 

Curiously, chap loaned me another XJ-8 to come home in, he described it as a good runner

- and I was pleasantly surprised by how similar the two cars felt.

 

Ready to collect at 14:00

 

More to follow...

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...collected

 

Cam timing set up.

Sump removed - remains of original tensioner removed

Oil changed

Throttle body removed, cleaned & replaced

& reset!

 

This has utterly transformed the car.

Runs very, very smoothlier than before.

Shouldn't cut out anymore 

And the lumpiness of gearshifts has been smoothed.

Feels like great big lumps of rubber have been removed from the transmission.

 

Astonishing.

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David Marks Jaguar leant me this bit of an XJ - 8 Sport & I can instantly see what you meant Scotty,

the ride lacks compliance on the 17's and the 'wooden' steering wheel feels cheap and nasty.

 

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Anyway, I suspect that the bloke knows what he's doing...

 

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Easy to get to on the outskirts of Nottingham & just* £70 per hour.

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Two Lagondas? WOW! Are they both his or is he just working on them?

 

 

 

No FOUR Lagondas - none of them his.

 

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You know how it is...

 

I was all Lagonda'd out & couldn't be bothered to photograph all of them.

 

There was this too

 

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Apparently it's an XJ-40 press car.

 

Bloke is unusual. His office, in the unit thing has a wooden floor, an elegant sweeping desk & a Grandfather clock.

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When I read there were Lagondas there I thought it must be David Mark's garage. He is very well known in Jag circles - famous even. I don't think there is anyone else in the world who knows as much as he does about the 80s and 90s Jaguars.

 

D38BRW is a prototype and IIRC the earliest known Jaguar XJ40 and was used at the XJ40's press launch at Dunkeld. There are a number of detail differences between it and the production cars.

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Just had a bloke out from Auto Windscreens to sort out the crack in the windscreen that it failed the MOT on a couple of years ago. (It passed when I took it). Nice enough chap, but he tells me he can't fix it and to wait until the screen needs replacing.

TBH I think it was because the Jaguar is a big, wide car and he was not very tall.

 

Anyway, here's an exciting picture from last week of the bank of cams where the tensioner had previously failed. There are some flats on the two shafts that should both be level at the same time. As you can see they are a fair bit out. Apparently many of the fixing bolts weren't sufficiently tightened up and that's why it rattled. Chap said it was a wonder it ran at all.

 

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Just had a bloke out from Auto Windscreens to sort out the crack in the windscreen that it failed the MOT on a couple of years ago. (It passed when I took it). Nice enough chap, but he tells me he can't fix it and to wait until the screen needs replacing.

 

I had really good results with a DIY chip repair kit from eBay (the Prelude had a small chip).  Depending how big your crack is (fnarr fnarr) that might do the trick - or at least (a) make it less noticeable to the MOT man and (B) stop it from spreading.

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I had really good results with a DIY chip repair kit from eBay (the Prelude had a small chip).  Depending how big your crack is (fnarr fnarr) that might do the trick - or at least (a) make it less noticeable to the MOT man and ( B) stop it from spreading.

 

 

Apologies for the lack of updates, there has been very little to report. I bought a chip repair kit from ebay for about £3.50. It's not completely invisible, but like JD says, it's a whole lot less noticeable. I am pleased with my bit of a repair. It will soon need a pair of rear tyres. The air conditioning still doesn't work because it will be winter soon and the transmission fluid hasn't been changed yet because £400 and two days! Meanwhile, the old motor car just continues to waft. I am well pleased.

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Just had a bloke out from Auto Windscreens to sort out the crack in the windscreen that it failed the MOT on a couple of years ago. (It passed when I took it). Nice enough chap, but he tells me he can't fix it and to wait until the screen needs replacing.

TBH I think it was because the Jaguar is a big, wide car and he was not very tall.

 

 

 

I had them replace mine, didn't take long.

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A bit of brimming of the old tank and a couple of hours on the calculator reveal 25.1 mpg.

 

It is an odd old bus though and if left to its own devices in D shifts into top at little more than tick over and drives like a right slug. D is totally all or nothing. A gentle trickle or a vicious kickdown. As others have said on here, it does feel as if the S settting should be the default. However at 70 on the old motorway on cruise, it is possible to wiggle the J gate into 3, the car continues serenely along at the same speed although it now sounds like a bit of a monster, and when a gap in the traffic appears it will leap into it like a cat that has been severely scaulded.

I like it a lot.

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These things are excellent motorway cruisers. Comfy as anything, but less stable at speed than a Mercedes 210 if the XJR is anything to go by.

 

I miss my old XJR. It's currently rotting in a field in Norfolk, which makes me sad

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I hope you don't mind me asking old chum, but how much were you quoted to have the tensioners done? I now have an AJ-V8 which needs this job doing!

I'm sorry, I honestly can't remember. But it was two fixed prices, a straightforward version and an if all becomes more involved like it normally does...

Bloke is very 'straight John Bull', give him a bell.

http://www.davidmarksgarages.co.uk/about_us

Try not to take the courtesy car though, you have to provide a cover note and he's very insistant about fuelling it up correctly too. As I said, straight John Bull!

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In the spirit of the twats who change their car rather than put it in for MOT, I noticed that one of the rear tyres looked a little soft.

I immediately booked it in for replacement.

In reality, they've been on their last legs since I bought it, I've just been putting it off.

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In other exciting news, I had the solid but unsightly welding between the sill & the floor pan tidied up yesterday.

Well, the flakey & surface rust rattled off with a high speed spinning thing and a lashing of black shultzy stuff applied all over the bottom.

Chap says it is all sound under there.

 

My list of 'to do' jobs that should really only consist of 'change transmission fluid', now contains 'replace rattly shockers' too.

 

They can both piss off until the new year and the clattery cup holder referred to elsewhere can keep on clattering. 

 

I've all but met my January 2nd deadline,

I'm going to spend the rest of the month in a state of mild inebriation. 

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