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Many years ago when I owned a Monza someone told me of this brothers Monza doing something similar to the extent he had to reverse up the lane to his house. It was found to have a damaged fuel line and was drawing air in but not particularly leaking any more fuel than an old Monza does anyway. 

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Not an enormous amount of news on the Skizzer front - the Royale still has issues, I’ve bought an early Renault Espace but haven’t met it yet as @RobT is looking after it for me due to lack of room and lockdown restrictions. And also Rob is a better person at looking after things than I am.

However, I have started making films about driving and fixing the fleet on my YouTube channel, Grand Thrift Auto.

Think Harry’s Garage if Evo magazine had bombed, and also if he had a rubbish sound engineer.

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Whereabouts is this garage that is willing (and competent) to work on your XJ-S?

I know there are going to be jobs in the future that I have neither the ability of patience for, so there being a specialist that's a known quantity I could throw it at would be a godsend.  Location, price and speed of service are all way lower priorities in my mind than someone who actually knows what they're doing.

The two garages around here I trust have made it abundantly clear that they're not touching it with a barge pole, so having an alternative lined up would reduce my stress levels significantly!

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That camera work  is brilliant- Panning across the cabin to match the turn in to the road (HOW?) angling down to the velour at the right moment, plus love the locally sourced wool reference In the jag vid just as you pass a flock by. Great attention to detail in the edit.

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1 hour ago, Zelandeth said:

Whereabouts is this garage that is willing (and competent) to work on your XJ-S?

I know there are going to be jobs in the future that I have neither the ability of patience for, so there being a specialist that's a known quantity I could throw it at would be a godsend.  Location, price and speed of service are all way lower priorities in my mind than someone who actually knows what they're doing.

The two garages around here I trust have made it abundantly clear that they're not touching it with a barge pole, so having an alternative lined up would reduce my stress levels significantly!

Swansea - they’re called Mister Matic (for some reason): https://www.jaguar-swansea.co.uk

The website mostly talks about modern Jaguars but they absolutely do old ones too. John the owner is a really nice guy and they know their stuff.

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Thanks all for the encouragement and feedback, that’s really helpful and kind.

There’s definitely stuff I can improve on but it’s grand that people find it watchable.

Work and things means I won’t be able to put out a film a week, and sometimes the only content I’ll have is a bit of hammering that makes whatever it is even more broken. But we’ll see how that goes.

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2 hours ago, Shite Ron said:

I am looking forward to the Lotus and Rover reviews as well as all the others. 

A Lotus film should be coming up soon-ish. There needs to be a ‘changing the locks on a BMW E30’ film before I can get the Rover out 😬 but that’ll come.

Hopefully this will encourage me to get on with some of those things.

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6 minutes ago, Skizzer said:

Swansea - they’re called Mister Matic (for some reason): https://www.jaguar-swansea.co.uk

The website mostly talks about modern Jaguars but they absolutely do old ones too. John the owner is a really nice guy and they know their stuff.

Cheers for that.  Definitely worth noting down.  Especially if anything like work on the rear brakes beyond a change of the pads, that's getting farmed out!  Yes I'd be fully expecting the bill to be in four figures, but I know if I started it myself the car would probably never move again.

If it was any other year to be honest I'd probably have chucked it in their direction now with instructions to sort the damned oil leaks and overhaul the injection system (have had the kit here for months now)...oh, and change the alternator which has just lost interest in producing electricity...

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1 hour ago, Zelandeth said:

Whereabouts is this garage that is willing (and competent) to work on your XJ-S?

I know there are going to be jobs in the future that I have neither the ability of patience for, so there being a specialist that's a known quantity I could throw it at would be a godsend.  Location, price and speed of service are all way lower priorities in my mind than someone who actually knows what they're doing.

The two garages around here I trust have made it abundantly clear that they're not touching it with a barge pole, so having an alternative lined up would reduce my stress levels significantly!

Have you tried EE Jaguar in MK?

I was very pleased with the brake work they did for us on our 1973 XJ6, but they did say they didn't usually do older cars. 

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8 minutes ago, Six-cylinder said:

Have you tried EE Jaguar in MK?

I was very pleased with the brake work they did for us on our 1973 XJ6, but they did say they didn't usually do older cars. 

*Adds them to the list...*

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16 minutes ago, Zelandeth said:

Cheers for that.  Definitely worth noting down.  Especially if anything like work on the rear brakes beyond a change of the pads, that's getting farmed out!  Yes I'd be fully expecting the bill to be in four figures, but I know if I started it myself the car would probably never move again.

If it was any other year to be honest I'd probably have chucked it in their direction now with instructions to sort the damned oil leaks and overhaul the injection system (have had the kit here for months now)...oh, and change the alternator which has just lost interest in producing electricity...

I sympathise. Gotta love old Jags, eh?

They’ve got mine to the point where I’m fairly confident going places in it. There, that’ll jinx it for sure.

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3 hours ago, Skizzer said:

I sympathise. Gotta love old Jags, eh?

They’ve got mine to the point where I’m fairly confident going places in it. There, that’ll jinx it for sure.

To be fair, I've done virtually nothing to it besides a service and sorting a few gremlins, almost entirely due to a lack of regular use over recent years.  Well, aside from fiddling with the entirely too quiet exhaust.

I've no complaints about her needing a bit of TLC.  Had already been planning to strip things down in the spring to change the cam cover gaskets - as they're mainly responsible for the fact it leaks like the Exxon Valdez.  Obviously given the amount of dismantling involved it would be daft not to do a load of other work at the same time.

Ownership over the last year has been a steep learning curve!  Can't see the car leaving fleet any time soon though.

After the first couple of weeks though (once I'd changed the balloon like top radiator hose anyway!) I never really hesitated to go anywhere in the car though.  Anything I lack confidence in rarely sticks around long.  That was one reason the last Skoda was moved on.  It just wound up playing up every time I took it out it felt like, and I just lost all confidence in it.

EDIT: We really do need to get a photo of the two Jags next to each other one day.

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2 hours ago, HMC said:

That camera work  is brilliant- Panning across the cabin to match the turn in to the road (HOW?) angling down to the velour at the right moment, plus love the locally sourced wool reference In the jag vid just as you pass a flock by. Great attention to detail in the edit.

he lives in wales and you think there wouldnt be a sheep moment (sorry reference)

:D

 

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