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2000 Jaguar XJ8


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Finally the correct small bulbs arrived.

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Replaced the burned ones. 

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Cruise switch lights up now. 

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Gearshift track also lights up. That's all good now. 

Climate control panel, next.

 

Phil

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On 18/04/2024 at 19:18, Captain Mainwaring said:

Very nice Jagwar. Funnily enough just yesterday I watched Tedward of The You Tube driving a lovely black XJR 100. A wonderful thing, but all the plasticky Ford switchgear in the centre console is a bit of an odd contrast with the rest of the interior.

I forget how well these did Stateside. Good luck with the engine. Will be following with interest.

Which Ford switchgear? I can't think of much in there that comes from Ford. There are a couple of Ford window switches for various functions, but not in the centre 

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23 minutes ago, horriblemercedes said:

Which Ford switchgear? I can't think of much in there that comes from Ford. There are a couple of Ford window switches for various functions, but not in the centre 

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Cruise control and Sport. Located by the gearshift.

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45 minutes ago, camryv6 said:

Good to see you fixed the bulbs, are you just ignoring the engine ? 🤣

For now yes. Waiting to hear back from someone I know.

Failing that I'll go through the club. Doing this is helpful to show those who are cagey about letting things go to their beloved marque that I'm actually taking care with the car to do it right, rather than a cheap flip. 

 

Phil

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Pulled my finger out and reassembled the center console. 

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Discovered the pwm noise for the dash illumination is apparently not getting in via the illumination wire. Guessing it's picking up via induction on the amplifier cabling. Fix for that is don't dim the dash. 

 

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Yeah, disturb them and they quit. 

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Sport and TSC now don't light up. Ordered more bulbs. 

 

Phil

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Any progress  is progress. What’s the state of play with the other cars in your fleet? I saw elsewhere that the Chieftan has developed bottom end problems, does it have shells or white metal bearings?

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3 hours ago, Jenson Velcro said:

Any progress  is progress. What’s the state of play with the other cars in your fleet? I saw elsewhere that the Chieftan has developed bottom end problems, does it have shells or white metal bearings?

This just needs a new engine. 

Chieftain needs bearings- thankfully it's all shells (very modern) 

Plymouth needs freeze plugs and transmission seals. 

 

Fun fun fun. I bought the cars with the most lightweight engines ....

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Is the leaper on the hood a nasty US spec thing or a nasty aftermarket thing?

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55 minutes ago, captain_70s said:

Is the leaper on the hood a nasty US spec thing or a nasty aftermarket thing?

US spec thing.

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1 hour ago, captain_70s said:

Is the leaper on the hood a nasty US spec thing or a nasty aftermarket thing?

 

Its called a bonnet, dear boy.

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1 hour ago, Tayne said:

 

Its called a bonnet, dear boy.

Not where PhilA is!

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if you have a jagwar

where phils tagged the title as broken

shouldnt it be failure to maintain equilibrium? seeing as jags are reet posh like

or the american answer would be stick an ls in it :D

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I ordered a piece a while back from a Jaguar specialist in the UK. It arrived in today. 

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Fuel filler bucket. 

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Why? Well this one was all split and leaking and hard and horrible. Someone tried to repair it badly with mastic and well, it just was past it and leaking into the trunk. 

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The new one fitted in without complaint. 

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Being as it was a UK part of was missing the fuel type sticker that's required here. So, I peeled it off the old one. 

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It was already half off and the adhesive was full of dirt and dust so I cleaned all that off with alcohol and applied new glue to it. 

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As it is meant to be, now. Only a small thing but I'm hoping that this side of the boot will dry out now.

 

Phil

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I decided that one annoyance should be fixed. The driver's seat is 6 way memory adjustable, two of these positions weren't working. The headrest was stuck at full maximum height and the front of the cushion would whir and go nowhere. 

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The back of the seat came off, and the headrest assembly came out. 

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I took it apart and it was jammed all the way at maximum. I freed it up and tested it, proven good.

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Turned out that was only half the problem. No electricity was reaching the motor. The fact it had been jammed caused the circuit board to go pop. 

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Replaced it with a piece of wire. 

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Tested, working again. 

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The seat cushion was a simpler issue, the cable had come out of the gearbox. 

Tested all the operation and memory, works as it should now. 

 

Phil

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Scrubbed and scrubbed but the years of skinny almond milk latte extra foam that had been spilled down the side is the seat wants to remain staining the carpet. 

 

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It's a lot better than it was though. 

 

Phil

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Today's like buses, around here. 

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The turn signal bulbs on the back has gone all faded, and when lit were nearly white. 

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Cleaned all the contacts up, fitted new bulbs to the turn signals and gave it a test.

Found out also that the back-up sensors still work. Beep beep beep eepeeep EEEEEEEEEEE

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The tag lights were grody. 

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I'll take them off and clean the lenses, thinks I.

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Nope, the entire assembly has broken and split and fallen apart because the bulbs have cooked the plastic. Glued together, waiting for some LED replacements. 

 

Phil

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21 hours ago, PhilA said:

the years of skinny almond milk latte extra foam  

 

 

Phil

but you dont live in california :D  

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9 minutes ago, hairnet said:

but you dont live in california :D  

Previous owner was more interested in driving a status symbol than maintaining it.

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Bought some more bulbs. 

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I think Jaguar cornered the market for capless bulbs.

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Manual states to press firmly on the front, it'll pivot out, then press in the tang and it'll pop out. 

No, it'll shatter into a million pieces.

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Super glue thankfully adheres.

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Carefully reassembled and now it works. What a rigamarole.

 

Phil

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