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    My custom XJ journey

    So welcome to my little story book here. Glad you could stop by and have a read. Please leave a comment or a like or something, that would be cool.

    Since i cant be bothered to read through my own thread on the jaguar forums I'm literally copy and pasting it here so hopefully it makes sense.

    Enjoy!


    When i bought the car






    first project was cleaning the car, old roof rack i had laying around and fixing the oil pan




    After that winter came and only minor touches were done here and there










    did a big service on the car
    6 E3 spark plugs
    - 2 jugs of Quaker State 10w30
    - A huge jug of ATF
    - Black permatex
    - blue loctite
    - Oil flush
    - Oil filter
    - 2 big jugs of coolant
    - 2 square meters of oil pan gasket material

    Drove the car for another 3 months after that, then this happened in about 2 weeks time:
    Fuel tank rupture
    Fuel pump failure
    Fuse block failure
    Brake lines rotted
    Wheel bearings rotted
    Rear suspension collapsed
    Exhaust manifold cracked
    Rear left rotor warped
    Heater core failure
    Ac compressor dead
    Water pump gasket failure
    Transmission gasket failure
    Sump cracked two spots
    Most vacuum lines dry rotted

    Thats when the big build started






    Sourced a new engine for 300$





    Engine parts were delivered



    Engine assembly began then



    heads at machine shop




    and how the blocks sitting as of now






    pics of the process




    a quick pic of how most of the engine will look, needs paint though


    and how its sitting right now



    Heres a size comparison of 4.2L Inline 6 and a 5.7L V8



    Tear down








    More parts






    PARTS PARTS PARTS PARTS



    Work on the subframe






    Made in China - that piece that broke got me just above the eye... From now on name brand expensive tools








    Kept working on the control arms and hubs



    Subframe reassembly



    After what feels like forever working on the car till 4 am every night it's ready for body and paint



    Part 2 coming soon

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    Great post, thanks for sharing... cant wait to see how it goes !
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    Agreed! Please keep in touch.
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    Wow! Great job this is an extensive restoration. Only I'm sad to see the original 4.2 Jag engine go away. I have bought a transmission adapter kit from John's cars in USA that allows installing a 4speed O/D TH700R4 transmission behind the original engine. (Wanted to keep my 1986 original to bring it back into show concourse condition).
    Here in your project I can imagine a very reliable daily driver in superb condition.
    Good luck with your fantastic job and please keep posting pictures
    Cheers!

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    This is looking like it is going to be one superb restoration, and i imagine very rewarding too. I do love a Series 3 XJ, and have debated buying one to restore and putting in a Toyota 2JZ engine. I know some people will think it's almost sacrilege to do this, but i would want it as a regular driver, and it doesn't get much more reliable, or powerful, than that engine.
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    6% Supercharger Pulley Upgrade, 200 cell cats, Custom X Pipe, 4" Sports Rear Boxes, Remapped, Caldoofy Intake
    374 rwhp, 427 ft/lbs. torque

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    I'm always a bit sad, (as an Englishman), to see the original Jaguar engine dumped, (an engine that won Le Man 5 times !), but I do sympathise, as I ran a 1980 XJ6 Series 3 for 14 years and I know all about the weaknesses of the final iteration of the XK engine ! Jaguar needed a new 6 cylinder engine in the 70s but it didn't appear until the 80s due to our decade of madness here in the UK. The V12 was a complete dead end and took a lot of development money that would have been better spent on a 6, or even a V8.

    So, I wish you all the best with your "lumped" car. I expect the engine will give thousands upon thousands of reliable miles.ONly in recent years have we been able to expect the same from a Jaguar engine.The one in my car is actually a Ford engine, a 3 litre V6, and really nice too.

    PS: Your photos bring back many memories of my struggles with my car. I just wish I had had a workshop like yours !

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