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Captain Crappycrimp and I are now bravely venturing into the Motor Trade :eek:. We're establishing a startup Limited Company to restore sadly neglected older vehicles, bringing them back to life, and selling them on. Most of this grubby commercial activity will be in cheaper, Lesser, Cars, so of limited interest to this forum, and often even to us. (Astra, you say..? :rolleyes: Mind you, Cap'n C may occasionally use this thread to regale you all of his occasional non-Jag horror stories, for our entertainment and his spleen-venting purposes.) Sometimes, we make good use of his deep specific type knowledge of slightly more interesting cars. For example, he has a Saab specialism, and is now finishing a now very tidy 9-3 convertible, ready for what's left of the Summer Season. 馃槑 That work has recently taken priority over completing the XKR 'Ajax'.

At the higher (and slower) end of this refurbishment business, we've now decided to concentrate on the X100. Because They're Worth It. Here at the Mustard and Crappycrimp Home for Ageing X100s, no healthy XK is ever Parted Out. They are lovingly restored (in between cussing and swearing) and test driven on the Yorkshire Moors, before being released to their carefully vetted Forever Homes - if we can ever bear to part with any of them.

Alongside Ajax and XKVert, we now have a third one on the books, collected yesterday, which then came on a fly-by over here to Chateau Moutarde. This is named Immobile, for two reasons. The engine is in bits and also lacks a battery, and it was from the Coventry area, remaining where it was built, 21 years ago. We bought this, because, while likely needing a replacement gearbox for XKVert, we noticed you can get an entire dead XK8 for just a few quid more. How strange. And with Cap'n C's magic hands, assisted by his buddies, left and right hand men Diagnostic Dan, and his Tame Mechanic, Carl, there's a reasonable chance this can be brought back to life. So, here's hoping. The interior looks good, apart from sagging roof liner, and the bodywork is OK too.

So, this thread will cover our continuing X100 trials and tribulations, all done for fun, possibly modest commercial gain, and always in the best possible taste.

Here, (camera-shy) Cap'n C with shades, car dealer trilby and mask surveys the straps securing Immobile. This thing is heavy, such that it had snapped the winch cable on loading. More expense.
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Over the past three days, I demolished my small garden brick wall, moved the bricks into the back garden to later finish off a raised bed, moved earth and tarp / membrane about and pushed the gravel about with a yardbroom, to make a hardstand for the various cars that are now expected.

At least I feel I've now achieved something concrete... :D

Those 'Detroit' alloys really do set it off nicely. I don't particularly care that the gearbox is likely knackered, still pleased with it. Might just keep it there as a really nice garden ornament.

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Might increase the value of the house!
Back around 1997, the house was actually worth about the same as the then new car - about 拢57k... That's about 拢100k in today's rapidly depreciating money. Perhaps the car will soon fetch 拢57k again, but a loaf of bread will be 拢45. :eek:
 

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Yesterday, we collected our fourth (and final, at least for now) X100. Named Shaguar, because, well, it certainly looks shagged, and an initial thought to deal with the truly awful finish was to apply a cheap Union Jack wrap on it, swapping out all the good interior for lesser quality items on others. Then keeping it awhile as a fun disposable runabout before parting out to support other current and future projects. But, upon closer inspection, we're now not going to do that. It's been dry stored, so the bodywork is quite good. It's suffering extensive lacquer peel, and the Captain knows exactly how to deal with that...

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What we didn't realise at this point, was the car was positioned too far back, so the trailer handled poorly. The car has a flat battery, so couldn't be taken out of 'park'. While stopped in a suburban street scratching our heads, a nice lady with dogs walked past and very soon got talking about her boyfriend's E-Type. We had found a Jaguar fan! So we asked nicely and she very kindly lent us her car to jump start it. We were then able to adjust the position over CG for a safer and very long journey. The house number was noted and flowers and a box of chocolates are now on their way to 'The Nice Dog Lady'...
 

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You're building a bit of a collection there Phil, Cap'n C isn't going to have to worry about finding something to do for a week or two :D

Regarding being stuck in park without battery power, there is an emergency release method. Remove the 'Torx' screw in the top left corner of the J gate and gently insert a screw driver or rod of some sort and press the solenoid plunger down to release the lock (y).
 
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Regarding being stuck in park without battery power, there is an emergency release method. Remove the 'Torx' screw in the top left corner of the J gate and gently insert a screw driver or rod of some sort and press the solenoid plunger down to release the lock (y).
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The ad hoc solution they found with the dog lady was much nicer :)
 

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You're building a bit of a collection there Phil, Cap'n C isn't going to have to worry about finding something to do for a week or two :D

Regarding being stuck in park without battery power, there is an emergency release method. Remove the 'Torx' screw in the top left corner of the J gate and gently insert a screw driver or rod of some sort and press the solenoid plunger down to release the lock (y).
I'd be happy to pay XK8 engineering consultancy rates, (y)but Captain Crappycrimp, sat opposite me here in Company HQ, now has his nose put out of joint and is all envious. :sick:
 

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That recent addition is the one that was on eBay - ha - no more competition!

I'm now the cheapest XK8 Convertible on there!!!

:giggle:

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That recent addition is the one that was on eBay - ha - no more competition!

I'm now the cheapest XK8 Convertible on there!!!

:giggle:

TMW
Indeed, TMW has been gamely trying to tempt me with Xavier's siren like call, and we are fairly closely located, too. The fact that it, or rather he, comes pre-named was a positive factor, but I really really must hold off now... The New Forest was a nice outing, only spoiled by dragging a trailer about.
 

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Indeed, TMW has been gamely trying to tempt me with Xavier's siren like call, and we are fairly closely located, too. The fact that it, or rather he, comes pre-named was a positive factor, but I really really must hold off now... The New Forest was a nice outing, only spoiled by dragging a trailer about.
Ha ha - you know he's still calling. Had a lovely trip down to the south today...

It's like Mr Creosote - just one waffer-thin XK8...???

:LOL: :LOL: :LOL:

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Ha! I work in Ware!

But no, nearer Southampton..

Good run.

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Silly me.

In all the excitement of comparing Shaguar with XKVert this morning, I left the ignition turned on in XKVert. D'oh!! So it's very definitely a garden ornament now. The boot key barrel hidden in the XK8 logo won't work. So I guess it's open the bonnet and apply a Skoda defibrillator from there, to get to the battery via the cabin boot release, to then fully charge it. Later...
 
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