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So....

I'm feeling a bit selfish in that I've enjoyed reading and learning from a lot of the owner's threads on the forum, without telling the story of my own car, which has been a member of the forum longer than I have myself!

I always thought that my ownership wouldn't be of too much interest (not being particularly "hands on" myself), but I've had the car a few years now and perhaps her story is worth telling.
I also sometimes wonder about the original owner who bought her in Fife and what (if anything) he/she would feel if they saw "their" car again today.

Her marvellous write up by previous owner Chris helped make my purchase decision easier, compared with the wide range of allegedly "FJSH/FSH/ex Royal household" cars I reviewed (with an excel spreadsheet :) ) at the time.

I saw her listing on "a well known auction site" and printed it out - it is now a "file divider" in her book of receipts.
I particularly enjoyed Chris's comment on "Economy": "Did I really say that? These cars are a high performance, luxury super saloon and you should not enter ownership without knowing the costs involved."

Hmmm. I achieved 28 mpg on the way home from picking her up and my friends at the local JEC asked if I knew what the accelerator was for. Cheek :oops:.
I still have my receipt for the first tank of fuel (Tesco Kings Lynn - £87.73) - you could have left me some, Chris! Jokes....

Anyway, here we go.
It was a pleasure meeting Chris & Lindsey in Kings Lynn - I had a lovely train ride south; we met at the station and went for a pleasant coffee and a "bank transfer" of funds.

After leaving Kings Lynn, I had a lovely couple of days of "me time" in Norfolk.
(I and my family have had many holidays in Norfolk over the years and occasionally when I still end up in Kings Lynn, I recall the chat over the coffee and the realisation that this was where I achieved one of my dreams of owning a Jaguar XJ. What a bonus that it turned out to be a Super V8 in JRG.)

By the way - "Tibbles".
It's my daughter's nickname for my Super.
In the same way that you might call really tall and muscular people "Tiny", she thinks that my apparently nostalgic cat, looking unassuming and "old man"ish, but with a ferocious scream and vicious performance, is deserving of the name "Tibbles".

Chris's excellent thread on the car is here (assuming I can link to it properly), giving a continuous link from his ownership to mine.

I'm really happy to be the owner of an "olde worlde" XJ with chrome and everything and am guessing that it will be worth showing the world how she ages, even if I am not wielding the spanners too much myself.

I hope to add more info on here, assuming I can work the images properly and that I don't fall asleep too often...

(If it works properly, the images attached are my first acquaintances with "Tibbles" on my weekend of me time...)
This is on the way to Holt from Kings Lynn
Oh no - it's dirty already :neutral:.


And here she is welcoming my first full day of XJ ownership.


And a more intimate pic.


More to follow I hope....
 

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Lovely..

They look magnificent in JRG.
 

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Cheers, Henry,
Really appreciate your quick reply - and I agree on the colour, it's unbelievable.

Every time I look at the car, I feel for the curves and the way the light plays over them.
I know that you're cue-ing the soft music with the sax and everything just now... here's some more of my "Super's" story, some of which is not quite so photogenic!
Continuing the story...

Soon-to-be-"Tibbles" gave such a lovely drive around Norfolk over that weekend. I'll never forget cruising ("wafting") past Holkham Hall watching a passer-by turning to stare...

but the time came to come to her new home in the North East of England..

well endowed with hills and scenery...


 

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A very lucky man you are!

The best way to describe a super v8 IMO is an Iron fist in a Velvet glove.

totally beautiful and curvy but not many people realise there is 400+hp hiding under the sleek bonnet.


I'm not jealous at all ;)


Oh and you have a sunroof...

That is my ultimate XJ!!
 
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Aye, she's a beaut. But no prizes for guessing the biassed bloke.

TBH, a sunroof is a must for me - I like the fresh air in my face when wafting along, but I don't want the vague apprehension of leaving a convertible lying around in carparks.

A fully metal folding roof would certainly be an option, but I feel that I'd be trying too hard if I went that way.

Naah. On balance old skool is the way forward for me.

More "Tibbles" stories to come:

Gratuitous pic from a run out in the scenery.

Can't get over the way the colours flow over the curves.
 

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I'll have to cut a hole in my S type's roof now... ;)


The above pic looks awesome!!
 

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One of Tibbles' early engagements was with the local JEC "drive it day" to Seaton Delaval Hall.

One or two moments from that day:
1) Daughter showing interested parties around the rear entertainment system, with particular enjoyment on the fact that she could send Mum onto the bonnet with the remote operation of the front passenger seat.
2) Stereotypical "little old lady" wandering happily amongst the Jaguars looking at any with the bonnets up. Glanced under Tibbles' bonnet; "Wow - that's what I call an engine"!

We were in full "old fashioned mode" at this stage.


 

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The story goes on....the fun diluted.

Jagtech in Stockton diagnosed (at first service under my ownership):
Differential pinion seal leaking
Leaking electrical connection for the gearbox
Worn handbrake pads and a lower N/S/R suspension tie arm.

All reported defective items replaced, including sump/filter and oil.

A gratuitous pic from that time.
Emotional feeling at the time "what do you want? I'll take care of you."


 

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Superb Simon, she's a real beauty, you're very lucky to have her...
Look forward to seeing both her and you at Crieff as is Chris I believe, before we meet again late June in Buxton

Here she is again at Ullswater on the lake...


And again at the Tan Hil Inn meet..


She gets around doesn't she? lol

Looking forward to reading more mate....

Jim
 

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And on, and on,
Emotion feeling report Oooops, this is looking expensive.
ABS sensor + 110k service + Throttle body replacement = £ some hundreds.

But, dear Mrs Super350, would you prefer me to look at these curves or some others??
:mrgreen:

Gratuitous pic from that time
Still loving those curves, kid.
 

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Lol, Jim,
I was coming to the Inn on the Lake meet, eventually, in my "I'm loving this car" thread.
It was one of my favourites..
And only partially 'cause I got there on time. My first time to meet Rich in particular, and a great, scenic, day out.

Tell you what, I'll never forget Tibbles bringing up the rear in the convoy with all the XJ's in line. Yours + Silentum Sicarius made a few look around, but Alec's WOKE EVERYONE UP AAARRRGGGH.
Being behind Alec meant everyone was looking at my lovely Tibbles. Oh yes.
 

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Sorry Simon, but feel free to continue on and post them anyway.......Too many pics a bad thing???
I think not...

The Inn on the lake was just a wee small get together, but a really nice day out

Look forward to your post a little more in depth on it later....

What are you doing about coming up for Crieff, coming early if I remember rghtly?

The reason I ask is that Chris and Jimbo are having a wee convoy on the Saturday....

Cheers
Jim
 
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A bit like the Ryme of the Ancient Mariner, the story goes on

and on

and on..

but not at sea... (sic for any 1980s Iron Maiden fans out there.)

Tibbles was treated to a servicewith spark plugs changed oil filter and so on.

And a pre-emptive installation (forum inspired) of expansion tank change. Afterwards, I was shown that the existing expansion tank connection (the point of concern) already had some small cracks and could "let go" at any point.

"Thanks Forum" #1 !!!

Some pics from the time, although certain members (particularly the previous owner; sorry Chris - I know she's used to the big skies of Norfolk) might be a bit concerned by the space the ol' girl has in which to rest.






Not a hidey hole suitable for one of such grace and presence....
 

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By August '14, Tibbles had flown through another MOT.

Emotional feeling report: Yup; a bit pricey.

She, erm, politely suggested (via a warning message) that I might pay attention to the ABS sensor or something or other.

The good folks at Jagtech Stockton found a wiring problem and repaired it. Small expenditure amazingly. Thanks Jagtech!

After an early morning trip to Ardrossan (aiming at Arran ferry), it became apparent that Tibbles had suffered failure of O/S/F shock absorber, through hitting a badly marked sleeping policeman in one of the remote towns...

Not such small expense...

Repair work and service, with some other "pre-emptive" work was done by [email protected] Jag Specialist in Doncaster.

But I did find that it is dead easy to get to Doncaster from North East England by train :)

By this time (May '14) and two years in to my custodianship, she was showing signs of aluminium corrosion. And I was coming to a decision on how I felt on "the leaper".

daaah daaaaaahhhh DDDAAAHHHAA!!!

If you can bear the tension...More tomorrow
(sorry I need some sleep. Bringing everything up to speed from years ago takes longer than I thought...)

Gratuitous leaper shot, from when I "adopted" Tibbles.


Couldn't resist another
 

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Enjoyable reading Simon! Your car is a beauty, I agree, the colour really sparkles in the sun. Looking forward to the next instalment
 

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Great photos of a great looking car, enjoy.:mrgreen:
 

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Superb Simon, she's a real beauty, you're very lucky to have her...
Look forward to seeing both her and you at Crieff as is Chris I believe, before we meet again late June in Buxton

Jim
Excuse me, what meet in Buxton this coming June?

Is it something I said, have done, wear, smell of, etc, etc.
 

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You've had this Cat how long? shame on you for keeping it and it's photoshoots all to yourself for so long.

I wouldn't have had you as a gent with a wicked streak.

No matter, the wrong has been written, shown and righted.

A green Super V8 to make us all :mrgreen: with envy.

I don't do green, it reminds me of my most hated, I have to do it chore, gardening! As such if I could, I'd not be seen dead in or close to it, BUT

And there is always a but, this car, in this colour!

A Black Super is for commoners, people like me who have ideas above their station and don't know better. A Super in BRG? only the landed gentry would know this is the colour to own.

Thank you Simon, if not for finally sharing 'Tibbles' with us, but for giving me another reason to break out the tea and biscuits.

Life really doesn't get any better than this.

Rich
 

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Thanks for the comments and thumbs-ups!

I'm having a day out in Northumberland today with Tibbles, so will update further later on.

Not correct chronological order, but she'd also debut'd at the forum meet at the Jagspecialist in Doncaster
Some impressive shininess was there, along with a sister Super V8.

First time I met Alec, too :)







 
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