Bruce was a wonderful guy and my best friend. I’m sure you would’ve enjoyed knowing him.
A few random-order, stream-of-consciousness tidbits about the car from my memory banks…which are not always 100% reliable :). If you been reading the archive you may have already learned this stuff.
The color is Brazila (Brazilla?) Brown…which is unusual. The car was repainted circa 2003 at Bud Clary Chevrolet n Longview, Washington. As I recall there was zero rust around the front and rear screens…a rare thing! The car was stripped to bare metal
The tweed-like cloth upholstery was done at a shop in Portland. Can’t remember the name of the shop but it has been around for decades. They did a nice job but you may have notice a couple of pleats on the rear seat don’t line up properly.
The cruise control is an Audiovox kit. The factory installed cruise control was kaput but I can’t remember the specifics of the fault. I think the pick-up sensor at the driveshaft didn;t work and we couldn’t find a replacement.
The sunroof is an aftermarket unit installed by (I think) American Sunroof for the the selling dealer. I can’t remember if it ever worked during Bruce’s onwership; I don’t think so, though.
The XJS wheels are there because the original steel wheels were bent. Bruce kept them and the handsome wheel covers for years; not sure who has them now.
Bruce was especially proud of modifying the front marker lamps to flash with the turn signals. He was also enamored with the 7-inch, ‘city light’ type headlights. The fog lights, if they’re still there, were once on my Series III. They were from an ‘official’ Jaguar accessory kit.
The power antenna was an aftermarket unit. I think it was installed about the same time the car was repainted.
The dashboard is the “Vanden Plas” style. I think pics of the installation are in the photo archives.
The bulk of the work on the car was done circa 2003-2008 as I recall. For many years it really never needed any repairs to speak of. Just routine servicing.
Bruce installed brand new fuel injectors and injector harness early on. I think the radiator was a a brand new Jaguar item as well…but I’m not 100% sure on that.
All calipers and rotors were replaced but, again, that was quite some time ago. The water pump was also replaced with a new Jaguar unit sourced from Ebay. Front suspension bushings, upper and lower ball joints, and shocks were replaced. The shocks are Boge as I recall. The differential output shafts were replaced with rebuilt assemblies. The brake booster was replaced…probably with a new Jaguar booster, knowing Bruce. For a long time he enjoyed finding new OEM Jaguar parts on Ebay and Craigslist.
There was a time, a few years ago, when the AC blew cold. I suspect it’s just low on freon.
The angle drive for the speedometer cable was replaced 2 or 3 times due to noise and jumpy speedo needle. He could find only used replacements.
The tear in the LH side of the console occurred when I was removing the seat.
The hood insulating pad came from Coventry West. I recall that Bruce had the exhaust manifold shield ceramic coated. The compressor heat shield was hand made from a sheet of exhaust manifold gasket material.
That’s all I can think of at the moment. Will blurt out more if and when the memories strike.
Bruce would be happy that the car is in good hands. He enjoyed the car a lot.