After 16 years, I have decided it is time to let somebody else have a go. I am selling my 1978 XJ6L which has a BW/Tremec T5 World Class 5 speed manual gearbox. The manual gearbox completely transforms an XJ6 making it much livelier but no less refined. The full torque of the XK engine is available to the driver. I have part numbers for the conversion pieces used if they ever need replacement.
The car is a US model with L-jetronic fuel injection. It had extensive rust repairs as well as the T5 fitted sometime before my ownership. New metal was fitted to the sills, lower body and lower doors. There is no rust that I am aware of except surface rust on some of the underside components. Originally silver with a black interior, I had the car resprayed in 2007 in a gorgeous Lexus red. It is not a perfect paint job but fine for what I wanted and has lots of shine. It looks great from 10 feet away or more. It is marred slightly by a 1.5" repair I did on the bonnet that could benefit from professional attention but which I have just got used to. Chrome is good except rear bumper which shows wear. I have fitted used S3 Doeskin seats including rear headrests. The rear seat is very good. The passenger seat is slightly worn but the driver seat bottom cushion shows wear but no tears. A redye would be a good idea. I replaced the headliner a couple of years ago. The dashboard wood was replaced and is good. There are some cracks in the varnish on the glove compartment. The door cards and cantrails are non-standard. They were done by a restoration shop at the time of the repaint and could be returned to standard but I like the look. I do have spare S3 door cards that can be adapted to fit and S2 cantrails that can go with the car but they would need recovering or colouring. Locks, windows, heating (except centre dash vent which is stuck open), lights, original radio/8 track player, etc. all work.
Frankly, this is a car with a very solid body under a not-perfect paint job and a slightly non-standard interior but has a strong engine that runs perfectly and a gearbox to let you take full advantage of it. I drive it regularly and get many admiring comments. At shows, the manual gearbox raises lots of questions about performance. In my years of ownership I have done the following:
New shock absorbers
New water pump and thermostat
New master cylinder
New brake pads all round
Gear reduction starter
New fuel changeover and return valves
New heater water valve
New seat belts
New engine and transmission mounts
New front and rear subframe mounts
New anti-roll bar bushings
New AC compressor, receiver drier, hoses and expansion valve. Converted to R134 but now has a slow leak.
New Delanaire amplifier
Magnecor HT wires
1974 model year bumper and Euro turn signal/sidelights (original 1978 parts will be included if buyer wants them)
New lower grille
7" headlamp conversion
Chrome instrument rings in place of black
Stakedown kit fitted to the exhaust valves
4 Michelin Defender tyres 215/70R15
Engine compression per cylinder - 1 140, 2 150, 3 150, 4 140, 5 140, 6 150
The odometer reads 8979 but I believe it has rolled over once before I owned the car. It has a clear Florida title.
The manual gearbox conversion alone would probably cost $5000 but this car has all that work done, is dependable, thoroughly sorted, rust-free and a joy to drive.
Inspections, paperwork and shipping at buyer expense.
Asking price (if selling): $8000US or best offer.
Location: Near Orlando, Florida
Contact information: Send me a Message on here.
Cost of shipping (if selling): at buyer’s cost
Willing to ship worldwide? Possibly
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