I have inserted this query in the E-Type forum in the hopes of attracting more responses — it is a very active forum and my inquiry relates to parts common to many Jaguars of the E-Type era and this problem has obliquely cropped up in the E-Type forum as well (I also “speak E-Type,” owning a S2 FHC for 25 years and counting).
I have recently acquired a 1967 340 (MK2) that sat in a basement for decades. It was converted from automatic to manual “back in the day” and I believe the transmission to be a Moss box due to the shift pattern.
Complete and largely (but not entirely) rust free (it will need crows feet, a couple of jacking points, and, of course, spring hangers), it seemed like a pretty good “investment” (ha, ha).
My initial objective was to get the car running under its own power and stopping from very slow speeds to move it around my property and to get it on and off my very elevated hydraulic lift.
The engine is now running (after a fashion), I have three pistons out of eight braking (the rest being blocked off), new tires (the old ones would have deleted the world’s remaining supply of Dunlop Bottom Air™) and the clutch WAS disengaging — and therein lies the “BIG PROBLEM.”
My son and I (well
Checking underneath the car, Johnny observed a “rather important looking pin.”
It appears to be the “clutch arm pivot shaft” P/N C9857.
There was what I believe were a references to this shaft in the E-Type forum thread Weirdest Clutch Problem Ever?, to wit:
“hi Mike, i had a problem like this. the pivot pin for the fork fell out. you should be able to see it with a flashlight looking up through hole in bottom of bellhousing near trans.”
“Years ago I was restoring a 64 E Type for my son. He came to visit because the car was incomplete but drivable. We went downtown for dinner and as he made a turn, something fell off of his car. (I remember his fiancee said it sounded “shiny” at the time. ) I picked up the pivot rod from the intersection and was lamenting the pending work when, fortunately, a JL member had a simple solution which is still in that car. I was surprised the car remained drivable until I fixed it although the clutch felt pretty strange (but not always). I am anxious to see it apart.”
“Somehow, while driving home last night, part of my car apparently
disappeared. As I shifted the clutch felt different; way too much
freeplayand the pedeal take up was totally different. Today I jacked the
car up and examined the TO bearing operating fork. I have a 1-1/2 hole in
the bottom of the bellhousing directly below the TO bearing. Looking in
that hole I could see the shaft (C9857) that holds the operating fork in
place has disappeared. I believe I can insert a new shaft through the hole.”
I would thus assume that this is not an unheard-of problem (but really, really, really weird IMHO).
So, I ask the Wise Souls of this forum the following:
(1) WHY did the rod fall out?
(2) CAN it be inserted without a whole lot of fuss (like removing the engine and gearbox) and, if so, HOW?
(3) WHAT can I do to keep this from happening again?
(4) WHY do I keep buying old Jaguars? (okay, that’s rhetorical — no need to answer).
Any and all help would be much appreciated.
(‘67 340, ’69 E FHC, ’01 XJR, ’01 S-Type, and ’03 S-Type (with NAS 5-speed manual))