Working on the 1988 convertible.
Fixed the quarter window motors, cleaned up the hydraulic fluid that has leaked over the years and decided to ditch the old cylinders even 'though they still work.
After all the effort to get at things might as well not have leaky cylinders.
Finding new ones is not so easy. I am a bit puzzled that one Ebay manufacturer “susanb” in New Hampshire has cylinders for H & E, and 1989 on, but not Jag built 1988 car.
Tried Ebay source “britishpartsplace” in Michigan, and they say this:
NEW Jaguar XJS Convervible Top Hydraulic Cylinder
Fits 1989-1996 XJS, either side.
Does not fit 1988 and older Hess & Eisenhardt conversions.
Discontuned from Jaguar. This is a reproduction part.
Jaguar part number BCC2829. Sold each.
A number of sources claim they make new cylinders better than OEM item.
Is the 1988 cylinder unique ? Hard to see why, and probably used on other cars.
Is this due to 1988 built cars being considered a 1989 model ?
Any help appreciated. Do not want to buy a couple and pay hefty freight bill then find they do not fit.
I have all the important dimensions from the old cylinder.