I started my second engine transplant this week, this time removing the sick and tired engine in my 1984 XJ6 Vanden Plas with a nicely running engine from the crash damaged 1987 XJ6 parts car that I purchased last year. The first time I did this kind of Jaguar 4.2L XK engine transplant was about 5 years ago when the #6 rings failed in the engine in my 1987 XJ6 Vanden Plas and I replaced it with a nicely running engine from a 1986 XJ6 parts car that I purchased. My former 1987 XJ6 Vanden Plas is still running great for it’s new owner.
The three attached pictures show the engine and transmission just at the point when it cleared everything and was minutes away from removal, the engine on the floor of my garage, and the empty engine bay ready for cleanup.
I have removed four Jaguar engines and successfully installed one of them all single handedly. Each time it has been a challenge and thrill to get the engine out safely, and of course even a greater thrill to get the transplanted engine installed and the car running and back on the road again.
I still have to remove the engine from the donor car, replace all the belts and hoses, clean, polish, or replace lots of engine and engine bay components, install the replacement engine, and get the car running again. I will post about my progress from time to time and ask for advice when needed. However I thought you might like to see these pictures of my work so far.