Well, the tempation was too great. This is the '83 XJS/LT1 I went
and looked at for $3K. After seeing the car in person, it actually
was little better than he said (but not much…LOL).
Got the price down to $2600, and at that price I feel I did ok. The
interior was actually better than expected, with only the front
seats/front carpet/wood being in need of replacement. The paint
looks ‘ok’ (a ‘10 foot’ car) but the clear coat is weather checked.
Might try rubbing it out and see what happens. I certainly can’t
The swap is a very clean install, and I only saw a few things I
would have done different. Even has a finned deep sump transmission
pan, a secondary tranny cooler (besides the radiator) and a oil
cooler. Seems the original builder used this to tow a scale model
steam locomotive to ‘steam meets’!
A few issues I need to address before pressing it into regular
The heater; the fan works, but you only get heat when it feels like
it. I hope this doesn’t get ugly… I’m in Washington state, so
this is a must. The AC needs recharging too, but that’s what
windows are for.
There’s a ‘judder’ when braking from higher speeds. Not noticable
at slow speeds or easy braking, this only shows when ‘working’ 'em.
Feels like it’s in the front, but no pulse in the pedal indicating
a warped rotor, so we’ll see.
And the biggy… the speedometer is ‘hunting’. It will appear to be
good most of the time, but then will read obviously low. It will
also sometimes be ‘twitchy’. That’s not a good thing.
There’s some minor electrical stuff that need to be cleaned up
(wiper delay doesn’t work, mirror switches, cruise control) and for
some reason the electric fans are on a manual switch. Shouldn’t
there be an output from the EFI ECU to switch these? Although the
guy mumbled something about a ‘Howell Program’ for the FI. I didn’t
see the box as it’s under the dash. Idle seems low too at only
about 500 rpm too. Do these have a idle screw to turn up?
One more question; is it worthwhile to ‘repair’ these seats? I’ve
got a '86 parts car, and the front seats (which look identical)
aren’t ripped or worn looking, just have bad stitching. I know I’ll
have to ‘treat’ the leather to bring back the flexibility, or would
I be wasting time and money?
Now I gotta sell something, as the yard is filling up again…–
Yelm Washington, United States
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