New member here from Northwest Alabama. I recently acquired a a 1985 XJ-S with 104k on the odometer. I have been checking out the Jaguar forums and, this one seems to be a great forum with lots of good information.
The XJ-S has been in storage for several years and is not currently running. It appears to be in fairly decent condition for a 36 year old car. The exterior and interior are both clean and in overall good condition. The engine and engine bay are complete and appear to have all the original parts/pieces and the motor spins over when you turn the ignition switch. The engine oil is clean and the coolant is still bright green. There appears to have been a small engine fire down the centerline of the engine, not much damage but I can see some scorching/melting on some of the components. The heat from the fire also blistered about 3 inch area on the paint in the center of the hood. The gentleman I purchased the car from did not have much history on it other than saying he was familiar with the previous owner and had purchased it at an Estate Sale after the PO’s death about a year ago.
So, that is what i know about the car so far. I am not a trained mechanic by any definition but, I have owned and worked on a number of “project” cars/motorcycles over the years (1954 M-37 Dodge, 1976 Triumph Spitfire, 1975 CB550 Honda, 1991 Nissan 300ZX, 2001 ZX-12 Kawasaki, 1999 H-D Electra Glide etc…) I am looking forward to starting on this project and will very likely be asking questions as I go along.