Hi all. I am in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. In late 92 I bought a near new 1992 XJ 40 for my now late wife. She loved the car and drove it until her death from cancer roughly 18 years ago. When she passed the car was high miles, battered, well used, and rusty. Our youngest son was 10 when his mother passed. Subsequently I did a comprehensive rebuild and restoration of the car, with lots of questions asked here on this forum. Then, with the blessing of his two older siblings I gave our youngest son the car on his 16th birthday. The car took him to high school graduation, first loves, first jobs, etc.,
Fast forward from age 16 another 12 years of daily driving of the restored car again. The car is worn out again, but worst of all very rusty again. This time the rust had become much worse than at the time of the first restoration when all the rusty panels were cut out and replaced. At massive mileage the motor had also begun smoking. I actually sourced another low mileage motor, and was going to do another rebuild/restoration, but this time around realistically the car was past saving. Son has moved on to a very nice 2011 Infiniti G70 AWD Sport, and the XJ 40 has been retired. Frankly now at age 66 I was just not all that keen to tackle all that major bodywork on an XJ 40 yet again. I have various other car and motorcycle projects on the go, and in my hobbies I would rather do mechanical work than rust repair and bodywork.
So, the hunt began for a rust free XJ 40 shell. Didn’t care about the mechanicals, was just after a good shell. Looked for 6 months. Yesterday I found advertised a 1992 XJ 40 Sovereign from an estate, dark green with a darkish tan interior, rust free, with 60,000 original kms from new (that is roughly 37,000 original miles). The car is still on its original and now aged out tires.
I bought the car on the spot. So, out in my driveway tonight is my now 28 year old youngest son washing and claying down the XJ 40 I just brought home. Interior looks like new. Everything works. Car runs great. Air conditioning blows ice cold. From being parked for a long time in a garage there are a few dings and scratches in original paint, (looks like from bicycles or other things dragging against the sides of the car), there are three small dings needing to be bumped out so the car will visit a paintless dent removal shop, then I will see what can be done about the scratches, a couple of which look like they go all the way down to bare metal. But, absolutely no rust, and as a huge bonus, looks like great mechanicals. Obviously it will need a comprehensive servicing after sitting for a long time, but so far I think I have found a great car.
So, couple of questions:
car is still on its original 225/65 15 tires. Searching indicates that size is no longer readily available. 235/60 15 looks more available and size is a relatively close match, should only affect speedo reading by 1 mph at 60 miles per hour. What tires are folks fitting these days, and what sizes on stock 15 inch rims? Would like to replace the tires with new right away, don’t feel good about driving on 28 year old tires…
the lens on one of the stock fog lights under the front bumper is cracked. Any suggestions as to where to find a replacement?
suggestions as to best parts suppliers?
car only came with one key. Where can I find or have spares made?
has a quick skim through recent posts here. Looks like mainly the same topics covered from years ago, same issues keep arising, thankfully in the main these cars are quite reliable as long as they are maintained.