So I found a car with extensive rust repairs, rear and front end from a xj12 S2. I think this is the oldest car I have driven so far… my mothers old SAAB being a -77.
The paint isn’t the absolute best, the red paint is the 3rd layer, second layer is military olive green, original color was some kind of darker blue. I love it being red though.
The leather upholstery is in good albeit dry condition. The seats are very comfortable. I have liquid leather for cleaning and conditioning.
Will fit another steering wheel, the one currently in it doesn’t look nice and has a plastic feel.
It corners very nicely and has a surprisingly small turning radius. It does wander a bit sideways when driving on country road. Will do wheel alignment.
Manual gearbox… This is what I want and prefer, but I do see why people preferred the auto box. It is a bit like driving old farming equipment. The pedals are heavy compared to modern cars, even the accelerator. I like it
The overdrive works like a charm.
Does anyone know the make of the gearbox? I have read it is a Getrag, other info suggests it is jaguars very own. Does it have a part number? 4 gears plus the overdrive.
Seller claims it didn’t come with AC, if it did, everything AC related is missing, as far as I can see. Retrofit?
Drinks oil, a lot of it, which is of course something I realized once the car was bought and paid for. No smoke on start up, but on acceleration. Will do compression test come weekend. I guess it has been run on modern non leded fuel with the led replacement additive. On the other hand, it hasn’t been in traffic for many years.
The electricals… well… I’ll get myself a wiring diagram and work it out.
Clock doesn’t work btw
Oh, and the mechanism that keeps the bonnet up is broken. Has anyone installed gas springs instead?