So during COVID lockdown both my cars are in the garage. To get the Wolseley Hornet out in the sunshine I have to move the XJS out first.
I did that yesterday evening and left the XJS idling while I drove the Hornet out and fiddled with the doors. When I got in the XJS to reverse back in as soon as pressed on the throttle the car cut out and would not restart. A few mild moments of panic as I am now blocking a shared laneway that gives access to all my neighbour’s garages too.
Fuel pump is whining for a couple of seconds when the key is turned so I start looking for a spark. Nothing on the plugs. Check the king lead - get a shock - get some wooden tongs and check the king lead again - good spark. Change the rotor for an old one I keep in the boot (trunk, not my shoe although can any of us say we don’t carry spare parts in strange places just in case when we drive a Jaguar?) and the car starts immediately on next attempt as if nothing ever happened.
I am just surprised that the dizzy rotor would just have such a sudden failure and go from perfect idling to dead as a door mouse in a second.
Anyway it proves that the old cliche that if you carry a spare part you will never need it is wrong!