At 09:01 PM 07-07-04, you wrote:>A question to all the Australian readers,
Who can give me a recommendation for a supplier of parts such as piston
rings, bearings etc for a Pre HE V12.
I want to do a good job on the engine, but dont want to have to spend my
entire retirement fund on parts.
I buy mine form Prestige Spares, just because they are only 20 minutes drive
away and deliver in any case.
Plenty of other Jag parts specialists to choose from in Australia, about 25
at a guess ( plus dealers, of course ).
I think many of those specialists do not carry rings and bearings in stock,
since they are not cheap and they do not move fast. Usually they can get
next day delivery from the Jag spares HQ in Australia. A complete set of
chains, gaskets, rings and bearings will be perhaps A$1,200.
I am not sure if there are third party sources for these things, unless you
go for those fancy ring sets.
That tends to make it hard finding bargain prices.
It was explained to me the original Jag rings are so good you can usually
just check the gap and put them back in if not obviously worn. Not sure I
would go along with that if I planned another 5 years plus of daily driving,
but can save some money if things are tight.
The specialists who quote exchange V12 engines usually talk around A$5,000+,
so you are still well ahead if you do not need any head welding, machining
and all that.
If time is on your side you can put an advert in local Jag club magazines to
see if anybody has those parts. Quite often somebody has bought a
kit of spares and never got around to it. I bought a new set of 24 BE
years ago but did not use it rebuilding my pre HE engine. Not sure I will
use them in the spare HE either, depends on what mood I am in unless the
engine shows signs of stress. I know the previous owner raced an XJ-S,
although not the one this engine came out of. Unless you really screw the
engine persistently I doubt the BE bolts need replacing.
In fact, I should buy my own medicine and ask around my Jag club to see if
anybody has bargain parts for the spare HE. There are 600 members, at least
10% are V12 types, and some have virtual mini warehouses of spares and bits
Richard Dowling, Melbourne, Australia, 1979 XJ-S & 1985 XJ6
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