[xj] a very pleasant surprise

Hi all,

the weather was nice and I had really settled for a day in
the sun, when a friend called and said it was time for us to
go and check on the '91 V12 I’d bought. Foreseeing all kinds
of trouble (after all; the car had been sitting outside for
the last 2 years without having been touched) I wasn’t too
keen, but he managed to convince me.
After some fiddling with the battery (the one I had was way
too large for the tiny bracket in the boot of the car) I
switched on the ignition: all the lights came on so there
was some life left in it. Cranking just produced a ‘‘click’’
from the relay tho. I cut the fuel pump and we bypassed the
starter relay; the engine turned over with no drama at all:D
I then switched the fuel back on and it came to life almost
instantly, fired on all 12 and ran like a dream. After a
short warm up it settled @ 500rpm. I engaged reverese and we
actually started to move, despite the rusty brakes. I took
it for a slow drive around the block and apart from some
erratic temp readings (not sure why; the thermostats were
replaced not too long ago; probably an air pocket) all
seemed well.
All in all I’m chuffed: I thought it’d be a parts car, but I
may actually see if I can get an MOT on it.
Next week is XJS conversion week (fitting an XJR-6 engine
with 5 speed manual to that one; should be fun), but after
that I’ll continue with this one.
Sure made my day:)

cheers,–
Arnoud
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In reply to a message from Arnoud sent Sat 1 Oct 2011:

Indeed a pleasant surprise. I would have been fearing all sorts of
potential problems.

It demonstrates just how rugged the V12s are.–
The original message included these comments:

I then switched the fuel back on and it came to life almost
instantly, fired on all 12 and ran like a dream. After a


John Testrake 74XJ12L rhd, 87 XJ12/700R4
St.Louis, United States
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