I’d like to introduce myself as a new member of the mailing list. My name is
Brennan Ross and I live in Edmonton, Alberta in Canada. Just a couple
of weeks ago I found a 1985 Vanden Plas for sale in the local paper and
ended up buying it as my first Jaguar. It has a few of the common issues
that can be found on most of the Jags of this era, but by and large the car
is very solid. It’s maroon with tan interior and about the only fault inside
that the leather seems a bit dry, so I’ve been following some threads on
Leatherique with great interest. I also called the local dealer to see what
they had to offer. Two items: ‘Hyfoo’ or Hide Food, and ‘Leathercare’ by
Autoglyn. (I think that’s how they spell it) The fellow said that’s what
recommends, but I understand this Leatherique is the end-all-be-all. Any
thoughts? The engine, which is the first V12 I’ve ever driven, seems to
be very strong, and is also the smoothest I’ve ever had the pleasure of
operating. To date, I’ve driven a '64 Chev 1/2 ton truck, a '91 Honda
Accord, and an '81 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham Coupe d’Elegance with the
infamous V864 6.0 liter engine, which is now for sale, incedentally, since
the purchase of the Jag.
Now that I have this new car, I’ve been gradually familiarizing myself with
it, and have repaired a few things: replaced the steering rack bushings with
the aftermarket ones, rebuilt the rear brakes, replaced all three seals in
the rear end, and a little exhaust repair. I’ve also cleaned up and
protected the little rust spots in the usual places. I’ve downloaded
in a book’, and have gradually been going through it, and I have the Haynes
manual. I’ve also ordered the Service Manual and Parts Manual and am really
looking forward to getting into this new realm of motoring.
Also, I’ve had a little experience with broken bolts:
If possible, you may like to try grinding a slot into the top of the broken
bolt and then turning it out with a small, flat screwdriver. I managed to
pull this off once with a rocker-arm bolt that I broke off in a Cadillac
head. I used a tiny bit on a die-grinder. This bolt broke off very close to
the surface which make this technique possible.
The archives and FAQ will answer many queries on the XJ series…
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