[xj] decisions, decisions

Hi all,

I’m facing a really hard decision here;). It started out
simple: I bought a Californian XJ Ser I and a '95 XJR-6
engine with the intention of a ‘‘merge’’ between the two.
Since then I also bought a '75 XJ Coupe which I relieved of
the XK engine. Both now sit side-by side awaiting a heart
transplant so to speak. The Coupe has a long MOT but I
wonder if it’ll stand the massive torque. It’s also legally
LPG approved and LPG and supercharging dn’t quite match…
The Ser I is rust free but requires additional work (paint,
interior). Easy acces for my dog is a factor as well;)
I wonder which you’d choose? Either one would be a brilliant
car in my opinion (for ‘‘sleeper factor’’ the Ser I may be
even better).
This is a true luxury decision if ever there was one, since
I also have the Ser I DD6 6 litre in the making. One of the
three will have to go eventually…–
Arnoud
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In reply to a message from Arnoud sent Mon 31 Mar 2008:

Arnoud:

Easy !

4 doors for the dog!

He or she can sit in the back seat and lick your face as you motor
happily down the trail.

Ours goes almost everywhre we go. But, even if he is a toy poodle,
he rides in wife’s lap as a lap poodle!! Loves to ride in car.

In years past, one of our neighbors transplanted a 383 Dodge V8 in
to a Hupmobile Skylark. the skyloark used the Codt tools to make a
unibody car. The torque of the V8 created noticeable wrinkles in
the roof skin!! The doors neede regular ehanging, but o’wise, a
very nice looking car with deceiving power.

Why would LPG and supercharging be compatible?

Carl–
The original message included these comments:

I’m facing a really hard decision here;). It started out
simple: I bought a Californian XJ Ser I and a '95 XJR-6
engine with the intention of a ‘‘merge’’ between the two.
Since then I also bought a '75 XJ Coupe which I relieved of
the XK engine. Both now sit side-by side awaiting a heart
transplant so to speak. The Coupe has a long MOT but I
wonder if it’ll stand the massive torque. It’s also legally
LPG approved and LPG and supercharging dn’t quite match…
The Ser I is rust free but requires additional work (paint,
interior). Easy acces for my dog is a factor as well;)
I wonder which you’d choose? Either one would be a brilliant


Carl Hutchins
Walnut Creek, California, United States
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In reply to a message from cadjag sent Mon 31 Mar 2008:

ok, fours doors it is;)
Miy dog’s a Rhodesian Ridgeback that thinks he’s a toy
poodle (ie. there’s nothing better than sitting on the boss’
lap despite weighing 85 odd lbs:).
LPG and supercharging only work when you inject the LPG
rather than use a conventional mixer ring. With
supercharging a backfire is a big nono since the 'charger
may disintegrate. LPG injecting is about US 2K more
expensive that the conventional system.
I was leaning toward the idea of an XJR N/A Coupe on LPG for
everyday use and an XJR S/C powered SerI as a weekend
warrior. However that would mean I’d be saying goodbye to
the DD6 for which I’ve just bought an X300 V12 (coming to
Stoneleigh with an empty trailer…:wink:
BTW Stoneleigh: anyone else going there? I will be at the
greasy burger stall at 1 PM wearing a rather silly orange
cap for anyone willing to meet up and have a chat (no stall
this time). Be there on time as I don’t intend to keep the
cap on for longer than needed;)

cheers,–
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4 doors for the dog!
Why would LPG and supercharging be compatible?


Arnoud
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In reply to a message from Arnoud sent Mon 31 Mar 2008:

Sorry Arnoud I have to disagree I used to run a Lancia Trevi
Volumex which was supercharged & Running on LPG fed by a
simple sandwich plate mixer under the carb. The previous
owner had the system installed in Belgium & ran the car for
a staggering 500000Km with this set up it worked fine just
needed a head job every 100000 KIlos. the manifold had a
relief valve in case of overpressure (backfire) but the
Abarth supercharger was a robust beast although it could
possibly have been knocked out of index by a backfire
(instant death!)as the gears were only a press fit to allow
rotor setting. I later rebuilt the engine & ran it on petrol
LPG was hard to come by in UK in those days.–
The original message included these comments:

LPG and supercharging only work when you inject the LPG
rather than use a conventional mixer ring. With
supercharging a backfire is a big nono since the 'charger
may disintegrate. LPG injecting is about US 2K more


Keith Turner '79 XJ6 based Aristocat,
Swansea, United Kingdom
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