[xj] Front Valence?

Hello Jaguar Aficiondos,
After my unfortunate breakdown on friday, [I had to get towed away] such a
sad sight for a Jaguar. :frowning:
It turns out my alternator died. I had replaced it with a rebuilt one that
costs $150 dollars + two hours of labor. But now she runs great again. My
mechanic took out the old one from the bottom and he did not like the idea
of using a GM in place of the smog pump.
My question is this: I had removed the lower front plastic valence [under
and behind where the front license plate sits ]. I am cleaning up the
radiator area of leaves, twigs etc…] you would be amazed at how much junk
gets collected under there. I found bolts, rocks and part of a comic book!
Would it be necessary to replace the valence? Is it important. Has anyone
every made a “better” one? Is it for air flow?

Regards, Michael

1985 xj6 VDP

with a new alternator!!===================================================
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Plastic valence? I can’t visualize this. Directly behind the front bumper
is a long, plastic filler panel to close the gap between the bumper and the
body.

Underneath, directly below the radiator is a sheet-metal panel about, oh,
the width of the radiator and maybe 10" wide. You’d need to remove this to
replace the alternator. Is this what you mean ?

I’d leave it in place. Not sure what it’s design function is …it may
prevent a pressure area from developing behind the radiator which, of
course, would be a bad thing.

Doug Dwyer
Longview, Washington USA

My question is this: I had removed the lower front plastic valence [under
and behind where the front license plate sits ]. I am cleaning up the
radiator area of leaves, twigs etc…] you would be amazed at how much
junk
gets collected under there. I found bolts, rocks and part of a comic
book!----- Original Message -----
From: “Michael O’Donnell” 4michael@concentric.net
Would it be necessary to replace the valence? Is it important. Has anyone
every made a “better” one? Is it for air flow?

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In a message dated 8/11/01 6:01:03 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
DWYERD@email.msn.com writes:

Underneath, directly below the radiator is a sheet-metal panel about, oh,
the width of the radiator and maybe 10" wide. You’d need to remove this to
replace the alternator. Is this what you mean ?

I’d leave it in place. Not sure what it’s design function is …it may
prevent a pressure area from developing behind the radiator which, of
course, would be a bad thing.

Doug. I only know that if you drive in the snow without it your engine
compartment quikly fills up with snow. I believe another lister had the same
experience with his V-12.
Regards Bob===================================================
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In a message dated 8/11/01 6:01:03 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
DWYERD@email.msn.com writes:

Underneath, directly below the radiator is a sheet-metal panel about, oh,
the width of the radiator and maybe 10" wide. You’d need to remove this to
replace the alternator. Is this what you mean ?

I’d leave it in place. Not sure what it’s design function is …it may
prevent a pressure area from developing behind the radiator which, of
course, would be a bad thing.

Damm AOL spell check. That was supposed to be QUICKLY

Bob.===================================================
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Doug. I only know that if you drive in the snow without it your engine
compartment quikly fills up with snow. I believe another lister had the
same
experience with his V-12.

“Jaguar on ice”, eh ?

I’ve seen similar on other cars, and wheel wells so packed the front wheels
could not be turn to the left or right. Yikes !

Cheers,
DougFrom: Peddlarbob@aol.com

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Our Sprite’s rad even got so snow packed years ago the engine boiled over!–
Alex
79xj6L SII (BRG + wires)
86xj6 SIII (Black)
61 Sprite MkII (Red)
Menlo Park, Calif.

Doug Dwyer wrote:

From: Peddlarbob@aol.com

Doug. I only know that if you drive in the snow without it your engine
compartment quikly fills up with snow. I believe another lister had the
same
experience with his V-12.

“Jaguar on ice”, eh ?

I’ve seen similar on other cars, and wheel wells so packed the front wheels
could not be turn to the left or right. Yikes !

Cheers,
Doug

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Michael, sorry about the tow. While you’re under there, get some 1/4" nylon
spacers (e.g., Servalite 637-E) that will fit the bolts that hold the front
valence to the bottom of the rad frame. Remove the bolts and put the spacers
between the rad and the valence and then redo the bolts. This will give an
exit slot for all the water and small tools that fall down from above.–
Alex
79xj6L SII (BRG + wires)
86xj6 SIII (Black)
61 Sprite MkII (Red)
Menlo Park, Calif.

Michael O’Donnell wrote:

Hello Jaguar Aficiondos,
After my unfortunate breakdown on friday, [I had to get towed away] such a
sad sight for a Jaguar. :frowning:
It turns out my alternator died. I had replaced it with a rebuilt one that
costs $150 dollars + two hours of labor. But now she runs great again. My
mechanic took out the old one from the bottom and he did not like the idea
of using a GM in place of the smog pump.
My question is this: I had removed the lower front plastic valence [under
and behind where the front license plate sits ]. I am cleaning up the
radiator area of leaves, twigs etc…] you would be amazed at how much junk
gets collected under there. I found bolts, rocks and part of a comic book!
Would it be necessary to replace the valence? Is it important. Has anyone
every made a “better” one? Is it for air flow?

Regards, Michael

1985 xj6 VDP

with a new alternator!!

Menlo Park, Calif.

===================================================
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