[xj] Jag fan and clutch assy-Check Yours Now!

@TMack

Steve:

Well the 1980 Buick Le Sabre fan clutch from NAPA does NOT work on my
engine…the hole is too small for the waterpump shaft to fit inside. It
was $52.00 with tax. I got a refund. (NAPA did have one that was spec’d for
the JAG but it was $190.00.)

Coventry West has one for about $90+. This makes twice now I wish I had just
gone to Greg’s: once for the heated O2 sensor (which I burned up and Advance
would not take back a second time - wrong part # - my bad) and now for the
fan clutch…Instead of being down for an hour I am now going to be out of
commission for several days as I now have other projects to attend
to…$#@%@^!!!

While at it, I checked the condition of the fan and it has a crack in four
places so my timing/luck is good. Only $350+ and she will be as good as new.
It has been awhile since I 've spent any real money on the Jag so I am due.
Glad I jumped on it before the really hot days got upon us. I have done all
this w/o taking the fan shroud off - what a friggin jigsaw puzzle getting the
clutch out first and then the fan! I confess to having loosend the air pump
though. And the P/S pump. Probably wind up having to take the whole radiator
assy out to get the works back in as my short term memory wont last even 1
day…

Regards,
Ted Macklin
85 XJ6 SIII
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Arthur Blackwell <@Arthur_Blackwell>

Hey, if the radiator is out, you might want to rod that too…8-)…

TMack409@aol.com wrote:> TMack409@aol.com

Steve:

Well the 1980 Buick Le Sabre fan clutch from NAPA does NOT work on my
engine…the hole is too small for the waterpump shaft to fit inside. It
was $52.00 with tax. I got a refund. (NAPA did have one that was spec’d for
the JAG but it was $190.00.)

Coventry West has one for about $90+. This makes twice now I wish I had just
gone to Greg’s: once for the heated O2 sensor (which I burned up and Advance
would not take back a second time - wrong part # - my bad) and now for the
fan clutch…Instead of being down for an hour I am now going to be out of
commission for several days as I now have other projects to attend
to…$#@%@^!!!

While at it, I checked the condition of the fan and it has a crack in four
places so my timing/luck is good. Only $350+ and she will be as good as new.
It has been awhile since I 've spent any real money on the Jag so I am due.
Glad I jumped on it before the really hot days got upon us. I have done all
this w/o taking the fan shroud off - what a friggin jigsaw puzzle getting the
clutch out first and then the fan! I confess to having loosend the air pump
though. And the P/S pump. Probably wind up having to take the whole radiator
assy out to get the works back in as my short term memory wont last even 1
day…

Regards,
Ted Macklin
85 XJ6 SIII
135K miles

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Art Blackwell
Denver, CO

" Even in the future nothing works " Dark Helmet " Spaceballs "

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“DOUGLAS DWYER” <@Doug_Dwyer>

Ted et al,
I have heard about the Buick fan clutch swap but knew it may not be as easy
as it sounds. GM cars of that vintage used a variety of different engines
and, not surprisingly, different fan clutch configurations. For example, a
1980 Buick LeSabre could have the Buick design 350 V8 (Vin code X), Olds
type 350 ® or Olds 307 (Y), Pontiac 301 or 350 (Vin code ?) or perhaps
even the famous small block Chevy 350 (Vin code L). So, if you found a GM
“something or another” which works on our Jags, make sure to get the
specific engine info for future reference !

I don’t know, offhand, if it would fit on a Jag but one of the very best fan
clutches was the 78-79 Olds Diesel w/HD cooling option. About $170 (circa
1980 !!) but it really worked. Sounded like a cessa taking off with the prop
set at incorrect pitch ! Start your motor and the leaves blew for 20 feet
all around the car.

Doug Dwyer
Longview, Washington USA

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Well the 1980 Buick Le Sabre fan clutch from NAPA does NOT work on my
engine…the hole is too small for the waterpump shaft to fit inside. It
was $52.00 with tax. I got a refund. (NAPA did have one that was spec’d
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From: TMack409@aol.com
the JAG but it was $190.00.)

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