[xj] Just Bragging!

My Pepperpot wheel project is 99.9% completed. Tires have
been remounted and are back on the car. She looks a lot
better now than when she was on the jack stands that
supported her while I took my sweet time refinishing the wheels.

As I mentioned before I am super impressed with the quality
of the AutoGlym wheel silver paint. After a few coats of
clear coat over the top of the AutoGlym one would be hard
pressed to tell the difference between my efforts and a
brand new OEM wheel. My worst effort was the wheel I had
designated as the spare and that was only because I didn’t
take as much care in preparation on that wheel. As it is you
have to look really close to see the imperfections.

Here is a link to my PhotoBucket album that I have updated
to show the Pepperpots.

I said, I am 99.9% complete. I still haven’t heard back from
Robert Laughton on his offer for a hold down bolt. I am
guessing he is still off camping someplace, see his previous
post.

My wife doesn’t share my passion for Jaguars. When she asked
me ‘‘why’’ did I replace 4 apparently nice wire wheels with
these wheels I replied it was all Gregory Andrachuck’s
fault. Ever since he sent me a picture of his black cherry
mistress a couple of years ago I have wanted Pepperpots.
Simply put, to me they look ‘‘quintessential’’ Jaguar!!!

NOTE TO CARL HUTCHINS: My Michelin X P215/70R15 radial tire
mounted on a Pepperpot wheel just fits in the spare tire
well. It is snug but I can still latch the 1/4 turn
fastener. See if that works for you on one of your old Kent
wheels. Probably really don’t need the tie down bolt but I
still want it to make it right.–
Gordon S. Tompkins ('73 XJ6, '85 XJ6 & '03 S-Type)
Springville, CA, United States
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In reply to a message from GSTompkins sent Fri 19 Aug 2011:

Forgot to mention in my previous post. Here is what really
impressed my wife.

I bought the Pepperpots somewhat locally and the price was
actually quite reasonable without humongous shipping
charges. The Pepperpots came to me with 5 tires on them, 4
were pretty good. I sold the tires locally for a reasonable
price. I sold the wire wheels to a guy in the mid-west who
was happy to get them. My virtually brand new Kent spare
wheel I sold cheaply to Bill Cooper. Cost almost as much to
ship it to Bill as the price on the wheel.

After all the fooling around and mounting/dismounting of
tires etc I came out just about even in money. I did buy
some new center caps because the ones that came with the
wheels were junk. So that was an extra I didn’t tell her
about. As far as she is concerned I am only out my labor.
Judging by the ‘‘honeydo’’ list she doesn’t place much value
on that anyway!–
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My Pepperpot wheel project is 99.9% completed. Tires have
been remounted and are back on the car. She looks a lot
better now than when she was on the jack stands that
supported her while I took my sweet time refinishing the wheels.


Gordon S. Tompkins ('73 XJ6, '85 XJ6 & '03 S-Type)
Springville, CA, United States
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In reply to a message from GSTompkins sent Fri 19 Aug 2011:

Very Nice…I am always on the XJ40 Forum…but like to pop in here
and take a look…You have a very nice Jag…Clean, everything put
in it’s place…Glad to know I am not the only one with OCD when it
comes to Jaguar :slight_smile: just kidding… Great Great job and sure worth
the effort you did with the wheels…Outstanding Cheers :)–
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My Pepperpot wheel project is 99.9% completed. Tires have
supported her while I took my sweet time refinishing the wheels.
Here is a link to my PhotoBucket album that I have updated
to show the Pepperpots.


Hello…Everyone… Don here 1988 XJ6 ok … Yes XJ40…:slight_smile:
Sacramento,CA, United States
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In reply to a message from DL Don sent Fri 19 Aug 2011:

Gordon:

The wheels sure look nice. Actually, the whole rig looks just
great. But, that car would look great on almost anything that looks
like a tire and wheel.

Ypou might remind Mrs. T of Mrs. G’s outlook on Jaguar time.
she would rather have hom in the garage caressing the flanks of the
Jaguar than other flanks elsewhere.

Idea. I’ll try one of the takeoff’s on a Kent. That tire might
just be a tad skinnier than the one that came with the car when I
got it, that was in the spare well.

I found some center caps on E bay. Four nice ones and one just
passable. Not the quality of the caps that were on the Kents,
plastic in lieu of metal??

My son came on a set of really good quality knock offs for wires.
Solid brass. Pristine but for the patina of polish having removed
the chrome in places revealing nice brass. Ah, that is when they
got it right.

Carl–
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My Pepperpot wheel project is 99.9% completed. Tires have
supported her while I took my sweet time refinishing the wheels.
Here is a link to my PhotoBucket album that I have updated
to show the Pepperpots.


Carl Hutchins 1983 Jaguar XJ6 with LT1 and 1994 Jeep Grand
Walnut Creek, California, United States
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In reply to a message from DL Don sent Fri 19 Aug 2011:

Well done Gordon. The car is looking great and the wheels look
right at home (it’s how we are used to seeing series 3’s in this
country).–
Neville S1 XJ12, Megasquirt ECU
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In reply to a message from GSTompkins sent Fri 19 Aug 2011:

Very nice work on the Pepperpots, Gordon, and a very

clean looking 85 indeed. What is the color designation? It
looks very similar to my DD6’s Steel Metallic color which
I’ve only seen listed as a 1986 color option.

Does your wife know about the 7'' headlight and attache'

tool kit purchases too?–
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My Pepperpot wheel project is 99.9% completed. Tires have
been remounted and are back on the car. She looks a lot
better now than when she was on the jack stands that
My wife doesn’t share my passion for Jaguars. When she asked
me ‘‘why’’ did I replace 4 apparently nice wire wheels with
these wheels I replied it was all Gregory Andrachuck’s
fault. Ever since he sent me a picture of his black cherry
mistress a couple of years ago I have wanted Pepperpots.
Simply put, to me they look ‘‘quintessential’’ Jaguar!!!
Gordon S. Tompkins ('73 XJ6, '85 XJ6 & '03 S-Type)
Springville, CA, United States


Phil W - 87XJ6, 86DD6, 85Sov, 74E, 67DQ450, 67DR450, 67Mk2
Arkansas, United States
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In reply to a message from Phil in Ar sent Sat 20 Aug 2011:

Thank you all for the compliments!!! I have actually enjoyed
owning and working on this car a lot. When I first got the
car it was mechanically just fine but was a disaster
electricity wise. I now have a better understanding of what
Carl Hutchins calls ‘‘electrickery’’. Sorted out a lot of the
usual connections, blown fuses and things all of a sudden
were right, amazing! Since then she has been very trouble
free and I have enjoyed the experience immensely.

Color code is JDM which I believe translates to Cobalt Blue
Metallic. This apparently was an early attempt at a color
shift paint. There is a very noticeable color change in this
car when viewed from different angles and lighting
conditions. Normally I am drawn to any shade of red but have
really grown to like and appreciate this color as well as my
2003 Seafrost S-Type.

No, she does not know of any of the up & extra expenditures
on the car. I pass them off as ‘‘necessary maintenance’’, so
far that has worked. We will see how long that will last.

By the way, all you Leatherique customers in Canada, Robert
Laughton has returned from camping and is catching up on
things.–
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Very nice work on the Pepperpots, Gordon, and a very

clean looking 85 indeed. What is the color designation? It
looks very similar to my DD6’s Steel Metallic color which
I’ve only seen listed as a 1986 color option.
Does your wife know about the 7’’ headlight and attache’
tool kit purchases too?


Gordon S. Tompkins ('73 XJ6, '85 XJ6 & '03 S-Type)
Springville, CA, United States
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In reply to a message from GSTompkins sent Sat 20 Aug 2011:

One of the tricks I learned in electrickery was the finger roll!!!
I named it after former NBA star wilt chamberlains version of the
modern day dunk. he would go up just a trifle so that an extenmded
arm was at hoop level and let the ball roll of his finegers into
the hoop.

I found that just rolling a finger on the fuses, in an errant fuse
box, causing the fuses to roll in their supports cured many
electrical gremlins !

Years ago, I was fueling my somewhat newly acquired Jaguar. a lady
there for the same purpose admired it, and expressed ,her having to
sell her beloved Jaguar because it’s electrical woes were drioving
her to the poor house. I thohght to myself, ‘‘oh, what I have done
this time?.’’

In almost every electricl issue, it is wiring or connectors and
seldom a component.

In my past history with domestic cars, when a head lamp goes olut,
just change it. Diid that on the Jaguar, uh, uh. No fix!! Bad
ground. Well, I left the new seal beam ion place and the original
is now a spare. Yes, it is the 5 1/4 outboard lamp!! Although the
7’s look good, not enough better for me to make the expenditure.

Well, I seem to have fopund the answer to this machines hanging on
Microsoft automatic up date installation. it just notifies me and
I’ll choose, install or leave it be. Contrary to some expert
opinions, I’ll choose the latter.

Carl–
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electricity wise. I now have a better understanding of what
Carl Hutchins calls ‘‘electrickery’’. Sorted out a lot of the
usual connections, blown fuses and things all of a sudden
were right, amazing! Since then she has been very trouble
free and I have enjoyed the experience immensely.


Carl Hutchins 1983 Jaguar XJ6 with LT1 and 1994 Jeep Grand
Walnut Creek, California, United States
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In reply to a message from GSTompkins sent Sat 20 Aug 2011:

Gordon, your car looks beautiful. Nice selection of photos as
well.

I have taken to indulging some of that ‘‘necessary maintenance’’
on both my Jaguar and myself these days. Your wife might be
enjoying that category of expenditure as well so you may
actually have nothing to fear if she learns of yours :wink:

Kim–
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No, she does not know of any of the up & extra expenditures
on the car. I pass them off as ‘‘necessary maintenance’’, so
far that has worked. We will see how long that will last.


1987 XJ6 Series III VdP Silver Birch
Monterey Peninsula, California, United States
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Gordon:

The wheels look perfect! I agree with your assessment of the AutoGlym paint

  • in fact all their products are first-rate.
    With regard to my culpability in your current life of Jaguar addiction, I
    acknowledge responsibility in sending you that photo of my V12 Vanden Plas.
    The sight of that car has caused similar problems with other people.

Gregory,
Victoria, Canada-----Original Message-----
From: owner-xj@jag-lovers.org [mailto:owner-xj@jag-lovers.org] On Behalf Of
GSTompkins
Sent: August-19-11 10:26 AM
To: xj@jag-lovers.org
Subject: [xj] Just Bragging!!!

My Pepperpot wheel project is 99.9% completed.

My wife doesn’t share my passion for Jaguars. When she asked
me ‘‘why’’ did I replace 4 apparently nice wire wheels with
these wheels I replied it was all Gregory Andrachuk’s
fault. Ever since he sent me a picture of his black cherry
mistress a couple of years ago I have wanted Pepperpots.
Simply put, to me they look ‘‘quintessential’’ Jaguar!!!

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In reply to a message from Dr Gregory Andrachuk sent Sun 21 Aug 2011:

A lot more practical than wires easier to clean - wires on
an XJ mmmmm…
I had Pepperpots on my last XJ they really do look good.–
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My wife doesn’t share my passion for Jaguars. When she asked
me ‘‘why’’ did I replace 4 apparently nice wire wheels with
these wheels I replied it was all Gregory Andrachuk’s
fault. Ever since he sent me a picture of his black cherry


Keith Turner '79 XJ6 based Aristocat,
Swansea, United Kingdom
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In reply to a message from GSTompkins sent Sat 20 Aug 2011:

Well, Gordon, It sounds like you have a good system going, but I
remember a fellow who collected firearms who said his greatest fear
of death was that his wife would sell his guns for what he told her
he paid for them.–
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In reply to a message from Phil in Ar sent Sat 20 Aug 2011:
No, she does not know of any of the up & extra expenditures
on the car. I pass them off as ‘‘necessary maintenance’’, so
far that has worked. We will see how long that will last.
Gordon S. Tompkins ('73 XJ6, '85 XJ6 & '03 S-Type)


Phil W - 87XJ6, 86DD6, 85Sov, 74E, 67DQ450, 67DR450, 67Mk2
Arkansas, United States
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