Or, maintaining the Jaguar rep…
After the forward exhaust manifold went on our SIII this weekend, I gathered
up the spare from an old SII engine, cleaned it and sprayed it to look nice,
and mounted it last night. I use a moly-sulphide grease on exhaust & disc
parts, but it has a vehicle that must burn off later.
This am, went to the usual Wed breakfast with old school chums, but from
working late, was a little late. The engine was just starting to warm up when
I parked at the restaurant. Got inside & sat down and one old friend said
“Hey, your car’s smoking!” There indeed were a few wiffs coming up around the
front of the hood (bonnet…), but I played nonchalant and just said “It’s a Jag”.
Of course, as others started worrying and asking to move to a table away from
the windows, I let on the truth.
After b’fast, I took the Jag up the long hill by VC Gulch to the freeway, for
a few-mile burn out. Coming back on a residential street, the engine was
still a bit smokey, especially in the slow am traffic. A glance in the
rearview mirror caught my attention – the lady in the Toyota right behind was
wildly waving her hand in front of her face, as if to clear the air.
Ahhh yes, it’s a Jag! The smoking ended by the time I was home, but I truly
felt I’d done all I could today to keep the old XJ reputation up and its
acquisition price down.
79xj6L SII (BRG + wires)
86xj6 SIII (Black)
61 Sprite MkII (Red)
Menlo Park, Calif.
The archives and FAQ will answer many queries on the XJ series…
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