[xj] Long trip, long report

@GALPO

2251 miles of pure pleasure except for negotiating San Francisco in each
direction. The freeways were jammed solid at 3.30 pm. I left home at 6.50 am
on Friday with tanks full and a can of Techron in each and dropped the wife
off at work at 7.15. She hates long car trips so I had to forego the pleasure
of her cheerful chatter and helpful advice. Ah, well. I made up for it by
listening to the muted purr of the motor and the unremitting tick of the
quartz clock.
My route was up the 101 to San Louis Obispo, then over to the coast and up
Hwy 1 since temperatures inland were up in the high 90’s. Then it was 300
miles of gorgeous California coastline at 72 degrees with a little fog here
and there Stopped at Bir Sur and near Monterey for snacks. Got the usual
“What year is that?” and “Looks great” comments. Can a Jag have a self
satisfied smirk? It took 2 hours to do the 40 miles through SFO, across the
Golden Gate Bridge and through San Rafael then much better traffic to
Sacramento in 95 degree heat. I was watching the gauges closely but the new
fan clutch did the trick and the highest reading I saw was 100 in stationary
traffic. I had a pleasant visit with my younger daughter, then on the
Interstate 5 again at 9.15 pm through Redding and at last into Oregon where
all the Motels were full for some reason, so I dropped the passenger seat
back down in a rest area and rested till daybreak, 4.30 am just North of
Medford. A quick check of the car and back on the road again to Albany and an
enjoyable three days with my older daughter and son in law just relaxing and
exploring the beautiful green woods.and riversides. It’s a beautiful part of
the country and great people. Wednesday morning with tanks full I was on the
way home at 5.15 am. This time it was pedal to the metal and I just clicked
on the cruise control at 70 and let Mellow Yellow do the work. Each time a
tank emptied I switched over and stopped for a refill. A lot of people were
passing me at 70 but what the heck. I shall still be driving a car of
historical interest when their cars are history. At Williams I took a minor
road over to Calistoga, where the mineral springs are and then to Santa Rosa
and so down to San Francisco again at 4 pm. Stopped for an hour to eat and
got lost in San Jose for a while, but at least it had cooled down a bit, then
another 400 miles of Interstate 5 to get home at 1.30 am. 20 hours on the
road but still fresh thanks to a great car.
Problems. None except for a odd cruise control glitch which I shall research
before turning it over to the list. Used half a pint of oil and lost no
coolant. Averaged 18 mpg.
I need to rebuild the front suspension, replace the door seals, fix the
radio, replace the speedo cable, check out the door lock solenoids and
switches, and install the correct tires.
Wish list. A cruise control button to drop speed as well as increase it. 6
way power drivers seat seat. As much money as Bill Gates to do all the above.
Great car, great trip, thanks Mellow Yellow and thanks to all of you for
listening to me, and for all the help and info I’ve received on this list.
Ron P
80 Ser lll Mellow Yellow
81 SDV
87 Olds===================================================
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“Dr Gregory Andrachuk” mgb@uvvm.uvic.ca

Ron: no engine fires? no coolant disappearance? no mysterious sudden and
major engine shutdown? What will this do to the Jaguar myth? Now you’ve done
it. People will start to get the idea that well maintained Jaguars are
reliable and then the prices will go up and then…
Gregory----- Original Message -----
From: GALPO@aol.com
To: xj@jag-lovers.org
Sent: viernes, 23 de junio de 2000 6:23
Subject: [xj] Long trip, long report

GALPO@aol.com

2251 miles of pure pleasure except for negotiating San Francisco in each
direction. The freeways were jammed solid at 3.30 pm. I left home at 6.50
am
on Friday with tanks full and a can of Techron in each and dropped the
wife
off at work at 7.15. She hates long car trips so I had to forego the
pleasure
of her cheerful chatter and helpful advice. Ah, well. I made up for it by
listening to the muted purr of the motor and the unremitting tick of the
quartz clock.
My route was up the 101 to San Louis Obispo, then over to the coast and up
Hwy 1 since temperatures inland were up in the high 90’s. Then it was 300
miles of gorgeous California coastline at 72 degrees with a little fog
here
and there Stopped at Bir Sur and near Monterey for snacks. Got the usual
“What year is that?” and “Looks great” comments. Can a Jag have a self
satisfied smirk? It took 2 hours to do the 40 miles through SFO, across
the
Golden Gate Bridge and through San Rafael then much better traffic to
Sacramento in 95 degree heat. I was watching the gauges closely but the
new
fan clutch did the trick and the highest reading I saw was 100 in
stationary
traffic. I had a pleasant visit with my younger daughter, then on the
Interstate 5 again at 9.15 pm through Redding and at last into Oregon
where
all the Motels were full for some reason, so I dropped the passenger seat
back down in a rest area and rested till daybreak, 4.30 am just North of
Medford. A quick check of the car and back on the road again to Albany and
an
enjoyable three days with my older daughter and son in law just relaxing
and
exploring the beautiful green woods.and riversides. It’s a beautiful part
of
the country and great people. Wednesday morning with tanks full I was on
the
way home at 5.15 am. This time it was pedal to the metal and I just
clicked
on the cruise control at 70 and let Mellow Yellow do the work. Each time a
tank emptied I switched over and stopped for a refill. A lot of people
were
passing me at 70 but what the heck. I shall still be driving a car of
historical interest when their cars are history. At Williams I took a
minor
road over to Calistoga, where the mineral springs are and then to Santa
Rosa
and so down to San Francisco again at 4 pm. Stopped for an hour to eat and
got lost in San Jose for a while, but at least it had cooled down a bit,
then
another 400 miles of Interstate 5 to get home at 1.30 am. 20 hours on the
road but still fresh thanks to a great car.
Problems. None except for a odd cruise control glitch which I shall
research
before turning it over to the list. Used half a pint of oil and lost no
coolant. Averaged 18 mpg.
I need to rebuild the front suspension, replace the door seals, fix the
radio, replace the speedo cable, check out the door lock solenoids and
switches, and install the correct tires.
Wish list. A cruise control button to drop speed as well as increase it. 6
way power drivers seat seat. As much money as Bill Gates to do all the
above.
Great car, great trip, thanks Mellow Yellow and thanks to all of you for
listening to me, and for all the help and info I’ve received on this list.
Ron P
80 Ser lll Mellow Yellow
81 SDV
87 Olds

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MillTech MillTech@Pacbell.net

GALPO@aol.com wrote:

GALPO@aol.com
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A cruise control button to drop speed as well as increase it. 6

way power drivers seat seat. As much money as Bill Gates to do all the above.
Great car, great trip, thanks Mellow Yellow and thanks to all of you for
listening to me, and for all the help and info I’ve received on this list.
Ron P

Ron,

Nice trip. You are right about the cruise control. Do any of the
electrically superior have an idea as to what circuitry would be
required.

Regards,

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@GALPO

In a message dated 6/23/00 12:08:08 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
mgb@UVVM.UVIC.CA writes:

Ron: no engine fires? no coolant disappearance?

No Dr. Gregory, however I did find an oil drop on the garage floor in the
morning, about the size of a quarter. Should I worry yet?

People will start to get the idea that well maintained Jaguars are reliable
and then >the prices will go up and then…

Hey, I’ve got mine. Go up, go up.
I did have one strange problem. with cruise control on at 70 mph suddenly the
car started accelerating. I braked gently which stopped it for a moment but
it started again. I turned off CC and it stopped. I blipped the CC button a
few times, turned on the CC, still accelerating. I turned off the CC and
tried it again 2 hours later and it worked OK and has ever since. It was
about 92 degrees out when it failed. Any theories anyone? Was Mellow Yellow
showing her annoyance at my lack of reaction when that VW bus passed us doing
80?
Ron P.
80 Ser lll Mellow Yellow
91 SDV
87 Olds===================================================
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