Hi Eric -
Thanks for the compliment! I will attempt an answer re engine
cleaning separately, but it will be long so I may do it in two or
three posts. Meanwhile I did not want you to think that I was just
ignoring your post.
The battery in my XJ6 actually does not fit properly, but it was the
one that was in the car when I got it. It is an Interstate Batteries
Megatron MT-75, 660CCA, with side terminals. This battery is actually
3/4 inch too short, and the PO had had a spacer placed under the
battery to bring it up to the correct height. The correct size
(approximately) would be 9.25" wide by 7.25" deep by 8.25" high. And
yes, the battery bracket bolts to the captive nut at the firewall.
I can’t comment on the battery as to quality, except to say that it
was 2 years old when I got the car, is now 4.5+ years old, and has
not been the source of any problems. But I know nothing at all about
Interstate batteries as a brand other than this experience, and the
fact that I have seen both positive and (mildly) negative comments on
this and other lists. NAYYY… I will try to find something that fits
better when the time comes to replace it.
85 VdP6, Josephine, 77K miles
86 VdP12, Gypsy, 117K kms
At 22:19 -0800 1.3.02, Eric Mitchell wrote:>Hi Loudon,
Wow, very nice engine bay. I wonder if you would answer a couple of
I notice you’ve got a “tee” style battery bracket. I’ve got one as well,
but haven’t found a battery to use it with. What kind of battery did you
find that would accept the bracket? If I understand the bracket, it is
supposed to bolt into the fixed nut back near the firewall, right?
Now on the engine bay, it really looks great. Mine’s a bit (!) dirty/oily.
I’m having it steam cleaned in a couple of weeks to gain a good head start,
but then it will be up to me to stay on top of it. Have you got any
suggestions on what has worked for you?
The archives and FAQ will answer many queries on the XJ series…
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