[xj-s] Convertible top: remove or mask off?

Hi all,

The other '95 Convertible finally made it to my garage (long
story and I’ll tell about that later).
I’m going to have it painted this week, so it needs to be
stripped. The one thing I wonder is if it’s possible to
remove the soft top just from the rear deck (I don’t want to
remove it completely if there’s no real need. The
alternative is masking it off, but I’m not too sure about that.
I have been thinking about changing the colour (RR Midnight
Blue was an option), but BRG suits the car fine I think. The
crappy chrome headlight surrounds will be painted body
colour as well and I’ve got the proper facelift rear deck
spoiler too (measurements for the fixing points wanted!:).
I’m thinking of fitting some TR7 bonnet vents as well.
After paint the engine/tranny will be ripped out and
replaced by an XJR-6 engine and manual (290) gearbox, which
should make it quick enough for most (for me anyway:D–
Arnoud
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In reply to a message from Arnoud sent Sun 26 Oct 2008:

My car is a '90, but, I would guess the later models are very
similar in their top fixings.

It is not that hard to release the top from the body at the rear.
There is a steel cable that holds this in place, and you will need
to remove the two side coverings to gain access to the nuts that
hold this cable taut. I would imagine it is possible to simply
loosen these to gain enough slack to pull the top back.

-M.–
Mike, 1990 5.3 XJS Conv., 5-speed, SE-ECU, TT Extractors
Lakewood, OH, United States
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In reply to a message from Arnoud sent Sun 26 Oct 2008:

Hi Arnoud, its a little early right now, still enjoying my first
cup of coffee. But, I’ll be out messing with the Jags later, and
I’ll try to remember to take some measurements on my spoiler
location. I’m assuming you want the typicle side to side
measurements, and, from the rear edge of the trunk lid?–
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spoiler too (measurements for the fixing points wanted!:).


Keith Hodges, 1985 XJ6, 1995 XJS 2+2 Convertible, 6.0l V-12
Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
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In reply to a message from Arnoud sent Sun 26 Oct 2008:

Arnoud, went out a few ago, made some pictures, and they should
show up on my photo album shortly. As you’ll see from the photos,
the spoiler is centered, obviously, so no measurement is really
necessary. From the back of the mounting bracket under the
spoiler, using a flexable tape measure, 5 1/8 inches to the lower
edge of the chrome strip across the trunk lid. A picture is worth
a 1000 words, so when the pictures show up, you’ll see what I’m
talking about. Anyway, I’m not well versed in the metric system,
but the 5 1/8 inches is about equal to 13, cm, or mm,?, or whatever
the measurement is.–
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spoiler too (measurements for the fixing points wanted!:).


Keith Hodges, 1985 XJ6, 1995 XJS 2+2 Convertible, 6.0l V-12
Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
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In reply to a message from Arnoud sent Sun 26 Oct 2008:

Just a little reminder, when you put the spoiler on your xjs, if
you still have the automatic antenna, be sure to wait until it goes
down before opening your boot lid, the spoiler can, and will,
damage the antenna when it comes in contact with it.–
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spoiler too (measurements for the fixing points wanted!:).


Keith Hodges, 1985 XJ6, 1995 XJS 2+2 Convertible, 6.0l V-12
Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
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In reply to a message from Keith Hodges sent Sun 26 Oct 2008:

Thanks guys,

this should help me (I’ll report back).
Meanwhile I ran into the problem of removing the front
bumper (which needs a crack fixed before paint): do I take
the plastic cover off (those plastic screws are a nightmare)
or can I remove the whole thing with steel bar etc.? I
expected to find two 19mm (or 3/4’’) bolts like on XJ40 and
X300 but instead there’s two nuts; the bolts stay in place
and prevent the steel bar from coming off…–
Arnoud
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In reply to a message from Arnoud sent Sun 26 Oct 2008:

The Screws are actually a plastic rivet of sorts. I chiseled mine
off. I still have a few around, Maybe even the part number. I’ll
see what I can find tommorrow afternoon if you’d like.

Dan–
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Meanwhile I ran into the problem of removing the front
bumper (which needs a crack fixed before paint): do I take
the plastic cover off (those plastic screws are a nightmare)
or can I remove the whole thing with steel bar etc.? I
expected to find two 19mm (or 3/4’’) bolts like on XJ40 and
X300 but instead there’s two nuts; the bolts stay in place
and prevent the steel bar from coming off…
Arnoud


Dan Cusick 1994 xjs 4.0L
Peru, Illinois, United States
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