I can say now that the car is in a fairly good state, in fact much better than my previous XJ was when I started on that 20 years ago! So I think I´ll make it a rolling restoration project and skip the X300 conversion this time. A manual box and a longer (LS) diff might be a good idea though
Of course it has some metal worm in the first and last 5 cm of the sills, and a little on the ends of the wheel arcs and the plates under the rear bumper. Not too hard to fix.
On the positive side it still has the original sheet metal front fenders, and they are in good shape, The floor and the jacking points are in really good order. Doors, bonnet and trunk lid are all rust free!
Someone put a stainless exhaust on it.
Inside I find a really nice wooden steering wheel. I think it´s a Nardi. All the carpets are very nice and clean and the underlying felt is quite OK. Heating controls are fine, Instruments are fine. The clock still works (!). I will need a new headliner, and draft excluders all round. The foam in seat cushions and head rests in front has deteriorated, The leather needs to be cleaned and touched up. Minor things…
The mechanics will be needing some attention. It runs smooth and quiet, no tappet noise or other rattles, but the head gaasket is blown and the power steering need a complete overhaul. The carbs as well. These will be the first tasks on the work sheet.
I would also like to convert it to LHD, so if anyone has the bits needed or perhaps only a spare LHD steering rack, I´d be very interested !