I happened to run across something very interesting in the ‘‘New
Zealand’’ Jag repair manual (IIRC, or perhaps it was in the Haynes
manual)last week and it got me a little confused, I think …
Soon after I bought Layla, I noticed upon inspecting her radiator
that she did not seem to have the rubber ‘‘flaps’’ built into her
shroud that I had heard discussed before on the XJ40 forum. These
are the flaps that raise (via ram effect) when the car is up to
speed, to provide additional air flow for cooling through the
radiator. Rather, Layla’s shroud contained instead what appeared
to be black plastic pieces akin to ‘‘blanking plugs’’ in the area
where the flaps should have been based on what I read on here.
I mentioned this discovery some time back on the forum, and a few
members suggested that what appeared to be plastic bits were really
indeed the original rubber flaps that had likely ‘‘petrified’’ over
time and heat. I thought this odd and, further, was disinclined to
believe that explanation after I attempted to ‘‘lift’’ a couple of
these petrified flaps, snapping and breaking same cleanly off of
the shroud, after some sharp pulls, in the process.
The mentioned passage I ran across in the manual stated that ‘‘the
U.K. version of the XJ40 was fitted with rubber flaps for
additional cooling’’, or some such … This particular statement
would seem to indicate that, conversely, NON-U.K. versions were NOT
fitted with such flaps.
If so, the thing with Layla’s plastic bits now makes sense.
Being a N.A. version, the area where the flaps would have been were
instead filled with plastic blanking pieces. (not sure why that
would be, since I would think many places in the U.S. get hotter -
much hotter even - than in the U.K.) …
What do ya’ll think about this?–
& Paul '88 XJ6 VDP 138k (black), '96 XJ6 110K (black)
Garland, Texas, United States
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