Greetings Jag lovers,
As I approach retirement I’m seeking a project car -which from what I’ve read in the forums so far, describes any Jaguar up to and including the Series III XJ6! Therefore, I have tentatively decided on that car as a target for my search. My novice-to-Jags self has come under the impression that they are not horrific rust buckets, and underappreciated due to a perception that they are unreliable -and therefore relatively cheap. I am wary of this impression because it has mostly come from on-line research. One of the reasons I joined the group is to get honest information from mechanics and owners. So feel free to correct my impressions! I have always thought the cars themselves are beautiful, so to have a clean, good running one would be a joy (or so it seems!)
After driving small, reliable commuter cars for the past 30 years (and I’m keeping the current one) I’m ready to turn the corner and have the full-on, engine apart, seized nuts, grease-stained manual experience! Speaking of manuals, one of the first projects I would like to tackle is to swap in a 5-speed transmission. (Why should the ROW have all the fun?) Another project I would equally enjoy is increasing the horsepower. With 4.2 liters it seems SOMETHING can be done to surprise a 5-series or Mercedes driver.
On that last topic, if the six is an impractical place to start, (because of scarcity of performance parts, for example) there’s the XJ12. It probably has the HP I’m looking for out right of the box but one look under the hood is not inspiring. Are there any opinions in the group as to which choice -XJ6 or XJ12 – can bring better satisfaction? Is one or the other a better candidate for a 5-speed conversion?