As near as I can tell, when these cars were first put together at the
factory, the whole affair started with 2 washer nozzles moving alone down
the assembly line, and slowly other items were added around them until at
last there was a complete XK 120.
When I took my car apart for painting the nozzles were the last thing to
come out…and the first things to go back in. It is very tight up there
under the cowl and a lot of stuff goes in there (nozzles and hoses,
defroster diffusers and hoses, wiper spindles and drive cables, wiring.
If the defroster hoses and wiper rack are in place, I do not think you can
gain access to the nozzles from below. The defroster hoses themselves are a
bit difficult to fit if everything else is in place. Especially if they are
the originals, because the originals are easy to damage. The hoses make
some pretty tight bends and it is necessary to gain good position to seat
It may be possible to get at these components by unscrewing the full width
dash and tilting it into the cockpit…which would entail removing the
steering wheel, I believe. That, in turn entails removing the mannette.
None of these jobs are particularly onerous, just sort of fiddly.
You need to be very gentle with the wiring for the mannette, and the little
circlip that holds the steering wheel in place has a way of popping off and
flying somewhere. Usually there is a moment of silence after the circlip
pops off, during which it is airborne. Then you hear a distant “clink” as
it lands in some undiscoverable location. At least they are available for a
buck or two.
Aw heck, who needs windscreen washers anyway? As others have said, just use
1962 Mark 2, 3.8 MOD
1954 XK 120SE OTS, S674946
Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2001 07:59:17 EDT
Subject: Re: [xk] Washer Bottle Tubing
Went to install the washer bottle tubing last night. Everything went well
untill I had to make the final commection to the spray nozzels. Can anyone
tell me how to access the underside of the spray nozzels to make tha final
connection? I tried to reach from below but could fit my hand through. I
tried from the front of the controles but the defroster ductwork was in the
Andy XK120 OTS #675881