[xk] Washer Bottle Tubing

I am installing the washer bottle into my XK120. Can any one give me
direction as to the routing of the tubing. My guess is that the tube from
the vacuum port on the engine goes to the activation button on the dash
panel. Then the tubing goes to through the fire wall (where?) to the top of
the vacuum pump on the washer bottle. The tube from the base of the vacuum
pump then goes to the fitting next to the ID plate to penetrate the fire wall
and then to the spray nozzles. There is an anti syphon valve in hear
somewhere. I have not yet been able to locate one.

Any help would be appreciated.

Also for any north jersey owners, I found a lock smith that had key blanks in
stock. I had two spare sets made. Ask and I will give the location.

Andy
XK120 #675881

Is anybody else having trouble accessing the J-L main page??
Mainly the “Library”?? I can call up other web-sites but not Jag-Lovers…
Andy, what I was going to do was to get you a link to the J-L
library where I believe there is some info on the WSWasher connections as
well as a drawing of an OTS bulkhead showing what goes in what hole… this
will aid you in knowing where to route the washer tubing…
Having a picture to go by beats the hell out of following written
instructions… there are differences in the routes various items take thru
the firewall between the OTS and DHC… I believe the FHC is the same as the
DHC.
Sorry I couldn’t get you those links…
Charles #677556-----Original Message-----
From: Scan187@aol.com Scan187@aol.com
To: xk@jag-lovers.org xk@jag-lovers.org
Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2001 11:43 AM
Subject: Re: [xk] Washer Bottle Tubing

I am installing the washer bottle into my XK120. Can any one give me
direction as to the routing of the tubing. My guess is that the tube from
the vacuum port on the engine goes to the activation button on the dash
panel. Then the tubing goes to through the fire wall (where?) to the top
of
the vacuum pump on the washer bottle. The tube from the base of the vacuum
pump then goes to the fitting next to the ID plate to penetrate the fire
wall
and then to the spray nozzles. There is an anti syphon valve in hear
somewhere. I have not yet been able to locate one.

Any help would be appreciated.

Also for any north jersey owners, I found a lock smith that had key blanks
in
stock. I had two spare sets made. Ask and I will give the location.

Andy
XK120 #675881

Andy,

Check into a few pet shops specializing in saltwater and tropical fish
tanks and equipment for the check valve! They are used to prevent
siphoning when air pumps are below tank level.

Rick
677342-DHC
673190-Roadster
Somerville, NJ USofA

Here’s the answer, saved from a previous posting:

"Dear Max,

Having just got my 120FHC back on the road, I think I can help with your
question.

A rubber pipe leads from the manifold to the switch on the dashboard (goes
to
the fitting in line with the switch). Another pipe goes from the switch to
the vacuum unit on top of the washer bottle (this one from the fitting which
is offset).

There is no non-return valve, because the vacuum switch arrangement does
this
function itself.

There is a non-return valve in the water piping, but this is built-in to the
washer bottle outlet for the water.

Note: Every vacuum switch that I have seen has a fault with it. There
should
be a small core plug 1/8" diameter which blanks off an internal drilling in
the switch. This is frequently missing. Cut out a small disc of plastic and
Araldite it in position. This is important to retain the vacuum.

Hope this helps.

Regards,

David Lonsdale  (XK120 FHC 681396)
Cirencester, UK"

Thanks to David for the info.

Tom Carson
1962 Mark 2, 3.8 MOD
1954 XK 120SE OTS, S674946
Juneau, Alaska–

From: Scan187@aol.com
Reply-To: xk@jag-lovers.org
Date: Wed, 20 Jun 2001 12:37:03 EDT
To: xk@jag-lovers.org
Subject: Re: [xk] Washer Bottle Tubing

I am installing the washer bottle into my XK120. Can any one give me
direction as to the routing of the tubing. My guess is that the tube from
the vacuum port on the engine goes to the activation button on the dash
panel. Then the tubing goes to through the fire wall (where?) to the top of
the vacuum pump on the washer bottle. The tube from the base of the vacuum
pump then goes to the fitting next to the ID plate to penetrate the fire wall
and then to the spray nozzles. There is an anti syphon valve in hear
somewhere. I have not yet been able to locate one.

Any help would be appreciated.

Also for any north jersey owners, I found a lock smith that had key blanks in
stock. I had two spare sets made. Ask and I will give the location.

Andy
XK120 #675881

Andy,
If you can get to the archives, there is detailed info on the washer bottle
plumbing. In fact, there are about 4 photos of the firewall of my 120 with
notes regarding how it is connected. Sorry, I no longer have them on file or
I would send them to you directly.
Regards,
Knight Martorell----- Original Message -----
From: “Charles E. Bishop” BISHOP-13@att.net
To: xk@jag-lovers.org
Sent: Wednesday, June 20, 01 3:46 PM
Subject: Re: [xk] Washer Bottle Tubing

      Is anybody else having trouble accessing the J-L main page??

Mainly the “Library”?? I can call up other web-sites but not
Jag-Lovers…
Andy, what I was going to do was to get you a link to the J-L
library where I believe there is some info on the WSWasher connections as
well as a drawing of an OTS bulkhead showing what goes in what hole…
this
will aid you in knowing where to route the washer tubing…
Having a picture to go by beats the hell out of following written
instructions… there are differences in the routes various items take thru
the firewall between the OTS and DHC… I believe the FHC is the same as
the
DHC.
Sorry I couldn’t get you those links…
Charles #677556
-----Original Message-----
From: Scan187@aol.com Scan187@aol.com
To: xk@jag-lovers.org xk@jag-lovers.org
Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2001 11:43 AM
Subject: Re: [xk] Washer Bottle Tubing

I am installing the washer bottle into my XK120. Can any one give me
direction as to the routing of the tubing. My guess is that the tube
from

the vacuum port on the engine goes to the activation button on the dash
panel. Then the tubing goes to through the fire wall (where?) to the top
of
the vacuum pump on the washer bottle. The tube from the base of the
vacuum

pump then goes to the fitting next to the ID plate to penetrate the fire
wall
and then to the spray nozzles. There is an anti syphon valve in hear
somewhere. I have not yet been able to locate one.

Any help would be appreciated.

Also for any north jersey owners, I found a lock smith that had key
blanks
in

stock. I had two spare sets made. Ask and I will give the location.

Andy
XK120 #675881

Andy;
I finally got to the “XK Library” and got you those links that
should help you with your WSWasher “plumbing”…
They are (1) The firewall/bulkhead/scuttle area for an XK120
OTS:

http://www.jag-lovers.org/include/iv.php3?in=/xk-lovers/gifs/leidlein/bulkhe
ad_120.gif

        And (2) for the WSWasher tubing (engine bay area):
http://www.jag-lovers.org/xk-lovers/library/washer/washer.htm

        Hope this helps you out.
                       Charles #677556-----Original Message-----

From: Scan187@aol.com Scan187@aol.com
To: xk@jag-lovers.org xk@jag-lovers.org
Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2001 11:43 AM
Subject: Re: [xk] Washer Bottle Tubing

I am installing the washer bottle into my XK120. Can any one give me
direction as to the routing of the tubing. My guess is that the tube
from the vacuum port on the engine goes to the activation button on the dash
panel. Then the tubing goes to through the fire wall (where?) to the top
of the vacuum pump on the washer bottle. The tube from the base of the
vacuum pump then goes to the fitting next to the ID plate to penetrate the
fire
wall and then to the spray nozzles. There is an anti syphon valve in hear
somewhere. I have not yet been able to locate one.
Any help would be appreciated.

Andy
XK120 #675881

Thanks for the links and the details. I’ll let you know how the instalation
comes out.
Andy 1954 xk120 OTS

Charles’ link got wrapped, try this one…

http://www.jag-lovers.org/include/iv.php3?in=/xk-lovers/gifs/leidlein/bulkhead_120.gif

Many email packages offer a formatting option to
turn off word-wrap (on a per message basis),
can be helpful in situations like this.

Ted

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
way.

Andy XK120 OTS #675881

Dear Andy,

This is one of Mr Heynes’ little surprises. On the assembly line they started
with the windscreen washer jets and built the car around them. Fortunately, I
have only ever myself had to connect the piping with the dashboard out.

Try washing-up liquid (detergent) on the ends of the pipes and try holding
them with pliers in order to push them over the jet tubes. Failing that get
your daughter, niece, sister or next-door-neighbours daughter/niece/sister to
fit them as her hands will be smaller than yours.

Regards,

David Lonsdale, Cirencester, UK
XK120 FHC, 681396

This is why it is so important to be nice to your wife.
Ron Rader
Marina del Rey, CA

DavidNLonsdale@aol.com wrote:> Dear Andy,

This is one of Mr Heynes’ little surprises. On the assembly line they started
with the windscreen washer jets and built the car around them. Fortunately, I
have only ever myself had to connect the piping with the dashboard out.

Try washing-up liquid (detergent) on the ends of the pipes and try holding
them with pliers in order to push them over the jet tubes. Failing that get
your daughter, niece, sister or next-door-neighbours daughter/niece/sister to
fit them as her hands will be smaller than yours.

Regards,

David Lonsdale, Cirencester, UK
XK120 FHC, 681396

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
them fully.

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
Rain-X!

Tom Carson
1962 Mark 2, 3.8 MOD
1954 XK 120SE OTS, S674946
Juneau, Alaska–

From: Scan187@aol.com
Reply-To: xk@jag-lovers.org
Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2001 07:59:17 EDT
To: xk@jag-lovers.org
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
way.

Andy XK120 OTS #675881

The wind screen will go as the great unwashed.

Andy 1954 OTS # 675881