Mar 04 2013 wes Editorial No Comments

XJ8/XK8 series cars have frequent problems with the power headrests.   It is usually because the cable comes out.  That wasn’t the case here.  Somehow the clamp that holds the headrest motor was gone.  I have no idea where it went.  Couldn’t find it anywhere in the seat.  Just gone.  Here’s how you get to it…. Then fab up a new bracket since the old one was MIA. And here it is, solid as a rock: Working like a champ now! …

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With the craptastic 20″ of snow we got in about 2 days, the shop has slowed down a little on the daily business. It has given us a little time to catch up on some big longer term projects, and make some progress on the LSX at home. I went back and forth on what to do for bump steer with the lowered cross member and lowered car in general. After reviewing a few options, I decided to go with …

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We had this nice little Jaguar come into the shop this week on the flatbed. Another shop in town has had it for awhile, and determined the engine had zero compression and a timing chain was broken or something odd like that. We went to the trouble to shove it in the back of the shop as we figured the head would have to come off. Once we did that, we decided to check it over. We pulled the oil …

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ALL REMAINING TIRES FROM THIS OVERSTOCK HAVE BEEN SENT TO THE TIRE RECYCLER. Ok, our used street tire supply is getting out of hand. $25 a tire cash moneys. Most are tires that were just too good still to throw away, I would guess most have 30-40% left in them, which could be run out on the street, or scrubbed off at the track. Sold as is, first to show up at the shop takes them. 17″ Michelin Pilot Sport: …

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Snowpocalypse

Some LSx Pictures

I’m not really sure where I left off here. I have been plugging away here and there as time allows and am slowly seeing a car emerge. The car is running like a raped ape, and a quick test drive down the street tells me I have ZERO traction when you lay into it. Have a couple of solutions for that on the way. I have been struggling with a solution for the front windshield. Apparently no professional glass guys …

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Had a few minutes the other day, so I pulled apart a hatch that we need to reseal for one of the 944’s. My process has evolved over the years for doing these, and they get easier and easier to do. I still use a professional glass guy to do the actual reseal as the chemicals cost me about the same as what he charges to do the sealing of the glass, so it is a no brainer to not …

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Had a set of mufflers dropped off the other day for a stage II modification. A nice cheap way to get a better sound out of the mufflers by installing a bypass pipe for some of the air to bypass the muffler, while still allowing some to pass through and keep the sound levels reasonable. I do love days where I can sit and play with the plasma cutter and the welder.

Wednesday Wes and I had “British Car Day” at the shop. 2 Jaguar projects and a cool little Triumph TR6. The V12 Jag had a bad ABS pump, and the replacement units are basically unaffordable. The XJ6 units though are slightly different, but the ABS solenoid unit which was bad are very similar with a little easy modification. We pinned out all the solenoids and the pin outs were identical. After a little work, we had them swapped and had …

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Feb 20 2013 wes Editorial No Comments

This is a bit off of our usual blog but I know the guys on the jag forums will want to see this and it is TONS easier to do it here and shoot them a link so here goes.. XJS started diving to the right under braking.  Up on the rack we find there is no braking going on at the left front.  First step is to attempt to bleed the brakes, bearing in mind the process for bleeding …

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