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XJS V12 Coupe



Edd

ClioSport Club Member
  Ghibli/Boxster/197T
I bought this in May, it was a bit of in impulse buy over the Bank Holiday weekend. I had been looking at XJS's for 6 months or so but this was the first I viewed.

It looked fairly good on inspection, loads of history and just 2 wheel bearings as an advisories on the most recent MOT. There were 2 holes in the outer sill, lacquer peel on the wings and rust in the usual place in front of the book lid. But nothing too major.

Positives.
-New tyres and the wheels had been recently refurbished.
-Good chrome.
-Mechanically sound (touch wood).
-New headlining.
-Interior in decent condition.

I thought it would be a usable project.

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Looked tiny next to the Maserati.

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I arranged to get it on a ramp to see what it was like underneath and that's when things took a bit of a nose dive.

I didn't take many photos but there were 4 or 5 visible holes to the underside that would have resulted in an MOT failure. The inner sills were shot which should also have been highlighted on the MOT. There were 5 other "major" things that would caused a failure.

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You can just about see on the below that the diff is pissing oil out. I later found out it's got a Dana differential which are a nightmare to get parts for.

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The advice was to sell it on and cut my losses.
 

Edd

ClioSport Club Member
  Ghibli/Boxster/197T
I decided to tackle the welding and bodywork so away it went to a local guy who I had used before.

The IRS was dropped so that the differential could be repaired. This is when we found out it is a Dana instead of the more common Salisbury.

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2 tapered bearings had failed which proved almost impossible to get hold of. I can't understand why they did not use a standard bearing. £400 later and I had 2 delivered from America. They look like a £10 bearing....

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The car was stripped and evaluated. After reading about how XJS's suffer with rust, the amount of work required wasn't too much of a surprise.

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thecrim22

ClioSport Club Member
  various
I know its too late now but did you try a bearing supplier instead of an automotive supplier? Ive found cases like that several times where a bearing supplier can get parts that manufactures cant or wont supply
 

Edd

ClioSport Club Member
  Ghibli/Boxster/197T
He didn't take many photo's of the underside, it took around 3 weeks to sort out.

The sills were a real mess. Apparently very common on these....

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The outer sill was purchased from a fabricator in Birmingham, apparently using old Jaguar tooling.
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The diff was refurbed and any parts on the IRS that were beyond repair/refurbishment were replaced.

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Edd

ClioSport Club Member
  Ghibli/Boxster/197T
I know its too late now but did you try a bearing supplier instead of an automotive supplier? Ive found cases like that several times where a bearing supplier can get parts that manufactures cant or wont supply
I tried all sorts of options. It was a bearing specialist (nothing to do with automotive) who imported the bearing in the end. JRM3535-90U01 is the reference.
 

Edd

ClioSport Club Member
  Ghibli/Boxster/197T
The arches were not that bad but they were cleaned up and protected.

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That brings me up to where I am at with it. When I get it back I'll book it in with a Jaguar specialist for a service and see what they find.....
 

Daniel

ClioSport Moderator
  Whichever has fuel
That’s Beautiful!! It’s a shame they’re so s**t because it they were good, I think there would be loads left on the road. Can’t remember the last time I saw one!
Looks like you’re not holding back with the cheque book either, good on you!
 

JoePeps

ClioSport Club Member
  M2,XJS,S1000RR
Only joking its a cracking looking car is the engine bog standard?

Yep, the whole thing is almost exactly as it left the line, except fluids, filters, front brakes and battery!

Wasn't sure if you still had yours @JoePeps

Yep still around mate, needs some rust sorting next year though.

They are fantastically s**t but I do think they’re ageing very well, but obviously biased.
 

R3k1355

ClioSport Club Member
The V12 is ace, sounds epic. Had a mate with one a long time ago, he put Nitrous on it, ran good.

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Edd

ClioSport Club Member
  Ghibli/Boxster/197T
Awesome thread.

What did you use to protect the arches with?
I'll ask him what he uses, I just went with their recommendation. I don't think it was expensive though.


That’s Beautiful!! It’s a shame they’re so s**t because it they were good, I think there would be loads left on the road. Can’t remember the last time I saw one!
Looks like you’re not holding back with the cheque book either, good on you!

I've spoken to a few people who's head gaskets have failed at around 100k and mine is on 95k......An engine rebuild is about £7k. So because they're not worth much many were scrapped. I went to a Classic Jag breaker last week who had about 20 cars being stripped, 7 were XJS's and a couple of those didn't look that bad but just not worth restoring.

I have spent quite a bit more than the car is worth and I've not touched the engine yet.....Hopefully values will go up a bit.
 

thecrim22

ClioSport Club Member
  various
I'll ask him what he uses, I just went with their recommendation. I don't think it was expensive though.




I've spoken to a few people who's head gaskets have failed at around 100k and mine is on 95k......An engine rebuild is about £7k. So because they're not worth much many were scrapped. I went to a Classic Jag breaker last week who had about 20 cars being stripped, 7 were XJS's and a couple of those didn't look that bad but just not worth restoring.

I have spent quite a bit more than the car is worth and I've not touched the engine yet.....Hopefully values will go up a bit.
Any worth saving ?
 

Edd

ClioSport Club Member
  Ghibli/Boxster/197T
Any worth saving ?
I don't think it would be financially viable, I know what I have spent on one that was ok to start with. You'd pay £1500/£2000 for a "scrapper" then pump £10k+ in to it. You can buy a nice one for £8k. Parts seem hard to come by and expensive. I changed the fuel lines whilst the IRS was out, they came from Australia and were about £300. I've got an MGBGT and the same thing on there is about a fiver!
 

thecrim22

ClioSport Club Member
  various
I don't think it would be financially viable, I know what I have spent on one that was ok to start with. You'd pay £1500/£2000 for a "scrapper" then pump £10k+ in to it. You can buy a nice one for £8k. Parts seem hard to come by and expensive. I changed the fuel lines whilst the IRS was out, they came from Australia and were about £300. I've got an MGBGT and the same thing on there is about a fiver!
Yeah but jaaaaaaaagggggg
 

Willo40

ClioSport Club Member
  M135i
These are so cool, guy who did the service on my gearbox has owned this from new, said he used to go the South of France in it 3 or 4 times a year, sorry the pics is s**t, its off his terrible website.

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JoePeps

ClioSport Club Member
  M2,XJS,S1000RR
That looks unbelievable! Got to be one of the best about.

Without being big headed it probably isn’t far off. My dad bought it new in ‘89, now mine and because the DVLA messed up in the transfer it’s down as 0 previous owners and I bought it at 9 months old 😂
 


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