I want my XJS back
The Car Wizard of Hoovies' Garage has been excitedly detailing to me his adventures repairing a client's V12 XJS which has filled me with renewed longing for my old rusty V8-swapped hooptie and a certain sense of panic as I watch the bottom end pricing on old Jags rapidly climb.
Konig widebody XJS eye candy:
What a damn machine.
I'd love to get another XJS, ideally a 6 liter Series III but a Series II is fine as well. Drop the trans out, replace with whatever sort of a manual I can fit. Gut the interior. Sound deadening, reupholster where necessary, gut the dashboard and replace the absolute disaster of a factory HVAC unit with a VintageAir DIY kit. Re-wire the entire car, ditching the incredibly failure-prone hand-crimped glass fuse box for blades and using appropriately sized wire. Standalone ECU, build a whole new fuel injection system for the car using GM parts (I believe 3800 injectors physically fit). Electric fans in the front, more sophisticated engine controls and overheat protection (Jag V12 heads are extremely intolerant of overheating). Bottom-hinged universal pedal kit. Loud exhaust. Louder sound system. Make the ultimate V12 grand touring coupe. British Racing Green.
flatisflat last edited by
With all that, it may be easier to body graft that XJS onto something you actually enjoy the setup of.
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Chariotoflove last edited by
I support this poor decision.
S65 last edited by
@100percentjake Are your hands not full with the BMW, Miata, and Ducati? And I saw in your reintroduction that you have an old Datsun too, what's the plan with that?
@s65 I don't need this kind of negativity in my life
sony1492 last edited by
@100percentjake something like a megasquirt 3 could get you sequential injection and ignition for a reasonable price. Wiring harness is straightforward save for getting the trigger system running.
Throw in knockoff smiths gauges too.
sony1492 last edited by sony1492
@100percentjake im not impartial about any of this, its exactly what I'm going to do in the locost. If you use a trans without a wire for the speedo you'll be shelling out $400 for a digital to analog converter.
Small price to pay for those gauges though
For a more thorogh race car as you detailing, a tablet would work, not sure how you'd dim the screen though. Pretty sure they can connect wirelessly to the ecu with a deallybob signal sender thing
S65 last edited by
@100percentjake wait for covid to die and invite a bunch of midwest oppos to get it done in a weekend
( at this rate you'd be well on your way to bringing in an XJS on a trailer home before that )
MM54 last edited by
I liked your XJS. I like the description of your future build even more.
SmugAardvark last edited by
That widebody XJS is absolutely ridiculous.
But the good kind of ridiculous. The kind that I want to drive.
BritsnSwedes was MINIGTI last edited by
@100percentjake well I wish you had the YouTube channel back when you had it. And really honestly I’ve had virtually no mystery electrical problems with my XJ6. It sure would be better with a manual, but as 100% stock it’s been pretty reliable. AC even still works, maybe I’m just lucky.
DuckDuckGreyDuck last edited by
@100percentjake I just want an XJS to make bad decisions with in general.