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I proceeded North on I5 and found my way to Sherwood for the weekly Portland Cars & Coffee. As it was British Car Weekend, I was NOT going to miss it. I found my place in line at 7:25 ish and waited for the officials to open the gate and place the British cars.
The line promptly started moving at 8AM. Promptly, but slowly. By the time I made it to the entrance, being about the 40th car in line my Jaguar was hot . I turned left into the entrance, the car failed to proceed and began bellowing out steam.
Six officials pushed me up the hill, on the downward slope I got the Jaguar started and backed into my space next to a lovely Aston Martin DB9 (of interest both the Jaguar XK8 and Aston Martin DB9 share the same floor pan/chasing inherited from the Jaguar XJS).
I promptly put the car in parked and walked away with steam erupting from under the hood and exiting the wheel wells like a snorting bull.
There were plenty of lovely British cars represented.
Even some lovely Germand and Italian cars as represented by this Unimog threatening to dump its load on a Ferrari 308 when Magnum wasn't about.
There was a Walmart across the street and I secured a gallon of premixed coolant. The car was cool and I poured the coolant into the reservoir. After five minutes of trying the 4.0 liter Ford derived Jaguar aluminum V8 finally started. I took of and made it a block before having to stop and refill the reservoir.
I made it a good 30 miles and when I was exactly 15 miles short of home I lost all compression and my Jagaur was dead. . . .
It took four hours for the tow truck to finally arrive
and bring my Jaguar home.
This is NOT the end of the tale. Despite Jagaur's $330M is making the Ford V8 their own, it sucks. Pre 2002 cars suffer from broken timing chain rails, bad piston liners, and pathetically small water pumps that are over compensated with by a huge radiator with four time the cooling capacity than they need. I apparently needed more.
As I do not consider the 4.0 Jagaur V8 a real Jaguar engine I am going to do what I was have for the past 48 years believed to be sacrilegious and give it new life with a LS1 Transplant.
The kit is $1,995 and makes installation nearly turn key.
My nephew has connections in a junk yard and can find me a LS1 out of a suburban or similar for around $1k.
I will finish this project by Christ6amd have at least 400hp v the Jaguar's original 300hp.