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Cars, Coffee, and a Transplant Tale

Post by smellody » August 15th 2022, 6:48pm

On Saturday I awoke at 5am to wash my beloved Jaguar XK8. By 6:30 I was a our new Chick-fil-a ordering a chicken 🐔 biscuit breakfast chicken sandwich.

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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.

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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.

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There were plenty of lovely British cars represented.

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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.

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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

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and bring my Jaguar 🏡 home.

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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.

http://www.jaguarspecialties.com/xk8-lsx.asp

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.
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Post by jason_recliner » August 15th 2022, 7:24pm

Sorry about your misfortune but I do love the imagery of an English car being pushed into an English car meet. BTW DB7 and XK8 shared the XJS architecture. DB9 was built on the modular aluminium structure shared by all Astons since (supposedly not the DB11 onwards but I have my doubts).
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Re: Cars, Coffee, and a Transplant Tale

Post by smellody » August 15th 2022, 7:37pm

jason_recliner wrote:
August 15th 2022, 7:24pm
Sorry about your misfortune but I do love the imagery of an English car being pushed into an English car meet. BTW DB7 and XK8 shared the XJS architecture. DB9 was built on the modular aluminium structure shared by all Astons since (supposedly not the DB11 onwards but I have my doubts).
You are correct!!!
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Post by smellody » August 15th 2022, 7:38pm

jason_recliner wrote:
August 15th 2022, 7:24pm
Sorry about your misfortune but I do love the imagery of an English car being pushed into an English car meet. BTW DB7 and XK8 shared the XJS architecture. DB9 was built on the modular aluminium structure shared by all Astons since (supposedly not the DB11 onwards but I have my doubts).
Four down from me in line was a Morgan that I thought was on fire, but it had pissed out four or five quarts of oil.
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Post by smellody » August 15th 2022, 7:53pm

After making the decision to do a Transplant and get my Jaguar back on the road my automotive experience improved on Sunday with an invitation only to the Brothers Auto Museum.

Here are my favorites.

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Yes those are three original gullwings each with near zero miles (not restored).

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XJ220

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Factory Shelby (all factory, but this was one of the works racers) easy $31m

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My favorite Cobra

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Then there were hundreds of this lot. . . NOT my bag, but I can appreciate them somewhat. I assume they have LS1s or so forth.

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Great time. Address sworn to secrecy. I assume there was $1B in cars there.

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Re: Cars, Coffee, and a Transplant Tale

Post by smellody » August 15th 2022, 7:54pm

Nuvolari wrote:
August 15th 2022, 7:41pm
Sir William Lyons would not be pleased.

But I do like that the euro-spec Silver Shadow was a long wheel base.
Oh that one had FACTORY velour interior. I've never seen factory velour. I've seen lots of redone interiors, but this was original and amazing.
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Post by smellody » August 15th 2022, 7:56pm

I should mention I planned to take the Rolls, but finally investigated a right front end thump on Wednesday and after parking her since last September. I discoverer the outer right front wheel bearing required replacement. Ordered. That will be next weekend's adventure.
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Post by smellody » August 15th 2022, 8:03pm

Nuvolari wrote:
August 15th 2022, 7:56pm
There’s this…

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https://www.ebay.com/itm/155008734135?m ... media=COPY
I'd buy another newer XK8 or similar, 2002 or newer. Especially one with that engine. Apparently 2002 and newer are bullet proof. The early cars, mine is very early 1997, were not sorted. I was so excited circa 1996 when they were announced as I wanted to replace the XKE I had as a kid.

I'm fine with a LS1. 100 more HP. I spoke with Andrew, the proprietor of the link above, and look forward to just driving and changing oil. I've been chasing engine electrical issues since I replaced the ZF transmission several years back.
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Post by koimaster » August 16th 2022, 12:28am

jason_recliner wrote:
August 15th 2022, 11:38pm
Can't believe you got an invite to the Brothers collection. Surely one of the biggest and most significant in the world?
I’d like to get an invite to see that collection. The Lusso and 365 GTS rock.


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Post by 3Flushes » August 16th 2022, 1:24am

Of all of those I really dig the Cortina - looks like a cooler version of the Falcon — have always wondered if the Cortina was the basis of the Falcon but never found anything definitive. IIRC both were also available in wagons.
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Post by codguy » August 16th 2022, 6:19am

Terrible news on the engine trouble. Nice that you are a wrench turner so the swap will go well.
I would love to see the Brothers museum....... if only I could score an invite.


cecil;
In other news, my cast iron 4.6 modular Ford did a local Mustang show with me on Sunday.
No pics or award this time around.

I'm planning to go through the worlds largest privately owned car collection (again) in acouple of weeks, the real museum & not the one off I-5. Lucky for me it is only a 20 minute drive from my house.
For those that are interested, here are a couple videos that shows a small fraction of what is there. Side note= the mention of 300 cars is at the private residence alone !





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Post by jason_recliner » August 16th 2022, 8:37pm

codguy wrote:
August 16th 2022, 6:19am
Terrible news on the engine trouble. Nice that you are a wrench turner so the swap will go well.
I would love to see the Brothers museum....... if only I could score an invite.


cecil;
In other news, my cast iron 4.6 modular Ford did a local Mustang show with me on Sunday.
No pics or award this time around.

I'm planning to go through the worlds largest privately owned car collection (again) in acouple of weeks, the real museum & not the one off I-5. Lucky for me it is only a 20 minute drive from my house.
For those that are interested, here are a couple videos that shows a small fraction of what is there. Side note= the mention of 300 cars is at the private residence alone !





Sorry for the Cecil Lord Smellody
I hadn't heard of the Lemay collection. Sounds like it's huge? What's the biggest collection? Sultan of Brunei?
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Post by 3Flushes » August 17th 2022, 1:07am

jason_recliner wrote:
August 16th 2022, 2:12am
Cortina shared styling cues with the Falcon but it's much smaller. Generally more austere, with rubbish engines, as was the fashion in Europe at the time.
Thx - I figured Ford did so when they decided to revive the name some 30 years after ol' Edsel Ford's bomb in '35. Meant to be a less costly alternative to the classically styled Phaeton, the 48 / 68, and Woody and others in Ford's first all V8 line up, sales were so sluggish, the Falcon was withdrawn mid-year. The later Falcons have experienced a resurgence in popularity, particularly the V8's, which have become ubiquitous on weekend amateur days at local drag strips around the country.
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Re: Cars, Coffee, and a Transplant Tale

Post by gerdson » August 17th 2022, 7:00am

In spring I visited this collection:
https://strojersamlingen.dk/udvalgte-biler

Quite nice! The link only shows a very tiny part, the collection is really pretty amazing, and parts are even "hidden away" because they lack space. It is a private collection.
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