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Last week I started assembling the bits to convert the XK8 to a LS1. The first bit was purchasing a rolled, running and driving 2003 Denali with a 6.0 liter for $700. The drivetrain is in great shape.
As I've purchased a watch or two too many in the past as many months the kitty is short to purchase the $2k conversion kit . . .
So, I've decided to fix the Rolls and Range Rover this month.
First the Rolls. . .
Headed home from the All British Field Meet last September, the Rolls developed a horrible front end thump and wobble at speed. My initial diagnosis was wheel bearing. The right front wheel bearing was out and I replaced it last week. I also determined that the dual calipers needed pads so I replenished them with the four sets.
As some of you know, I wrenched as a British car mechanic through high school and my undergraduate. I know how to do it, but hate it now that my body is old and broken. But someone has to do it. . . And as with all things medical, legal, and house related, I DON'T trust anyone and I'm too thrifty to pay them, so if it is going to be done, I'm the one who does it.
Before doing the wheel bearing and brakes on the Rolls, I did an oil change and front and rear brakes on Dad's car.
(Did I mention that I hate working on cars?)
Wobble was better, but still there. I put the Rolls in the air Sunday to determine the track rod joint were blown.
Track rods are super expensive on a Rolls, but found the LH on ebay (a new one) and just sourced a good used RH out of Florida.
Had a big shopping day on Ebay yesterday:
You will see Range Rover parts too. I'm going to slap the rebuilt heads I purchased five years ago on the Range Rover!
I fixed it up six years ago or so with a new water pump, hoses, battery, tires, etc and started using it again. In a couple of weeks of use it developed a cracked head or blown head gasket. (As it warms up it becomes a steam locomotive.)
As soon the gaskets arrive from the UK and the new head bolts and pushrods arrive I am going to back the Rover into the garage and switch out the heads over a weekend.
By the end of the month, the Rolls and Range Rover will be fixed. Then onto the Jaguar build.