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Jaguar LS1 Build Update and Car Ramblings

Post by smellody » August 30th 2022, 4:43pm

With my British cars out of commission I've been down in the dumps.

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.

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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.

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(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.

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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:
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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.
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Post by Datsun240Z71 » August 31st 2022, 4:12am

I only turn wrenches on simple stuff like chaging the oil in my 240Z and swapping wheels on my Corvette in fall and spring. Oh, I can check air pressure too. Otherwise, I leave it to the professionals.

I admire thoise that have the background, skill, knowledge and courage to do these jobs themselves. Kudos!
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Post by codguy » August 31st 2022, 7:01am

Nice work Lord Smells.

I'm with you. I also work on my own stuff mostly cuz I'm poor plus I want the job done correctly.
Recently rebuilt the power steering rack on my one owner/30 yo truck. Had to do the seals, clips, boots, etc because a complete unit (new or reman) is not available. :shrug:
Was Not Fun, hoping the damn thing will last another 225,000 miles.

Am interested in how your LS swap goes.
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Post by Mark1 » August 31st 2022, 7:42am

I can do brakes and stuff like that. Replaced the rotors, calipers, and pads on my truck a while back. The car is starting to chatter a bit when you get on the brakes hard. Probably do the fronts here soon. Don't bother with oil changes-with no lift you'd have to be a contortionist to get the filters off of my daily driver.
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Post by smellody » August 31st 2022, 8:59am

codguy wrote:
August 31st 2022, 7:01am
Nice work Lord Smells.

I'm with you. I also work on my own stuff mostly cuz I'm poor plus I want the job done correctly.
Recently rebuilt the power steering rack on my one owner/30 yo truck. Had to do the seals, clips, boots, etc because a complete unit (new or reman) is not available. :shrug:
Was Not Fun, hoping the damn thing will last another 225,000 miles.

Am interested in how your LS swap goes.
Will do! It is all just a matter of $! But it will ride again, by Xmas.
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Post by smellody » August 31st 2022, 9:04am

Mark1 wrote:
August 31st 2022, 7:42am
I can do brakes and stuff like that. Replaced the rotors, calipers, and pads on my truck a while back. The car is starting to chatter a bit when you get on the brakes hard. Probably do the fronts here soon. Don't bother with oil changes-with no lift you'd have to be a contortionist to get the filters off of my daily driver.
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I've used it probably 25 times. It sucks the liquid pan contents dry and was only $50 on a popular interwebs based auction site.

It has saved my back.

People will say what about the metal chunks. . . My response. If you have metal chunks coming out in your oil, you have bigger problems.
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Post by jason_recliner » August 31st 2022, 10:18pm

Great effort. My patience/skill extends to bleeding brakes. And even that simple task has been known to end in a nervous breakdown. Wish I had your skills and determination.

Can't wait to see how the Jag LS1 turns out.
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Post by DocKlock » September 1st 2022, 7:19am

When I was a lot, and, I mean a lot younger, I used to do a lot of my own work. Starter motors, brakes and bleeding, oil obviously, exhaust etc. Now I'm 78, fairly well disabled and sweat changing out my wiper blades. My son, up from WV for a short vacation, changed oil and filter on my 2005 Chevy Trailblazer. Otherwise I have the oil changed when it gets it's yearly inspection.
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Post by Nuvolari » September 1st 2022, 3:21pm

EXCELLENT post!

I feel you Smells! I’ve written a LOT more checks over the last few years compared to previously doing pretty much everything exclusively on my own…. For the same damn reason: I don’t trust others to do it right.

About 5 years ago I met a local mechanic who is a godsend and does everything (for my cars) personally while his mechanics work on other costumer cars. It’s the way to go for the particularly messy jobs…

But, as I have recently verified, there are some tasks it’s just difficult to delegate for a labor cost when I could simply to it myself, verdamnit.

My shoulders, back, and knees had recently contacted me to emphatically confirm they do not approve of my stubbornness…. Meh, fuck ‘em - I’m the damn boss, you do what you’re TOLD.

Well, those rebellious fucks got together with my hands, apparently, and convinced them to go numb while I was cramming under the Shadow to install a new vacuum shift module… (later I’ll have to take it (and a jack) to the DIY commercial-style car wash to clean up all the gross old ATF that leaked out and coated the undercarriage with novel rust proofing.)

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But, while I’m under there fiddling around my damn hands were aching on the inside, but were preventing any tactile input from the outside. I couldn’t feel shit! “Is the bolt still in my hand? Beats me… Awe, crap, I dropped it. I guess it WAS in my hand…”
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It wouldn’t have been terribly expensive to have my guy Armando do it…. But this was some simple ass bull crap! It was my aging creaking (super hot) body that made the simple job a huge pain in the ass!

BUT - I DID do it… and that pleases me.
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But the aches and discomfort that lasted the next day made me question my choices.

Then again, driving the car to lunch with my wife yesterday convinced me “DIY” was the right call… though, we’re out of ‘Motrin’.
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And - thankfully - NO LEAKS! (…it looks like there is a drop, but it’s actually a small gouge in the asphalt)
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Post by smellody » September 1st 2022, 4:42pm

Nuvolari wrote:
September 1st 2022, 3:21pm
EXCELLENT post!

I feel you Smells! I’ve written a LOT more checks over the last few years compared to previously doing pretty much everything exclusively on my own…. For the same damn reason: I don’t trust others to do it right.

About 5 years ago I met a local mechanic who is a godsend and does everything (for my cars) personally while his mechanics work on other costumer cars. It’s the way to go for the particularly messy jobs…

But, as I have recently verified, there are some tasks it’s just difficult to delegate for a labor cost when I could simply to it myself, verdamnit.

My shoulders, back, and knees had recently contacted me to emphatically confirm they do not approve of my stubbornness…. Meh, fuck ‘em - I’m the damn boss, you do what you’re TOLD.

Well, those rebellious fucks got together with my hands, apparently, and convinced them to go numb while I was cramming under the Shadow to install a new vacuum shift module… (later I’ll have to take it (and a jack) to the DIY commercial-style car wash to clean up all the gross old ATF that leaked out and coated the undercarriage with novel rust proofing.)


BAA4D712-08ED-43FC-8216-657FCD311780.jpeg

But, while I’m under there fiddling around my damn hands were aching on the inside, but were preventing any tactile input from the outside. I couldn’t feel shit! “Is the bolt still in my hand? Beats me… Awe, crap, I dropped it. I guess it WAS in my hand…”

9EBA27E6-E5F2-4C00-BFEA-B58B941D5CAE.jpeg

It wouldn’t have been terribly expensive to have my guy Armando do it…. But this was some simple ass bull crap! It was my aging creaking (super hot) body that made the simple job a huge pain in the ass!

BUT - I DID do it… and that pleases me.

A5853162-0B2C-406B-B891-602AF7E94DD0.jpeg

But the aches and discomfort that lasted the next day made me question my choices.

Then again, driving the car to lunch with my wife yesterday convinced me “DIY” was the right call… though, we’re out of ‘Motrin’.

7C8E2A73-DD50-4DD0-8340-F9490F02A77A.jpeg

And - thankfully - NO LEAKS! (…it looks like there is a drop, but it’s actually a small gouge in the asphalt)
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Well done and fabulous motorcar.

I wish I had a mechanic. My nephew is good but three hours away. Everyone else charges like they are fucking scientists.
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