Thursday, March 24, 2011

Jaguar Project test drive

Put in chrome trim around the cockpit. The rear part was the most difficult due to the sharp curve. I still need to do something to clean up the joint. I used pop-rivets to securely fasten.

Magnolia park by Lake Apopka. Notice there is no snow, about 80 degrees farenheit.

Another no snow springtime picture.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Jaguar project at home

Front end chrome done, except for the headlight rims. I am waiting for some back ordered special screws.

Jaguar Club Of Florida (JCOF) badge prominently displayed.
Now that I am the club Master Badger, I have to.

Still waiting on the boot (trunk) lid.
Installed the welting between the rear wing (fenders) and the body.

She just wanted to pose for a sunset picture. Ordinary sunset, but she will have more chances I am sure.

Pre-sunset picture.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Jaguar project night eyes

Now that it is dark, one more list item done. Aiming the headlights so I can have night vision. Will I be able to sleep tonight?

Jaguar project update

Quite a bit accomplished today. Rain this morning and nice overcast when I took these pictures. Really brings out the color.

Re-installed the bonnet. Installed K&N air filter, that big air cleaner behind the radiator, low so it picks up cooler air.

I took the wire wheels off and put my running wheels on.

Passenger/shotgun seat installed. Chick magnet installed.

Still need the boot (trunk lid) so I have a better place to mount the license plate.

Gizmo ready to ride, but he is scared of the noise.

He just likes having his picture taken.

More Gizmo... and by the way, also almost done with the project.

I had to recalibrate the speedometer for the smaller tires. The rims are 17", but the tires are low profile.

I need to adjust the headlights. The chrome rings around the headlights are waiting for some special screws that are on back order.

The list of things to do is getting smaller!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Jaguar Test run

Test drive Tuesday!

Got all the wiring straightened out and tied down. Just a little more clean up to go. Mostly doing some more wrapping with tape.

Wire in the lower left of this picture is holding up a bumper bracket that likes to ride on the ground. No problem once I get the bumpers on. The headlights still need to be adjusted.

Almost ready to put the bonnet (hood) back on and get it out of my living room.

Boot (trunk) lid is being re-done, and I should get it back tomorrow.

GPS sticks nicely next to the rear view mirror.

Battery cover. I got tired of disconnecting and reconnecting the ground on the battery while working on the wiring. The red switch at the bottom of the picture is a high current switch to disconnect the ground.
The wire and connector to the right is for the passenger seat speakers.

Now back in the garage, to put back up on jack stands to install the passenger seat, bumpers both front and back, and a lot of other little details.

Test drive to see what else needs to be done. I only used 1st and 2nd gears as the speed limit is 25 and kids tend to play in the street. Don't want to annoy the locals.

There is an annoying squeak I have to run down.
The speedometer jumps around a bit in neutral due to electrical noise. I will probably have to shield the cable and see if that fixes it.
The radio works great... it is a good thing the volume goes to 40!
Still a bit of work to do, but I am getting there.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Jaguar project at home

Most of the morning spent connecting up the brake lights. Had to partially drop down the master brake cylinder, unmount the switch from the cylinder, connect the wires to the switch, remount the switch and master cylinder. Then add the wires to the HEGO and MAF loom and connect to ignition power and pin 2 of the engine computer.

A lot of crawling around underneath, finding the right wrenches. Now I have to re-bleed the brake lines.

Started to install the drivers seat. I need to get some more bolts, washers, and nuts. I had to make sure I was not going to drill through a gas line, wires, or anything else critical.

Nice fit. I put it as close to the drive shaft tunnel as possible to give clearance for the top... if I ever decide to install it.

I think it needs a head rest, but after both seats are installed.

The seat is very comfortable. More than the original seats.

The 4 point seat belts are plenty long enough.

Time for a siesta! I have been doing too much.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Jaguar Startup running sound

Short movie of running.

Overwhelmed the audio... too loud?
I'll do more video when I do a test drive, speedometer calibration.