Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Test drive

Took the Jaguar out for a little test drive today.

2nd gear start. 0 to 60 MPH then hit the brakes to check them for stopping power. To the right of the rear view mirror is the SunPass/e-pass sticker, then to the right of that is the GPS. The red blinking lights is the digital volt meter. From 2500 RPM to 6250 RPM it really pushes you back in the seat.

Monday, September 26, 2011

On the road again!

Got it all back together Sunday. Put the road wheels and tires on and calibrated the speedometer. Then it started to rain, back into the garage.

Today (Monday) I went for a test drive over to Advanced driveline to pay my bill.

Then off to Costco to fill it up. All kinds of looks, thumbs up and questions on the way. Checked the mileage and it turned out to be 15.441 MPG. Guess I have to back off on the throttle a bit or use bigger tires.

I put Gizmo's car seat in and put him in it. Then when I started it up, he did not want to have anything to do with it. Just a bit too loud for him.

On the way back home from Costco, I took the tollway and went through the toll booth instead of the high speed through lane to check out the e-pass sticker. It worked.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Jaguar rear axle done!

Went to Advanced Driveline today to check on the progress of the rear axle. It was not on the bench it had been on for the past few months, but outside on the forklift.

On the forklift ready to be taken home.

Everything back together.

Everything where it should be.

Got it home and unloaded from the van.

So happy to have it back.

Now just a simple matter of putting it back in the Jaguar.

Nice and warm today so I did as much as my sweat glands would allow then took a siesta to recharge myself. When I got up, it had rained, which cooled things off a lot so I got some more done. I should have it all tightened down tomorrow. Then just a matter of bleeding the brakes, and I am back on the road again.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Rear axle progress

Getting there. Checking clearances.

Next setback, this shaft is .035" larger in diameter causing the hub to not seat all the way.

Right hand side fitted to axle.

Disk brake pads are lining up nicely.

Getting closer to completion. Still have to pull hub off of other axle and see if it fits. If not, then will have to machine the end of the axle.

The parking brake mounts are not going to work, so will have to fabricate something once everything is put together.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Jaguar Project rear axle.

Rear axle still at Advance Driveline. Donny is back from his back operation and is working part time devoted to get this done. He was out over a month.

Drilling 5 holes on the disk brake mounting plate. The four holes do not line up in any way with the axle housing.

Right side done, left side to go. Hopefully done either Thursday or Friday.

I had to do something. This has been taking way too long. I brought the rear cover home, cleaned it up and primed it.

Some real progress today. I can't wait to get it back in Jaguar and on the road, and move on to the other bits that need to be done.