Saturday, December 1, 2012

On the road again

On the road again the past few days. Tried making a video with DVR-530 mounted on the deck behind and between the seats. The video is ok, but the wind noise drowns out the engine noise above 40 MPH or so.
About 1/2 hour before sunset.
I should have updated this earlier with the tunnel and seats back in.

The center console works out nicely. Just the right height. Now have to get on with finishing the interior and getting rid of the temporary duct tape over the foam on the console.

Monday, November 19, 2012

JCOF Slalom

Jaguar Club Of Florida Slalom

Out take. Getting lost in the cones.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

T9 transmission install

Ready to receive the transmission.

Installed, now the rest of the stuff to connect it all together.

Drive shaft connected, still a lot of stuff to reconnect. Hall effect sensor for speedometer, back up light switch, and double check all the bolts for proper torque.
Transmission and drive shaft tunnels, seats and seat belts. While I am at it, installing an idiot light for low fuel, and another indicator for when the radiator fan is running.

Friday, November 16, 2012

New T9 transmission

It arrived today, now it is just a simple matter of installing and putting the rest of the car together.

Heavy duty cluster gear shaft bearing (colored bolts). This is what failed on the old transmission, so it must not be an uncommon failure.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

1964 Grandpa

Bernard Harder

1964 - Grandfather in my 1952 Jaguar XK120 Open Two Seater. My brother, James, 1951 Mark V Jaguar parked behind.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Early birthday present

For my birthday this year, instead of a new gun or a case of ammunition, I decided to retire the decade old (has it really been that long) Ford Focus ZX3. I thought I would go with a Honda again, and was disappointed that they no longer make a Prelude. I had two of them, and enjoyed them very much.

So I started to do some research and found the Civic models were as close as I could come for a new car instead of buying a used Prelude with a questionable history. I got a flier in the mail offering half the 30 shekels for betraying my beloved ZX3. So Gizmo said, "Let's go for a ride!".

I had looked at the new Fiestas and was not impressed, and the available colors were not to my liking.

Base requirements for me: 2 door, Standard transmission, light color (definitely NOT red or black), air conditioning (gets a real workout in Florida), tinted glass (another must for the Sunshine State), enough power to get out of its own way (I rented a Pinto once and also drove my sister's Audi "60 Minutes ( 0..60 in 60 minutes), anything else is a bonus.

Gizmo and I took a ride in the Focus to Headquarters Honda in Clermont, Florida to meet our host for the rest of the day. We really made Mike Jahangir earn his keep. We took a test drive in a 4-door Civic Si, but it was not a 2 door. I liked the color. He had a dark blue non Si model that we finally decided on. So we did a lot of paperwork signing and left pick it up the next morning. Bringing in my title for the Ford.

Later I received a call from Mike that the car had already been sold and he was scouring the dealerships for another one. He found one that was black, but that was not an acceptable color. He kept looking and found a red one in another state. Nope, definitely NOT RED.

After Gizmo and I had our afternoon siesta, I opened up my lock box to get the title for the Focus. HORRORS. There was a mass of literally molded together mass of important papers. The box was in a cool dry place in the closet, but no dessicant in the sealed container. I put the mass in the oven on low heat for an hour to dry it out and peeled the partially destroyed title document away from the rest.

Friday morning we went back to HQ Honda with the title and found some good news. They had a white Civic Si model that had just come in from the factory just before closing time the night before, but after Mike had gone home, so did not even know about it.

Ok, let's go to the back lot to check it out. Gizmo went right for it and was ready to jump in and for a ride, so I knew this must be the one. But this one was a few more kilobucks more than the one we had contracted, that was sold. So Gizmo kept everyone in the dealership entertained while more paperwork was being done. All of my requirements were met and exceeded.

Technical stuff:
Engine: 4-Cylinder,Aluminum-Alloy, 2354cc, 201HP @ 7000rpm, 170ft-lb torque @ 4400rpm, 87mm bore x 99mm stroke, 11:1 compression ratio, 16 valve Dual Overhead Cam i-VTEC.

VTEC (Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control) is an electronic and mechanical system that allows the engine to effectively have multiple camshafts. As the engine moves into different rpm ranges, the engine's computer can activate alternate lobes on the camshaft and change the cam's timing. In this way, the engine gets the best features of low-speed and high-speed camshafts in the same engine.

Transmission: Close-Ratio 6-Speed Manual Transmission.
Gear Ratios:
1st: 3.267
2nd: 2.040
3rd: 1.429
4th: 1.073
5th: 0.830
6th: 0.647
Reverse: 3.583
Final Drive: 4.76 Helical Limited-Slip Differential

Body/Suspension/Chassis: Unit-Body Construction, MacPherson Strut Front Suspension, Multi-Link Rear Suspension, Motion-Adaptive Electric Power-Assisted Rack-and-Pinion Steering (EPS), 3.11 Steering Wheel Turns, Lock-to-Lock, 11.8 Power-Assisted Ventilated Front Disc brakes, 10.2 Solid Rear Disc Brakes, 17" Alloy wheels, Michelin® Pilot® Exalto® PE2™ Summer Tires 215/45 ZR17 91W

Calculated data:
2877 Lb curb weight. 154 horsepower per ton.

Top Gear gives 23.784 MPH/1000 RPM and a top speed of 166.488 MPH at 7000 RPM

Engine speeds in top gear:-
    30 MPH = 1261 RPM   40 MPH = 1682 RPM   50 MPH = 2102 RPM   60 MPH = 2523 RPM
    70 MPH = 2943 RPM   80 MPH = 3364 RPM   90 MPH = 3784 RPM  100 MPH = 4205 RPM

Top Speed in 1 gear = 32.971 MPH
    And changes into 2 gear at 4371 RPM dropping 2629 RPM
Top Speed in 2 gear = 52.803 MPH
    And changes into 3 gear at 4903 RPM dropping 2097 RPM
Top Speed in 3 gear = 75.380 MPH
    And changes into 4 gear at 5256 RPM dropping 1744 RPM
Top Speed in 4 gear = 100.389 MPH
    And changes into 5 gear at 5415 RPM dropping 1585 RPM
Top Speed in 5 gear = 129.780 MPH
    And changes into 6 gear at 5457 RPM dropping 1543 RPM
Top Speed in 6 gear = 166.488 MPH

Prius owners, eat your heart out!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012


Picked up the transmission parts from All Transmission World and decided to take some pictures of the dimensions to make sure I get the right parts. I sent a deposit check last week, and hopefully the snail mail will deliver it.

Output shaft

Input shaft

Pilot bearing 15mm

Main case

Main case height

Tail case. The speedometer gear makes no difference as the Hall Effect transducer calibrates the speedometer.

Case parts fit together for overall length.

Transmission tag for identification.
Three gear shift knobs I finally drilled and tapped for the shift lever. Now I have to get the scratches out again and polish up. I kind of like the one on the left the best. The one on the right is too big and heavy.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Gear shift knobs

Yesterday I went to Industrial metal supply and picked up 2"x12" round aluminium bar stock. Today spent most of the morning cleaning and oiling my dad's lathe, which had not been used in about 30 years. Then I chucked the bar up and turned out 2 different gear shift knobs. I have a pilot hole, but have to wait until I get home to make sure I use the correct drill and tap for the shift lever. I don't know yet which one I prefer.

The T-shirt is from a little store in Groom Lake, Nevada next to area 51.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Feathers and bones

Transmission problems :-(
 Basket of parts. Transmission teardown for noise and hard shifting.

 Case worn for cluster shaft, causing leak and other problems.

Cluster gears worn and chipped.

Bearing damage.

At least one artsy picture of the gears. I plan to hone my welding skills with some art statue to the goddess of speed.

The plan is to replace the broken T75 5-speed transmission with a more robust and common World Class T5 transmission.

So the Jaguar is back up on jack stands and off the road waiting for what develops. So I know where my non-interest bearing government savings account tax refund is going.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Arm rest.

This weeks project of adding a center console, arm rest, ammo can.
 Used most of the rest of the sheet of aluminum that I used for the drive shaft tunnel, hinges and lock from Ace Hardware and a ton of pop rivets.

A chunk of foam rubber covered with duct tape to make it comfortable. When I get the cockpit upholstered it will look a lot better.

Took it for a test ride, and found it quite comfortable.
Added another key to the key ring. Ignition, gas cover, boot lid, lock box behind drivers seat and now console. All different!
Have not tried to see how much ammo it will hold, but probably over 1000 rounds of 9mm and a couple of guns.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

JCOF Concours d'Elegance

Participated in the Jaguar Club of Florida 25th annual JCOF Concours d'Elegance. 

Storms predicted but did not occur, giving a nice overcast with no shadows.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Drive shaft tunnel

This weeks project replacing the drive shaft tunnel. The old tunnel was not quite wide enough and the front U-joint would rub on hard right hand turns. Obtained some sheet aluminum at home depot and started the process of cutting, bending, tin knocking, drilling and forming.

Screwed down to floorboards and pop-riveted to rear bulkhead and transmission cover.

It really did not need painting as it is going to be covered with carpet.

Also re-routing the radio to headrest speaker wires along the chassis instead of along the floor and the drive shaft tunnel.

On to designing a center console and mocking up in cardboard. I should have enough aluminum sheet left over.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

No more hop

Finished the left side, installed and did a test drive. No more hopping on hard acceleration. The engineering change works.

These are only 15 inches long and weigh about 8 pounds each.

Did a follow up call about making a tonneau cover. The supplier of the material has gone out of business and need to find an alternate source or material. The ideal is called fabric is called "Cambria" and searches find all kinds of things like tote bags, shower curtains, artwork, stonework and several places on the map.

Next project to replace the drive shaft tunnel and fabricate a center console.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Torque levers

The Ford-Cosworth engine has too much torque for the weight of the Jaguar. The project this week was to design and fabricate a couple of torque levers to mount under the front of the springs to limit wheel hop. I found some nice U-channel steel at Skycraft surplus for my undertaking.

 One finished (above) and all the pieces ready to weld and assemble (below).

Mounted on right hand side. The bumper is a hard rubber stopper I found at Lowes. I needed a drill to make a hole for the carriage bolt, so Gizmo and I went to our favorite Harbor Freight outlet about 1/2 mile away. I go the drill and fell for a 4 drawer rolling tool cart that was on special for $139.999598 regularly $229.99. I spent most of the afternoon putting it together and filling it up with my tools from various shelves, floor, tables and pretty much filled it up.

I took the Jaguar out for a test ride and still have a little bit of hop. It needs the left side completed and installed.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Easter Sunday Jag

Beautiful Easter Sunday. I took my daughter, Evelyn, for a Jag ride around Lake Apopka. We ended up, like most Jaguar joy rides, in Mount Dora at Jeramiah's for lunch. We joined  one of Evelyn's teacher friends from grade school, that just happened to be there, for lunch.

As we were leaving, some bikers who were also enjoying the wonderful afternoon, were also getting ready to leave.

One of them yelled, "What year is it?"
I replied, "2012".
Then he asked, "Is that a Porche?"
So I backed up a bit so he could see the front of the car, and said, "No, it is a 1952 Jaguar XK120!"

Front plate and slalom helmet.

During the previous week, Gizmo and I went to a bunch of auto stores looking for a front licence mounting bracket. They were all out except the last place we visited. They had one, but it was plastic, five dollars and would not serve my purpose.
We ended up at Lowes and found some heavy duty straps for rafters that were just the thing to weld together and drill some holes for mounting the Jaguar plate. People will no longer have to stalk me to find out what marque the car is. But, I am afraid they still will to get a close up look and more details.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Car show swag

Although not getting any of the peoples choice awards, I did manage to capture the "Longevity" award. The car owned by the same family or owner for the longest time.

Picture by Tom Curren

Nobody present could beat 1964. The next closest was 1970. I think some of the Jaguar Club of Florida members could have beat me, but they were not there or with their oldest car, so they lost out on this much coveted award.

Something else to add to the vanity wall is the windshield placard.

A couple of vendors were there, and of course I had to pick up some Jaguar stuff.
Jaguar patch I don't know where it will go, yet.

Nice cap for driving.

Front plate I need to mount on the car so people can identify it without asking.

I had done an early registration for the event, so I also got a T-shirt.
The logo/theme artwork is by Gary Thomas, a JCOF member and renowned artist.
2011 was the year of the Jaguar E-type, and 2012 is the year of the MG (Morris Garages).