Thursday, May 30, 2013

Jaguar project headrest fairing

Layers of bondo and primer, file, sand, do it again, slowly getting there.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Jaguar project headrest

Latest project creating a set of cowl headrests. I first made a paper ellipse and used it as a template for making a cardboard mock up to get the dimensions and shape as close as possible.

Initial framework.

Not out of pop-rivets yet.

More frame work.

Number segments so I don't get too confused.

Frame has taken shape.

Paper templates laid out on sheet of aluminium.

Cut lines, numbers and orientation.

Segments pop-riveted to frame.

Some additional storage space here.

Added hinged door and lock.

Had to get more pop-rivets.

Taking on final shape.

What it will look like on the Jaguar.

Large gap to leave room for tonneau cover.

Rear view.

Another angle.

Pink stuff is bondo filler to hide rivets.

On to priming sanding and painting.

 Need to fabricate the passenger side next. Designed to be removable with 3 bolts and clipped into rag top rear hold down spear.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

29th All British Car Show

Wonderful day at the All British Car show in Mead Gardens, Winter Park, Florida. Perfect weather as usual.
Window tag for FF class, British modified.

Display with others in class.

2nd place, peoples choice award.
Once again the longevity award. Same car owned for over 49 years.

Old school GPS prize for longevity.
Overall a very good day.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Jag Joy Ride

Took a little ride in the Jaguar around the block... the long way.
The quick version sped up 7 times. No sound.

The long version with sound.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Jaguar project intake manifold

Finished the intake manifold and reinstalled on the engine. Looks a lot better, but does not change the performance.

Right side

Left side

Now just a simple matter of putting the bonnet back on and going for a nice long test drive.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Jaguar project update

New 2 ear hub caps for the wire wheels

Longer bolt, lock washer, fender washer, fabricated plate, spacer ring and hub cap

Looking good when done mounting.
Cleaning up the intake manifold.

Pulled the intake manifold to clean up.

Will skip pulling the fuel rail and injectors. This is how you get to them.

I thought it was powder coated, but just painted.

See if I can polish the aluminium and see how it turns out then decide if I want to repaint.

Underside with casting stamps. FB for FBA model and 1993 casting year. 

I had a bad transmission leak. I pulled the transmission and found it was the bell housing where it mated with the shift rod. Repaired it with epoxy clay and a new gasket fabricated from gasket material. No more leak.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Florida - California trip

To San Diego, California from Apopka, Florida in Honda Civic Si.

Day 1 from Apopka to Pensacola, Florida.

Day 2 Pensacola to Houston, Texas

Day 3 Houston to Van Horn, Texas

Day 4 Van Horn to Yuma, Arizona

Day 5 Yuma to San Diego, California

Return trip from San Diego, California to Apopka, Florida.

Day 1 San Diego to Wilcox, Arizona

Day 2 Wilcox to Ft. Stockton, Texas

Day 3 Ft. Stockton to Orange, Texas

Day 4 Orange to Pensacola, Florida

Day 5 Pensacola to Apopka, Florida

Overall average of 30 MPG and 66 MPH. No problems.