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Bar badges

About one hundred years ago, a group of British drivers formed The Automotive Association (AA) to figure out ways to mitigate speed traps set up by local British police. They employed scouts on bicycles to patrol suspected traps and warn AA members. The notion of marking cars who were AA......

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Lock mechanism fix

See also correct handle position and locking procedure. Old door locks sometimes freeze up or jam, and since original spare parts are quite difficult to locate the only recourse may be a repair of some kind. Such was the case with one of the rear door locks. The locks work......

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Door window installation

See also door window test fit and ventilator seal posts. The final fitment of the chrome window frames and glass requires remedies for the inevitable flaws that show up post-paint job. For example, one of the threaded holes in the right rear door was blocked by a broken tap; someone......

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Rear door ventilator seal

There is a small gap between the top of the door sheet metal “shelf” and the bottom of the chrome window channel that must be filled with something to prevent water from spilling into the hollow door. The Jaguar Spare Parts Catalogue describes this as a Prestik seal — part......

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Bonnet center chrome bead

One might hope that the fastening system for the exterior chrome was designed around a few basic components to insure a simple installation procedure. Sorry … hopes dashed. Instead, we face a bewildering assortment of odd metal bits put together in what almost seems to be a random pattern. There......

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Lucas wing mirrors

Our Jaguar left the factory with twin Lucas wing mirrors, but the mounting bolts rusted to the body so the bolts had to be sacrified (both were cut off) during disassembly. Fortunately, excellent replica Lucas mirrors – missing only the back name plate – are readily available. The original back......

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Rocker panel end plug

The Jaguar’s rocker panel that runs under the door frames has a large access hole facing the rear wheel arches. This 1.5″ opening is useful for fishing the wiring harness, but it needs to be completely blocked or else moisture will seep into the rocker cavity. Our original plastic plugs......

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Aluminum flywheel adventures

See also prior discussion of clutch, flywheel, and starter motor upgrades. The primary impact of an aluminum flywheel is weight … a 50% reduction! So what does a 14 pound weight saving achieve? Flywheel physics is quite complicated. On one hand, the flywheel stores rotational energy which can be converted......

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Heater lever labels

Jaguar placed the heater lever labels on the inside edge, sandwiched between the radio, with HOT-COLD on the left and CAR-SCREEN on the right. Never easy to read, especially at night without illumination, these labels were mostly reminders to the owner about what the levers did. As previously discussed, the......

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Heater upgrade, part 7

See also prior posts about the upgraded heater: parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and the 3D printed valve mount. The final assembly of the upgraded heater is at hand. A new black heater core replaces the old rusted and clogged unit. In addition, three plastic vanes, designed and......

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