Saloon restomods

Restomod approaches Beginning around 2012 a handful of innovative pioneers addressed the Jaguar saloon from a restomod perspective using three project approaches: Re-engineer the saloon from the ground up while retaining as much of...

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Classic saloon candidates

Jaguar classic saloons In both the transplant and retrofit approaches, major classic saloon mechanical components would be either transplanted from a modern Jaguar like the XJR (as fabricated by Dooren) or selected from best-in-class...

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1972 XJ6 acquisition

Restomod candidate We acquired a superb 1972 Jaguar XJ6 Series 1 — 4.2 litre engine, left-hand drive, short wheelbase chassis with a Borg Warner automatic transmission and factory-installed air conditioning — after evaluating many...

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Engine & transmission selection

Powerplant universe Which engine to use for the restomod project is the most important single decision as well as the first one since so much derives from the power plant choice. The transplant restomod...

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Dash makeover

XJ6 critique After living with the 1972 XJ6 a few weeks, strengths and weaknesses have become more articulated. The elegant exterior body style retains the essence of Sir William Lyon’s esthetic genius that gave...

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Metal repair

Frame In general our 1972 XJ6 body and chassis survived in excellent condition. The paint isn’t original, but the repaint color match is perfect. There are a few surface dings and scratches, but nothing...

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Climate control options

Background Climate control refers to automotive integrated heating, ventilation and air conditioning system (also called automotive HVAC). Modern electric air conditioning was pioneered in 1902 by Willis Haviland Carrier, a New York engineer who...

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Bare chassis

Engine removal R12 refrigerant The first step towards taking out the XK inline six engine involves the R12 (chemically named dichlorodifluoromethane but commonly known as freon-12) refrigerant used in the Jaguar air conditioning system. General Motors...

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EFI fuel system

Background The XJ6 implemented a dual fuel tank system with twelve U.S. gallon capacity on each side (effective total about 21.5 gallons), an innovative concept but often fraught with leaks or gas fumes in...

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Steering rack

Jaguar’s steering rack technology, still fluid in the early years of the XJ6 Series 1, deployed three different parts which were all variations on a theme. Our XJ6, manufactured in February 1972, had rack...

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