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1961 Mk2 3.8 Restoration

 
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Fortunately the long stroke XK engine has a very broad & flat torque curve from low RPM. I can pull away smoothly in 3rd gear in my car not that I would particularly want to.

That said ~ if you want peak performance under all circumstances then you want more gears & the right gears & axle ratio. I like 7 ~ now you know my daily driver.

If you are just going to drive the car normally I would go for a longer axle ratio.
 

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"Normal" would be nice. Getting passed by more than half the drivers on the road in Oregon is a bit insulting to me. Usually it's a much lower percentage. I have read a lot about Jaguars in the last few years. I know what an XK engine is capable of

Thanks for the advice gentlemen. I always take your thoughts into consideration. Please forgive me if my results vary from your input. My #1 priority with our car is to make her a vehicle comfortable enough for my wife and beautiful enough to show in public and preserved enough to outlive me. Hmm, is that 3 priorities?
 
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"Normal" would be nice. Getting passed by more than half the drivers on the road in Oregon is a bit insulting to me. Usually it's a much lower percentage. I have read a lot about Jaguars in the last few years. I know what an XK engine is capable of

Thanks for the advice gentlemen. I always take your thoughts into consideration. Please forgive me if my results vary from your input. My #1 priority with our car is to make her a vehicle comfortable enough for my wife and beautiful enough to show in public and preserved enough to outlive me. Hmm, is that 3 priorities?
People are idiots when they drive, they automatically assume when they see a vintage car that it's going slow, so they pass not realizing that they have to do 80mph to do so.
Here in Canada that's well above the posted speed limit in most cases.
 
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70 or over, while under 4000 RPM - That's all I want... for now

Gene:

How about a nice long drive to Victoria, BC for Jaguars -on-the-Ilsand on the weekend of July 26-28? Lots of nice roads here...my Mk 2 will be on the field. PM me if you need information.


 
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Gregory, a drive to BC would be awesome. Especially with all that beautiful company! We are not ready for a trip like that. And when I say "we" our car may be fine, but I need to test her out more before I commit to a road trip of that magnitude. Y'all have fun, and know that I am there in spirit.

Cheers!
 
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I was away all last week on family business. Right up to the time I had to drive out to the airport I was rebuilding/reupholstering the front seats.

I don't know if readers of this thread remember, but one of my biggest gripes was not feeling like I had gauges that I could trust. A couple of weeks ago I got my freshly-calibrated tachometer back from West Valley Instrument Specialists. Last night I replaced the tach generator (sort-of like a sending unit to the tach) so I should have reliable rev counts for the car now.

I promise to post pics soon!
 
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So this is what we're going away from. Deteriorating, stinky, possibly rat-eaten, with springs sticking through. Ick


So, beginning...


Sewing in stays


Extremely fortunate "Ebay score". Thank you Pat!


Pinned, ready for sewing


All pieces (springs, foam, cover) put together for one side


And finally installed in the car. Not perfect, put tons better than what was in the car
 
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The tach generator is at the bottom of the pic, with 2 wires leading from it.


The bolts that hold this in are Allen heads? What? I was expecting more slot heads (And I would have replaced them)


This is the old one out


And putting the new one in. This was complicated because I could not see the bolts, and lining up the drive shaft was a bit of a pain.

And this is the new one in. I was surprised at how quickly I was able to do this(only about 1.5 hours)
 
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Those Rev Counter Generators are getting expensive!
 
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I keep hearing that "Jag parts are expensive", so maybe that's just the lot we've drawn, eh? It does seem like parts for my '66 F100 are significantly cheaper, with tons more after-market support.

Still, at 300 USD (shipped) plus 200 to get the tach calibrated, not too bad IMO. I installed both so I saved that labor expense. I consider it engine insurance.
 
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Try restoring a Benz or Aston & the spares prices are in a different realm. Jag spares are not bad. Just the odd item (no doubt slow moving) seem poor value or have escalated out of line with others.
 

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Try restoring a Benz or Aston & the spares prices are in a different realm. Jag spares are not bad. Just the odd item (no doubt slow moving) seem poor value or have escalated out of line with others.
Or a Bentley, I paid around 250.00$ Canadian dollars for a used thermostat.
That's one of the new aftermarket ones with the modern wax pellet core.
Works very well.
 
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Or a Bentley, I paid around 250.00$ Canadian dollars for a used thermostat.
That's one of the new aftermarket ones with the modern wax pellet core.
Works very well.
My mechanic said the same thing. Once when I visited they had been working on Bentley.

I didn't get a project car to save money. I'm bringing a beauty back from the past. I presume that is your motivation as well. Cheers!
 
 
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