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The narrower steering rack moved the pinion input shaft 2" inboard, so of course this meant reconfiguring everything from the bottom of the steering column to the rack. We had to go from two u-joints to three in order to clear the exhaust downpipe, which meant adding a heim joint to stabilize the shafts. In order to fit the heim joint we had to eliminate the XJR vibration damper. Fortunately we were able to find an upper u-joint that includes an integral damper. Of course this wasn't available in the metric spline configuration to fit the XJR column, so that had to be pulled, disassembled and the end machined into a standard double D configuration. Rather than pull the engine again to access all of this mess I opened up the inner fender where a lot of folks have recommended to help move air through the engine compartment. It was that or take take a match to the damn beast.

As you can see from the attached pic the heim joint is in the middle of nowhere, so we fabricated a Rube Goldbergerish structure to support it. It isn't pretty but it's strong - and removable should we ever come up with something more elegant. Tight doesn't begin to describe the setup - we have about 1/4" clearance at the u-joints and heim joint. All that's left is to bolt up the coil-overs and calipers and fill the power steering reservoir and we should have the beast back on the road. Wish us luck.
 
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Old 03-18-2019, 03:22 AM
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very creative and nice job, Doug! I think your engine compartment will smile now that you gave another path for the hot air to escape
 
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I recently acquired a project Mk2, that had been abandoned in a 'barn' by the 3 back previous owner. I was planning to part it out until I saw the very extensive and well exectuted work someone put into this body.
From the photos, can anyone identify the running gear this was built to accomodate? My only clues are the X308 pedals and booster, and the two X308 front seats it came with.
Do the mods to the engine mount area, and rear end look like they are for a 4.0 from a 98-03 Jag?




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I think you're correct. That looks like an X308 trans tunnel, and the bulkhead mods suggest they may have wanted to accommodate that dash. The rear suspension mounts appear to be for the XJ IRS. No idea what the plan was for the front end.
 
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Thanks Doug.
 
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Originally Posted by Doug Dooren View Post
Has anyone else tackled an XJR transplant similar to the Beachem Mark 2? I've been following the Primaz LS1 project and noticed a few folks mentioned they were undertaking or planning the XJR approach. I would love to exchange some project details as the hurdles are substantial and frequent. I acquired a rust-free CA car (not sure if the picture attached) and X-308 accident victim this winter, so there's no turning back now. Please let me know if there's any other interest out there.
Hello, where does the front of the rotisserie bolt to the front of the jag? Thanks
 
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I first used the radiator mounts and the bumper bracket mounts. I'll have to dig for a picture.
 
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Originally Posted by Doug Dooren View Post
The narrower steering rack moved the pinion input shaft 2" inboard, so of course this meant reconfiguring everything from the bottom of the steering column to the rack. We had to go from two u-joints to three in order to clear the exhaust downpipe, which meant adding a heim joint to stabilize the shafts. In order to fit the heim joint we had to eliminate the XJR vibration damper. Fortunately we were able to find an upper u-joint that includes an integral damper. Of course this wasn't available in the metric spline configuration to fit the XJR column, so that had to be pulled, disassembled and the end machined into a standard double D configuration. Rather than pull the engine again to access all of this mess I opened up the inner fender where a lot of folks have recommended to help move air through the engine compartment. It was that or take take a match to the damn beast.

As you can see from the attached pic the heim joint is in the middle of nowhere, so we fabricated a Rube Goldbergerish structure to support it. It isn't pretty but it's strong - and removable should we ever come up with something more elegant. Tight doesn't begin to describe the setup - we have about 1/4" clearance at the u-joints and heim joint. All that's left is to bolt up the coil-overs and calipers and fill the power steering reservoir and we should have the beast back on the road. Wish us luck.
Doug, I hope you are able to finish this soon and I hope all goes well. I am sure all if left might be minor tweaks to the alignment. Get-her-done
 
 
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