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New member with another Jaguar head gasket/cylinder head problem. I have purchased a 1995 XJR with 50K miles and had a very good foreign car shop diagnose why it is only running on 4 cylinders. Compression and leak down tests revealed a burnt exhaust valve in the 6th cylinder. Other symptoms include massive oil usage = 3 quarts in 10 miles. So the head gasket is leaking and the head needs to be rebuilt.

Can anyone recommend a good cylinder head rebuilder or two in the United States? Really need help in finding one to rebuild mine.

Thanks for any suggestions in advance.

Mike
 
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Welcome to Jaguar Forums Mike,

Mike, I'd suggest editing your full address from your visible profile, "Higden AR" would be plenty.

Good to have you with us.
Enjoy the forum.

If you haven't done so already you should add your car details to your signature to help others to help you.
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I see another new member posted after me and has 10 replies and I have 0? I may need to be more friendly like he was? My name is Mike and I have been restoring classic cars for 35 years having done so with about 40 cars, mostly GM Pontiacs and Buicks. Got bored with them and just finished a 3 year project to restore a barn find 1964 Studebaker GT Hawk with 75K miles # 587 out of about 1,000 GTs before the plant closed in late December, 1963. Learned this was the fastest US production car in 1964 with Andy Granatelli achieving 175mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats with a super charged model in September 1963.. It now resides in Germany.

My classic car restoration model is to polish/service/repair a car back to one you can get in and drive 30,000 miles with only oil changes like a new one. I buy low production, low mileage, garage kept "family pet" cars to start with as a hobby for profit model. I love the hunt, evaluation, purchase, restoration evaluation and actual restoration part of restoring classic cars - don't show my cars as a general rule. Most of the cars at the classic car shows were restored by someone else - not the showing owner - different mentality.

I have owned 2 other Jags - 1990 Soverign and 2003 Type-S V8 - both had head gasket problems at under 75K miles - what is with these cars???? Never had a head gasket problem with any other of the 100 or so cars I have owned. I bought the 1995 XJR from an estate in Fort Myers, FL last summer for $700 hoping I could get it running and not be upside down on its restored value??? Previous owner had $7K in service work done at Naples Jaguar dealer and then parked the car. Had to replace and rebuild whole fuel system to get it running, then the no fire on the 5th and 6th cylinders and excessive oil usage showed up. Not a steal after all! LOL.

Looking forward to membership in the Forum and getting to know other deep-diving Jaguar owners.
 
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Originally Posted by Rmbaker47 View Post
I see another new member posted after me and has 10 replies and I have 0?
What am I chopped liver?
Perhaps the other nine are on the way to your house for a beer?

The only post I see with 10 replies was posted yesterday evening, many of our members are in different time zones so will be along later.
I'm working nights otherwise it would have been tomorrow before I saw your post.
 

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Norri, no you are not "chopped liver" to me. Thanks for the reply and your welcome to the Forum. I hope to return as much as I gain from being part of the form for this cylinder head project. I would be happy to document in words and pictures the whole process including info about the rebuilder I use if you think that would be of interest to members?

I will be trailering the car up to my summer home in north central Arkansas in May where I have a full garage for this type of mechanical work.

Best regards,
Mike
 
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Welcome aboard Mike.
 
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Welcome to the forums Mike,

Good to have you with us.

Follow this link https://www.jaguarforums.com/forum/xj-xj6-xjr6-x300-26/ to the X300 forum for help, advice and information. The 'HOW TO' thread at the top is a good place to start for information on regular issues.

Please add vehicle details to your Signature to help others to give relevant advice. Go to the User CP button on the left of the top menu bar, then Settings & Options under Your Control Panel. Select Edit Signature and enter the details.

You can also visit the US Southern Midwest Region forum by following this link https://www.jaguarforums.com/forum/u...rn-midwest-67/ to find other members in your region.

Enjoy the forums.

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Welcome to the Forums.

I will leave answers that make sense from members in your area, for obvious reasons.

I agree, time zones suck, as does work sometimes.

I did mine myself, NOT easy, and very time consuming.

Good luck.
 
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Thanks for the reply and tips. I have been looking at the X300 forum but missed the How To thread at the top. Best regards!
 
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Welcome to the forums.
 
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welcome to the forum - enjoy!!!
 
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Hello, Mike,
Welcome to the forums from ElinorB.
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