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First time Jaguar owner and first posting

 
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Old 10-02-2007, 10:02 AM
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I am not shunning you, but mechanically-speaking you are trying to fix a Chevy, not a Jaguar. I know little about Chevy.That's funny you paid $600. because I know of a 1985 in Florida selling for the same amount but it is complete, not a "lump", as yours are referred to.

I can help you withupholstery advice assuming it is still the Jaguar upholstery:

there are many Jaguar interior specialists. Depends on what you want to spend, but overall, it is not cheap to repair or replace the seat covers. Any upholstery work is usually expensive, Chevy or Jaguar.

What I would do, if your leather can be salvaged, is to find a local upholstery shop to restitch if possible. If not worth rescuing, then buynew covers and have a local shop install them. But really, the cosmetics are your least worry, you need to repair the car first, why bother with the seats now? And if it was me, I would redo the upholstery in heavy-duty vinyl, myself I don't care for leather, (only if new), though it smells nice and everything, it deteriorates too fast for my taste and it gets to a point where it is not worth trying to save it.

The front, center,valance panel is a separate piece and can be replaced easily, (two 1/2" or 5/8" bolts on each side), justorder a new panel. Ask Ken here for his price on the replacement panel. Also, see below.

In Houston, there is a place who specializes in lumps and parts, (Chevy engine and transmission in a Series III XJ-6). Contact John's Cars at www.johnscars.com They might fix you up with a replacement tranny, manifold, and front valance panel. In fact, you might have one of his conversions, who knows.

good luck,
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Close, Jose. John is in Dallas. We are in Houston.
 
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Old 10-02-2007, 01:53 PM
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great to hear you're handy, you will find the Jag to be mostly easy to work on, so get it going...John's Carshas a lot of of fixes for these cars, he designed them and had them manufactured, he is knowledgeable about Chevy drivetrains.

About the wood: my advise is to take out the dash wood, sand the old lacquer off, and refinish it yourself with polyurethane, spraying it looks best. You are not likely to find a used one in like-new condition; There is a business who does it for you but they are Expensive, and they basically would do the same you would do, sand andrespray. Everybody has the same problem. Doing it yourself helps you learn about the car!!

The Haynes Manual may help in some areas, some not. Best to buy the Factory Service and Parts Shop Manual in a CD. Look at previous posts here to find the link for the company who has them on special. (LBCarco).

If you were closer, I know of a 1985 XJ-6 with anice wine-red leather interior selling for $600.00 (the whole car!). (the dashlacquer is bad). but you would have to get it on a car hauler to take it home.

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You can try www.britishautowood.com He's not cheap, but look at the wood! This guy is an artist!
 
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yep, those guys at British Autowood are craftsmen, but the price....

what I would do is try a salvage yard for a used dash panel in good condition, one that you can refinish yourself. For example, I think Kenhas lots of salvage Jags.

Ken: can you find the man a nice Series 3 dash panel ??? If Ken can'tsupply it, there is anothermember here called Davidwho has a small business calledEveryday XJ; He also has salvage XJ-6 parts. Contact him. you can find his linkin previous posts in this forum Section.

Jose
 
 
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