XJ6 & XJ12 Series I, II & III 1968-1992

Saw her on the flesh

Old 01-08-2019, 06:41 AM
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Default Saw her on the flesh

I saw the car today!
it’s a 1985 XJ6 Sovereign, looks very straight and honest both inside and out, no rust apart from some bubles on lower córners of windshield (owner says that they have been there w/out changes for more than 10 yrs)
Engine fires ok and keeps steady iddle at 700rpm and 30 psi. Goes smooth, no rattles, no clunks no ticking noises.
all seems to work including climate control, windows and ceiling. Tanks seems to switch over but not indicate well, they both are close to empty while owner tells me that have gas a plenty.
i include some engine pics for your opinion

Old 01-08-2019, 09:25 AM
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It does look very clean...
Normally if the tanks are reading 'something', but are always reading low despite high fuel levels, it's as simple as a float that has been filled with fuel. Occasionally they'll absorb some fuel, and can't float to the top of the sending unit's range any longer. So you read half when it's really full... Simple to check, and fix...
The routing of the fuel injection harness has changed (no big deal), and I'm not sure what's going on under that wad of electrical and duct tape... May be something to look at..
I'd also ask about it's history of overheating... May not be anything, but that white residue around the overflow tank is sometimes caused by hot coolant...

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Old 01-08-2019, 04:40 PM
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I agree, it certainly looks very, very, clean in the engine compartment, with everything looking in apple-pie order. I'd be very strongly tempted if the car runs right. However, it is 33 years old so I would only buy after a good test drive. Rusting at the corners of the windscreen is very common on these cars as the design was not originally intended for a bonded screen so water accumulates and rusts the windscreen frame. If you're really keen, it can be repaired after the screen is removed. If it's left, the rusting can allow water into the cabin. Pretty much everything on these cars can be DIYed, there are no pesky electronics apart from the analogue fuel injection control unit
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