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

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Old 07-31-2016, 06:44 PM
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Hello again,

So after about 3 yrs, my XJ6C is near finished. Still have to get some bumperettes chromed, need some chrome clips on the rain gutters, and a few more last minute details. Rebuilt the 4.2 myself, overbored .030 with 9:1 pistons, got my hands on a set of Joe Kurto Strombergs and she runs strong. Lowered her about 1 3/4 inches, not too much, just enough, gave her a few custom body details, and a coat of the original silver. ..... and Oh, thanks to all for helping me along the way.

Here she is....

Steve
 
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Nice coupe. Congrats...quite an achievement. I just started final assembly of mine after extensive body work and customization. These cars have so many parts. I dont know how Jag every made any money on these. Every fitting is a project, door mechanisms, windows mechanisms hood latch and the like are complex....What say you?

Who painted it and what did it cost? I'm asking because where I am a paint job costs more than the car is worth.

Is it a series 1 coupe or did you retro fit a sedan nose?
 

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ICS,

The only S1 coupes were prototypes. I believe Lyons had 2 built. I fitted a nose and rear bumper from an S1 sedan to my S2. I did all the preliminary body work and fabrication. I cut out the fender flairs from a pair of S3 front fenders and reversed them and then fitted them to the rear fender arches on opposite sides. Front left fender flair was fitted to right rear wheel arch (in reverse) and vice versa. I welded all the replacement panels with 16 GA steel, then ground and filled everything. I then removed all the chrome. So the paint job and glass removal/installation is all I paid for . I paid $8K to have the car sprayed by a guy named Misha in East Hampton NJ. He's an old school Hot Rod type. I will probably never get my money back, but on projects like these I seldom do. If you buy a new Mercedes and sell it 3 or 4 yrs later you lose. This is no different.
And yes, these are complicated cars. The cable mechanism that keeps the coupe's front door window and rear seat window sealed to each other is a mechanical nightmare of cables and pulleys or a "work of art" depending on you point of view. I prefer work of art. There are no other cars in the world that combine form and function like these.

Keep at it. Oh and get a parts book from Bentley if you don't already have one. It will show how everything fits together.

Steve
 
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