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Cherry Blossom - Restoration 1990 XJS V12

 
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Why I Decided To Cancel My Breakdown Insurance!


As I was saying a short while ago, the reason I got into such a big mess when my XJS broke down was basically all my fault, for which I can only take the blame for nearly being the Architect of my own downfall

Where my Number One biggest mistake was not taking 'Greg's' advice and changing all the drive belts, the reason being that I didn't think that anything (that bad!) would happen if one of them snapped

Unless you want to factor in that having one of those drive belts snap, could very easily kill you!

Especially if that drive belt hits the Crank Position Sensor underneath and then turns off the Engine while you are in the process of overtaking a Truck!

And while its rare for that to happen, that is what happened to me though thankfully wasn't overtaking anything at the time, praise be to 'The Jaguar Gods!'

If you can Survive that breakdown and pull off the road to somewhere Safe, then the worst could be over and if you have Breakdown Insurance and unless you can fix her yourself, then now could be the best time to send for that Breakdown Truck

Which now brings me onto my Next 'Big Mistake' and I don't mean not having any Breakdown Insurance (at least not yet!)

As very unusually for me, I left 'Orange Blossom Towers' so ill prepared for what could happen that I Hate Myself!

(1) Convinced that I was Paranoid, I left all my Tools at home except for the wheel jack, with not a single spanner or screwdriver

(2) Thinking that I would only be a couple of hours, I didn't bother charging up my Cell Phone (only 7% Charge Left) and barely enough for one Text and I didn't have my In-Car Charger with me!

(3) Thinking I'd only be a short while, I didn't bother telling the GF where I was going

So now with my lifelines exhausted I was really up the Creek without a paddle

I could go on but I think that you've got the idea

Thankfully the GF got my Text for help and came to the Rescue and since we'd both had nothing to eat, I stayed behind in this Compound to keep an eye on our Cars, while She went out to get us both 'Chicken and Chips'

Except it wasn't over yet! as unbeknownst (is that a word?) to me, Security came round and locked the Compound (like they do when you're having a really bad day!

And all you need is something to make it a little bit worse and it was also raining and starting to get very dark!

So when She came back, She could not get in and I could not get out! (Think Prisoner Cell Block 'H')

It was absolutely hilarious and we were laughing till we cried our eyes out or was it the other way round?

Having a Crisis like that one can really bring people together but all the same be careful what you wish for!

So maybe not surprising that as soon as we got home, I decided to join a Breakdown Service, which with the benefit of hindsight was a bit of a 'knee jerk' reaction on my part

As it wasn't very long before I realized that I was about to start Hating Myself All over again!

So Now it was time for Plan 'B'

To be Continued.........
 
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OB,

I'm very much enjoying the internal dialogue that has been going on in your head!

I have a degree of empathy for the view that cars only break down if you don't maintain them, or that if you can't fix your car at the side of the road then you don't deserve to own it. BUT, I've gradually become realistic enough to know that often the cause of a problem is nothing to do with regular maintenance. Or that sometimes a breakdown is so significant, major broken part etc, that it can't be fixed roadside. Or even that one is unfortunate enough to have an accident (As happened to GFs car last year.

So overall, I decided it was sensible to keep it going. As others have said, just one flat battery, puncture or accident, and you'll be pleased you did it and it will have paid for itself. The concept of insurance is risk vs likelihood vs consequence. I bet you have house insurance and I bet you haven't claimed on that in the last 10 years. But we still keep it going for the one potential disaster that might happen.

I'm heading out to France & Belgium tomorrow with a few mates and our cars. I'll have my European breakdown insurance certificate in my wallet. Will I need it? Hopefully and Probably not!

Looking forward to the conclusions of your deliberations!

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Hi Paul

According to the GF who of course is always right! apart from a Fully Charged Mobile Phone and an in Car Charger as a back up, the One Vital Piece Of Equipment that I should always Carry with me is a Yellow Pages Type of Phonebook

Which would be so much easier than having to Trawl through loads of stuff on the Internet on a very small device like a Mobile Phone, where together we hatched something that I can only describe as a 'Cunning Plan'

Where before we left to go on a Trip. which we haven't done so far for many and various reasons, we would phone round from the Landline to get quotes for recovery from some local operators in the area we were visiting back to 'Orange Blossom Towers'

No hanging around and no waiting just load up the Car and get home, where I would then be able to fix the Car in my own time which is where the GF explained the importance of 'Networking' which I have really never been into before

Although when it comes to Contacts, the GF is a real 'networking guru' with that sort of stuff, so basically I leave all that to her and who can get me Factor Prices for all sorts of stuff and so for just that reason alone She's worth her weight in 'Gold'

Where She's already done some Phoning around, which has been producing some spectacular results, as the most we have been quoted is 100 and She is now in the process of compiling a list

Of Friends of Friends who have got Car Trailers, who would come and rescue us for almost next to nothing and if a roadside fix was possible could also bring whatever may be needed

But that was not in itself the reason I cancelled my Breakdown Insurance, as the Breakdown Saga rolls on a bit further than that

To be Continued...........
 

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Why I Decided To Cancel My Breakdown Insurance


Now don't get me wrong but Breakdown Insurance can be a great idea in the event that you are not Mechanically minded, or else just want that peace of mind, of knowing that someone will be there to catch you if you fall

Where as I found out for myself when you drive an XJS anything can happen!

As the very last thing I expected, was to have a drive belt snap, which then hit the Crank Position Sensor, which in turn switched off the Engine and immobilized the Car

Which could then have resulted in a major accident, had I been in the process of overtaking something at the time, though somehow against all the odds and thanks to 'The Jaguar Gods'

I managed to get away with it and walk away unscathed and in the event you can manage that, then the worst could be over, at which point you then start thinking what the hell do I do next

Where so shaken by the experience of what had just occurred, my legs just turned to jelly and my brain just turned to mush, as in desperation or maybe just blind panic, I tried in vain to work out what to do

As I had no tools with me, except for a mobile phone that had almost no charge left to try and get assistance from somewhere, so having Breakdown Insurance could have come in rather handy at that very time

But then decided that the GF could well be my best bet, to use up the last of the battery to try and send her a text, although She must have had her phone switched off which was very unusual for a Text Junkie like her, or maybe on a call to someone else

Although which ever way you look at it, this was not my day as everything that could go wrong went wrong, in a one thing after another sort of a way

Though after it was all over and thanks to the GF having finally made it back to 'Orange Blossom Towers' my knee jerk reaction was to join a Breakdown Service, which I subsequently cancelled

As after having had time to think it over, I came to the conclusion that maybe I didn't need them, as much as I first thought because before I joined the Forum I knew nothing and didn't even have a Socket Set

Though learning to fix an XJS was such an irresistible sort of challenge, that my desire to fix my Car no matter what went wrong, started as a Hobby and turned into an obsession

Where with vast amount of ongoing help that this Forum provides, I soon found out that someone knows the answer and sooner or later whatever turns up in the way of a problem can sooner or later be fixed, providing the desire is there to do it

So basically if I ever broke down on the road somewhere, unless its something very obscure then I like to think that I can fix it, or if not have the Car Taken Home

Which could prove a problem with an XJS because although you can put her in Neutral to disconnect the Engine from the Gearbox, you can't disconnect the Gearbox from the rear Wheels, unless you undo the prop shaft and tie that out of the way

Where should you wish to have her Towed, using something like a Spectacle lift, then in the event you don't do that, then it could result in damage to the gearbox

And while of course that can be done, it isn't exactly the kind of job that you may want to do by the side of the road, without a proper Trolley Jack and Set of Axle Stands

So bearing all of that in mind, the very best option appears to be, having her taken home on the back of a Car Transporter or Trailer, where in either case you could do with a rapid response

Where to this end the GF and me are now in the process of compiling a list of all of those who can provide that Service, in the area where we are going at very short notice and then very quickly get us home, so that I can fix the Car in my own good time

Which also means that in the event that the Fuel Pump went down, that I could get one of ebay or somewhere like that, for no more than around 30 as these pumps are Generic and fitted to lots of Cars

Rather than having to have to pay out for OEM prices that could be around 200 or more, as opposed to be taken home by an independent Contractor for around 100 or maybe a lot less

Where since a Breakdown Service, is something we may never have to use, we have come to the conclusion that this would work better for us

Not to Self: In future, don't go anywhere without your Tools and a Fully Charged Mobile Phone

Just in case the worst should happen just like it did to me!
 
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Old 06-10-2019, 07:54 AM
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Last Night I Had A Dream Or Was It A Nightmare!

In this Hypothetical Situation, I dreamt I was driving along when the Fuel Pump broke down

No problem I thought, I will get on the Phone and let the Breakdown Service know what I thought was wrong, as most of these Breakdown Companies carry a host of Spare Parts with which they are able to fix most common problems

Where seeing that the Fuel Pump for the XJS is common to many makes of Car, I thought they're bound to have one, which in the Scheme of things could be quite an easy fix, as I've done it myself in an hour

But although the labour to fix it is Free, you do have to pay for the Parts, which is quite fair enough especially if you consider that you could be back in the game and on your way home, or continuing your journey to wherever you are going

And while on Paper that sounds great, I do have an affliction to paying OEM prices for certain types of Components, especially if its in the case where an Aftermarket Part, will do the job just as well

Where just to illustrate that point and also give myself more peace of mind, I've just ordered a New Fuel pump with a 2 year Guarantee for just under 30 which I know I can fit myself as I've done that before

Which then had me wondering how much a Breakdown Service would charge for a New Fuel Pump in the event this was supplied by them

As a Brand New OEM Fuel Pump could easily be in the region of a couple of hundred pounds, where bearing in mind that this 'could' be the case, I would rather put on my New 30 Pump and then carry the old one as an emergency spare
 
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One Down And One To Go!

'50 Shades' Passed Her MOT But 'Cherry Blossoms' Got A Little Problem!
As you may already know, when the Alternator Belt Snapped on '50 Shades' my Grey XJS the Crank Position Sensor got hit by the flying belt, which instantly killed the ignition

Where had I been overtaking something at the time could have caused a major accident but Thanks to 'The Jaguar God's' that didn't happen and I have since replaced all of those drive belts with Brand New ones

But even so yesterday, when I was on my way to the MOT Garage, my heart was in my mouth for the whole journey, as I was once again travelling down that very busy road, which it has to be said is a bit of an Accident Black Spot

So not exactly the ideal place to have the Engine cut out on you without any warning and virtually zero places where you can pull off the road and as such is one dual carriageway, that is best avoided

Although I had no option, as that was the only road you can take to get '50 Shades' to the Garage for her MOT where having managed to get there without any problems at all, She Passed her MOT with Flying Colours

Where once having done so She also drove like a dream on the way home and so at least I now have one XJS I can use, or at least I would have if only it would stop raining!

Will The Next Contestant Please Step Forward!
Which will be my other XJS 'Cherry Blossom' which has a small but tricky little problem, as one of the Number Plate lights isn't working and not because of the Bulb this time, as the Bulb Holder is broken

Basically there are two brass spring clips either side of a piece of a Fragile Plastic and it's this piece of plastic that's broken, where as such its hard to think of a worse design for this application

I took the two off my Parts Car and they are broken as well!

But they will need to be working when I take 'Cherry' for her MOT and so I am looking to find a Quick Fix, where originality doesn't bother me, in the form of something that will fit inside the holder, regardless of whether its a Festoon Bulb or not



The Broken Festoon Bulb Holder Made Of Very Fragile Plastic



I Just Need Some Sort Of Light That Will Fit Inside This Enclosure Before I Can Take 'Cherry Blossom' for her MOT


 

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OB,

Could you take the holder out of the boot light and use / amend that to fit? It's a similar festoon bulb on late cars, so I expect the same on earlier cars

I took the boot light out completely some years ago and taped up the wires as its one of the biggest causes of unwanted battery drain.

You won't miss it anyway!

Cheers

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Hi Paul

Good idea!

But what I did instead was to use a Hot Melt Glue Gun to glue the Copper Terminals onto the ends of the broken plastic and so far it seems to be working!
 
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Getting 'Cherry Blossom' Ready For Her MOT

And Already Paranoia Is Starting To Set In!

Owing to the blinking awful Weather we've been having in the (UK) as unbelievable as its sounds, we haven't been out for a Trip yet because its either been raining or blowing a Gale

And though I usually Tax the two Cars that we use in the Summer at the beginning of April, it just hasn't been worth it and now we're very nearly at the end of June, where so far it's been one problem after another

Where first of all the Brakes completely failed on 'Cherry Blossom' which I thankfully noticed, when I was taking her for a drive round 'Orange Blossom Towers' which I fixed or think I did by swapping out the Accumulator Ball

Except She hasn't had a road Test Yet, though having said that the Brakes do feel ok but the good news is She's now Taxed for the road, so I can drive her over to a disused Car Park to try them out for real

The only bad news being that She's due for her MOT in a couple of Weeks, where with the best will in the World anything can happen and with me, it usually does, so I'm hoping the MOT Tester is at last feeling full of the Joys of Spring

Or should that be Summer? as it still isn't anywhere near warm enough for that, where this time last year it was so hot that you could hardly walk out of the door

And then of course we come onto the Saga of 50 Shades, where the alternator belt snapped and hit the head of the Crank Position Sensor, which instantly killed the Engine and could have caused a major accident

On the one and only time that I went out leaving all my Tools at home but not anymore, as having survived the Trauma of what could have been, Paranoia has returned to once again set in

So I for one have decided that I will never leave the house, not even for a pint of milk unless I have enough Tools on board to hopefully cope with whatever life may throw at me

But first there is that MOT Test to pass!





Like 'Liberace' reputedly said, 'Too much is never enough'
 
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Number Plate Light Repair

Getting 'Cherry Blossom' Ready For Her MOT

With 'Cherry Blossom's MOT only days away, I gave her the best possible chance with a thorough check over but 'Sod Law' decrees that if some can go wrong it will

Where this time one of the Number Plate Lights wasn't working and as a result the Fault Light on the Dash would not go out and then on further inspection, I could see that the 'Festoon Light' had come loose in its holder

And this was very much worse than it looked, because the Fragile plastic inside had broken but this was not a problem 'or so I thought at the time' as I could take a spare one off my Parts Car

Which just goes to show how wrong you can be, as they were both broken as well OMG! and so it was off to ebay, to try and get one off there, where even a Secondhand one is eye wateringly expensive (iro 15!)



The Broken Number Plate Light

There was only one thing for it and that was to try and repair it and so I got out the Glue Gun, to see what I could do and made a start by tacking the contacts in place with droplets of Glue



Tacking the Contacts in place with drops of Glue

Although that on its own might have been enough, I wanted to make sure that it was stronger than the Original and so I then added more Glue



Looking OK so far but I wanted to make absolutely sure that it would never fall apart again



That's a lot more like it!

Since this light was going to get quite a lot of rough handling, when putting it back in the Car, which would be due in no small part to the Number Plate Wires being only 'Just' long enough to Clip on

I encapsulated the whole thing in a Solid pool of Glue, where I'm very pleased to say that it is now as Solid as a Rock!
 
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'Cherry Blossom' Passed Her MOT

And Then I Bought A Light Sabre!

The Good News is that 'Cherry Blossom' passed her MOT and then I bought a 'Light Sabre' which could come in useful for looking underneath the Car and Stuff like that







Light Sabre Worklight Torch 'Thingy'
 
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