Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Tide Roller: 1985 Jaguar XJS

I had this friend who drove the ugliest truck I'd ever seen around town and I once asked him about the Stanford sticker plastered across the back -- his reply was that he was a UC Berkeley guy 100%, but he felt that the truck was better used to besmirch the name of Stanford instead of representing Cal.  Which makes me think this next Jaguar might be an LSU Tiger fan in disguise -- find this 1985 Jaguar XJS V8 swap offered for $5,500 in Huntsville, AL via craigslist.  Tip from Rock On!

The only indication that something might be amiss are the Home Depot sourced hood vents -- not that there is anything wrong with shopping at Home Depot for your car parts.   I'm just surprised he found a style of wall vent that didn't include that little lever that adjusts the angles of the vents.

Under that customized hood is a Chevrolet 350 cubic inch small block V8 mated to a 700-R4 slushbox with a conversion that is ALMOST DONE, RUNS BUT CUTS OUT.  How hard can it be to fix whatever fuel/spark/air issue might be causing the problem and enjoy.

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  1. Just watched the Wheeler Dealers XJS episode last night -- as long as the idle problem involves the binnacle or the wind screen wiper assembly I'm sure I can fix it!

  2. Seems like a lot of new parts for $5500 and a Jaguar. Just crank up the idle RPMs and get it home...?

  3. So, do you close the vents to let 'er warm up, then jump out and open them? Or maybe jump out and open them before starting your high speed autobahn blast? It's like the builder couldn't decide whether to make the car really slick and well done, or silly and ironic... Yet strangely, I'm drawn to it...

  4. On the one hand, I see a pretty clean looking XJS with a tidy engine swap. On the other hand, I see the hood/floor vents, the plywood trunk and the dymo-labelmaker console and I start to wonder...

  5. Earl we got us a problem. We need hood vents, a searchlight and some round things to put above the gauge cluster and we only got 8 bucks left. Here hand me that bottle of moonshan' I got me some thinkin' ta do....

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