Brucie’s Diary: November 2014


Current mileage: 162,958

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X300 Fuses

A month or so ago, looking into Brucie’s engine bay and seeing some loose particles of dust and debris, I decided it would be easier to remove the rubbish with a vacuum cleaner than a cloth. It was a good idea, until I got carried away, opened the toolbox cover and sucked up all the fuses!

It was not until then that I questioned in what exact order would the fuses have been fitted into their seats when the car left the factory, and I began to wonder how to verify this and who to contact. The answer would probably be ask Karam Ram, Photographic Archivist at Jaguar Heritage if he has any pictures of the original toolbox layout.

Meanwhile, I was given the opportunity to view a1996 X300 Daimler that has a genuine recorded mileage of 1200 miles and is absolutely as it left the factory 18 years ago and looks just as a new XJ in a Jaguar showroom would look today! What an amazing car! Of course, I took lots of photos for reference, including one of the fuses in the toolbox! The tools remain unused in their unbroken cellophane wrap, and carefully opening the toolbox lid, I noted the position of the fuses, as shown below. Now all I need are the red fuse tweezers as shown to the right of the fuses!

 

X300 Bumpers

In May this year, Brucie went to XJK for his 6 monthly service and to have his bumpers refurbished. This was something that had been on the agenda for 3 years, as they were in a poor state when I first purchased Brucie in 2010. Despite being very unsightly and letting the car down, the work had been put off for 2 reasons,

  1. I wanted to do all mechanical work first, and the bumpers are merely cosmetic
  2. I had been unsuccessfully looking for a set of used headlamp powerwashers, as these were not available from Jaguar Heritage Parts at the time, and I had only recently found a set in the Spring of 2014. I was determined not to de-commission this feature, as Brucie left the factory with this rarely specified optional extra!.

XJK undertook to do all of the work required, from bumper removal, preparation and respraying, to re-fitting all parts and re-commissioning the original headlamps powerwashers. You can read more about the original work being put on hold HERE

 

Parts required

original bumpers front and rear – scuffing and other damage repaired, re-sprayed and re-used

original foglamps – cleaned and re-used

other undamaged parts not listed were cleaned and re-used or sourced via XJK Independent Jaguar Specialists where new parts were not available

 

Search: Jaguar Heritage Parts UK > XJ Series from (V)720125 to (V)812255 (X300) > Exterior Fittings and Sunroof > Front Bumpers > Bumper-Front-Without Energy Absorbing Strut

(Preceding numbers refer to those on the JHP catalogue pictures)

1.  BEC25563 – front bumper mounting bracket x 2

5.  BEC 25497 – front bumper blade x 1 (centre, with powerwash)

6.  BEC19932 – front bumper blade x 1  (rh side)

7.  BEC19933 – front bumper blade x 1  (lh side)

8.  BEC19919 – front bumper blade retention clip x 10

11. BEC19939 – front undertray x 1 (unavailable from JHP at time of refurbishment – reproduction part sourced from SNG Barratt)

13. KRB100002 – plastic rivet for fixing front undertray x 1pack (unavailable from JHP at time of refurbishment – reproduction part sourced from SNG Barratt)

16. HHC6458AA – front number plate plinth x 1

 

Search: Jaguar Heritage Parts UK > XJ Series from (V)720125 to (V)812255 (X300) > Exterior Fittings and Sunroof > Rear Bumpers > Bumper-Rear-Non Energy Absorbing

(Preceding numbers refer to those on the JHP catalogue pictures)

5.  BEC19956 – rear bumper blade x 1 (centre)

6.  BEC19960 – rear bumper blade x 1 (rh side)

7.  BEC19961 – rear bumper blade x 1 (lh side)

8.  BEC19919 – rear bumper blade retention clip x 11

 

Search: Jaguar Heritage Parts UK > XJ Series from (V)720125 to (V)812255 (X300) > Wiper and Washer Systems > Headlamp Washers > Headlamp Wash System

(Preceding numbers refer to those on the JHP catalogue pictures)

4.  LNA7051AA – powerwash jet assembly (lh side) x 1 (unavailable from JHP at time of refurbishment – used parts were sourced)

4. LNA7050AA – powerwash jet assembly (rh side) x 1 (unavailable from JHP at time of refurbishment – used parts were sourced)

 

Search: Jaguar Heritage Parts UK > XJ Series from (V)720125 to (V)812255 (X300) > Lighting – Exterior/Interior > Direction Indicators and Hazard Warnings > Direction Indicator Lamp-Front

(Preceding numbers refer to those on the JHP catalogue pictures)

1.  LNA4801AB – direction indicator lamp-front (lh side)  x 1

1.  LNA4800AB – direction indicator lamp-front (rh side)  x 1

 

Search: Jaguar Heritage Parts UK > XJ Series from (V)720125 to (V)812255 (X300) > Lighting – Exterior/Interior > Side Markers > Side Marker and Reflex Lamp

(Preceding numbers refer to those on the JHP catalogue pictures)

3.  DBC10888 – side marker (rh front) x 1

3.  DBC10889 – side marker (lh front) x 1

3.  DBC10890 – side marker (rh rear) x 1

3.  DBC10891 – side marker (lh rear) x 1

 

Brucie’s bumpers – before refurbishment


Missing headlamp powerwashers and a very deep scuff on the n/s/f corner

 


Multiple scuffs on the n/s/r corner

 


A nasty hole in the rear bumper, along with many scuff marks

 

And after ….. Brucie shows off his shiny refurbished front bumper, complete with new (mostly!) chrome fittings and lenses and as a final touch, XJK added new registration plates (front and rear) to complete the look!

 

On 4th November 2014 Brucie celebrated four years in my ownership, then sadly, after all the work on his bumpers, Brucie had yet another confrontation with a pheasant (the second this year!) so instead of going to XJK for an end of year service and MOT (in readiness for the winter) he is, at the time of writing, staying at XJK Independent Jaguar Specialists, and having his front bumper refurbished once more! I should have taken a photo of the damage for my records, but I was too upset at the time and just left him with XJK to get it all put right!

 

Praise for XJK

Copy of a letter which first appeared on page 102 of The Jaguar Enthusiast magazine, July 2014

I can’t thank Ian Kelsall of XJK, the Jaguar specialists in Stoke on Trent, enough.He provided more information than any of the ‘experts’ I have spoken to in the last twelve months!Thank you again for such detailed information to help me with my S-type.
Reg Mills