Last month I introduced my latest XJ40 in 15th April 1988
I am very pleased to say that she is now safely home, having spent almost a month with David Marks having a thorough servicing, waxoyling and removal of slight corrossion to her near side front wing behind the wheel arch.
I have named her Juno, after the Roman Goddess, influenced by her registration number which ends JU and the fact that I purchased her in June. I also wanted a reference to Shetland and its Nordic connections, because we were at The Shetland Classic Motor Show in Lerwick when we purchased her via a phone bid to Classic Car Auctions, and Esta-jane pointed out that JU is a nod to June and NO to Norway!
So, Juno she is!
Before we were due to collect her, a note came from David Marks confirming that the following work had be done:
Engine oil and filter renewed
Gearbox oil and filter renewed
Differential oil renewed
Spark plugs renewed
Distributor cap, rotor arm etc checked
Coolant drained, heater return hose replaced, thermostat replaced, water-rail hose replaced,
Brake fluid renewed and brakes checked
Windscreen wiper blade replaced
Front wheel bearings stripped and greased
Bump stops fitted
‘A’ frame bushes replaced
Sill box sections waxed
‘A’ frame and other vulnerable areas waxed
Exhaust clamps fitted
Bulb fail module replaced
Aerial mast reconnected
MOT (after correct date to give 13 month MOT): PASS
|Juno had been plagued by a bulb fail warning light which had been noted in her Heritage history file. David Marks traced this back to a burnt out bulb fail module (above) which was duly replaced (right) and extinguished the light.|
There was a note in the Jaguar Heritage file referring to some corrosion on the nearside front wing. When we put Juno on the ramp at David Marks Garage to inspect her, we could see that this was the normal corrosion on the bottom of the rear of the front wheel arch and we decided to have it repaired to stop it from continuing to spread.
When Camamile & Hay removed the nearside front wing to repair it, it was evident, once the front bumper had been removed, that there was corrosion at the front end of the nearside front wheel arch as well.
Fortunately, as this XJ40 had been specified at first purchase with the rubbing strips on the lower swage, it was easy to respray the bottom of the front wing only, blending it carefully into the nearside front door .
As can be seen from the pictures below, this has now all been dealt with.
|N/S/F WING BUMPER BRACKET FIXING||N/S/F WING AFT OF WHEELARCH|
Leaving Wroxall Abbey on Monday morning, we took Brucie and Opium to Jaguar Classic for photos and then while Rob was in a meeting I drove Opium to David Marks Garage in Nottingham, leaving her there for servicing and returning to Jaguar Classic for more photos with Juno! By this time I was so hot, as Juno is an XJ6 with no air conditioning, so the photos of Brucie and Juno outside Jaguar Classic are quick ones!
Rob then gallantly offered to take the wheel of the XJ40 and I climbed gratefully into my air conditioned X300 – phew!
We then drove to Bridgnorth, stopped overnight and the following morning we had a meeting with Julian Barratt at SNG Barratt. Once again, Rob offered to drive Juno so that I could enjoy Brucie’s air conditioning!
From here, escorted by Brucie and I, Rob drove Juno north to her new home.