Thursday, June 25, 2009

Sunday, June 21, 2009

New Bilstein Rear Shocks

Model #F4-BE3-2446-H0 / CAD $145.49/each from Bilstein Canada (Essex Distributors)

First time I've ever mounted springs onto shocks. Not the easiest job in the world, but hardly difficult. Like with most things, once you've done it once, it gets easier.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Concours d'Elegance

There were 35 cars on show this year. Ranging from 1950s XKs and Saloons to 2010 XFs and XJs. I only snapped 3 or 4 pictures. I have enough pictures to idolise already.

I'm definitely going to get myself one of these 2009 XJRs one day.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Gallery - Lower Radiator Hose

I was at the verge of taking apart the entire front end to replace this hose. But I luckily managed to remove the hose clamps using a 6 piece ratchet contraption.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Friday, June 12, 2009

What's this? #02

Open rubber hose left hanging near transmission oil pan. What is it?

What's this? #01

Tucked between the brake servo and the fender I found this metal pot. It has a small vacuum line attached to it which leads to a T-piece that one end goes into the red plug in the brake servo. What is it?

Answer: Vacuum Reservoir. Needed for proper operation of brakes, climate control, and cruise control. Thanks Craig Talbot

Gallery - Oil Sump

First oil change in 10 years

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Rebuilding Brake Disc Calipers

Like a fool I went and painted my calipers before I rebuilt them. Now the brake fluid is totally destroying my paint work.

WARNING: Do not attempt to rebuild your calipers while sitting on the couch eating crisps and watching TV.

I wish I saw that warning before I started the rebuild. I managed to get brake fluid all over me when the piston popped out. Luckily none of it went onto the couch, otherwise it would have been my neck for sure.

I did a lot of reading around on the internet. And almost everyone suggests using an air-compressor to push out the pistons. Considering I don't have any of those fancy things I had to compromise.

All I used for my rebuild was some brake fluid, a small wire brush and a pair of needle nose pliers.

Just grab the suckers and pull.

Gallery - Rebuilt Induction 2

I always wondered why Jaguar bothered painting the aluminium branch pipes black in colour. After painting it silver, I realised why right away. There are many tiny imperfections in the mould that really show when painted in silver.

Anyhow, it looks alright.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Removing the old brakes

How anyone is expected to do any rear brake work on a Jaguar without taking the IRS out I have no idea.

There is literally only the bare minimum of space to leverage a spanner onto any of those nuts.

Just look at that rust.

Using wheel chucks and jumping on the spanner seems to be the only way of taking any of the nuts off.

Taking off the U-joint from the brake discs was another pain in the ass. Getting the hub in exactly the right position to slide off the U-joint takes a lot of patience and strength. And once you get it off, don't think the brake disc just comes off too.Noooo. There is a lip on the lower control arm that prevents the disc from sliding out. You need to let the control arm hang down from at least 2 feet to get it to slide over. And thus if you have the suspension out on the floor like I do and not on a car, it makes it really difficult to lift properly. But don't even think you'll get to that stage with the suspension on the car.