Monday, November 10, 2014

Fuel Filter

Took a bit of searching to find the right WIX part number so I thought I would post it for anyone else looking for it. WIX #33348. The original Jaguar part number is JS660. This is the fuel filter for cars that use the metal filter bowl.

It comes with the big O-ring needed to seal the filter bowl but it doesn't come with the little O-ring to seal the screw. I just bought a pack of generic fuel compatible Viton O-rings. Its a pretty beefy O-ring so you aren't likely going to need to change it very often anyway.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Fuel issues Fixed

After a bit of troubleshooting the problem came down to not enough suction from the pump. 

Thanks to the folks at I learned that my car has a fairly stock fuel system. Joel suggested that I check the cork disc (#10192) for cracks as this is a known problem area.
Lo and behold, that was it! There was a small crack in mine so I cut out a new disc from some generic fuel compatible paper gasket material and it fixed the problem right away. The pump was now strong enough to suck fuel.

What a wonderfully cheap and easy fix. I bet a garage would have done a full rebuild and charged me $500+ for the job. I did it with about 5 cents worth of gasket material. Very happy indeed.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Fuel issues

After many months of just sitting I decided to take the E-Type out for a drive and went to start it. It started and ran for a few seconds and then died. Tried to restart but it turned over and wouldn't start. The fuel pump was jugging away but it sounded like it was just sucking air. So I thought I'd have a quick look at the fuel setup in the boot and found the fuel pump set inside some foam and bolted to a pedestal that was bolted to the body. This is not what the workshop manual describes so I'm wondering it this is just a mess from a previous repair.

I'll eventually figure out what the fuel issue is but I'm a little concerned about the little capacitor like thing that was just stuffed in the foam. It looks like its meant to be grounded onto something.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Spark Plugs

I can't even believe that tomorrow will be exactly 1 year since my last post. So much has happened since I last posted I don't even feel like writing it all down. In summary, I ended up quitting my job and moving to California. I sold the 1974 XJ12L for what I paid for it some 6 years ago but I was glad to see it go to a fellow OJC member.

I took the XKE to the Jags and Wags event in San Jose hosted by Club Auto Sport and Paul from the J.A.G saw the corrosion on my spark plugs and said "They are probably welded to the head". This worried me so I ordered a set of NGK BPR6EGP spark plugs the following week. I soaked the plugs with some penetrating fluid and left it for a few days. I thought that stuff would evaoparte away but it didn't so I had to soak it out of the plug hole with some paper towels.

I took my wrench to 6A and it came out beautifully. No issues at all for any of the plugs. The plugs that came out were all Champion RN9YC. And it looks like someone had put some nickel based anti-seize on it. They all had the perfect "colour" except for 5A, which was a little sooty. But given that 6A,5A,4A all run off the same carb I didn't think too much about it. 

I too put some hi-temp anti-seize and gapped them all to 0.025 inches. Took about an hour to get all 12 done but it went like clockwork since I know my way around these Jag V12s now. The V12 E-type is much easier to change spark plugs on than the XJ12s, especially the fuel injected cars.