Thursday, 24 April 2008

Jag Running

Bored, don't know why I recorded it... LOL even spent the time to upload it to you tube....

The fan is strong enough to blow you over if you stand to close. It will be nice in the summer standing by the car... Cool breeze from the engine....LOL

Great Headlining

Would you "Adam and Eve" it. All I need!!!!!.... I went to check on the Jag and noticed that the headlining had started to come down.

I was taking some pictures of the air intake to see if I can find an induction kit that might fit the jag.

Looks like I will have to call Portchester Trimmers tomorrow to see if it can be fixed. If not the front windscreen will have to come out again.

Joys of owning the Jag!

Monday, 21 April 2008

Its all about having a domain name.

Just purchased

Yes yes

At least its not just me

This morning was fun...

Ramus picked me up for work as I'm still deciding what to do about the wheels on my car!
The only problem was Ramus ALSO got a puncher... On the same wheel as me!!

We were travelling down the M27 heading towards Fareham, in a traffic jam, in the rain. Some bloke in the car next to us, got our attention and said "Your tyres flat mate". I looked out of the window, and yep it certainly was!! Ramus asked me how flat, as I think he wanted to drive to work like this! I said "Dont go over 70MPH flat".

We pulled over on to the hard shoulder and I made Ramus stop under a bridge...

Changing the wheels on a Citroen thing'y is really easy!! Pump up the suspension, place the jack under the car and lower the suspension... As easy as that!!

The HA support team turned up and watched us change the wheel... But at least they had some handy wipes. LOL

Saturday, 19 April 2008

Moving the car

Today I wanted to move the car to the back of the house. I enlisted in the help of Ramus and Rash to keep an eye on the wheel as I moved it.

I only just made it with the tyre nearly coming off the wheel..... LOL....

These tyres are a right dog to find and are silly money!! I think this is because the wall is height (65) and the size are in mm (390) not inches they are a funny size...

"Thank you" to the person that designed the wheels for this car!

Friday, 18 April 2008

Great start to the day!

What a nice start to the day. I know I needed to change the front tyres but I didn't think I would need to do them just yet!!!

I dont think the car knows I have a wedding to pay for...
What do I do, need a new spare tyre and now two new fronts, so I am looking at 360 quid to payout on tyres!
Or do I buy a new set of wheels that come with tyres?

Wednesday, 16 April 2008

XJ40 TV Advert

I found an old TV advert on YouTube for the XJ40 - Aired November 1, 1987. I was 7 then. LOL

Tuesday, 15 April 2008

All Passed!

The Jag passed its MOT today with flying colours. There were only a couple of Advisory Notices.

** Two new front tyres and because I have a child seat fitted in the back, they couldn't test the rear seat belt! **

CO Max: 3.500 - Actual value: 0.120
HC Max: 1200 - Actual value: 104

All other bits passed. It was quite a shock, I thought it might have failed on some thing... But hey, can't complain.

I do have an issue with it smoking when I boot it! Could be that I put too much oil in the last time I topped it up. (Need to check some forums)

Thank M & N Autos (

Monday, 14 April 2008

MOT Tomorrow

Tomorrow is MOT test day. The Jag has only done a couple of thousand miles since the last test and the only thing I think I might have a problem with is emissions.

This is because I have changed the whole ignition system when I was trying to find out the problem with the car misfiring a coupe of months ago!

(Just dropped the car off at Motor World)... ahhhh

Keeping my fingers crossed for tomorrow!

Saturday, 12 April 2008

School Boy Mistake

Well what can I say.

I sat behind a car and was waiting to turn left but I could see my right indicator was flashing, I checked to see if my hazard lights where on... They weren't!

Then it hit home, I had wired both the grounds together on the same relay to get the alarm to flash both lights.... What a tit, for the last week or so I have been driving around like this and no one had noticed.

Simple fix... I cut one of the ground leads last night and will have to buy another relay and do it properly some time soon.


Wednesday, 9 April 2008

Cruise Control

This morning Me and Ramus tested how good the cruise control was on the Jag. We took the back roads to work going down PortsDown Hill, I have to admit I was a bit sceptical about it as it was 18 years old.

I set the cruise control to 40MPH and let the car work out the rest. I could not faulter it at all! It keeps a constant speed even going up and down hill’s

I still had my foot hovering over the brake and accelerator pedal.


A terrain map from Google Maps

LOL @ Stuart

LOL, I found this old Video of Stuart who works at Motor World. I posted it on You Tube nearly a year ago.

All will be explained.

Sunday, 6 April 2008

All Finished

Well what a start to the day, as I set off the snow started to come down really heavy and fast. The motorway was covered with snow and could only manage about 30mph. Not the best day to drive, but was worth the risk to finish off the Jag!

A good note was the car started as she always does so the cold did not effect her!... Yipeeee

Today was about soldering the wires. This took about an hour, but it was worth doing the job right.

Then I started to put the car back together. I found a place for the alarm box and a place to feed the cables. I fitted the trim that was below the glove box. This has never fitted correctly since I have had the car. It never looked right, as was always a gap in the trim below the glove box. I used a bit of brute force and bent the frame into shape, which sorted the problem and it now fits like a glove!

I then had to put all the trim around the steering wheel back together and hide the bluetooth module for the hands free and the USB connection to the stereo.

At the same time I cut the wires for the audible alert, which constantly beeps at you when the key is in the ignition barrel and a door has been left open... Peace at last!!!

Ramus had turned up now and checked the AMP settings for me, which were fine. So I then asked him to help with the brakes
. They had started to squeak since I had them changed. For some reason Joe had forgot the passenger side anti squeal pad. Copper Grease later and hopefully the problem will go away.

LOL Ramus doing some work.

The only thing I could not finish is the boot trigger release and alarm. From some reason this has stopped working... I will have to make a call to Howard's Car Spares for a replacement :)

Saturday, 5 April 2008

New Alarm

Well, what can I say after 1 and half weeks of trying to install my new alarm we finally found all the correct wires in the Jag.

The Alarm is a two way alarm that will let me know when it goes off....

It turned out that Jaguar loved working with relays and ground connections, which is great but the alarm wanted to supply +12vdc to the different devices i.e. Indicators and Side lights.

To wire in the new alarm I needed to first remove the old Clifford one that I had no remotes for! This was fun, cutting out the old system and having to make sure, that after every wire I cut, the car still started!

Actually, it was quite handy, the car already had an alarm fitted, so most of the hard work had already been done! However, I had to modify the alarm by using relays to convert the +12vdc to Grounds. Lucky for me Chris owns Motor World with his Brother Terry, so we nicked one out of an old car.... :).... Well I hope it was....LOL

Haynes Manual and Alarm manual.... happy happy, joy joy.

I will have to do the same again tomorrow for the side lights.

The alarm will also start the car on the press of a button on the remote. It took some time but me and Chris found the correct wire from the alternator that lets the alarm know the engine is running.

  • +12V constant supply: Ignition Relay (Yellow) Large Brown wire

  • Acc first key position: I used to wire to the stereo

  • Ignition 2nd key position: Large white wire from the Ignition Relay (Yellow)

  • Start Wire: White and Pink wire from the Starter Relay (After Kill relay see below)

  • Kill Relay: I put this before the Start Wire on the White and Pink wire from the starter relay.

  • Indicator connector: These are ground connections. I used a relay connected to the same ground as the alarm. This alarm as two indicator outputs but I only used one which connects to both sides

  • Boot release: Lucky for me I have a boot open switch in the glove box. I connected the ground connection to this.

  • Door open trigger: There is a puddle lamp relay which turns the lights on when any door is open. This again is a ground connection and this works really well.

  • Alternator on: There is a brown wire that comes from the alternator that goes to a module by the air intake. I spliced into this, works a treat
There are some more wires to fit and will update once I have found them

Its very freaky watching the car start with no one in it, you press the start button on the remote. The car beeps to let you know it’s about to start. Fuel pump kicks in and then the 4.0L engine turns over.

The key fob then vibrates and a little exhaust icon appears on the remote, very cool.

You can stop the engine with the remote or once you have put the key in the barrel and turned it to key position two (Ignition) you can then stop the car normally by taking the key out.

Another cool feature of the alarm is the car unlocks and locks as you walk towards and away from the car. You can also put the car in “Find Me” mode and the key fob tells you how far you are away from the car.

I will video this and post it.

More to do tomorrow!

Thursday, 3 April 2008

A Mess of wires

All will be explained soon :)

Tyre Pressure

Found this in the manual!

NOTE: For maximum comfort, where speeds are not in excess of 160 km/h (100MPH) the pressures on front tyres may be reduced by 0.56 kgf/cm2 (8LBf/in2, 0,55 bar) and rear tyres by 0,42 kgfc/cm2 (6lbf/in2, 0,41 bar).

I drive with no comfort, just in case a traffic officer takes a look I never break the speed limit (joke).