Classic car as a daily runner?

One of the mostly hairdresser cars that i ever worked on, was A Suzuki Cappucino.
It was the size of a dodgem car and the spares took three months to come from Japan.
When i finally put the thing together.
**** me, Three cylinders and a turbo or there abouts 850 engine. Did it shift.
Probably one of the most amazing micro-mills has to be Honda's jewelled miniature roller bearing DOHC (in 1966!)
When we were busy churning out wheezy stone age pushrod shite.
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And we wonder...whatever happened to the British car industry.
Had it not been for a chance meeting with G.M. re. the "marine" 3.5 V8s, Rover would have died.
 
The Jag is a lovely car to look at, and to sit in while rednecks admire you, but it sadly does not meet the needs of the OP.
I had an XJ6 and I told my mum that she had to sit in the back and pretend to wave like the Queen, while we ambled through the grounds of local stately homes.
Apart from that, it spent too much time in the care of a local Jag specialist, and still cost an arm and a leg. :)
 
Setting aside Coronavirus and the last 2 years, the much lamented British car industry produces as many cars now as it ever did

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I was referring more to the lack of technical innovations etc.....like the Mk1 Viva and so on rather than the actual volume. The only Mk2 Cortina I'd have wanted was the Lotus..at least it was DOHC even if it was merely a decent-ish head bolted onto a wheezy old cash iron bottom.
 
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Bit of an update on the Jag. The shop bill wasn’t too bad, pretty much where I expected it to be initially at $2K. Thankfully the suspension bushing replacement was limited to the sway bar, pretty much the cheapest it could have been.

Just had the wheels balanced this morning, so now it drives like it should. Couple of niggles. When I first got it, the electric antenna wouldn’t extend. Then it did after about a week. Now it won’t retract. I reckon there’s a broken wire somewhere. Not a big deal, but I preferred the failure in the retracted position!

Last niggle (for now) is the bright blue headlamps on it. It had factory Xenons, but some retard’s stuck Mickey Mouse bulbs in it. If they flashed, it‘d be just like a police car. In fairness, they’re plenty bright, but illegally blue. Why, oh why, do people put Chinese tat in $81K Jaguars? Can’t they restrict themselves to Subaru Imprezzas to stick all that shite on? The bloke that had it before me was in his early 60s, FFS. Anyway that’s another $120 for the proper Osrams. And, having done the job before, a lot of skinned knuckles and swearing. It’s a cvnt of a job. x2 :)

But getting there.
 
Bit of an update on the Jag. The shop bill wasn’t too bad, pretty much where I expected it to be initially at $2K. Thankfully the suspension bushing replacement was limited to the sway bar, pretty much the cheapest it could have been.

Just had the wheels balanced this morning, so now it drives like it should. Couple of niggles. When I first got it, the electric antenna wouldn’t extend. Then it did after about a week. Now it won’t retract. I reckon there’s a broken wire somewhere. Not a big deal, but I preferred the failure in the retracted position!

Last niggle (for now) is the bright blue headlamps on it. It had factory Xenons, but some retard’s stuck Mickey Mouse bulbs in it. If they flashed, it‘d be just like a police car. In fairness, they’re plenty bright, but illegally blue. Why, oh why, do people put Chinese tat in $81K Jaguars? Can’t they restrict themselves to Subaru Imprezzas to stick all that shite on? The bloke that had it before me was in his early 60s, FFS. Anyway that’s another $120 for the proper Osrams. And, having done the job before, a lot of skinned knuckles and swearing. It’s a cvnt of a job. x2 :)

But getting there.

Build a Doughnut-shaped dam out of blu-tak/presstick/whatever the fcuk the yanks call it, round the aerial 'outlet', and fill with penetrating oil.
Remove internal panel, and put a cloth under the 'snail' mechanism.
Leave overnight.
Once it extends, give the whole aerial a gentle scrub with a brillo pad (US Equivalent), wipe clean, and get a 6B pencil, and rub it all over the aerial.
extend/retract a few times.
Problem solved
 
Build a Doughnut-shaped dam out of blu-tak/presstick/whatever the fcuk the yanks call it, round the aerial 'outlet', and fill with penetrating oil.
Remove internal panel, and put a cloth under the 'snail' mechanism.
Leave overnight.
Once it extends, give the whole aerial a gentle scrub with a brillo pad (US Equivalent), wipe clean, and get a 6B pencil, and rub it all over the aerial.
extend/retract a few times.
Problem solved

I like that idea, but I think there’s an electrical problem. I can’t hear the motor trying to go down. I‘d expect to hear it, and there’s nothing. I’ll get in there and have a look at the weekend. But I do like the idea of the “dam”. I’ve no idea what it’s called here, I haven’t used it. Pretty sure my wife will have some though. She’s an Elementary teacher. If you can buy it in a stationery store, she’ll have it :)
 
I like that idea, but I think there’s an electrical problem. I can’t hear the motor trying to go down. I‘d expect to hear it, and there’s nothing. I’ll get in there and have a look at the weekend. But I do like the idea of the “dam”. I’ve no idea what it’s called here, I haven’t used it. Pretty sure my wife will have some though. She’s an Elementary teacher. If you can buy it in a stationery store, she’ll have it :)
Normally aerial is run by a flat, toothed on one side, belt, which goes into a snailshell housing on the base of the aerial.
IF the cable is jammed, you won't hear a motor running.
Most radio aerials which extend are pretty generic anyway, so no point going OM, if you can find a halfords-type replacement.
 

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I like that idea, but I think there’s an electrical problem. I can’t hear the motor trying to go down. I‘d expect to hear it, and there’s nothing. I’ll get in there and have a look at the weekend. But I do like the idea of the “dam”. I’ve no idea what it’s called here, I haven’t used it. Pretty sure my wife will have some though. She’s an Elementary teacher. If you can buy it in a stationery store, she’ll have it :)
Its America!! C4 will do the job

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Normally aerial is run by a flat, toothed on one side, belt, which goes into a snailshell housing on the base of the aerial.
IF the cable is jammed, you won't hear a motor running.
Most radio aerials which extend are pretty generic anyway, so no point going OM, if you can find a halfords-type replacement.

They're $20-$30 on Amazon.

I've been down this road years ago however. The $20 ones are noisy and coarse, where the OEM Jag ones are smooth and quiet, as one might expect from a $300 part. My XJ6 had the same issue, and I replaced it with a cheap one. It was a pain to route the cabling too.

If I can rehab the current one that's fitted, that would be much preferred (assuming it's not a broken/loose connection). If not, I think I'll manually retract it and do without. I don't listen to the tuner much, but when you turn the radio on, even if to listen to CD, it extends the antenna.

Maybe I'm just a bit picky. If the car's supposed to have feature "X", I want it present and working. I don't want to go bankrupt doing that, but within reason, I'd like it to go up and down with the power button like every other Jag of its age and preceding 40 years :)
 

964ST

LE
They're $20-$30 on Amazon.

I've been down this road years ago however. The $20 ones are noisy and coarse, where the OEM Jag ones are smooth and quiet, as one might expect from a $300 part. My XJ6 had the same issue, and I replaced it with a cheap one. It was a pain to route the cabling too.

If I can rehab the current one that's fitted, that would be much preferred (assuming it's not a broken/loose connection). If not, I think I'll manually retract it and do without. I don't listen to the tuner much, but when you turn the radio on, even if to listen to CD, it extends the antenna.

Maybe I'm just a bit picky. If the car's supposed to have feature "X", I want it present and working. I don't want to go bankrupt doing that, but within reason, I'd like it to go up and down with the power button like every other Jag of its age and preceding 40 years :)
or replace it with another style more befitting of the Forum

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or replace it with another style more befitting of the Forum

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I've seen those in the flesh. They look fooking ridiculous.

I don't know why trucks even have separate antennas. Given that the technology has existed for about 30 years to integrate the antenna into the heated rear screen, you'd think it'd be unnecessary.

2022 F-150 Lightning. They haven't even started series production yet, it's that new. With separate antenna.

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I like that idea, but I think there’s an electrical problem. I can’t hear the motor trying to go down. I‘d expect to hear it, and there’s nothing. I’ll get in there and have a look at the weekend. But I do like the idea of the “dam”. I’ve no idea what it’s called here, I haven’t used it. Pretty sure my wife will have some though. She’s an Elementary teacher. If you can buy it in a stationery store, she’ll have it :)
Blue Tac is called Elmers Poster Tack over there Mrs Helm informs me
 
nd do without. I don't listen to the tuner much, but when you turn the radio on, even if to listen to CD, it extends the antenna.

Maybe I'm just a bit picky. If the car's supposed to have feature "X", I want it present and working. I don't want to go bankrupt doing that, but within reason, I'd like it to go up and down with the power button like every other Jaaaaag of its age and preceding 40 years :)
fixed.
 

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Some of the best cars I've ever had are those with a terrible reputation today

V12 Jaguar's and V8 Land Rovers being amongst the very best
Maintenance intensive certainly, quality design equally as certainly
Being a pauper in my youth I simply learned to repair and maintain them myself

Besides, 30 years ago nothing snapped knocker elastic faster than a V12 XJS
Someone said "30 years ago" to me this morning, and I thought 1970s. He was in fact referring to 1991.

Anyway back in the 1970s my own choice of pulling machine was a bright orange Fiat 500 with suicide doors.

Much fun was had with and because of that car.
 
Build a Doughnut-shaped dam out of blu-tak/presstick/whatever the fcuk the yanks call it, round the aerial 'outlet', and fill with penetrating oil.
Remove internal panel, and put a cloth under the 'snail' mechanism.
Leave overnight.
Once it extends, give the whole aerial a gentle scrub with a brillo pad (US Equivalent), wipe clean, and get a 6B pencil, and rub it all over the aerial.
extend/retract a few times.
Problem solved
Just done that on my Prado and it worked. First time the aerial has gone up and down for 6 years. Many thanks!
 

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