GeorgeWalton
GeorgeWalton New Reader
March 13, 2015 3:29 p.m.

This is a good reason not to look at craigslist on Friday the 13th. I found a 1984 V12 XJS listed right here in my backyard for $1500. It runs well, but has been parked for about a year due to an untraceable battery drain issue that resulted in numerous tows home (now there is a surprise). After explaining to the seller all of the things that can and will go wrong with a British V12 that has been sitting that long, and learning that three other people in front of me saw it and ran, I was able to talk her down from $1500 to $500. I think I got a deal. Now what do I do with it? Its too far gone cosmetically to justify bringing it back to street car duty, but too nice to part out. Anyone have any ideas?

pres589 UltraDork
March 13, 2015 3:31 p.m.

Get the mechanicals right and drive it on the street anyway? Take some pics and share those to make this thread more fun.

DanyloS New Reader
March 13, 2015 3:33 p.m.

New coffee table?

Driven5 Dork
March 13, 2015 3:34 p.m.

V12 Miata. V12 Locost. V12 Exocet. V12 P71. V12 Mustang. V12 Camaro. V12 S2000. V12 Corvette. V12 Datsun Z-car. V12 hotrod. V12 1/2 ton truck. V12 mated to THM425 dropped into 1/2 ton truck bed...Need I go on?

Trackmouse Reader
March 13, 2015 3:34 p.m.

Gut it. Sheet metal and all. Turn it into a rat rod/ buggy thing. Rally the piss out of it

nderwater PowerDork
March 13, 2015 3:36 p.m.
DanyloS wrote: New coffee table?

DanyloS New Reader
March 13, 2015 3:41 p.m.
nderwater wrote:
DanyloS wrote: New coffee table?

Correction, LSx swap and new coffee table

GeorgeWalton
GeorgeWalton New Reader
March 13, 2015 3:46 p.m.

I was definitely thinking gutting it and turning it into something barely street legal. To be honest, a big part of the reason I bought it was because I have heard that an uncorked V12 is one of those sounds that everyone needs to hear at least once in their lifetime. After that, I'm open to suggestion. I had it towed to where I work, but will get some pics up on Monday.

Kia_Racer Dork
March 13, 2015 3:51 p.m.

Group 44 clone Challenge car!

March 13, 2015 3:52 p.m.

In reply to nderwater:

so you're saying that it'd be a slap in the face to turn it into a coffee table?

bgkast UltraDork
March 13, 2015 3:54 p.m.
captdownshift wrote: In reply to nderwater: so you're saying that it'd be a slap in the face to turn it into a coffee table?

Punch to the face.

spin_out Reader
March 13, 2015 3:54 p.m.

Yes, Group 44 Challenge Car

Driven5 HalfDork
March 13, 2015 3:56 p.m.
GeorgeWalton wrote: To be honest, a big part of the reason I bought it was because I have heard that an uncorked V12 is one of those sounds that everyone needs to hear at least once in their lifetime.

You've heard right.

Dr. Hess MegaDork
March 13, 2015 3:58 p.m.

My friend that builds V12's as a hobby says that bottom end is good for 1000 HP. Add some NOS.

turboswede MegaDork
March 13, 2015 4:03 p.m.
GeorgeWalton wrote: I have heard that an uncorked V12 is one of those sounds that everyone needs to hear at least once in their lifetime.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=if2j6yqZg0Q

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5jtf83eKGs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhXLysNl-wE

Nah, sounds like crap

06HHR HalfDork
March 13, 2015 4:07 p.m.

They had one of the IMSA TWR Jaguars on display at the Rolex this year,

they ran it a bit Sunday morning. To call the sound of that V12 through open pipes glorious would not come close to doing it justice.. Gut the interior, run sidepipes on it and scare the neighborhood children..

Appleseed MegaDork
March 13, 2015 4:40 p.m.

berkeley sidepipes. Short stack zoomies right through the hood.

Driven5 HalfDork
March 13, 2015 4:42 p.m.
06HHR wrote: Gut the interior, run sidepipes on it and scare the neighborhood children..

...And make grown men swoon.

Toyman01 MegaDork
March 13, 2015 5:08 p.m.

Jensenman (Curmudgeon) is going to tell you to stuff a rotary in it.

Don't listen to him.

Sounds like an outstanding Lemons car. Get it running, cage it and throw it out there.

I would hate to feed it for 24 hours though.

chiodos Reader
March 13, 2015 5:20 p.m.

Gut it, buy a universal wiring kit for the chassis and megasquirt for the engine and add a cage. Dont forget to upgrade your life insurance policy too

Jaynen Dork
March 13, 2015 5:51 p.m.

There was a guy on here a couple years back. I think he might have been banned he said if you rip out all the luxury type stuff they are pretty reliable and you can easily get them to bolt up corvette wheels.

Richard Nixon SuperDork
March 13, 2015 5:53 p.m.

Fix it and flip it.

MrJoshua PowerDork
March 13, 2015 5:57 p.m.
Jaynen wrote: There was a guy on here a couple years back. I think he might have been banned he said if you rip out all the luxury type stuff they are pretty reliable and you can easily get them to bolt up corvette wheels.

Yeah, Mguar. He had all sorts of good jag info mixed in with very much grumpy. Loosecannon started with a Jag V12 in his emod mgb so I bet his thread has some decent info.

singleslammer UltraDork
March 13, 2015 6:06 p.m.

I have always wanted one of these. Use one of these: hot rod wiring harness, throw away every bit of wiring in the car for fresh stuff, and drive the crap out of it. Maybe 5 speed swap (I think a Toyota R series/aisin cousins would work nicely) once you get it running and driving alright. Those rear brakes can be a real pain I think.

gamby UltimaDork
March 13, 2015 6:25 p.m.
Kia_Racer wrote: Group 44 clone Challenge car!

I like the cut of this one's jib, Smithers!

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