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96DXCivic
96DXCivic SuperDork
10/19/10 8:20 a.m.

As anyone on here done a V8 swap into an older Jaguar (I was thinking Jaguar XJ6 or XJS). How hard a swap is it? How do they drive? And can you fit A/C to one?

Streetwiseguy
Streetwiseguy HalfDork
10/19/10 8:22 a.m.

jagsthatrun I think.

914Driver
914Driver SuperDork
10/19/10 8:25 a.m.

http://www.johnscars.com/

JFX001
JFX001 SuperDork
10/19/10 8:31 a.m.

Also:

http://jaguarspecialties.com/

96DXCivic
96DXCivic SuperDork
10/19/10 8:49 a.m.

Ok any ideas on how hard it would be to run a manual transmission in one? Also how much does an LT1 engine cost?

NOHOME
NOHOME Reader
10/19/10 11:20 a.m.

L33. Cheap, truck sourced goodness.

pres589
pres589 HalfDork
10/19/10 11:28 a.m.

If you're having to buy the engine and not something you have sitting around, skip the LT1; they're not bad but the LS type motors are definitely improved. And if you shop you can pick one up with under 100k miles in an aluminum block variant for $700 or less.

Dr. Hess
Dr. Hess SuperDork
10/19/10 11:34 a.m.

A guy in our English car club has one (SBC) in a XJS. The AC works, it drives fine, and if I recall, he said it has more umph that the V12 that was in it. As in "I can start that hill at 40 and be doing 70 at the top." (It's a big hill.) To which I replied "I can start that hill at 0 and be doing 100 at the top." (theoretically....)

96DXCivic
96DXCivic SuperDork
10/19/10 11:51 a.m.
NOHOME wrote: L33. Cheap, truck sourced goodness.

Will any transmission that goes behind a LS series work with an L33?

Woody
Woody SuperDork
10/19/10 11:54 a.m.

I'd love to see this as a GRM project car

oldopelguy
oldopelguy Dork
10/19/10 7:51 p.m.
96DXCivic wrote: Will any transmission that goes behind a LS series work with an L33?

Yes. And apparently with the $60 flywheel from an '07 and newer 4.8L you can also put any manual from any old SBC behind it as well.

M2Pilot
M2Pilot Reader
10/19/10 9:47 p.m.

I've seen arguments about these swaps that go along the lines of "You've swapped in a LS engine,good transmission etc. That's still not gonna keep the window from falling out during a rainstorm when you're 200 miles from home."

njansenv
njansenv HalfDork
10/20/10 7:49 a.m.
oldopelguy wrote:
96DXCivic wrote: Will any transmission that goes behind a LS series work with an L33?

Yes. And apparently with the $60 flywheel from an '07 and newer 4.8L you can also put any manual from any old SBC behind it as well.

Except the Corvette ZF6: bellhousing is too small. There may be others.

bravenrace
bravenrace Dork
10/20/10 8:10 a.m.

This is at a dealer near me, and the pictures represent the car well. If I had more time, I'd snatch this one, re-wire it and drop something more interesting in it.

rl48mini
rl48mini New Reader
10/20/10 12:23 p.m.

wish I hadn't seen that....

bravenrace
bravenrace Dork
10/20/10 12:38 p.m.

You're within driving distance....

rl48mini
rl48mini New Reader
10/20/10 12:50 p.m.

yeah, but currently working on a mini project... so no time or money.

bravenrace
bravenrace Dork
10/20/10 1:44 p.m.

Well good then. You don't have a problem! I'm kind of in the same situation, but I keep seeing that car sitting there. It's been on the lot since last winter. I bet I could pick it up really cheap.

96DXCivic
96DXCivic SuperDork
10/20/10 10:32 p.m.

So if I was going to do a Jaguar with a V8 swap and a manual transmission, how would I do the pedals? This guy uses Jaguar pedals sourced from the UK but that seems $$$$$. Any other ideas.

http://jaguarspecialties.com/project1.asp

96DXCivic
96DXCivic SuperDork
10/20/10 11:04 p.m.

Or has anyone used one of those shift kits for automatic transmissions.

bravenrace
bravenrace Dork
10/21/10 6:04 a.m.

If you have the fab skills to do a major engine swap, it shouldn't be too hard to adapt a three pedal setup from a junkyard car. I'd just go find one that looks like it would work and make it work. Shift kits help shifting, but unless you convert to a manual valvebody, you still have no control over the shifts.

914Driver
914Driver SuperDork
10/21/10 7:10 a.m.
96DXCivic wrote: So if I was going to do a Jaguar with a V8 swap and a manual transmission, how would I do the pedals?

Wilwood is an excellent product, great quality, lasts forever, tons of choices. You didn't hear cheap in there did you?

J.C. Whitney has some also, cheaper. The one below is ~$140. I have a Wilwood master cylinder with three types of fluid reservoirs, IIRC it was half the cost. Poke around JCW.com and the get up under the dash to see what you have. A hot-rod with an automatic, sacrelidge.

96DXCivic
96DXCivic SuperDork
10/21/10 8:35 a.m.

I was thinking about those aftermarket pedals (Wilwood or Tilton). That may end up being the route I go.

Indy-Guy
Indy-Guy UberDork
8/2/19 6:30 p.m.

Zombie thread revival.

 

This is the best way to Jag V-Goodness. V-8 powered, and three pedals

A 401 CJ
A 401 CJ Dork
8/2/19 9:42 p.m.

Frenchy loves these conversions.  Paging Frenchy..

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