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Indy-Guy
Indy-Guy UberDork
8/5/19 6:00 p.m.
volvoclearinghouse said:

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While mixing up the special coolant formula, Mrs. VCH caught me in the kitchen filling the Prestone jug with our drinking water.  She started to ask why, and then interrupted herself with, "Oh, nevermind....it's because it's a JAAAAAG, isn't it?"

 

Thanks for relaying this little tidbit, it sure made me chuckle, and could very well have happened similarly at the Indy-Household.... But my cat is a bit newer than yours:

volvoclearinghouse
volvoclearinghouse PowerDork
8/6/19 6:19 a.m.

In reply to Indy-Guy :

I do like that Jag of yours.  Is that a 6 cylinder?

I have one of those heat gun dealies laying in the garage somewhere.  Haven't used it in years- I'm sure it needs a battery.  

I've been a bit light on pictures lately, so here's one I snapped at the Wegmans while I was waiting for it to cool off a bit.  

Indy-Guy
Indy-Guy UberDork
8/6/19 6:36 a.m.

In reply to volvoclearinghouse :

Your car is a really looker with good proportions.

My Jaaag is an 01 XJR, so supercharged V-8.

malibuguy
malibuguy Reader
8/6/19 8:35 p.m.

In reply to volvoclearinghouse :

they put a Wegmans there??  Been a while since ive been over yonder

 

frenchyd
frenchyd UberDork
8/7/19 12:09 a.m.

In reply to volvoclearinghouse :

Sir William Lyons sure put beautiful lines in his cars didn’t he?  

No less than Enzo Ferrari said his XKE was the most beautiful car the world had ever seen. Yet every car he touched had a certain class or elan to it.  

He used to take the prototype of each car home to Wappenbury Hall and study the lines in the evening twilight.  

volvoclearinghouse
volvoclearinghouse PowerDork
8/7/19 6:45 a.m.
malibuguy said:

In reply to volvoclearinghouse :

they put a Wegmans there??  Been a while since ive been over yonder

 

Yeah, it's over off of Owings Mills Blvd.  There's a whole huge strip-mall-o-rama thing going on with fancy bars and snooty food joints and all the other things today's young folks crave.  Last exit off 795, heading towards Charm City, before you get to the Beltway.  

malibuguy
malibuguy Reader
8/7/19 8:38 p.m.

In reply to volvoclearinghouse :

I knew exactly where your at.  Saw the bridge and that one building...things that havent changed in the last 5 years lol

volvoclearinghouse
volvoclearinghouse PowerDork
8/8/19 7:07 a.m.
frenchyd said:

In reply to volvoclearinghouse :

Sir William Lyons sure put beautiful lines in his cars didn’t he?  

No less than Enzo Ferrari said his XKE was the most beautiful car the world had ever seen. Yet every car he touched had a certain class or elan to it.  

He used to take the prototype of each car home to Wappenbury Hall and study the lines in the evening twilight.  

The 3.8S is currently parked in the carport which is directly across from my kitchen sink window.  As I'm doing the dishes at twilight I like to glace across the driveway and admire the lines of the Jaguar.  

volvoclearinghouse
volvoclearinghouse PowerDork
8/8/19 7:09 a.m.
Indy-Guy said:

In reply to volvoclearinghouse :

Your car is a really looker with good proportions.

My Jaaag is an 01 XJR, so supercharged V-8.

I think the proportions of your XJR are very similar.  The car just looks balanced.  It ought to be a case study in 3 box design language.  

I feel the same way about the W123 Mercedes, though it trades UK flair for German sensibility.  

volvoclearinghouse
volvoclearinghouse PowerDork
8/12/19 6:13 a.m.

Friday I had to work out west, and got home a little early so I decided to stretch the Jaaaag's legs a bit.  Down to the petrol station for a fill up of 93 octane.  6.5 gallons....into the 7 gallon tank!  There was a gallon jerry can in the trunk, but fortunately it didn't need it.  The pick up on these is right in the center of the tank in a little sump, so I guess that works well for extracting every bit of fuel possible.

All fluids filled, I went home the long way, which also involves some generally deserted 2 lane blacktop in which I figured (correctly, as it turns out) the opportunity to wind the 3.8 motor out would present itself.  I rang up 4000 RPMs in 4th gear, backed off a bit, "shoved it on down into overdrive", and tickled 3500 before running out of bravery fluid.  The temperature needle nudged a hair over 90C, and stayed there for the rest of the drive home- which was at a much more relaxed pace, to let the engine settle down a bit.  No need to ride her hard and put her away wet now.

At home, I let the engine idle for a bit, and it did top 100C or so, still not the end of the range (110C) as it had the drive before.  Finally I shut her down and let the electric fan (which runs regardless of key position, if the coolant temp sensor is over about 70C or so) do its thing.  No dieseling this time either- another success I'd say.

Once the fan kicked off I checked the coolant level- it had dropped, but I'd noted coolant coming out of the overflowing during the idling at home, so this was expected.  Looking around the engine bay, there seems to be a spot on the driver's side for an catch bottle that is no longer extant.   I think this shall be my next project.  

After a nice bath (for the car, not me) I fired the Jag back up and backed her under the carport, then went inside for dinner.  

AngryCorvair
AngryCorvair MegaDork
8/12/19 9:08 a.m.

 ... raced back to the farm to dream with my uncle at the fireside ...

volvoclearinghouse
volvoclearinghouse PowerDork
8/16/19 9:12 p.m.

I have not yet installed the coolant recovery tank.  However, Mrs VCH had a girls' night planned for this evening, which means I was left solely responsible for the care and feeding of the two mini VCHs.  

Naturally, I decided to take the crew for a ride in the Jag.

We cruised around town for a bit, past the VFW where the weekly Friday night car show seemed to be thinning out.  Knowing my kids love cars, but they LOVE playgrounds, I elected to pass on the VFW and we circled back to the big park in the center of town.  Where my daughter discovered that she has some talent as a zip-line rider.  laugh

The parking for the playground was on the street, and as chance would have it we ended up pulled up beside a low stone wall.  The Jag looked perfect behind it.  I tried to take some pictures, but the sun reflecting off the paintwork played hell with my smartphone.  It looked MUCH more stunning in person.  I guess take my word for it.

Indy-Guy
Indy-Guy PowerDork
8/16/19 10:13 p.m.

In reply to volvoclearinghouse :

Looks stunning!

volvoclearinghouse
volvoclearinghouse PowerDork
9/3/19 6:29 a.m.

Took the family out Sunday for the Summit Point SCCA event.  We did not take the Jag- it was a fairly nice day, so I popped the kids' seats into the Corvair and drove that.  The friends that we met at Summit Point invited us back to their house for dinner that night, but we had to head back to our house first to take care of the animals and restock the cooler.  In the process, I decided to swap cars, too.  After all, the Jag is more of an evening car.

We had a good laugh over the fact that some people change clothes; we change cars.  As we were leaving their house to head back home that night, I went to pull out and noticed the steering was significantly heavier-feeling than what I'd become accustomed to.  A few minutes later, my phone binged with a picture...

...and an "are you OK?" message from my friend.  A few minutes later he called, I mentioned the heavy steering but that I figured I could probably muscle it home all right.  He offered a ride if we needed it, I thanked him, and then set back to keeping the Jag on course.  Mrs. VCH commented, "My Camaro doesn't have power steering, this isn't any big deal."  heart

Of course we did make it home without any other problems.  I haven't had a chance to figure out where the power steering fluid decided to suddenly gush out of yet, but it apparently let go very suddenly and fairly completely.

volvoclearinghouse
volvoclearinghouse PowerDork
9/13/19 6:37 a.m.

The power steering leak turned out to be a hose that had popped off from the steering box.  I put it back on last night, and replaced the hose clamps that held it on with beefier ones.  Unfortunately, I had no fluid on hand, so it'll be tonight before I actually test the fix.  

Hoping to take it out for a cruuuuuuuuise this weekend...

frenchyd
frenchyd UberDork
9/13/19 1:05 p.m.

In reply to volvoclearinghouse :

Knowledge is power!!!  Don’t you love it when something occurs that to others would be a panic inducing event. But you just accept it and carry on as best you can?  

The very definition of stiff upper lip!  

Well done sir

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