December 2009 – Reason for coolant leak discovered

This one is for Derek, my eldest of sons, kind and level-headed. —Also more reasonable than I am, probably. It has been a great blessing to have the children Arlene and I have raised, and we both know that our lives together have been a matter of luck and work, however mixed. We count our Read more about December 2009 – Reason for coolant leak discovered[…]

June 2007 – The block — 1963 E-type v. 1979 XJ6

You know you’re not in 1963 anymore when you see that drain swirl logo of British Leyland in relief on the block. It’s enough to make you think twice about your angle grinder and whether you’re enough of an artist to rub off the metal smudge. Of course, in October 1978, when this new engine Read more about June 2007 – The block — 1963 E-type v. 1979 XJ6[…]

June 2007 – Cylinder head differences, ’63 and ’79

The head — 1963 E-type v. 1979 XJ6 As a side note before launching into depictions of the 3.8 and 4.2 heads, I discovered in my reading that Jaguar wasn’t the first to have bored out the 3.8 (or, maybe, the 3.4) liter engines to 4.2 liter displacement. It was reported that race teams had Read more about June 2007 – Cylinder head differences, ’63 and ’79[…]