“Owing to the wind and rain” and decorating
the dining room nothing has been done. Since the weather was good today I
decided to recover as much of the wiring as I could. There is nothing too
technical in this it is just time consuming. Stripped the interior of seats
and unloaded all of the discarded items that were hiding in the boot.
Withdrew the wiring loom for the ECU and the main wiring loom in to the car.
The looms are held in with “P” clips and cable ties and tucked away behind
carpets and insulation / sound proofing down either side of the tunnel. It
was then a simple matter of disconnecting any leads still attached to
accessories like heated rear window and seat belt stalks as well as numerous
earth points, withdrawing the ECU loom in to the engine compartment,
followed by removal of the main wiring loom. The ECU loom is definitely
needed on the classic 120. the main loom is not needed if you use the
purpose build 120 loom, but it seemed a shame to leave it in the car to be
scrapped. Having removed the ECU loom I took the opportunity to remove the
brake servo and pedal. This enabled the removal of the steering column main
bracket. This enabled me to start to remove the RHS wiring loom from the
engine compartment. Unfortunately one of the connectors got stuck in wing
valance. Whilst struggling with this the “heavens opened”, I got soaked
clearing up the seats and trim I had removed earlier, and thus play ended
for the day.
XJ6 Dismantle Wiring
Since it was dry today I decided to get on with stripping some more of the car outside rather than work on the engine / automatic transmission or suspension in the garage. It didn’t take long to finish getting the engine compartment wiring out, and whilst there I removed the dual circuit brake manifold. I took the handbrake mechanism, the lower steering column and bulkhead grommet off. Then I turned my attention to removing the front main wiring harness. Again I probably won’t use it but it has all the instrument wiring, fuses, and relays on it, which will be a useful reference. I had undone most of it when I removed the instrument panel. It was a case of disconnecting the wiring to the doors and working it out from across the top the heater and from behind the frame, which holds the dash. I also did lots of small jobs, which are time consuming, and you don’t have a lot to show for it. Dismantled the door trim panels and removed the locks, striker plates and control handles. Removed the windscreen wiper wheel boxes. Removed the seat belts.
As far as stripping the body shell is
concerned I think I can see an end. The interior is now completely wrecked
will all the seat removed and much of the trim either removed or destroyed
to gain access to various bits, The doors are now locked with string . It
really is a sorry looking site, devoid of engine wheels and suspension.
Removed the last of the door locks and the
boot lock. Removed the rear fog lights and associated wiring. Spent some
time removing the fresh air vents for the heater and some of the heater
ducting controls, and interior lights, as well as looking around the car to
make sure I had not left anything important behind. Removed some brake pipes
from the engine bay (for the unions really). Removed the VIN plate and other
labels from the engine compartment. I think the body shell is now stripped
of all that is useful. I’ll take a last look around before disposing of
it. Stated to dismantle the rear suspension. Removed and discarded the two
rear left shocks and road springs. Well on the way to removing the lower
left rear wishbone.
Continued where I left off yesterday.
Removed the lower left wishbone and the rear upright and hub carrier. In
order to remove the drive shaft by separating it from the brake disk it was
necessary to remove the rear brake pads. These were well seized up and it
took a little persuasion to remove them. Once they were out the diff
rotated freely, so it was necessary to lock the drive shaft with a metal bar
through the UJ to undo the drive shaft lock nuts. Left side rear
suspension is removed.
XJ6 Dismantle Suspension
Removed the Right rear suspension, lower wishbone.
Hub carrier, upright. Drive shaft and radius arm. Removed the shocks and
road springs. These were discarded but the upper shock mounting tubes were
retained. Started work on removing the rear callipers and brake discs. To
facilitate this work it was necessary to remove the tie plate mounting bars
which form the lower mounting for the diff.
Removed the “3 Way Tee piece” and associated brake
pipes. Removed the handbrake springs and mechanism. Undid the retaining
bolts and removed the rear brake callipers. The suspension cradle was
beginning to look a bit empty as I remove the rear brake discs. Finally
undid the 4 bolts holding the diff in place and it was done. Time to turn
my attention to the front suspension assembly. I began by removing the
steering rack. This is not needed as the 120 uses a modified Peugeot 206
steering rack. I next removed the front brake callipers followed by the
discs and hub carriers. I managed to remove one of the suspension coil
springs but this was a pretty dodgy operation without a spring compressor.
Undid the ball joints on the upright but can’t separate them.
Yesterday afternoon I spent preparing for today. I got a new ball joint splitter and called in on Peter Sharp to borrow some coil spring compressors. I was concerned the coil spring compressor would not fit. The recommended jaguar tool (according to Haynes) is a threaded rod which passes through the centre of the spring and anchors on to each end, you can then undo the spring and unscrew the rod slowly to release the pressure. With this in mind. I got some M12 x 1m, threaded rod from B&Q. Today, I quickly determined I could only fit one spring compressor and not both. So it was down to the threaded rod. I used the steering iron as a spreader passed the rod through the suspension and used the other steering iron as a clamp. As a precaution I also used one of the spring compressors to help clamp the spring. With all this iron mongery in place I cautiously undid the mounting bolts.
All went very well and uneventfully. Once
the bolts were out I undid the threaded screw and released the pressure.
The additional clamp proved unnecessary and though the rod was bent slightly
the operation was successful. Removed the upper right wishbone. To be
XJ6 Dismantle Suspesnion
Removed the right lower wishbone.
Unfortunately it was seized into its mounting and the thread was damaged
driving it out. It will have to be replaced. Split the ball joints on the
left side and removed the upright. Removed the upper wishbone. Having
learned from the previous experience I managed to remove the left lower
wishbone without damaging it. With this the car is stripped and lies in
pieces on the garage floor. The front and back suspension carriers are in
the boot of the XJ6 with many of the redundant bits inside the car. Now to
get rid of it. I spent a little time cleaning up the garage floor and
labelling some parts. I now need to have a good tidy up and creates some
I called the car disposal guy’s advertising
in the local paper yesterday. Upshot of the conversation was they will pick
up the car but can’t guarantee not to damage the drive. The suggested
putting the car on some scaffold planks so that it can be dragged on to the
flat bed with a winch. So today’s task was to get the car off of the axle
stand and on to some scaffold planks. I have some scaffold planks, though
one is a bit short. With some trial and error to get the height right and to
be able to remove the trolley jack, the car was jacked up, the axle stands
removed (front and then back) and lowered on to the scaffold planks
supported on garden walling blocks. The end result was the car was pretty
precariously balanced on the planks but it should suffice. The remaining
items of exhaust and front bumper were put inside the car. I re-contacted
the disposal company and they will collect the car ,mid morning tomorrow for
a cost of £35.00
The XJ6 body shell expired. The collector
started by smashing the rear window to get the chain and hook over the boot
lid in to the boot. Attaching this to the winch to the chain, the boot lid
buckled as the strain was taken up then slowly the car was dragged across
the planks, up the ramp and on to the back of the vehicle. The body was
last seen disappearing down the road on the back of the truck. I cleared up
the plastic sheets, the blocks and the planks. Swept up the debris and the
broken glass. You would never know it had ever been there. The Jaguar lives
on, in spirit, as witnessed by the pile of bits in the garage. To be borne
again, one day, as Classic 120
|Total Hours for this month = 36 hrs||
Total hours to date = 127.5 hrs