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Postby old saaber » Fri Apr 11, 2014 6:20 pm

They're probably nearly all VDO speedos. :D

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Postby TurboDustbin » Tue Jul 15, 2014 2:10 pm

I've done bugger all on trying to get to the bottom of the overboost/fuelcut/jerking, but I do now have some lovely quilted door card inserts, so that's nice.

I'll order a CANUSB when I get back from holiday and take it from there, I suppose.

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Postby TurboDustbin » Wed Aug 06, 2014 8:20 pm

Hmm...not quite got to that stage yet, but it's something to aim for.

Here are my door cards and painted dash:

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..and for added pimpness, I might try and make one of these out of a spare gearknob.....

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On that note, I popped into a bakery a couple of weeks ago for some doughnuts and ended-up buying one of these from the owner:

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Postby old saaber » Thu Aug 07, 2014 8:54 am

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I'd say technically that would be easy enough to achieve. The selector decal is a layered thing and you can easily scrape off the silver from the back.

I was reading the other day that the E21, if it is the 320 version it has an engine which is ripe for tinkering.

http://www.fritzsbits.co.uk/shop/engines

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Postby TurboDustbin » Thu Aug 07, 2014 9:31 am

Hmm, not sure as it's an early 2litre carb - straight six though, so makes all the noises.

I think it's supposed to be easy to swap-in a later 2.5, which might be fun as they're 170bhp and the e21s don't weigh much.

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Postby old saaber » Thu Aug 07, 2014 9:57 am

Looks like that would be the M20B20 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_M20
90 kW (120 hp) at 6,000 - 160 N·m (120 lb·ft) at 4,000 6,400 - 9.2:1 - 1x4-bbl Solex

Compression ratio looks good for turbocharging!

But a complete engine transplant from a later car would probably be easier than bolting on a turbo, fuel injection and mapping as that would require fabrication and rolling road set up.

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Postby old saaber » Thu Aug 07, 2014 12:41 pm

Saw some pictures of the green oily rag on the gallery. Have you still got it?

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Postby TurboDustbin » Thu Aug 07, 2014 2:20 pm

You mean the freshly restored XJS? Yep, it's in my garage looking very shiny. Unfortunately, the engine dropped 6 cylinders a week after passing its MOT, so looks like it'll be in the garage for a while. I think it's just a duff cap and rotor arm and I thought I may as well replace all the leads as they look original and do the plugs, too. Oh and the coils. Anyway, that little lot is about £400, so I'm going to wait until I've sold-on that 900 carb beofre I buy the bits. I shouldn't really have bought that E21 Baur, but wife was egging me on....

Here's a gallery of the work on my XJS. Pretty scary stuff:


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Postby old saaber » Thu Aug 07, 2014 4:22 pm

I thought the Jag looked a little weary but had no idea it was like that underneath. You couldn't see any of that when you got it. I remember the brakes didn't seem to work when I was driving it. Brake failure lights on the dash. It could sort-of stop but I think it was mostly naturally costing to a stop rather than there being much braking force. I guess it could have been a temporary electrical fault as it past the MOT ok.

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Postby TurboDustbin » Thu Aug 07, 2014 5:13 pm

Yeah, tempramental ABS motor thing. It was fine until i gave it to you to MOT..... ;) I had it replaced and it failed again, so had it replaced again and seemed ok when I last drove it. I'm thinking of getting a nitrous kit for it (once it's working again).

A few small bubbles on a Jag's bodywork always mean lots of rust lurking underneath!

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Postby old saaber » Thu Aug 07, 2014 5:49 pm

It was one of those cars where the MOT tester was rolling his eyes :roll:

He didn't say anything about the brakes though.

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Postby old saaber » Thu Aug 07, 2014 5:59 pm

Nitrous on the jag would require a huge gas bottle. My 8v Saab 900i was going through a 5kg fire extinguisher in about 4 runs... and engines at about the same rate. :lol: Although in fairness the first engine didn't fail because of the nitrous, it failed because the oil pump is crap on the early cars. The second engine did fail because of the nitrous but never really investigated the issue.

Just had oil spraying out the filler tube. I guess pressure in the cylinders lead to a piston ring failure and then pressure in the crank case and then no oil and game over. Damm, I miss that car. It was free and so much fun after lots of stealthy upgrades.

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It was called the 90,000 - on account of the nitrous kit.

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Postby TurboDustbin » Thu Aug 07, 2014 6:08 pm

I can imagine.

Last MOT, I was driving out of the test centre with my nice pass certificate and the headlight just fell-out!

Still, at least it's not rusty anymore.

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Postby old saaber » Thu Aug 07, 2014 6:09 pm

:lol: :lol:

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Postby TurboDustbin » Thu Aug 07, 2014 6:15 pm

Good effort. I'm sure the Jag could take a 100bhp shot without too much bother.

Back to the T16s; my cooling fan hardly ever cuts-in. If I short the wires, it runs fine, but if I connect it up to the thermostatic switch, it hardly ever works and the car gets very hot. I've twice replaced the switch with a good used one and a new one, but no joy. Can the fan be controlled by the T5 ECU instead?

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Postby old saaber » Thu Aug 07, 2014 6:39 pm

The t5.5 does not normally control the fan.

I seem to remember having to change the fan on that once before. Perhaps there is damage to the wire feeding the fan.

It's had a radiator reasonably recently, a replacement fan and a replacement thermoswitch. There's not much left other than the water pump and routing of the cooling hoses.

Sometimes people mix up the cooling hoses and route the wrong one into the wrong hole on the heater matrix. Something which is easily overlooked when removing or installing the engine as you just put them back as they were. The one coming from the top of the matrix goes to the back of the water pump. The one from between the intake runners goes to the bottom of the heater matrix.

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Postby old saaber » Thu Aug 07, 2014 6:43 pm

I suppose you could fit a switch. Better to run it through a relay though. My 99 had the cooling fan on a switch for a while.

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Re: Turbodustbin

Postby TurboDustbin » Wed Aug 13, 2014 11:24 am

I'm going to get some electrical contact cleaner on the wires and connectors, and if that doesn't fix it, I'll go for an aftermarket controller. They're not extortionately expensive, so not the end of the world.

Some good news, though; my £80 red 900 passed its MOT!


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