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    Iain Burgess
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    Jaguar XJ-S V12

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  1. It depends where you live, fuel consumption in UKP costs is not for the faint hearted In the USA, you have plenty of rust free cars from the west side, but be warned, they are very finicky beasts. Treat them properly nd they are reliable as any other car, abuse them and the will leave you next to the side of the road on a regular basis. If you just want one as a daily driveer, try the 94-96 4litre models. They are an XJ-S with x300 running gear - in other words - reliable If you want something more exotic, go for the 6 litre V12. If you want something that needs regular TLC, go for the 89-93.5 models, but be prepared to have in the garage a bit. My 83 model does over 30,000km per year, often doing 1000+km trips in a day, and is as releiable as any other car I driven, but I look after it myself.
  2. Thanks slade - never thought about US cars having them. I'll expand the search to the US as well - postage is about the same if not cheaper. I would need the Corvette tail lights as well for those lenses to work, so I'll have a look at the Corvette sites and see what they look like. I found this on a Lotus Elsie site Those would do nicely - now to find an Australian supplier
  3. Where can I buy a set of round tail lights like inthe V8's. I am busy remodelling the rear end of my Jag to something like this: I talked to the owner of the car, and he is not sure what car they came out of, just that most sports car / Lotus/lambo and a few others "normal" european cars have them. I've searched for round tail lights and all that comes up are truck style ones. Our Australian suppliers also only have ones for trucks - and they just don't look good. My car being an earlier model means I can't use this kit and the supplier is not sure if there is enough market for the early model cars so has no plans to make one. I will be using the original tail lights as the positve mold to get the shape, making a dummy one, fitting the new round lights into them, then making a final mould. I'm using a late model boot lid as a mould for the style of the infill panel, ( the lid is smaller than the old style cars so also doens't fit. ) An x300 rear "Jaguar badge" will also be incorporated to modernise the rear end. It's along process, but since I can't afford a Lotus right now, at least it's a start
  4. Don't use this for an excuse for spinning out to the wife: Test of Character
  5. I've driven in quite a few countries, and come across some laws or customs which can fool new drivers in the country. Driving in Melbourne, you come across the "hook turn" sign - certain areas in Melboure when you want to turn right, becuae of the tram track in the right lane, you have to pullover to the left hand lane and wait until both directions are clear before turning right. Also in Melboure, when approaching a tram pulling up at a tram stop, you have to stop - there is a tiny "Stop" sign on the doors of the tram which stcikout when the doors open, this means you have to stop behind the tram so the passengers can get off. There are plenty of single lane bitumen roads in outback Australia, the rule is that when passing an on coming vehicle, slow down so the stones thrown up don't smash each other's windscreens , pullover to the left with only one wheel on the tar whist passing, and nod your head or raise a finger off the wheel to the other driver as you pass. However that does not appy if a road train is coming towards you - then you get as far out the way as possible and leave the sealed road to him. Driving in New Zealand, if you are turning left at an intersection, and someone coming towards you is turning right, they have the right of way if there is no one coming straight through. (Not sure if that's a law or a custom) Driving in Thailand along the main roads, it seems to be the custom that if you see a car approach the road from the left or right, flash your lights to warn the driver you are coming and to show that you intend to go straight through. Do not slow down or hesitate as they will pull straight out in front of you. Defensive driving and collision avoidence is something you have to learn very quickly when driving in Thailand. Driving in Kenya, the roads are often so potholed that you actually drive off in the dirt on the side of the road rather than on the sealed surface. When drving in Nairobi in peak hour traffic, you have to be wary of driver of busses and taxis that decide to drive start another lane on your side of the road because the one's on their side are conjested. Be very wary of puddles in rural Kenya, some of these puddles might be metres deep. We had a Landrover sink up to it's roof in the middle of a "bitumen" road. Driving in rural China at night (We had a driver) , it is very common for all the drivers to switch off their headlights whilst doing 100kph down very narrow roads. All I would see is a darker patch of raod whcih would turn out to be a rotary hoe powered cart, chugging at 5kph down the middle of the road loaded to the max. (I decided never to sit in the front seat whilst driving around and always rode in the Mercedes. Driving in South Africa at night, and you see a red traffic light ahead, you slow down so that you don't have to stop at the light, and if there is nothing coming,you can drive through the light even if it's red - that's because traffic lights are the prime location for the car jackers. Again not sure if it's legal or just self preservation tactics. I'm sure there are plenty of other strange road rules or customs in the world - like the one that makes the Americans drive on the wrong side of the road
  6. Here the law is that the traffic on the motorway must allow the vehicles to merge into the lane. Getting up to speed is hardly a problem here were I live as the motorways have about to conform to design standard that will allow trucks to get up to highway speeds. That generally means about 1.5km of merge lane on the flat, or shorter if there is a downhill run involved. Over there a 2 litre car is classified as a "small" car The problem comes from the people who try to save petrol by accelerating their 4 litre fords so gently that they only reach 80km before trying to merge, 20-30km below the rest of the traffic, then slow down to merge rather than accelerate.
  7. Madness is not just a English thing, and over here in Australia, when you see someone with a hat on inside the car, you have to beware. Every day I travel down the link from the M1 to the Logan motorway which is a toll road. I start accelerating up the ramp and as I get round the bend I see a car reversing down the on-ramp - not on the far left hand side but right down the middle of the off ramp. Luckily the Jag has good brakes and I pull up in time. The guy with the hat then starts throwing his arms up and giving rude gestures as if it was my fault and start to reverse back towards me again. I lean on the horn, and am just about to get out the car when I see that a large truck will soon be coming up the on ramp. I pull out to hard shoulder and pass him, with him swearing and gesturing, then he sees the truck coming up in his mirror - the look on his face turned to shear terror. Spraying gravel from the back wheels all over him through the open window of his car I left him to argue with the truck. One other amaizng thing you will see often up here in Queenslands is people who stop on the on ramp - too afraid to merge they stop dead at the end of the merge zone, and wait for a gap in the traffic.
  8. I used to think that, then I tried to up the agreed value of my Jag with the insurance company. The "market" price had dropped and I had a real hard time convincing them that it was worth what I said it was the first time, let alone what I wanted to insure it for. If all you can get is "market value" insurance, then a minor parking lot scratch would see your car written off. Luckily, Shannon's insurance herre in Australia cater for car enthusiasts and have a better system, a few photos and details of what I've done was enough to ensure it for a realistic agreed value.
  9. My granma's milkman was Sting's brother
  10. The also did the suspension work on the MA60 series Toyota Supras - which strangely enough has exactly the same brakes as the Esprits
  11. How about a Lexus 4 litre V8 - Supercharged of course and an Audi 016 box Lexusextreme Bullet Cars - Supercharged V8 or keep it all British with the Jaguar XJR motor.
  12. I think that designer probably used to work for Jaguar before he joined Lotus- we got even worse problems - we don't have the captive nuts on most things - worst is the seat, unless you know that you have to put a folded piece of paper under the seat nuts when unscrewing them, they fall off and drop into cross member - to rattle forever, and working on the engine, Imagine having to remove the cruise control, A/C compressor. thottle pedastal, and the distributor cap and leads just to change the spark plugs.
  13. Unfortunately, the Australian Government decided that there were too many second hand Japanse imported cars coming into the country, and to make it "fair" to the Australian motor industry, have put restrictions on the second hand imported cars called the "Australian Design Rules compliance- which basically means that you have to test each safety component to ensure it complies - and things like seat belt mounting points, windscreens, seat mounts, steering columns etc, that means to destruction. The importers now take a car, do all the tests which cost about $16,000 and take about a year at a "registered garage" and they get a licence to import that specific model -they then use the test car for parts. The only way around that is to own the car for a year, and live in the country as well - and I don't think I like Esprit's enough to take a whole year of English weather If its the wrong car, then I would rather wait -exotics only seem to get cheaper with age here in Australia - if you guys want a rust free S2 or S3 at a bargain price, come over here - only thing is it will not have much of a proper service history on 90% of the cars.
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