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Category: 1993 XJS Convertible

Best in Class

Of the six Jaguar XJS cars on display at the 2016 Vancouver Field Meet, my car somehow came out on top, and won first place in its class. I’ll post some more photos from the show in the next day or two, I hope, but the car performed well on the trip, though it threw a check-engine code about 20 miles into the journey. (The code given, FF23, suggests the ECU cannot correct for an over-rich reading. I suspect the O2 sensor could use replacement, so I’ll start there and see where that leads.)

Zero Camber Grime

The wheels are back for the Morgan and look quite nice–I had them straightened and powder-coated by Factory Direct Tire in Edmonds. Of course, I now need to remove the powder coating from the hubcap “nubs” so they will actually go on. (This is typical of powder-coated parts due to the thickness of the finish, and one of the reasons I rarely have parts powder coated. But it was not much extra on top of the straightening, so why not?)

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No Going Back

Literally! My latest machine doesn’t have a working reverse gear, among some other “minor” glitches. I probably won’t keep this car, a 1994 Jaguar XJS–I bought it to help a  friend who was losing their storage, and faced an expensive repair bill to get the car saleable, at an inopportune time.

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