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Maintaining Your Jaguar E-Type #5213982 09/16/19 02:14 AM
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So, my aunt has been sending me stuff that she's found over the years that they got out of my grandfathers house after he passed in 2003. One of the things she sent me is an "Operating, Maintenance, and Service Handbook" for his old 4.2 E-Type he restored ages ago. I got to flipping through it and there are some things that folks here will get a kick out of, so I scanned a few pages for your viewing pleasure.

Of interest:

Your first maintenance trip (At 1000 miles) is FREE! It includes the cars first oil change, gearbox oil change (Both auto and standard) and retorque the head bolts.

Oil changes are every 3000 miles, unless you do a lot of low speed city driving particularly in cold weather you should change it every 1000 miles! The oil filter is apparently a metal mesh type and must be cleaned.

Thought everyone would get a kick out of it, I'll eventually get around to scanning the whole thing and then probably put it up on Ebay.

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Re: Maintaining Your Jaguar E-Type [Re: ctechbob] #5214009 09/16/19 05:41 AM
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I thought most Jaguar owners had a mechanic follow them in their tow truck? Maybe that was only the older ones with a V12 or V10 cylinder engine.


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Re: Maintaining Your Jaguar E-Type [Re: ctechbob] #5214010 09/16/19 05:42 AM
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What a blast from the past!

British Leyland products were all rather maintenance intensive back then, but so were American cars. I owned a 65 Triumph TR-4, which was not quite a Jaguar. But it still required constant tinkering and adjustment to get it to run sharp...


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Re: Maintaining Your Jaguar E-Type [Re: ctechbob] #5214024 09/16/19 06:12 AM
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The 4.2's weren't bad for reliability, the later, emission strangled V12's could be problematic, with subsequent cars being a true challenge to own; especially the XJS, etc. The oil filters on the 6 cyls are cartridge types, but the cartridge is disposable like modern cars. Interesting that they called for UCL, many of the British cars called for it until the mid/late 70's.

Few engines sound as nice as the Jag 6 in the XKE, makes all the effort worth it.


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Re: Maintaining Your Jaguar E-Type [Re: wings&wheels] #5214034 09/16/19 06:32 AM
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Like Chevy's. you did not really need to change oil every 3000 miles. They leaked and consumed oil at such a rate, that any oil in there had less than 3000 miles on it.

Re: Maintaining Your Jaguar E-Type [Re: Donald] #5214053 09/16/19 07:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Donald
I thought most Jaguar owners had a mechanic follow them in their tow truck? Maybe that was only the older ones with a V12 or V10 cylinder engine.


Yup, those V10s were really unreliable.

Re: Maintaining Your Jaguar E-Type [Re: ctechbob] #5214164 09/16/19 09:10 AM
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Renew sparking plugs....LOL


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Re: Maintaining Your Jaguar E-Type [Re: atikovi] #5214218 09/16/19 10:03 AM
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Originally Posted by atikovi
Originally Posted by Donald
I thought most Jaguar owners had a mechanic follow them in their tow truck? Maybe that was only the older ones with a V12 or V10 cylinder engine.


Yup, those V10s were really unreliable.


That must be why you never see them!


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Re: Maintaining Your Jaguar E-Type [Re: ctechbob] #5214265 09/16/19 11:07 AM
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The little chart in the second picture is actually a stamped piece of metal which sits under the hood for reference. Imagine seeing that on your modern Hyundai!

Re: Maintaining Your Jaguar E-Type [Re: ctechbob] #5214272 09/16/19 11:15 AM
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Top up Carburetor Hydraulic Piston Dampers.

Back in 1960-1961, I had a Triumph TR3A.
I knew nothing about how cars worked.
My Triumph started running terrible. I lived on the island of Cyprus at the time. Took car to a Greek mechanic friend. Unscrewed the top cap from the SU carbs. The rid was bone dry. Filled with engine oil Voila. Car ran perfect

I learned a lot.


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Re: Maintaining Your Jaguar E-Type [Re: ctechbob] #5214310 09/16/19 12:02 PM
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I had a variety of British cars. Mark 1 Sprite, 850 mini, 1968 TR4A w/IRS (one of my favorite drives - someone rear ended it while it was parked) Raced a TR3B, Drove a TR3A for many years.

I would like to get another TR4A w/IRS and Overdrive. I know just about all the Bugaboos and what to do about them. First on order would be to go to Nipon Denso Alternator. New cars are ridiculous. My neighbors Lincoln has a transverse 4.5 liter V8. Front wheel drive. Had to remove the wheel, Inner fender, etc just to replace the water pump. Next car for me is going to be front engine, Manual transmission, rear wheel drive.

That said modern cars have their good points (or no points to adjust) Computerized engine management, OHC, Variable valve timing, fuel injection.

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Wait - upper cylinder lubricant was called for? When was that done - every oil change?

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WTH is cylinder lubricant? A fancy name for motor oil? Why would the upper cylinder need different lubricant from the lower cylinder?

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Originally Posted by atikovi
WTH is cylinder lubricant? A fancy name for motor oil? Why would the upper cylinder need different lubricant from the lower cylinder?


It is a lube you add to the gasoline..for ring, piston, valve lubrication. Crankcase oil not up there in quantity.
Not such a strange idea. How many threads here about adding outboard 2 stroke oil to your gas tank? Marvel mystery oil etc.

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Re: Maintaining Your Jaguar E-Type [Re: ammolab] #5214417 09/16/19 01:59 PM
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Originally Posted by ammolab
It is a lube you add to the gasoline..for ring, piston, valve lubrication. Crankcase oil not up there in quantity.
Not such a strange idea. How many threads here about adding outboard 2 stroke oil to your gas tank? Marvel mystery oil etc.

I always struggle with this one. So there is inadequate lubrication in the "upper cylinder? Is this all engines or just some? I have well over 400,000 miles on my old Sienna, and nearing 300,000 miles on my other vehicles. Is there improper or inadequate upper cylinder lubrication in my engines?


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