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NormanD

3,181 posts

115 months

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Saturday 6th October 2012 quote quote all
Yes as soon as we are 100% on the 4Lt XK8/Rs we will then work on the 4.2Lt

After that we will go onto the later X150 cars

GavinPearson

5,478 posts

138 months

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Saturday 6th October 2012 quote quote all
Chapppers said:
You should do an X150. I imagine the electronics would pose somewhat more of a problem though.
It sounds great on paper but reality is probably somewhat different.

Now that I have an X150 I very much doubt that I'd get a manual even if it was offered because the transmission and transmission calibration is that good.


a8hex

3,691 posts

110 months

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Saturday 6th October 2012 quote quote all
On the X150, how would you change gears fast enough in the lower ratios? biglaugh

GavinPearson

5,478 posts

138 months

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Saturday 6th October 2012 quote quote all
a8hex said:
On the X150, how would you change gears fast enough in the lower ratios? biglaugh
You'd have to use similar gearing to the Shelby GT500 (which uses a Tremec TR6060).

NormanD

3,181 posts

115 months

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Monday 8th October 2012 quote quote all
GavinPearson said:
You'd have to use similar gearing to the Shelby GT500 (which uses a Tremec TR6060).
That's what I've done, using a later even better gearbox though

And here is a picture of the Bell Housing I've had cast



Edited by NormanD on Monday 8th October 08:02

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CDP

5,074 posts

141 months

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Monday 8th October 2012 quote quote all
I wonder what a good XKR with a broken gearbox costs?

300bhp/ton

29,629 posts

77 months

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Monday 8th October 2012 quote quote all
NormanD said:
V12 Migaloo said:
Damn Norman, now you've got me looking at cheap XKRs...
Get in quick, as soon as everyone knows you can get a manual XKR the prices are going to go up.
Up? laugh

Why?

I love XK's and think a manual conversion is cool and certainly something that'd appeal in the USA for these kinds of prices.

But XK's will still continue to depreciate, XJ-S's (even when manual conversions where available for them) dropped to monkey money. Why would the XK be any different?

I'd love a manual XK of course, but £7.5k + VAT and fitting and the car means I could buy a manual DB7 instead.

I wish you luck smile

cardigankid

6,359 posts

99 months

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Wednesday 10th October 2012 quote quote all
300bhp/ton said:
Up? laugh

Why?

...XK's will still continue to depreciate, XJ-S's (even when manual conversions where available for them) dropped to monkey money. Why would the XK be any different?

I'd love a manual XK of course, but £7.5k + VAT and fitting and the car means I could buy a manual DB7 instead.

I wish you luck smile
I think that you are missing something basic. Monkey money XJ-S's were and are terminal rust buckets. Try to buy a decent XJ-S and see how much it costs you. An XK is a much more attractive proposition with much less, shall we say controversial styling, and a much stronger following from the off. It is better rust protected, but no doubt an XK which has been let rust to pieces, hood hydraulics stuffed, wheel arches hanging off, chav modifications, covered in dents, upholstery frayed and filthy and engine a basket case will be and probably already is monkey money, because it will cost 20k to put into order. A good one is already an appreciating asset.






V8RX7

9,534 posts

150 months

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Wednesday 10th October 2012 quote quote all
300bhp/ton said:
I'd love a manual XK of course, but £7.5k + VAT and fitting and the car means I could buy a manual DB7 instead.
Except of course the DB7 has some horrifically priced parts, is 6 cylinder and isn't supercharged.


330p4

573 posts

117 months

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Thursday 11th October 2012 quote quote all
The ride quality on the DB7 is poor compared to the XK
Ian

a8hex

3,691 posts

110 months

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Thursday 11th October 2012 quote quote all
V8RX7 said:
300bhp/ton said:
I'd love a manual XK of course, but £7.5k + VAT and fitting and the car means I could buy a manual DB7 instead.
Except of course the DB7 has some horrifically priced parts, is 6 cylinder and isn't supercharged.

A DB7 should either 6 cylinder and supercharged
or 12 and not.

(cylinders are supposed to come in rows of 6, anyone who puts them in rows of 4 is just being a cheap skate)

cardigankid

6,359 posts

99 months

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Friday 12th October 2012 quote quote all
Thought there was something wrong there.

Can I also say that the X100 XK is better looking than a DB7, by a substantial margin, cheaper to maintain and also suitable for people over 5'10".

When you 'get' the steel XK nothing else quite hits the spot.

NormanD

3,181 posts

115 months

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Monday 15th October 2012 quote quote all
Manual pedal assembly ready to go in the car


GavinPearson

5,478 posts

138 months

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Tuesday 16th October 2012 quote quote all
cardigankid said:
Thought there was something wrong there.

Can I also say that the X100 XK is better looking than a DB7, by a substantial margin, cheaper to maintain and also suitable for people over 5'10".

When you 'get' the steel XK nothing else quite hits the spot.
Until you drive an X150, that is.

a8hex

3,691 posts

110 months

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Tuesday 16th October 2012 quote quote all
Norman, what's that about drinking and driving?
Doesn't look like your conversion can be trusted not to drink your beer while your back's turned.

NormanD

3,181 posts

115 months

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Tuesday 16th October 2012 quote quote all
a8hex said:
Norman, what's that about drinking and driving?
Doesn't look like your conversion can be trusted not to drink your beer while your back's turned.
I couldn't use the Wisky tumblers as I still had them in my hand

Is this better then


a8hex

3,691 posts

110 months

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Wednesday 17th October 2012 quote quote all
do Pure Malt's make good hydraulic fluid?
I'd have thought that brakes get a bit to warm, even the clutch is likely to be pushing it

NormanD

3,181 posts

115 months

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Friday 2nd November 2012 quote quote all
OK got the car working with the manual gearbox in and on the road

Going for a test at Mallory next week

The following week to get the Black Box fine tuned to remove a couple of glitches

Then if anyone else wants one

Edited by NormanD on Friday 2nd November 22:31

fatboy b

6,496 posts

103 months

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Saturday 3rd November 2012 quote quote all
NormanD said:
OK got the car working with the manual gearbox in and on the road

Going for a test at Mallory next week

The following week to get the Black Box fine tuned to remove a couple of glitches

Then if anyone else wants one

Edited by NormanD on Friday 2nd November 22:31
clap

That's going to be one special car!

NormanD

3,181 posts

115 months

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Friday 23rd November 2012 quote quote all
NormanD said:
The following week to get the Black Box fine tuned to remove a couple of glitches
Sorted what the Black Box problem is so I should have the revised box in a weeks time

Can then finish the electrics and trim round the gearlever,then we are away enjoying myself
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