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#1452023 Wed May 18 2022 04:51 PM
Joined: Apr 2005
Posts: 3,055
C
'Bolter
We used to do sbc into Jaguar swaps on a regular basis but now not for years. Customer brought in an XJ convertible with an LS and six speed trans for us to put in a new wire harness. Looks like a nightmare since every wire has been cut or yanked and to top it off he bought a Painless harness---known by ones in the trade as a PITA. It's a loaded car so main harness is as big as your wrist so 4k labor quote didn't even cause a blink. We will probably earn every penny.

Car in good shape:
[![IMG-5441.jpg](https://i.postimg.cc/VLGFkvcT/IMG-5441.jpg)](https://postimg.cc/LnPPyH5B)

LS fits good:
[![IMG-5440.jpg](https://i.postimg.cc/C5HSs9wB/IMG-5440.jpg)](https://postimg.cc/FkRM9WdN)

Every wire is raped, note six speed shifter:
[![IMG-5443.jpg](https://i.postimg.cc/L80YPgCd/IMG-5443.jpg)](https://postimg.cc/RWKZ5hxG)

Last edited by coilover; Wed May 18 2022 04:54 PM. Reason: spelling

Evan
coilover #1452024 Wed May 18 2022 04:56 PM
Joined: Mar 2014
Posts: 3,004
J
'Bolter
Oh boy. It would be much better if he'd shown up a month ago before the heat/humidity set in. That's not going to be any fun.


Jon

1952 1/2 ton with 1959 235
T5 with 3.07 rear end
coilover #1452042 Wed May 18 2022 05:44 PM
Joined: Nov 2021
Posts: 357
F
'Bolter
I tried to talk to my uncle about a heart transplant in his 70 XKE. He wants nothing of it even though his engine has not turned over since 1988 or so.

Man that engine fits so well. I wonder how the unibody holds up to real power.


1966 C-10 Step Side. 283, 4spd, 3.73 gear. 60K miles prior to restoration. 507 Paint Code. Currently in 10,000 pieces.
Transmission is done! Rear Suspension is done! Wheels are done! Bed bodywork is done! Soon to order a 383 crate.



coilover #1452075 Wed May 18 2022 11:21 PM
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Posts: 7,252
W
'Bolter
XKE is not XKE without the stock engine.


Ron, The Computer Greek
I love therefore I am.

1960 MGA Roadster Sold 7/18/2017
1954 3100 Chevy truck in the Gallery
2017 Buick Encore
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coilover #1452094 Thu May 19 2022 03:39 AM
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Posts: 3,874
R
'Bolter
That wiring photo looks like a bowl of spaghetti exploded in there! You'll have your hands full getting that all sorted out.


Rich

'47 Loadmaster [stovebolt.com]

1947 Chev. Loadmaster

1959 Chev. Viking 40

Genie: "I am the genie from a magic lamp and I have the power to grant you three wishes."
Me: "I want to be rich."
Genie: "OK, Rich, what's your second wish?"








coilover #1452097 Thu May 19 2022 05:38 AM
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Posts: 3,055
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'Bolter
Ron the only drawback on replacing a Brit engine with a sbc is your driveway will get rusty with nothing leaking oil on it everyday.


Evan
coilover #1452098 Thu May 19 2022 09:53 AM
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W
'Bolter
dance


Ron, The Computer Greek
I love therefore I am.

1960 MGA Roadster Sold 7/18/2017
1954 3100 Chevy truck in the Gallery
2017 Buick Encore
Pix on Photobucket
coilover #1452268 Sat May 21 2022 12:56 AM
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C
'Bolter
Ferris.
Did you note the struts from the cowl to the spring towers and then on to a 1.5x1.5 steel angle iron at the core support? The Ford Mustang called this an "Export Kit". Don't know if it works but sure looks "engineery".


Evan
coilover #1452281 Sat May 21 2022 03:58 AM
Joined: Nov 1995
Posts: 5,481
Unrepentant VW Lover
I'm with Ron (for once) ... other than the whole Shelby Cobra thing, I believe Brit cars need to keep their Brit engines. Same with German cars -- need to keep their (air cooled) German engines.

German airplanes with Brit engines, such as the HA-1112 Buchon , is a notable exception


John
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'49 Chevrolet 3804




coilover #1452286 Sat May 21 2022 10:20 AM
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Posts: 7,252
W
'Bolter
I had a 1960 MGA roadster for 49 1/2 years and had very little trouble with it. Most of the issues were self-inflicted. Granted it only had 79000 miles on it but it had 43000 when I got it and the first year I put 16000 on it driving from my duty station in Alabama to central Indiana at least once a month, 489 miles each way.


Ron, The Computer Greek
I love therefore I am.

1960 MGA Roadster Sold 7/18/2017
1954 3100 Chevy truck in the Gallery
2017 Buick Encore
Pix on Photobucket
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