I procured this 1985 Jaguar Vanden Plas in January of 2019. It was in need of a transmission rebuild which I had done in late January of 2019. I then took this car to JP European Auto in Huntington Beach, CA and had the following done:
Rebuilt the steering rack towerInstalled new motor mountsInstalled new front shocks and upper ball jointsInstalled a tappet kit for the exhaust valve tappet guidesInstalled new valve cover gasketsInstalled new oil pan gasketInstalled front crank sealWheel alignmentTiming chain adjustmentRepaired vacuum linesReplaced rear wheel hub bearingsNew spark plugs and wiresNew distributor cap and rotorPassed California smog inspection
The following items I installed on the Jaguar:
New rear shocksNew radius arm bushingsNew rear brake calipers and brake padsNew rear brake rotorsNew parking brake padsNew differential gasketNew rear tail pipe and exhaust silencersNew rear intermediate pipesNew heater valveNew starter motorCharged the A/C system with R134a coolant and it blows cold air.
This Vanden Plas has a small oil leak probably coming from the timing chain cover. I bought a set of gaskets to fix this problem, but it is beyond my expertise to complete this work. The gaskets will come with the car. The passenger side hood latch needs adjusting as it is prone to pop open when driving. I purchased a spare latch which will come with the car. The headliner sags and will need attention. The cruise control is not working. When I replaced the starter motor, I kept the old one which will come with the car. The previous owner bought an extra radio from a 1987 Jaguar and that will come with the car. He also bought six used face plates which fit the current radio and they will accompany the sale of the car. I bought a $200 dollar car cover which will also come with the car. I have two service manuals which will come with the car as well.
This car drives beautifully. It combines the feel of a luxury car with the handling of a sports car. I have sorted out many of the mechanical problems since I took charge of this car in January. It is now a daily driver and is looking for a Jaguar enthusiast to take it to the next level. I was very impressed with the overall condition of the car. The only surface rust I see is on the back passenger tail light where a small dent is present which can be seen in the pictures I provided. Every bolt I removed from under the car was in pristine condition with no corrosion present. All the electric windows and sun roof work as does the electric adjustable driver seat. All turn signals, marker lights, head lights and tail lights work as well.
|VIN (Vehicle Identification Number):||SAJAY1346FC415477||Mileage:||1134500|