Monthly Archiv: February, 2013

Federal XJ6C: Unobtainium From Everyday XJ

Today we got some of the final pieces for our Federal XJ6C from David Boger at

Included are some very rare pieces like the often missing undershield that protects components beyond the front valence. Also included are the fragile exhaust manifold shields and some fitting bits that the engine lost during its first rebuild.

Many thanks to David at Everyday XJ who carefully found the parts and shipped them to us at a very reasonable rate. His impressive NLA NOS stock extends from the E-Type to the 2009-2012 Jaguar XF. Great business!

Federal XJ6C: New vs Old

As is with any restoration, new parts have to be considered over refurbishment. For the most part the new parts can be bolted on, but for the discerning owner reproduction parts just aren’t good enough.

Take for instance the Double ‘S’ Exhaust which was ordered for our Federal XJ6C. While superior in anti-corrosion benefits, the whole system was not made with the same care as the original XJ6 units.

Our argument is exemplified by the Double ‘S’ Exhaust tips compared the original unit on the right. The Double ‘S’ Exhaust on the left has some nasty bends and a rolled end which frankly looks cheap to the original stainless steel piece. Our recommendation for anyone considering a Double ‘S’ Exhaust on an XJ6 is to definitely save the original tips!

Next we can make a case for new parts with the ignition system and the highly popular Pertronix kit that replaces the breaker points with solid-state electronic logic. The performance benefits are minimal, but the maintenance-free system is a real bonus. Because the XJ6 used a complex Lucas 45D distributor with first generation Prince of Darkness electronic ignition, we opted to use an E-Type’s Lucas 22D distributor as recommended by Jaguar afficianto Malcom Ives.

After considerable consideration we have chosen to fit two SU HD8 carburettors in lieu of the Stromberg CD2s with their automatic water temperature-driven chokes. This will mean fitting a standard choke cable that will be manually operated from the cabin. The SUs will be used in combination with the Federal intake manifold with water chambers making this car somewhat of a Euro/Federal Hybrid. The Original SU carburettors came from a Rover 2000.

Jetstream: XK120 Roadster

Jetstream just received this steel-bodied Jaguar XK120 for body and paint. Rear fenders were removed for media blasting.