I'm brand new to this forum so thanks for having me and thanks in advance for your replies.
I'm a big Jaguar fan. I'm just coming to the end of the complete restoration of a 1967 series 1 E-Type roadster in opalescent gold on light tan but it's my new project which I'd appreciate your advice on.
I have a '78 series 2 Daimler Double Six coupe. It's essentially the same as the series 2 Jaguar XJ12 couple bar some chrome and badge differences. It's in need of a full restoration and I have the option of rebuilding the original v12 fuel injection engine and BW 3-speed gearbox OR fitting the car with a later V12 HE engine and four speed gearbox from an XJ-S (which was built on the same platform as the XJ coupe).
Do I stick to the original, less efficient and less reliable engine and gear box or upgrade? Bear in mind that sticking with the original engine and gearbox is the more expensive option (since I have access to decent XJ-S running gear already). Originality and unreliability over improved performance and cost saving? What do you think?
1996 XJS Celebration Conv. (shown on the JEC stand at NEC Nov 2015)
2001 XKR Convertible
1989 XJ-S V12 Coupe. 2006 XJ TDVi Sovereign. 1995 XJ6 3.2. 2013 XF 2.2d. 2009 X Type 2.0d Sovereign estate
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