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Old 04-15-2019, 04:23 PM   #1
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Anyone car people on here or all just train folk??

Had trains when I was a kid, then discovered cars and girls... 🙂 now that im older, and married I no longer worry about girls, but still have love affair with cars... (only recently back to trains when my grandad passed away and left me his collection)
Ok back to the car bit... in 06 I bought the car i had lusted over since i was a kid, wanted a 77 series 2, but ended up with an 83 series 3 jaguar xj6... first year I had it I went nuts. Replaced just about everything, this thing was drop dead gorgeous when I was done, started entering it into local car shows and even jag only shows, won plenty of trophies, even took second place in southeast in driven division...
Nowadays it pretty much sits in garage gathering dust as the engine has seen better days, I still drive it around some, and but only locally as it's just not that reliable....
So, here's my latest plan for it..( I will never get rid of it)
Being as I do all my own wrenching, I keep her running, although barely these days. And finding someone that can work on her, is really hard these days as although it has a computer to run the fuel injection, it's all analog and for some reason todays mechanics need to be able to plug into a port to figure stuff out... ( hell, i took company van in for a tune up a few months back and they didnt even have a scope, )
Ok, back to the plan... I have found a 96 corvette ( wrecked) with a good drivetrain LT1.. thinking about getting it for the jag.. they make kits to install the entire setup in there with the no cutting or welding., I know it's not gonna be a weekend job, will likely take a few months, but being as i just sold my boat, I have time and some spare cash....
What would you guys do??? 20151015_115319_160981736c46ae777a1fca3e09ef4d6680275015_1555363268761.jpg20161203_102218_864dc6f26c5290c3fd129f55a41882c4847635ff_1555363293638.jpg20160331_161003_2df876cba633e61c30a91354c3f4598d82dae26b_1555363392991.jpg
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Old 04-15-2019, 05:40 PM   #2
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Your Jag looks like a great car. That particular model was one of the grandest sedans Jag ever made. I have some recent experience with Jaguar - owned 2016 a Jaguar F-type S until recently

Yes, there are a few "car people" here - like more than half those on the forum!
I'm one: dyed in the wool car nut.
Real cars: I briefly raced cars when young and was a mechanic/test driver on some minor teams - nothing that led anywhere, but It got to drive some hot cars in test sessions at the Nurburgring and places like that and see a bit of the racing scene in Europe and over here. Learned a lot about cars, too.
Over the years I've owned some interesting and really nice sports cars. Love to talk about cars, all types, for any reason.

Model cars: Every Friday on the O-Gauge forum I post an updated thread titled "Automobiles, Trucks, and Buses for O-Gauge, where I talk about the real cars and models of them that you can use on the layout.

You will find lots of car guys here and lots of car-related threads on this particular sub-forum.
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Old 04-15-2019, 05:52 PM   #3
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Its a question only you can answer. I see it is a beautiful car and a trophy winner you want to be able to drive on a routine basis. I used to have collectible cars but not anymore. None of mine were Jags but several of my friends had them.
From what I recall the LT1 conversion is theoretically reversible if you keep the original parts. The challenge I saw was that a well tuned LT1 causes other things to break/wear out. Would you do the engine/transmission or everything out to the rear hubs?
I am sure restoring the entire driveline to as new including a complete engine/transmission/differential teardown and rebuild is really expensive. The up front cost of the LT1 conversion has to be less. Would you be happy driving around wrapped in a collectible Jag with Chevy power? If so, do it.
What finally pushed me out of driving collectibles (and storing them) was personal and passenger safety. The braking, steering, crush design, restraints and airbag systems just are not what they are in new cars.
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Old 04-15-2019, 07:28 PM   #4
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"Car people"
is a relative term.
I've owned;
1967 Stang
1968 Stang
1962 T-bird
1968 T- bird
1991 T-bird
1995 T-bird (still drive it)
1967 Dodge Pickup
1982 Dodge Pickup

I could go on..
Today I am retired and own/drive
3 cars
2 trucks
1 Jeep
1 motorcycle
All told, valued at around $600.00
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Old 04-15-2019, 07:32 PM   #5
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.... The braking, steering, crush design, restraints and airbag systems just are not what they are in new cars.
Interesting, we recently put the steering column back into a 1968 Dodge Charger. The 'collapsible" steering column looks strong enough to go right through my chest
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Old 04-16-2019, 05:17 AM   #6
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My past cars.....1964 Corvair...1965 Impala..1966 Impala SS..1941 Ford coupe...1940 Ford Sedan..1934 Ford Sedan...1970 Nova..1974 Nova...1971 Nova...1940 Willys...1949 Dodge...1973 El Camino..1976 Chevy truck... 2 1967 GTO's....1969 Corvette...1969 442...1971 Chevelle...1973 Vega wagon...1985 Monte Carlo SS,(still have it),..1973 Olds Omega....1996 T-Bird...1990 Z-24...1983 Z-28...1994 Grand Am...2002 Monte Carlo...1996 Grand Am...1996 Chevy 4x4..1981 Chevy 4x4, 2000 Chevy 4x4...1957 Chevy...2012 Malibu..2019 Nissan Rogue...2002 Impala.. and my current antique cars..1969 Nova and a 1939 Chevy Master DeLuxe...003.JPG

452.JPG..Still have the 2002 Impala, Nissan Rogue, 2000 Chevy truck...2012 Malibu...and the 1985 Monte Carlo SS. all registered...
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Old 04-16-2019, 05:46 AM   #7
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My new baby is a 2019 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye (that's a mouthful ) with 797 HP.
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Old 04-16-2019, 06:22 AM   #8
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Interesting, we recently put the steering column back into a 1968 Dodge Charger. The 'collapsible" steering column looks strong enough to go right through my chest
I think too many of them did - why we have airbags now. Things have improved a lot in the past fifty years, but I still love those old cars from the '60s.
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https://youtu.be/TKM1vr19MZQ. Heres a link of it at the Jcna slalom back in 07.. already beefed everything up when i used to do this, all suspension and bushings redone, even swapped in a limited slip dif. So the lt1 power shouldn't be an issue, as already mentioned, the swap is completely reversible. So I would keep the original drive train in case for some. Reason these cars become valuable..
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My new baby is a 2019 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye (that's a mouthful ) with 797 HP.
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Must be some pretty good tires on that thing to get it to stick to the ceiling.
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