Had to make room for the Volvo. We only have room in the garage & driveway for so many cars — for now 6. The Volvo would be seven. Don’t want to start parking cars in the yard. So, at least one had to go into storage. Had thought about putting BOTH Jags in storage BUT had trouble finding a place for one let alone two. So, decided to store the XJS. The XJ8 will get moved to the driveway with a fancy cover. But, I plan to continue driving the XJ8 when the weather is good. Since the Volvo is leased, & as such does carry a mileage allocation, having the XJ8 around will help.
Hoping that the Volvo XC60 will get delivered next week.
It has been in hibernation, under covers, in our garage since last September — albeit, permanently connected to a ‘Schumacher SC1319 1.5 Amp 6V/12V Fully Automatic Smart Battery Charger/Maintainer’. I have three of these Schumacher chargers. I had had very good luck with them. The green light to say that the battery is fully charged has been flashing all winter. And it sure did start on first crank. Takes a bit to get a V12 to start, but it sure did.
Took it for two short spins with Teischan — given that it is HER car. It is going into storage, in Laconia, on Tuesday. It will stay there for 2-years. Teischan will be old enough to drive it then. Stay tuned.
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I am pretty sure that this is the latest it has hibernated. I am sure that I usually drive it in March — April, provided that there is no snow on the ground.
Well, this year was different. I was cooler for a start & we had the stay at home. There was nowhere to go in it.
I had it on a Schumacher trickle-charger while it hibernated. I have 3 of these chargers. One for each of my British cars. It works great. Started first time. No hesitation. Bang. That made me happy.
The pictures, quite nicely, hide all the dust on the car. Will put it through a car wash soon.
Well, Summer must be here. Now to get the other Jag out of hibernation.
My 2002 XJ8 in Fall 2019 BEFORE I mothballed it for the Winter.
It is ready to be sprung free. Had the battery on a good trickle-charger.
My 1989 V12 XJS in Fall 2019 BEFORE it too was mothballed it for the Winter.
Also on a good trickle-charger, but this one needs to be registered. SMILE.
Wow, I haven’t bought a Jag in 5-years! Wow. I am impressed with myself.
I would NOT get rid of the XJ8 unless it was totally & utterly kaput. It is a lovely car — aesthetically and it hasn’t given me too much grief on the mechanical side. But, that can change. Yikes. My plan is to nurse it along as long as I can.
I haven’t looked for Jags online for years — ok, maybe for ‘months’. Just had a quick look. There are Jags out there for I. So, I am OK.
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Attribution WILL be enforced.
September 30 and the 2019 registration came to an end — as did the registration on 4 other cars. The joys of owning 6 cars. I have never owned an unregistered/uninsured car! Asked my friend at the Town Hall who does the resignations as to what the deal is. The price remains the same, but you can register whenever — the only thing is that you have to get it inspected the same day you get it registered.
Though it 30-years old it is not cheap to register since it was $44,000+ car when new.
I typically don’t drive it after September. Why? Because I only enjoy driving it topless and I, in my old age, like to freeze my bones. So, didn’t see the point of paying to have it registered if I am not going to be driving it till April/May. So, that is what I did. IT IS INSURED. I am not stupid!
Took it for a good run. I keep the battery trickled charge non-stop. So, it started first time. It is a TRUE Jag. It likes to stretch it legs. That V12 is something else.
Well, it is now hibernating.
This, in reality, is NOT my car. It is Teischan’s. She just lets me use it, register it, insure it and pay for its upkeep. She will get it when she can drive!
Well, the Summer is over.
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Attribution WILL be enforced.
It is no secret that I use this Jaguar, my XJS, sparingly. Goal is to preserve it, in as excellent shape as possible, for as long as possible. Plus, it belongs to Teischan and it will be 3 years before she can drive it (legally).
She wanted to take it out. So, we took off the full body cover. Started the FIRST TIME. I keep the battery trickle charged year round. Put some oil, topped off the coolant, put the roof down and we were OFF.
It is a lovely car to drive! I feel privileged. The acceleration. Folks stay well behind once they see the acceleration from a stop. They don’t want to be embarrassed. Put it away with the hood down. That would mean we will use it again shortly. Stay tuned.
The XJ8 has been used quite a bit this Summer. Going to be using it again tomorrow.
Since I serendipitously discovered them in May of last year, I have entrusted all our vehicles to Paul, with CONFIDENCE — and that includes my two Jags.
Paul is GREAT.
Today, he yet again, demonstrated what a STAR he is. There aren’t, alas, too many absolute gentleman like Paul left in the world. He, I think, is ‘old school’ (in the BEST possible way) and so am I. We are of the same generation. We share the same values. I am loyal to those that take care of me and Paul is loyal to his customers.
I will not go into details because Paul wouldn’t want me to.
It had to do with my 1989 Jaguar V12 XJS that died on me, in the middle of the road, 12 days ago.
Suffice to say I had it ‘towed’ to Paul. Among other things it needed a new alternator. Well Paul took care of all of that.
Today, I finally got it back. I know that working on a 1989 V12 XJS is NOT easy. Paul has done miracles.
And he is SO FAIR.
Wow. The world desperately needs more people like Paul.
Thank YOU, Mr. Paul Bousquet. Thank You, “B-Boys”.
Whenever people hear that I have two Jags, a XJ8 (2002) and a XJS, they start asking questions about how often they break down, how much time they spend ‘at the shop‘ and the ‘small fortune‘ that it must cost to keep them running.
Until yesterday, Sunday, September 25, 2016, I had been REMARKABLY lucky. Neither Jag had left me stranded on the side of the road. Yes, this Summer the Xj8 refused to start in the garage. It needed a new battery. Over the winter the alternator belt on the XJS broke but it did not stop on the roadside.
But on Sunday, the XJS lived up to its unfortunate reputation. I had had a nagging hunch that it was not 100% right for a month or so. When we took it to the ‘Gilford Old Home day’, on what was a particularly hot day, it had acted up a bit and had been hard to start. But other than that it was driving beautifully. It is a joy to drive and I have never driven it with the top up. It is my topless car. But on Sunday it just died. Driving along on a back road. Doing 40-45 mph. Going along perfect … and then JUST dies. No stalling etc. Just dies.
Had to have it trailered to “B-Boys” in Barnstead. Wasn’t too bad. We have ‘AAA Premier’. So towing is covered. However, had to wait 90 minutes for the truck but it could have been worse. Thank YOU, “Doug’s Towing” out of Rochester, New Hampshire and CRAIG. Craig was excellent.
Don’t know what is wrong. Maybe fuel pump. That would be easy. Could be worse. I will let you know.