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RHETT, Larry Martz's 1959 Mark IX 792817BW  
RHETT 1959 Jaguar Mark IX 792817BW

Rhett's Maintenance Log Winter 99 - 00

You asked yesterday about the maintenance log for RHETT's Winter '99 - '00 Project -- here it is, from the start on 24 Oct. '99 to yesterday:
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RHETT 1959 Jaguar Mark IX 792817BW

Rhett's Maintenance Log Winter 99 - 00

You asked yesterday about the maintenance log for RHETT's Winter '99 - '00 Project -- here it is, from the start on 24 Oct. '99 to yesterday:
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RHETT'S WINTER '99 - '00 PROJECT
(Maintenance Log)
(RHETT is my Jaguar Mk IX saloon, 792817 BW, engine # NC8338-9, manufactured 15 December '59, despatched 28 December '59, unrestored
original, Cornish grey/mist grey, grey interior.)

10/24/99, mil. 123,220
Winter '99 - '00 Project, to repair damage from 6/99 overheat -- drained all fluids, stripped engine, removed cylinder head (Bill Geerts, Bruce Dunow helped), removed sump, ordered new standard Vandervell main, conrod, cam bearings from John Kubasak at British Vintages.  Removed pistons, discovered rods re-numbered 1-2-3-4-5-6 front to rear, rather than factory 6-5-4-3-2-1.  Pistons 3 and 2 replaced by PO with AE (England) instead of original Bricos -- done by 1st or 2nd owner peior to my acquisition

2/24/89, mil. 83,009.  Pistons 6 and 5 partially collapsed by summer '99 overheat, pinching oil control rings.  Reset trip odometer to 000.0 for
accurate documentation of engine mileage on work.

1/15/00
Bruce Brown, Fred Gerischer, Larry Jackson helped in diagnosis -- Bruce:
overheat caused by distributor weights snagging, redarding timing, resultant coolant loss -- fixed -- at recommendations from them plus saloons and xk-engine list, ordered 6 new pistons from AE, England, 20615 KR, STD, 9:1 -- also ordered 12 new conrod bolts and self-locking nuts to get rid of cottar pins, all from John at BV.  All bores honed to remove damage, all installed by 1/1/00, non-original conrod #s (1-2-3-4-5-6) redone to original #s (6-5-4-3-2-1).  NO damage to cylinder head -- head reinstalled, all ancillaries re-installed by 1/15/00.

1/16/00
With Harry Leisk's help, primed oil filter assembly, 10 qts of Castrol GTX 20w-50, filled cooling system with H20, spun engine on solenoid to pre-lube
bearings, installed 6 new Champion RN12YC sparking plugs.  Ignition on, pushed the button -- he started IMEMEDIATELY, 800 RPM (starting
carburettor his), after 1 1/2 minutes, magnet clicked, to 500 RPM.  A funny noise -- we shut down.  About 2 hours later, started again -- funny noise less.  Ran
to 70 degrees c, reset carburettors.

1/18/00
Started for Bruce Brown to analyze -- funny noise had disappeared -- Bruce heard a little piston slap, which will go away when new rings are seated -- oscillation in upper chain -- took adjuster two teeth clockwise, went away.

1/19/00, mil. 123,235 (engine 015.1)
Drained cooling system, Prestone SuperFlush, refilled with H20 -- drove 5 miles to petrol station, filled both tanks.  Back home, drained cooling system again, reverse flushed to get all flush, etc. out, refilled with Prestone, distilled H20, Watter Wetter.  A badly needed bath -- drove on dryout route -- he ran fine.  Right SU fuel pump dripping -- installed new fiber gaskets, new rubber line -- still dripping, so clamped off with small vice-grips.  New fan belt installed.

1/29/00, mil. 123,298 (engine 078.4)
Drove to Bill Geerts' in Rocklin using breakin info from owner's manual (2,500 RPM max for first 1,000 miles) -- 68 c all the way up and down, 40 PSI at 2,000 RPM all the way -- Tour of Rocklin with Bill's wife Sue, small girls -- another 78 miles on the break-in schedule -- he's running perfectly.

2/2/00, mil. 123,298 (engine 078.4)
Replaced leaking RH SU fuel pump with Facet.  Renewed fuel lines to both Facet pumps, new clips.  Drained coolant, moved radiator up 2", made proper connection to overflow pipe for coolant recovery bottle with 5/16" ID neoprene line, with clip to hold.

2/6/00, mil. 123,391 (engine 171.3)
Sunny day!  To Bill Geerts', Bruce Dunow's -- he ran perfectly, 68 c all the way -- now 171.3 miles on new (internally) engine.  Bruce Brown says ignore owner's manual break-in schedule because block is well seasoned, and drive normally so he'll break in that way!  Every so often, go to 3,800 - 4,000 RPM and back off, so rtings will seat that way.

2/10/00, mil. 123,391 (engine 171.3)
Complete chassis lube, 16 nipples, including wheel bearings.  Starter button decided to DNF (fortunately at home!).

2/11 - 15/00, mil. 123,391 (engine 171.3)
Starter button, in-gear starter inhibitor removed from 791118 BW (Mk IX for spares) -- disassembled, cleaned, mounted -- a fight with connectors but successful!

2/17/00, mil. 123,405 (engine 185.4)
Another wash -- drove to dry -- began needed wax job.

2/19/00, mil. 123,407 (engine 187.5)
Started for Bill Geerts' -- oil pressure suddenly to 0!  Called CSAA, home on flatbed, started, no oil flow to LH cam.  Bruce Brown said remove oil filter assembly, check pressure release valve, drain & remove sump, check oil pump to distributor drive connection.

2/21 - 3/21/00, mil. 123,438 (engine 218.6)
Sump off -- discovered the funny noise was oil suction pipe (sump to pump) being clipped by RH connecting rod bolt, #5 -- it went through at 123,405 (engine 185.4) -- pipe pushed up by screen at sump bottom -- oil back to sump, so no pressure.  With Bill Geerts' help, removed pump, suction and delivery pipes from 791118 BW -- replaced suction pipe (insuring that pipe NOT moved by screen), 12 qts Castrol 20w-50, drove, now 22 PSI at 2,000 RPM.  Bruce Brown said new main, conrod bearings trashed by no oil pressure
-- change them again.  Ordered new (again) from John at BV, did so.  Warm -- oil pressure now at 53 PSI at 2,000 -- turned pressure release valve
back 2 1/2 turns, now 43 PSI at 2,000.

3/23/00, mil. 123,443 (engine 222.7)
To petrol station for fillup, prep for SJC tech session Sat. 3/25/00 -- he's running fine!

3/25/00, mil. 123,454 (engine 234.2)
To SJC tech session -- he ran perfectly, 68 c all the way, 43 PSI at 2,000 all the way.

3/27 - 4/21/00, mil. 123,465 (engine 244.6)
Starter motor DNF (fortunately at home).  Out, diagnosed, internal electrical fault, tried to fix but no good -- Bill Geerts found a correct, rebuilt starter -- got here 4/20/00, in 4/21, running correctly again!
Also -- had assembled distributor drive 180 degrees out, forcing wiring change -- with Bruce Brown's guidance, removed both cams, turned engine so drive moved 180 degrees, back to correct.  Also replaced cam bearings with new (athough old ones still looked fine).  Took compression check, cold,
throttles closed:  #6, 179 -- #5, 177 -- #4, 187 -- #3, 175 -- #2, 192 -- #1, 197.

4/29 - 30/00, mil. 123,592 (engine 371.6)
Sat. -- Florin Fat Fenders (FFF) regular meet (first in '00 for RHETT).
Sun. -- United British Sports Car Club (UBSCC), to Scottish Games, Woodland.

5/2/00, mil. 123,610 (engine 389.0)
UBSCC regular monthly meeting, Sudwerks.

5/4/00, mil. 123,642 (engine 421.9)
Cappucino Cruise, Folsom (first in '00 for RHETT).

5/6/00, mil. 123,655 (engine 434.6)
Florin Fat Fenders, rained out.

5/7/00, mil. 123,677 (engine 457.1)
 Fair Oaks Fiesta Days, rained out

5/10/00, mil. 123,709 (engine 489.0)
Cappucino Cruise, Folsom -- trophy, Sponsor's Pick of Week, Air Technology.

5/13/00, mil. 123,734 (engine 514.1)
Florin Fat Fenders

5/14/00, mil. 123,739 (engine 519.3)
Sump drained to purge break-in stuff -- 12 qts Castrol CTX 20w-50, new filter element, Crosland G281.

5/17/00, mil. 123,773 (engine 552.9)
Cappucino Cruise, Folsom,

5/19/00, mil. 123,777 (engine 556.5)
Fill to check mileage before Sacramento Jaguar/Dixon -- 19.22 gals., 334 mi. -- 17.37 MPG

5/20/00, mil. 123,797 (engine 577.2)
Fulton AVAssn., Sacramento Jaguar, Florin Fat Fenders

5/21/00, mil. 123.859 (engine 639.4)
UBSCC Dixon -- temp to 95 c on way home (outside 102 f), oil 40 PSI at 2,000.

5/23/00, mil. 123,865 (engine 644.5)
Coolant drained/flushed, 40/60 Prestone, distilled H20, Water Wetter.

5/24/00, mil. 123,897 (engine 677.2)
Cappucino Cruise, Folsom.

5/27/00, mil. 123,910 (engine 689.9)
Florin Fat Fenders

5/30/00, mil. 123.912 (engine 691.7)
Fill for mileage check -- 135.2 miles, 9.610 gals. -- MPG 14.07.

6/3 - 4/00, mil. 123,962 (engine 746.0)
Sat. -- Florin Fat Fenders, Shriners pre-concours event, Sutter Club.
Sun. -- Paragary's Shriner's Concours d' Elegance, Crocker Park -- 1st in Class H, Passenger/Touring under $14,000.

6/7/00, mil. 124,000 (engine 779.5)
Cappucino Cruise, Folsom.

6/10/00, mil. 124,169 (engine 949.3)
JAG event in Delta -- used 1 qt. Castrol GTX 20w-50,

6/11/00, mil. 124,171 (engine 951.4)
Fill for mileage check, Delta -- 11.127 gal., 182.7 miles -- MPG 16.42.

6/11/00, mil. 124,258 (engine 1,038.3)
SJC evnet, Gold Country (Daryl Hooper) -- used 1/2 qt Castrol GTX 20w-50.

6/14/00, mil. 124,263 (engine 1,043.3)
Compression check, engine warm:  #6, 173 -- #5, 180 -- #4, 173 -- #3, 178 -- #2, 178 -- #1, 173 (same throttles open, closed).

6/17/00, mil. 124,276 (engine 1,056.1)
Florin Fat Fenders

6/22 - 24/00, mil. 124,349 (engine 1,129.1)
Thur. -- Paragary's Restaurant, 14th & K.
Fri. -- Bath, drive to dry.
Sat. -- Great Race windup (spinoff from Shriners trophy), FFF -- 1 qt Castrol GTX 20w-50
Fill for Chico All-Brit, mileage check -- 12.833 gals., 178 miles -- 13.87 MPG.

6/25/00, mil. 124,562 (engine 1,341.1)
Chico 12th Annual All-British Car Meet.
Mileage check, Chico -- 11.620 gals., 213 miles -- 18.33 MPG.

6/29/00, mil. 124,567 (engine 1,346.3)
Warmup run, check for noise -- none.

7/2/00, mil. 124,635 (engine 1,414,3)
To Bill Geerts', breakfast with Bill, Sue, daughter -- HD8s in red E-Type FHC need rebuild.

7/4/00, mil. 124,551 (engine 1,430.5)
UBSCC July 4 party -- 1/2 qt Castrol GTX 20w-50.

7/8/00, mil. 124,750 (engine 1,529.5)
To Bill Geerts' in Rocklin, sale of red E-Type FHC.

7/9/00, mil. 124,795 (engine 1,574.8)
To Steve Veirs' new home in Folsom, to see 790330 BW.

7/15/00, mil. 124,795 (engine 1,589.5)
Florin Fat Fenders

7/21/00, mil. 124,821 (engine 1,600.8)
Prepped for Reno -- top off with Chevron, 12.981 gals,
$2.049/gal., $26.60!

7/22/00, mil. 125,116 (engine 1,896.0)
Reno JC JCNA Concours -- 1st in Class 18, Preservation, 97.23 2 qts. Castrol GTX 20w-50, highest temp 87 c on way home

7/26/00, mil. 125,148 (engine 1,927/4)
Cappucino Cruise. Folsom

7/29/00, mil. 125,182 (engine 1,961.2)
MELTDOWN, Carmichael
Florin Fat Fenders

8/5/00, mil. 125,194 (engine 1,973.9)
Florin Fat Fenders

8/9/00, mil. 125,226 (engine 2,006.1)
Cappucino Cruise, Folsom

8/12/00, mil. 125,248 (engine 2,027.6)
Florin Fat Fenders, Florin Mall

8/19/00, mil. 125.269 (engine 2,048.7)
Hoppy Brewery, first show
Florin  Fat Fenders

8/23/00, mil. 125,301 (engine 2,080.7)
Cappucino Cruise, Folsom

8/25/00, mil. 125,313 (engine 2,092.5)
Ignition timing reset to eliminate pinking -- done & successful!  3/4 qt. Castrol GTX 20-50w

8/26/00, mil. 125,326 (engine 2,105.2)
Florin Fat Fenders

9/2/3/00, mil. 125,344 (engine 2,123.2)
Sat. -- Florin Fat Fenders
Sun. -- Drained/refilled sump to purge breakin stuff, Castrol GTX 20w-50, renewed filter element, Crosland G281, re-torqued 26 sump setscrews

9/5/00, mil. 125.362 (engine 2,141.8)
UBSCC monthly meet, Sudwerks

9/7/00, mil. 125,412 (engine 2,191.4)
Jaspers show, Rocklin -- with Bill Geerts, '64 E-Type FHC

9/9/00, mil. 125,435 (engine 2,214.4)
Florin Fat Fenders

9/16/17/00, mil. 125,659 (engine 2,438.7)
22nd Annual Chico Concours d' Elegance

9/16 -- Topped off with Beacon mid-grade (Larry Jackson suggestion), mil. 125,437 (engine 2,216.7) -- to Chico, topped off left tank with Beacon, 6.549 gals., mil. 102,9, 15.59 MPG

9/17 -- 3rd in Chico Concours -- home -- temp to 81 c, lost
2 quarts coolant, switching back to Shell Premium

9/22/00, mil. 125,664 (engine 2,443.8)
5-mile run to test coolant -- fine!
Topup for Ironstone -- Shell Premium

9/23/00, mil. 125,821 (engine 2,601.0)
4th Annual Ironstone Concours d' Elegance, Murphys CA 1 qt. Castrol GTX 20w-50

9/30 - 10/1/00, mil. 125,869 (engine 2,648.2)

9/30 -- Brincka's 10th Annual show, Florin Fat Fenders

9/31 -- Cappucino Xmas in October

10/7/00, mil. 125,882 (engine 2,660.9)
Florin Fat Fenders

10/14/00, mil. 125,895 (engine 2,673,6)
Florin Fat Fenders

10/21/00, mil. 125,908 (engine 2,686.3)
Florin Fat Fenders

10/22/00, mil. 125,920 (engine 2,698.4)
To Chuck Audet's

10/23/00, mil. 125,928 (engine 2,707.1)
To Bruce Brincka, diagnose paint chips

11/19/00, mil. 126,011 (engine 2,790.8)
Sacramento JC brunch, Lincoln CA

12/5/00. mil. 126,027 (engine 2,806.5)
UBSCC 1st-ever "Xmas" dinner, Sudwerks

12/9/10.00, mil. 126,048 (engine 2,827.6)
9th -- wash, dryout run
10th -- Florin Fat Fenders 2nd Annual Xmas toy drive -- photos of Jonathan Daniel Martz, Jr, with 2 Santas!

3/13/01, mil. 126,058 (engine 2,837.9)
Winter maintenance run, no problems

3/14/01, mil. 126,064 (engine 2,843.1)
Bath, dryout run

3/21/01, mil. 126,106 (engine 2,885.6)
To Sacramento Intl. Airport, pick up Carolyn De Lozier

3/24/01, mil. 126,118 (engine 2,897.8)
SJC tech session, Dan Kelly, British Car Service

4/3/01, mil. 126,140 (engine 2,919.9)
UBSCC meeting, Sudwerks

4/7/01, mil. 126,163 (engine 2,942.4)
Florin Fat Fenders 1st '01 meet cancelled, rain, to Chuck Audet's

4/14/01, mil. 126,182 (engine 2,961.0)
Florin Fat Fenders -- no rain!

4/19/01, mil. 126,187 (engine 2,966.2)
Drain/refill sump (2,446.9 mi. since last drain), Castrol GTX 20-50w, cleaned Crosland G281 filter element in petrol, refitted

4/21/01, mil. 126,199 (engine 2,979/0)
Florin Fat Fenders

4/25/01, mil. 126,232 (engine 3,011.1)
Ist '01 Cappucino Cruise (rained out last two weeks) 17 HF batteries failed (4 years 2 months after last change) -- Bruce Brincka jumped, got home, batteries totally flat

4/26/01 (same mileage as 4/25/01)
Called Battery Bill -- he didn't have 17 HFs, no way of knowing when -- went to Sacramento Battery in W. Sac -- they bought 4 old 17 HFs for $.50 each -- they had new 17 HFs, $42 each -- installed, RHETT functional again

4/29/01, mil. 126,305 (engine 3,084.3)
To Scottish games, Woodland (UBSCC) -- just before Woodland exit, truck in front threw aluminium container out -- hit by RHETT's RF tyre -- 1 1/2 miles later,
on Gibson RD, tyre suddenly flat -- Sue & I changed for spare, made deadline by 15 min -- did show, home OK on spare, 2 qts. Castrol GTX 20-50w

4/30/01 (same mileage as 4/29/01)
RF tyre to Dan Backman, Sierra Tire -- examined, junked, internal damage -- call to Lucas Automotive, Long Beach, for new Denman

5/4/01 (same mileage as 4/29/01)
UPS from Lucas arrived, new Denman 6.50 x 16 to Dan, Sierra Tire, installed on RF wheel, balanced, no charge! Home, RF wheel re-installed on RHETT, spare back in boot, now OK

5/5/01, Mil. 126,318 (engine 3,097.6)
Florin Fat Fenders

5/12/01, mil. 126,324 (engine 3,103.4)
Florin Fat Fenders -- Starter failed, diagnosed as solenoid, home via CSAA flatbed

5/13/01 (same mil. as 5/12/01)
Replaced solenoid with spare, identical symptoms -- called Bruce Brown, he said internal short in starter, gave guidelines

5/14/01 (same mil. as 5/12/01)
Removed starter, found short in strap from terminal through field coils, I burned out!

5/15/01 (same mil. as 5/12/01)
Repaired short in terminal strap, starter ran fine in vise on bench

5/16/01 (same mil. as 5/12/01)
Bruce showed up, heard it, said "put it in" -- did so, put original solenoid back in -- it cranked fine with both solenoid & starter buttons!

5/17/01 (same mil, as 5/12/01)
Replaced starter, started -- he runs just fine!

5/18/01, mil. 126,341 (engine 3,120.2)
Started, backed out, bath for Dixon -- dryout run -- to Bruce at fire station, he performed admirably (normally)!

5/19, 5/20/01, mil, 126,416 (engine 3,195.2)
5/20 -- Florin Fat Fenders
5/21 -- UBSCC, Dixon -- 100 degree day, came home at 80 c, lost 1/2 gal. coolant

5/25/01, mil. 126,421 (engine 3,201.0)
Line, coolant recovery bottle to radiator, had broken loose -- repaired, test drove, again working correctly!

5/26/01, mil. 126,434 (engine 3,213.8)
Florin Fat Fenders

6/2/3/00, mil. 126,622 (engine 3,401.8)
6/2 -- FFF
6/3 -- Silverado Concours d' Elegance, Vallejo
           Bruce Brown -60th Birthday, at Bruce & Eva's house

6/9/00, mil. 126,636 (engine 3,415.4)
Florin Fat Fenders

6/16/01, mil. 126,641 (engine 3,420.9)
Florin Fat Fenders Show 'n' Shine
9
6/21/01, mil. 126,673 (engine 3,452.2)
To Rick Byer's in Sacto. -- another one of us, eh!

6/23/01, mil. 126,694 (engine 3,473.3)
Family gathering - Wissmaths'
Florin Fat Fenders

6/30/01, mil. 126,700 (engine 3,478.7)
Florin Fat Fenders

7/7/01, mil. 126,747 (engine 3,526.8)
Cappucino Cruisers, Madison AV, Schwab tires -- Ladies' Choice
Florin Fat Fenders

7/14/01, mil. 126,760 (engine 3,539.6)
Florin Fat Fenders

7/17/18/01, mil. 126,765 (engine 3,554.8)
Renewed Dunlop front disk brake friction pads
Drove on 5-mile Jackson HWY test run -- they're just fine!

7/21/01, mil. 126,778 (engine 3,557.6)
Florin Fat Fenders

7/24/28/01, mil. 126,786 (engine 3,565.4)
7/24 -- Removed exhaust manifolds, cleaned/sprayed with Rust Oleum High Heat, stud out -- new stud in with JB Weld
7/25 -- Reinstalled manifolds
7/26/27 -- Test drive -- upper radiator hose clip opened, spilling coolant on distributor -- dried, got home after tightening clip -- coolant flush valve started leaking -- removed, replaced with standard 5/8" heater hose

7/28, mil. 126, 813 (engine 3, 578.4)
Florin Fat Fenders

7/30/01, mil, 126,805 (engine 3,584.0)
Coolant flush valve, two 5/8" heater hoses renewed -- test drive, fine!

8/11/01, mil. 126,822 (engine 3,602.0)
Florin Fat Fenders

8/18/01, mil. 126,839 (engine 3,618.5)
Florin Fat Fenders, Show 'n' Shine

8/29/01 -- MAINTENANCE UPDATE

Oil, filter (every 2,500 miles) -- next service at mil. 127,844 (engine 4,623.2)

Chassis lube (every 5,000 miles) -- next service at mil. 128,391 (engine 5,171.3)

9/1/01, mil. 126,865 (engine 3,644.2)
Florin Fat Fenders
*****
Sorry this is so bloody long, but as a "detail" person, this is the way I
document RHETT.  Use this as you wish.

With 3,644.2 miles on the newly done NC8338-9, oil consumption has dropped to nil, meaning the new AE pistons and rings are seated correctly!
RHETT's (and my) next major venue is Sep. 22/23/01, the 23rd Annual Chico (CA) Concours d' Elegance, "Celebrating the Automobile as Art".

Re:  Photos -- I shot several, but shipped them to Mike Cook, Editor of the JCNA JAGUAR JOURNAL, who used them in a piece he called "Renewing Rhett" in the Nov/Dec. 2000 JAGUAR JOURNAL.  These were shot in colour, but came out in B&W in Mike's mag -- if you can use them, send your snailmail and I'll send you the issue.
 

Take care my Jaguar friend -- Larry

September  2001

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