1966 Jaguar XJ13 recreation

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Hi - I thought some of you might be interested in seeing how my project is going? Having acquired an original quad-cam V12 prototype engine the aim is to house it in an authentic recreation of the car as a "snapshot" of how it was in 1966 - before all those 70's additions such as big alloy wheels, flared wheelarches, button-down collars and big ties (only kidding about the collars and ties ...)

http://www.xj13.eu/XJ13/post/2011/09/28/Building-the-ChassisMonocoque.aspx

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Well I am slightly gobsmacked that this post did not generate more interest. If they pull this off I would guess all the regular C&SC scribes will be fighting over who gets to do the drive report. They deserbe all encouragement for a project like this.

Chris M.

 

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I have been gradually sifting through my most recent acquisition - a collection of personal files from the late Claude Baily of Jaguar. Baily, as many of you will already know, was one of the prime architects of the legendary XK engine as well as the quad-cam V12.

I have just posted some hitherto unknown and unpublished material relating to the XK and later V12. I hope you find it of interest.

Jaguar XJ13 | How many quad-cam V12s were built and where are they now?

I would appreciate any recollections/additions etc

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I agree. I don't get into the forums that frequently, but do expect to see a write-up on this fantastic project in a future issue!

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Thanks for your kind comments gentlemen *blush*

Just out of interest  .... well, of interest to a XJ13-nerd like me ... Nerdy Neville

... in 1964 Jaguar considered using titanium for the XJ13 chassis/monocoque. I wondered if anyone else actually did so in the 1960s?

I posted a little more info here http://www.xj13.eu/XJ13/post/2011/11/20/Building-the-ChassisMonocoque-Choice-of-Materials.aspx

 

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I was privileged to be invited to a small gathering at Jaguar Heritage last Friday. The occasion was to mark the launch of Peter Wilson's new XJ13 book. I posted some pics/video here:

http://tinyurl.com/c2bq2lu

Highlight of the day for me was being able to speak to some of the surviving original team who were involved in the project - Norman Dewis, George Buck, Frank Philpott, Jim Eastick, Ron Greves, Mike Kimberley, Roger Shelbourne, Robert Berry, Peter Taylor and Peter Wilson.

I must emphasise that I have absolutely no commercial interest in the book.

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I'm still here! Beavering away in the background on my own project and I thought some of you might be interested to see progress so far? Here's a couple of YouTube videos. As you may know, my aim is to exactly recreate the XJ13 as it was in 1966 and before it was rebuilt following its crash in 1971. The dream is to see it carry on where Jaguar left off and see it on a track with the GT40s, Ferraris etc. There is still an enormous amount to do but here's the first two videos of its build. A lot has happened since I took these videos and as soon as I can make time and get my a**e in gear I will continue the series. Part One  Part Two One of the "problems" of using modern CAD/CAM/laser-cutting etc is that a replica can end up being truer to the original plans/dimensions than a 1960s hand-made original can be. However I don't plan to introduce any assymetry of the one-and-only original! The original was at JD Classics recently and Jaguar Heritage presumably gave permission for it to be measured to help with a new post-1973 body for the "Walter Hill" replica they have there (a bit strange when Jaguar Heritage have always asserted they will never allow for this to happen). It seems the "original" differs right-to-left by as much as an inch in some dimensions. I'm sure both mine and the RCR replica will be much better than that! The monocoque you see in the video is the first all-steel "trial" version. Once we are happy all is as it should be we will set it aside and make the aluminium/steel final version. While this is going on, the body outer surfaces are being fabricated in original-spec aluminium so they can be fitted to the "trial monocoque" just to verify all is as it should be.

 

I'm still here! Beavering away in the background on my own project and I thought some of you might be interested to see progress so far? Here's a couple of YouTube videos.

As you may know, my aim is to exactly recreate the XJ13 as it was in 1966 and before it was rebuilt following its crash in 1971. The dream is to see it carry on where Jaguar left off and see it on a track with the GT40s, Ferraris etc. There is still an enormous amount to do but here's the first two videos of its build. A lot has happened since I took these videos and as soon as I can make time and get my a**e in gear I will continue the series.

http://youtu.be/l7D6aoCXLF0

http://youtu.be/K5QUkSY9kqE

The monocoque you see in the video is the first all-steel "trial" version. Once we are happy all is as it should be we will set it aside and make the aluminium/steel final version. While this is going on, the body outer surfaces are being fabricated in original-spec aluminium so they can be fitted to the "trial monocoque" just to verify all is as it should be.

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Is there anybody out there? note: Pink Floyd reference ;)

http://youtu.be/D8lci0JH734

http://youtu.be/2q2OaGSNNOs

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BuildingTheLegend wrote:

Is there anybody out there? note: Pink Floyd reference ;)

http://youtu.be/D8lci0JH734

http://youtu.be/2q2OaGSNNOs

Not many I'm afraid.

Thanks for the update though.

Chris M.

 

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I suspect they are all too busy reading the latest C&SC :)

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Still plodding on .....

Getting closer to a rolling chassis now and work is focussed on finalising fuel tanks*, gear-linkage location and bulkhead details. Work has also started on hand-forming aluminium panels for the body.

Am I getting excited?? ..... :P

Jaguar XJ13 - Building The Legend - Monocoque starting to take shape ...

Jaguar XJ13 - Building The Legend

* The current "original" was rebuilt in 1972/73 with only a single small fuel tank. My recreation of the 1966 car will have a fuel tank setup similar to that originally installed (3 tanks and a setup more suited to endurance racing). Individual key components supplied by Kinsler in the US.

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