LS1 Swap In Progress: 1983 Jaguar XJ6 Project

With all of the false advertising we see out in the wild world, it is great to see a car offered with heap of that nasty stuff called the truth. Do we see a well staged photo with a nice background? Nope. This car is on a lift that is plastered with an assortment of Harbor Freight magnetic bolt holders. Another photo shows the rear seat jam packed with boxes of stuff. Truth in advertising is back!! Find this 1983 Jaguar XJ6 Project offered for $6,000 in Gleneig, MD via craigslist. Tip from Cory.

From the seller:

1983 jaguar xj6 vanden plas
VIN: SAJAY1341DC353404
condition: good
cylinders: 8 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 91167
paint color: black
size: full-size
title status: clean
transmission: automatic
type: sedan

For sale is a 1983 XJ6 VP that sat parked in a garage for 12 years prior to our ownership with a bad engine, and it has been a “work in progress” as funds allowed for the past five years in our garage. The body is in good condition with typical slight corrosion at the bottom corners of the windshield and rear glass, which have been painted. The engine is a 2001 Camaro 5.7L LS1 with the 4L60E transmission purchased as a running pullout from Hawk’s Motorsports with 73k miles on it. The engine was installed using a Jaguar Specialties LS1 kit. The front and rear suspensions have both been completely rebuilt with all new parts and King 1″ lowering springs in front. Both fuel tanks have been boiled out and lined. A custom single piece driveshaft was fabricated by A-1 Driveline in Baltimore, MD. The wiring harness was reworked by Troy Brown with the following specs on the ECM reflash:

VATS removal

Reset fan temps to 195(low) and 205(high)

Remove Air Pump requirement

Reset axle/tire ratio to 2.88:1 running 215/70R15 tires.

Remove rear O2 sensors. I’m using 2005 Corvette C5 manifolds with the front O2 sensors if that makes any difference (sensors very close to exhaust ports)

Remove fuel tank pressure sensor monitoring.

Cruise control in the PCM isn’t needed as the existing Jaguar system is mechanical/vacuum and works with the LS1, so OK to remove (or leave if it doesn’t hurt anything).

Additional info – Engine and 4L60E are stock 2001 Camaro. I’m using a Corvette regulator for the fuel return as the engine is a single connection at the fuel rail.

The car comes with a lot of spare parts (new rear shocks are the only thing NOT replaced on the rear, as they looked good, but then we decided to order new ones).
The old saying “project is 90% done, only 90% left to go” probably applies here, but known work still needed is to complete the wiring of the engine loom to the car, for which the instructions from Jaguar Specialties (and all parts receipts) will be included, fabricate an exhaust system, and complete running the fuel lines. I am only looking to recoup the cost of the LS1/4L60E dropout. $6000/bo. The car is located in zip 21738 (Maryland)


See a better way to buy something that needs 6 months to assemble?