Döner Kebab enthusiast
- Jul 20, 2009
- Hot Dog with Everything
- '12 Fiat 500, '87 Mercury Colony Park
Has anybody retrofitted an IRS into one of the older Jaguar Mark sedans (Mk.9 or older)?
It is not just GM 15 passenger vans that have the rollover problem. The Roadmaster video Spectre links even points out that the GM vans are a superior design. Anytime you get the weight that high up above the centerline, you will have problems. But the van you linked is a conversion, it will never have 15 people in it.
The frame is completely different from the truck platform, although it does use suspension components from the RWD truck.
Maintenance is more expensive on any full size van. Tune ups are the worst, but I have not done it on any LS powered version. It should be easier than on the previous SB versions.
If you treat it like a sports car, it won't take it. Drive like a reasonable person and it will be fine.
The GM full size vans are uni-bodies*, the trucks use a full frame. It uses the front suspension A arms from the RWD truck with different springs and shocks. The rear suspension is different.
*- I think all from the Big 3 are.
Again, all full size vans are a bit of a pain when it comes to more than an oil change. But when you are going to change the water pump, the coolant gets drained anyway, just remove the Damn radiator and the grill. You just made it as easy as a full size truck.
Yes, with 10 or more passengers and someone careless driving, they are potentially dangerous. The way that conversion van is laid out, it is all but impossible to make that unstable. There is not enough room behind the rear seat to put a lot. Maybe a water tank that goes to the ceiling would be a problem, but again, no sane person would do that.
I have either owned or operated full size vans of every size from all of the Big 3 configured just about any way you can think of. There is nothing wrong with that conversion van posted when it is used by a driver with common sense.
Is the engine bay of an XK8 long enough to fit an AJ16, specifically the supercharged one? I have occasional dreams of doing a drivetrain swap from my XJR into an XK8 with a blown engine or transmission. Given that the XK8 is part XJS I'd hope that there's some compatibility.
I wonder if simply Dremeling out some detents in the shifter gate (the way Reverse already is) is one solution. Incidentally, is the 4L60E shifter in the 6-liter V12 XJS different from the earlier ones?