Daimler Corsica Project - Part 5

...Before the whole area was thoroughly wax proofed as none of the body joints had been sealed for road use

The brake components needed building up, here the brake modulator and ABS control unit are about to be assembled

Now the rear left of the engine bay can be built up, perhaps the most complex area...

...as first the ABS modulator brackets and then heater system components are fitted...

...followed by the brake modulator/ECU

The engine bay built up just prior to installing the engine/gearbox

Once the corsica was running (but well before it was ready for MOT), Tony O'Keeffe paid another visit, along with Gary Allbrighton (seated), the engineer at SVO who conceived the idea and played a major part in creating the Corsica, all looking very relieved that the project was going to be a success!

There were innumerable small details, the door panels had not been built with a view of connecting looms to the switches...

...so a knife had to be taken to all these unique panels in order to make the cabling fit!

The radio fitted was a Daimler badged older XJ40 unit, for appearance only. This would not connect to the X300 harness but the X300 radio is not badged "Daimler". So, each radio was stripped down...

...and the "Daimler" legend transferred to the X300 unit

Once the car was on the road, it was apparent that the scuttle shake was perhaps more than it might be. So, an XK8 convertible front cross brace was adapted to fit, along with the front radiator mounting panel

The radiator mount was substantially strengthened in order to support the cross brace

The cross brace needed to be bent to suit the new dimensions of the Corsica

Here the radiator support panel and cross brace have been fitted

Amazingly the original plastic fan cowl is slotted in just the right place to accept the intrusion of the cross brace mounting bolt!

The rear legs of the cross brace tie into the front jacking points. Ideally the front legs would be wider apart but the nature of construction of the chassis meant that this was not possible without a huge amount of structural body work.

Despite the less than ideal location, fitting the cross brace dramatically improved the feel of the car

It was intended for the air-conditioning to function as well and here the pipework and associated wiring and pressure switches etc are fitted

...followed by filling the system with the correct R134a refrigerant

Now the Corsica was fully laden, it was time to work on ensuring the ride height was correct - it took about five attempts with different spring rates in order to produce a satisfactory result

The Daimler Corsica


Designed and built by Special Vehicle Operations, Jaguar Cars Ltd 1996


"Brought to Life" by David Marks Garages 2006/2007

on behalf of the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust

Project sponsored by the Jaguar Enthusiasts Club and featured in depth in the JE magazine

with assistance from Alan Proctor

Many thanks to Eurojag, without whom parts location would have been a much more difficult process


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