Cylinder head colors

Started By: George R. Parker on 2014-05-30 02:01:37

I hope this isn't out of place in this forum, but can anyone point me to a definitive list of *ALL* the various XK cylinder head colors and which cars/models (i.e. XK-120 v. XK-120SE, or E-Type v. 4.2L E-Type, etc.) they went on?

Thanks very much.

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George chapter VI of the concours rule book--page 59.

George - thank you very much.

At last year's Challenge Championship, there was a gorgeous XK-150 (BRG) w/ what I would have called an "orange" cylinder head. Is this the "pumpkin" referenced in that table?

Also - I have a spare head which appears to be the light blue-green. The table tells me that this could have come from any of several different models. Is there a way to tell from the numbers on the head, which model it would have come from? And, if I ever needed to, could this head be rebuilt and installed on my XK-120 engine?

Thank you again for all of your assistance.

George post the number (serial) on the head and we can help.

There are several number cast or stamped in the head, some on the underside. Is there one specific number I should be looking for?

Thank you again.

George R.,
Here is a photo of a XK-150 "S" straight port head with what is referred to as "Pumpkin Orange". It is also used, I believe, on early XKE engines before the "Gold" as seen on later engines.

Regards, Otto M.

Here's a photo of an XK-150 with the 3.8L engine & the blue that's used on the head.

Regards, Otto M.

This is where the head numbers are located on all heads, @ the front of the valley. That's my 150 "S" number.

Here's a 140MC with the RED, "C" type head on a 3.4L block, also with the optional 2" sand cast carbs.

This the best photo I have of a standard 3.4L XK-150 with the Robin's Egg, blue or green, looks more like aquamarine.

Regards, Otto M.

Here's a photo of the pumpkin color on a very early E-type (875045).

Here's a photo of the pumpkin color on a very early E-type (875045).

S/n on the spare head is "V 4189-8". Color is very much like the last photo, but a lot dirtier!

S/n of the head on my car is "F 1969-8S" - which matches the data plate, so is original to the car. Does the "S" also indicate the SE model of the car (like the "S" at the beginning of the chassis number)?

Thanks!

That pumpkin color is what I saw on the 150 at last years CC. Thanks.

George, here is a list of all Jaguar head numbers.

http://www.jag-lovers.org/xk-lovers/library/engine_numbers.htm

Regards, Otto M.

George, along with the information contained in this forum, refer to Steve Kennedy's 'Jaguar The Classic Marque'.

Thanks for all the great info (and pics)!

Still just wondering about this: "S/n of the head on my car is "F 1969-8S" - which matches the data plate, so is original to the car. Does the "S" also indicate the SE model of the car (like the "S" at the beginning of the chassis number)?"

Thanks again!

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