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Testimonial –  ‘Fenair’ Jaguar XJS V12 ‘Sanden’ Conversion Kit I’ve owned my white Jaguar 1986 XJS HE V12 Coupe for some years now, and despite working extremely hard on refurbishing every single system on the car to a mode of serviceability, the redundant R12 Air Conditioning system has remained dormant. A familiar pattern with owners of these cars is to download the amazing (and free) book by Kirby Palm, and steadily work through every malfunctioning item on their car to an end where everything works, that is, except the Air Con!  Your initial realisation that all is not well, is on the advice of others you will listen out and watch for the compressor clutch to click on and off on your car compressor (likely to be the Harrison A6) only to find that it is very much inactive. You then learn that all this time your car has been carrying a dead weight for nothing! The next item in the sequence, is you travel to your usual and preferred M.O.T. station, and the mechanic relates the dreaded story of the now illegal R12 gas, and that sadly, he can’t re-gas your system in the next hour for the summer, due to all the fittings being different and the hoses that will need changing. Your heart sinks - Sound familiar?                                                                 Moreover, in my case there was an additional concern. As I strictly used this car for fun in the summer, I soon learned that on long runs during hot days there was no fuel cooling if the Air Con was inoperative, which consequently led to a hot fuel pump and tank! This concept alone drove me to address the Air Con problem and reinstate the very reason this car was built as a luxury Grand-Tourer – To drive in comfort and be cool! Enter ‘Fenair’. I found Pat’s details by searching the internet and on the recommendation from my local spares dealer. Here was a guy who was developing the exact kit I was after, as a one price no nonsense package. Additionally, he was mobile to come out and charge the system with the new R134a gas (distance allowing) when the equipment was fitted!                                                                                                            As it happened, I corresponded with Pat at exactly the right time.  The moment he said he was developing a Sanden conversion kit for the XJS V12, I jumped at the chance to offer my car and be the first customer to purchase and review the kit, and advise any recommendations if needed. Now a bit about Pat. I was not at all surprised to discover that he is actually quite an authority in the field of refrigeration! I was intrigued to learn that the car side of the services he offers are purely a side-hobby. The specialities of his trade go with his day job – Refrigeration in all fields of businesses from farm vehicles, vegetable transportation/storage and military based subjects – the list is endless! I suppose you could say he couldn’t be more suitably qualified. Further proof of this is after five minutes of conversation with him, it’s plainly obvious that he could easily lecture the subject of refrigeration at any place of learning. Now to the kit. I opted to go for the whole Sanden conversion and dump the outdated and heavy Harrison A6 compressor out of the car. It comes complete with everything you will need to achieve a full conversion, minus the bit where Pat comes out, (or your person of choice) to commission your new system. When I saw how small the replacement Sanden compressor was I couldn’t believe it – it’s compact and light, and most importantly it’s right up to date technology! Also included is a new condenser, all the pipe work you will need (made to the highest standard), a new expansion valve, cruise control bellows bracket, Filter drier pack, seals, oil for assembly of the o-rings, the lot! As for fitting the kit, I fitted it on the car myself following advice from both Pat himself along with guidelines from Kirby’s Palm’s book regarding undoing the expansion valve and other items. I actually found that it is not outside the capability of the typical XJS owner who likes to work on the car himself. You may of course delegate someone else to do the work, but that’s up to you. Everything fitted nicely; I was extremely impressed by how everything just lifted on. All the bracket holes lined up well, the cruise control bracket served its purpose perfectly, and the pipe work fitted with precision the way it curved around all the obstructions and potential hazards – Fantastic! The day finally came when all was finished, I emailed Pat and the commission date was set.         When Pat arrived I was genuinely nervous, as this was part of the car that had never worked in all the years I had owned it! Pat soon began work and as I watched, I learned very early on that this was the part that MUST be left to the experts. Sometime later, I started the car, and as Pat looked at me sitting in the car with my hand over the Air Con grill he could see me grinning – Sure enough, the cold air was blowing.  “It’s freezing!”  I shouted. I looked at Pat’s thermometer and it was reading 2° Celsius. My Christmas had come early, amazing!  Later, I stood close to the compressor and listened to the clutch activating on and off, and it was virtually silent! Just a slight ‘click’, and a darn sight quieter than my fairly new Honda Civic. Notably, those who are familiar with the V12 and its problems of cooling in the “V” valley between where the distributor resides, will be delighted to hear that as the replacement Sanden is so dinky, it allows lots of nice cool air past from the main fan. Unlike the previous Harrison A6 and its brackets which blocks this opening completely.  Additionally, and as a consequence to the small size of the Sanden, I also see that access to the front two spark plugs is now easy, and in my opinion the compressor can stay where it is should you want to remove them. (This kit just gets better!) So what are the benefits of the kit? 1) New and up to date Sanden compressor – silent and efficient operation. 2) A system you can take to any garage for charging – R134a is available virtually everywhere. 3) Engine “V” now with numerous benefits due to the extra cooling (Non-existent before). 4) Trouble free access (compressor in situ’) to the front two spark plugs – 1a and 1b. 5) Essential fuel cooling - A much cooler fuel pump. (No more ‘hot’ fuel tank!). 6) No more agonising on whether there is an R12 ‘drop in’ replacement. 7) Pure heaven when driving in the summer heat – Worth every single penny it cost! Conclusion Now please remember that I chose to go with the complete kit, but Pat also does just the pipes and the other essential parts to get your current A6 system up and running. The choice is yours! My XJS is my pride and Joy, and as its mint, choosing the complete kit was a no-brainer for me. The likelihood that your old condenser up front is full of holes; or your Harrison A6 is just hours away from failure, is something you have to consider. I just couldn’t face the disappointment of one of these failing in the near future, so I chose to eradicate those worries completely. This will add value to your cat, make summer driving both safe and comfortable, plus be kinder to everything rubber or plastic residing in the valley of your V12. I found Pat to be an excellent and swift responder to my emails, and when I met him, a courteous and polite individual. He is a brilliant engineer, a lateral thinker, and like Kirby Palm himself, is also a master of deductive reasoning. As for the knowledge of refrigeration, he is simply the best. I cannot recommend this kit from ‘Fenair’ enough, I am absolutely delighted. Thank you Pat! Kind regards, Jonathan Cambridgeshire Rating 10/10   Excellent.

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Testimonial –  ‘Fenair’ Jaguar XJS V12 ‘Sanden’ Conversion Kit I’ve owned my white Jaguar 1986 XJS HE V12 Coupe for some years now, and despite working extremely hard on refurbishing every single system on the car to a mode of serviceability, the redundant R12 Air Conditioning system has remained dormant. A familiar pattern with owners of these cars is to download the amazing (and free) book by Kirby Palm, and steadily work through every malfunctioning item on their car to an end where everything works, that is, except the Air Con!  Your initial realisation that all is not well, is on the advice of others you will listen out and watch for the compressor clutch to click on and off on your car compressor (likely to be the Harrison A6) only to find that it is very much inactive. You then learn that all this time your car has been carrying a dead weight for nothing! The next item in the sequence, is you travel to your usual and preferred M.O.T. station, and the mechanic relates the dreaded story of the now illegal R12 gas, and that sadly, he can’t re-gas your system in the next hour for the summer, due to all the fittings being different and the hoses that will need changing. Your heart sinks - Sound familiar?                                                                 Moreover, in my case there was an additional concern. As I strictly used this car for fun in the summer, I soon learned that on long runs during hot days there was no fuel cooling if the Air Con was inoperative, which consequently led to a hot fuel pump and tank! This concept alone drove me to address the Air Con problem and reinstate the very reason this car was built as a luxury Grand-Tourer – To drive in comfort and be cool! Enter ‘Fenair’. I found Pat’s details by searching the internet and on the recommendation from my local spares dealer. Here was a guy who was developing the exact kit I was after, as a one price no nonsense package. Additionally, he was mobile to come out and charge the system with the new R134a gas (distance allowing) when the equipment was fitted!                                                                                                            As it happened, I corresponded with Pat at exactly the right time.  The moment he said he was developing a Sanden conversion kit for the XJS V12, I jumped at the chance to offer my car and be the first customer to purchase and review the kit, and advise any recommendations if needed. Now a bit about Pat. I was not at all surprised to discover that he is actually quite an authority in the field of refrigeration! I was intrigued to learn that the car side of the services he offers are purely a side-hobby. The specialities of his trade go with his day job – Refrigeration in all fields of businesses from farm vehicles, vegetable transportation/storage and military based subjects – the list is endless! I suppose you could say he couldn’t be more suitably qualified. Further proof of this is after five minutes of conversation with him, it’s plainly obvious that he could easily lecture the subject of refrigeration at any place of learning. Now to the kit. I opted to go for the whole Sanden conversion and dump the outdated and heavy Harrison A6 compressor out of the car. It comes complete with everything you will need to achieve a full conversion, minus the bit where Pat comes out, (or your person of choice) to commission your new system. When I saw how small the replacement Sanden compressor was I couldn’t believe it – it’s compact and light, and most importantly it’s right up to date technology! Also included is a new condenser, all the pipe work you will need (made to the highest standard), a new expansion valve, cruise control bellows bracket, Filter drier pack, seals, oil for assembly of the o-rings, the lot! As for fitting the kit, I fitted it on the car myself following advice from both Pat himself along with guidelines from Kirby’s Palm’s book regarding undoing the expansion valve and other items. I actually found that it is not outside the capability of the typical XJS owner who likes to work on the car himself. You may of course delegate someone else to do the work, but that’s up to you. Everything fitted nicely; I was extremely impressed by how everything just lifted on. All the bracket holes lined up well, the cruise control bracket served its purpose perfectly, and the pipe work fitted with precision the way it curved around all the obstructions and potential hazards – Fantastic! The day finally came when all was finished, I emailed Pat and the commission date was set.         When Pat arrived I was genuinely nervous, as this was part of the car that had never worked in all the years I had owned it! Pat soon began work and as I watched, I learned very early on that this was the part that MUST be left to the experts. Sometime later, I started the car, and as Pat looked at me sitting in the car with my hand over the Air Con grill he could see me grinning – Sure enough, the cold air was blowing.  “It’s freezing!”  I shouted. I looked at Pat’s thermometer and it was reading 2° Celsius. My Christmas had come early, amazing!  Later, I stood close to the compressor and listened to the clutch activating on and off, and it was virtually silent! Just a slight ‘click’, and a darn sight quieter than my fairly new Honda Civic. Notably, those who are familiar with the V12 and its problems of cooling in the “V” valley between where the distributor resides, will be delighted to hear that as the replacement Sanden is so dinky, it allows lots of nice cool air past from the main fan. Unlike the previous Harrison A6 and its brackets which blocks this opening completely.  Additionally, and as a consequence to the small size of the Sanden, I also see that access to the front two spark plugs is now easy, and in my opinion the compressor can stay where it is should you want to remove them. (This kit just gets better!) So what are the benefits of the kit? 1) New and up to date Sanden compressor – silent and efficient operation. 2) A system you can take to any garage for charging – R134a is available virtually everywhere. 3) Engine “V” now with numerous benefits due to the extra cooling (Non-existent before). 4) Trouble free access (compressor in situ’) to the front two spark plugs – 1a and 1b. 5) Essential fuel cooling - A much cooler fuel pump. (No more ‘hot’ fuel tank!). 6) No more agonising on whether there is an R12 ‘drop in’ replacement. 7) Pure heaven when driving in the summer heat – Worth every single penny it cost! Conclusion Now please remember that I chose to go with the complete kit, but Pat also does just the pipes and the other essential parts to get your current A6 system up and running. The choice is yours! My XJS is my pride and Joy, and as its mint, choosing the complete kit was a no-brainer for me. The likelihood that your old condenser up front is full of holes; or your Harrison A6 is just hours away from failure, is something you have to consider. I just couldn’t face the disappointment of one of these failing in the near future, so I chose to eradicate those worries completely. This will add value to your cat, make summer driving both safe and comfortable, plus be kinder to everything rubber or plastic residing in the valley of your V12. I found Pat to be an excellent and swift responder to my emails, and when I met him, a courteous and polite individual. He is a brilliant engineer, a lateral thinker, and like Kirby Palm himself, is also a master of deductive reasoning. As for the knowledge of refrigeration, he is simply the best. I cannot recommend this kit from ‘Fenair’ enough, I am absolutely delighted. Thank you Pat! Kind regards, Jonathan Cambridgeshire Rating 10/10   Excellent.