XJS-C Hood Louvers

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    • #5908
      Russ Cramer

        I have owned my Jaguar XJS-C V-12 for almost 28 years and have driven it over 175,000 miles. Driving it in stop/go driving in the summer heat we experience here in Pennsylvania at times resulted in over-heating.
        I decided to louver the hood, like my earlier Jaguar series 1 E-Type. I located four rows of louvers over areas on the engine that would not be effected it they got wet if the car was sitting out in the rain, which frankly seldom happens. I had a local craftsman punch in the louvers and I think they add a nice touch to the look of the car, especially the way I had them detailed when I painted the hood. The result is the engine runs cool in all conditions, and I feel the addition of louvers allows excessive heat to escape when I park the Jag after particularly fast run on the interstate.
        I believe this also prevents the effects high temperature has on electric components & rubber fittings! I feel this modification along with other changes makes it appear more “sporty”! I’m surprised that more XJS owners have not made this modification for all the obvious reasons?

        Russ Cramer
        Pocono Manor, Pa.

      • #5915
        Mark Thorley

          Photos please Russ, I’m curious what they look like

        • #5922
          Laurence Jones

            Yes please Russ , we could add that as a short article for others to read in the future (as these discussion posts get lower and lower on a list of 100s over time).


          • #9659
            David Wardale

              Here are a couple of photos of the louvers I’ve fitted on mine

              Photo 1078
              Photo 1079


            • #9664

                Hi David,
                I was interested to see what Louvers were as I have only seen these called vents/scoops. Anyway your car looks good as they match the louver near the window. I believe this overheating issue is related to the V12 especially with a cat converter. Mine is a 3.6 and does not suffer from overheating but is interesting to see your solution to this problem.
                Good job done.

              • #9708
                David Wardale

                  For the benefit of anyone out there with a V12 car who is concerned about overheating, I thought I could add a few words about my own experiences.
                  When I acquired my car, a few years ago, I read everything I could find, trying to learn as much as I could.It became clear that overheating was something best not left alone.Looking at my original heat-ravaged fuel hoses under the bonnet made changing them a first priority. All the fuel hoses were replaced, as was the radiator, thermostats, cooling fan and clutch,and radiator hoses.The engine now ran cool, below the “N” on the gauge. The engine heat that stayed under the bonnet after shut-down concerned me,and I thought long and hard on how to address that. Russ, the original poster, had louvers punched into his bonnet.That means – first, finding someone who can do that kind of work, then removing and stripping the paint on the bonnet, and finally, re-painting everything.

                  As my paintwork was in good shape, I did not want to do that, and, knew of nobody who had the equipment to punch louvers in sheetmetal.
                  Here in the USA, Jeeps are very popular- in fact my wife and I both have Cherokees for daily use. There are many sources for aftermarket parts, including bolt-on louvers.
                  I did some computer searches, and found an outfit called http://www.Americanrockrods.com. They manufacture many different styles of louvers. I chose the style shown in the photos. They came with holes already drilled around the edges, so they can be bolted, or riveted in place. That was unacceptable to me, so I trimmed each louver, leaving me with a border about one half inch wide all the way around the edges. My plan was to use double-sided automotive tape and GLUE them in place.
                  Now for the critical part.My car is not meant to be a “Concours” show-winning vehicle. Reliability is much more important- arriving at the destination without concern. Disposing of the damaging heat was more important,too. After deciding where I wanted to locate my vents, and applying several layers of paper masking tape to protect the paint, I measured three times, and cut rectangular holes in the bonnet. After cleaning up the raw edges, paint was applied with a small brush for rust protection. The louvers I selected were unpainted aluminium. I wanted to paint them the same colour as the car.
                  The next critical part- The louver sections are completely flat. The bonnet is not- it is slightly convex- meaning that the louvers will not sit properly all the way around. The louver sections should be very carefully shaped over a wooden block of some sort until they lie perfectly flat on top of the bonnet. This is important because the louver assembly will try to push itself away from the bonnet when glued down! Small annoying gaps could appear! I applied my 3M double -sided tape to the louvers, and then painted them using heat resistant primer, and heat resistant clear coat , after applying the colour. This ensured that the visible edges of the tape had colour on them, also.
                  After the louvers were attached to the car, I installed an adjustable thermostat wired to the electric fan that the V12’s have, which means that for a period of your choosing, the fan will run and blow much of the trapped heat out through the vents, away from your vulnerable hoses and wiring! The amount of heat that escapes is surprising! About a month later, I moved my ignition amplifier away from the engine, and installed a ducted cool air supply for it- but that would be a story for another time! I do not know whether some of the parts available here are also available in the UK, but hopefully some inspiration can be put to use…..

                • #11262
                  Russ Cramer

                    Attention XJS Soft tops

                    Photo 1194

                    The above photo is of my 86’ XJS-C with the “louvered” hood. As you can see they did an excellent job punching them in and when I had the hood repainted, they did a beautiful job adding a bit of color and pin stripping to bring them out. I hope that Club members will agree that they represent a nice addition to a beautiful car.


                  • #11265
                    Laurence Jones

                      Thanks Russ for sharing that photo.


                    • #11282
                      Russ Cramer

                        Hi David and other Club Members
                        I’m interested to learn what you Brits (and others) think of my “louvered Jag”?
                        Here’s a photo of the whole XJ-SC so you get a better view.

                        Photo 1195

                        Best to you all,


                      • #11301
                        David Wardale

                          Hello Russ,

                          One of the best things about car ownership is the way we can make changes to the appearance. You and I approached the “heat soak” problem with the same idea, but the results look completely different! As long as we are both happy – we win!

                          Perhaps next summer you can drive west on I-80 to Greenville, Pa. (where I live)  We have an annual car show called “Heritage Days”.  Then I will get to actually see another Cabriolet.  My own car is the only one I have ever seen, believe it or not- then we can compare notes properly.

                          You have a good-looking cabbie- is it black? Looks great with no dust.  I know because I have an old black pickup- hard to keep clean!

                          As an afterthought- I added an adjustable thermostat to my electric fan, so it would run for a while after shut-down. Did you do something similar?

                          Regards across the State,


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