Bernard Embden's Jaguar Website
1978 Jaguar XJ-S
My name is Bernard Embden. Welcome to my Jaguar web site. The total web site consists of 76 links with over 1800 high-resolution photographs taken over the last 28 years. (You can see me physically age before your eyes :-). This website is ongoing. It's purpose is to provide detailed information based on my personal experiences while working on, and modifying, an automobile that I have owned since 1980. No routine maintenance procedure is covered unless it differs from the Jaguar ROM. All links contain detailed photographs. Those of you with dial-up connections will experience some delay. In some cases, slow dial up connections might not load all links consistently.
Below is a picture of my 1978 Jaguar XJ-S (with 69K miles). This photograph shows the addition of the later style (HE) bumpers, Euro headlights with wipers and starfish wheels. The car continues to evolve as seen in the photographs of this website.
I have photographs and procedures of my modifications and or solutions detailed in separate links below. Also included are current pictures of my car along with pictures of the person who has taken many of these photographs over many years. Her name is Samantha. (she is also my daughter).
If you are a Jaguar enthusiast, and own one of these fine automobiles/beasts, I encourage you to join a Jaguar XJ-S and V-12 engine discussion List. The list I recommend can be accessed at :
This lists provide the cumulative knowledge of all their list members, most of whom are knowledgeable helpful people.
Also recommended is downloading and reading Kirby Palm's book. This book chronicles the experiences and solutions (primarily from Jaguar and V-12 discussion lists) of Jaguar XJ-S and Jaguar V-12 engine owners worldwide. You can download his book at :
For us Macintosh users, the book is in MS word format and compressed as a zip file. Stuffit (available as a free download from Aladdin Systems) will unzip the file and it can then be opened with Microsoft Word for the Macintosh. You can download Stuffit at:
In addressing the hot start problem that seem to plague almost all Pre-HE V-12 Jaguars, the single most important modification that I made was the fabrication of a redesigned fuel rail. Remember, this is a Pre-HE car. This modification does not apply to the later (HE) cars where Jaguar designed solutions to address this problem. Other modifications/solutions however, apply to any Jaguar XJ-S. If you are interested in my fuel rail fabrication, or any other of my modifications, please access the appropriate links.
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