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Some Assembly Required – Part 3

When I left off in Part 2, I had placed my 1963 Fixed Head Coupe (FHC), which was mainly in boxes, way down on my personal To Do list. This was not because I didn’t want to work on the car but more because I was totally covered up with work and family responsibilities. I … Continue reading

Some Assembly Required – Part 2

When I left off in Part 1, I had just made an appointment to view a 1963 Jaguar E-Type FHC for my potential purchase. The owner was a busy executive in a firm in Charlotte that I understand did a lot of hospital design. He gave me directions to an address north of the Charlotte … Continue reading

Some Assembly Required – Part 1

This story begins many years ago. And, with fits and starts, will continue to the present. It is the story of the decline and restoration of a car. A rather beautiful car. A Jaguar E-type. The Jaguar E-Type was revealed to the public at the Geneva Auto Salon in spring of 1961. It was a … Continue reading

1963 Etype FHC – Finally Ready for Paint?

It has been a long slog but I think I finally have the car ready for color and clear. The question mark holds out the potential that I am not totally completely done but I am certainly very close. And by paint, I mean the pretty part i.e. the opalescent golden sand basecoat and the … Continue reading

EType Zen

I was doing some sanding on the Etype bonnet in preparation for final painting. The bonnet is still painted in grey primer and I was doing some wet sanding. I had just hosed the bonnet down to clean off the sanding sludge and was rewarded with a beautiful reflection of the trees and the afternoon … Continue reading

My Next Adventure – Porsche Cayman S

Over the last weeks, I have been moving towards the purchase of a new track car. I was talking to my dear wife about how it would be nice to move into a track car that wasn’t quite as hard core as my 944. No NASCAR style cage to climb through. More power. Air conditioning! … Continue reading

1963 FHC- Fitting the Bonnet- Again

I see that it has been over a month since my last post. Where in the hell did the time go? Well, an interesting thing happened. I got vacinated against Covid. So did my wife. She in particular, with underlying conditions, had just barely ventured out into “the world” for over a year. You might … Continue reading

1985 Porsche 944 Track Car For Sale – Sold

1985 Porsche 944 Track Car For Sale – $7500 I am selling my 1985 Porsche 944 track car. This car has been under development by me since 2010. It is now a fully sorted street legal track car ready to put on track immediately. I am a very serious amateur mechanic and restorer. There is … Continue reading

1963 Etype FHC – Installing the Subframes

In my previous article, I was discussing things that I did around the firewall and the dash, before installing the subframes got in the way. But the time has come to install the frames. I had installed the frames previously before painting. And by “subframes” I mean the two engine frames, the “picture frame”, and … Continue reading

People: Dave the Limey- Working at Smiths Instruments

This retrospective was written by Robert “Dave” Wardale for the Jaguar Journal. With his permission, I am reprinting it here. Dave is currently retired, lives in western Pennsylvania, and tinkers on his 1988 Jaguar XJ-SC. You say you have mechanical aptitude” said the interviewer, “Well, I may have something for you. Not far from where … Continue reading

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