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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

Monocouque Metalworks – Chuck Hadley

Last week I was driving back from Boston to NC and had an opportunity to stop at Monocouque Metalworks, owned and operated by Chuck Hadley. The main reason for my stop was to pick up a pair of bucket seat frames for the 63 FHC restoration. But I was also just interested in checking out … Continue reading

Coventry Foundation – George Camp

As I discussed in my post about bonnet profiles I went to visit the Coventry Foundation in Columbia, SC and found a really helpful drawing. While I was there, I cruised their used parts. I picked up a Mossbox and some sheetmetal pieces for the bonnet. Unfortunately, they did not have any cross hatch pattern … Continue reading

Blacktop Studios

Recently I attend the 2019 Carolina Jaguar Club concours at Little Switzerland, NC. This has always been a favorite event of mine and is chock full of cool Jaguars. One car that caught my eye was a XK140 convertible, black over tan. Due to it’s late entry, it was not judged but I and a … Continue reading

Kevin Gross – Catellus Engineering

I have been worried about the noises coming out of the transaxle on my Porsche 944 track car. Based on his excellent reputation, I decided to remove the transaxle and send it to Kevin Gross at Catellus Engineering for a rebuild. Note that the 944 uses a “transaxle” which is located at the rear of … Continue reading

Ernie and Elaine Nagamatsu

Recently I attended the Porsche Rennsport Reunion VI at Leguna Seca raceway. This is a multifaceted event, described in my blog post here. One aspect of the event is vintage racing. I have been to many vintage races and have always found the competitors in the pits to be most accommodating of the non racing … Continue reading

Lissie and Peter Shanahan

Carolina Jaguar Club members Lissie and Peter Shanahan attended their 2nd CJC Concours at Little Switzerland and had quite a successful weekend. Their 2007 XK took first in class honors at the Concours. I touched base with Peter after the judging to get his back story. Lissie and Peter have been members of the CJC … Continue reading

Dave Mathewson – Letting Go – 1962 E-Type

I received a call recently from a fellow who quickly explained that he had just sold his 1962 Jaguar E-Type. He wanted to give it one last tune-up and was having an issue with the mixture on the SU carburetors. We spent quite a while on the phone while I struggled to offer him some … Continue reading

Etype Wiper Motor Theory and Operation – By Dick Vandermeyden

Dick Vandermeyden of Palo Alto CA, recently deceased but fondly remembered, had an incredible amount of knowledge about Jaguar E-Types.  Following is an article he prepared for me many years ago.  It is the best discussion I have ever seen about how the wiper motor in a Series 1 E-Type operates.  Click on the following … Continue reading

Steve Chase’s Jaguar F-Type

The newest Jaguar at the CJC concours at Little Switzerland was Steve Chase’s 3 week old Jaguar F-Type.  As you may have guessed, I have a fondness for white cars and this one was no exception. I also really liked the coffee inserts in the front seats. This is a very sharp car. I let … Continue reading

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