Thanks to you and everyone who so far who has given me advice. I really appreciate all of what I’ve been advised to do. I guess you never know what you are going to find when you start the disassembly process. I know I will follow your advice and that of those who have commented thus far. At this moment I’m like a little kid, I just want to get in it and drive it. Mike, let me ask, how many miles were on your 1970 FHC when you looked into the condition of your Jaguar? I’m just very curious…wondering how much work is going to be needed at this stage. Currently, at this very moment, my Jaguar has 69k miles on it. I’m not sure if this is an exorbitant amount of miles…I guess less would be better. It is what it is.
Thanks to everyone for their advice. I will use it wisely. If there is more advice out there, I’d certainly love to hear it. Good or bad.
You have lots of good advice so far. I’ll add my voice to the folk saying do it right, be complete.
We (my restoration specialist and I) are well into a complete restoration of a 1970FHC that I parked in my garage in 1980.
This is the report resulting from an engine dissasembly:
It defiantly has a few miles on it. The bottom end bearings are pretty badly worn but none of them are spun or metal on metal, the lower timing chain is also pretty stretched. The crankshaft has some surface pitting, mostly from sitting I believe so we should just be able to turn it down, it is currently stock diameters on the mains and rod journals. The cylinders and pistons actually don’t look bad and judging by the carbon buildup it was actually tuned really well. The cylinder head is not in the best shape, it has some pretty bad looking corrosion in the coolant jackets but it may look worse than it is. I haven’t removed the valves yet to see the seats, but they were adjusted properly and there is very little ware actually, and the camshafts look as though they have been replaced
Your status might be better or worse but, if it were me, I’d want to know and to resolve any issues right now before proceeding.