In a message dated 5/19/2006 3:57:12 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
Dear Listers, advice, please. In September I will be reassembling
my 1958 XK150S OTS LHD, after a long restoration. Every component
has been rebuilt or refurbrished. It is all original and numbers
matching. Fortunately, I have most of the original fastners. I
hope to achieve a show/driver level of finish, but I do intend to
drive and enjoy the Jag. Questions, please: for load bearing
fastners, should one use new, high strength fastners for safety?
If so, sources for fastners, techniques for applying original
looking finish? Points lost in judging? Is there a guide availabe,
similar to the E-type guides at JCNA, for the finishes of various
components in the XK range? Thanks, Jim Collins, Massachusetts,
I regret not reusing as many of my old fasteners as possible. Were I you, I
would have them all sent to a plater and have a black oxide finish applied.
If you have any which are bent, stripped, or not pristine, I would buy
identical Gr 5 bolts and have them also black oxide coated to replace just those
which are damaged.
Best Regards, Mike Moore .