[concours] Re: Minimum Standards

Hi,

Steve, your thoughts on being a reference for originality, tattered but
clean, sound like what this car could be. The leather interior is original,
including all the carpets and boot area carpets. They match Bassett’s tan
interior kit samples exactly.(unsolicited). There is no massive rust of the
sills or underbody, the British rustproofing system of protective oil coating
from the engine area working to great effect. There must be an inch of grime
caked to the suspension with original chassis black underneath. Most of the
surface rust is from a poor repaint in the early 60s (OEW) before it was
parked due to a faulty fuel pump. In fact, lifting the boot lid, one can see
the original BRG on the inside. I am replacing obvious rotted hoses and
safety items but am considering leaving the original Dunlops as they still
appear quite servicable despite the years. The wires are still painted BRG
and details like spring gaiters are in fine shape. I am tempted to just
paint it BRG as original, leave the rest alone, and enjoy driving it.
Appreciate the input, can’t wait to fire it up (engine).
Cheers, Lee Jacobsen, Dearborn, MI 53’ XK120 SE

I more or less agree with Larry. The old tires are nice for show, but I’d
be nervous about trusting my life to them. Find a second set of wheels, fit
new tires to them, and save the originals for those special occasions where
performance doesn’t matter but looks do.

I also agree that since there’s already been a repaint in the car’s past,
you’ll be losing little by repainting once more. Figure out how to keep the
patina of a fine older car as much as possible otherwise. You can do
wonders with modern cleaners, patching materials and such.

As a bonus, it’ll be much cheaper than a restoration, though possibly more
time consuming to get everything the very best it can be. No restoration
will ever match the soul of an excellent original.
-Steve A.

Lee Jacobsen wrote:>Steve, your thoughts on being a reference for originality, tattered but

clean, sound like what this car could be.