I’ve just made perhaps the most important improvement in my
car since I bought it. This valuation is relative to my
having already replaced blown head gaskets, oozing
suspension bushings and frozen brake pistons.
To wax poetic: modern rubbers, kevlar reinforced belts and
stainless spokes are wonderful things. Modern synthetic
oils and high temperature brake fluid enable a long and
enthusiastic life on the road. Green Stuff and Petronix can
enable you to drive your car to it’s limits. Handmade
steering wheels and gear shift handles add to the car’s
already enormous beauty.
To be more practical: having fun in an older car requires
that are confident that you’ll be able to deal with almost
any situation. That you have Whitworth as well as English
wrenches…in both wrenches and sockets…and in every size
needed (because channellocks and vise-grips are a sign of
weakness). That you have the tools and information needed
to diagnose and fix electrical problems as well as
mechanical ones. That you can deal with almost any
challenge that nature, or a Jaguar in it’s 5th decade, can
throw at you, in mid-summer, on the loneliest road in America.
Yet…something was missing. Sometimes a challenge would
arise that would limit my ability to enjoy and experience my
travels to their fullest. What could it be? I thought long
and hard. I considered, consulted and conducted parametric
trade studies. Finally I had it!!!
Yes it is true: I’ve finally added a good cork puller and a
churchkey to my tool kit.
Now my (car’s) restoration is complete. The angst is gone.
Larry Wade 62 OTS, La Canada, California USA
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