[E-Type] Survey

Anybody who’s been on the list very long can vouch for me that I bought
a basket case and have completed 95% of a ground up restoration. I must
have asked 300 questions to the list. It was 26 months before I got to
drive it the first time. That was in March. I’ve been having so much
fun driving it (over 2K miles so far) that I can’t seem to find time to
buff out the paint and get the carpet installed. That’s all I have left
to do. Except for the new boot springs. And the battery hold down. And
the stone guard. And readjusting the doors. And getting the brake lights
working (again). And fixing the turn signal lever that I caught my pants
leg on while hopping in too fast. And getting the windshield wipers
installed and the motor hooked up. And … Well, you get the picture.
Kenny Owen
New Albany, Mississippi
66 OTS Original Carmen red with Unoriginal biscuit interior

I have a 69 OTS and a 75 XJ6L. Both were undrivable when purchased.
Both were purchased to restore, and both were restored to concours
condition. Now I’m doing a Fiero (What kind of British car is that ?).

Gary

I have an early '68 Series 1 1/2 2+2 (polished cam covers, toggle switches,
etc) which I bought earlier this year. Having rebulit an Austin Healey
from a rusting wreck, I (foolishly?) thought that buying a car on which
considerable time, effort and money had already been spent would alleviate
the rate of emptying my hip pocket !! I wanted an E as an everday driver,
that would be on the road soon after I bought it. Well, 4 months later it
is finally on the road and I am very pleased with the result. However,
although I may have reduced the amount which I could have otherwise spent
on it, the cost was still substantially greater than I had originally
budgeted. I don’t care - the money is gone and the car is great.

No doubt I will do it all over again as soon as I can increase my garaging
space.

Mike Branson
'68 Series 1 1/2 2+2
'62 Austin Healey 3000 BJ7
'72 Mini Clubman GT
'94 Saab 900S

I use the “Stinger” lift to stack two cars in one bay of the garage.
It is listed in the front of Hemmings a really useful product. No
relation to the company just like the product and service.

 Terry

______________________________ Reply Separator _________________________________Subject: [E-Type] Survey
Author: michael.branson@db.com at mime
Date: 6/15/98 3:33 PM

I have an early '68 Series 1 1/2 2+2 (polished cam covers, toggle switches,
etc) which I bought earlier this year. Having rebulit an Austin Healey
from a rusting wreck, I (foolishly?) thought that buying a car on which
considerable time, effort and money had already been spent would alleviate
the rate of emptying my hip pocket !! I wanted an E as an everday driver,
that would be on the road soon after I bought it. Well, 4 months later it
is finally on the road and I am very pleased with the result. However,
although I may have reduced the amount which I could have otherwise spent
on it, the cost was still substantially greater than I had originally
budgeted. I don’t care - the money is gone and the car is great.

No doubt I will do it all over again as soon as I can increase my garaging
space.

Mike Branson
'68 Series 1 1/2 2+2
'62 Austin Healey 3000 BJ7
'72 Mini Clubman GT
'94 Saab 900S

I have a 1969 2+2. I purchased it in 1979. It had 80K miles on the clock
and had just had an engine rebuild. I have not restored it. At first the E
was used as a commuter and airport car. It like me has retired and gets
driven around 1K miles a year. The car now has 130K miles. I still don’t
have any plans to restore it, just to maintain and keep it as close to
original as possible.
Bud

I have a '71 series 2 OTS that I got in trade for a '69 Shelby Mustang.
There are many cars that I have liked over the years, and E-types (among
several other types) are at the top. The main reason for the trade was
that the E was running and had a half decent paint job. (The Mustang was
neither running, nor had good paint.) Right now my main goal is to keep
the E running, and thinking about some year I might start to tear into it
for major restoration. Mostly, I haven’t done any major work because I
have two young children, and I don’t want to miss out on them growing up.
I can always get to the Jag 15 years from now, I guess.

Ken Carlson
'71 OTS

Kenny; Glad to have a fellow Mississippian on the list! You’re welcome to drop in anytime if you ever get down to the Jackson area. I’m in Brandon near the Ross Barnett Reservoir.----------
From: Kenny Owen[SMTP:kwowen@dixie-net.com]
Sent: Monday, June 15, 1998 12:12 AM
To: e-type@jag-lovers.org
Subject: [E-Type] Survey

Anybody who’s been on the list very long can vouch for me that I bought
a basket case and have completed 95% of a ground up restoration. I must
have asked 300 questions to the list. It was 26 months before I got to
drive it the first time. That was in March. I’ve been having so much
fun driving it (over 2K miles so far) that I can’t seem to find time to
buff out the paint and get the carpet installed. That’s all I have left
to do. Except for the new boot springs. And the battery hold down. And
the stone guard. And readjusting the doors. And getting the brake lights
working (again). And fixing the turn signal lever that I caught my pants
leg on while hopping in too fast. And getting the windshield wipers
installed and the motor hooked up. And … Well, you get the picture.
Kenny Owen
New Albany, Mississippi
66 OTS Original Carmen red with Unoriginal biscuit interior

Kenny; Glad to have a fellow Mississippian on the list. Feel free to drop in if you’re ever in the Jackson area. I live in Brandon near the Ross Barnett Reservoir.

Keith Anderson
’ 67 OTS (made in ’ 66)----------
From: Kenny Owen[SMTP:kwowen@dixie-net.com]
Sent: Monday, June 15, 1998 12:12 AM
To: e-type@jag-lovers.org
Subject: [E-Type] Survey

Anybody who’s been on the list very long can vouch for me that I bought
a basket case and have completed 95% of a ground up restoration. I must
have asked 300 questions to the list. It was 26 months before I got to
drive it the first time. That was in March. I’ve been having so much
fun driving it (over 2K miles so far) that I can’t seem to find time to
buff out the paint and get the carpet installed. That’s all I have left
to do. Except for the new boot springs. And the battery hold down. And
the stone guard. And readjusting the doors. And getting the brake lights
working (again). And fixing the turn signal lever that I caught my pants
leg on while hopping in too fast. And getting the windshield wipers
installed and the motor hooked up. And … Well, you get the picture.
Kenny Owen
New Albany, Mississippi
66 OTS Original Carmen red with Unoriginal biscuit interior