Garage for jaguar xjs

Hi Guys,

I am contemplating taking my XJS (rust free) from Johannesburg South Africa to Glasgow Scotland and would welcome any advice on -

  1. What type of garage I should build, wooden or conrete ?
  2. I would have the car rust proofed upon arrival (body work) however what about all the mechanicals wishbones, steering rack, springs etc Is there perhaps some type of clear spray that one could spay on to protect these components from the elements ?

Would welcome any advice…

Live in Michigan, USA. Like Glasgow, salt is used in winter to prevent icing on the roads. It is really hard on vehicles no matter how much they are “rustproofed”.
Heated and insulated garage would be best. Our garage is attached to the house, insulated and dry walled, but not heated. Rarely goes below freezing and our winters are much colder than Glasgow.
Wood frame structures are easier to insulate. Hope that helps in your decision. All said, my ‘88 XJ-S is driven year round and rust hasn’t been an issue.

Don’t drive it in winter, leave it in that nice home you are building it. Good luck, it will be a labor of love. I have been bringing a rust free 94 xjs 4.0 convt back to life in Hawaii. Was not driven for 7 years. It’s amazing how much is broken, not all parts are easy to find now. But it’s getting much closer after $8K thrown at it. Good luck Rob
I would see if you can keep the garage above 40 F in winter.

I think of it as ‘after $8K is gently patted down on it’.

My wife thinks of it like you said.

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don’t store cars on dirt floor buildings… see what the local people build… it’s only a car… rust never sleeps as they say

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I don’t think I agree with not driving it in winter…still needs to be “exercised”, even if only starting it and letting it come to temperature, running the climate control, shifting transmission at least between drive and reverse a few times. Turning the steering wheel.
Things need to used a bit…even throughout winter. Sure, don’t drive on salted or wet-n-grimey roads. But don’t make it a Winter Invalid"

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I agree Jim, but his Winters in Scotland are not like winters in Alabama. I always liked Winter in Alabama when I lived in Riverchase, relatively short worse thing was iced power lines one year. Running it up to Temp every week is definitely a good idea. How is the V12 Coupe you have going.?

Still running well, Rob.

I still think, even in Scotland, bright sunny winter days (Well, I suspect there aren’t that many bright and sunny. I remember Germany in the winter) deserve a drive about now and then. And keep the fuel tank full, most definitely.

I miss the Hawaii climate. In the Army and stationed at Barbers Point NAS in the late 70s.

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