After a 13 year hiatus, I have uncovered my 1963 FHC 887030 and will finish the car this time. Let me explain. I’ll do this thread in multiple submittals because it’s a long story.
After years of letting my FHC languish in storage I have finally unpacked it and have once again commenced its restoration. My car is 887030, built in 9Oct1962. I bought this car from my aunt in July, 2003 who had purchased it on 16Mar1990. The car was running at that time (1990) and was put into a shop for full restoration. And then the troubles began, and many $1000s spent, she demanded the shop give it to her because the entire bonnet and interior was stolen along with boxes of hardware. But workmanship that was completed on the car appears to be first rate…until the end. The engine, trany, rear end, suspension were all rebuilt and the car was painted (with Imron…uugghhh!). Factory colors, Carmen Red and Black interior. Sometime in its previous life the Jag had an accident and the front frame cross member was replace and the transmission was substituted for a 4-sp synchro from a '65 FHC. (The high ratio one which is unfortunate but I really don’t care as I had previously owned another '63 coupe and I was really tired of the Moss Box.) When the dissolution between my aunt and the shops came to be, they just threw junk in boxes and shipped stuff off to my aunt. The dash and gauges were there, and the seat shells, but pretty much everything else was missing. We believe the paint shop stole the bonnet that was totally painted and fitted to the car and a previous owner broke into the mechanics shop and stole the interior (in boxes) and other miscellaneous boxes. My aunt had no business buying a car like this.
Years pass. Finally, I bought the Jag in boxes (being the only car guy in the family). She lived in Scottsdale, AZ. I also bought the interior out of an E-type in Cave Creek, AZ. That car had been stored in the open for about 20 years because the owner took it in for some brake work, went home and had a stroke. He lived for 20 years and the car just deteriorated but free of rust. That car was 885766 (V2073). Had I known what it was, I would have bought the whole car! It had roadster seats in it and short slides exactly like the shells in my 887030. This was in 2003 and I hired a closed car hauler company to bring the car to me in Clearwater, FL. The did, but dropped a Lincoln Navigator on the rear door. That was fun. Bear in mind, this car looked beautiful aft of the bonnet. The bonnet was from 3 different cars and was not nice. So, this is where I got the car and found it had title issues because of the replaced picture frame. Not to worry, one trip to England and lots of documentation and discussion with Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust and I got the car certified. So I did get it titled properly and I started to get to work and discovered the boxes were unidentified, belonged to multiple cars, and were substantially incomplete. More fun. After 4 years, I set the car aside and went on to other projects. That year was 2007; the last year I ordered parts for the Jag until now. Here is a video of it then. Ahhh, fooey. You cannot load videos. Okay, I’ll break it into jpegs and upload a few of them tomorrow. Cheers all.