Yes, I’m already appreciating this reality. And I even get what you mean by “literally dripping with elegance,” as indicated by the makeshift drip tray I keep it parked over!
I’m just trying to enjoy it and get some practical use out of it while I have it, and then hope that I ultimately turn out OK on the deal in the end.
When I think back, I’ve done quite a few things myself to my cars over the years … bent and installed new steel brake lines on a 93 Jeep Wrangler, new radiator in an 01 Nissan Maxima, new water pump on a 64 Buick Electra 225, new idler pulley on an 03 Mercedes E320, new window regulator on an 02 Acura 3.2TL, complete custom stereo install in an 86 Nissan 300ZX Turbo, and I even stripped all the trim off of my 66 Buick Skylark GS for paint and helped install the new convertible top.
There is something intimidating about this Jag, tho, I admit. But I’m learning more about it and hoping to be able to tackle a few things myself. (So far all I’ve done myself is replace the shocks on the hood and trunk … sorry, the bonnet and boot!)