Hello all, new to the forums and Jaguar stuff but not new to automobiles or airplanes. I just recently picked up an early XK120 transmission for, (what I thought), was a pretty good price. It is in pieces but is complete and will need a few parts that I’ll be on the lookout for. Serial number stamp is JH2854.
The gentleman that I bought it from was very knowledgeable about it and gave some insight but if anyone has anymore info on it I’d love to learn more; I plan on doing this restoration myself and would like the finished product to be a complete, aesthetically pleasing, and working example. I’m not sure if I’ll keep it for a shop piece or sell it, I haven’t decided. I have found the gasket set, crush washers, shift lever, shift knob, bearings, seals, pivot rebuild kid, etc. for it. I am trying to source a dipstick for it as this one is broken.
Has anyone done a concours or close to concours cleaning and restoration of theirs? I’m curious what people are using to get the original aluminum finish for the top plate? I’ve heard Purple Power works pretty good but can leave a residue and I’d like to avoid stripper if possible.
Here’s the top plate just resting on the housing, all of the internals are in two other boxes.