I spent most of the day with Jerry Mouton’s wife Kate, giving MIK Jaguar a good going over in preparation for finally putting it up for sale. It had only been for a couple of short drives since Jerry passed away in Sept. '17 while on the Oil Leak Tour. It started right up, and ran just pretty much flawlessly, as usual.
Cosmetically, it looks probably better than ever. The “new” paint (about 3 years ago) is gorgeous.
Very few issues to sort out before it will be 100%. There were a couple of fuel leaks at the filter, which were easily fixed by just tightening the hose fittings and the thumbscrew under the bowl. The idle speed was too low - it kept stalling at idle. And there were several jingley-jangley rattles from the mud shields on the RH side of the engine. An hour of tinkering got those all sorted out.
Anyone know where in the Bay area to get wire wheels balanced? One of the front wheels is clearly off balance.
I’ll go back next weekend to pull the center console and sort out a balky shifter - it’s very hard to find first gear, and there appear to be a couple of small oil leaks on the engine - most like the cam feed pipe.
While we were tinkering with the rattles, one of the neighbors walked up and started talking to us, and is now seriously considering buying MIK! He rode along on a couple of my test drives. He has a '70s 911, but said the E-type was always his “dream car” since he was in grade school.