Over the past several years my work on restoring my 1957 MK VIII slowed to a trickle and then stopped while I attended to our other five Jaguars.
With the current pandemic I decided to turn lemons into lemonade and take advantage of my isolation at home to get things going again on restoring this beautiful car. The first picture shows what the car looked like in 2005 when it arrived at my house, the second picture shows how it looked in 2012 after the repaint and a lot of work, and the third picture shows the truck from the machine shop driving away yesterday with the original block, original head, and hundreds of engine parts from the original engine and some of my spare engines to be rebuilt. I recently restored and sold my two Series III XJ6s and with the freed up space in my garage and the funds from the sale of those two cars I am getting back to working on my 1957 MK VIII. I plan to spend a lot of time in self isolation out on my garage to make as much progress as I can on completing the restoration of the car. That way when the engine returns I will be a long way towards driving this car. The prior owner parked it in 1975 and I think that after 45 years it should be back on the road again in 2020.