Another E-Type has risen from the dead…I just posted my 1964 FHC on xkedata and also wanted to introduce the car (and, in distant second place, myself) briefly here. I bought the car in 1985 out of a barn near Dayton, OH. I was 24 at the time, had been working at my first “real” job for a couple of years, and had saved enough money to pay for the car I had dreamed about since first seeing it with my Dad at the New York Auto Show in the late 60s.
I did a bit of work on the car over the next few years, drove it occasionally and towed it frequently. Then a cute redhead entered my life, followed by 5 children, and the car spent 30 years gathering dust.
In 2018 I looked around and saw that the kids were thriving, the redhead was as cute as ever…but the car (and me)? Time to get to work. Step One was to rejoin the Nation’s Capital Jaguar Owners Club. Step Two was to recognize my own limitations and find professional help.
I took the car to an excellent vintage/classic car repair shop here in Northern Virginia to get it back to driving condition. Lots of work to do: new fuel system from tank to carbs; new cooling system; new ignition; bodywork to give the trailing arms something to hold onto; new hubs, wheels and tires; brake rebuilds; and on and on. In the midst of all the tragedy there were a few gleams of sunlight: the engine is reasonably sound and the clutch still works (mostly).
I drove it home yesterday. The highlight of my day/week/year.
I plan to drive it for awhile to try to make up for lost time. Yet I’ve also begin thinking about the bigger job(s) yet to come. The body definitely needs work…the sills are rotten, someone welded new floors over (under?) the original rotted floors, and there’s Bondo lurking in several other spots. The interior looks its age and then some. Like its owner.
I’ve been a passive observer on Jag-lovers these past several months and am amazed every day at the expertise, patience and good humor of all of the posters. In the future I will almost certainly have questions, and maybe some day I will be able to offer some answers too.