First a quick introduction - I never worked on a car before, and I don’t know much about engines, but being very technical in the areas of computers and electronics, this is something I want to learn.
I just got a 1954 XK-120 OTS into my garage so I have my golden opportunity.
This used to be my mother-in-laws daily driver until something broke and it was put in a barn some time around 1983. It’s been sitting under a pile of rubble ever since.
Some parts like the interior carpet has been eaten eaten by rodents, but after a good cleanup I think it is pretty good condition.
My plan is to make it mechanically sound so I can drive it, I don’t want it to be a museum piece.
The car seems pretty original. The engine block # matches, but the cylinder top has a different number (N something, maybe indicating it came from an Mark VII), so it looks like it must have been replaced at some point (but done in the 70s or earlier).
At some point someone mucked about with it so the distributor is in pieces and probably missing parts and the radiator was taken out and put in the trunk and the hoses and a few other parts lost - but I’m sure I have to get new hoses anyway.
The engine still has oil in it, and turns over with a wrench, so it seems like I should be able to get this thing going again.
Everything else seems to be where it should.
I’m taking this slow, learning before doing, and I’m looking for advice what to attack first.
Some initial ideas:
The car has two 6V batteries and positive ground. I’m thinking replacing the dual batteries with a single Odyssey PC925 as it seems that should fit in one of the bays.
Unsure about the distributor. Leaning towards a 123 Ignition for trouble free operation. I don’t know if the one I have is original and since it clearly doesn’t work without a rebuild maybe I should just go electronic.
I also need new cables and connectors to the spark plugs since they are cracked and broken off.
Take apart and clean out carburettors. Maybe get a rebuild kit and replace some of the internal wearables?
I’m guessing I should take out the fuel tank, maybe have it refurbished, or maybe even get a new one? and also get new fuel lines since these be old and crummy.
The break pedal had initial resistance, but when I pressed on it a bit, it let go and now goes to the floor with no resistance. There is no break fluid in the reservoir, so maybe look over the master cylinder and rebuild all four drum breaks.
I also want to test things like starter, water pump, fuel pump, generator, etc. can they be tested in place or should I remove them first?
Anyway, this should keep me busy for a bit, I spent the last year reading up on these models, got a few books on the subject etc. so I have a little bit of a plan, but I am in no rush and it would be great to hear opinions and recommendations from people more experienced than myself.
Last - here is a picture from a couple of weeks ago when I finally got it into my garage.