Thanks for the warm welcome and sorry to keep you waiting.
The engine does seem to run well.
FWIW, I did turn the motor over by hand/crank before attempting to start.
The car came with a blue binder service manual, a reddish brown owners operators handbook and two white paperback body work/quick reference guides.
The car held about 4 1/2 gallons of green antifreeze all those years(looked good too).The only place I found visible cooling system corrosion and buildup was near the rubber coolant hose between the right side intake and thermostat housing. The aluminum was deteriorated a bit at the hose barbs ends
and the coolant passage and hose was pretty well clogged solid, but only about the length of the hose(seems like this was due to air infiltration at that hose), easy to clean out and the new hose cleared the slightly corroded ends of the barbs.
Thus far I have basically…
Drained 4 gallons of old rotten fuel(more like varnish).
Replaced all fuel lines(some rotten, cracked and leaky).
Cleaned fuel tank(was really rusty and sludgy).
Freed up stuck fuel pump(was not pumping).
Rebuilt carbs(stuck floats and chokes etc).
Fashioned new strainer for fuel pickup in tank(old was missing,deteriorated).
Added 2 temporary inline fuel filters(to protect fuel pump and carbs).
Cleaned EGR pipes (clogged solid,prob long before it was parked).
Replaced all coolant hoses and clamps(rusted clamps, leaky hose).
Cleaned water rails/thermostat housings etc(while carbs off).
Replaced thermostats(one was stuck closed).
Sandblasted and painted steel coolant pipes and header tank.
Replaced cooling fan relay(was defective).
Filled and drained cooling system several times(with tap water).
Refilled with Zerex G-05 antifreeze.
Replaced flexible transmission lines to radiator(while doing lower rad hoses)
Removed OPUS amplifier, ballast resistor, distributor pickup and coil (would only run for 10 minutes or so before losing spark).
Installed Pertronix LU1122A distributor pickup and their 3.0 ohm flamethrower coil. (haven’t checked timing yet, starts and runs good).
Added 10K resistor between coil- and RPM gauge wiring(seems accurate).
Wire that went to the start connection on the ballast resistor is no longer being used(taped off).
(surely I have forgot something done already)
Things that I think need immediate attention…
Replace oil and filter(was changed just prior to parking/still looks and feels good).
Brakes, I don’t dare press the brake or shift from park until completely re-built (brake reservoirs look like they have semi crystallized/solidified fluid/rusted calipers rotors etc).
Wires and plugs need replacing(all look original).
Ignition timing needs to be checked and or adjusted.
Exhaust crossover pipe is rusty/leaky(needs repair).
(surely I have forgot something)
Worth mentioning I guess…
Someone had the cooling fans rigged/bypassing the fan relay, so the fans had been wired to the ignition cylinder/switch, fans would come on when the key was rotated to the run position.
Otter switch was good, seems to be functioning normally, switches the fans on when engine warms up, then cycles off and on.
Oil pressure gauge works.
Temp gauge works.
Fuel level sender is kaput(obvious break in connection/open circuit).
Fuel tank was cleaned with pine sol and hot water then with evaporust.
Bought most of my parts from Terrys Jaguar.
Sorry again for the wait and my poor writing skills.
Any and all suggestions/recommendations/criticisms are appreciated.
Thanks again, hopefully I will update soon with more info and replies.
On to some pics…
Ps: When she first started, about a 1/2 pound of rust dust blew out of the tailpipes(over a 5 minute period) and the engine needed to be shutdown due to spiderwebs burning and dust cooking off of everything, otherwise she ran well.
Also, the fuel pump has been remounted(trunk back to normal) and the red squeeze clamps between the carbs have been replaced with screw type.