Hey all, I just joined the forum and this is my first post! First, I’ll give a brief intro/background and then get down to business. Thanks in advance for reading my post and for any help/advice given.
TL;DR: Skip to My Question to get right to the point.
About Me: I live on Florida’s sunny Space Coast and have for just about my whole life. I would call myself a Jaguar hobbyist as I have only recently begun scratching the surface on classic Jaguars. I haven’t started this journey by choice but by necessity… my dad is the original Jaguar enthusiast of the family and it’s his cars that I’ve been staring at just sitting in the garage for 40 years. He has always enjoyed taking things apart but has never been as fond of putting them back together. He’s too old to do much wrench turning now and still not very interested the work. I’m determined to see these cars on the road, and thankfully now I’m in a position to get it done.
About The Cars: The easiest way to describe the condition of the cars is to call them a “barn find”. As I mentioned, my dad liked taking things apart and that’s the current state of the cars. My first project (my car) is a 1968 E-type S1.5 DHC. My next project (my brother’s car) is a 1958 XK150. As I said, I’m determined to see these cars on the road so any effort to warn me off of this undertaking will be wasted. I’m taking more of a restomod approach than a concours approach to these rebuilds.
I’m early in the rebuild of the 4.2L engine of the E-type. I’ve had the block refurbished and gotten it ready for the crank. I have new pistons connected to the original con-rods. I’ve been pouring over the many forum posts regarding con-rod bolts and nuts and have read most of them, but not all. I haven’t come across one that addresses my specific question, so I figured my best hope would be to actually ask my specific question. I have 12 original bolts but 11 original nuts… so I need to, at least, replace the nuts as the originals are the castellated ones designed for use with a split pin. I’ve already been warned to replace these by several sources and will do so. Now, on to the matter at hand…
My Question: I’ve seen much discussion mentioning the ARP replacement nuts and bolts offered by Moss Classic Jaguar (formerly XKs Unlimited) and how they must be modified in order to achieve a proper fit with the con-rod. I’m not interested in doing that if I can avoid it as I’m not a machinist and don’t have quick, easy access to one. I haven’t seen any mention of the hardware offered by Welsh Enterprises in Ohio. They claim that their hardware is manufactured in England by the same company that supplies OE equipment for Jaguar (the phone rep wouldn’t give me the company’s name). He also dropped names like Donovan Motorcar Service and others to strengthen his sales pitch. So, does anyone have any experience with Welsh’s hardware? Or can anyone offer an opinion on whether or not their stuff would be a good way to go?