Hey listers…., or is it lovers….?
I joined the forum a couple of months ago and have been avidly reading many posts, both old and new, and figured it was time I introduced myself.
My name is Rob Yaskovic. I’m 48 years old, been married 25 years this year (to the same woman!), I have two boys – one 19 and one 16. I live in Rockledge, Florida and have been here for the past 25 years or so.
As for my connection to, and interest in, E-types –
My father passed away nearly three years ago and, as his eldest son and the only offspring “into” cars, I have inherited his ’68 S1.5 OTS. My father has owned this car since I was too young to remember, and it was his daily driver throughout his whole career. “The Jag”, as we’ve always called it, isn’t just a car to me, and while it’s certainly special because it’s an E-type, it’s most special because, to me, this car is my dad. They were both together and a part of my life for so long they have really grown to be synonymous to me. The sight, the sounds, the smells, the memories…. it’s just him. “The Jag” didn’t get as much use once he “retired” to farm life in the late 90’s and as time passed, it was used less and less. He did keep it garaging and running, but since his passing it has been sitting, unused. I have been wanting to bring it home for some time but I didn’t have a proper place to put it. That has since been resolved (a whole ‘nuther story!) and it’s now time!!
I’ve hired a commercial transport to pick it up in Ontario, Canada (my dad’s farm) and haul it to Rockledge for me in January. Per their requirement, the car doesn’t have to run, but it must steer and roll freely. Last I visited, and before I hatched this plan, I checked things out a bit – I know it doesn’t roll (brakes frozen, not sure about the clutch) and I’m assuming it’ll steer (didn’t check). I will be flying up a few days before they’re supposed to pick it up, to ensure I can get it rolling and verify free steering. Any advice/tips/tricks you all can offer on accomplishing this will be most appreciated. I’m most worried about the rear brakes considering the inboard arrangement and lack of access. Once I get it home I’ll go through everything to see where we are, but for now I’m purely focused on getting it rolling and steering onto the transport.
My thanks to you all in advance. As I said earlier, I’ve been reading a LOT and I’ve gotten a taste for the knowledge, passion, and humor this group has to offer. I kinda even feel like I know some of you already!! I’m looking forward to sharing my adventure and building some new friendships too!!