[Saloon-lovers] Resurrecting a sleeping cat?

Greetings all!

I have recently unearthed a 7,510 mile original '67 Mk.II
3.4 which has been preserved remarkably however I am
assuming that the car is going to need some major mechanical
overhaul considering it’s sat idle for some time. I have
documentation that the last scheduled service was done in
1984 at 7,440 miles. The car, as found, was preserved well
in that it was in a metal sided building with constant
ventilation and was parked on top of plywood boards so as to
defeat any ground moisture from creeping up and rusting the
chassis. The paint (silver) is in fine shape and will turn
out quite nicely after a thorough cleansing and polishing.
The black leather and the wood are also in amazing
condition, not to mention the car is still sitting on its
original tires (which ARE holding air and have barely any
wear). The chrome is all complete and not pitted and will
show nicely after a good clean and polish. So my first order
of business now that the car is back home in my workshop is
to get it up on the lift and drop the fuel tank and send it
out. I tried turning the engine by hand and it does indeed
rotate and I can hear compression. While the fuel tank is
being redone, I will clean out the lines (or replace them)
and rebuild the carburettors. I’ll also change the oil in
the engine and do a transmission service on it (it’s an
automatic). The brake pedal goes to the floor (not
unexpected) so I will work on overhauling the braking system
hydraulics as well (new master cylinder and rebuild the
calipers). Is there anything else major that I am missing? I
was shocked to find that the radiator isn’t full of silt or
corrosion, but I will also change the coolant. Should I also
adjust the rocker clearances? Of course I will also give the
ignition a proper tune up. Any further insight would be
greatly appreciated!–
Cheers Aaron
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Aaron,
Congratulations!

The first thing I would do if I were you is some research.

In 1967 the basic upholstery was Amblahyde, not leather. Amblahyde is a
plastic that looks and feels like leather
Leather was an option in 1967 and not standard.

Check to make sure you have a Mark2 and not a 340 with Mark2 bumpers.

Go to http://www.car-nection.com/jagbase/MKII.htm

and check your chassis and engine numbers for your first look at what you
have.

Silly note but remember it is positive ground.

Other than that, it sounds as if you are on the right track

Clark '67 S-Type
'67 420

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In reply to a message from Clark sent Sun 10 Aug 2008:

Clark,

Thank you for the clarification. I should have been more
clear. The small badge on the right rear corner of the
bootlid states ‘‘340’’ so I guess that’s its official title. I
assumed that it was one and the same with a Mk.II. Also, yes
the seats are Ambla, not leather. The chassis # dictates as
follows: P180784BW–
Cheers Aaron
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Aaron,
Now you have delved into the question as to what you really have—.

According to the chassis number,
You have a Left Hand drive Mark2 with power steering and an automatic
transmission.

The engine number will most likely start with a K

What you may have is one of those 1967 Mark2s that the dealers changed the
badge on to make it appear to be the newer 340.

Clark

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In reply to a message from Clark sent Sun 10 Aug 2008:

Clark,

Hmmmm…Interesting facts you bring to the table here. I
figured the ‘‘BW’’ at the end of the chassis # meant ‘‘Borg
Warner’’, so no surprise there. Yes, the left hand drive
would be correct as I found the car in Michigan. Curious
though, that dealers did some name swapping! So was the 340
the ‘‘new, improved’’ Mk.II?–
Cheers, Aaron, '67 340, '67 BGT, '82 308GTSi, '96 RR 4.6HSE
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In reply to a message from blackvdp sent Sun 10 Aug 2008:

Drop in to another excellent resource - British Car Forum - and
search on a thread ‘‘waking a sleeping MG’’ (I think). One of the
regulars there put together an excellent step-by-step guide to
breathing life into a dormant car, from fuel system, to brakes, to
cooling, etc. It is what I am following for my Mk1.

Peter–
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automatic). The brake pedal goes to the floor (not
unexpected) so I will work on overhauling the braking system
hydraulics as well (new master cylinder and rebuild the
calipers). Is there anything else major that I am missing? I


Silverghost
Chicago, IL, United States
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