Since taking care of my dad’s s1 2+2 three years ago I’ve gone through two phases of resto work (as I categorize them).
phase 1: Get 'er running
Rear diff rebuild, all gas lines, fitting, gas tank, fuel pump, water pump, hoses, new brakes/lines.
phase 2: Keep 'er running
steering column bushings, banjo fibre washers, fuel feeder tube filter, clutch slave cylinder, new tires, new fluids, find all 1,824 grease fittings. Buy oil in bulk. New wheel (broken spoke). Begin replacing rubber weather stripping. Re-condition leather seats. Start carrying an emergency break down kit with safety vest, headlamp, flares and enough spare tools to fix fuel leaks (learned this the hard way).
The car is running beautifully now. On a cool evening here in the hills of Vermont as the car flies up and over mountain passes with grace and a quiet growl I remain convinced that the original Jag engineers had Underhill, VT in mind when they first started developing e-types.
Smugglers’ Notch Vermont
(color commentary by my 7 year old son)
This brings me to a possible phase 3…
phase 3: Make 'er run better
At 50 MPH the car is rock solid, Steady smooth acceleration even from 4th gear uphill. Solid brakes and good handling. On the rare occasions that I’ve taken to the highway to see how she goes up to speed things are not quiet as rosy. At 60 MPH the car is fairly stable but by 70 - 75 there is some noticeable “float”. Not confidence inspiring. And definitely not feeling like I’m going to see the high side of 80 for quite some time. So my question… what are the next phase of projects to be undertaken in a sort of impact for effort kind of sort order. I believe my dad replaced the shocks that came with the car originally but beyond that I suspect that most of the suspension system is original.