As the tittle suggests, the time time has come to do the long awaiting paint job on my XJ.
If all goes well, the first of March she goes to the shop.
So, two days ago I started the process of dismantling everything.
Everything that goes out will be restored, painted, polished and so on.
Screens will go out as well, there are early signs of rust in the channels.
I will keep posting as I go on.
Still have to sort out the bonnet alignment.
The rear is more involved as the rear valance is shot because the exhaust tips were leaking (it was like this when I got the car).
But this, I hope, is the only serious rust issue.
I was also very happy to discover that the gas tanks are in pretty good shape with very minimal surface rust, the brown discolouring is glue from the insulating pad.
As you can see I already have a complete new rear valance.
My plan is to not touch the upper part under the bumper, as it’s in perfect shape and quite difficult to separate and rust proof afterwards, but cut just bellow that.
Any thoughts on the best way to proceed?