Starbuck wrote:...doing a rolling restoration of all those little things that need doing...
License plate lights, sunvisor clips, bonnet gas struts will be done over the next couple of days.
Small and relatively unimportant jobs (well, WORKING bonnet struts would be nice...), but giving instant satisfaction. A nice and welcome contrast with my day job!
Will still have to fight my fight with the ABS warning light, but with all the car's mechanicals AND the bodyshell in good shape that is a relatively small barrier to overcome.
I've sourced new
radius arms with ARB lugs, now need to decide whether I want them pre-bushed or do that myself.
We decided to do it the 'proper way' and use correct parts, rather than Raymond welding lugs onto the existing arms.
naki_k wrote:is it road legal yet? no plates?
No, still needs to go through all the red tape.
Should be easy-ish, but will take time.
naki_k wrote:"oh there he is again with yet another fancy car."
The car was driven off the megatrailer in front of the village service station. Its owner: "Yet another Jag, Pim? Looks way better than that rusty XJR! And what happened to that bright green car, how's that doing?"
Still not sure whether I'm seen as the local car hero or as a village idiot!
Rensdd6 wrote:...to source gems that look like crap on first and second look...
That's what we were also told when we bought our house: most people thought we were insane buying something that needed so much work.
Back to the XJ-S: it's an 'honest' car: original paint, no welding done, no engine bay bodges. I've seen repainted US imports that only 'work' as 10-yard cars: they look great from that distance, but don't try to take a closer look...
And in this particular case yes, you need to be able (and willing!) to 'see through' the poor thing's cosmetics, it certainly has seen better days!
I consider drooping headlining, broken plastic, flaky veneer and weathered paint features
of an original car, rather than weaknesses.
They indicate the car hasn't been messed with, and give me the -rare- opportunity to get a car done to my quality standards within a reasonable budget. Still a shame it needs a respray, though, both from a cost and originality perspective.
Rensdd6 wrote:...a four-manual organ console with manual couplers ('manual gearbox') and electric stop action in seventies style…
Still room at your place for that? Sounds like a seriously big piece of kit!