We'll be doing an upgrade or two with the car in the workshop and everything easily accessible.
The auto 'box and driveshaft have already disappeared and one cooling pipe has been modified slightly to stay clear from the gearbox adapter plate.
First upgrade on the list is a more compact, hi-torque starter motor to replace the Marelli item: with the gearbox fitted there is no way to remove the starter without dropping the gearbox! Thus the better-safe-than-sorry scenario and a brand new starter fitted.
I ordered one from Moss earlier today, so we should be able to drop it in some time next week.
I hadn't see the car up in the air yet, so I used my workshop visit to take a closer look.
Its underside confirms its less than 1K/year mileage: it looks pristine!
Fuel & brake pipes are still shiny, the heat shields are as unblemished as when they left the factory and no sign of rust or accident damage whatsoever. The only thing I could find where the radius arm bushes: they are worn by age, not by high mileage, and will disappear when I fit the new ARB-compatible arms which have new bushes fitted already.
My mechanic - with decades of Jaguar experience - was pleasantly surprised: everything he needed to remove came loose using nothing more than spanners & sockets. Quite rare that he didn't need the help of his regular angle grinder, lump hammer, etc on a 30-year old Jag...