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Jaguar MK1 restorations

LarryK

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How many reading this column are in the process of restoring or have restored a MK1. I am restoring a 1958 3.4L Auto and was curious to how many are working now. I started in 1999 and had a hiatus for a fe years and started again 3 years ago. Now in totally empty shell and ready for blasting and welding. I have second MK1 in the wings for parts, especially perfect windows. I have owned this one since 1976, rebuilt the motor and broke it in then it sat 23 years before I started. I will refresh engine and tranny before it is done.
 
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always wanted one. settled for a MK2.

Looked at a whole bunch of MK1's over the decades, all far too far gone on the rear for me.
Where the end of the leaf springs set up into the chassis...and all around that.
 

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The one I am doing now has the rust on areas behind wheels. Driver floorboard worst as maybe a windshield leak. Underneath is better than most with no real rot, just surface rust. Have all replacement panels now to cut and paste :smile:greedy_dollars:smile:.
 

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I am in the process of restoring a 1960 MK2. I originally bought the car in 1980 from the original owner, drove it for two years and sold it to a friend who removed all of the interior wood with the intention of restoring it and lost interest. The car sat for the next 33 years rotting in the hot California sun until I reacquired it in 2015. I am in the process of restoring it now. One resource I have found to be invaluable is the Jaguar Forum. I have been able to learn a great deal about parts, methods, things to look out for, etc. on the forum. Good luck with the restoration.
 

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Ted:
My brother in law lived in Maryland for a time. He called me to say he bought a Jag for me. So, I pulled a trailer of furniture to Maryland (in-laws wedding gift furniture) and went to see Jag. He paid $125 for two.MK2s which I parted out and brought home. Still have all the parts, doors,head chrome etc., in case I need for MK1. Good luck to you, also. I do have some wood trim, would have to search for it. Good doors, glass, bonnet and rear deck. Not perfect but maybe doable.
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Thanks for letting me know about the parts you have for the MK2. My car is about 99% complete and I don't know what may be missing or in need of replacement until I start putting it back together, hopefully early next year. I can also pass your information along to other MK2 restorers that I have contact with. Nice to see the list of your collection of British cars. I guess once we are bitten by the bug, we can't stop. I have only six British cars. Two are restored, the Jag is about 75% complete and I have three others waiting for restoration.
 

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Our local classic car club had its annual luncheon at a posh French restaurant Sunday. In the lot was a Mk. II 4.2. Grey, like new. Inside, one of the members, a former British race driver, claimed it was a replica. Anyone have knowledge of that? Looked beautiful to me.
 

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Probably refering to the 4.2 , which is a newer replacement to the MKII. Only near car to replicate the MKII is the Japanese Mitsouka Viewt which is sold as a replica but with Japanese engine.
 

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That wasn't the car. I'll have to contact my friend to see what the story is. It sure looked like a real Jag to me.
 

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There appears to be at least two more replica Mark IIs - Ian Callum's and Coombs. Callum's will set you back about L350,000.00.
 

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It will be a very spectacular project, I would like to have a MK1 to be able to restore it, I would like to see how it looks, please upload pictures when it is finished.
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I had to replace the normal glass in the MK1 with security glass.
 
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I have a 56 MkI I've had in storage for several years. I've been waiting to work on it until I got a lift for my garage. The lift was installed a couple of months ago so I have no excuse now. Other than the three other cars needing work first. :smile:
 

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If you need patch panels, call Martin Robey. If you are not set up for International calls, email list first, then call, only 15 cents a minute. Never cost me near $1. Shipping not bad and quicker than any US supplier as they buy from them too, save on price and double shipping. I bought everything from rockers to floor panels to front and rear wheel well panels.
 
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