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  1. Hi Andrew I think it may be wise to leave the bonnet open in the sun and let things dry out and then go through each individual component that could have been affected. It may be worth leaving the cambelt till last to assume its that at fault and saves tearing the engine down for something that may be a simple cure. I would start with any ignition components and sensor (including crank and cam sensors as these can fit the symptoms you are describing) As long as the engine did not chronically overheat then the internals and gaskets should be fine. Let us know how it goes and what you find
  2. Hi Arek......welcome to the Club Hope you're enjoying the Jag, assuming that you can actually take it out for a drive in this lockdown. Good to have you onboard Cheers. Trevor
  3. Hi Mark.....welcome to the Club Sorry for the late response. I seem to recall Reggie Perrin living there but fondly remember his reference to his mother-in-law as a Hippo 🙂 What sort of issues has the XK8 had? Good to have you onboard Cheers. Trevor
  4. Hi Simon....welcome to the Club Sorry for the late reply. Wow! 12 Jags in 8 years, thats true devotion! Certainly looks clean and sounds like you got a bargain there. Good to have you onboard Cheers Trevor
  5. Hi Alan Sorting out the new technology with anything nowadays is an absolute nightmare so you have my sympathies with your predicament. I'm not personally au-fait myself but I'm sure someone will come along shortly to give you some guidance All the best, Trevor
  6. So when you are finally released from lockdown and able to drive your car....what music will you play in the car?
  7. One of Britain’s leading E-type specialists, E-Type UK, has completed a transformative restoration on a barn-find 1964 Jaguar E-type Series 1 3.8 FHC. Found in the previous owner’s unused garage in southeast England, this particular car had been left sitting since 1979, but has now been given a new lease of life by E-Type UK. Finished in period with an Opalescent Silver Blue exterior and matching blue interior, the new owner opted for a striking new combination retaining the exterior colour but with a new Oxblood Red leather interior and a number of other choice upgrades. Upon its discovery, this E-type looked as though it was well preserved and rot-free, protected from the worst of the weather by four walls and a roof. However, after an extensive sandblasting and a three-day strip-down, the extent of the damage caused by 40 years of neglect, coupled with previous cheap repairs and the usual British dampness revealed the real challenge ahead. The E-Type UK team set about making sure this E-type would be safe and durable in years to come by identifying and replacing sections that were too rotten to save. The workshop team found that many areas of the floor and the inner and outer sills were beyond saving, opting to replace them completely while also strengthening the body elsewhere. Every suspect piece of metal was eliminated to ensure the structure is even stiffer than the day it left the factory. After the metalwork was completed, the E-type was introduced to the filler room where E-Type UK’s specialist bodywork technicians set out to restore those seamless ‘60s lines. The entire car was cleaned and skimmed, then block sanded to obtain the perfect straightness and contours, with long hours of fine-tuning the perfect gaps and apertures. To achieve the original Jaguar colour of Opalescent Silver Blue the car underwent a long process of painstaking preparation. Due to the silver pigments in the paint, errors are often unavoidable, often leading to a cloudy finish, but with the expert skills from the team the final result was a sparkling and even finish. Reassembly started with fitting this E-type’s uprated Independent Rear Suspension, which also included improved brake calipers and brake pads. At this stage, the front suspension was also fitted to create a rolling shell, making the car easier to manoeuvre around E-Type UK’s busy workshop.\ The E-Type UK team then turned its attention to a number of performance and usability upgrades. The original 3.8-litre XK6 engine was fitted with high-lift cams, a balanced and lightened crank and new seals, all of which will help with driveability and reliability. Also fitted were a new five-speed gearbox for tighter shifts and more refined cruising, a new full stainless-steel sports exhaust and an aluminium radiator and header tank for enhanced cooling. With much of the work complete, the finishing touches were applied, including the newly trimmed Oxblood Red leather interior, along with fresh chromework and headlight surrounds. In a nod to examples of the rare E-type Lightweight (of which only 12 were originally completed) the new owner requested the addition of a new red vinyl bonnet mouth, setting off the look perfectly. E-Type UK Founder, Marcus Holland said: “A restoration like this is a real challenge for our team; 40 years of inactivity takes an enormous toll on every single part of a vehicle. But customers come to us to make their dream car a reality, so we will take it apart piece-by-piece, clean and improve everything we can save and replace everything that we can’t with better-than-original quality. Not only are we delighted to have delivered our client a car they’ve always wanted, but we’re honoured to have played a part in keeping this piece of British motoring history on the road, and being used regularly, for many years to come.”
  8. Thanks for the information you have provided, hopefully anyone considering buying it will read this first and avoid buying a basket-case
  9. Hi Bill. Albeit it seems like you may have got a bargain, if it is oil pump, bottom end engine wear or other related issues then this may cost vastly more than possibly fitting another engine and go from there. It would be prudent to take some true readings....e.g. oil pressure, compression, leak-down, etc to determine exactly what is going on inside the engine. Keep up updated as always keen to know any related issues with these engines and good luck