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information on the following cars:
- XJS Spyder by Lynx Engineering
Bought at auction, this XJS-based Lynx convertible was in very
original condition. On closer examination there was some corrosion to
the chassis rails especially where Lynx Engineering had stiffened the
structure at the forward end of the rear wheel arches. Now fully
restored after removing all suspect metal and re-welding. Plus a full
suspension overhaul, front and rear.
- Bristol 401 (1952)
Bought in restored condition, the only grief so far from this
wonderful car was in the carburetion (triple Solex carburettors) and
the ignition system. Interior restoration let down by cheap carpet and
a small area of the headlining which needs repair or replacement- both
still to be done.
- Rover 12 Saloon (1939)
Another auction purchase, and not my finest hour. I got carried
away at auction, captivated by the gleaming black paint finish, the
(apparently) perfect chrome and the sheer character of these cars. Since then
realism has set in. That same over-enthusiastic paint job by the previous owner has given some grief,
because it was covering some very suspect repair work on the door
bottoms, currently being sorted. Very sound mechanically, apart from
too much play in the steering, sound chassis but badly corroded sills
which I am replacing at present (April 2010).
- Triumph Roadster 1800
Yet another auction purchase, a fully restored roadster in show
condition. This car has given no real problems once initial hassle
with poor reconditioning of electrics (dynamo, regulator, starter) was
- Rolls Royce Silver
Private purchase in good sound condition, with some visible
corrosion to sills and wing bottoms which proved more extensive than
at first thought ( as usual!). The subject of a full bodywork
restoration with replacement of sills, and wing bottoms (by repair
panels), plus full brake overhaul and full interior restoration of
woodwork and leather, plus replacement of carpets. There is something
very satisfying about driving one of these cars.
- Jaguar XJS V12 Coupe
- Bought on e-bay. This car had been under restoration for more than
10 years, with two previous owners. The last owner had done a fine job
on the mechanicals, unfortunately let down by a poor paint finish.
Drives perfectly. Engine smoky for a few minutes from cold, probably due to
perished valve stem seals, or maybe worn valve guides. For the
rest of the day not a trace of smoke. This is also on the to-do list
in the near future, first to do a full respray, then the valve seals.
Jaguar XJ12 LWB Saloon
I just can't resist the silky, torquey V12 engine. This car has the
carburetted pre-HE V12 engine, and the same mechanicals as the XJS (apart from
the fact that the early cars had the Borg Warner automatic gearbox, which was
later replaced by the GM Hydramatic). Also bought on e-bay, with some rust but
otherwise unmolested. I drove the car for a few months, found some relatively
minor problems with the fuel system, and started to work on these. That was
nearly three years ago, and I have done virtually nothing on this car to date,
apart from overhauling the carburettors and the fuel pumps.