Welcome to my website covering the restoration of my Mark 2 Jaguar Saloon, otherwise known as the Mk2 (or MkII) Jaguar. In developing this site I am following in the wake of two great sites detailing the restoration of these classic vehicles; Lin Rose’s Valve Chatter and Kriss Motors Jaguar Mk2 Restoration.

I have followed the general approach of these sites in developing my own site. One key difference is that I have completed the disassembly of my Jag, so I have documented the key parts of this process as an historical account. The rebuild will follow a traditional blog format as things progress. As an aside, developing this site has been an interesting exercise but it’s certainly slowing down progress on the vehicle!

The Plan

I’ve owned this car for nearly 33 years. This is what it used to look like back in the day!

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A couple of years ago, covered in dust in a lock up, it was decision time, does it stay or does it go? My partner uttered the fateful words “You can’t get rid of that car….”

Given the length of time I’ve owned the car, I have some pretty clear ideas about what what I want to modify and why. These line up with the intended use of the vehicle which is as a weekend warrior rather than a daily driver.

Summary of planned modifications:

Brakes

  • Upgrade braking system. On introduction the The Mk2 came fitted with four wheel disc brakes and sported a small triangle on the rear bumper reading “disc brakes”. This was presumably to warn following drivers (with good eyesight) to expect impressive stopping power. However,  Mk2 brakes are no longer up to modern road and traffic conditions. The best option looks to be an aftermarket kit.

Electrics

  • Replace dynamo and regulator with an alternator.
  • Add additional fuses to protect wiring and components. The original system has only two fuses. This seems insane by today’s standards.
  • Update other electrical items, e.g. headlight relays and LED lamps where possible. I hope to be able to reuse the existing headlights which I have already upgraded to sealed beam halogens.

Suspension and steering

  • Upgrade to power steering? I’m not sure about this. On the open road, which is the intended use of the vehicle, the standard steering is pretty good (with new bushes etc). However it’s a long time since I drove a car without power steering.

Heating and cooling

  • Upgrade the heater.
  • Add an electric cooling fan.

Engine

  • My car is a 2.4 litre with the standard non overdrive Moss gearbox with no synchromesh in first gear. I have a couple of options here; add a manual overdrive gearbox of the right period to my current motor, or change to a 3.4 litre motor with corresponding Jaguar all synchromesh gearbox (from a XJ6). I have the parts for both these options, the current plan is to move to the 3.4 litre motor and  all synchro gearbox.

Look of the thing

  • Upgrade steel wheels to wire wheels and cutaway spats.
  • Change colour. The car came in Opalescent Green – the new colour is a big decision yet to be made.

Site Organisation

The organisation of this site is based loosely on the approach adopted by both the blogs mentioned above. Unfortunately some repetition is inevitable as we are restoring the same vehicles, but where possible I have tried to avoid this.

To navigate the content click on the menu items above or on the link pages below.

I hope you enjoy looking through my site, please tell me what you think.

Cheers, Phil