My Jaguar MK2 Restoration

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What colour?

With the test fit completed, preparation for painting began. Time for the big decision; do we stay with Green or make a change?
The original New Zealand owner purchased the car new, painted in Opalescent Dark Green.

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Jaguar clock repair

With lots of parts out at The Surgery for the test fit, I’ve had time to indulge in some “minor but interesting” projects – this won’t be the case shortly when everything arrives back in my garage!

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Test fit — Lockheed brake servo

Although the final bits and pieces of the Test fit are covered in the Test fit — Final items post, I thought fitting an upgraded servo warranted a separate entry.

The Mk 2 braking system is servo-assisted with a separate vacuum reservoir, known as a reservac. The servo……

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Smiths tachometer — Electronic upgrade

This project began as a small diversion (Yeah, right!) from the main job of working on the mechanical aspects of the Jag. I haven’t played about with electronics for years, so it’s been fun from that point of view as well.

Smiths Instruments manufactured the Mk2 tachometer. It’s a nice-looking instrument which includes an electric……

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Heater — Strip down and upgrade

The Mk2 Jag heater in original form is the subject of much (partially justified in my opinion) derision. Many British cars from the same era suffered similar afflictions. True it didn’t produce much de-misting or rapid heating effect, but it did get the job done — eventually. There’s no doubt that the performance is……

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Test fit – Final Items

My last post finished with the front and rear suspension sub-assemblies ready to be fitted to the car to progress the test fit.
This post updates progress in fitting these, and the remainder of the items needed to (hopefully) complete this phase of the project.

I’ll update this……

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Test fit prep — Power steering upgrade

This post completes the previous post (Test fit prep — front suspension) by describing the process of fitting the power steering upgrade to the front cross member. Originally this description was planned to be part of the previous post, but I decided to split it into two……

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Test fit prep — Front suspension

Reference previous posts re Test fit prep: Rear axle and hubs and Rear suspension
Also refer to Lin Rose’s site (see sidebar) for excellent coverage of these topics, and more.

Following on from preparing the rear suspension……

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Test fit prep — Rear suspension

This post continues the description of the test fit preparations (Test fit prep— Rear axle and hubs).

The rear springs were in a sorry state – with a lot of surface rust and the rubber parts in varying states of disintegration. Anticipating this I ordered……

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Test fit prep — Rear axle and hubs

The test fit of the Engine and Gearbox is getting out of control. In discussion with the team at the Surgery, we’ve decided that the best approach given all the changes I’m making, is to test fit more components and……

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