Restoration Blog

Petrol tank – 2

This post continues the description of the fuel tank restoration. Refer to petrol tank – 1.

The POR-15 Fuel Tank Repair Kit I purchased contained:
4 litres Cleaner Degreaser
1 litre Metal ready
1 litre Tank Sealer

There’s a fair bit of work involved in using the POR-15 tank sealer products. The first step is to clean the inside of the tank with Cleaner Degreaser. You mix 2 litres of Cleaner Degreaser with one litre of hot water and slosh the mixture around the tank for about 20 minutes before draining it out. It will be quite dirty. After flushing with water, repeat the process with the remaining Cleaner Degreaser and hot water. After flushing again, the water coming out of the tank should be reasonably clear. It was in my case.
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Petrol tank – 1

My petrol tank seemed to be in reasonable condition apart from a healthy coating of surface rust on the top surface. The underside of the tank was less rusty, probably due to a combination of underseal and the usual grease that seems to accumulate under old Jags. I asked around, and the prevailing wisdom is that media blasting an old tank is likely to cause problems with old, and possibly thin, metal. A safer approach is to treat the rust chemically and then apply paint. I decided to take this approach, using POR-15 products. Continue reading Petrol tank – 1

Remaining body repairs – 2

This post continues the high level description of the body shell repairs.

Reference the previous posts on the body shell repairs; door skin replacement and remaining body repairs – 1

Rear quarter panel repairs

Next up was tackling the rust hidden behind the rear quarter panel (behind the rear wheel) on the right side of the vehicle.

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Maintenance Chart

Back in the day, vehicles came with some pretty cool documentation. None more so than fold-out maintenance charts. When I purchased my car a lot of the original paperwork was still with the vehicle, including the Maintenance Chart which is in very good condition given that it’s over 50 years old. Great garage wall art.

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The full size scan measures 27 x 20 inches. Click here for an A3 size version.