Classics Monthly - - Welcome - Email iain.wake­field@kelsey.co.uk Iain wake­field Man­ag­ing Ed­i­tor

All too of­ten the cars we trea­sure most in our lives have the aw­ful habit of be­com­ing huge money pits when they head off to the work­shop for what in the first in­stance seemed like a rea­son­ably straight­for­ward re­pair. We all know how one job on a clas­sic can quickly morph into an­other very ex­pen­sive re­pair. Be­fore you know it the fi­nal bill to put ev­ery­thing right has grown into an un­con­trol­lable mon­ster that’s gob­bled up a huge chunk of your al­ready di­min­ished post-Fes­tive bank bal­ance.

This is ex­actly what hap­pened the other day when our project XJS went to a Stafford­shire XJS spe­cial­ist to have new wish­bone rub­bers and front swivels fit­ted. Al­though the job was pro­gress­ing well, a ‘phone call from one of the tech­ni­cians in­form­ing me there was now a grow­ing pool of brake fluid un­der our Jaguar was wor­ry­ing to say the least. This ur­gent prob­lem definitely needed sort­ing out sooner rather than later, so I gave the go-ahead to pro­ceed and fill me in with the gory de­tails later. Within a couple of hours, our Jaguar’s rear sus­pen­sion was neatly laid out on the work­shop floor at Just XJS Ltd while pro­pri­etor Andy Har­vey re­placed the car’s hard-to-ac­cess in­board discs and calipers.

How this time-con­sum­ing job was com­pleted is cov­ered in this month’s Project XJS and I’d like to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank Andy for throw­ing his busy work sched­ule up in the air to sort our car in dou­ble quick time. So if that was your XJS tak­ing a back seat while Andy wres­tled with our car’s rear sus­pen­sion cage, I sin­cerely apol­o­gise for the de­lay but at least we made the fi­nal print dead­line for this is­sue.

Ford fans will be de­lighted see a mint MkII 3-litre Capri grac­ing sev­eral pages of this is­sue and more ob­ser­vant read­ers may no­tice this fine ex­am­ple be­longs to the same chap who also owns the smart lit­tle Re­nault 4TL that ap­pears a few pages fur­ther on. An­other in­ter­est­ing clas­sic fea­tured in this is­sue is Chris Hart’s MkIII Spit­fire as the car ap­peared in CM a couple of years ago as a work in progress restora­tion. It may have taken many moons to con­clude the Tri­umph’s re­build, but the fin­ished re­sult is truly out­stand­ing, es­pe­cially as large chunks of the Spit­fire’s body tub dis­ap­peared while it was be­ing sand blasted.

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