Wel­come

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Don’t be­lieve ev­ery­thing you see. I was only pre­tend­ing to give this MkII Mor­ris 1100 a ‘damned good thrash­ing’ sim­i­lar to the one Basil Fawlty gave his Austin Coun­try­man after it re­fused to start dur­ing the hi­lar­i­ous Gourmet Night episode of Fawlty

Tow­ers. Un­like Basil’s tired look­ing 1100 es­tate, the re­cently re­stored one fam­ily owned ex­am­ple we’re fea­tur­ing in this is­sue sprang into life at the first turn of the key and pro­vided a very en­joy­able af­ter­noon’s drive.

We’ve prob­a­bly more than dou­bled the price of our lat­est long term project after fi­nally sort­ing out the is­sue with the X-Type’s per­ma­nently il­lu­mi­nated en­gine man­age­ment light. Solv­ing this prob­lem has been a steep learn­ing curve for yours truly and after chat­ting to the guys at the lo­cal garage who sorted the job out, I’ve in­creased my knowl­edge of en­gine man­age­ment sys­tems and the rel­e­vant sen­sors con­trol­ling our Jaguar’s V6 pow­er­plant ten fold. How­ever, hav­ing to re­move the in­let man­i­fold and drain the ra­di­a­tor to re­place the three spark plugs in the rear bank of cylin­ders shows why the cost of ser­vic­ing and re­pair­ing mod­ern cars has gone through the roof.

The Jaguar con­tin­ues to court con­tro­versy, al­though I was de­lighted to re­ceive a lot of pos­i­tive com­ments about our new ac­qui­si­tion when I took it to a re­cent evening gath­er­ing at a nearly wa­ter­ing hole. I think my col­league Paul hit it on the head last month when he claimed in his ed­i­to­rial how the cars that will be ap­pre­ci­ated in the fu­ture will be those that pro­voked the strong­est opin­ions when new. So with that in mind I have high hopes that our cheap as chips all-wheel-drive Jaguar will one day achieve the clas­sic sta­tus it de­serves.

An old friend in the shape of Clas­sic Car Buyer’s Tri­umph 1300 joins our long term fleet this month for the next few is­sues and I have fond mem­o­ries of pi­lot­ing this rare sur­vivor around Wales dur­ing one of Ian Glass’s very en­joy­able Coun­try Lane Tours. I can thor­oughly rec­om­mend tak­ing part in an or­gan­ised tour like the ones Ian pro­vides. Not only are there al­ways an in­ter­est­ing se­lec­tion of cars on th­ese events – ex­tended tours like th­ese can be great fun for own­ers too!

wake­field Iain

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