ED­I­TORS’ PICK JAGUAR 3.8 S-TYPE M/OD

1965

New Zealand Classic Car - - Trade Professionals -

Some lucky per­son will un­doubt­edly be pur­chas­ing a bar­gain here. This fully–re­stored S-type Jaguar has been the sub­ject of a full nut-and-bolt restora­tion and is of­fered for sale at a frac­tion of the cost. The cur­rent owner pur­chased this Jaguar from the third owner in Novem­ber 2007 — a match­ing num­bers car, com­plete even if shabby, and the cur­rent owner felt it was worth restor­ing. The project be­gan in De­cem­ber 2007. The body and chas­sis were stripped back to bare metal, rust re­moved and etch primed. Fi­nal body­work and paint­ing in­cluded an epoxy Du­lux Opales­cent Ma­roon fin­ish — the orig­i­nal colour of this car. The en­gine was ex­ten­sively re­built and has only trav­elled 15,990 miles (25,733km) since over­haul. A new wa­ter pump was also in­stalled, the ra­di­a­tor was recored and new ra­di­a­tor hoses were fit­ted. All heater pipes were re­placed in cop­per and ev­ery hose re­placed, as was the ther­mo­stat. The en­gine now runs at an even 70˚C. The car­bu­ret­tors were also dis­man­tled and over­hauled, and ex­haust man­i­folds were sand­blasted and painted in a heat re­sis­tant high­gloss black and a new stain­less steel ex­haust sys­tem from Barratts, UK, was in­stalled. The clutch was re­built and the gear­box ap­peared in good or­der on in­spec­tion so was not over­hauled. A com­plete over­haul of the brakes was un­der­taken in­clud­ing mas­ter cylin­der and orig­i­nal brake vac­uum servo, brake calipers were re-zinced, pis­tons sleeved in stain­less steel and as­sem­bled with new brake pads and seals, and new cop­per brakes lines were in­stalled. All ma­jor sus­pen­sion com­po­nents were stripped and pow­der coated and re­in­stalled. All bolts and fas­ten­ers were re-zinced or re­placed, new splined hubs were in­stalled to re­place the orig­i­nal steel wheel hubs, along with new bush­ings, bear­ings, and seals through­out. The diff was checked, re­assem­bled and re­painted and wire wheels were fit­ted and new chrome spin­ners added. A new wiring loom was also in­stalled and most elec­tri­cal items re­built. Al­most all ex­te­rior chrome was rechromed in­clud­ing the bumpers, over­rid­ers, front sur­round and grille, rear plinth and door han­dles, as well as most of the chrome body strips. New seals were used in the body, en­gine bay, doors, boot, scut­tle and quar­ter lights.

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