1970 Jaguar XKE Roadster Series 2
4.2 L XK I6 with a 4 speed manual transmission. This vehicle is an older restoration. The paint was probably completed sometime back in the 80’s. After a good buff the paint is still in seemingly good condition. The body is in good condition with no signs of impact or rust. The vehicle has complete been gone through mechanically. Extensive recording of the work including some documentation is included.
Dashboard- Repaired speedometer, lubricated and adjusted tachometer, replaced heater control lever and choke mechanism. Replaced two rocker switches, cleaned and reworked the rest. Replaced instrument voltage regulator. Cleaned wire harness and all instrument contacts from oxidation. Repaired wiring on turn signal and hazard light system.
Floor- Removed old carpet and treated all areas.
Seats- Repaired, cleaned and adjusted all seat mechanisms.
Top- Repaired mechanical attachment to car.
Trunk- Repaired latch.
Lights- Replaced all light bulbs and cleaned connections. Adjusted major cable plug to hood.
Engine- Cleaned and replaced needle valve and gaskets on carburetors. Replaced damaged fuel hoses. Cleaned and flushed fuel filter and added additional filter. Rewired ignition system. Replaced oil pressure sender and spark plugs. Repaired sheet metal around engine compartment.
Brake system- Replaced the master brake cylinder and boaster. The clutch slave cylinder was replaced and repaired heater control valve. Built battery hold down brackets. Rewired brake fluid reservoirs.
Overall, the electrical system was inspected and sorted out as needed. The fuel was replaced, the crankcase oil and filter changed and the hydraulic system flushed. It starts with ease. Every single electrical item was inspected, all of the switches now work, the lights, everything was cleaned and made safe.
History: Long time residents, owners of the best Pizza Deli’s in the Valley, have enjoyed the car hobby for decades here in Southern Oregon. The XKE was purchased in the 80’s from a repair shop in Ashland, Oregon for an outstanding repair bill, long before Jaguars were thought of as collectable with value. According to the story, it was a random conversation on an airplane flight that led to finding the Jag. Soon after, it was brought home in boxes as a long term project.
Over the years, the previous owner worked on the car with help from local shops and suppliers. Paint was applied most likely in the late 80’s and the car was enjoyed all of these years, mostly locally with a couple of longer trips at the beginning of its stewardship. There are no records of any work done at the time and the one that would know most passed about five years ago.
The car had not been driven much the past fifteen years, mostly brought out for parades and the such. The normal course of events was the car starting the event under its own power but brought back on a trailer by the end of the day for one electrical gremlin or another. Finally it was parked and started on occasion, the last time about 2010.