Your Projects: A Jaguar XKE Restoration Nearly 40 Years in the Making

In 1981, while I was in High School in Hollywood Florida, my dad brought home this Jaguar XKE as a project. It sorta ran, and it doesn't look too bad, from this photo. What you cannot see is the rusty floor, oil leaks and tattered interior. The engine and drivetrain seemed otherwise ok.”

And that’s where erdocmitch’s story starts.

Soon after, he had the car painted red, added some accessories, and enjoyed the car. 

Worked stopped when erdocmitch left for school.

But then he came back soon after. 

Fortunately, he found a “guy” to help fix the rust.

Then that guy disappeared. 

Erdocmitch then found love–and a friend named Ed–and the Jaguar was moved back to the front burner. Its finish went from mottled primer to black. 

The updates are still coming–with many of us pining for more–but the last discusses a frozen clutch possibly caused by the ocean breeze.

More to come, we hope, as this one is just getting started. 

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spitfirebill MegaDork
7/20/20 5:11 p.m.

That's longer than my Spitfire restoration.  

7/20/20 7:52 p.m.

Almost as long as my 55 year restoration on my Jag XK140 drophead coupe (and still counting)

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