Hi All. Some time ago I bought a XJSC out of a barn. It had been dry stored although lightly used (100 m/a approx for 4 years) and attended (and passed) it's annual MOT tests. It started and drove around the yard and appeared to be in reasonable condition for the price. There appeared to be some superficial rust but nothing serious or structural noted on the MOT advisories. The exterior needs some repair and a respray, the interior needs lots of leatherwork, carpets and wood restoration. The roof also needs attention. Mechanically all major items seem to work ok but until I can get it out on the road I can't be sure. This car will never be concourse but it will make a lovely original car with mild restoration. That's my plan. That is body repair and respray, interior leather repair & carpets, wood etc, major service and a Krown rustproofing.
Firstly, I took the car to the MOT station I use for a good check. They are quite strict especially with older cars. The only real issues they could find was corrosion around the front subframe that had never been noted before. On the MOT fail sheet it sounds worse than it actually is and is quite easily repairable and surmountable. The exhaust was blowing too so really needs replacing.
E902GNL is now stripped, primed and ready for painting in Sand Beige. The leatherwork, door cards etc are done and the woodwork seems to have come up ok. The roof and targa panels are with the repairer
Where I am having difficulty is with the exhaust system and carpets. The exhaust can be bodged for MOT purposes but really needs replacing. My exhaust fabricators (three different companies) have made and fitted systems to many of my classic cars but would 'like to be excused' from quoting on an XJS. Likewise, if I buy a system they don't want to fit it. Something to do with pipes going over / through the rear subframe and it actually fitting the car. Other companies I have spoken to are all talking silly lead times, silly prices or both. In addition, my carpet manufacturer was going to scan the old carpets and reproduce exact replicas. Corvid19 appears to put a stop that, maybe permanently. The only change I would like to make cosmetically is to have the wheels polished.
If anybody in the community knows an exhaust engineer, a carpet supplier and a wheel polisher I would be vey grateful for the info. I went on to the club stand at the NEC show in November, saw some very nice cars and met some very nice people. I attach some before and during pictures. Hopefully soon there will be some after ones!
Thanks in anticipation. Ray Molloy