In May 2016 I bought a 1965 Jaguar Mk2 to restore. The car seems fundamentally sound although requires every component to be considered for functionality and safety .
The car as it was bought in May 2016:
- The car was delivered new as a 3.4l automatic, opalescent maroon, standard steel wheels, and a Wabasto sunroof.
- The original motor is gone. The guy who sold me the car included a motor and told me it is a 3.8l block with a later ‘compact’ 4.2l head and SU carburetors.
- The interior of the car is totally stuffed and beyond repair. I paid extra for a newer interior taken from a Daimler 2.5l (V8). These cars used the Jag Mk2 body shell and so the interior should fit straight in.
- Several major components were in the boot when the car was delivered – auto gearbox, torque converter, some of the exhaust system, the drive shaft, the starter motor and generator, and a box of assorted electrical bits, brackets and fasteners.
- There is corrosion in most of the outer panels, although I believe the chassis of the car is sound.
Some plans for the restoration
As the car is no longer original (it will never be a ‘matching numbers’ restoration), I feel at liberty to make some modernising changes as I go. These are for consideration as the project starts and are subject to change:
- Upgrade the wiring with a new modern loom.
- Consider converting from auto to a Toyota Supra 5 speed manual box.
- Install power assisted rack and pinion steering.
- Convert to a darker colour for the interior.
- “Coomb” style spats over the rear wheels.
Resources for the project:
I have acquired the official Jaguar Service Manual for Mark 2 Models (Publication No.E.121) and the Haynes Owners Workshop Manual for Jaguar Saloons Mk1,Mk2, 340&340.
I have also found blogs on Mk2s presently being restored in the USA and NZ. The restorers have been extraordinarily generous in detailing their experience and expertise and I have learned a considerable amount from them before the project starts. Please see my Resources Page for details.