feb 282013
 

During the restoration process I found out that a number of parts where missing or the mounted parts where incorrect.

A lot of parts are still available in the reproduction market but I prefer second hand original vintage parts instead. Here is a list with the most important parts still missing:

  • 1 x Anti-Blow-Back Valve in Starting Pipe (C4204, Parts manual 2, F-79)
  • 1 x Spring, tension, for Anti-Blow-Back Valve (C7470, Parts manual 2, F80)
  • 1 x Sleeve over Tension Spring (C8455, Parts manual 2, F81)
  • 1 x Lever on Operating Shaft (C2483, Parts manual 5,N-12)
  • 1 x Clutch Pedal (C8878, Parts manual 5, N-16)
 Posted by at 17:00
mei 062020
 
All parts needed to rebuild the doors and lock the battery into position.

To prevent water will reach the battery the openings are closed with a door. On one side the door is hold into position with a metal clip, and on the other side two “dzus” fasteners are used to lock them into there position. The doors are made water proof with by placing a rubber strip on the inside.

The battery is placed onto a rubber block and locked into position with two brass bolts and a metal strip.

 Posted by at 15:35
apr 292020
 

This mechanism is used to open, close and lock the bonnet. With a cable, operated from the dash, this mechanism can be released. To prevent the bonnet jumps open during driving an extra hook is mounted which must be pulled forward by hand before the bonnet can be opened.

Parts needed to rebuild the bonnet catch and release mechanism

The metal strips between the bonnet and catch plate are installed to divert the air flow. The radiator is only 16″ wide while the opening in the grill is only 8″wide. The “air deflectors” should make it possible to cooling down the whole radiator surface. This was not an optimal solution because most cars suffer from overheated cooling systems, during hot summer days.

Bonnet catch and release mechanism with the air deflectors

 Posted by at 15:12
apr 272020
 

The bonnet prop consist of two brackets and a rod. When the bonnet is open the rod is place on the bracket nearby the radiator. When the bonnet is closed the rod is placed in the rubber clamp in the middle of the bonnet nearby the hings. (See photo)

Parts needed to rebuild the bonnet prop
Bonnet prop mounted

On internet I see different type of clamps for the “closed position”. But the original pop rivet holes are different and the original bracket looks original to me. I removed the metal clip (left side) and replaced it with a rubber clip, which I removed from a new one bought on internet (right side)

Original one mounted on my car
New ones found on internet

 Posted by at 20:08
apr 272020
 

The XK140 Fixed Head Coupe has two batteries one on each side. Each battery is 6V and, because they are used in series, the total voltage will be 12V. (See also Battery Box Right Side)

Due to spilled acid in the past the bottom and some brackets where rotten away completely. So these parts has been replaced with some new fresh sheet metal. Everything is spot welded to each other and, of course, painted black as original.

Parts needed to mount the battery box
The battery box for the right side

We now only need to mount the battery and battery door to close the opening , and to finished off this part. (See Battery Box Doors )

 Posted by at 13:57
apr 272020
 

The air filter, special version for the FHC, was available in the pile of parts belonging to the car. The brackets needed to mount it to the water outlet and to the air inlet where not available and made by myself. I also reshaped the right part of the air filter by removing the lid because it was badly damaged in the past. By removing the lid it could be straighten from the inside which was much easier.

All parts needed for mounting the air filter
The air filter mounted on the carburetors

The air filter will be protected from water and dirt by splash screen.
This splash screen consist of two parts :
– one before the front wheel (protecting the ignition)
– one after the front wheel (protecting the air filter)

Parts needed for the splash screens
Splash screens mounted before the air filter and ignition

 Posted by at 13:31
apr 272020
 

The XK140 Fixed Head Coupe has two batteries one on each side. Each battery is 6V and, because they are used in series, the total voltage will be 12V.  (See also Battery Box Left Side)

Due to spilled acid in the past the bottom and some brackets where rotten away completely. So these parts has been replaced with some new fresh sheet metal. Everything is spot welded to each other and, of course, painted black as original.

Parts needed to mount the battery box
The battery box for the right side
The right side battery box mounted on the right side of the car

We now only need to mount the battery and battery door to close the opening , and to finished off this part. (See Battery Box Doors )

 Posted by at 13:10
apr 272020
 

The protect the body of the car Jaguar designed a mud shield which was mounted just behind the battery box to prevent water and dirt entering the car via this way.

Area behind the right mud shield
Area behind the left mud shield
Area on the right side has been closed with the mud shield
Area on the left side has been closed with the mud shield
Parts need for mounting the Left and right side mud shields behind the battery boxes

The space between the inner front wing and the mud shield is sealed of with a rubber strip. On the photo above the mounting mechanism for the rubber strip can been seen on both sides of the mud shield

 Posted by at 13:00
nov 272019
 

The spare wheel cover consists of a wooden piece of 7 layer plywood (1/2″ thick) covered with aluminium sheet metal. Because there were some original markings on the inside, I decided to keep then together with the original black paint. The aluminium sheet metal was damaged so I straighten it and painted it high gloss black.

Spare Wheel Cover in Original condition
All parts needed to rebuild the spare wheel cover

The Jack together with the other tools has been kept as original.

The original marking on the inside of the spare wheel cover
The spare wheel cover in open position
The spare wheel cover in closed position (A big difference with the first picture)
 Posted by at 16:09
nov 132019
 

After I crossed the 50% boundary almost 5 years ago I finished the following items;

  • Finished the body work repair
  • Assembled the body work
  • Finished the rolling chassis; Carburetor, Dynamo, Starter, Waterpump, Oil cleaner and Engine
  • Finished the interior heater and screen washer motor

During the last 25% i will still need to do;

  • Electrical installation
  • Assembling interior
  • Lining
  • Straightening and spraying the outside of the body work
  • Mounting all the exterior items; Bumpers, Light, Glass, Chrome bit and pieces etc
 Posted by at 16:35
okt 232019
 
Boot hing in original condition

The boot lid itself has been cleaned (all original paint has been removed) before it is painted again in epoxy primer and the inside is also finished with Pearl grey gloss. Also all parts needed for the rebuild has been restored.

All parts needed to rebuild the boot lid hings
All parts needed to rebuild the boot lid locking mechanism
Boot lid monted
 Posted by at 16:29