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
jan 282021

When I bought the car the accelerator linkage was not complete. The following parts were missing:

  • The three linkage rods
  • Accelerator Pedal and pedal bracket
  • The lower throttle bracket and lever

All missing parts where found over the years and the accelerator pedal bracket I made myself. The last missing part, the vertical rod (C9951) was still missing. Because I found out that the rod can be shorten, from the side where the two 7/17 nuts are located, I bought one from an e-type (C17870). Because the rod it much longer it can be cut to the correct length.

All parts needed to rebuild the accelerator linkage (Middle rod not yet shortened)

 Posted by at 12:20
dec 282014

50percentWhen I bought this car 6,5 year ago my first estimation was to finished this project in 5 year. I lot of people  in my environment  respond like this; 5 YEAR, so long!

Today the progress has crossed the 50% boundary. My current impression is that the last 50% will go a bit faster.  In the first 50% the work meanly consists of

  • Disassembling
  • Cleaning
  • Find missing parts
  • Research
  • Figure out which parts are used where
  • Assembling the rolling chassis (except the engine)
  • Bodywork repair I

During the last 50% i will need to do;

  • Finishing the body work repair
  • Electrical installation
  • Assembling bodywork and interior
  • Lining
  • Finishing the rolling chassis; Carburetor,  Dynamo, Starter, Waterpump, Oil cleaner and Engine
 Posted by at 16:42
jan 132015

Jaguar XK140The jaguar XK’s by PaulSkilleter (ISBN 0 900549 49 1)

Jaguar XK120-140-150Jaguar XK 120/140/150 cream of the cats byDuncan Wherrett (ISBN 1 85532 773 2)

Jaguar overhaul

Workshop Manual for Jaguar XK120, XK140, XK150 1948-61 Mark 7, 8, 9, 1950-61

Jaguar book

Jaguar World (Jaguar 6 Cylinder Engine Overhaul 1948-1986) by Kelsey Publishing Limited (ISBN 1 873098 32 4)

XK120 restaurationOn Jaguar XK120 Restauration by Kelsey Publishing Limited (ISBN 1 873098 38 1)

XK140 restorer guideOriginal Jaguar XK The restorer’s Guide by Philip Porter (ISBN 0 7603 1737 2)

Original Jaguar XK by Philip Porter (ISBN 1 870979 05 2)

xk140 viartJaguar XK140 explored by Bernard Viart (ISBN 978 0 9550102 7 9)

XK140 manualJaguar XK140 Models operating, maintenance and service handbook by Jaguar

xk120 manualJaguar operating, maintenance and service handbook for 3 1/2 litre XK120 by Jaguar

 Posted by at 21:14
sep 102016

The restoration process has now passed the point where the color is really needed. The rolling chassis has been finished almost completely, and we are ready for the next phase “the body”.

Certificate web

From the certificate we can read that the original color for the body is “Pearl Grey” and the interior is “Red”. Also the production date and dispatch date was new information to me. I also did not know that the was car originally dispatched to Guatemala.







That the car is dispatched to Guatemala explains that:

– Steering wheel is positioned on the left side
– Units for speed are expressed in km/h
– Units for temperature is expressed in °C

Same as we use in Europe!

I always found this strange because the previous owner told me that the car was a original “California” black plate car. In the USA they use Miles and Fahrenheit instead of Km and °C. So this mystery has be resolved.

California Black Plates

The California black license plate where introduced in 1963 and are still in use in the USA. They are allowed on cars if the registration was issued between 1963 and 1969. One year ago they are reproducing them again for owners who have a classic car which came originally from this time period.

The license plate itself measure 12″ by 6″ and are painted black. The registration number and state name are pressed into the steel and painted yellow/gold. With Two of the four 1/4″ holes the plat can be mounted to the car.

From the original licence plates we can see that the registration fee was last paid in 1969. The intention was to place the sticker on the right sticker well, but the owner of this car was probably not aware of this rule.


YearSticker ColorCharacter Color
1963No sticker issuedNo sticker issued

Car History

So it is now clear that:
– The car has been sold to the first owner living in Guatemala in 1956
– In 1964 the car has been sold to the new owner living in California (date is stated on the pink slip)
– That the car has been used on the road until approximately 1969
– The car has been abandoned for almost 30 years (from 1969 until 1998)
– The car has been imported to the Netherlands in 1998 by the Noblehouse (date is stated on the customs form)
– The car has been sold to the previous owner somewhere before 2008
– I bought the car in 2008

 Posted by at 17:29