The Jaguar 3.5ltr Blog

Restoration Blog

The restoration of an 1946 Jaguar 3.5ltr Saloon, this time I did start out to do a full restoration, it will not be to concours standards as you read elsewhere, more with the aim of having a very usable, good looking old Jaguar that I will be proud to take to car shows and other motoring events and simply enjoy. Doing all the restoration work is my idea of fun. With this car I think I know what I am letting myself in for, I can see there is a lot more to do that simply removing a rust bubble or two. It is a daunting project and yes I have mild trepidation, but I also learned a few skills (always learned the hard way) I am sure that i wont always do things the right way because i do not necessarily know the right way. I have learned how to weld, panel beat, lead load, sand, paint, trim, re-wire and even nickel plate but I am far from a professional restorer. The key element is that if I can do it, so can you – so hopefully this blog will help you.

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Door Hinge

Door Hinge

I had not really intend to fit the doors until much later, but I needed to know where the inside...

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Door Hinge

I had not really intend to fit the doors until much later, but I needed to know where the inside edges were to ensure that when I weld in the rocker panels (door sills) the door does not hit them and *not* close. So I thought I could fit the door, take a few...

Metalwork Part 2 – Drivers Footwell

In Part 1, I made a paper template for the repair patch and that repair patch needed a strengthening bead included in the fabrication. Naturally I do not have a beading machine so I will have to make that beading by hand. YouTube came to the rescue as usual and I...

Metalwork Part 1 – drivers footwell

Where to start? Always a hard question when you commence a restoration and this car needs so much work. I imagine I will jump from one thing to another as my mood takes me but initially I have decided that because I do not yet have sufficient spare cash to rebuild any...

Seat Rebuild Part 3

The construction continues. Using the technique for bending angle iron that I identified before, it was time to get-on-with-it. So I fabricated the top of the seat frame out of one piece of 3mm thick, 25mm angle iron. It looks like the factory used 20x25mm angle but I...

First Wash for many years

Working on dirty cars is not as nice as working on clean ones. Clearing off years of grease (some of it will date back to the 1940's) is a whole different ballgame but I will get to that at some point, but initially, I wanted to wash off all the dust from years of...

The old girl comes home

I cant tell you how much I was looking forward to the day when we transported the car from Steve's garage to mine so that the restoration of this super elegant car could start. The tyres were pumped up and would hopefully hold air long enough for the half hour journey...

Seat Rebuild Part 2

The passenger seat is sadly beyond being restored... but that doesn't mean I cant make another one. If there is someone out there who remakes the Jaguar seats - I have not found them and all the ordered metal has arrived so I can make a start on the rebuild now....

Seat Rebuild part 1

 The passenger seat is sadly beyond being restored, it has quite a few moving parts and all of them are either totally corroded (fused together) or they have rotted through. The hoop that supports the back of the seat has a lot of holes and is dangerously thin where...

A few more parts come home

Today, I hired a medium-sized van because it needed to have at least 3m (10 feet) of internal loading area so that the front wings would fit in! First-born & I drove round to Steve's place and collected all the parts that were not fitted to the car. Well I say...

Some Parts start to come home

,I am slowly collecting parts from Steve's garage, basically anything I can fit into the boot of my car. So I have the boot lid, the spare wheel cover, radiator grill and those fabulous 12" P100 headlights which despite their immense size I rather suspect were still...