restoring a 1966 Mark II 3.8

Started By: rene figueroa on 2009-01-11 11:35:43

Hi: I am new to the forum and hoping I can get some ideas about restoring this car. The car has been stored for many years in a mini storage here in North Carolina. Prior to that It was stored in California, and came here by truck. I know this because the then owner was transfered here while in the military. My wife handled the rental transaction. To make a long story short, after leaving the military and figuring how much he had spent in storage over the years, I guess he grew desolutioned and just abandoned the car in the storage unit. It is in prety good condition, I think the correct color name is old english white, hard to tell at first with all the accumulated grime on it, red leather. It shows 69,000+ miles, manual tranny, no AC. I will have to put new tires just to roll it out of storage, as they have completely dry rotted. It has almost no rust, just a little along the bottom of the doors. The info I have on it comes from the attached plaque inside the engine compartment by the left wheel well. Lots of numbers but nothing with a VIN number by it. I am in the process of getting a new title issued, and based on what I gave the state, the registration came back as a 1966 model. Not sure how sharp the state info might be. I used to own a restored XKE, 1968 model back thirty years ago and newly married. Sold it for $6500.00 so my new bride could have a new car!!!!!! After sitting in this one a few times the JAG fever is back. I had planned to sell it as is, now I want to restore it and drive it, as a Sunday driver of course. I would certainly appreciate any tips and ideas to accomplish this. I don't have the time to undertake the project myself, so any info on folks specializing in restoration would be great

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AN interesting post but few real questions! If you wish to talk to someone who knows these cars please contact me off forum!

A big help in a project like this is to join JCNA and your local club which is, The Carolina Jaguar Club. We have small XK powered saloon experts in the club and know of reputable restoration facilities in NC as well. You can contact me at jagunut1ataol.com and I can get you the info to become a member.

Thank you George, may I have an address to contact you?

Thank you George, may I have an address to contact you?

Rene you can reach me at SCJAGatJUNO.COM

Figueroa,

Saludos and here's a tip:

Jaguar originally imported for sale in California will have an aluminum tag screwed to the firewall above the Data Plate, which has a "J/60-something" embossed into it.

for example my 1965 S type has a J/64 tag as shown in the below picture. My S type was originally imported into, sold, and registered in San Francisco California, therefore the J tag. (some kind of California regulation of the 1960's).

Go back to the engine compartment of your MK-II and see if you can find the J tag on the firewall. That would make it a California Black Plate car, the question is, where are the black plates now? Would be nice if they were in the trunk.

Congratulations on your storage find.

I sure wish you hadn't said that about the tag. There was a 1989 California black tag in the trunk, and I means there was!!! It is in the trash dump somewhere .
Rene

I see your tag, however my data plate is screwed into the left wheel well in the engine compartment. I will go look for that tag next time I am out there, thanks
Rene

I see your tag, however my data plate is screwed into the left wheel well in the engine compartment. I will go look for that tag next time I am out there, thanks
Rene

I think the Black plates were stopped in 1969 or so, so it could not have been a 1989.

Don't sweat the one you threw away.

Also, when you are ready to submit any post, click once only on SUBMIT, and wait for the system to digest the command, takes a while :-)) If you click twice, you get doubled postings as above.

JAM

Yes I finally figured it out also. Thanks