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JOHN GARDNER'S PAGE

 

PASCAL GADEMER'S PAGE

 

John Gardner's 1962 OTS. This was the only pic he sent in. Let's encourage him to send more.

 

 

 

 

 

Click Here for more photos and information on my E-Type. 

Around march 99, we decided to get a second car but somehow I didn't want just another car. The other cars I really liked were the XK8 (can't afford), or the Boxter (2 seater, can't drive both kids to school). Since I watch Speedvision a lot, I was also thinking about a "classic" but had always dismissed the idea because of parts, maintenance, etc... I also remembered the E-type, pictures seen here and there was I was growing up, and a roadster which I had admired last year when getting a 96 XJ6 at The Collection in Coral Gables. A few evenings of reading and searching on the Net and decision was made to get an E-type.

Then at the end of march, after only 4 weeks of searching ( from specialized sites to major papers classifieds ), I came across a post on the Jag-Lovers.Org E-type mailing list from a list member in Atlanta who needed to sell his 72 2+2. Getting maintenance info on the car was easy thru the mailing lists archives as the owner had been posting questions during the past 2 years as he was repairing the car.

A couple of phone calls and E mails on thursday, a ticket to Atlanta on the first saturday morning flight and by 11 am I was on I 75 driving the car back to Miami ! The car had turned out to be exactly what I expected: very clean, almost new interior, strong engine, good (not great) paint. The previous owner had fixed a lot of things and had been very truthful about the car, even about a clonk noise in the rear end. Made it home around 8pm, with 3 fuel stops and no problems at all, the hardest part of course was resisting the temptation to see how fast it could go...

It is not a concours car, I enjoy driving it too much.... and as such I will modify / upgrade a few things. Already replaced the aging leather steering wheel with a Nardi wooden wheel (sorry if I offend any originality fanatics out there...). The ignition system was also upgraded for reliabilty purposes with an MSD and Optical pick up system ( see info in the Members contribution section )

Right now ( early july 99 ) the automatic transmission has just been replaced by a new 5 speed ( JT 5 ): take a look here for pictures taken during the installation ! it is now a completely different car ! see Members Files for an article on this subject.

At the same time, a lots of things were improved on the car, including rear suspension rebuilt with new spax shocks, new Daytons tubeless wheels with Michelins MXV4 215/70, new starter, etc...

Pascal Gademer

Miami, FL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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