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A Jag-Lover's Tale

A Jag-Lover's Tale


by Merritt Smith

My 1959 Jaguar 3.4 litre (Mk 1) Saloon in front of the inlet to NASA's 80' by 120' wind tunnel.

Preface

The pages which follow are the result of my eighteen month affiliation (3 November 1993 - 27 April 1995) with a 1959 Jaguar 3.4L (Mk 1) Saloon. It will become obvious that I am not a professional mechanic, but an engineer. As such, many of the activities described would be frowned upon by real automotive professionals, the rest are probably downright unsafe.

This is the story of my attempt at leaving something in better shape than when I found it. I believe I succeeded, and no one was killed in the process. Enjoy.

Author's note: Images, side commentary, and technical information are included in the text through hyperlinks. I deliberately built the pages this way so that the AOL/14.4 modem crowd could download them in a reasonable time too.

Contents

My Introduction to Coventry
Garage Sculpture
And Then It Got Expensive...
The First Great Lull
Progress Shmogress
Renewed Vigor
The First Drive
GRROOONNNNKKK
A Visit From The Prince
Two Weeks of Bliss
Epilogue

For those who only want to look at the pictures...

The Jaguar Arrives
Removing the Bonnet
A Headless Jaguar
An Engineless Jaguar
Suspension Installation
Final Assembly
One Last Wash
A Parting
"My" Vicarage Mk 1

Mr. Boffo by Joe Martin


Commentary and criticism should be directed to Merritt Smith


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