1966 3.8 S
Miss Marple, a 1966 3.8 litre 'S' Type. She came to us in sad shape, the product of abandoned efforts at restoration, left to die in a burning building, scarred with tar and smoke... brakes not working, every wire to every light cut, not running to say the least.
Over a period of several years, Lyn and I fiddled and toiled. We pulled the IRS subsystem, rebuilt the brakes. Installed NOS brake boosters, sorted and connected wires. We rebuilt switches and gauges, and finished off the interior, which, while nicely redone in new hides, rugs, headliner and wood, was in pieces, with no weatherseal or furflex. This year, 2000, we were presented with a goal of attending a wedding at the end of June, prodding us to at least get her on the road, which we did.
The exterior was originally white, but redone by the previous owner
in BRG, with sage hides. Not original, but attractive enough, albeit
with rather poor bodywork and paint. Something we will have to live
with, as we have with her many shortcomings, what with a merged family
of adult children completing educations and starting out in life.
Those of you with children, you know what I mean. But limitations
are sometimes challenges: we have learned to mount and balance our
own tires, tune SU's, solder, staple and glue things. There is much
to do--the engine is old, the trans and ps leak. But we are lucky
to have a parts car, albeit a tired one. Little by little, we will
Some notes on the photos:
The radio was not installed when we took these pictures. MM now has an older analogue unit in place. There is a non-standard oil pressure gauge, as we are rebuilding the original. The tan mats are coco overmats. The brass plaque on the dash (removable, of course) reads "Miss Marple", named after a favorite matron detective (who does not drive a Jag, but who also does not drive a Daimler with a Jag grill!) Still looking for a rear window chrome surround. And the list goes on.
Our sincerest thanks goes to the members of the Saloon-lovers list. With no prior experience with any British car, we could not have enjoyed having Miss Marple on the road without the tremendous support of the list's members.
Richard and Lyn Gress
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