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Thad Wolfe's 59 3.4 MOD

Thad Wolfe's example is a 1959, 3.4 litre finished in white with red hydes. Thad aquired the car in Eureka Springs, Arkansas (USA) in August of 1995 in trade for a 1989 Pontiac Grand Am. The prior owner had pulled the engine 10 years prior with intentions to renovate the car. As often occurs, restoration was never pursued.

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Thad trailered the rolling body home with the motor and gearbox in the back of the tow truck. Stripping the body and labeling parts took several weeks. The engine compartment was then cleaned and painted.

At the body shop, rusty wings and valance panels were repaired or replaced. After three months, the car was primed and sent home for driveline installation. Several months were required to rebuild the brakes and other mechanicals prior to replacing the motor. Local club member Ben Dowling, (a retired Jaguar & Rolls mechanic) took responsibility for this task and Thad attributes the car's smooth and accurate running to Ben's significant experience and expertise.


Now under its own power, the car made the trip to Keith's body Shop in Bentonville for final paint. A white urethane with clear coat was applied. Then, a concours quality trim kit was ordered from BAS Ltd. in Blaine Washington and installed by David Boyd in Siloam Springs. By August 1997, the final exterior trim had been installed and the car was complete.

Thad recounts a few nervous moments during restoration. Whilst installing the windscreen, the glass was broken and a replacement seemed hopeless. Finally, a shop in Dallas turned one up for less than $200.00. Another oddity was that the windscreen had to be installed from the inside after the headlining.

According to the Heritage Certificate the car was manufactured September 3, 1958 nd delivered to Jaguar Cars in New York for delivery in 1959.

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