These are photographs of Bruce Baysinger's (firstname.lastname@example.org) XK150 FHC ill fitting boot (that's a trunk for Americans). Bruce is looking for some advice on how to fix the problem, if we find a solution we'll post it here for all to share. Bruce's comments and a response from Wray Schelin are at the bottom.
It appears this is a common problem on later XK150's when Jaguar switched to spring loaded boot hinges that applied constant pressure to the boot.
I don't know what value the pictures will have, other that to verify what seems to be a common problem. I noticed that the sheathing still conforms to the shape of the wood. so it seems that the wood has warped over time with the aid of constant spring tension. I may just have to learn to love it.
Resoponse from Wray Schelin
Thanks for sending the pictures. It looks like the boot lid is high on the
foward edge. I believe if you remove the boot lid hinge panel facia cover you
will be able to adjust the hinges downward. This should close up the
excessive gap adjacent to the fuel filler lid, but it will not completely
remedy it, because it does indeed look like the lid has been pressure bent
over time. To completely remedy it paint work and leading would have to enter
the equation. After you have readjusted to the optimal location ( this might
require some filing of the hinge mount bolts) you can take some clay and
build up the tonneau panel edge to see what the results would look like if
you tried to match the new "age bent boodlid profile". If the
amount of clay is very small and the lines look right , then you might want
to take this route to correct the problem. It would entail leading the
tonneau edge and repainting the tonneau area. Of coarse the problem could be
remedied by replacing the bootlid with another that doesn't have excessive
bend , or rebuilding yours. Good luck, keep us informed with post surgery or
massaging pictures if possible.
Published on XK-Lovers - Feb 12th 1999
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