The Jaguar XK140 race car has been race prepped and is ready for the continent. Sadly, it may not get to race, due to COVID-19 the Algarve Classic Festival has been postponed. This car can usually be found competing with Motor Racing Legends in the Woodcote Trophy. Due to travel restrictions the owner has yet to race it this year. Fingers crossed for a rescheduled event at Portimao but with COVID numbers rising I think it might be unlikely. Maybe next year.
Our good friend Grant Williams was back in for some rolling road tuning. This time however, he brought the recently restored Jaguar Mk2 known as “JAG 400”. The car is an ex-competition car from the early 60s. It was driven in period by Jack Sears and was even tested at Silverstone by Stirling Moss.
We tuned the Jaguars triple SU carburettors to run with a straight through exhaust. At Goodwood cars are allowed to run without silencers. It is a real privilege to work on cars with such great history and then to see them raced hard on the track. Grant had some rear end trouble on Friday which was quickly dealt with. In Sundays race Grant finished 7th overall and 1st of the Jaguars.
The restoration has begun on this very cool and rare Morris J4 pickup. The less common sibling of the J4 van, the pickups were popular work vehicles, especially on farms, which is exactly where this one came from. This J4 was purchased from it’s original owner, a farmer, who used the pickup to carry farm hands back and forth from the fields. Since 1962 it’s only covered 43,000 miles, most of which was on the farm tracks of High Farm in Ongar, Essex. According to the tax disc in the window it was last on the road in 1978.
The body has a fair amount of rust but could be a lot worse. The chassis also has rust on the surface but looks solid. The J4 pickup is largely complete and original. The 1200c B-series engine is still in place but begs to be swapped out for an 1800cc MGB unit. Watch this space.
This Ferrari 246 Dino is a real survivor. Totally unrestored, the car has been inherited from the new owners father. Granted, it is a little rough around the edges but it’s never been neglected and is in perfect driving order.
That was until it started spilling petrol onto the floor. A common problem with the Dino is that one of the body seams can rub against the aluminium fuel tanks which eventually creates a hole. The only safe solution is to replace the fuel tank with a new item. While the car was here we also gave it a basic service. The Ferrari Dino 246 is due back this winter for a major suspension service.
We’ve spent some time race prepping this Shelby Mustang GT350. Overall, it was a good car but some of the running gear was a little tired. We’ve rebuilt the rear axle which included a set of heavy duty wheel bearings. The front suspension has also been fully refurbished with new control arms, ball joints and track rod ends.
Additionally, we fitted an original handbrake to get the car an MOT. Lastly, a dyno session on our Maha rolling road. The Peter Knight engine in this Shelby Mustang GT350 has been serviced and tuned and is ready to race.