jaguar xk120

final fit and finish work

All of the following photos are courtesy of Classic Jaguar. These were taken at their shop in Austin after I had delivered the wooden components.

This was the moment I had been nervously anticipating over the last 6-7 months. During the entire rebuild process, I never had the opportunity to test fit my work on the car. The car was three hours from my shop, so all of the build had to be performed based off of my notes and photos that had been taken. When we set the wooden frame onto the car frame for the first time, it seated with a satisfying "thunk", nestling down on the mounting lugs as if it had been there its whole life.

This was the moment I had been nervously anticipating over the last 6-7 months. During the entire rebuild process, I never had the opportunity to test fit my work on the car. The car was three hours from my shop, so all of the build had to be performed based off of my notes and photos that had been taken. When we set the wooden frame onto the car frame for the first time, it seated with a satisfying "thunk", nestling down on the mounting lugs as if it had been there its whole life.

Here's a shot of the rear body support structure, reunited once again with the rest of the chassis after a 6 month hiatus in my shop. It fit really well, with only the most minute of persuasions needed to get it all lined up. I can't wait to see this beautiful car in Pebble Beach. It's gonna turn some heads!!!! 

Here's a shot of the rear body support structure, reunited once again with the rest of the chassis after a 6 month hiatus in my shop. It fit really well, with only the most minute of persuasions needed to get it all lined up. I can't wait to see this beautiful car in Pebble Beach. It's gonna turn some heads!!!! 

The restored boot lid, reunited with its aluminum alloy skin, is in the bottom right of the photo. The wood needed a bit of repair work on the lower end, but was pretty solid everywhere else. You can really get a good idea of the extensive repairs needed for the rear body support structure. There was quite a bit of damage to the ends of the bent laminated components, enough that full replacement was warranted. The A-Pillar supports, B-Pillar supports, and sill plates all needed replacement as well. The owner of the vehicle is a true enthusiast, they've requested all of the original wooden parts back, regardless of the condition. It was important for them to keep the entire car together. That's my kind of collector!!

The restored boot lid, reunited with its aluminum alloy skin, is in the bottom right of the photo. The wood needed a bit of repair work on the lower end, but was pretty solid everywhere else. You can really get a good idea of the extensive repairs needed for the rear body support structure. There was quite a bit of damage to the ends of the bent laminated components, enough that full replacement was warranted. The A-Pillar supports, B-Pillar supports, and sill plates all needed replacement as well. The owner of the vehicle is a true enthusiast, they've requested all of the original wooden parts back, regardless of the condition. It was important for them to keep the entire car together. That's my kind of collector!!

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 The boot lid has now been fit into the opening, with hinges and latch installed. The rear fenders have been fully shaped and installed as well. 

 The boot lid has now been fit into the opening, with hinges and latch installed. The rear fenders have been fully shaped and installed as well. 

The rear wooden frame has been sealed with CPES (Clear Penetrating Epoxy Sealer) from The Rot Doctor. This process really highlighted the new versus old wood, with the latter appearing much darker in the photos. Once the CPES has been completely absorbed in a few days time, the frame will be sealed with black epoxy primer, as it had been at the factory. 

The rear wooden frame has been sealed with CPES (Clear Penetrating Epoxy Sealer) from The Rot Doctor. This process really highlighted the new versus old wood, with the latter appearing much darker in the photos. Once the CPES has been completely absorbed in a few days time, the frame will be sealed with black epoxy primer, as it had been at the factory. 

 Ash frame sealed with black epoxy primer, just like Jaguar did it back in the day.

 Ash frame sealed with black epoxy primer, just like Jaguar did it back in the day.

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Rear Ash frame canopy has been installed for the final time

Rear Ash frame canopy has been installed for the final time

Hammering the leading edge of the skin over the Ash frame  

Hammering the leading edge of the skin over the Ash frame
 

Securing the skin with the first of many panel nails

Securing the skin with the first of many panel nails

After countless rounds of trial fitting, the repaired alloy panel fits perfectly over the Ash frame

After countless rounds of trial fitting, the repaired alloy panel fits perfectly over the Ash frame

This is where the cars sits at this point. You can keep updated on any additional repairs and progress by checking at http://classicjaguar.com/cj/alloy120.html. If they post any content regarding the wooden components I have worked on, I'll post those updates here as well. Thanks for following along, this was easily the most complex build I've undertaken. It couldn't have gone any better and was quite the confidence booster for me. Once I was able to take this complex project and break it down into the individual operations required to pull it off, it wasn't nearly as intimidating.