1956 Jaguar XK140 (BS)
Total restoration
Restoration Log by Dan Mooney



 

 
Specification (briefly) for this project is as follows:

Major mechanical rebuild featuring a host of performance and reliability upgrades including a TCJ Stage One engine, TCJ five speed transmission and upgraded suspension, brakes, cooling and ignition, etc. The car will also receive a bare metal repaint in British Racing Green with Biscuit Suffolk & Turley hides.

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Opening report - February 6, 2020
The cylinder head has now been completely rebuilt and we have also completed the block machine work.



Flow testing ported head











Corey torque plate honing the cylinders to size











Original crank was cracked - thankfully we had a
good used alternative available
Balancing the crankshaft after grinding journals
to size




Warren now has everything except the bonnet stripped to bare metal and there really haven't been any nasty surprises. The car has obviously been in several minor accidents, but I am pleased to report that the body is incredibly solid and rust free.




The paint as blistering and cracking in several spots
so we weren't sure what we'd find lurking beneath
Several phillips screws were used in this
previous repair!










Right rear panel was the first to be stripped























Rear of the car has now been completely
stripped back to bare metal
Almost an inch of bondo covered the front left
corner of the car!











Previous accident damage at front left has
already been pulled back into shape






















Rear valance had also suffered accident damage




   
Lots of progress in the TCJ engine machine shop!



























Rear seal will be upgraded












Machining main caps square prior to performing
a much needed align hone











Trial fitting main bearings in order to calculate
requisite crank journal sizing










Machining block for custom top hat sleeves
Surfacing block after installing new sleeves










Timing chain cover in place when
surfacing engine block
Porting of cylinder head in progress










Machining custom valve guides
A view along a ported intake runner










Installing custom TCJ valve seats










To be continued!
Flow testing the head after machine work





Disassembly continued...

























 



















Time to get this project underway! First job is to remove the engine and transmission.

























































I am delighted to report that we will have this exciting new restoration project underway in the next few days.




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