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.


Update report - October 9, 2020

Update report - September 16, 2020

Engine now installed, maiden voyage just around the corner!

Update report - July 14, 2020

Sterling and Carlos have got a lot done since our last update!

Update report - July 2, 2020

Lots of progress in the trim room this week!

Update report - June 23, 2020

Rewiring and general assembly underway in the trim room this week.

Update report - June 2, 2020

Update report - March 27, 2020
Carlos busy trimming the seats earlier today.

The following sequence of photographs show the Suffolk & Turley interior kit and the completion of the Stage One engine rebuild in the Team CJ engine shop.

Tan interior will compliment the British Racing
Green paintwork beautifully

Surfacing the block with the new timing chain
cover in place

Short block components laid out ready for
final assembly
Forged CJ pistons installed

Installing timing chain assembly
Uprated oil pump and oil piping, ARP
main and rod bolts

Installing the oil pan

Engine rebuild now complete

Warren has been making excellent progress with the bodywork and now has all the various panels fitting perfectly. Most of the car is already in sprayable polyester primer that will be blocked over the course of the next week or so. We hope to be mixing the first of the British Racing Green paint in 3 or 4 weeks!

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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