A Florida customer sent his 1959 Jaguar XK-150 S DHC to us, with all of its parts disassembled for a frame off restoration. Being that it is a matching numbers and factory-built S example, he decided to keep the car in its original color combo of Old English White with a Black interior & top, and a set of chrome wire wheels.
ARRIVAL to CLASSIC SHOWCASE
After stripping the body to bare metal, our team got excited when they found that the body was in much better shape than it appeared to be when it was delivered. We then made a jig to keep the structural integrity sound, by removing the doors and building a steel support frame, for added stability. Then, we used our new 4 post lift to raise the body off the frame. We then stripped the frame to bare metal and prepared it in the paint booth to paint the chassis Black. The car will now be moved to its special dedicated assembly area surrounded by all of its restored parts to start the assembly process of its build.
Our mechanical department has completely rebuilt the engine, transmission, and the engine will be placed and tested, setup and run on our engine test station to get it just right, and ready for assembly on its frame. A video will be made of the engine running on the test station, and will be added to a flash drive with materials documenting the entire restoration process for the owner. All of the mechanical systems are being rebuilt, while the body shop is attending to the metal work with body work, fit and paint preparation. Stay tuned to our Summer issue for further advancements on this exciting restoration!