True Barn Find, slightly faster than the crossdresser Bus

Discussion in 'Show Us Your Bit On The Side' started by DaveF, Sep 12, 2018.

  1. Hi All,

    I've resisted sharing the below as remain unsure of the response however I'm very fortunate that one of my other toys is a True 'Dream' Barn Find that I've left aesthetically unrestored, mainly to annoy the establishment but also because I use it & can't actually afford to!

    Below as found in 2012:-



    It was on the road by April 2012 (as luckily it was virtually rust free).

    Below on Mt Etna earlier this year during a 3000 mile 'Boys Tour' round trip to Sicily:-



    Amazingly it does about the same MPG as the bus however covers the ground considerably quicker (and quieter)!
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2018
  2. Nice one !
  3. Terrordales

    Terrordales Nightshift Mod

    That's nice.
  4. bernjb56

    bernjb56 Moderator

    Jealous :hattip:
  5. Very nice is it a V12 by any chance?
  6. Yes. Like that
  7. Yes it's 5.3 V12, originally on 4 x Stromberg Carbs (as below):-


    Now running a £350 (from E-Bay) temporary XJS Fuel Injected HE Engine as below so I don't rack up too many miles on the E-Type Engine as it only had 38,052 miles when I found it as it had been unused for 25 Years:-

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  8. A Rat Look E Type.....Nice :D:thumbsup:
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  9. Very nice! Why is she blue under bonnet?
  10. love it!
  11. Great car -wish it were mine!!
  12. That is FIT

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  13. It's Blue under the bonnet as it transpires it was originally Azure Blue (according to the Heritage Certificate) when it left the factory but was repainted in around 1985 & new bonnet & doors fitted, it was then parked up in 1987 until I found it in 2012.

    When I changed the engine, I sprayed the original colour & you can see from the below the engine frame was hand painted where they could get to it & the bulkhead was just hand painted with underseal!


    In addition when I did some welding earlier this year you can see the original colour behind the plate they riveted to the car before filling & painting.


    It's certainly not all been easy & I dread to think what it would have cost if I'd had to get the work done by others as below is the state of the car 18 days before I set off, through France & Italy, to Sicily in June this year.


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  14. Fantastic and a beautiful engine. Here's is a pic of my 1962 2.4 I had many years ago. Drove a 4.2 Series two race prepared fixed head last year at a classic day and 6 laps of a circuit, only managed 95mph on the straight before the dam bends hurtled before me.

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  15. Yep that's utterly awesome :thumbsup:
  16. That 4.2 Series two race prepared fixed head is beautiful, as is the 2.4 & it's amazing the value cars such as these can gain as in 1985 when the plate was riveted on clearly it wasn't worth repairing properly.

    I was incredibly lucky, there's no way on earth I could afford to buy this car as this didn't go to open market (it was a text from a builder mate) & including the double garage it was only slightly more than the Bay & only just more than the cost of an unpainted bonnet.
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2018
  17. Merlin Cat

    Merlin Cat Moderator

    Proper result :)
  18. Lush.

    My wife’s favourite car.

    Enjoy it.

  19. That is the best ....miles to the gallon ?

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