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#1 Hello from New Zealand's newest member

Post by Gadget » Thu May 02, 2019 8:59 am

Hi all,
Last night my dream car of some 44 years (student days) was delivered on the back of a recovery truck, a January 1962, series 1, RHD, FHC. I have just retired and emigrated to New Zealand. Having been on the hunt for an early RHD FHC for renovation in the UK for a few fruitless years I found one that ticked many of my boxes on "Trade Me". The car was exported from the UK in 1968 and ended up in a garage for the last 25 years awaiting the never to happen restoration. The car has matching numbers, appears unmolested and to be complete except for a few trim items.
My intention is for the car to have a last nut and bolt restoration back to factory condition. I joined the forum 3 days ago and have already spent many enjoyable hours reading the excellent and detailed information from other members what a great forum. I look forward to communicating with forum members as the project progresses. I will take some photos this weekend and post for comments.
Keith Walker,
Cambridge, New Zealand.
Keith Walker
Jan 1962 FHC

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#2 Re: Hello from New Zealand's newest member

Post by mgcjag » Thu May 02, 2019 9:47 am

Hi Keith...welcom..as you have already discovered the forum will be a great bonus to you restoration....if possible please try to put your name and car model in the signature area so that it always appears when you post....have a look at the restoration section...would be worth you starting your own thread....a few photos would be great..all the best..Steve
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#3 Re: Hello from New Zealand's newest member

Post by Gfhug » Thu May 02, 2019 11:56 am

Keith, welcome to the forum, an absolutely invaluable source of help, advice, guidance and not a little bit of humour. Ask any questions even if they sound silly, we've all been there and gained from not only our own questions but as you've found from others. Nut and bolt will be very challenging, you might wish to consider a few compromises to make the job easier and even safer, like the headlamp relay upgrade.

Tell us more about the car, photos are great and the only thing people appreciate are the words, thank you, for anything you've really gained from.

All the best

Geoff
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#4 Re: Hello from New Zealand's newest member

Post by rswaffie » Thu May 02, 2019 3:44 pm

Welcome,
I echo all of the above endorsements for the forum.
Your car sounds like a great find. I’m coming to the end of a 3 year ground-up restoration of a 63 fhc. Are you planning on doing it yourself?

Regards
Richard
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Undergoing a comprehensive restoration in my small, but utilitarian garage :wrench: :hammer: :fingerscrossed:

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#5 Re: Hello from New Zealand's newest member

Post by politeperson » Thu May 02, 2019 4:52 pm

Photos please gadget.
James

L.J.K. Setright was right.
"You just cant beat a good E-type"

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Post by malcolm » Thu May 02, 2019 4:56 pm

Hi and welcome!
Malcolm
I only fit in a 2+2, so got one!
1969 Series 2 2+2
2009 Jaguar XF-S

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Post by Polse7317 » Sat May 04, 2019 3:53 am

Hi gadget , welcome and i wish you big fun for the restoration, :salute:
Yves, happy XKE 63 fhc , w113 280sl owner
Looking for a OTS 4.2 serie 1....! :scratchheadyellow: and now have found a fhc xk 140 :lol:

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#8 Re: Hello from New Zealand's newest member

Post by Nickleback » Sun May 05, 2019 5:31 pm

:welcomewave: to the forum.
An unmolested 62 S1 FHC is a rare find and sounds a great starting point especially if you have the time to do the research and get it to the level you want especially if you can keep it original and find the missing servicable used parts to restore.
Wishing you all the best, pics please
Mike,
1970 S2 FHC 2R28165

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#9 Re: Hello from New Zealand's newest member

Post by Gadget » Sat May 18, 2019 10:11 am

Thanks for the warm welcome messages, photos now on my phone just need the wife to show me how to down load them (computers had punch cards when I was at university).
I have been instructed (by the wife) to get the car rebuilt by "a proper E type restoration business" as she recons I have enough on rebuilding our New Zealand Equine farm with 2 houses, 21 stables and best of all a 3000 sq ft garage/ workshop not to mention repairing and painting 8000 meters of four rail fencing. I recon I would have more fun getting more builders in on the farm and doing more work on the car but she recons I would be on the car for several years, lose whats left of my hair and make a second rate job of the restoration (probably right but i'm not admitting to it). I am now researching to find out who to approach to rebuild the car any direction would be gratefully received. I think I would be better finding someone in the UK as most parts and specialist skills etc.are more readily available there.
On a high note the wife has decided to sort out the tool roll etc. and has gone through the 2 (part complete) circular tool boxes that came with the car, made a list of what is needed to make up the tool roll and has started hunting for the missing items. Her first purchase was a jack from RM & J Smith Ltd (prompt service). Probably the most useful and desirable birthday present she has bought me in 35 years !
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Keith
Keith Walker
Jan 1962 FHC

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