This is the story of Jack. Jack is an ordinary guy like you and I but he has a dark secret. Jack is building the Mother of all Mk2 Jaguars.
Let’s get this out of the way right at the start. If you are a purist and think Jack should not do this to his car then you should have bought it yourself! Classic Cars are to be driven and if this is how Jack see’s his Classic Car then that’s absolutely fine with us. In fact it is more than fine and we cannot wait to see the end result.
This car has gone from a standard old Mk2 Jaguar into a wide bodied, 2 door custom beast and it looks amazing. Yes this is a huge project and is well in the league of a Discovery TV program but as budding restorers we can all learn something from this build.
If you read our chat with Jack below you will understand that he is not someone who “Gives Up”. Trials and tribulations have beset him and he is still on the path.
This is a quality we all need sometimes when it comes to our cars. Strangely enough I was watching Batman last night and there was a very pertinent line. Wayne Snr to Wayne Jnr “Why do we fall Bruce? So we can learn to get back up”.
I personally have had many car task’s not go as planned (maybe too many!) and always walk away, have a cup of tea and when I return all is ok again. Restoring and working on classic cars is just like that sometimes.
So we can be certain that Jack will get this car completed.
Have a read about the car below from the man himself, check out the pictures and watch Jack’s videos. Any questions then simply leave a comment at the bottom.
What led me to want to build a modified car So a bit of history, my father has always been into cars in a big way, he had a couple of garages when I was young but through one thing or another they never fully worked out. Being the eldest of his children I was imbued with what he was doing and as I grew up my life has been around cars and commercial vehicles plus when I have been unemployed I used to do a bit of work for a friend in his garage welding up triumph spitfires and bay window vw campers plus other bits and pieces. My working career has been in the fabricator fitter, welder field building road tankers, fire engines and commercial body repairs. So when I got married 8 years ago my mother in law gave me a stack of money to start a business restoring classic cars and modifying them, this was just before the recession kicked in, so a year or so later I had lost all the money and I was at a loose end wondering what to do. I had a friend who had a garage and he let me put a 61 MGA coupe there that I was nearly finished with and when I was not doing that car I was doing some part time work building heat exchange units for marine engines. My brother who I had gone into business previously with asked if I wanted to get an industrial unit with him so he could do his painting and I could put the finished mga there and a black mk2 Jag I had also been working on when I had our business, plus I had a hammered mk2 jag I had purchased for some parts to do the black mk2. So I said yes and that is where I am today, I sold the mga and started on my black Jag then my brother asked if I fancied doing a project together to try and get the business going again. I discussed it with the wife and after a short period we bought a series 2 2+2 E type jag to build (it was going cheap) and whilst we were on with that we also discussed doing something with the wreck of a mk2 I had bought for parts, not much longer my brother passed away, so I was left to finish the E type and then once again I was at a bit of a loose end. I had the black mk2 to finish but I was somewhat confidant that I could try and put myself back on my feet if I were to build this modified mk2 jag and if nothing else I would have a nice car and an asset to boot.
Check Out The Videos Of Jack’s Build
[srizonytalbum id=1]Do I have a finished car in my head and did I do any drawings before I started the project? Yes, I am a firm believer that you should always plan out a project before entering the game, so I discussed some ideas with my brother and he put some forth as well and I then went away and made some crude drawings of what I wanted to see in the body (these were drawn to scale from some scale drawings I copied off the internet) as for the interior I have some ideas for that as well and I will draw them up to get a rough idea of what I want to see. Have I ever built a custom car before like this? Yes and no, I have done bits and pieces like engine swaps, brake and steering upgrades, things like that and a bit of body moulding like body kits, but as for building new panels from steel with the English wheel, that I hadn’t done before, though I had read a lot of literature about that sort of thing, plus you tube and the like is very valuable as well, so this build has been a real learning curve for me especially putting all I know together in one place.