|Fixed Head Coupe|
|Right Hand Drive|
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Record Creation: Entered on 20 April 2006.
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2006-04-20 06:41:37 | Lofty writes:
Ebay item # 4630929460
This auction is for my matching numbers 1955 XK140 FHC in need of renovation.
I purchased it three years ago and apart from putting primer on it for protection, all I have done is to spend a lot of time and about £4,500 buying parts that I know will be needed for the renovation, and buying missing items.
Unfortunately, I have not started work on the car because I have too many renovations already under way and I need the space so sadly this one has to go (I have though, stripped the paint from the aluminium bonnet and boot lid).
It is an original RHD car. The chassis appears to be sound. The body has received some welding in past ownership, but there remains at least the following to do:
The bonnet is generally excellent, except for the bottom where it closes. This needs minor welding, and there are two 2cm cracks on the side edges.
The worst part of the body is perhaps the lower front.
Both wings need replacement panels below the headlamp pods (which are very sound) and the nearside wing needs an insert along the lower rear edge, about 15cm x 45cm. The small section that joins the front wings at the bottom needs replacing. I understand that it costs about £11 so it would probably give more satisfactory results to buy one than make one up.
The valances behind the front bumper are missing as are the number plate plinths.
The roof is excellent and needs no repairs.
The roof gutters are there but need repair (they have been removed from the car for repair).
The sills and door shut faces were clumsily replaced by a previous owner, so I have bought new parts to replace them.
The bottom of each door needs repair.
The rear wings are in need of welding along the edge that meets the body, and the bottom where they meet the rear valance
The boot lid is excellent and I have purchased a new boot lock (the part that goes inside the boot, under the chrome one on the outside).
The boot floor needs replacing. I have purchased a panel for this. I also have purchased a new galvanised steel spare wheel insert to replace the one that was missing. As far as I recall I do not have the thick ‘cardboard like’ boot lid lining. The spare wheel is also missing.
These are complete except for the front drums which are still missing. Obviously, they will need a strip down and service plus new flexible pipes.
I have purchased a set of the correct SU carburettors to replace the ones that were missing, the fuel pump is in pieces for servicing and I have purchased a new fuel tank (but not yet the sender). I have also purchased a new air filter/ housing, and the aluminium manifold (not sure if that is what it is called) that connects the air filter housing to the inlet manifold is present and beautifully polished.
This is complete and looks to need only a strip down and paint, etc.
All the seats (2+2) and the rear fold down panel are there but will need re-trimming. They are red. The door cards are missing as are the carpets. The headlining hoops are present, but the headlining itself needs replacing.
The old wiring looms have all been removed and I have purchased a complete new set to be fitted.
This was in pieces when I bought the car. As far as I can tell it is complete, though I cannot guarantee that there are not minor items missing. The only reason that I could see for the engine having been stripped is that one of the pistons has a broken ring. The piston crown itself is not damaged apart from some minor marks presumably cause by a piece of the ring rattling around the combustion chamber from the broken ring, that will polish out. The sump, cylinder block and cylinder head all look undamaged and easily restored. The exhaust manifolds are missing. I have purchased a complete gasket set for the eventual re-assembly. I have also purchased new rubber pedal covers for accelerator and clutch. The clutch itself seems to be good and not in need of repair.
Appears to be in good condition though I have not stripped it to inspect
Also appears sound without undue wear to the half shafts. I have the short part of the propeller shaft but not the longer ‘tubular’ part.
The wheel has cracked plastic on the spokes. Whilst it could be repaired I would think it would be easier to replace it with a new one. The retaining plate that bolts the steering onto the front chassis cross member is broken and needs replacing.
All the glass is present and undamaged. The windscreens were missing when I bought the car, so I have purchased a complete set of (very expensive) chrome trim, rubber seal and 2 screens. These are still in their wrapping ready to fit.
The front bumper and over riders have been rechromed to concours standard and the over riders have been fitted to the bumper with new gaskets/seals. The rear over riders have dull chrome and one of them has a small dent. The rear bumpers are missing, as are the bumper irons, front and rear. These can easily be made or purchased from SNG Barratt for a reasonable price.
The door handles, boot lock and the boot badge holder and ‘goose neck’ that connects to the rear number plate lamp are pitted and need rechroming. It may be that there are no keys with the car. I will have a hunt for them and post the result of the search during the auction. The rear number plate lamp and the rear lamp bases have just been re-chromed, as have the outer chrome surrounds for the rear ‘quarter light’ windows.
The 5 wheel trims are in good condition though for a concours renovation one would re-chrome them. They are perfectly serviceable for everyday use though.
All of it is in poor condition and although the instrument fascia could be restored, it would be easier, and cheaper in the long run, to replace it all.
All present and not in need of any drastic renovation.
Both ‘J’ headlights are present, though one needs restoring and the other has a cracked lense and corrosion on the reflector. I have purchased new rubber seals for the headlamp to body connection, plus new rubber side light holders and new rubber rear lamp seals. I did purchase some very good sidelights themselves, but they have gone missing in my workshop. If I can find them they will be included with the car and if found during the auction I will post the discovery on this site.
I have purchased a new complete stainless steel twin ‘sport’ exhaust system, including the extra pair of down pipes that give the new owner the choice of fitting it to conventional cast iron manifolds or to a stainless steel manifold. The system is by ‘double S’ exhausts and comes complete with a full fitting kit.
These are all useable, but if the new owner is renovating the car I would expect that you would want to replace them anyway.
The car is British registered.
2020-07-12 10:55:26 | John Colley writes:
In my records I have # 4281 engine G 4305 could be my typo mistake.
Registration was UUR 483.
in the late 1970's in North Wales. FHC with rear body poor condition.