Restoration - XK140 OTS SE Roadster - Completed Sept 02 (multiple concours winner)

Meanwhile back in the bodyshop, the bonnet, rear guards and bootlid were all in good order, requiring only relatively minor repairs but the doors and front guards were not so good. We fabricated new doors entirely and the majority of the front guards. We also fabricated new door hinge pillars and door shut face pillars.

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These three photos show the repaired, lead wiped and file finished rear end, the fabricated front guard repair section and the new door frames under construction.

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Very careful attention was made to ensure that all of the fit and alignment of all of the panels was perfect, all body related components were trial fitted and the body was lead wiped as original and file finished.

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With the bodywork now completed, the body was removed from the chassis ready for paint. After only minor attention to threads and dents, the chassis was bead blasted and primed ready for painting. As these photos show the primed chassis, the gearbox almost finished and the resleeved and painted engine block, ready for assembly.

 

Whilst the chassis and body were in the paintshop, attention now turned to the engine components. The distributor was rebuilt and regraphed to suit the unique specifications of this engine (9.0:1 compression, C Type head, etc).

 

These photos show the machined and balanced crank with the original rare 9.0:1 pistons ready to assemble, the overhauled C Type cylinder head and just some of the rare 2in sandcast SU components that required restoration.

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The very rare 2in sandcast carburettors were in excellent condition requiring only cosmetic restoration to pristine condition. The original conrods were resized whilst the original 9.0:1 pistons were thoroughly cleaned and reused with new original specification Brico piston rings. The crankshaft required grinding to the first undersize before the whole assembly was then balanced. With the engine components now returned from the machine shop, the cylinder head fully reconditioned and painted in the distinctive C Type red and all of the engine-related ancillaries restored, it was now time to assemble the engine.

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As found in a barn, XK140 roadster chassis number 800040 was complete (except for the grille) and all numbers match.

This actual car being raced by Alan Gray when almost new.

In 1991 the owner for the previous 10 years decided a restoration was due and the car was completely dismantled and some restoration work undertaken. But, as so often happens, the restoration was abandoned and the car was stored in a barn in rural Victoria until found by the current owner. The car was transported to Concours Sportscar Restoration in May 2000 and restoration began.

The first task was to remove all of the old primer and surface rust from the body, which was achieved by immersing the body in an alkaline solution. The result is a bare steel / aluminium body ready to prepare properly and primed ready for restoration. The chassis was checked and was in excellent condition, requiring no work at all. The body required extensive restoration and had suffered some accident damage to the left side, which damaged the guard and the bulkhead. The front guards were removed and the bulkhead dismantled. Whilst the top of the scuttle / bulkhead was restored, an entire new firewall and side bulkhead sections were fabricated. New sills and floors were made, as usual, and then the bulkhead was reunited with the chassis. The rear end was in better shape, needing only a new sparewheel floor, rear bever panel and the remainder was repaired.