by the original, ever-reliable high comp 144 ci engine coupled to a
2-speed Fordomatic transmission, she cruises smoothly and effortlessly
up to 65 miles an hour, and returns an average of twenty miles to the
I spotted the car sitting in a council car park, all sad and lonely,
collecting dust for weeks! So I put a note on the windscreen &
received a call. Upon closer inspection, and on speaking to its
teenage owner, it was clear that this XK had once been stored and
fastidiously pampered for many years by the original owner.
After reluctantly agreeing to sell and give the car a new home (better
than the car park), she was purchased and towed sadly home with
a flat battery, no rego, 2 flat tyres and a suspected "blown head
I removed the rocker cover to find # 5 exhaust tappet completely wound
undone and not opening the valve. This meant she had been running on 5
cylinders as the black carbon-choked # 5 spark plug confirmed!
After cleaning the plugs and re-setting the tappet, I poured a cup of
fizz into the carby, and with the help of a set of jumper leads
cranked her straight back to life, FIRST go!
Originally from the Canberra area,
she was a member of The Veteran Motorists Club of Aust and also
displays one of the Early silver-plated N.R.M.A Badges attached to the
front bumper (which N.R.M.A advised me to remove and store safely).
The car also came with its original keys, shop manual, venetians and
was still fitted with lap seat belts and the standard non locking
The only trouble I've had was caused by dirty fuel. A special blend of
ETHANOL, WATER & SEDIMENT, called "SUPER " here in
Sydney. She got HOT, misfired and would only run with the choke
1/2 out ! I noticed something wrong as soon as I drove out of the
station driveway and onto the M5 Motor Way.
So I later drained the tank, cleaned the lines and jets then installed
a paper disposable element filter to assist the Ford type metal
canister and glass bowl in the pump assy.
I hope you enjoy looking at the car as
much as I do .