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History Hot Rod 1958 Jaguar XK150 Barn(ish) Find

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Nicks Hot Rod Garage, Jan 7, 2016.

  1. Slopok
    Joined: Jan 30, 2012
    Posts: 2,710


    They can't find the knob that says Bonnet on it! ;)
  2. porsche930dude
    Joined: Jan 5, 2008
    Posts: 272


    Great find. I love those old british racing green leather interiors. I hope he keeps opts to preserve rather than restore it for the time being.
  3. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 16,059

    from oregon

    You know how big the engine in there is, you just don't know how big the critter crib is!
  4. "Waiting and hoping forever!"
    ZZZZZ I'm going to sleep...for real!
  5. GeeRam
    Joined: Jun 9, 2007
    Posts: 460


    That was a good return in just a couple of years, even back then ;)

    Bloody things have gone mental in value in the last decade though. DB4's are my favourite Aston though.....lovely things.

    Still waiting for more photos of the Jag though......especially to see how the lower half has survived....or not, as the case may be, as already mentioned by another poster.
  6. Ya, I know how bad the rockers can get!
    Back in the early '70s, when I was a Jag fiend,
    We made 6 sets of rocker boxes. We installed a set
    in my '58 150 roadster. Nobody was making them then.
    at least in the US.
    Sold the other 5 sets in 2 months!
    That car was another great deal. Got it for $800, made it run and
    drive in '74, sold it in '84 untouched for $16,000!

    Are we ever gonna see inside that baby?
    Maybe they sold it and don't want to tell!
  7. Looks like the smoking lounge is still going .... hey Tony, pass the Jack Daniels this way buddy.

    Any chance this guy, put this 265 in there ??

    I'll be here with baited breath Nick. Hopefully standing until Tony drinks me under the table. :) Come quick bud !!
  8. Hey Kid,
    How did you know Jack was my favorite!
    And that picture is Vic Senior!
    I'll get the next round!
    We started early today!
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  9. Raiman1959
    Joined: May 2, 2014
    Posts: 1,427


    I absolutely love those old jags!....incredible style and stance, and tons of potential. I have a 58' TR3 ...but I always coveted a jaguar from the 50's ....just don't find them that often in my humble price range....sure would love having one though!...truly, a nice find!:)
  10. ghornbostel
    Joined: Jan 3, 2012
    Posts: 131


    So drop a 265 sbc in that 58 TR3 and I do believe it would be just as much fun, but then It might not be HAMB friendly as the engine isn't a Corvette 265 or the TR3 isn't a Jag. I'm not sure how the ruling would be there. Just thinking out loud.

  11. Raiman1959
    Joined: May 2, 2014
    Posts: 1,427


    haha....a 265 sbc in a TR3 would cause trouble for me:rolleyes:,,,,not HAMB material I think....but sure love them old jags!
  12. SimonSez
    Joined: Jul 1, 2001
    Posts: 1,633


    I remember reading an article on that - I think it was in a Peterson Engine Swap Annual but it looks like it was originally published in Rod & Custom in December 1968. The owner was Barry McGuire, who was a singer.

    This web site says this is apparently the same car, now restored but it doesn't look like the same one that Tony posted above ...
  13. Simon,
    I think you are right it is not the same identical car but it is the same body style
    and probably also a '53. The picture I showed was Barret Jackson 2004.
    The picture in your article is dated 2004 also and not the same car.
    Note also, in my pic, the wheels and tires are ssoo wrong for the car.
    And the side pipes look like a crappy add on that doesn't suit at all.
    These cars were very light, compact and nimble as originals.
    But note they mentioned it having a Buick engine! Many of these cars
    were re-powered with cheap, big hp American engines.
    In some ways they are an off-shoot of American Hot Rodding.
    And I'm sure many of the guys that shoe-horned these big V8s in these
    little cars had hot rod blood!
  14. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 16,059

    from oregon

    Thanks Simon
    I was able to find the box with the Petersen Engine Swap article about the Siata/Chevy V8.
    Out of respect to the OP, this will be my last off topic submission.
    Anyone wishing more information can PM me.

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  15. GeeRam
    Joined: Jun 9, 2007
    Posts: 460


    Trying to squeeze a sbc into a TR3 would be an interesting technical exercise indeed.....:D

    Many years ago, I've seen a ally Rover V8 (Buick) fitted into a TR6 over here in the UK in place of the heavy old straight six :cool:
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  16. I'm out also,
    will still be watching.
  17. StNick
    Joined: Apr 23, 2007
    Posts: 49


    Hey Larry - you just cool your heels - your talking to a senior member - discount coffee at Mac's - Been too cold and snowy to get out to the trailer - - BUTTTTT - got er open'd up this morn'n - pics com'n soon - stnick
  18. Just to inform some of you who had the car labeled is a ROADSTER. A DROPHEAD looks like this with a windshield frame as part of the body. I know....I am being picky. Picture 5359.jpg This is my cousin's drophead coupe....with roll up windows.

    Attached Files:

  19. Hey Dodger,
    No disrespect but the OP car is a drophead. 150
    Roadsters have snap on tops and no vent windows.
    Check the red roadster picture here on the thread.
  20. Dodger,
    BTW that is one sweet 140!
    Love the louvered hood.
    Check these pictures.
    First picture green car is a roadster (hide-away snap on top, no vent windows)
    Second picture black car is a drophead (top sits on the top of the body,
    it's more substantial, padded and framed, and there are vent windows.
    I lived these cars for years!
    The '50-'57 roadsters had stand alone windshields and no windows in the doors.
    The dropheads like the picture you showed had body framed windshields.
    Tony Screen-Shot-2013-01-06-at-2.15.19-PM.png 8463510_1_l.jpg
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  21. StNick
    Joined: Apr 23, 2007
    Posts: 49


    O'KAY - - I finally got out to the Jag and got the "BONNET" opened up - sure enough there is a Chev (Corvette) engine in there - the pics are taken "AS FOUND" with the dust, dirt, etc. Finally met with the owner yesterday and got lots of boxes of misc parts - New interior package - door panels - top - etc. - Very cool - - - - - - NOW - - - - what am I going to do with all this stuff - - - HUMMMMM - - - haven't decided yet but I'll bet my son Nick has some ideas - - - the rest of the story is yet to come - - - - - Stnick
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  22. StNick
    Joined: Apr 23, 2007
    Posts: 49


  23. Kickass Bob!!!
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  24. cfmvw
    Joined: Aug 24, 2015
    Posts: 918


    All I can say is, WOW! Great to see the pictures, you definitely scored bigtime with this one! Keep us posted on the progress.
  25. StNick
    Joined: Apr 23, 2007
    Posts: 49


    Well - that was interesting - first time I ever posted pics - got plenty of dupes - Crap man - I'd better get on down to Mac's for a cup of senior coffee - calm my nerves - STNICK
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  26. Caddy-O
    Joined: Aug 8, 2006
    Posts: 1,645


  27. STNick,
    Un-freakin-balievable score!!
    We've been waiting patiently.!
    You are gonna get a million suggestions on what to do!
    My $$.02 is let the car do the talking.
    It wants to be what it is, not some perfect original trailer queen.
    Resist the stocker guys. It already looks awesome.
    Get it to run, drive and stop and then go carve the canyons like I said before!
    NO-BODY Has the balls to build one like that today!!!!
    If you need any help about the Jag stuff., maybe I can help.
    I used to be one of those Jag guys!
    Just my take.
    Good Luck,
    Great score,
    I'll be watching!
  28. Holy smokes that is cool! What trans is in it?
  29. Motor City
    Joined: Nov 26, 2010
    Posts: 42

    Motor City
    from Michigan

    Does it have any numbers stamped on the engine pad? It would be interesting to see.
  30. 39 Ford
    Joined: Jan 22, 2006
    Posts: 1,558

    39 Ford

    Make it safe and dependable maybe a 327 300 hp if that engine is shot, and drive drive drive.
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