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Am I the only one with OLD CAR fever?

Dang!

Contemplating this now, 1973 Jaguar E-Type V12...17k miles.


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You know I'm not much for 4-wheeled vehicles, but you sure do know how to pick em! That is sweet! But the big question is, which classic would need more maintenance on a regular basis?
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Nice car!! I've always loved those - especially the ragtops. If I remember correctly, Jags are notorious for electrical problems and as well as mechanical. Might want to chat with a few owners and get their take before taking the plunge. 'Course, not like it's going to be a daily driver or anything, right?


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Do take the plunge IF you want only contemplate the car, not driving it except under nice sunny days (and with Linda driving the Merc behind with the tow rope ready).

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Being a fan of old British cars, Dave is very well-versed in the idiosyncrasies of theses vintage gems.
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Dang!

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Nice car!! I've always loved those - especially the ragtops. If I remember correctly, Jags are notorious for electrical problems and as well as mechanical. Might want to chat with a few owners and get their take before taking the plunge. 'Course, not like it's going to be a daily driver or anything, right?

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Beautiful piece of machinery, I'm into old Chevys, have 2 86 El Caminos and 1 1965 Impala SS396, getting to old to work on them so am contemplating selling.

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Smile I like old ones tooooo

Great looking car. I had an old friend that sold Jags I I loved to ride in & drive the E Jag convertibles. I to must have a soft spot for old cars since we own a restored 1967 GTO Convertible 400 4 speed, red white top (hers), & a 1967 Cad Coup Deville, red white top (mine) and two unrestored Hudson Hornets a 1951 & a 1956 (dads old cars). & they take a lot of time to keep them up.
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Back in the mid-60s I had 2 E-types - one a drop-top, the other a fastback in British racing green - but both had the straight-6 engine with three SU downdraft carburetors. As I recall, nobody could keep the V-12 engine running right. Your choice, tho.

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Contemplating this now, 1973 Jaguar E-Type V12...17k miles.
... they can be fun!
If you've got it, spend it ... or your relatives will.

She's beautiful.

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Dang...again...

Might have to get a bigger garage...or smaller house:

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Yeah, a LOT smaller house...

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I had a chance at a fully restored in-line 6 Jax XK E-Type convertible about 3 years ago. We just couldn't swing the cash for the car at the time. (Couldn't do it now either.)

But my all time wish I could own one of these, is the roadster model of this.



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YOu want a Jag?

I'm at the point that I would very nearly give this one away..

It runs just fine but I just don't drive it anymore....

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Between those carbeurators, the plugs constantly fouling, and the electrical issues.... I wouldn't do it. But if you only want to keep it garaged as an investment, well that would be OK I imagine.

Seriously, some friends had one back in the day, and they couldn't drive it longer than one weekend without the plugs fouling. Never could get the carbs properly synched either, and that's with taking it to the dealer too.
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Old TRUCK fever

Living in Tejas all my life...I'm all about trucks. So I've owned a string of OLD trucks.
Two 1964 GMCs PU.
A 1957 Chevy PU.
And for the last 10 years this 1950 5-window Chevy PU.

KEEP THEM ORIGINAL!!!

But I'm thinking of buying and restoring my father-in-law's
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Nice truck, Tom. I still regret getting rid of my 1954 GMC 100 series truck. One day I'll find another one.

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Yeppir...

Been owned by at least one British sports car since 1960-something...reckon I have become as ideosyncratic as they are!!!

Jags, MGs, Triumphs, Austin Healeys, you name 'em, they're all the same in that they require you to have a personal relationship with 'em just to keep 'em running! The payback is the "cool factor".

Never had a problem with my Jaguar. Got over 200k on my old MGB since the last restoration in 1991. The TD is sweeet. The Merc, well, you know.

After 5 MG's, all used as a daily driver, I just can't stand to see a trailer queen that should be driven everyday like they were meant to be. Then, again, it's like the puppy dog you find walkin down the street and can't resist takin it home....

Oh, well, we'll see...just good to know I am not alone out there! Thanks!
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Living in Tejas all my life...I'm all about trucks. So I've owned a string of OLD trucks.
Two 1964 GMCs PU.
A 1957 Chevy PU.
And for the last 10 years this 1950 5-window Chevy PU.

KEEP THEM ORIGINAL!!!

But I'm thinking of buying and restoring my father-in-law's
1948 Mercury coupe.
Now your talking cars suck IMNSHO, bikes and trucks are for men.
I went through the trouble of chasing down 1 truck in the entire world, (like hunting a certain deer only tougher) and found it. The rusty red Ford from Sanford and Son, the guy is restoring it to on show condition. It is not for sale at this time, but I am 1st on the list.
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Been owned by at least one British sports car since 1960-something...reckon I have become as ideosyncratic as they are!!!

Jags, MGs, Triumphs, Austin Healeys, you name 'em, they're all the same in that they require you to have a personal relationship with 'em just to keep 'em running!. . . . The Merc, well, you know.
Ever been into TVR's ??

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Ever been into TVR's ??

TVR's...oh, yeah! Just never could quite afford one whilst raising the family, though. Lust for sure.

Those are hard to find around these parts.

Right now, I have been looking at old Ford F1 pickups and even a few 35 Ford trucks, but, again, not sure if I want another truck or the Jaguar that I always wanted...

Probably wind up with...shhhhhh....it's gonna be a secret for awhile!!!
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Just go pick up a Hemmings http://www.hemmings.com/ or attend the Barrett Jackson http://www.barrett-jackson.com/eventschedule/default.aspauction Scottsdale, AZ OR Palm Beach Florida. I'm sure you will find the car of you dreams in one place or another.

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Dang!

Contemplating this now, 1973 Jaguar E-Type V12...17k miles.


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If I were to have a Jag it would be that era

Sweet ride for sure

but I ride bikes and lost interest in cars they take up too much room, but there are a few that could catch my attention. A sweet 32 or 56ish ford PU might just do it.

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Dream Car. My step dad had a bunch of old cars when i was growing up and thru High school. The oldest and probably nicest was a 1934 Roll Royce 20/25. So I was lucky to be exposed to this type of beauty early on. My Step dad owned an Antigue Livery Service for a number of years, he had the 34 and 54 Rolls plus a 54 Caddy, a 58 Buick and a 67 Caddy. Those were the notable ones. He also owned two Jags one was a 1960 mark 3. We used to hit all the car shows. Some of the best years were spent around antigue cars. I have always wanted an E type. NIce choice.

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I have seen an E-type on the road a grand total of 3 times in my life, and each time it was a "holy cow, did you see THAT?!" moment. Such a beautiful machine...

My dad sold MGs for awhile after he retired from the Army. I was 15, and not allowed (naturally) to drive the MG-B demo he had. What a great little car; would like to have one now, or maybe a Triumph TR6.

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My dad sold MGs for awhile after he retired from the Army. I was 15, and not allowed (naturally) to drive the MG-B demo he had. What a great little car; would like to have one now, or maybe a Triumph TR6.
A good friend of mine sells parts for classic British cars as his business. He also buys and restores the odd car now and again. OK, last count of cars on hand, restored, or being restored was well over a dozen, probably closer to twenty. I'm sure he could hook you up with something in your price range . . .

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A good friend of mine sells parts for classic British cars as his business. He also buys and restores the odd car now and again. OK, last count of cars on hand, restored, or being restored was well over a dozen, probably closer to twenty. I'm sure he could hook you up with something in your price range . . .
He sells cars for nothing?

But thanks anyway, Ken. Maybe some day.

The vehicle I really wish I had acted on was my father-in-law's 1930s Chevy truck. He used it for many years in his plumbing/heating business before parking it in a barn when he bought his next truck. It sat there until about 10 years ago when someone bought it. We saw it at a show recently. It has been made driveable but nothing outside has been changed. Still has his name and four-digit phone # painted on the sides.

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