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1953 Jaguar XK120 DHC

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1953 Jaguar XK120 DHC

1953 Jaguar XK120 Drop Head Coupe. Chassis 677121. Recently discovered in a N. Seattle garage after being parked in 1975 with a bad fuel pump. 78,000 miles, unrusted and complete.

1953 Jaguar XK120 DHC

1953 Jaguar XK120 DHC

1953 Jaguar XK120 DHC

1953 Jaguar XK120 DHC

1953 Jaguar XK120 DHC

1953 Jaguar XK120 DHC

1953 Jaguar XK120 DHC

1953 Jaguar XK120 DHC

1953 Jaguar XK120 DHC.

1953 Jaguar XK120 DHC

1953 Jaguar XK120 DHC

1953 Jaguar XK120 DHC Interior. Original leather, wood fascia and panels.

1953 Jaguar XK120 DHC

1953 Jaguar XK120 DHC. The seat leather is actually quite good. I decided to treat the original leather with hide food in lieu of replacement. These cars are only original once.

1953 Jaguar XK120 DHC

1953 Jaguar XK120 DHC. The wood fascia is quite good. A good clean up and polish will work nicely. The carpet is soiled beyond presentable use and will be replaced. The aftermarket wooden gearlever knob will be tossed and an original knob with the right amount of matching patina fitted. The paper on the trans tunnel are registrations dating back to at least 1964.

1953 Jaguar XK120 DHC

1953 Jaguar XK120 DHC

1953 Jaguar XK120 DHC. Oops..the radiator is out for rodding and cleaning. The first step down a slippery slope. Check out that glossy paint on LF fender under 35 years of dirt and spider webs.

1953 Jaguar XK120 DHC

1953 Jaguar XK120 DHC. The initial desire was to attempt a startup after the 35 year sleep, but I decided against it, preferring a full engine out service as a precaution. It was a good thing, as the cooling system as well as the intake manifold was choked shut. The engine will be disassembled and checked thoroughly, and the head machined for no lead, fitted with new valves and guides. The carburetors will be fully rebuilt along with all engine ancillaries. A complete service of the braking, cooling, and fuel systems will follow. Amazingly, the car is absolutely rust free.

1953 Jaguar XK120 DHC

1953 Jaguar XK120 DHC. A full engine out service and mechanical rebuild commences after a 35 year slumber.

1953 Jaguar XK120 DHC

1953 Jaguar XK120 DHC. Engine out for full mechanical service. All systems to be checked and repaired as nec’y.

1953 Jaguar XK120 DHC

1953 Jaguar XK120 DHC. The lump is on the ground. Of course a fresh clutch will be fitted with a flywheel surface, and the Moss gearbox gone thru completely.

1953 Jaguar XK120

1953 Jaguar XK120 DHC. A slippery slope indeed. The body has been stripped of all previous coatings and repairs, and found to be absolutely rust free. The substrate has been etch primed, then several coats of hi-build poly primer applied. Now the time-consuming task of block sanding and small repairs begins.

1953 Jaguar XK120

1953 Jaguar XK120 DHC

1953 Jaguar XK120 DHC. Body and paint work completed. The body will not be color sanded and polished until the majority of the reassembly is done.

1953 Jaguar XK120 DHC

1953 Jaguar XK120 DHC.

1953 Jaguar XK120 DHC

1953 Jaguar XK120 DHC.

1953 Jaguar XK120 DHC

1953 Jaguar XK120 DHC

1953 Jaguar XK120 DHC. Full rebuild of engine is completed along with Moss box rebuild and fresh clutch, ready for installation in chassis.

1953 Jaguar XK120 DHC

1953 Jaguar XK120 DHC. Powerplant in.

1953 Jaguar XK120 DHC

1953 Jaguar XK120 DHC.

1953 Jaguar XK120 DHC

Much assembly has been completed including fresh braided wiring harness, rebuilt gauges, restored brake/fuel/cooling/suspension systems.

1953 Jaguar XK120 DHC

1953 Jaguar XK120 DHC

1953 Jaguar XK120 DHC

Jaguar XK120 DHC

Jaguar XK120 engine detail

Jaguar XK120 DHC

Jaguar XK120 engine detail

Jaguar XK120 DHC

Jaguar XK120 engine detail

Jaguar XK120 DHC

Jaguar XK120 engine detail

Jaguar XK120 DHC

Jaguar XK120 engine detail

Jaguar XK120 DHC

Jaguar XK120 engine detail

Jaguar XK120 DHC

Jaguar XK120 engine detail

Jaguar XK120 DHC

Jaguar XK120 engine detail

Jaguar XK120 DHC

Jaguar XK120 engine detail

Jaguar doggie

Vicious guard dog Reggie, seen here hugging his chew toy, is in charge protecting the Jaguar with his life (as soon as his nap is over).

Jaguar XK120 DHC

Much additional work completed including the dash fascia and complete insulation of the cockpit cabin preparing for the installation of the new interior.

Jaguar XK120 DHC

Jaguar XK120 DHC

The majority of the front end chrome has been hung and adjusted. The Lucas headlamp rings are at the plater, ready to pick up, assemble and install. That will finish the front of the car. Chrome on black is stunning.

Jaguar XK120 DHC

Jaguar XK120 DHC

Rear of the DHC nearly done. The correct letter coded Skagit County license plate was sourced and restored for the car. The cars first owner was in Mount Vernon, Skagit County in Washington State.

XK120 DHC

The Jaguar is nearly finished. It has moved under it’s own power for the first time in 37 years. The upholstery work is completed and some very minor detailing remains, as well as installation of the trafficator after the front alignment is spot on and the steering wheel indexed properly.

XK120 DHC

XK120 DHC

XK120 DHC

XK120 DHC

 

11 Responses to “1953 Jaguar XK120 DHC”

  1. Schaller Alexander says:

    Dear Sir,
    a very big compliment for this restoration! Fantastic to see this reborn…

    I’m a XK 120 enthusiast and i search a hardtop to the OTS
    XK 120. It was from Charles Hornburg made for the US Market.
    Do you have an idea where i could find one? :-))

    Sincerly, Alexander Schaller, Switzerland

  2. markjones says:

    Greetings,

    I understand by your e-mail your car originated via Hornburg in CA, not that Hornburg was a source of hardtops fitted to the XK120 range of cars. I am not aware of any Jaguar factory accessory hardtop fitted to the XK120-XK140-XK150 range of cars. There have been a few aftermarket suppliers of fiberglass hardtops fitted to XK cars, but none were factory produced. Hornburg was the authorized dealer of Jaguar cars West of the Mississippi, but to my knowledge never a source of aftermarket hardtops. I would think in the US market, suppliers of aftermarket tops like Parrish would have their products sold occasionally on eBay or other sources. Good Luck!!

    Cheers, Mark

  3. Vern Johnson says:

    Was this car ever on the road between when you aquirred it and the start of restoration? I seen a black 120 DHC heading up Aurora Avenue about 3 or 4 years ago and almost broke my neck.

    Hope to see this wonderful car at the ABFM this year. It’s progressing on a similar timeline to mine, S678416.

    Thanks, Vern

  4. Mark says:

    No it was not this car, but it may be at the ABFM this year. Your car looks great! Cheers, Mark

  5. Vern Johnson says:

    An incredible car in it’s finished state and a testement to your dedication to the preservation of the marque and your restoration talents. Honored to display my own DHC alongside yours!

    -Vern

  6. Mark says:

    Thank you for your kind comments Vern. Your drop head looked great as well. Rare to see two DHC’s at the same venue. Cheers!!

  7. john forest says:

    hi liked your project very much ,just competing a dhc like yours need fotos of parcel shelf etc behind seats and interior of hooh ,can you send ftos please regards

  8. Dan Jones says:

    I need to see more of where the heater and radiator by-pass hoses go. I am putting my XK120M OTS back together, and it had been modified somewhat. On the road soon!

  9. Dan Jones says:

    Found my older pump and used two banjo’s. My car had what appeared to be a factory installed elbow at the pump and a “t” partway up the by-pass hose leading to the manifold. Was this a late model change?

  10. Rolfe says:

    Great find and resto! I have been looking at these pictures of yours for over a year, imagining that my 53 DHC will look that good in a couple of years. I apreciate that you like to keep things as original as possible. My ’53 is bone stock and I would like to keep it original. I am looking forward to meeting you and discussing the future of my car. Take care, Rolfe

  11. Ian McLeod says:

    Excellent job!

 
 
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