This blog covers the restomod of a classic Jaguar XJ6 Series 1 saloon manufactured between 1968 and 1973. Restomod is the term for the restoration of a classic car that incorporates modern technology invented since the car was first manufactured. This typically includes a new or modified engine and transmission, improved brake, steering, and suspension performance as well as substantial changes to cabin climate control and information/entertainment systems.
Undertaking a restomod project requires a substantial amount of research to determine which new components make sense — both in functional and aesthetic terms — and how (or whether!) they will fit into the classic body and chassis without unintended consequences. Three basic approaches — re-engineer, transplant, or retrofit — are summarized in the review of prior saloon restomod projects.
This three year restomod project blog represents an evolution from Jaguar Mk2 Restoration, another Kriss Motors (krissmotors.com) project blog, that documents the partial restomod of a 1961 2.4 Mk2 in the sense that several systems were upgraded with new technology, including the brakes, heater, and nav/entertainment system (it was just an AM radio in the old days). But this prior Mk2 restoration also retained the original engine, steering, suspension, and full trim appearance.
Jaguar restomod approaches range from the elaborate Callum Mk2 re-creation (about $600,000) to inexpensive engines swaps that keep a classic on the road. Our objective is somewhere in middle ground: a frame-up rebuild that provides the essential functionality of a modern sedan (350+ horsepower, power steering and braking, air conditioning, uprated suspension, and so on) yet retains the classic Jaguar saloon appearance.
How to navigate
The UPDATES top bar menu item displays posts that have been revised since the initial publication date. A complete CHRONLOGICAL VIEW top bar menu item begins with the first post on March 10, 2017 to the final project completion post on December 1, 2019. A MAJOR TOPICS dropdown at the end of the right column provides a categorical perspective.
The right column has this shortcut bar:
Click the clock symbol for a listing of recent posts, starting with the most current one. Click the tag symbol for a word cloud guide to the posts by process step. Click the quote bubble symbol for a list of recent comments.
The default right column view is the clock symbol, and each post is represented like this:
The title in RED CAPS is the category; if you click it, you’ll see a listing of all posts within that category. Below the category title is the post name; if you click it, you’ll go directly to that post.