Well Clouseauwhere were you yesterday when another one of my teeth fell out?  or was it stolen ??

Monsewer I waaas on holidaye it twaaas Eeeeester!

How apt!

Today time to refit the grille

So far so good, might even get the lower one done today

Another unexpected rest day! Morning went as normal, but then a little lunch and I’d fallen asleep again and slept through until 1700.

Anyhoo, back to the plan today, grille, lower grille, and then work on the front number plate.

Did the roof again but today its another bloody cold one and a 20 mph wind just to kill my hands and put a stop to everything again!

Back to Wednesday and another windy day. But I must start getting things done. Marginally warmer, and perhaps a little less wind, but who cares, I’ve got my Spyder Gortex Sweater on! Front grille back in place and now a gentle de-dusting wash before work starts on grille lower!

Top Grille back in place

Back to it, I know I have some cutting and drilling but I live in hope that that this one will be easier. Managed to get the lower grille off and now needs a little superglue on the rubber surround. This one I can finish in the workshop.

Badges start to go on the lower grille only to end with a GIANT ? Seems I can’t measure either! and my center point (critical in an operation this size) was way off. Start again, much better and finished up with just one badge to drill.

Ready to fit at last!

TGIF and a bit warmer, and less wind , NO EXCUSES!

All drilled and filed, now let’s put it together and hope the bloody wind doesn’t curtail operations again. Yet another stumbling block so now delicately saw off all the excess length on all the bolts as they are too long to allow the mesh to lie flat.

Bolts cut down

Time to finish that bloody front grille!

Grille now complete, the wind is back but I’ll give her a quick once once over to remove all the top soil the wind has deposited and then into town and see what the auto parts think is my best option for mounting the licence plate holder.

Some of those “press stud” fasteners that fix engine covers, however the number plate now obscures the badges! Well maybe another day repositioning ….. I’ll see

While I’m in town I became a Uber Driver as another fluffy animal hopped in the back seat

Who are you ?












Just realised today is actually Friday, Good Friday to be precise, and already my mind is saying Saturday so I now have another day off on my extended Covid holiday.

Looking out of the window the area on the Jag roof certainly doesn’t look like there  was any sun damage so another dose of the “swirl” polish will be on the day’s programme.

A bit better to the naked eye

I’ll leave Clouseau and the Pink to carry on with their investigation while I consider the easist way of getting the info I really need on my Jag. Seems a download from the internet has to be the quickest and the cheapest.

My tasks for the day will be another dose of magic on the roof and then the pleasureable mission of layout of the badges. Needless to say I have bought too many, only to be expected, so some will sadly get left in the box!

Roof TOO hot to use polish! Better get up earlier. Front grille off, well here comes problem one with a curved surface? Now do I try and bend the badges? or do I saw off the lower mounting area and then redrill?

Well ?????

Bending did not seem the way to go, so sawing and filing was the order of the day and as a follow up some precision drilling will be  along shortly and then as the grille is off I should be able to get it back together today. After that, lower grille, and then the front plate.

Ambition is a wonderful thing! but I had to deal with the layout, which will be good but I hadn’t noticed the curvature of the grille so a bit of replanning and a lot of very CAREFUL drilling and worth the dilligence to get it right. Tomorrow just one more for the main grille to get drilled then I can screw them on which will be fun at last!

The warm weather has attracted Cyclists and Motorcyclists out of the woodwork. 2 enquiries on the cycle rack, and one turned up, and the other has more questions. Soon after that an enquiry about the BMW but hopefully this time not a scammer!

Memories of the “Cup Cake” scammer!

No more of these thank you!

It has to be said that all this drilling is beating the crap out of my poor hands and I’m trying so hard not to make any mistakes on these one off badges. Slow progress indeed but overall I believe that my patience is up to it. 1 day jobs now take 3 if I’m lucky. A few refinements need to be made on the drilling and maybe another trip into town for yet more nuts and bolts! Always the way and to be expected with this number of badges, do it once and do it right.

Very warm this afternoon,  “Could that be the Front Wheel of the Roubaix ?”   The start of the next 3000 miles

Lunch begins with a very nice home made quiche

The chocolate stone rolls up for desert, but its been attacked!

All the drilling and filing done, now the placement, screwing and final adjustments.

First one in place

Right side all done

Left side complete

The full VISTA

weekend over











R.I.P.  For my Cousin TOM, sorry we lost touch through the years

Nothing much seems to be happening although I have been feeling very unwell of late even to the point of questionning my own survival in amongst these side effects and cancer cycles. I have tried to be positive but at times it is very hard with lacking energy and the drain on willpower. If I could just sense an improvement in my overall condition and feel as though things are within my capabilities then I would love that feeling I had at the beginning of the year when nearly everything was going my way.

Perhaps a bit better today, horrid cold outside, hopefully found F1 on TV and also Moto GP now that all the Skiing has ended. Just 3 matches left on the Six Nations Rugby.

Still snowing and will get worse tonight. 6″-12″ forecast which looking at the map is more likely to be around 4″.

Nothing done today on the parts front, but what’s another day amid all the other things that are going on. We ended up with 6″ on the rail and forecast for more during the day until 6 pm. Seems I actually have a bit more determination and energy, so just maybe some work will get done on the spare parts




Goodly time polishing and decruding some units for sale, slow progress but progress none the less and if I can get this lot photographed then I’ll be well pleased. Car is finished in Durango but can’t get there until Monday afternoon as Brenda has her second shot on Monday at 1200.

Saturday, F1 gets underway tomorrow, Rugby finished, Moto Gp again tomorrow, and today for me photography on the next bunch of bits and bobs for ebay. Tired again today, don’t know why. Better start snapping before I start sleeping.

As it’s Saturday and I like purple roses


Still the two annoying latches to fix when it gets back

Just back from refloating Evergreen so I can get back on the car. But first Brenda is away to get her second jab!





Having pre-empted the bank on my debit card, the car gets paid for and armed with more info on the 2 remaining latches I’m on the road……..

Another Jaguar upgrade!

Car people had done a good job on the parts that I had told them to do and the steering and ride were noticeably better after a full alignment. Service agent says the fuel catch system is the motor so I’ll be in there after an experiment on the sun faded patches on the roof.

I wonder if ?

Still cold and windy, but I want to get on, weekend says temps might be 65+, I hope so getting tired of this strong cold wind!

Wednesday, 0930 temp says 50F, and no wind! the scales show an alarming 156.4 ???? Yes, that’s what left of me!!!!!!!!! I’m surprised I can even stand up on my own!!!! IS THIS THE END ????

So first up will be a touch of the miracle polish, and if that turns out then onto more mysteries and check all the lights. My “sixth sense” is pointing me in the direction of a rear end “fender bender” from which this car was never fully repaired.

OK , Clouseau go find it

The Magic polish certainly took some of the white away from the spot I was working on and did exactly what it said it would on a couple of severe scratches that I tried it on. A few more goes and we will see if it gets better.

I’ll give it a try

The hood/bonnet

Not too bad

Thursday, I believe and also April 1st ! Must eat more food, and try and regain some muscle mass as I’m shrivelling up. Also need to start the cycling campaign again, but only if the vicious wind isn’t blowing!

Did all the roof spots, lets remember how bad they were



Well they all got one dose

Not quite so noticeable

Flush with my limited success it was time to board passengers as Granpa begins to lose it ……

I think I’m getting there

All strapped in ?

That’s all for today!