Here we have a special V12 Jaguar which we are modifying and fitting a 5-Speed Transmission and uprated clutch assembly. This is one of about 8 Jaguar E-type projects we have going on in the shop right now. We are very busy rebuilding a few XK engines, transmissions, and rusted chassis. It is quite a rare sight to see all these rare a classic Jaguars all in one place.
We will be closed for the 4th of July Holiday and will reopen 8am Monday July 8th. Have a Safe And Wonderful Holiday.
Since the workload is continuously coming in at Authorized Imported Cars, we have expanded into some additional space and added a few more restoration bays. Our master body and restoration expert, Steve Dowling, is hard at work on a few interesting projects: 1967 Jaguar XKE 2+2 Coupe, 1968 Jaguar XKE Roadster, 1971 Porsche 911 Coupe. A 1988 Jaguar XJS Coupe is awaiting in the other side of the building. Stay tuned for progress updates and photos…
This Rover is one of our unique projects. We truly do have an interesting job here at Authorized Imported Cars. Almost everyday we get to see, feel, and hear some of the most interesting cars. Many of these cars are something that most people never get the pleasure of seeing in person. We get to help keep these cars going for many generations to come. This Rover 2000 from the sixties is a perfect example. How many of you have ever actually seen one of these? These Rover’s were way ahead of their time in both styling and options. Do a google search and learn more about these Iconic Rovers. The ROVER car company had many innovations before they came out with their famous LAND ROVER utility vehicles.
It’s true that on any given day we have a wide variety of vehicles here in our shop. Stop in and say hello and take a tour around our little museum of fine automobiles – ranging from classics and exotics to a few rare finds and many current special interest vehicles. We always have something interesting or unusual to peak your interest. You never know what you might find at AUTHORIZED IMPORTED CARS. Everyday seems to bring new and interesting projects to keep us busy. Right now, our workload consists of one car from the 1940’s, several cars from the 1950’s, and many cars & trucks from the 60’s up to 2012. We are very fortunate to have so many wonderful customers that entrust us with the repair and maintenance of their prized possessions. Thank you!
I came across this picture on the internet and it gave me a good chuckle. It reminded me of a time a few years ago, where this would have been relevant. I don’t know if any of you remember the Triumph Sports Cars, but the TR7 (and TR8) were the last of the small British sports cars to come to this country. They lasted about a year longer than the MG. The car first came out in 1975 and lasted until October 8th 1981. The wedge styling was very futuristic for the 70’s. As its advertisments boasted, it was “The Shape of Things to Come!”. Its true, cars eventually adopted the rakish wedge type design. But before that became the norm, The TR7 was mocked as the flying door stop, or a wedge of cheese… It also didn’t help that the car was initially unreliable and fell apart as you drove! By 1980, the car had spawned the convertible variant and reliability and quality issues were mostly resolved. It was too late, the car was headed to its grave.
A few years ago, I had an all original one owner low mileage convertible 1980 Triumph TR7 here at the shop. We had maintained this car here since new! The car was 100% perfect in every way. The owner asked us to sell the car for him. We sold it to an out of state buyer via the internet. The buyers informed me that they really didn’t know much about these little British cars but loved the styling and always wanted one. The new owners were coming from the mid-west to pay and pick up the car. They flew in early on a Friday morning and arrived promptly at the shop. I was engaged with another customer when they arrived. They said “take your time we will look around and see all the neat cars you have here”.
While they were waiting, they began to glance through the copy of “THE TRIUMPH BUYERS GUIDE” that we had on our book shelf. There are two sections in that book devoted to the TR7 – the early cars and the late cars. After reading the section about the early cars they put the book down and came to me and said “after reading that book, we changed our mind – we don’t want the car!” They never even saw the car in person, and rushed out the door and left. The early TR7 chapter they read really does say – DONT BUY! The later chapter tells how great the 1980 car became. If only they kept reading.
I was upset about loosing the sale, but looking back, it is a funny story…
A simple part, like this heater valve from a Jaguar S-Type, can create MAJOR headaches if preventative maintenance is ignored. Note the pink stains from leaking engine coolant/antifreeze. If left unrepaired this valve would have continued to leak. This leak would have shorted out the delicate climate control computers. We have seen this happen often and the repair parts cost over $2000. Replacing the heater valve at the first sign of trouble is your best line of defense against a high repair bill. This $290 part can cause over $2000 in damage if left unrepaired. Fresh antifreeze/coolant will also help prevent corrosion to the delicate engine cooling system components. Car manufacturers recommend flushing your coolant every couple of years to keep corrosion problems from developing. Let us MAINTAIN your car so you don’t have to worry about high repair bills.
The shop has been extremely busy and we have even sold most of our Pre-owned Jaguars and Land Rovers. Don’t worry we always have some interesting cars coming in looking for new homes. As a matter of fact we have a beautiful 2001 Jaguar S-Type that just came in.
A few of our major winter projects have gotten underway and I’m sure we will have enough time to complete them before the spring motoring season. We are in the process of building up several high performance engines, including a Jaguar Super V12 and a Bullet Proof Land Rover 4.6 Liter V8. We even have a very rare Land Rover Diesel Forward Control and a Daimler SP250 Roadster to prepare and get ready for the spring.
We have been replacing a lot of faulty transmissions lately. Even though the new car manufacturers consider their transmissions “sealed for life”, we still believe it is a good idea to change the fluid and filter on these vehicles. Here at Authorized Imported Cars, we have the proper tools, parts, and diagnostic equipment to enable us to properly service these transmissions. It is a computer aided process to service and fill these transmissions to the proper fluid level – there are no dipsticks for checking the level. Servicing the transmission is not something an enthusiastic car owner can do on a weekend with a few tools and and some fluid like in the good old days.
This weekend we will be away at a technical training program focusing on the BMW Mini Coopers. We will gain some fresh hands on knowledge about the new drivetrain diagnostics, coding, and programming. Mid-March we will be traveling to Florida for the National Technicians Training Conference to keep our Jaguar and Land Rover expertise up to date.
First we saw vehicles with no “user friendly” way of checking the transmission fluid – no dipstick – no way for a conscientious car owner to check his fluids on his/her own. Now we are seeing more and more vehicles without engine oil drain plugs and dipsticks. This has been the way for Mercedes for many years, but the newer JAGUARS and LAND ROVERS have adopted this method.
A typical oil change is not something that can be completed in a mater of minutes with these newer cars and trucks. It is a more involved process:
Take for example a newer JAGUAR or LAND ROVER with the 5.0 Liter V8 Engine. First you must run the vehicle to proper operating temperature. This will help the oil flow smoothly for step two. With the engine warmed up and turned off, you can access a tube within the oil filler on the top of the engine. Now you can fit the proper “suction” tool to suck out the oil from the engine. While the oil is being removed you may change the oil filter on top of the engine. Once you have completed these steps, proceed to fill the engine with the proper grade oil to Jaguar or Land Rover’s specs for oil and filter change – about 8 quarts. With the proper JAGUAR/LAND ROVER scan tool, verify that the oil level is within specs. Now you need to run the engine for a few minutes to warm and circulate the oil. Turn the engine off and wait approximately 10 minutes. Use the onboard computer to verify your oil level is correct. Now use the scan tool to reset the oil service interval settings/warnings.
If you think this is a project, you should see what we have to do in order to perform a transmission fluid/filter service and verify the proper fluid levels – that is a real project.
On a positive note, Thank you to Jaguar and Land Rover! By sucking the oil from the top of the engine, we don’t have the annoyance of oil dumped or spilled on us from up above!
I was viewing the NJ, NY, and PA salvage auction lists and watching the auctions today. It was very sad to see so many classic cars that were damaged and sent for salvage due to Hurricane Sandy. Besides the many classic cars, there were hundreds of newer Jaguars, Land Rovers, and other exotic cars like Ferraris and Masseratis. I saw everything from classic muscle cars to collector sports cars. It was very sad to see salt stains on the leather of someone’s proudly restored MGA. The Atlantic Ocean left sand throughout the interior of several Jaguar XKE coupes. The devastation to the car collector hobby is just plain sickening.
I can’t even imagine how a new car could be repaired after all the water damage, especially salt water damage. Let’s take, for example, one of the many newer 2011 or 2012 JAGUAR XJ sedans. There are countless computer components and electrical wiring connections under the carpets and seats. Most of these cars took on water above the seat bottoms. It would cost tens of thousands of dollars to replace or repair all of these sensitive components. Corrosion problems would be an endless nightmare. Don’t forget the carpets, padding, and interior materials that can harbor mold. Future owners could get sick driving in one of these cars. What is going to happen to all of these cars? Interestingly enough, many of these automobiles were bought by buyers in the Middle East, Africa, Russia, and Latvia. I wonder what plans they have overseas for our flooded Gems?