This FiBoy's Mk7 website is devoted to a restoration of a Mark 7 Jaguar 3.4 litre saloon. Updated
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"Restoration of a charming tourer"
||The Jaguar Mark 7 was manufactured from 1951 to 1956. In 11 model years more than 47,000 Mark VII, VIII and IX's had been produced. The big Marks were important cars for Jaguar, epitomizing Jaguar's motto of "Grace, Space and Pace." While they didn't have the scorching performance, nor quite the panache of the glamorous XK series cars, they did establish Jaguar as a producer of the high-performance luxury sedans for which they are still famous today. In spite of its weight, Jaguar was no slouch in performance. Road & Track recorded 0-60 MPH in 12.6 seconds. Top speed was 167 km/h.
cousin had bought a big barn and invited me to have a look. That
because I was staring at the formerly so stately four door Jaguar Mark VII Sedan, which was stored there. It had
terrible paint and really looked awful but I did not care - it was love at first sight!
My Mark7 is an
original to Finland imported car, chassis no. 736678.
had spotted the owner and I succeeded in buying the MarkVII wreck. The
owner had planned to restore it but lost interest. Happily enough nothing
essential was missing.
blasting is the fastest way to remove rust, but there is a big risk to
spoil the contours as panels elongate. Jaguar Mark VII had thick panels and we
avoided direct blasting with good results. Note the white wall rear wheel - it was on loan from my cousin's XK, see my XK120 Restoration story.
underneath was nice to look at after the treatment. Later on I learnt
that removing everything before sandblasting is better policy. Sand particles
will spoil all gaskets.
whole car was painted with
after sand blasting.
got then a thick epoxy coating modified with tar to enhance the
elasticity. Normal epoxy + normal car paint to outside. The MKVII 's color is Jaguar's Regency Red.
a big saloon and at first glance you will get frightened by the amount of
work. Soon after this pic was taken I started to glue noise
suppression felt to the body. The car got quiet indeed!
a Mk 7 is fun but takes a lot of time. My wife wanted to check
where I am spending the evenings. Friends at local Jag garage, Karaasi
Ky, fixed the original XK engine. It was not at all as beautiful as in shown in the original brochure! The engine served many jaguar cars for about 43 years and was very robust and versatile unit.
If you are interested in seeing an excellent, detailed restoration pictorial, then
Here is another site worth checking.
wood work was treated as fine furniture used to be - lots of rubbing and
varnish. It gave
fantastic silky gloss - but it proved out to be too sensitive against moisture.
I had to re-veneer and re-lacquer the dash and other woodwork after a couple of years!
I found this article some twenty years ago describing the woodwork in classic Jaguars.
||The newly finished Jaguar
Mk VII with white wall tyres and the proud owner. I managed to get time appropriate AA-753 registration
plates that were in use in Helsinki in the beginning of the fifties.
The original colour was grey. I wanted to follow the choice of the Queen mother and from there came the red theme. I did not have the courage to opt for a duotone scheme that I actually liked a lot. As an example goes this - or the shades inverted; blue bonnet with white silver sides, following the natural contours of the sideline, better than the MK9 style.
has a magic presence and is a pleasure to drive. The hand-rubbed walnut instrument board is impressive. Especially night driving with these fabulous
dash lights reflecting ultraviolet, which does not alter the dim luster of polished burl is an
No other car sweeps
through the curves so effortlessly if you remember to assist with
gas. Recall the Monte Carlo outright win in -56 ! There were also Finnish entries with the big cat but not very successful.
||The Mk VII was finished in -81 and we did a test drive to UK. My eldest son
posing outside an appropriate building.
We visited also Oldham &
Crowther (spares) Ltd who measured almost 15 bar pressure from each cylinder! Previous
owner had removed some 4 mm from the head, which gave tremendous
performance but also difficulties in shutting off the engine. I installed an additional 3 mm thick gasket in between to get the compression ratio back to 7:1 and this helped - I was able to drive the car with low octane kerosene in the other tank when starting with normal gasoline from the other - the XK 3.4L engine is really versatile! Later on I switched this original, but too much
tuned head to another, untouched one.
lady felt directly home as the fleet consisted of hand picked masterpieces
of British tradition. These vehicles still had style and quality
unspoiled by any isms.
The halogen main lamps for everyday use come from
soon we moved to Sweden, and Mk Seven served as an ice breaker when getting new
Range Rover sized M+S tyres give sure footing in winter time too.
For summer use Nokia NRC 205 R16
radials are excellent.
||The magnificently proportioned saloon has very spacious interior. Once we were altogether 11 people in, 4 adults and 7
children. Because of the huge rear legroom everybody felt OK in the Mk7. Speak about family-car comfort!
makes the Mark Seven a marvelous long tourer. Our family did several long journeys,
this time to Norway. The standard fitment, sliding sunroof that the Seven has is excellent to keep the children cool.
Note the full spats that I used that time. Later they
were modified to give sportier looks.
||This photo is most correct surrounding to both of the lady and our dog, who
enjoyed many trips in the roomy Jaguar mk7 too. The house is an hotel
and health spa today in Eastern Funland.
The Mark VII is renown for it's excellent road holding. One reason to this is the front suspension geometry utilizing torsion bar springs that give a soft ride. I have adjustable Koni shocks. The simply adjustable ride height is great!
||The Mk VII had hand-fitted British glove leather upholstery. The grey seats were refurbished with Oatmeal Connolly Autolux in the nineties.
MkVII is not anymore used daily. After the second restoration of paintwork,
woodwork and interior, the car is in mint condition with one change
against originality; the modern automatic gearbox. The old Moss gearbox is not fun to handle when you have accustomed to automatics.
This kind of view you get from Mark Seven's cockpit
duties of the MarkVII include serving as wedding car in the family. It has scored
5 weddings, once was the Jaguar XJ6 used.
silicone brake fluid to the Mark 7 drum brakes the annual nuisances caused by lengthy stand stills have disappeared.
||For festive family occasions there is no better car than a big Jaguar Mark VII Saloon. As the car stands high, jumping in and out goes with style - like in today's SUV's. Just try that in tight skirt and XJ Coupe!
||Happiness is about a sunny
summer day, an English picnic set, a lovely wife able to fix some good stuff into it and a big classic Jaguar cat, preferably a Mark7.
This phtograph was taken by Pekka from the annual meeting for British cars in 2003. To the left is a Historic racing E-type.
||Jaguar Mark Seven has a huge boot, which
makes it a splendid long trip car for families with children or golfing hobby or similar. Original brochure hinted to 4 bags but that is not any more so easy with modern drivers.
||Two big saloons showing
evolving genes during two decades. MkX is very beautiful from this view as the little bulbous
sides don't show. These are the largest Jaguars ever made. Note the modified spats of the MKVII.
||Speaking about boots we see
that even if the luggage compartment is huge, it may not be enough! Extra rack has been found
necessary. Here we see the biggest and smallest boots side by side. This early superb XK120
Roadster looks fantastic! More about XK models on my XK120 renovation pages.
||The rear ends of Jaguar
Saloons are marvelous. Although so different but still having so much in common! More pics of the coupe here.
||Normally Mk 7 does not need
assisted cooling. But entering a city during rush hours after cruising on the motor way has
always been a moment of unwanted excitement. Now I finally had the time to install the Kenlowe
fan that I bought 20 years ago in front of the radiator and it is not much visible, only the two
mounting bars tell the story. The small plug to the right is for the block heater - this car is prepared for cold Finnish winters!
Here is a picture taken of my car in the sixties in Hämeenlinna - what a change!
||Another small irritating
detail has been locking of the doors. The car's width is such that you can't reach the rotating
door locks from the driver's seat and that's why I installed central locking. That was
relatively easy but the rotating mechanism caused some excessive friction. That was solved with
.5 mm thick Teflon sheet between the door skin and the knob. I used the moment to renew the
door handles as well. These were available from Worchester
Classic Spares as so many other Jaguar MK 7 special items.
||My car's engine bay is not
totally original. I have added some noise insulation to the bonnet. For those who are interested in originality issues or Mark 7/8/9 this is a good link.
The original XK 3.4L inline straight 6 is a wonderful power unit giving 160HP and lots of smooth torque making driving a pleasure.
||Jaguar Saloons posing at Vesijärvi lake in Lahti. The much adored grace of line of the Mark7 is clearly evident.
The restoration of the 2.4 Jaguar seen in between is described here.
||The so called Mark Seven "bulk" disappears in correct surroundings like the Mukkula manor in Lahti, Finland.
||One of the design features
in all Jaguars is the grille and how it matches the mascot. In this case there are two very
active ones. More about Jaguar radiator mascot here (in the end of the page)
If you have questions about the car, please have a look on the Introduction - page, where my contact information is.
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