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E-type Jaguar DIY - Restoration & Maintenance, A Kind of Loving, by Chris Rooke

  • Complete DIY restoration of an E-type Jaguar.
  • Perfect for those who carry out home servicing and repairs.
  • Details the trials and tribulations of an inexperienced enthusiast.
  • Simplifies and reaches the parts that the manuals don’t.
  • Gain the specific knowledge necessary to work on an E-type.
  • Anecdotes and mishaps, both amusing and encouraging.
  • Brutally honest, very detailed, 360 pages, over 550 photos.

 

An expert could not have written this book.  Experts start with knowledge and experience, and so inevitably make assumptions and gloss over important details.  Chris Rooke had played with classic cars before but had never fully restored one, and knew nothing about E-types.  He learnt by trial and error, making mistakes and correcting them.  With admirable courage, he does not hide his mistakes but details them for the benefit of others.  This unique approach has created a brilliantly useful and very readable book that really will help you if you want to work on your E-type or know more about the workings.

 

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Standard edition - Experts start with knowledge and experience, and so inevitably make assumptions and gloss over important details. Chris Rooke had played with classic cars before but had never fully restored one, and knew nothing about E-types.

 

 

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E-type Jaguar DIY - Restoration & Maintenance, A Kind of Loving, by Chris Rooke

New Zealand Classic Car

 

Review by Mark Holman

 

Chris Rooke, a drama teacher by profession, admits to a passion for classic cars, but one with no engineering or restoration experience.  However, he turns out to be a damn good writer; brutally honest about his mistakes, revelling in his successes and often very amusing.  Chris takes us through the sorts of dramas that many optimistic restorers must experience – from probably choosing the wrong car to restore in the first place, to not having a decent workshop and having to undo the work of many hours because of a missed step.  Not to mention a mixed range of experiences in dealing with suppliers, restorers, and in this case, ending up delighted with the end result.  Often it’s the seemingly simple tasks that cause the greatest frustration.

 

The level of detail in the book is amazing but it’s very readable – not dry or overly technical.  The hundreds of colour photos would be enormously helpful to anyone tackling a similar car, and they illustrate every step and item imaginable.

 

The 50-plus chapter headings give an idea of what you’ll come across, such as – How (not) to buy an E-type Jaguar, Re-re-re fitting the door seals and The carburettor linkages.  At the end of each one is a list of Lessons Learned (I imagine a lot of them would apply to any restoration job, regardless of the car involved).

 

Bodywork, mechanicals, interior, the smallest fittings and essential tools are all covered in layman’s terms from a guy who really did the hard yards, and who tells his tale with some style.

 

Definitely recommended.

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