- smellody (Online)
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Fast forward to adult hood. I sold the Mk2 when I got married, as I lost my garage storage, and sold my '69 XKE to pay for the building materials to make our 420 square ft house 744 square feet when my first baby was due. A little more than a decade later I replaced my lost cars with my low mileage '91 Rolls Royce Silver Spur II. Might I add the only British car I've owned that always starts and never leaks. I guess at $176,500 new it had to be good.
The Rolls is amazing and Mercedes also always start, but I missed having a Jaguar. About eight years ago I bought my '97 XK8.
Love it. The only problem it had was the headliner sunk to my shoulders. I promptly bought 3M adhesive and ended up with a still sagging headliner with what looked like snot trails soaked through. Next step.... remove the headliner. A few years and 40k miles later there ZF transmission gave up while returning from Bend. I made it home in limp mode and parked it in the Jag in the garage. It took a couple of years but I finally sourced and installed a low mileage junk yard transmission myself. The car sat another year or two before I actually started driving it again regularly this year. The car was great, sans the headliner.
I loved Austin Power's Shaguar
and had an idea to adhere the Union Jack in flag form as the headliner. I found an actual auto upholsterer (something I have not used in 25 years) and took him my project. He said the flag was too thin. I agreed and asked him to adhere some nice grey headliner material to the form and call me when it was ready.
Six weeks later he sent me this picture.
He had sourced a large enough fleece blanket from the BBC website and made it into my new improved headliner. I was over the moon.
I installed it last week.
I hope you can appreciate it. It makes me beyond happy every time I drive my XK8. I imagine only dirtbag will understand the shagging possibilities in a Shaguar. I might add that the cockpit is very quiet now with a headliner again...