Early Jowett Javelin Restoration

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Chris Spencer
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This is a 1950 Jowett Javelin - A true mould breaker of the late 40's early 50's - water cooled boxer engine, torsion bar suspension, the frirst production car with a curved windscreen and a genuine 6 seater - Jowetts were built in Bradford, West Yorkshire - this particular car was exported to New Zealand when new where it has spent most of its life until a fellow Jowett Car Club member purchased it a few years ago and imported it to his home country of Switzerland. This year Peter drove the car over from Switzerland to the annual Jowett rally which was held in Wales - covering some 996 miles and winning the furthest distance travelled trophy at the rally. However, When Peter left to return home the car was left in the UK for a full restoration by a few of his friends within the club.

Now the car looks very presentable in the image - but it has seen a life, the paint is mismatched in several places and has panel gaps that take paint off on one apperture and you can drive a bus between on the opposing apperture - although the bodyshell is quite solid - it does have issues and most of the mechanicals have been the subject of various stages of neglect / bodge / abuse or all three in some cases. The task then is a complete restoration - obviously good servicable parts shall be cleaned / checked / adjusted & painted as required but there is a lot of repair / replace / remaking required - Here goes then - just post any questions or comments that you may have -

Thanks Chris 

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First jobs were remove the interior trim, trims & chrome to the front & rear of the car prior to the engine & gearbox being seperated from the car - then fabricate the brackets to mount the cars shell onto our turning jig - Once fabricated and the brackets mounted to the jig - over went the car

 

The door glass and window regulators were already removed and now the front & rear windows along with the rear quarter glass in the rear wings were removed to safe storage

Chris Spencer
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Full access to the underside of the car is now gained images to follow shortly 

 

 

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Looks like it will be lovely when it's done.

It's a real shame Jowett never survived, the cars were very advanced for the day. A friend's Father moved up from Bristol to be an engineer at Jowett just after the war, he used to tell fond stories of the factory. And about 3 years ago I worked for a lovely old lady whose first job was as an office girl at Jowett. She said it was a lovely place to work, if you had to deliver something to the other side of the factory they would send a car for you!

Oliver.

 

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MJL
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Chris Spencer wrote:

Full access to the underside of the car is now gained images to follow shortly

 

I sincerely hope they are as the Jowett is a really special car. Good luck with the work.

MJL

BuildingTheLegend
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Hi Chris - I do like these cars and hope to follow your progress here. Unfortunately the images won't display for me? Is it just me?

Building the Legend

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Chris Spencer
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Apologies - It looks like the Flickr account is more trouble than it's worth so I will attempt to replace the images - However, it would appear that I can not delete the flickr image in the original posting (I am sure that there will be someone on the forum with the knowhow) image now added above

 

Full access now gained - looks ok but wait until you see the detailed images that I am about to post