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June 9, 2013

On the road again…

Filed under: Cars — chuck goolsbee @ 11:08 pm
awakening from hiberation
awakening from hiberation

I really drove the 65E today for the first time in a long time. Work. Moving. Life… it has all kept me too busy to give it (and this blog!) the attention it deserves. It fired on the first try(!), and drove really well. I always forget what an amazing machine it is if I haven’t driven it in a while. The wonderful exhaust note. The amazing view out over the bonnet. The “snick-snick” of shifts.

I had to make a run to the grocery store and figured “why not? I’ll take the Jag.” A 30 mile trip turned into 100 miles just because I could. Left the grocery and pointed the bonnet up the highway to Mt. Bachelor.. went all the way to Sparks Lake before I turned around and came home.

Mt. Bachelor from Sparks Lake.
Mt. Bachelor from Sparks Lake.
Oregon Cascades
Oregon Cascades

Of course, nothing is perfect, most of all this car. I noted a few broken things that I’ll have to fix soon. Stay tuned.


  1. I suppose the license plate is “broken”, as it claims residence in the state of Washington.
    Are Oregon’s fees conducive to restoring the “65E” plate?

    Comment by lee — June 10, 2013 @ 3:29 pm

  2. Welcome back to the land o’Jag! I’ve taken Tweetles out a few times, but it’s thirsty nature and my lack of funds will keep it parked a lot this season. I’m having a ball with my new Rover 2000TC, and it actually gets decent mileage and runs on the cheap stuff, so it may be the toy ‘choice for this season.

    Comment by vrooomie — June 11, 2013 @ 4:18 pm

  3. Nice to see something on the blog and the E again.

    My TR was off the road for a bit waiting for me to get around to putting it back together after pulling the oil pan to check thrust washers.

    While I was at it, I replaced the aluminum front sealing block with a steel unit. I love the fact that it has wooden wedges that have to be driven in and cut flush with a sharp wood chisel! (No more oil leaks – in the front of the engine anyway)

    I’ve got a T-5 5 speed transmission sitting in the garage waiting to be installed as my next big project.

    Comment by markc — June 13, 2013 @ 3:09 pm

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