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The Baby Jaguar
In a prior issue of the Windscreen, a picture and brief description of one of my last projects was posted. Because of my passion for XK-120 Jaguars, I created a model of my ’54 roadster by gluing up precut pieces of blue-board Styrofoam. I spent long hours scaling the 14 foot long original automobile to an 8 foot model, as close to 5/8 scale as I could make it.

All that original building took place over 30 years ago and then the project was stored away until last spring. Inspired by the rapid improvements in the shape and smoothing of the model, I am really committed to finishing the model in the following ways.

I will spray a couple of coats of polyester primer surfacer, sometimes called Featherfill. That will clearly show all the flaws. Many hours of sanding later, a coat of catalyzed primer will make it ready for the mold maker. Seven coats of wax on the model and off she’ll go.

Using wood and clay, I will create forms for the four bumpers, grille, tail lights and parking lights and vacuum form the parts. They can be chromed by vacuum metalizing. And since the creation of a scale windscreen is very difficult, I’ll make Brooklands windscreens instead.

My goal is to have a mold from which multiple bodies can be produced. I am re-engineering the drive mechanism and steering assembly from an old E-Z-GO golf cart. Narrowing the axles will be the hard part. After completion of a simple frame and reinforcements, I should have a 36 volt running-driving chassis. I’m hoping I can fit my 6’5” frame inside the car so I can drive it myself, probably around the yard and in parades. I hope the pictures give some idea of where I am in this project. Wish me luck.
These are year old photos; some progress has been made since.
Correct scale tires are from a utility trailer. Three 12 volt deep cycle batteries for power, instead of six 6 volt golf cart batteries. Car will have lights, leaf spring suspension, rear wheel brakes and shock absorbers and scale model upholstery. Any ideas on how to make wire wheel hubcaps?  Contact me at lowell@chariotofdreams.com

Check back again as I'll post updates.