I need a jacket (looks snazzy too). It's cold in a roadster in the Winter, despite what the crazy Brits will tell you.
I'd drive with earmuffs too, if they didn't look so ridiculous.
Okay, finally getting around to posting some Xmas pics of the main gift from my wife:
It's pretty, if you ignore the hack job resto someone attempted with the glove box (will be fixed). It's not all original, it isn't even close to being all original, there's probably nothing original on this car except the frame (which is in great shape). LOL. It''s a `62, and it should have a 3.8l, it has a 4.2, which doesn't match (or the head either, it seems), neither does the transmission, which is a ZF 5-spd. Nor the seats, which we believe are from a Healey or old TVR (changing those). It has updated front and rear suspension; competition adj. coilover gas-filled shocks (Afco) in the back, with a Ford (!) 3.70 LSD, and a tricky multilink WB in the front. There's bigger discs all the way around and stainless exhaust. It has more grunt than a normal E-Type, 300-350bhp, and whoever rebuilt the engine earned their money, because it's very smooth through the revs and more "cammy" than stock, larger cam for sure, and there's modern ignition. Really not sure to make of it, entirely. Obviously someone built it to be, if not a DD, a regular driver, because it's better than any other XKE I've driven; stops better, handles much better (almost no body roll), and out accelerates them too. But there's no regard whatsoever to value. This is a car that could easily be worth over 100k, updated properly, but as it sits with all the mods and updates it's ~60k. At least the Mrs didn't get ripped off, she paid less than that, so I'm not upset at all. She's really proud of the buy and has no idea about its "issues", the seller didn't tell her and I'm not going to either. In no way would I want to burst her bubble.
I'm happy with it, it's simply one of those head-scratchers that drops into the market. At least I won't feel bad when I add an EFI system, modern stereo, and new removable hardtop, or if anything goes boom.
The MP4 is here too, but haven't taken pics yet, but will do so and share them. It's been a little hectic with the holidays.
Another addition, not a gift but something I bought off ebay, is a pair of McIntosh MC60s:
Beautifully restored by a Mac tech in Memphis. I had ordered some Cary monoblocks, but they kept getting delayed. Then they wanted to act like it was my fault because I wanted a custom color, despite me paying a premium for it.
So I cancelled. I still like Cary, my SLI-80 is great, but their CS leaves something to be desired. Really glad I did cancel, however, these MC60s are the cat's PJs, at less than half the price. I love their sound through the Wilsons, it's warm but not relaxed. There's a distinct crispness that adds definition, with tight, punchy mid bass. They're an awesome contrast to my SS MC402, which is more of a HT amp anyway. They look nice too, I just have to keep the baby away from them (very hot), because God knows she likes to investigate everything.Edited by Magick Man - 12/27/12 at 4:47am