Richard Hammond discusses future filming of The Grand Tour
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The former Top Gear host has confirmed some parts of the car were in fantastic condition” but warned more work was still needed to complete the model. He admitted there was a “slight balls up” after he insisted on renovating the car’s bodywork instead of its mechanics.
Speaking to DriveTribe, Mr Hammond said:”There was a slight balls up because I insisted on pressing ahead with getting the body right and not the mechanics.
“Both halves of it are really good. You’ve got like the chassis, fantastic, engine, all running gear everything.
“But it is in two halves.”
The XK150 restoration was Mr Hammond’s lockdown project and he has released various videos detailing the work to repair the model.
However, just weeks ago he admitted the car was in a “bad” condition and needed to be completely taken apart once again.
After updating the car with a stylish new bodywork and interior, a differential issue was detected.
This means the damaged part will need to be completely replaced in order to get the model to a working condition.
The restoration work was undertaken by Neil and Anthony Greenhouse, historic restoration experts based in Hertfordshire.
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Speaking on the last DriveTribe clip, they confirmed the model would need to “come back to pieces again”.
Mr Greenhouse said: “Richard decided he wanted to take it to France on holiday.
“The problem is as you know he gets excited, wants it all now, wants to drive it.
“I did say you’re putting the cart before the horse but no customer is always right, never listens, there we go.”
He added: “He drove it, decided he didn’t want to take the risk, ‘oh the diffs widening. oh it’s a little rattle’. It’s a 70-year-old car.
“When you make a cake you don’t do the icing first do you, you get the ingredients you start from scratch and make it nice.
“Anyway, we’ve got to the stage now where it’s all got to come back to pieces again.
“We’ve got to take the engine out but on this car that could be quite tricky because it’s a very narrow engine bay.
“Thinking about it, it will be a lot easier to take the body off the chassis.
“This is what we should have done first time around, do the chassis first, get it painted, get it rebuilt, engine gearbox upgrade and then it should be a really nice car.”
The Jaguar XK150 is one of the most iconic classic models of the late 1950s and early 1960s.
The model was replaced on the production line by the even more iconic E-Type which went on to become one of the Jaguar’s most iconic models.
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