About me

Welcome to my website covering the history, restoration and “personalizations” to my toys. Feel free to post a comment in an entry or email me with questions, suggestions  and/or comments.

A brief summary:

The first project was our 1959 AN5L 11257 ”Bugeye” Sprite. The Bugeye was acquired in 1998 as a project for my son, John, who was then fifteen years old. Its ownership has now passed on to John.

The second project was our 1960 BT7L4422 3000 MK I. I purchased it in 1971 as my first car and began restoring it in December 2001. The restoration was completed in the spring of 2008. I have lovingly maintained it since completion and it looks and runs about as well as it did when finished. The more recent posts detail a ten-year renewal project for the car.

The third is our 1964 223715 DN Jaguar MK 2.  I purchased it in January 2010 and began restoring it immediately, albeit slowly. We relocated to Florida and downsized and while it was hard to do, this car was sold as an “almost” finished restoration.

The fourth car to mention is a 1987 Alfa Romeo Spider Quadrifoglio. “Alfie” was my father’s car and he gifted it to me. “Alfie” was sold in October, 2022 to a new owner in Texas.

I have removed ValveChatter references to the 2005 Porsche 911 Carrera S and the 1969 Mercedes Benz 280SL that we also previously owned, but I am going to leave the Jaguar MK2 material on the website, at least for now.

I would love to have your feedback!


Lin Rose

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Bradenton, FL

8 thoughts on “About me

  1. I have been researching the radiomobile hand crank Aerial as I have the body (in my Mk2) but not the auxiliary parts ( eg drive cable or correct mast etc.) You mentioned you were able to source the replacement aerial masts and Arial. Are you able to advise where I can source these parts as it would be great to get the original winding mechanism functional again?
    Ian Garrard .

  2. Hi Lin, your website is a true gift for me and my project. I’m working on a MK2.
    I bought my car in parts without proper labeling. They delivered a truck full of items and I’m trying to put it back together restoring numerous items along the way. It’s my first project and I had no Jaguar before. So, thanks again, for sharing pictures and information of your project.
    Regards, Wouter

    • Hi Rick, I used to be in Virginia. Now in Florida. I am afraid you are confused. I took my healey to VIR to put it on their dyno. That was some time ago. You will need to check with them about the services they offer.

  3. Thank you for this Lin. As an owner of a MK2 that I want to do some work on this is an invaluable cross reference. I hope you will be able to keep the Mk2 stuff up.

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