He has the dough, why not use a modern Jag V-8 instead of a Chevy? The building shop just not wanting to deal with something unfamiliar? It would be different if there were no modern Jag engines to consider.
The two-tone XJ6 isn’t the one mentioned being built in the article, it’s stated that it was built in 2013. The one being built is an older car, much more of a classic/collectible. It is mentioned that it was “messed with already”, so there wasn’t much guilt in “messing with” such a classic, but doesn’t look like it had so much done that it couldn’t have been restored. It’s his car, he has the dough (and courage?) to do what many of us would like to do – rebuild a favorite in our own version of what we think it should have been or could be if it was produced today.
I still hate taking a car that could be restored and making a hot rod or custom out of it! Would be hard for me to do. I’m reminded of an article in one of the hot rodding mags where a guy bought an older restoration of a late 30s Lincoln Zephyr two door coupe with flat-head V-12 to make into a hot rod, following the “start with the best car you can find” ideology. About 18 months after buying he drove the finished (and well done, I might add!) rod over to the original owners to show what he had done. Was puzzled that the guy came out and looked, then turned around and went into his house and shut the door without saying a word.
I understand. A still nice restored car, and a good collectible, not something a bit more obscure like my 63 four door Rambler wagon, butchered for a hot rod. Would have been different if it had been a basket case or needed extensive rebuilding or rare parts to complete. I’ve seen a 30s Packard hot-rodded, but it was basically just a decent body when the guy started – bent frame, no running gear. the owner told me he looked into restoring, but it would have cost what the car would have been worth (and a few years!) just to collect all the missing correct parts. I can understand that one!