Some smaller items have been crossed off the list...
The local trimmer called: driver's seat, gear knob and gaiter were ready for pickup!
Our daily driver was the pickup vehicle of choice: sufficient rear seat room to hold TWO XJ-S front seats if necessary...
The burst piping has been repaired SO well that my wife could not tell which side of the seat had been repaired!
The gear shift parafernalia looked equally OK:
Only now I noticed that the plastic disc with the shift pattern is not quite brand new, I might try to polish some of the scratches out at a later stage...
Waiting for woodwork was equally rewarding; these were the contents of yet another parcel from the UK:
My assumption that LHD (my car) and RHD (donor items) parts were interchangeable was confirmed, with the caveat that some corners and edges need minor fettling.
Apart from that only the springs clips needed to be transferred to the 'new' veneer panels.
LH ventilation bezel:
The most prominent panel, the central dash finisher:
Another minor imperfection had been bugging me, a vertical crack in the LH door mirror...
Step 1: order the correct part!
Step 2: use steel hooks to wiggle the old glass out:
Step 3: clean mirror body internals, re-route the heating wires from left to right side:
Step 4 was rather fiddly: aligning the three plastic notches that hold the mirror backing in place:
... but after a few minutes of gentle maneuvering all was good again:
Last job for now was the original radio. It took a while to find a working security code and get the poor thing back to life.
That called for celebration!
... with the original sales package cassette, of course...
Short video here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pimgmx/49937331881
Now it is on to the next job: re-tubing the lumbar support pneumatics...