Hi There All,

I've finally found my dream boat after 4 years of looking from New Zealand over the internet. Ive just purchased an unmolested/barnfind 1970 XK19 from NY State.......soon to be on its way to New Zealand for a full engine out, hardware off and hull apart restoration.

Im hoping for some help from some of the more seasoned forum members who know and understand a little more of the history and fit out from this year.

In particular the side grab rail and morse control on the boat appear to be original as there us no other holes or repair holes around them, however I'm just wondering if this is the case. I do prefer the three foot side grab rail that most of the SS/XK's came out with, but if these are original I may keep her like that!

Im looking at spraying a wet finish Dupont paint system in the Factory Blue Bell Blue....can anyone confirm tell me how I would get a colour match to this original factory colour?

Also before I ship it from the States to NZ, I want to load some new SS Stainless Steel Rubbing Strip/Strake in the longest length I can find. Any recommendation on what product I should be looking at?

Regards Brad

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We ended up pulling the 400 motor and trans from Ken's boat 

The original 327 QA (30 over) will be going back in instead of the 400 after a complete rebuild 


The 19 commander and xk19 are both becoming more desirable to collectors,  

To a true collector a re gelcoated one may bring a little more over a repainted version but would also be far more labor intensive to go all new gel.

That being said modern paints have really come a long way and would hands down produce the highest gloss possible.

Take a look at the brand new Awlgrip SE clear Coat for example which has nearly the equivalent abrasion resistance of gel coat.

Also before you lay down any finish I'd recommend  glassing in additional structure on some key spots under the deck. Next to the windshield on fort. Deck, on side deck in line with step pads,

And the small area of deck between engine hatch and back seat.

Heres an illustration of the areas on the deck worth strengthening 

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