1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Arrives

Time to get on with the tasks in hand.

Our main objective on this project is to have her ready for Good Revival 2016 on Friday 9th to Sunday 11th September. As you can see, that gives us just 1 month.

A few slight problems reported to us but John is already well on the way with this one:

  • The brakes and handbrake needs checking as they can at times be a bit spongy.
  • The passenger’s lock is faulty which means the door does not shut as much as we would expect.
  • The wiring behind the dashboard needs to be investigated as the dials seems to be a little temperamental. Particularly the temperature gauge and the power supply to charge.
  • The bodywork has a few bubbles starting to appear so we need to look at repairing and respraying the areas. The main areas to concentrate on are the passenger’s door and the bonnet.

Jaguar E-Type Series 1 at Bridge Classic Cars

Jaguar E-Type Series 1 at Bridge Classic Cars

Jaguar E-Type Series 1 at Bridge Classic Cars

Jaguar E-Type Series 1 at Bridge Classic Cars

Jaguar E-Type Series 1 at Bridge Classic Cars

Jaguar E-Type Series 1 at Bridge Classic Cars

Jaguar E-Type Series 1 at Bridge Classic Cars

Having assessed the paintwork in more detail alongside the owner, we have decided that a bonnet and door repair and respray would not be good enough for a car of this grandeur.

Yes it can be done, we can strip the bonnet and door but painting just these two areas would make them look very fresh against the rest of the bodywork. When you have a series 1 Jaguar E-Type, you don’t want to be cutting corners. With a little more time and effort, you can make her 100% again.

So a full strip and respray is now on the board and I think that is absolutely the right decision. We are not rushing to get the job done we have all decided that the full respray will be carried out immediately after the Good Revival weekend. All other work is still scheduled to be completed in time but a full respray is not something you want to rush threw…and we certainly won’t be settling for ‘ok’.

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