1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1

Jaguar E-Type Re-Trim

The re-trim of our 1965 Jaguar E-Type has now been completed and although a relatively late finish we have successfully managed to hand the car

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Ready for Goodwood

She came in to us a little over 3 weeks ago for some routine maintenance. Since them the team has: Removed the alternator and bracket

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Faulty Fan Sensor

When running the car up to temperature we discovered a fault with the fan sensor. A new sensor has been ordered and will arrive with

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Tidying the E-Type interior trim

Whilst in our workshops Donna has taken some time to work on tidying a couple of areas within the interior that would benefit from a little improvement. We have changed some of the fixings for new, double stitched the gearshift gaiter surround and fitted new anti-slip treads in the rear.

1965 Jaguar E-Type work

Lots of fantastic works being carried out on our 1965 Jaguar E-Type. The radiator has been re-positioned to make way for the new electric fan system.

The new new 123 Ignition electronic ignition has also been installed.

” 123ignition is a worldwide respected brand of ignition systems for classic cars. 123ignition is a brand name of the company Albertronic BV. The distributors are produced with respect for the classic design and character of the car. Despite the classic appearance, the ignition contains the most modern electronics. This will guarantee a powerful spark with a perfect timing. 123ignition is continuously working on expanding and perfecting its product assortment.

123ignition stands for quality products. We work with a passionate team to create excellent products. This passion for technology and classic cars play an important role. A 123ignition is produced with the most care and consistency at our Dutch factory. Every item is tested extensively before it leaves the factory. This way, the excellent quality is guaranteed.

123ignition has been active in the field of classic cars for more than 15 years and through this became a respected brand. The company started in 1992 and from 2001 fully focused on electronic ignition systems. The first prototype ignition was born out of passion a couple of years before. A project was started to provide an electronic ignition for a Citroen 2CV. This turned out to be such a great success that the project was turned into a product. Meanwhile, the assortment expanded more and more, and we can now offer a suitable product for many classic cars.”

Meanwhile, our friends at Wyatt Polishing have returned out zinc plated wishbones to be re-fitted.

Our friends and colleagues at Car Glass and Trim have paid us a visit to re-fit the rear window and rubber.

And last but certainly not least, Ady has completed the full rebuild of our carburettors with new seals and gaskets.

Repairing our Jaguar E-Type Floor

We are currently in the process of remedying the corrosion issues we have discovered underneath our 1965 Jaguar E-Type.

We discovered the rust and corrosion whilst the car was with us for an upgraded rear differential. In order to complete the task properly the rust needed to be removed and new sheet work applied before we could even consider fitting up the new diff.

The area is now addressed and under seal has been applied.

Rebuilding our Jaguar E-Type Carburettors

Progress on our 1965 Jaguar E-Type project has not been fantastic recently so one success story to report is the completion of the carburettor rebuilds Ady has been busy stripping the carbs, cleaning up and replacing the seals and gaskets. He has now rebuilt the carbs and is ready to refit.

Unexpected issues on our E-Type

What we assumed would be a relatively straight forward diff upgrade on our 1965 Jaguar E-Type has unfortunately turned to be much more serious.

We have discovered rust coming through which will need to be addressed before we do anything else.

This has turned the project into something much larger but although the picture seems gloomy at present, once the work is complete it is reassuring to know that the car is as it should be.

Building up some E-Type Back Axles

Building up a couple of Jaguar E-Type rear set ups at the same time this week. First up, we have our E-Type race car back axle.

Secondly we have our up rated back axle with adjustable shocks, all new bushes and bearings.

Building up our new rear diff

John is currently rebuilding the up-rated rear diff for our 1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1.

We are fitting new groove and drill up-rated discs, pads and calipers. We are fitting a Series 3 set up and installing new easy bleed pipework.

1965 Jaguar E-Type preparing for Goodwood

Having recently been in our workshops for a full interior re-trim it has been a hectic Saturday here at Bridge Classic Cars getting our 1965 Jaguar E-Type ready for this Monday’s CKL Track Day at Goodwood Motor Circuit.

The re-trim is almost complete, the car is mechanically sound and the car’s owner has just arrived to fit up the racing decals ready for Monday.

The car will be leaving our workshops in our Bridge Classic Cars trailer so if you see it on the way down to Goodwood make sure you give them a waveh.

Jaguar E-Type Re-Trim

The re-trim of our 1965 Jaguar E-Type has now been completed and although a relatively late finish we have successfully managed to hand the car back to the owner in time for Monday’s track day at Goodwood.

A few alterations will need to be made once Monday has passed but for now, the car is ready for the track…

1965 Jaguar E-Type Re-Trim

Tight deadlines on this project as we carry out a full re-trim of our 1965 Jaguar E-Type. Work needed to be completed in time for the Goodwood track day on Monday 11th March.

Kim and Tommy have worked tirelessly on this one and the results are fantastic.

Work begins on our Jaguar E-Type full re-trim

A familiar face returns to Bridge Classic Cars as we welcome back our 1965 Jaguar E-Type Fixed Head Coupe for the interior transformation.

Kim is busy stripping the interior to individual component level ready for the fit out to begin.

We are replacing like for like so the colour combination will remain the same as the original specification; finished in Old Beige.

We are aiming for completion at the beginning of March as the car is due to experience the track for a Jaguar day out at The Goodwood Motor Circuit.

1965 Jaguar E-Type service

Today we see the return of our beautiful 1965 Series 1 Jaguar E-Type. She’s on wedding duties next week so we have a bit of work to do to get her ready.

Firstly we need to carry out a full service and to check over everything. We have reports of a slight over run when moderately warm. Finally, the rev counter has an intermittent fault.

Jaguar E-Types outside Bridge Classic Cars

The sun was shining this afternoon and with the door open and our 1971 V12 roadster on the front ramp we couldn’t resist parking up our 1965 Jaguar E-Type and our 1970 Jaguar E-Type out the front to show off this wonderful collection.

  • 1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 – Green
  • 1970 Jaguar E-Type Series 2 – Red
  • 1971 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 Roadster – Golden Sand TBC – bare metal, on the ramp

Fitting the Motif Bar and Badge

The final task on our 1965 Jaguar E-Type respray project was to fit the new motif bar and badge.

The existing bar was broken and had been temporarily fixed with superglue but as the car was stripped for paint we purchased a new bar and badge but due to low stock with the supplier this was the last item to arrive.

Not a problem, the bar is now fitted and the car is complete.

Our 1965 Jaguar E-Type returns from paint shop

It has been a long time away but time very much well spent. Our 1965 Jaguar E-Type 2+2 has finally returned to the Bridge Classic Cars workshops in Ipswich for finishing off, completely rust and rot free and looking amazing!

The new windscreen has been fitted but the existing rubber is not looking at it’s best so we’ve decided to replace with brand new. Along with fitting the new number plates to the front and rear this will be the final task to carry out on the car before she can return to Felixstowe and enjoy a full summer of shows.

The final touches to our 1965 Jaguar E-Type in the paintshop

Here we are on the final stages of our 1965 Jaguar E-Type respray. A little longer than we hoped and expected but we are delighted to have uncovered the rotten areas and tackled all of the issues before they got any worse.

The chrome is now re-fitted but unfortunately due to the broken badge bar being too expensive to repair we are just awaiting the arrival of the new one.

All that is left to do now is refit the new windscreen and rubber, give her a good clean and polish and she’ll be ready for the summer shows!

 

Fresh paint on our 1965 Jaguar E-Type

The first glimpse of our 1965 Jaguar E-Type fresh out of the paint shop.

Bob was busy working on it as I took the photos so I didn’t want to distract him too much.

The first panel to paint was under the number plate section at the back.

We still have the front valance to paint and once this is completed Bob will assess the finish to ensure that he is happy.

The new rubbers have arrived for the areas affected by the removal process so once the paint has undergone a first polish we’ll start to rebuild the car.

1965 Jaguar E-Type – there’s always light at the end of the tunnel…

So the previous few posts have been us highlighting areas of corrosion that we’ve discovered during the bodywork preparation process.

Although it is all very manageable and does not come as a surprise to us at Bridge Classic Cars we are now pleased to be able to provide some positive news.

As the saying goes, there’s always light at the end of the tunnel and here’s our light.

The rear end is starting to take shape so we seem to be doing less of the ‘pulling apart’ and more of the ‘putting it back together’ and that’s great news!

Working on the rear arch and valance

Here we have more images to demonstrate the extent of the corrosion we are finding and more importantly, tackling.

The rear valance has now been removed in the rotten areas as well as the nearside rear arch panels.

Work to the E-Type bonnet and offside sill

The repair work continues on our 1965 Jaguar E-Type as we get it prepared for paint.

The corroded areas on the bonnet’s edge have now been removed and replaced with new steel

Work has also been carried out on the offside sill to repair more corrosion.

More of the body is revealed

As work continues on our 1965 Jaguar E-Type we are unfortunately revealing more and more areas that require immediate attention.

We have discovered a number of unexpected rotten areas whilst stripping and preparing the bodywork. The areas in questions are not large and are most definitely manageable but its great that we have found them now rather than letting them deteriorate even further.

They will now be removed and repaired to ensure that the same issues will not arise again.

More of the body is revealed

As Bobbie works his way round the car he’s revealing various areas that need attention.

All in a days work for our team of exceptionally talented mechanical and bodywork technicians.

She’ll be looking as good as new in no time.

Working on our Jaguar E-Type bonnet

We closed off 2016 with various projects still underway and a busy diary looking into January and February.

Work on our 1965 Jaguar E-Type was unfortunately a little delayed at the back end of last year but now we are back, we have been busy knuckling down on the tasks at hand. Bobbie has been dedicating his days, since returning, to preparing the body of the Jaguar to get it ready for paint.

Here we have the latest images of the bonnet being worked on.

As with a lot of classic car projects we often remove components which then reveal more, hidden defects that are not always visible from the initial inspection. Unfortunately our 1965 Jaguar E-Type is an example of just that.

Bobbie has found many more holes around the car that were not intially obvious but nothing that is too concerning and will not set us back too long.

Jaguar E-Type badge bar is broken

As we start to strip our 1965 jaguar E-Type of it’s components ready for the bodywork to be prepared we noticed that someone has made a makeshift repair on the front badge bar.

Although the glue that was used to repair the bar was sufficient and able to carry out the job, an E-Type as beautiful as this deserves the best treatment.

As the metal used to manufacture the badge bar is Mazak it is not capable of withstanding the stress of being welded it is probably best to fit a new badge bar instead.

Jaguar E-Type Badge Bar - Mazak

Jaguar E-Type Badge Bar - Mazak

Zamak and Mazak

Zamak

Zamak (formerly trademarked as ZAMAK[1] and also known as Zamac) is a family of alloys with a base metal of zinc and alloying elements of aluminium, magnesium, and copper.

Zamak alloys are part of the zinc aluminium alloy family; they are distinguished from the other ZA alloys because of their constant 4% aluminium composition.[2]

The name zamak is an acronym of the German names for the metals of which the alloys are composed: Zink (zinc), Aluminium, Magnesium and Kupfer (copper).[2] The New Jersey Zinc Company developed zamak alloys in 1929. Zinc alloys are popularly referred to as pot metal or white metal. While zamak is held to higher industrial standards, it is still considered a pot metal.

The most common zamak alloy is zamak 3. Besides that, zamak 2, zamak 5 and zamak 7 are also commercially used.[2] These alloys are most commonly die cast.[2] Zamak alloys (particularly #3 and #5) are frequently used in the spin casting industry.

A large problem with early zinc die casting materials was zinc pest, owing to impurities in the alloys.[3] Zamak avoided this by the use of 99.99% pure zinc metal, produced by New Jersey Zinc’s use of a refluxer as part of the smelting process.

Zamak can be electroplated, wet painted, and chromate conversion coated well.[4]

Mazak

In the early 1930s Morris Ashby in Britain had licensed the New Jersey zamak alloy. The high-purity refluxer zinc was not available in Britain and so they acquired the right to manufacture the alloy using a locally available electrolytically refined zinc of 99.95% purity. This was given the name Mazak, partly to distinguish it from zamak and partly from the initials of Morris Ashby. In 1933, National Smelting licensed the refluxer patent with the intent of using it to produce 99.99% zinc in their plant at Avonmouth.[5]

Jaguar E-Type Series 1 returns for a full respray

Earlier in the year we carried out some remedial work on our 1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 to get her ready for the trip to Goodwood Revival.

Now the weather is a little less appealing it’s time for her to return for a full respray.

1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1

1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1

1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1

1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1

1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1

1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1

Ready for Goodwood

She came in to us a little over 3 weeks ago for some routine maintenance.

Jaguar E-Type at Bridge Classic Cars

Since them the team has:

Removed the alternator and bracket and refurbished

Full service

Re-timed the carburetors

Replaced the rear brake pipes

Bled the brakes and adjusted the handbrake

Re-cored and refitted the original radiator

Checked all the dash gauges and rectified electrics to ensure they all function correctly

Replaced the voltage stabiliser

Renew some dash wiring

Fit new exterior door handle, gaskets and locks

Replace fan temperature sensor

Refit exhaust system

Re-align near side door to improve fit and aesthetics

…and now, she’s off to enjoy a weekend at Goodwood Revival.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faulty Fan Sensor

When running the car up to temperature we discovered a fault with the fan sensor.

A new sensor has been ordered and will arrive with us tomorrow morning.

Jaguar E-Type Fan Sensor

The handle has been repaired

When it’s a gorgeous summer’s evening here in Suffolk there’s nothing better than taking out your beautiful 1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 for a drive. Maybe find a local pub, grab a bite to eat and enjoy a couple of ‘cokes’ and watch the sun goes down whilst chatting to all the admirers looking at your car.

What you don’t want…or more to the point, what your passenger doesn’t want is the the door to keep flinging open when they least expect it.

Unfortunately that’s the issue we were up against when this one came in to us.

Upon closer inspection, the rod inside the passengers lock had buckled which was causing the latch to remain in the open position…not ideal.

A new handle and locking mechanism was required, once this had arrived to us John got working on fitting back up.

Now the passenger can enjoy the drive just as much as the driver!

Fitting handles and locking mechanism to a Jaguar E-Type

Fitting handles and locking mechanism to a Jaguar E-Type

Fitting handles and locking mechanism to a Jaguar E-Type

Fitting handles and locking mechanism to a Jaguar E-Type

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’.

Getting ready for Goodwood Revival

With only weeks to go until Goodwood Revival 2016 Bridge Classic Cars has been given a beautiful 1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 with a few remedial works needing to be carried out.

Time is of the essence with this project but as big fans and regulars of Goodwood Revival ourselves we know the importance of having this ready for the big event.

The first task with any project is to assess the work that needs to be carried out. Whether we visit the car in it’s current residence or they are brought down to our workshops on Deben Road in Ipswich, we fully assess and discuss what is required and of course, the timescale and budget that the customer would ideally like us to work to.

Jaguar E-Type Series 1

Jaguar E-Type Series 1

Jaguar E-Type Series 1

Jaguar E-Type Series 1

Jaguar E-Type Series 1