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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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!