1967 Jaguar E-Type Series 1

Workshop Walkabout

We took a walk around our busy workshop this afternoon to see what all our technicians are working on right now. First up we have

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Hidden Bluetooth Amplifier

Ideal for hidden audio solutions! Our hidden Bluetooth amplifier allows you the option to retain the appearance of your vehicle interior whilst offering a quality

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Fitting up the brakes

Tommy is now away sailing the Suffolk coast for a couple of days but before he left our workshops yesterday he managed to complete the installation

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Fitting the new wiring loom

As with the majority of our wiring harness’, we deal directly with Autosparks. Autosparks are the market leaders in manufacturing bespoke harness’. They use British Standard

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Jaguar E-Type Carbs

The triple carbs are now completely refurbished and awaiting completion of the restoration of the manifold to allow the final fitting to the engine.

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And away she goes…

We are excited to announce that this week saw the start of our next big restoration project, our 1967 Jaguar E-Type Series 1. As John
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Collection Day

It was a 5:30am on Saturday morning. We were all present and on time at Bridge Classic Cars HQ ready for the long trek up to Holmesfield,
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The Tail End Of The E-Type Jaguar

Our 1967 Black E-type Jaguar had its final re-wiring before we sent it off purring back to its owners yesterday.

Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, this E-Type came in way back in 2016 for a full restoration. We’ve worked on her over the past 4 years for regular maintenance and repairs.

She’s come a long way from the total rebuild we received in 2016! It’s always a pleasure to have such an iconic vehicle in the workshop.

Workshop Walkabout

We took a walk around our busy workshop this afternoon to see what all our technicians are working on right now.

First up we have Paul, who’s looking into an oil leak from the 1967 Jaguar E-Type. “I’m taking the sump off to further inspect where the oil’s coming from” he explains. “It’s quite possibly that the crankshaft seals that have gone.” With some further inspection, we’re sure Paul will figure out the issue.

Here we have Tamas and Andrew, both working on different parts of our 1963 Morris Minor 1000. Tamas is preparing sections of the car ready for assembly, in this picture he’s working on the foot well. Meanwhile, Andrew is sandblasting various parts for the car.

John our Workshop Manager has been working on the dashboard fittings on our 1960 Jensen 541R. “I’ve been fitting the glove box” explains John “along with the cooling fan control unit.”

And lastly we have Dave, who’s been working on a new gearbox mount for the 1958 Jensen 541R. “I’ve made the part already” says Dave “but no doubt there’ll be several versions I make before I find one that fits perfect.”

There’s always lots happening in the workshop here at Bridge Classic Cars. The team are a little camera shy, but it’s nice to catch them off-guard doing what they do so well!

1967 Jaguar E-Type Series One In the Paint Shop

In the Bridge Classic Cars Paint Shop, Chris has been working on our 1967 Jaguar E-Type. He’s done a superb job repainting the bonnet of this series one.

Chris has also painted the newly reshaped light covers for the same black E-Type. Top work, Chris

1967 Jaguar E-Type Light Shield Modification

Dave, one of Bridge Classic Cars’ technicians has been working on modifying the light shield surround on our 1967 Jaguar E-Type. There was previously a slight gap between the light shield and the bodywork. Dave has let in fresh metal and shaped to fill the gap perfectly. It will now go down to our Paint shop to by painted body colour.

1967 E-Type Choke Unit Leak

Pete has been working on our 1967 Jaguar E-Type. There was a leak coming from the choke unit. We have identified it was a failing washer that was causing the leak. Pete’s installed new copper washers to remedy the fuel leak. Top work, Pete.

Jaguar E Type Brake Upgrades

This gorgeous 1967 Series 1 Jaguar E-Type is in the classic car workshop today for a front brake upgrade. The original front brakes are single piston callipers. We are installing uprated two piston callipers which will be able to apply significantly more pressure through the brake pads. Pete has now installed the new brakes.

Whilst in our care this lovely E-Type will also have the following items adressed.

-Leak in fuel tank

-Nearside hydraulic reservoir leak

-Fuel weep on carb bank

-Headlamp cowl fitment needs adjusting

-Wind noise from nearside door trim

-Replace dash top trim where torn

-Replace trailing edge bonnet grille

The return of our 1967 Jaguar E-Type

It will be lovely to see the return of our 1967 Jaguar E-type into the workshops on Tuesday next week. Having now been on the road for some time with it’s new owner it is time to go over the odd snags and the first full service since leaving us. Mauro has been on the road all day today and the car is now with us ready for next week.

The Ickworth Hotel Photoshoot – 1967 Jaguar E-Type

The photo shoot of one of our most popular restorations was held on 23rd May 2018 at the stunning setting of The Ickworth Hotel.

A huge thank you to Viv, Faye and the team down at the hotel for welcoming us so warmly on the day.

The perfect back drop for one of our most beautiful restorations. We couldn’t have asked for a better time to complete the project, just one week after the famous pictures of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their wedding day driving away in a Series 1.5 roadster.

The Ickworth Hotel Photoshoot – 1967 Jaguar E-Type

Behind the scenes of today’s shoot.

We were lucky enough to have unlimited access to one of the most beautiful locations in Suffolk. The Ickworth Hotel is a luxury family friendly hotel nestled in 1800 acres of Suffolk National Trust parkland; the perfect venue for family holidays, weddings, celebrations, cycling bikes, strolling on foot or clambering up ancient trees. While the kids play in the crèche, swim in the indoor pool or sip champagne in the historic walled gardens. Family time or me time – you’ve got all the time in the world.

We quite often receive lovely feedback from locals when we arrive for our shoots but no car has generated as much attention as our E-Type did today. With lots of onlookers stopping by to have a chat and many guests sneaking some phone pictures from their hotel windows.

We love bringing people together with our builds. Classic Cars are truly stunning and should be appreciated by everyone, enthusiasts and admirers alike.

One gentleman popped over from his DB9 to have a chat with us. Once an E-Type owner himself he has dreamt of owning a DB9 for many years and has finally got his wish with this stunning machine.

The bonnet’s open so why not!

The bonnets open on our 1967 Jaguar E-Type 2+2 stunner so I thought I’d capture a couple of shots of the incredible engine bay.

The sun is shining and we are out testing our E-Type

The sun is shining so what better way to spend the day but to test drive some of our lovely cars that are nearing completion.

Th 1929 Morris Cowley, the 1975 Maserati Merak, the 1974 Triumph GT6 and our stunning 1967 Jaguar E-Type have all taken to the roads today.

New additions to our 1967 Jaguar E-Type

As we draw even closer to the completion of our 1967 Jaguar E-Type restorations we have a few new additions to mention;

The interior is almost all in now, just completing work on the centre console but the rear seats, boot area are now all in and looking incredible.

The rear view mirror is now fitted.

And the brand new wire wheels and tyres have now been fitted up.

Hidden Bluetooth Amplifier

Ideal for hidden audio solutions!

Our hidden Bluetooth amplifier allows you the option to retain the appearance of your vehicle interior whilst offering a quality sound from your mobile phone or other portable music devices either via Bluetooth or via the headphone jack.

There is no need to have a radio installed in your vehicle, however, you will require at least two speakers or one of our dual voice coil single speakers. The amplifier can be hidden away behind the dashboard, under the seat or even in the boot and is capable of powering 2 or 4 speakers.

Specifications

Maximum output @ 4 ohms 4 x 250 watts
RMS output @ 4 ohms 4 x 60 watts
Frequency Response 0 HZ – 20 KHZ
Fuse Rating 5 Amps
Power Supply 10 to 16 volts
Sensitivity 150 MV
Channel Separation > 50 DB
THD < 0.1 %

Dimensions – 113 x 80 x 45mm

And due to air conditioning system installed we have a lack of room to play with in our 1967 Jaguar E-Type 2+2.

With that in mind we have manufactured our speaker boxes to house the hidden speakers which will be strategically placed throughout the car.

The E-Type Interior Refit

We are now on to the final stretch of the full restoration of our 1967 Jaguar E-Type 2+2. John is fitting up the black interior with all of the modern additions including the bespoke Air Conditioning panels and the fully concealed blue-tooth audio set up.

The newly rebuilt engine is set up and running

We have successfully set up the engine and carbs of our 1967 Jaguar E-Type 2+2 Series 1 and here we have her running for the first time.

This afternoon, Tommy was also successful in setting up the clutch and braking system.

Whilst Pete was kept busy reassembling the bonnet ready to be fitted up.

Sourcing a broken spring

Sounds like a simple task but it is very much the opposite.

Our 1967 Jaguar E-Type 2+2 door catch may look the part having been fully refurbished but upon closer inspection you’ll see the small spring is a broken. Typically, this spring is probably the most important aspect of the mechanism and is almost impossible to source on it’s own without buying a completely new unit.

Tommy has managed to reproduce the spring, strong enough to withstand the strains that is required. It is times like this where the talents of a classic car restorer really shine through. It may be simpler to buy a new one to fit but it’s much more cost effective to utilise the skills that you have available to you.

Progress on our 1967 Jaguar E-Type

We’ve reached the end of another busy day here at Bridge Classic Cars and as I switch the lights off in our workshops I have, sitting in front of me, our stunning 1967 Jaguar E-Type 2+2 Series 1 project.

It’s lovely to look back at just how far we’ve come with this car.

…and not far from being complete, here she is now.

Fitting up the E-Type heat shields

Tommy has now successfully fitted up the engine heat shields. The heat shields run all the way underneath the car from down pipes through lengths of transmission tunnel. There are 4 heat shields in total.

 

E-Type Reverse Light Now In Position

The brand new Jaguar E-Type reverse light is no in position and it’s one of the first sites of how stunning the chrome on black will be.

 

Installing the new tank in our E-Type

Not as easy as we had planned, our new tank just didn’t want to play fair with us today but Tommy persevered and after some gentle persuasion it’s in and looking lovely.

Installing the E-Type Air Conditioning System

The brand new air conditioning unit from Clayton Classics is now being installed in the centre console of our 1967 Jaguar E-Type.

The piece above is the evaporator unit and this will be disguised behind the newly trimmed air vent section where the controls will also be positioned.

Fitting up the E-Type dash

Tommy has been busy perfecting the Jaguar E-Type dash refit.

The car is really starting to take shape with more and more improvements being made everyday. We are just days away from running the car up for the first time and being able to fit up the new interior.

Once the interior is in position the car will look and feel almost complete and we can’t wait. A real show stopper in the making…

 

Fitting up the brakes

Tommy is now away sailing the Suffolk coast for a couple of days but before he left our workshops yesterday he managed to complete the installation of the new brake pipes. As you can see, the pipes are not yet secured but are in the positions that they need to be.

We have also fabricated the brand new over-flow pipe to the sump. This needed to be made up as it is no longer available in the shape we require.

1967 Jaguar E-Type in our workshops

It’s the end of another day at Bridge Classic Cars and as I’m here on my own (Craig) I thought I’d take some up-to-date pictures of our latest projects.

Here’s the 1967 Jaguar 2+2 E-Type on a set of spare wheels (for ease of wheeling) in our reassembly room ready to be fitted up.

Fitting the new wiring loom

As with the majority of our wiring harness’, we deal directly with Autosparks.

Autosparks are the market leaders in manufacturing bespoke harness’. They use British Standard 6862 PVC insulated automotive cable where applicable. This can then be braided to replicate the classic braided cable look with the modern day PVC cable properties. Once the harnesses are laid they can then be bound in either PVC harness tape or a cloth braiding depending on vehicle.

Original Manufacturers colour coding is used where possible; terminals and fittings are supplied where necessary. Autosparks go to great lengths to obtain original-type terminals but on older vehicles some wiring accessories may no longer be manufactured. If terminals and fittings are unobtainable they may omit or substitute for a suitable alternative.

The new harnesses are not labelled but will follow the pattern of an original harness. A good tip is to label the old harness up as you take it off. You can then use this as a guide for the replacement. Wiring diagrams are useful to identifying each branch on the harness and location for the wiring in each vehicle however, be aware there can be a few out there for the same vehicle but will say different things.

 

 

 

 

Upgraded Throttle Linkage and High Output Starter Motor

The brand new upgraded throttle linkage has now been fitted to our 1967 Jaguar E-Type.

As you can see, the stunning new set up is far less busy under the bonnet than the regular set up. Not only is aesthetically pleasing but is far more responsive and will prevent any future play. The response is instant.

The high output starter motor is also in position and tomorrow we’ll start to fit thew new loom.

Jaguar E-Type Air Conditioning

The new heater blower has been temporarily fitted up. Before we make this 100% secure, firstly the engine will need to be fitted up and the air conditioning components installed.

Since the early 1920s, Clayton Classics has been supplying products to the automotive industry and has always been at the forefront of technical innovation. Part of a larger business that provides vehicle heating, cooling and air conditioning solutions, the Clayton Classics division was created in 2005 and focuses on world-class restoration of classics cars.

The air conditioning systems have been developed, tested and enhanced over many years on Clayton Classics’ own cars.

There are several alternative air conditioning systems;

  • A fresh air system replacing the original heater in the engine compartment. Installed in place of the existing heater unit and blowing through original air ducts into the car, the heater/evaporator unit works in the same way as the original heater unit, drawing air from the bonnet duct before venting into the car through the original plenum chamber. The heater and fan are much more powerful than the original, and using heating and air conditioning together provides de-humidification in wet weather.
  • The fresh air system can be extended to include a re-circulation option if required. The heater/evaporator unit is modified to provide re-circulation from the passenger footwell using the pedal blanks on the bulkhead. This provides better performance in hot climates where the ambient temperatures plus the heat soak from the engine can overwhelm a fresh air system. To fit this unit the battery must be relocated to the opposite side of the car where the original canister air filter is fitted. The original air intake box can be modified to accept an ITG washable filter.
  • A centre console mounted system in the radio tower. This unit leaves the existing under bonnet heater as original. The evaporator is installed behind the centre console, blowing air directly into the car. A new slightly modified centre console is provided (untrimmed) in the kit, which when installed is almost identical to the original. This is the most powerful option, suitable for all climates, but does result in loss of radio and ashtray space. A modern radio can but fitted elsewhere, possibly with a remote fascia. This unit does not provide direct de-humidification but can be used on low setting together with the original heater (or one of our upgraded heaters) to control humidity on cold wet days. It is also possible to combine this unit with a fresh air heater/ac under bonnet unit with changeover controls to allow use of either system depending on climate requirements. There are no vent options with this kit, the standard installation is as shown in the photo.
  • A passenger footwell mounted system for 2+2 and Series 3 cars only. The evaporator unit is installed in the passengers footwell, venting air into the original plenum chamber. The unit takes up 160-170mm of space within the passenger footwell; on a 2+2 car this is not a problem, and provides a foot board for the passenger.
  • Additional air-vent options. The performance of any new system will be compromised without better air flow, so we strongly recommend additional vents are added into the car to improve performance and air distribution. Vents are both essential and included on the centre console system, the alternatives shown here do not apply.

Heat insulation to the floor, transmission tunnel and under-bonnet air ducts is also strongly recommended (and is a very worthwhile improvement in itself ). Clayton Classics supply very effective aircraft quality non-combustible insulation in roll form, as well as Dynamat.

The performance of any new system will be compromised without better air flow, so we strongly recommend additional vents are added into the car to improve performance and air distribution. Different options are pictured below.

Vents are both essential and included on the centre console system, the alternatives shown here do not apply.

The kits are complete including a powerful engine fan, except for compressor mountings and pulley (which vary depending on engine spec and any previous modifications). Separate fitting kits are available for most configurations.

An upgraded radiator is strongly recommended. Clayton Classics can supply both aluminium and copper/brass radiators, up-rated performance.

Here we have pictures of the air-conditioning being installed into our 1967 Jaguar E-Type restoration project.

 

Jaguar E-Type – Now On It’s Wheels

The time has come for our 1967 Jaguar E-Type to, once again, return to the floor.

It’s been a long time, sitting up high on our frame-work trolley but now with the donor wheels fully fitted she can be wheelled around once again and we can continue with the rebuild on the floor level…for now!

Fitting the E-Type Back Suspension Cradle

With the freshly painted body shell back with us it is time for Tommy to refit the newly refurbished components.

Here we have the back suspension cradle all fitted up and look incredible. We shown the newly built cradle on a previous post when we completed the rebuild.

Triple plating the E-Type seat brackets

Extensive work was needed on our Jaguar E-Type seat brackets, so much so that a triple coating process was needed to be carried out to ensure the perfect end result.

Here they are in the copper plated stage.

When we next see them they’ll be 100% perfect and finished in polished chrome.

Cleaning up the E-Type seat frames

We have now started blasting the original Jaguar E-Type seat frames.

The seat runners were particularly challenging. With years and years of crud (technical term) built up inside they were near on impossible to release but eventually they came free and we able to be fixed up, repaired, cleaned up and painted.

 

Our 1967 Jaguar E-Type is now black

It is always very rewarding, after months of preparation to see our car go into paint.

We can now embark on the reassembly of all of the refurbished and new parts that have been the focus of our attention over the passed few months.

When we look at the rebuilt engine and gearbox we can now see how it is going to compliment the beautiful black paintwork.

 

Blasting more of our E-Type components

With the return of our painted Jaguar E-Type body imminent, Tommy has been working through some of the final pieces that require his attention.

Today, he has been busy blasting some of the smaller components as well as piecing together the recently acquired and very rare pedal box set up.

Once blasted, the pieces have undergone a single layer of primer. These will now be finished in gloss black.

Amongst the assortment we have: the pedals, blanking plates for the left to right conversion, the prop shaft, radius arm to body braces and accelerator pedal box.

First stages of paint

The pictures show the first stages of paint.

Smooth stone chip has been applied to the inner wings, high gloss black to the centre of the bonnet section, floors and bulk head.

We have continued the smooth stone chip to the underside of car.

The triple SU Carburetor are now complete

Our triple SU carburetors are now complete. Our renowned race engine builder Don Warman has carried out a fantastic job on restoring these tired looking Jaguar carbs back to their best.

We will now be able to fit them to our newly rebuilt 4.2 Jaguar engine ready for a full test run next week.

Our rebuilt Jaguar 4.2 Engine

If you visited The London Classic Car Show at the Excel in London a few weeks back you may have seen our beautiful engine on display.

Our now complete Jaguar 4.2 engine which has been completely rebuilt to exceptional standards and sympathetically upgraded to our customers specification.

The beautiful Weber carbs, polished manifold, linkages and trumpets are only installed on the engine to allow testing, whilst the original triple SU carburettor setup is being completed.

The Weber carbs shown above will be married to our 1967 Jaguar E-Type race replica engine which is currently being rebuilt to the same exacting standards. Then we will be fitting to a rebuilt 5 speed gearbox, whilst this engine will be fitted with the original 4 speed Jaguar E-Type set-up.

The first stages of our Jaguar E-Type in prime

Here we have our 1967 Jaguar E-Type having been put through the first stages of primer. The first primer stage gives us a good visual to work to when finding the areas we now need to address.

Stage one of primer highlights certain areas that need extra work.

Once our thorough assessment takes place we then tidy up the areas in question before stripping back and reapplying a second coat of prime.

At this stage we like to think we are confident that the areas in question would have been corrected to an acceptable standard and only then will we consider applying the first coat of paint.

As you can see from the alignment images, the doors are spaced to an even 4mm around every edge and the bonnet is aligned to 5mm.

Jaguar E-Type Carbs

The triple carbs are now completely refurbished and awaiting completion of the restoration of the manifold to allow the final fitting to the engine.

Jaguar E-Type Back Axle Rebuilt

Our 1967 Jaguar E-Type back axle cradle which houses the refurbished “Limited Slip Diff”, new discs,  calipers and stub axles.

As you can see, the unit has been totally stripped, blasted and repainted to compliment the refurbished and new parts fitted.

Jaguar E-Type 2+2 almost ready to be primed…

It’s the last day of preparation as our 1967 Jaguar E-Type is scheduled to be primed on Monday morning.

Just two more small areas that we need to concentrate on before this can happen; the bonnet needs a final skim and the rear boot needs to be aligned.

If you are familiar with Jaguar E-Type’s yourself you’ll appreciate the difficulties that can be faced when trying to align the bonnet, doors and boot.

As you can see from the pictures, we are really happy with the results of our alignment.

We have based our measurements on allowing for a 4mm and 5mm alignment spacing throughout but once the primer and paint has been evenly applied this spacing will be evenly reduced.

Final stages of body preparation on our 1967 Jaguar E-Type.

Here we have Carl and Ryan working on the final few areas of the body of our 1967 Jaguar E-Type 2+2. The next stage will be getting it ready for primer before the full black respray.

Strange that as soon as the camera comes out, Carl and Ryan seem to disappear, it’s like they have something to hide…

Assessing the Jaguar E-Type Chromework

All of the chrome and bright work has been completely removed from the car and gathered together ready for assessment.

A lot of the items can be replaced with new, however some components are better to have re chromed, to keep the originality. Others are very difficult or very expensive to source new.

1967 Jaguar E-Type, the huge bodywork preparation task

In recent months we’ve been reporting lots on the Bridge Classic Cars team working on bodywork preparation.

With four separate Jaguar E-Type projects in their various stages of undress, the Jensen prototype and the MG-YT all requiring lots of bodywork attention it has been non stop in our workshops, and it’s been harder for us to keep on top of the workshop cleanliness.

For anyone who has been to our workshops on Deben Road in Ipswich you’ll see just how particular the team are on keeping the workshops spotless. With porcelain tiles and glass walls every spec of dirt and grime can be seen and we try to irradiate that as best we can! Having said that, when you have a workshop full of cars with metal being cut out, lots of welding being done and panels being replaced all over the shop it’s inevitable that it can not stay as spotless as we would like.

But more important than that is progress, we love progress…

The bodywork of our 1967 Jaguar E-Type was undoubtedly one of our biggest tasks to undertake but things are really starting to take shape. Here you can see the car when it arrived to us.

That’s not a pretty yellow ribbon by the way!

Here we have John starting to remove the Chevy engine ready for the big task to begin.

But here we are, a few months on. The body is really starting to take shape. The body has undergone some serious surgery but now we have a completely transformed car.

As you can see, we are not finished yet but you can already see a vast improvement. All of the rotten areas have now been completely removed and replaced with new. Now that the panels have been fitted we have been able to fully access what panels been to be replaced. Various panels have now been fabricated and we are in the process of fitting up once again.

Jaguar E-Type Rear Differential

The rear differential has now been stripped, cleaned and repaired. All of the bearings have been replaced with a full set of new. We have completely re-shimmed the differential and re-machined all seals surfaces. The gaskets and seals have been replaced and the differential has been completely rebuilt.

Next job is to repaint the unit before it can be refitted back to the cage.

Refurbishing the halfshafts

The half-shafts are now in our paintshop being stripped, prepared and painted. The red will go and they’ll be refinished in satin black.

Jaguar E-Type Halfshafts

E-Type suspension is back from the blasting

This morning, we took delivery of the rear suspension’s larger components from Scott at B&R Bodyworks in Gt Blakenham.

The smaller items we blast ourselves in-house but the larger and less delicate components are taken to one of our many blasting contacts. Rather than having blast cabinets they have rooms dedicated to blasting and let’s face it, they are the experts in their field.

Ready for sandblasting

With the suspension components and front frame now away being sandblasting Asa has been preparing the shell for cleaning.

Jaguar E-Type Shell before cleaning

Jaguar E-Type Shell before cleaning

Jaguar E-Type Shell before cleaning

Jaguar E-Type Suspension Components

With the front and rear suspension now removed and organised, it’s now time for us to blast all of the components separately. Once the parts are all blasted and cleaned up, they’ll be re-prepared ready fitting back together.

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Strengthening the shell prior to cleaning

Our 1966 Jaguar E-Type shell is now completely stripped of all removable components. Before we can proceed with the blasting process or chemical immersion clean we firstly need to strengthen the frail body shell to prevent any further weakness’ appearing.

The cleaning process is a fantastic method for removing all debris, rust, dirt and any fillers that have been applied to the vehicle over it’s lifetime. As the process is very tough and our body shell is relative weak in it’s current state Asa has built a bespoke strengthening frame that he has attached internally to the shell. This will prevent any weakness’ getting any worse.

Jaguar E-Type Strengthening Framework

Jaguar E-Type Strengthening Framework

Jaguar E-Type Strengthening Framework

Jaguar E-Type Strengthening Framework

 

Stripping and Removing the Axles

With the engine now running and removed, it’s time for the project to begin!

And it didn’t take the team long to discover the enormity of the task in hand. Our black 1967 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 is, without a doubt, one of our biggest projects to date.

But what a fantastically busy day we’ve had.

The car is well into being stripped, the axles have been removed ready to be stripped and we’ll soon be ready for Asa to step in to assess the bodywork, remove as much of the body waste as possible and get her ready for sandblasting.

And away she goes…

We are excited to announce that this week saw the start of our next big restoration project, our 1967 Jaguar E-Type Series 1.

As John was busy stripping the E-Type bare, our engine man Mark decided to see whether he could get it running, from first impression you’d think this was an almost impossible task. How could something that has been sitting around for so many years possibly start and run?

…enter Mark and John!

Mark and John started the E-Type engine

First he checked all of electrics to ensure that they were safe to power up.

Then, (and these are his words) he used the skills he gained as a teenager to break into the ignition lock so he could get it to crank.

The next task was to test for a spark.

John then downed his tools for a few minutes and helped Mark build a temporary fuel tank so they could fill the carbs with fuel.

A few minor adjustments and she burst into life!

At first, she didn’t run very well which was kind of expected so mark pulled the carbs apart, cleaned all of the rubbish and gunk out and started her up once more.

We now have a running engine…it won’t be staying in the car but it’s still great to see something this neglected jump back into life.

Collection Day

It was a 5:30am on Saturday morning. We were all present and on time at Bridge Classic Cars HQ ready for the long trek up to Holmesfield, just outside Chesterfield. Gordon was the designated driver, which meant the rest of us were free to snooze!

Heading up there, the journey was fairly uneventful, very pleasant in fact. Perhaps the narrow roads and stunning views would’ve been appreciated much more if the van didn’t have a trailer stuck on the back of it but none-the-less we got there in one piece and as we turned the corner, there she was, hiding underneath a sheet in the front garden.

She’d come all the way from Jacksonville, Florida to a little village, just outside Chesterfield and now she’s on her way to sunny Suffolk with us to be brought back to life and enjoyed for many years to come.