1968 Jaguar E-Type Series 1.5

Jaguar E-Type 4.2 Farewell

Last night we said farewell to our 1968 Jaguar E-Type Series 1.5 after finishing its service. The final touches included tightening the steering rack, altering

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Jaguar E-Type 4.2 Farewell

Last night we said farewell to our 1968 Jaguar E-Type Series 1.5 after finishing its service. The final touches included tightening the steering rack, altering the high beams as their connection was poor, and finally, we cleaned it down.

One of the other final touches for this Jag before it left our workshop was to replace the diaphragm, which was making a strange whistling sound. Although this was a brand new element, we refitted it to ensure that the whistling stopped.

Maroon E-Type: Sump Leak

With everything finished on our 1968 Jaguar E-Type roadster, there’s one last thing to do before we send it on its way. We found a leak in the sump which needs a new helicoil.

Mauro has also replaced the rocker cover and the brake hose pipe.

Burgundy E-Type Rear Axel Back In

The rear axel has now been fitted back in our 1968 Jaguar E-Type Series 1.5. Mauro has been working to replace the seals and rebuild the rear axel so that it doesn’t cause any more issues.

Jaguar E-Type Dent and Axel Repair

Our lovely maroon 1968 Jaguar E-Type Series 1.5 is back in for a small dent repair and a check up. We’ve worked on this classic in the past so its nice to have it back in for a freshen up. Mauro has discovered a rear differential leak in the rear axel so he’s taken its apart, stripped and cleaned it and will then replace the seal before re-building it all again and fitting it back into the E-Type.

Unfortunately our lovely E-Type had gained a small dent in its rear quarter panel. Chris and Matt have been correcting this by filling the dent, applying epoxy and primer before then repainting and polishing it so it looks brand new.

By the time Chris and Matt were done with the rear quarter, you would never know there had been a dent there. Good as new!

All in a Jaguar E-Type Roadster…

We often get asked if it is possible for 2 people to go on a 2 week holiday, take everything they need, including the 2 person inflatable kayak, all in a jaguar E-Type Roadster…and as we always say, ‘yes it is’…

Jaguar E-Type: Replacing the engine mounts and underseal

Two tasks to carry out today on our 1968 Jaguar E-Type. First up we have the replacement of the split engine mounts.

Thanks, as always to Pete and the team at SNG Barratt for the quick turn around on new mounts. Arrived next day to our workshops and ready to be fitted.

We have now prepared the under side for the under seal application. The area has been cleaned up, the components that we need to avoid with our under seal have been masked up so we are ready to go.

Testing the Jaguar E-Type Engine Temperature

Our 1968 Jaguar E-Type has developed some issues with paintwork under the bonnet. Around the top of the engine the paintwork seems to be bubbling which suggests a reaction occurring between the paint and the engine.

Our first thoughts steer us towards a possible engine temperature issue.

Upon closer inspection there are no visible temperature issues. We have adjusted the carburettors and tightened up a couple of the exhaust nuts but the temperature is reading perfectly.

It could be an issue with the original paintwork but we will continue to investigate all possible outcomes.

Visitors to Bridge Classic Cars this week…

We’ve seen some familiar faces this week paying us a visit to our Pettistree workshops. Our 1974 De Tomaso Pantera popped in to say hello…

And our 1968 Jaguar E-Type returned to discuss a few little jobs he would like to see happen before the summer shows.

Jaguar E-Type Roadster: Slave Cylinder

Just as we thought our work was complete and the car can be returned we discover a slight leak coming from under the car. Upon closer inspection we can see that the slave cylinder of our 1968 Jaguar E-Type has failed dropping oil onto the workshops floors but more importantly causing the brakes to work incorrectly.

We had a new slave cylinder on the shelf so this was a relatively quick fix and the car is now ready to go once more.

Fitting the refurbished brake calipers

We have now had our brakes returned from the manufacturers Zeus Engineering having undergone an overhaul.

Pete is currently fitting up so we can test them and hopefully ahve some good news to report back to the owner with.


Work on now complete on our 1968 Jaguar E-Type Accident Repair

The repair work on our 1968 Jaguar E-Type is now complete.

The chrome work and fittings were removed, we have repaired and re-shaped the door, wing panel and lower bonnet. The body has been prepared and painted, blending in the quarter and scuttle.

Repair work to our 1968 Jaguar E-Type

Whilst repairing the accident damage on our 1968 Jaguar E-Type Series 1.5 we have uncovered more areas in which we need to tackle to ensure we complete the job to our very exacting standards.

With the body preparation now complete our E-Type is now waiting on paint to start which is due to begin at the beginning of next week.

1968 Jaguar E-Type Accident Damage

It’s always a sad sight when you see somebody’s pride and joy accidentally damaged but none more so that our 1968 Jaguar E-Type Roadster. As you can see the nearside side (passanger’s) door was a little too close for comfort and the accident has mis-shaped the outer skin.

It has also clipped the front wing too.

Hopefully no further damage has been made internally but it will look to be a new outer skin, strip down before preparation and paint.

Heat-proofing the Jaguar E-Type Manifolds

When purchasing new manifolds for the Jaguar E-Type they typically come already enamelled from the supplier, unless you opt for the more expensive option of stainless steel.

Our customer wished for us to purchase un-enamelled manifolds as he wanted to coat his with a heat proof alternative.

They are readily available without the enamel coating so we have sourced some and are ready to treated them.

There is a special procedure to applying the heat resistant paint with think layers having to be applied over a period of time and baked at 160’C.

The work has now been carried out and the results are fantastic.

Our 1968 Jaguar E-Type in the paintshop

The paint preparation is well underway on our 1968 Jaguar E-Type roadster.

We are looking to complete a full rear re-spray, including the doors, as well as tidying the bulkhead in the certain areas that would benefit from freshening up.

Returning for paintwork

Back at the end of last year we had our 1968 Jaguar E-Type Series 1.5 in the workshops to inspect a brake binding issue. She’s now returned to have some touch up work carried out to the exterior paintwork.

The rear end will be painted and the engine bay around the bulkhead will be tidied.


1968 Jaguar E-Type (YMO388F)

YMO 388F is a Series 1.5 Jaguar E-Type from 1968.

In some ways this provides the best of both worlds. The looks of the original Series 1 car with some of the running gear improvements that came with the Series 2, as well as avoiding some of the price hike that attached to Series 1 cars.

Built as a left-hand drive car for the American market and first sold in Seattle, she returned to the UK via Holland in 2006 and was restored by Southern Classics with various upgrades including:

  • Sigma Engineering fast road specification engine.
  • Uprated brakes all round.
  • RHD conversion.
  • Uprated limited slip differential.

Coming to her current owner in May 2016, recent work has included carrying out a covered headlight conversion to restore Sayer’s original unpolluted design and a complete refurbishment of the bonnet revealing that it is the original, but has had at least a couple of punches on its nose over its lifetime!

In our Ipswich workshops today to investigate a brake binding issue and some intermittent electrical problems.

We’ve stripped the front brakes, freed up all the pistons, stripped down the offside front caliper and gave it a thorough clean.

We’ve upgraded the front flexi hoses to stainless steel, cleaned and greased the front pads.

We’ve checked and adjusted the front wheel alignment and all this has rectified the brake binding issues.

With regards to the electrical issues; the headlight switch was at fault so a new switch has been fitted along with a new fuse.

After a few minor adjustments the car is now ready to go back home.