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1967 Jaguar E-Type Racing Series 1

De-Seaming our racing E-Type

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Work is almost complete on the de-seaming of our Jaguar E-Type race replica. The alignment of the bonnet has been the most challenging part of

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More pictures of a future E-Type restoration project

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Off to the paintshop

The day has come for our 1967 Jaguar E-Type race replica to head off to the paint shop for the full preparation and respray.

Although we are now on the 11th hour, our choice of colours are yet to be finalised.

De-Seaming our racing E-Type

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Work is almost complete on the de-seaming of our Jaguar E-Type race replica.

The alignment of the bonnet has been the most challenging part of this particular stage but Asa has conquered the beast and everything lines up as expected.

The boot lid is now a permanent fixture and the bodywork for the new fuel filler has been shaped.

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Repairing the inside of the bulkhead

The inside of the bulkhead was in desperate need of repair so having cut out the affected area we have now replaced with new before sealing back up. Although this is a section that will not be clearly visible it is always out intention to complete the work correctly.

Re-working the body of our bespoke E-Type racing series

Work is progressing nicely on the re-shaping and alterations of our 1967 Jaguar E-type race replica. We expect the weld work to complete within the next two weeks ready for the paint shop to do their magic.

Colours are yet to be confirmed as we have changed our minds a good few times but for now it is great to see the car being de-seamed, the replacement floors and the fuel filler being removed.

 

Welding up the racing car

Our main objective, at this stage in the build, is to de-seam the car and weld up the boot area. The bonnet shaping needs attention as does the doors. Once we are happy that we’ve completed the task to the standard required we will start to prepare the body ready for the respray.

Our Jaguar E-Type Racing Engine

Our 1967 Jaguar E-Type racing series engine is now complete, ready and waiting to be fitted.

We have carried out a full rebuild of the engine including the upgraded weber carburettors.

Almost everything has been rebuilt, reconditioned or replaced: exhaust valves, inlet valves, cam buckets, valve guides, VS2 valve springs, head gasket, spark plugs, core plugs, leads, distributor, cap, coil, clamps, timing chain kit, oil pump, FC288 oil filter conversion, oil thrower, main bearings, big end bearings, thrust washers, pistons, clutch.

We’ve reconditioned the lightened flywheel, fitted new flywheel bolts and dowels, block studs, chrome nuts, oil pump seals, exhaust manifold studs, lock tab, small end bushes, crank bungs, tab washers, gaskets, oil pump lock washers, banjo bolts, oil pipe, water pump, rear seals conversion, balance rotating assembly, face block, face head, overhauled water pump, resized big ends, shim head, mild port on head, unleaded conversion, polish cam covers and breather, grind crank, strip and rebuild dyno.

 

 

Wet Blasting our 1967 Jaguar E-Type Racing Shell

The shell of our racing 1967 Jaguar E-Type has returned having been been wet blasted.

Wet blasting, similarly to dry blasting, is the use of an abrasive material and compressed air. However, unlike dry blasting, wet blasting uses liquid to enhance the levels of surface finish that can be achieved.

The benefit of including water is a much smoother and more consistent finish.

Wet blasting was developed by Norman Ashworth in the early fifties; the introduction of water was originally as a response to the banning of silica in sand blasting although the benefits of wet blasting quickly became clear.

By lubricating the abrasive particles in a buffer of water Norman found that there was a much more even flow across the surface when using wet blasting systems. This has its advantages in that less damage is done to the substrate and any abrasive action is consistent across the whole surface.

 

Testing our E-Type Engine on the Dyno

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]On Friday Craig and Asa spent the afternoon with Ady at Scholar Engineering to test run our 1967 Jaguar E-Type Race Replica Engine.

The 4.2 E-Type engine has been fitted with upgraded Weber Carburetor for optimum performance.

During the test we were able to achieve just under 250bhp but Ady is confident with a little tweaking and a new distributor he’ll be able to achieve much more.

All in all, a very successful first run…[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”11199,11200,11201,11202,11203,11204,11205″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Here are a few videos of the engine being warmed up and tested at Scholar Engineering[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6NqCTBweFE”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwfqViaXmp4″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GgAj7g_rd0″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YK0AX3LvgIY”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjU8Xs0YbPg”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Building our Jaguar race-replica engine

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Popped in to see the Ady and the guys at Scholar this afternoon to catch up on a few tasks we are working together on.

Whilst I was there I managed to get a few pictures of our 1967 Jaguar E-Type race-replica engine being worked on and looking incredible.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”10592,10591,10590,10589,10588,10587,10586,10585,10584,10583,10582,10581,10580,10579″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Rebuilding the 5 speed gearbox

Our 1967 Jaguar E-Type road race car will be fitted with a Rover SD1 5 speed gearbox.

The gearbox has been stripped, cleaned and repaired. We have sandblasted the steel casings and aqua blasted the alloy casings. The full set of bearings have been replaced as well as the bulk rings and selector forks.

The gearbox has been completely re-shimmed, rebuilt and all gaskets and seals have been replaced.

The seamless work continues on our Jaguar E-Type Racing Bonnet

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We’ve just had confirmation from SNG Barratt that our missing headlight diaphragm is now in stock and will be shipped to us very shortly. Once this has arrived the bonnet preparation will be complete and ready for paint preparation.

This is a very unique project as we are pushing the boundaries of design. A lot of the ideas are bespoke and therefore require our skilled team of technicians to manufacture parts rather than relying on the traditional method of purchasing ‘off the shelf’.

As you can see from the latest pictures, the bonnet has really taken shape. The seams have been removed. These seams act as strengthening in certain places so extra enforcement has been introduced where necessary. Everything is hidden to give this beautiful smooth look.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”10079,10080,10081,10082,10083,10084,10085,10086,10087″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Making our Jaguar E-Type Racing Series Seamless

Work is now underway removing the seams on our 1967 Jaguar E-Type Racing Series bonnet.

Breaking the mould of a traditional Jaguar E-Type we are building a racing specification model. All of the chrome that you would normally find on the exterior will be removed.

Here’s one we prepared earlier, our 1966 Jaguar E-Type in our workshops ready to be collected.

The chrome that you see on the car above will be removed from our racing edition.

The seams and holes will be removed to give a completely smooth finish and anywhere where chrome would normally be found will now be naked.

Work continues on our Jaguar E-Type bonnet

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The front underpin is now fitted, as is the front light diaphragms. Just a few more welding issues to tackle and Laura will be done with our bonnet.

The styling for our racing series will be seamless. The chrome bonnet trims will be removed and the bonnet will have a completely smooth finish.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”9936,9937,9938,9939,9940,9941,9942,9943,9944,9945,9946,9947,9948,9949,9950″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Jaguar E-Type Bonnet Stripped

The weather managed to hold out enough for Laura to completely remove all of the paint from the Jaguar E-Type bonnet.

As you can see from the evidence on the floor, it’s not really the job you want to be doing indoors and it’s not the most pleasant of tasks but it’s done, it’s bare and now we can get to work on building it back up.


More repair work to the Jaguar E-Type bonnet

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Laura is still working through removing the rotten areas of the bonnet and replacing with new steel.

As our Jaguar E-Type is being built to race the styling, in places, will be a little unconventional. The external aesthetics of the body will be much smoother than the original design.

The beautiful lines of the iconic E-Type will be even more emphasised due to the lack of chrome.

The brief for Laura is an unusual one but her priority at the moment is to get the bonnet corrected and to remove the imperfections.

Here we have images of the new steel that has been moulded and reshaped to replace the concerning areas.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”9631,9632,9633,9634″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We’ve now removed the nasty issues from inside the bonnet area. All of the horrible bits have now been removed so we’ll soon be ready for the refit.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”9635,9636,9637,9638″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Repairing our Jaguar E-Type bonnet edges

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]With the new bonnet underside repair kits now with us, Laura has been able to remove the corroded areas around the bottom edging of the bonnet and replace with brand new panels.

A lot of the slightly damaged areas have also been corrected.

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Jaguar E-Type Series 1 bonnet headlamp diaphragms and mudguards

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Laura has been busy all week working on the bonnet of our 1967 Jaguar E-Type Series 1, the racing car!

The bonnet headlamp diaphragms on both sides are badly corroded as are the mudguard panels so we have decided to purchase a new set to work with rather than spending time and money correcting the existing ones.

If you are looking for these parts yourself then they are readily available from any of the main Jaguar stockists and the SNG Barratt part numbers you need are:

BD16422 Bonnet Diaphragm Right Handed

BD16423 Bonnet Diaphragm Left Handed

BD16382 Mudguard Bonnet Right Handed

BD16382 Mudguard Bonnet Left Handed

Be aware that different suppliers us different part numbers but you tend to find they all recognise each other’s part number. The same numbers above from Martin Robey are MRE84CLH, MRE84CRH, MRE84RH and MRE84LH.

Many of the key classic car vehicle suppliers have fantastic diagrams on their websites, they are hugely beneficial as they help to pin point the exact component that you require.

Here’s an example:

There are so many classic Jaguar parts stockists available to choose from. We find the prices are very similar to one another but if time is on your it is often a good idea to phone around to check on stock availability as well as costs.

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Repairing the Jaguar E-Type bonnet

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]With the replacement panels now Laura has started work on repairing the bonnet of our 1967 Jaguar E-Type.

The rotten front under-pan has now been removed and the arches have been cut away where necessary. The pair of replacement arch panel repair kits have now been tacked up ready to be secured.

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Work on the bonnet repairs are now underway.

Work has started today on our 1967 Jaguar E-Type 2+2 body shell.

We are hoping to reveal some exciting news very soon on this 2017 project but until we have our plans confirmed, all of our I’s dotted and our T’s crossed then work must still commence on the body-shell.

The bonnet is the first and probably the most time consuming area to cover so we’ve enlisted a little help from our friends at Hutson Motor Company.

World renowned Jaguar specialist, the Hutson Motor Company are one of the foremost manufacturers of ‘E’ -Type spares.

Rather than the Bridge technicians having to build the panels required we thought it was best to see if Hutson had them on the shelf and luckily they did.

Typically the panels we required were probably the most expensive panels on the bonnet but nevertheless, the cost in parts and labour for us to build would have been greater.

Here we have the front under-pan which, as you can see, makes up a huge portion of the front nose. This is a very important piece.

And then we have right-hand and left-hand wing repair panels. This saves having to buy or replace an entire wing.

 

More pictures of a future E-Type restoration project

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Here are some more pictures of our 1967 Jaguar E-Type 2+2 Series 1.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”8441,8440,8439,8438,8437,8436,8435,8434,8433,8432,8431,8430,8429″][/vc_column][/vc_row]