Category Archives: restoration

E-Type 1E32915: Chassis Prep

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Finally got some time to work on our own 1967 E-Type chassis 1E32915.

This was at one point equipped with a 13.9:1 Shelby V8 and now are reverting it back to original spec.

The transmission tunnel is an absolute mess so thankfully Chuck from Monocoque Metalcraft can supply us with the four-or-so missing pieces.

And now begins the massive parts hunt for Jaguar unobtanium. At the top of the list is a 4.2 intake manifold if anyone has one going spare :).

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BJ8 Restoration: Part 5: Green Paint!

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Today we took the trip out to Trevor Black’s who is the talent behind our Healey’s green paint. This work comes after considerable preparation and marks a milestone for the project.

Trevor has been working with paint for thirty years and is one of our secret weapons when it comes to restoration.

The main reason to work with him is his exceptional finish out of the gun, which means parts like our incredibly complex platform chassis can shine.

Next week we hope to have the Healey in the shop if you would like to see it in person. We just ordered 440 parts from A-H Spares, but will rely on other great support from Autofarm, Dennis Welsh Racing and British Car Specialists as well.

1969 Jaguar E-Type FHC: Coming Together 2

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Time to get caught up with the XKE S2 project at Porter’s Garage.

We have completely rebuilt and delivered the 4.2 engine in standard Series II spec.

Gary got the car rolling and we have assisted with items like the massive wiring harness sourced from the experts at Autosparks.

The rocker switches were somewhat fussy to rebuild and add complexity over the more basic Series I cars.

When working on a project like this two things are always going on at once while at the same time trying to plan to avoid future production delays. Lists are a must as is a good stock of SAE hardware.

1969 Jaguar E-Type FHC: Coming Together

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The last time we posted about the 1969 Jaguar E-Type restoration it was in baremetal under summer sunshine at Porter’s Garage.

Since then the steady progress of assembly has turned a tub into a E-Type. Here a few pictures of the 2015 progress. The color has been changed from Primrose to Gunmetal Grey and the red leather interior from BAS will be very striking once installed.

BJ8 Restoration: Part 4: Metal Work

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Once our BJ8 project was stripped bare and blasted, we then had a unique opportunity to address the weakness of the original design and deal with any present or future problems.

We trusted Steven Gicas to do the job. Trained by Roy Moore for Jetstream, he has put together several of the Hugh’s brothers Healeys and will be working on more Healeys in the future.

After cutting away the inner, intermediate and outer sills, we decided under Steven’s guidance to replace all 10 floor board pieces. These were simply tacked onto the chassis by the factory with little regard to corrosion protection between the floor and chassis. Steven applied weld-through primer the entire ‘sandwich’ surface which when combined with seam sealer should outlast the intended lifetime of the structure. This also refreshed the flanges that the inner sill attaches to.

We also spent considerable money to get the fenders, doors, sills, shut panels and hinge panels sufficiently lined up. Steven weighed down the chassis to mimic the 690 lb engine and transmission, but I would recommend leaving the engine in for this process otherwise.

This leaves the Healey ready for Trevor Black to do final bodywork and prepare it for one his superb topcoats. It will be going back to its original hue of dark Britsh Racing Green GN25.