With the transmission in place, the engine was complete enough for the marriage. Included is the desirable all-synchromesh four-speed which replaced the Moss gearbox on the earlier 3.8-liter cars. Unlike the factory which dropped the engine in with the hood up, we opted to lower the car and raise it with a cherry-picker.
Unique to the E-Type is the aluminum oil pan which is virtually unobtainable unless sourced from another car. The unit appears to be cast in three pieces then welded from the factory. Our’s had a think inch of sludge below the baffles which is typical of an engine which hasn’t been apart in a long time.