1963 Etype Coupe

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1963 E-Type FHC – Steering Column Refurbishment

One relatively simple task that I recently completed was the refurbishment of the steering column. The steering columns main job is to connect your steering wheel to your steering rack. Things get a little more interesting when you introduce turn signal and horn functions. So let’s get into it. The first thing I did was … Continue reading

1963 Etype FHC – Tubes, Lines, and Stuff

At some point a few weeks ago, I hit a wall with the development of replacement aluminum “hatch pattern” pieces for the interior consoles. Hopefully I will be able to report a happy conclusion soon but in the meantime I moved on to some things with a shorter installation timeline. First up was brake lines. … Continue reading

1963 FHC – Upholstery Part 3

When I read about restorations of significant cars by high end shops, there is usually a discussion of the significant time spent on “research”. Typically, the story seems to revolve around some old racecar that has been located that is being restored to a specific appearance it had when it gained its significance on the … Continue reading

1963 Etype – Upholstery Part 2

It is time for an update on the progress of my upholstery on my 63 FHC. As noted in my previous article, I had received an upholstery kit from GB Classic Trim in the UK. Working on a top down approach, my first job was to install the headliner. Cantrails and the areas behind the … Continue reading

1963 Etype FHC – Upholstery Part 1

Now that paint is done, I have moved the bodyshell into a 2 bay garage where I will do mechanical assembly. Basically everything else needed to complete the car. This garage is fully weatherproof with heating and cooling and TV/hi-fi/internet. My man cave. As I started in October, I decided to take advantage of the … Continue reading

Dr. Thomas Haddock

I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Tom Haddock this week. He was at the Coventry Foundation in Columbia, SC to do some research. I feel mildly guilty as I think he was distracted by fan boys like me but he was very gracious in talking with me. Dr. Haddock is the co-author of the … Continue reading

1963 EType FHC – Originality/Authenticity Part 1

Wow, I really am thinking I should tackle a less controversial subject, like religion or politics! But here goes. Trust me, this won’t be a definitive answer to this subject but I hope to at least provide some food for thought, so to speak. By the way, let’s say that Authenticity and Originality are basically … Continue reading

1963 Etype FHC – Anti Drumming Material (Flintkote)

Now that paint if finally complete, I can turn to some simpler tasks. One of the first ones I tackled was the installation of Anti Drumming Material. Drumming can be defined as what a flat sheet metal plate does when it is vibrated. It acts like a drum and is thus noisy. I have no … Continue reading

1963 Etype FHC – Paint – Completion!

You may be aware that I wrote an article in May of 2022 proudly announcing that I had applied the basecoat/clearcoat to the 63 Etype. Now it is October of 2022 and I am writing an article about finishing the paint. What gives? Some explanation is required. Indeed, I completed application of basecoat and clearcoat … Continue reading

1963 Etype FHC – Engine Rebuild

As I noted in a previous article, I had sent the engine for my 1963 E-Type FHC to Dick Maury at Coventry West for a rebuild. I also sent a later full syncro transmission and clutch to be rebuilt and assembled on the engine. Dick notified me in June 2022 that the work was complete. … Continue reading

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