1963 Etype Coupe

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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

1963 FHC – Applying Basecoat and Clearcoat Paint

A major milestone in the life of any restoration project has been met- I have applied basecoat and clearcoat paint! Now for the backstory. As I discussed in a previous article, I had a professional painter out last fall to look at the car, thinking it was ready to paint and that I would have … Continue reading

1963 Etype FHC – Independent Rear Suspension

A recent milestone for the restoration of the 1963 FHC is the completion of the independent rear suspension aka the IRS. The IRS on the Etype was an improvement over the solid axle design of the XK-120/140/150 series cars. It is “independent” in the sense that each wheel can respond to suspension movements independently from … Continue reading

1963 Etype FHC – Paint Prep – The 90/10 Rule

I see that back in May I posed the question “Finally Ready for Paint?” Oh, silly me. Of course not. So what happened? Several things. My painter consultant notified me that he had wrecked his rotator cuff (shoulder joint) and was indefinately out of commision. 2/3’s of my adult children decided to spend the month … Continue reading

1963 Etype FHC – Summer Break

I haven’t posted in a while. That is mainly due to a summer break from working in the shop. My 3 adult children, their spouses, and 6 grandkids were here over the month of July. That was great fun and I promised my wife to stay out of the shop and enjoy the family. Which … Continue reading

1963 Etype FHC – Finally Ready for Paint?

It has been a long slog but I think I finally have the car ready for color and clear. The question mark holds out the potential that I am not totally completely done but I am certainly very close. And by paint, I mean the pretty part i.e. the opalescent golden sand basecoat and the … Continue reading

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