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44: Upholstery Part 1

Article 44 Upholstery Part 1 So it is time to work on the upholstery. I had ordered a full upholstery kit from BAS last year. The only part of the kit that I have used so far was the front seat items. In that regard, I became frustrated last year with a stillborn attempt to … Continue reading

43: On the Road Again!

Article 43 On The Road Again! It had to happen eventually. The big event. The payoff. I finally was able to start the engine and take the E-Type for a drive! But I get ahead of the story. I had a week during the Christmas holidays where I was able to devote substantial time to … Continue reading

42: Bonnet Restoration – Part 2

Article 42 Bonnet Restoration – Part 2 Last month’s article discussed my efforts to get the bonnet ready for painting. This month we look at application of modern urethane paints. In its day, the E-Type was most likely painted with enamel paints. For a variety of reasons, enamel paints are no longer used for automotive … Continue reading

41A Conversion to Closed Headlights

CONVERSION OF BONNET FROM OPEN HEADLIGHTS TO ENCLOSED HEADLIGHTS My 1967 E-Type 2+2 currently has open headlights. Based on its build date (1966) and car number (1E76753) I feel pretty certain that the car was originally built with covered headlights. This is mainly based on information taken from Haddock. Frankly, I would probably make the … Continue reading

41: Bonnet Restoration Part 1

Article 41 Bonnet Restoration – Part 1 Last month’s article discussed installation of the doors and windshield. It appears that I am working towards the front of the car. A job I have been avoiding is a big one, that being the restoration of the bonnet. The original bonnet has been standing in the corner … Continue reading

40: Door and Window Installation

Door and Window Installation Last month’s article discussed installation of the exhaust system. This nearly completes work on the underside of the car. The next job was fitment of the windshield. I had purchased a new Triplex windshield from XKs Unlimited during my business trip to California last winter. I already had a new gasket … Continue reading

39: Exhaust System Install

Article 39 Exhaust System Install It was time to install the exhaust system on the 1967 E-Type 2+2 that I am restoring. I thought this might be a ½ day job. Boy, was I wrong. What a pain it was! Here are the highlights (and lowlights). Quite a while back I had purchased a stainless … Continue reading

38: Engine and Transmission Install

Article 38 Engine and Transmission Install A Photo Essay Regarding installation of the engine and transmission into the car, a few pictures may be worth more than a few thousand words. In brief explanation, I chose to install the engine from below. Here we go! 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 … Continue reading

37: Engine Rebuild Part 4

Article 37 Engine Rebuild Part 4 Last month’s article addressed rebuilding the Jaguar XK engine. Since there is a lot to discuss regarding engine rebuilds we are continuing with a fourth article. As we discussed last month, my engine is a 4.2 litre XK engine for my 1967 E-Type 2+2. Dis-assembly of the engine revealed … Continue reading

36: Engine Rebuild Part 3

Article 36 Engine Rebuild Part 3 Last month’s article addressed rebuilding the Jaguar XK engine. Since there is a lot to discuss regarding engine rebuilds we are continuing with a third article. As we discussed last month, my engine is a 4.2 litre XK engine for my 1967 E-Type 2+2. Dis-assembly of the engine revealed … Continue reading

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