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Re: Starting the final assembly on the E-Type - updated 3-18
« Reply #255 on: March 29, 2018, 09:48:58 PM »
Dang, looks like trying to put ten pounds of sugar in a five pound bag.   Good to hear of further progress.

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Re: Starting the final assembly on the E-Type - updated 3-18
« Reply #256 on: March 30, 2018, 06:20:21 PM »
I diddled around with this all afternoon. The right inner splash shield that I painted yesterday was a BEAR to install. Not because it wasn't true and correct, but it had to mesh with the lower stone shield and the air intake shield. Three separate pieces that must be juggled together to make a cohesive and clean install. It's a royal PITA -- but now it's done.

Lower shield is in place, but since Jags were so poorly fit at the factory, fitting these panels back up after a resto is maddening.



air cleaner duct shield also hangs in that mix.



... and finally the splash shield. If this isn't sitting right, then there's a good chance the bonnet won't close properly once it's installed. I must have trial fit and tweaked these three pieces and their respective hangers 20 times. Finally got it to where everything fit up nice and even.



On the positive side, my new parts arrived -- including a brand new Smiths clock that will take the place of the Rube Goldberg version that I installed a few months back .

Tomorrow the other side splash shield gets installed -- Onward!!

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Re: Starting the final assembly on the E-Type - updated 3-18
« Reply #257 on: April 02, 2018, 08:47:44 AM »
Apparently Jag resto and patience go together like eggs and bacon.  Well done!!
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Re: Starting the final assembly on the E-Type - updated 3-18
« Reply #258 on: April 06, 2018, 04:45:12 PM »
Been a busy week because I wanted to get these splash panels installed, but I also needed to fix my TIG welder pulse unit because I need that welder this weekend. Thankfully the parts arrived and I'm a happy camper with the welder. The splash shields are a pain to install and fit, but after two days the LH side is in and correctly aligned with the frame and the sills.





It took three evenings installing the last brake fluid reservoir lines and this panel -- what a chore.

The hoses are a nightmare, but that's how they came in the original Series II -- stuffed to the gills if you have AC, Power Brakes, and Power Steering. Incredible that they managed to engineer all that "stuff" into the LH side of the car.



The rail brackets that hold all these splash panels are a great idea from an engineering standpoint, but a nightmare for a mechanic. I had to make a new upper support on the splash panel because the OEM just would not fit.



I'm holding off on installing the rubber splash seal on the crown of these panels because I want to install the hood (bonnet) first and then fit the seals. I kept the old torn seals for a pattern because the new material comes in a bulk roll.





I'm almost done with my small items and hopefully by the end of the month I can transfer the car to the local British import specialist to double check the wiring and do the alignment and electronic ignition install. Fingers crossed --

 


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Re: Starting the final assembly on the E-Type - updated 4-6
« Reply #259 on: April 06, 2018, 11:31:12 PM »
From the position of the distributor and electricals to the front wheel, now understand why a long ago teacher simply would not drive his early XKE in the rain.   For the year sure was a far cry from American cars.   Glad you have the perseverance to keep on.

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Re: Starting the final assembly on the E-Type - updated 4-6
« Reply #259 on: April 06, 2018, 11:31:12 PM »