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Re: Starting the final assembly on the E-Type - updated 4-16
« Reply #30 on: April 16, 2015, 09:57:35 PM »
Thanks guys -- yes, a big milestone and I drank an adult beverage to celebrate. That said, it'll be a long hard slog and now the $$ are really going to add up. The complete new interior components will run around $3500 and the new wiring harnesses will run at least $1000. Even for a budget build like mine, the dollars add up on an E-Type.

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Re: Starting the final assembly on the E-Type - updated 4-16
« Reply #31 on: April 16, 2015, 11:31:23 PM »
Five years!? I have lost track of the time, but I'm sure you haven't.

This is my favorite thread and I hope when she's done (she is a she, isn't she?) and on the road, we will be treated to a continuation of posts. Maybe in captivating landmark spots, etc ...     

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Re: Starting the final assembly on the E-Type - updated 4-16
« Reply #32 on: April 17, 2015, 12:16:04 AM »
Thanks guys -- yes, a big milestone and I drank an adult beverage to celebrate. That said, it'll be a long hard slog and now the $$ are really going to add up. The complete new interior components will run around $3500 and the new wiring harnesses will run at least $1000. Even for a budget build like mine, the dollars add up on an E-Type.

Heck, it ain't even my car and I drank an adult beverage to celebrate! (I was gonna do that anyway but still...)
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Re: Starting the final assembly on the E-Type - updated 4-16
« Reply #33 on: April 17, 2015, 11:11:01 AM »
Thanks guys -- yes, a big milestone and I drank an adult beverage to celebrate. That said, it'll be a long hard slog and now the $$ are really going to add up. The complete new interior components will run around $3500 and the new wiring harnesses will run at least $1000. Even for a budget build like mine, the dollars add up on an E-Type.

Not unheard of, many do not realize that's where the money and parts I might add become hard to come by and the prices reflect same. ............... Onward you are to deep to bail thumbsup2. I would if it were me build the wiring harness, however without knowing all the power requirements. I could be belching a bunch of hot air.
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Re: Starting the final assembly on the E-Type - updated 4-16
« Reply #34 on: April 17, 2015, 04:00:46 PM »
That thing is so cool. Come to Maine on vacation with that puppy so I can get a ride in it. I'll buy you some lobsters :)
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Re: Starting the final assembly on the E-Type - updated 4-16
« Reply #35 on: April 17, 2015, 05:41:45 PM »
That thing is so cool. Come to Maine on vacation with that puppy so I can get a ride in it. I'll buy you some lobsters :)

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Re: Starting the final assembly on the E-Type - updated 4-16
« Reply #36 on: April 17, 2015, 05:47:24 PM »
That thing is so cool. Come to Maine on vacation with that puppy so I can get a ride in it. I'll buy you some lobsters :)

Walrus,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,you may not fit in that car
I'd shoehorn myself in there. That car is simply awesome.
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Re: Starting the final assembly on the E-Type - updated 4-16
« Reply #37 on: April 17, 2015, 06:14:04 PM »
Today I was able to install the rear sway bar, button up the rear end fasteners and and install the radius arm (more on that in a bit).

The sway bar and links were refurbished and the bushings are all new. Hence this was as easy install.



The hardware was cleaned in the tumbler and then wire wheeled. Also, the radius arm brackets and hardware was unpacked and sorted.



These are the sway bar mounts and they need to be cleaned. This bedliner that I used to undercoat the car is tough, so standard thread chasers won't clean well. I keep a well worn carbon steel thread cutting kit in my box for just these purposes. It restores the threads in no time.





Next is the radius arm and most Jag owner struggle with this installation because it never lines up after the IRS is installed. Some folks actually install the radius arm first and then fight the IRS all the way to install it in the chassis. Well, here is a good tip and it's worked for me for many years. Best of all it takes only a few minutes to install the radius arm.

I slightly loosen the six IRS cage bolts from the IRS mounting brackets (six 1/2" bolts on each side) then I run a large 3/8" bolt though the front subframe mount. My solution is to use a come-along to winch the IRS forward in order to start the radius arm retaining bolt.

First though I cleaned the gunk and paint off the radius arm body mount -- I want nice shiny metal on this mount. Then I covered it with anti-seize.





I hook the come-along onto the rear hub and the front subframe mount and pull just enough to align the radius arm with its mount.





Once aligned, the mount and retaining bracket are a breeze to install.



Total time it took to do this is 35 minutes.



That's about it for today. --- Onward!


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Re: Starting the final assembly on the E-Type - updated 4-17
« Reply #38 on: April 17, 2015, 06:29:55 PM »
I am almost feeling guilty that I've been working on rebuilding the same motorcycle from the frame up, going on almost two years.  I need a shot of whatever you are drinking for motivation I guess.  panicx
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Re: Starting the final assembly on the E-Type - updated 4-17
« Reply #39 on: April 17, 2015, 07:06:40 PM »
Looks like it's coming along well, Ray.
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Re: Starting the final assembly on the E-Type - updated 4-16
« Reply #40 on: April 17, 2015, 08:34:09 PM »
That thing is so cool. Come to Maine on vacation with that puppy so I can get a ride in it. I'll buy you some lobsters :)

Walrus,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,you may not fit in that car
I'd shoehorn myself in there. That car is simply awesome.

Or maybe Ray could toss a pad on the top and strap yer big keester down and tote you around that way!  :D
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Re: Starting the final assembly on the E-Type - updated 4-17
« Reply #41 on: April 17, 2015, 09:56:07 PM »
Looks like it's coming along well, Ray.

It's coming chopper -- but this is just the beginning of a long journey.

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Re: Starting the final assembly on the E-Type - updated 4-17
« Reply #42 on: April 17, 2015, 10:04:23 PM »
Looking forward to seeing it the fall Ray!
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Re: Starting the final assembly on the E-Type - updated 4-17
« Reply #43 on: April 17, 2015, 10:06:00 PM »
Looking forward to seeing it the fall Ray!


Should have a lot done by then Tim -- we'll see.

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Re: Starting the final assembly on the E-Type - updated 4-17
« Reply #44 on: April 17, 2015, 10:06:57 PM »
Looking forward to seeing it the fall Ray!


Should have a lot done by then Tim -- we'll see.
Looks like your moving along quite well!
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Re: Starting the final assembly on the E-Type - updated 4-17
« Reply #44 on: April 17, 2015, 10:06:57 PM »