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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 #260 on: April 24, 2018, 01:20:41 PM »
Well -- this is what $1100 in stainless and chrome exhaust parts look like. This stuff arrived late last evening. There are still a few smaller pieces trickling in, but the bulk of it is here on the floor. The exhaust shields are important; especially the smaller forward shield. There are less expensive mild steel exhaust alternatives, but stainless and chrome is the way to go on an E-Type.










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Re: Starting the final assembly on the E-Type - updated 4-6
« Reply #261 on: April 24, 2018, 01:22:40 PM »
Stainless always costs so much more, but there are times you just have to bite the bullet like now right Ray.
You boys better hold on cause i'm gonna have to stand on it!

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Re: Starting the final assembly on the E-Type - updated 4-6
« Reply #262 on: April 24, 2018, 01:39:26 PM »
Stainless always costs so much more, but there are times you just have to bite the bullet like now right Ray.

The $$$ are going to add up from here on in Herb. --- LOL. That's why I had to step away most of last year and replenish the "hobby" fund. The entire interior trim and upholstery kit is over $4000, and some new interior chrome accents thrown in for good measure will bring the cost easily over $5000.

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Re: Starting the final assembly on the E-Type - updated 4-6
« Reply #263 on: April 24, 2018, 02:38:17 PM »
Stainless always costs so much more, but there are times you just have to bite the bullet like now right Ray.

The $$$ are going to add up from here on in Herb. --- LOL. That's why I had to step away most of last year and replenish the "hobby" fund. The entire interior trim and upholstery kit is over $4000, and some new interior chrome accents thrown in for good measure will bring the cost easily over $5000.

You know better than most these really visible details  will be the finishing touches to what will look like a  professional looking restoration instead of a second rate restoration where the guy doing the work stopped short opting for used or cleaned up original parts that look as dated as they are. Just not a place where skimping would be wise as you agree since you dug deep to make the restoration really pop. 
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Re: Starting the final assembly on the E-Type - updated 4-6
« Reply #264 on: April 25, 2018, 09:31:29 AM »
$1,100  :-\

Must have bought it off the Snap on truck lolx

Man you are getting close, has to feel good.
That scalloped box end is one of the few BB features that doesn't make Elroy puke

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Re: Starting the final assembly on the E-Type - updated 4-6
« Reply #265 on: May 10, 2018, 03:30:35 PM »
Been a bit late on this, but as usual at this time of year I had a lot of spring cleaning and house/yard maintenance to do before getting back on the Jag. The most frustrating aspect of last few weeks was the damn center heatshield. It's thicker and more bulky than the original because unlike the OEM shield which used asbestos sheathing, the new insulating material is a pressed composite fiber. Whereas the original are riveted in place, riveting this one wasn't going to work. I tried, but after a few attempts I decided that since this heatshield usually takes a beating and deteriorates after a few years, it's best to make it removable.





To that end I decided on a permanent solution and sent away for a quality rivet nut installer set and used 1/4"-20 threaded inserts to attach the shield with 7/16" NC stainless steel machine screws. It took some time to arrive, but the wait was worth it.





It's not factory Jaguar (and is frowned upon by resto purists), but I can now replace this shield very easily when it gets to looking like this -- no more rivets to deal with.



The tool was a breeze to use and the install went perfect.





Like I said, not factory, but this is never going to be a show car; just my weekend fun project.

The other problem was my own fault. Back when I sprayed the undercarriage with heavy duty bedliner, I forgot to cover the exhaust mount bracket studs with tape. I paid for that mistake this week. As a result, the studs are caked in very tough liner. I spent an entire morning just cleaning and thread chasing these studs so that I could install the new exhaust mounts.





I used stainless steel 5/16"-24 NF locknuts on these studs --





After a day and a half of fighting and fixing some of my self inflicted problems I can start the tedious exhaust mounting process. With AC hoses in the way, and two forward heatshields yet to be installed, I'm not holding my breath that this will be a cakewalk. But the mounts are in and I'm looking forward to some shiny polished stainless steel under this old E-Type.



Onward.





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Re: Starting the final assembly on the E-Type - updated 5-10
« Reply #266 on: May 10, 2018, 06:26:23 PM »
I really like how you find smart solutions to making your life easier. I usually find solutions but not as good as you. shrugx

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Re: Starting the final assembly on the E-Type - updated 5-10
« Reply #267 on: May 11, 2018, 11:43:02 AM »
Like the way you look ahead,,,,,,,,,,,,,,and also the way you thumb your nose at the purists lolx
That scalloped box end is one of the few BB features that doesn't make Elroy puke

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Re: Starting the final assembly on the E-Type - updated 5-10
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