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Old 02-03-2018, 10:09 PM   #11
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Truly a thing of beauty, there are many cars, classic and modern, that could be described as beautiful but the E Type is really something special. In my opinion, THE best looking car ever made. I can understand why people would restore and then just keep these garaged but they are really missing out on so much. Good to hear you will be driving and appreciating it fully, not to mention giving others (even if they are Italians!) the opportunity of seeing it in the flesh.
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Old 02-03-2018, 10:12 PM   #12
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So the car was bought and I went off on holiday. I had plenty of time to noodle around on the internet. OK, even more than usual.

I contacted several Jaguar restoration specialists, about half of whom gave me the distinct impression that a 2+2, even a Series 1, was beneath their dignity.

The other half were more accommodating but quoting up to £100 per hour and they all had long waiting lists.

Another snag was that while I had no trouble at all in finding good XJ engines and gearboxes - indeed the MOD overdrive gearbox from an S Type does not even need the top cover changed and the autoboxes are easy, too, the specialists all wanted to supply and fit their own at vastly inflated prices.

At about the same time, I was having real trouble with the 3 speed ZF autobox in my wife's Alfa Spider. I hate the bloody thing as it makes the (high revving) Alfa Nord engine sound like an incensed wasp at motorway speeds - so much so that it is uncomfortable to drive at those speeds. I had been looking into changing boxes, sadly almost impossible. But it had got me looking for engine and gearbox swaps and the people who do them.

I came across this mob:

https://retropower.net/category/projects/

and this company:

https://www.oldbonesfabrications.co....aItem-ivjiq0nq - in particular the 1958 Ponton with a 55 AMG stuffed inside.

It dawned on me that I did not have to stick with a 1940's engine and 3 speed gearbox and that Jaguar had made straight sixes right up until 1996. Even better, the AJ16 engine had a supercharged manifestation...the XJR6 puts out 322 bhp stock. Without catalytic converters, decent downpipes, a bit of porting, a modified pulley and a bored out throttle body, it should be capable of 350-375bhp, against a claimed 265 bhp from the 4.2 XJ engine of the Series 1.

So I changed my search from E Type restorers to resto-mod and hot rod shops and went on some fact-finding visits before meeting and selecting Steve Jones at Old Bones Restorations in Weyhill, near Andover - the man undertaking the AMG shoehorning into the Ponton.

There is a lot of mystique about E Types and, yes, some bits are very tricky but looking at a true metal master like Steve, I judged that it had nothing to throw at him that he could not cope with. His work is beautiful and he is a perfectionist. So I went with Old Bones and had to wait until a slot came free.

In the meantime, I found a good nick 1995 XJR in Coventry (appropriately) with only 72,000 miles on the clock which I grabbed for a tickle over £3,000. It had its ticket and everything I needed worked well. When it has been gutted, it is in good enough nick to pass on to a parts specialist.

Steve and I had detailed discussions about the brief and agreed on a number of objectives:

The car was to be a cruiser, capable of long distances and of easily going from sea level to the Alps without throwing a hissy fit - hence no carbs!

It was going to lose the stupid +2 and extra storage would be fitted instead.

There would be no fundamental change to the way it looks or drives - so body, suspension and wheels would remain stock with no silly b's like ABS or traction control despite the XJR engine. (There are plenty of "tickled" racing E Types putting out 300+ bhp on 6 inch wheels, so it should be possible, but we may need to look at how the TCU governs the gearbox on moving from the off).

The car would meet the DVLA 8 Point Rule.

It would have cupholders!

That's it for now. Happy to answer questions.

Next instalment will cover the strip down.

Peter
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Old 02-03-2018, 10:14 PM   #13
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Truly a thing of beauty, there are many cars, classic and modern, that could be described as beautiful but the E Type is really something special. In my opinion, THE best looking car ever made. I can understand why people would restore and then just keep these garaged but they are really missing out on so much. Good to hear you will be driving and appreciating it fully, not to mention giving others (even if they are Italians!) the opportunity of seeing it in the flesh.
Be fair! They share their Ferraris, Lambos, Maseratis and Alfas with us...

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Old 02-03-2018, 10:21 PM   #14
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This is right up my street this is going to be epic once it's done
Will be keeping my eye on this for sure.
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Old 02-03-2018, 10:23 PM   #15
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This is right up my street this is going to be epic once it's done
Will be keeping my eye on this for sure.
I seem to recall you offered to detail it when it was done There's a(nother) thread I'm looking forward to reading!

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Peter

This is one of those threads that throws itself immediately at the top of the "threads you can't not subscribe to" list.

I genuinely love what you're doing with this, in making a truly stunning classic that will be properly usable.

I'm genuinely looking forward to the updates, in an ever-so slightly envious manner.....

It goes without saying, if you ever end up in Ireland, id love a look in person. Now, keep her lit, as they say in Fermanagh......

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Old 02-03-2018, 10:56 PM   #17
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Peter

This is one of those threads that throws itself immediately at the top of the "threads you can't not subscribe to" list.

I genuinely love what you're doing with this, in making a truly stunning classic that will be properly usable.

I'm genuinely looking forward to the updates, in an ever-so slightly envious manner.....

It goes without saying, if you ever end up in Ireland, id love a look in person. Now, keep her lit, as they say in Fermanagh......

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Thanks Niall,

I'll keep her lit!

Mind you, I'll end up sleeping in her, the amount she's costing me.

My wife told me the other day that she's convinced she'd see more of me and it would cost less if I had a mistress than "those blasted cars". (I paraphrase loosely, you understand.)

I told her that at least she knew where I was and what I was up to. Didn't seem at all mollified...

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Peter,
Beautiful car and a brilliant project. Thanks for taking the time to post such a well written thread.
Keep the updates coming please.
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I've been following Gordon Murrays Mk1 Escort with Retropower and love the concept and execution - never come across Old Bones but right up my street!
One of my favourite everyday future classics is the XJR.
My "can't afford yet but want one one day" car is the F-type - an updated E-Type how novel!
All time great is the E-type and how often do you get to follow a resto+ on one!

Subscribed and looking forward to the journey!


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Oh my ……………………. thank you Sir!

This has got the makings of a superb Thread.

Very much looking forward to the journey and here’s hoping it doesn’t spring you any nasty surprises along the way Peter.

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