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Old 23-05-2018, 08:38 PM   #441
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Any progress on this thread the wait is killing me ?!
Sorry Alfa male,

I'll be giving an update at the end of the month.

I've been very busy on other stuff. And apart from work, I've been building a website for my other half's business - which she needs up and running pronto, natch - so I have had to relearn site building from scratch PDQ (as the last one I did was in 1997 and I did built it line-by-line in HTML - I always wondered whether the module I did in Formal Logic at university would come in handy, and it has). But Wordpress seems to have made life reasonably easy so far...

In the interim, I've managed at relatively little cost to find some genuine seat runners for the E Type, so just a little light rust removal and we're good. And I've had the ECU reflashed by Andy Stodart (the XJR guru) so that the motor will work in the E Type, and be more responsive and at the same time economical through removing the ignition retard built in to the factory spec.

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Old 03-06-2018, 05:53 PM   #442
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Hi Peter:
Have you seen this trailer for the up and coming new series with Edd China? Lots of E-type content by the look of it!
Here's the link:
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Old 03-06-2018, 07:21 PM   #443
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Edd put something on Facebook about him and a mate doing a series 1 E-Type and asking for advice....

I pointed him in the direction of this thread

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Old 04-06-2018, 08:09 AM   #444
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Edd put something on Facebook about him and a mate doing a series 1 E-Type and asking for advice....

I pointed him in the direction of this thread
Thanks Martin and Ben,

No, I hadn't seen it.

I've been so tied up on work issues - that blasted website - that I've been at a screen about 14 hours a day for three weeks and it requires so much concentration that I've not been doing any extra-curricular web browsing. Still, almost done.

I will have an update on the Jag shortly. It is off the rotisserie and onto a rolling frame and the engine frame is installed.

I'm hoping to go down this week before I go out to Italy again, where I need to finalise the contract for the first phase of building work. This is going to be one hectic summer.

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Old 11-06-2018, 08:33 AM   #445
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In May, Steve and the lads at Old Bones spent 96 hours on the car. And I went to Old Bones on Thursday to drop off some parts (including some original seat runners that I managed to find). I was really excited with the progress.



At the risk of sounding like a parody of the Fast Show, this month they have been mainly doing:

Welding inner rear arch panels in place with wings mocked up.

Priming and seam sealing all joins.

POR-15 treatment - completed inner arch frame work both sides.

Carrying out further weld repairs to bulkhead – welding in the rest of the holes there.

Shot blasting the inside bulkhead – rust treating and POR-15 inside complete bulkhead.

Seam sealing of the bulkhead sections;

Removing the car from the rotisserie and fabricating a rolling frame for it;

Then mounting up complete front engine and bonnet framework. This is a real work of art made by a specialist;







Drilling new mounting holes for lower brackets – altering strengthening brackets to suit new frame. As Steve showed me, the part (which is supposed to made from the original Brown's Lane tooling) simply didn't fit.

Here:



I'll investigate but, in essence, Steve has had to fabricate a bracket that will fit. (Can you even begin to imagine a situation where a Mercedes Pagoda piece made with MB tooling would not fit? And we're talking about being out by inches not mm);

Welding repairs to rear of window sections;

Stripping out wiper linkages – shot blast – prime and paint – lubricating and greasing mechanisms;

Stripping apart bonnet pulls and bracket mechanisms. Shot blasting and priming them – lubricating and freeing off seized mechs.

Working on lining up rear end ready for welding boot floor clam in place.

Anyway, enough words, here are the pics:

























We also have the pumpkin back from servicing so, once the last of the metal work is completed, a dry fit will start with the wheels, motor and gearbox mounted to see if it all screws together, followed by the steering column etc.

And then the application of Lizardskin heat and sound protection and into paint.

Steve saw this at a show recently:









Apart from the fact that it is an open top, the interior is the same colour as my seats and the paintwork broadly the same gunmetal shade that I want.

But I need to do some research to identify which shade I precisely want. There are some period Lamborghini Grigios which I really lust after but Steve has shown me a VW graphite which looks the business and I have seen a very dark Tesla shade which looks positively liquid. Time to start some research...

Anyway, a positive month and I'm getting more and more excited...

I need to find time to get the steering wheel sorted, though...

Peter
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Some great updates and coming along

Interior on the car at the show looks lovely and suits the car colour
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Grey and red, a tried and tested colour combination which looks good on just about anything.
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Grey and red, a tried and tested colour combination which looks good on just about anything.
It's not working on me!

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There will be my monthly update shortly.

Steve's boys have finished fitting the wings up ready for welding in place, but the nearside panel is misshapen and isn't a great fit (and it's a new panel made from the original Jaguar tooling. I swear that the next time I do this - if my wife hasn't shot me - I'll be buying all my metal from an American specialist who actually ensures they fit).

It's a bit of a setback really as they would have been on by now, but the recalcitrant panel is going to need a considerable amount of persuasion to sit where it needs to. But the photos show it best:







In the meantime, a minor panic ensued as it emerged that the tailgate that we thought was in good nick wasn't in such good nick once the rest of the rear had been dealt with and straightened out.

After a hasty confab, we thought we should establish the cost of a replacement to benchmark against the cost of days of metal bashing, cutting, grinding etc. Just south of £3000 was the answer. I went onto eBay and found a good used example for £525. Snaffled immediately. Someone is smiling on me, at least once in a while.

My man maths requires me to save an equivalent sum elsewhere, but recent virtue came to the rescue: I have removed a hideous eyesore from the garden consisting of a dead tree stump, surrounded by four layers of granite stone pieces and a concrete capping all by my own fair hand (and a rather large Bosch air chisel) rather than paying the builders to do it.

In other news, the IRS unit has started its build up but Steve decided to strip the half shafts and bearing carriers down and send these off for powdercoating, too, so there are a few more bits we will need to get ordered.

More later

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Old 27-06-2018, 11:23 PM   #450
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Christ......that panel is almost as out of shape as me!!!!!

Your metalwork guys really are working some magic Peter.

Oh, and the best man maths? It's the stuff the wife doesn't know about. I've just dropped £180 on two original, fat body (hmmm, sounds familiar...), Rear shocks for the Rallye. Sourced from Italy of all places . The wife thinks I had a bill to pay. Certainly will be paying if she finds out the truth!
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