MDG Ltd6 months ago

Lots of fun was had with hoses and my new high pressure water squirty thing, flushing the block out as best I could and cleaning the previously inaccessible front of the engine.

Gary19965 months ago

I went out early, bought some rubber to replace the perished strips in the wheel wells, picked up the latest box of parts from work and then headed home.

Mary4 months ago

About 20 years ago I sent my disassembled MGBGT to a friend who planned to reassemble it.

Gary19964 months ago

Then, with all of the front suspension bits from the roadster sitting in the shed it occurred to me that as they are identical I could reassemble the whole axle unit and do a straight swap. I did the assembly today and they look lovely with the new discs, shiny zinc and Greenstuff pads.

Col Minessota4 months ago

The floor sections under the seats have been replaced with new panels from Robey's.

MechExp4 months ago

Then I get to build the engine for the other head! Machining on the block is finished and I have cleaned and tapped it so I'll start that one next week hopefully...

Gary19964 months ago

However after this the engine just woundn't start.  Dead as.

Col Minessota4 months ago

Fortunately the E Type body shell was built in such a way that the car can be either left or right hand drive. Conversion from one to the other does require purchase of a new steering rack and other parts but is otherwise a “bolt on” affair.

FordOwner4 months ago

The quality of the zinc plating was substandard but was as expensive as the good platers. And, some of the more difficult to replace bolts were lost. Happily though I did get some extra parts that weren't from my car at all, so that was maybe compensation.

Fireboy4 months ago

Inspection revealed that the Pertronics igniter unit in the distributor had "failed to proceed". This was the only part of the ignition that had come with the car that I had not replaced.

Pete_W4 months ago

After an initial successful start of the engine I put the speedo back in. Took a little while to work out which light was which, but it all went easily.

Porker4 months ago

After much thought and effort, and feeling that special dread that only one deliberately countermanding a direct order can know, I removed the actuating arm rod.

Fireboy4 months ago

There is a steady stream of parts coming from the UK.

MDG Ltd4 months ago

So I rang Ron to ask him what to do. He laughed and duly arrived with a spirit level and a piece of string. 10 mins later; perfect.

Red4 months ago

When writing the article I did try to assemble all the relavent road test data. I think one Jaguar historian reckoned 265 bhp SAE to be around 220 bhp DIN. It does appear that Jaguar did ensure all their cars were modified before the press got hold of them. Because Jaguar were unable to get the MK2 2.4 litre to attain 100 mph, no new cars were tested by the press.

FordOwner4 months ago

I'm also awaiting a set of new cams with a D Type grind.

Matchmaker14 months ago

This is a photocopy of the 1967 Californian registration receipt for 881824. $3!!

Fionas_Boy4 months ago

Eventually I'll put 6" wheels on the car but for the time being the 5" wheels will do.

Mary4 months ago

That done, and remembering that the bottom row of 9 manifold to head nuts are tricky to get on, I decided to take advantage of the extra space and bolt the manifold on first, then bolt the carbs to that.

Red4 months ago

I decided early on to replace everything else, and I've spent around $2000 on new parts. Around $2500 in labour and I have a $10000 engine.

Red4 months ago

To Confirm: Put a plug tester in series with a plug. It should flash when engine is cranked. If no flash check other plug leads as well.  No flash = no spark.

Bri19874 months ago

A dead condenser looks just like a good condenser.  Just replace it. They can be tested with an ohmmeter but if you put a new one in and it doesn’t fix the problem it probably isn’t the condenser.

FordOwner4 months ago

Just waiting on the diff to come back from Bob, the diff man.

Col Minessota4 months ago

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FordOwner4 months ago

A couple of hours of sanding and painting bits, this time in lovely hammertone silver!

Gary19964 months ago

Ho hum.  Given that every piece of hydraulics I have looked at so far has been completely stuffed I think I'm not going to have any choice but to take off the IRS and overhaul the rear calipers. Bugger.

Gary19964 months ago

I will admit that it was with some trepidation that I approached the job of bending the clutch and brake pedals.

Matchmaker14 months ago

The block looks OK as best I can tell and the head looks OK although I will be putting on an XJ6 series 3 big valve head anyway so it doesn't really matter.

Watergirl4 months ago

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Bri19874 months ago

I built a trolley to support the engine and used the hoist to lift the car up off the engine.  Ron came round to help, probably to make sure that I didn't drop the car on myself.

Watergirl4 months ago

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Pete_W4 months ago

Cold and rainy today. A good day for small jobs. So I stripped the windscreen wiper motor. Inside it looks pretty good with almost no wear on the brushes. I suspect it has seen very little use.

Pete_W4 months ago

A couple of hours later Rob, and then Ron arrive.  There is much poking and prodding but the general consensus seems to be that the car is pretty sound.

R2_Amazeballs4 months ago

Next big PITA job is getting all the chrome redone. Ross has still got the bonnet chromework to make sure it all fits, but I should be able to get that back soon. After my experiences with the last chromers I'm going to try someone different. Hopefull they'll be better.

Matchmaker14 months ago

The ageless, sublimely beautiful E-type Jaguar was introduced, initially for export only, in March 1961. The domestic UK market launch came four months later in July 1961.

MechExp4 months ago

0855 hrs. Excited to have a day permit to actually drive the 3.8. It is after all nice to know that the brakes work BEFORE the Road Worthy test.

Porker4 months ago

Only the engine frames to come off and a bit of trim and sound deadener to go.

Corrie19994 months ago

I decided that crawling around under cars was undignified for a man of my age and so here is the solution.

Gary19964 months ago

All in all a fairly easy afternoon's work, and amazingly the car started straight away on the first turn of the key! My attempts at tuning however were laughably poor so the car is off to Adelaide's finest SU tuner.

Matchmaker14 months ago

I've been driving the car a bit while gradually fixing little things.

R2_Amazeballs3 months ago
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