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

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Offline goodfellow

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Re: Starting the final assembly on the E-Type - updated 3-18
« Reply #90 on: April 06, 2018, 04:48:11 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 3-18
« Reply #91 on: April 17, 2018, 04:03:12 PM »
Looking good

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Re: Starting the final assembly on the E-Type - updated 3-18
« Reply #92 on: May 10, 2018, 03:40:09 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 that 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.