Lightweight E Type
1963 Low Drag Coupe (BG)
|Restoration log by Dan Mooney
First test drive in the parking lot. Doors and wind screens installed.
Progress continues toward road test readiness
Engine assembly nearing completion
IRS and engine installed
Body has been primed with sprayable polyester.
Assembling the engine in the Team CJ engine shop this afternoon.
Darien has the short block assembly underway in the Team CJ Engine Shop.
Corey has now completed the machine work and reassembled your cylinder head.
The following sequence of photos show the cylinder head machine work underway and the cad plated front suspension.
Trial fitting front and rear screens to the Low Drag Coupe
Lots of progress with the Low Drag Coupe engine rebuild in the Team CJ machine shop.
|Cylinder head prior to disassembly
||Two chambers have shrapnel damage that will
to be welded and machined
|Close up of shrapnel damage|
|The head pays a visit to Jake in the TCJ
||Welds will be ground back and machined
|Custom top hat liners installed
||Machining the deck surface perfectly flat
|Grinding main caps in preparation for the
||Setting up to align hone the block
|A view along the seven main housings, which
now perfectly straight and round
|Test fitting the billet 4.7 crankshaft
More of Carlos' handiwork in the TCJ trim room!
|Seat base hide sections now sewn together
|Carlos trimming the excess trim and hide from
bottom of the seat base
|Seat base now ready to install
|Note attention to detail even on areas of the
base that won't be seen
|First seat now fully assembled
|Simpson belts add a nice period looking touch
The following sequence of photographs show Carlos beginning the process of trimming the seats in black hide. The last three images show the special flywheel and ultra strong clutch supplied by my friend Rob Beere in England.
|Lightweight aluminum seat frames
||The contours in the foam are carved by hand
|Making templates for the hide sections
|Carlos sculpting the edges of the seat back
|Plotting the location of the pleats
|The new hide that will be used for both
|Marking out the pleats for the first seat
|Sewing the pleats
|Carlos has been working his magic in the TCJ
room for more than 12 years!
|One seat back now virtually complete
|Ultra strong billet clutch needed to handle
450 ft/lbs of torque
|It will be a shame to hide these items
The heart and soul of your 4.7L Stage Two engine will be this beautiful billet crankshaft. It is almost a shame to hide it inside the engine!