1964 Jaguar E Type FHC (CC)
Total restoration of a single family owned car
Restoration Log by Dan Mooney



 
 

 
Specification (briefly) for this project is as follows:

We are delighted to have been asked to restore this very special E Type for the son of the original owner. It is very rare these days to come across a car that has been in the care of the same family for more than half a century.

Purchased new in 1964 by the current owner's father, the car was originally Opalescent Silver Blue with Light Blue trim.

The restoration will feature several performance and reliability upgrades including a stroked Stage Two engine rebuild, uprated suspension, brakes, cooling, ignition and a modern air conditioning. The car will be refinished in its original livery of Opalescent Silver Blue with light blue Suffolk and Turley hides.

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Opening report - July 14, 2018
Putting the finishing touches to another Stage Two engine rebuild in the CJ machine shop.









With all of the machine work completed, it is time to assemble this special Stage Two engine.



Cylinder head has now been fully rebuilt











Balancing the billet crankshaft
Torque plate honing the cylinders










Final surfacing of the block
Note timing chain is installed for surfacing










Hanging the Carrillo rods on the pistons
Short block assembly underway




We have now received this E Type back after being blasted to bare metal. As usual, the blasting process has revealed a little more rust than was evident before the car was disassembled, but all in all, not too bad. One thing we have noticed is that the left side of the body has significantly more rust than the right. We wonder whether the left side may have been more exposed than the right during an extended period of storage?



Bonnet will be disassembled prior to blasting











Left hand intake will be exchanged with a better
one from our used inventory
Left hand wing clearly has some rust beneath
the paint











Cutting out the outer sills prior to blasting











This is what was hiding behind the LH outer sill










Corrosion behind LH engine frame bracket
Corrosion in LH inner sill














































The body will require full floors and inner and
outer sills











Jury still out on whether the boot floor can be saved












Time to melt out the factory lead



































Door skins will be removed












Bare metal sealed in epoxy primer






















Sealing the door frames





Lots of progress in the CJ machine shop!


Machining 5 angled valve job
Honing tappet guides for oversize tappets










Valve covers polished
Machining surface of cylinder head










Machining counter bores for top hat sleeves











Machining main caps for align hone
Note ARP main cap bolts










Align honing in progress










To be continued!
Carrillo forged connecting rods





We now have the main bodyshell completely stripped and on one of the blasting rotisserie jigs. We have the Stage Two engine rebuild well underway and have already completed the machine work to the cylinder head.



Lots of evidence of the car's original Opalescent
Silver Blue paintwork
























Front suspension removed










Floors are extremely solid












Bonnet will be disassembled prior to be blasted
back to bare metal










Engine in the CJ machine shop











Using the crane to remove the head











Tearing down the cylinder head
This engine was burning a lot of oil prior to
being laid up!











100% blockage behind the petcock (drain tap)










Water pump could probably stand a rebuild












Pressure testing the head after initial cleaning










Several water jackets in head are badly corroded











Surfacing the head after weld repairs to
water jackets
Surfacing the head after reshaping the
water jackets on the mill










Intake and exhaust flanges were machined flat
Align honing the cylinder head camshaft caps










Trial fitting cam bearings after align honing head
Port work underway










Pressure testing the head after completion of
the port work
Outstanding (58 cfm) gain on the flow bench










Machining the multi-angled valve job
Honing tappet guides for oversized RBR tappets










Installing tappet hold down kit
Machine work completed on cylinder head, now time
 for cosmetic polishing, painting and assembly




I am delighted to report that we now have this exciting new project well underway!



Our first impression of the car is that is extremely
solid and retains many original features












First task is to remove the engine and drivetrain










All numbers match on this car, front to rear












Seats are as dry and rust free as you are ever
likely to find










The cabin is also extremely dry











This key was found beneath the passenger seat
Gas tank removed











Lights and bumpers were clearly not removed
when the car was painted











Engine and transmission now removed











First engine rebuild report next week!





I am pleased to report that we will have this exciting restoration underway very shortly.








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