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 - February 16, 2018
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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