1972 E Type Coupe (MW)
Auto to 5 speed conversion


Specification (briefly) for this project is as follows:

Convert vehicle from automatic transmission to JT5 five speed, rebuild IRS, replace floors, install various Team CJ upgrades.


Update report - March 12, 2002

The five speed has been installed for some time now and all that is left is to sort out the nasty mess of wiring that a previous owner left for you! The electrical system on this car really was in a bad way.

The plan is to wrap up the wiring issues in the next day or so, test drive the car and basically have it ready for collection/delivery some time next week.


Update report - February 19, 2002
Finally time for the maiden voyage with the new JT5 five speed! John had the bulk of the mechanical components reinstalled before he had to return to England, but Sam has now completed the task - including a carb rebuild and the trouble shooting of various component failures along the way.

The new carpet and underfelt set has now arrived and should be installed later this week. Today should see the dash and new console finished off and the AC hooked up and recharged. Once David has installed the carpets we will get Lawrence to reinstall the doors and the bonnet then set about some serious road testing.

You can just about make 
out the JT5 5 speed
Almost ready for the maiden voyage

Who needs doors....
Not Sam

Update report - January 31, 2002
We now have the engine and five speed installed and are should have the mechanical side of things buttoned up in the next few days. We are still waiting on a new carpet set that should be here late next week.
Team CJ alloy flywheel
The famous JT5
Hydraulic throwout bearing
Lines must be tied off to prevent
fouling against pressure plate fingers
JT5 now mechanical drive
Team CJ headers
Gear reduction starter....
and more headers......
New pedal box
Speedo drive
New (solid) drive shaft
Engine and gearbox back in the car
Not much room in a V12 engine bay!

Update report - January 11, 2002
The IRS has now been completely rebuilt and is ready to go back under the car.

Update report - January 5, 2002
I am pleased to report that the floor replacement has now been completed (on schedule) and your car is ready to have the mechanical work carried out. Lawrence applied Body Wax to the inner panels and Cosme painted the underside of the car with 3M Body Schutz (stone guard) before applying a coat of Pale Primrose.
New floors now in place
Photographed in the booth 1/4/02

Update report - December 28, 2001 (pm)
Moving to the left side of the car......not such good news. Lawrence has uncovered a number of areas that are going to require his attention, most notably at the rear sill closing panel (inside the left rear wheel arch - see photograph # 1) and the lower portion of the driver's kick panel (see photograph # 2). Although these don't look very pretty, they are actually quite simple repairs with the floors removed.
LH rear sill end closing panel (it's
amazing what liberally applied 
underseal can hide.....
The lower portion of the driver's kick
panel will have to be replaced
This is the transmission tunnel which will
also need a localized repair
LH floor now removed
Cleaning out the LH rear sill end
closing panel
 Repairing the driver's side kick panel

Update report - December 28, 2001
We now have the right hand floor buttoned up and have turned our attention to the driver's side. Notice the torsion bar support bracket has now been straightened and reinstalled.

Update report - December 27, 2001
Gradually cutting away the old floors is a slow and laborious business on an assembled car. Here you can see Lawrence has removed the right hand floor and has also identified a couple of areas (see photograph # 4) that will need repairing before the new panels can be installed. At this stage everything is progressing on schedule and we have not found any nasty surprises.
1st job is to get the car 6 feet in the air
Cutting out the old floors
Old rust, underseal etc has to be
scraped off by hand
Lawrence points out an area on the trans
tunnel that will need his attention

Update report - December 22, 2001
Here you can see the floor replacement getting underway. Notice also how one of the IRS radius arms was so badly corroded that it literally snapped as we were removing the assembly from the car!
Special brackets front and rear allow us to
put the car on one of our jigs fully assembled
IRS looking rather sad....complete with
snapped radius arm
A close up of the snapped radius arm
Fuel and body men don't mix.....

Update report - December 16, 2001
It had been hoped that this project would be a simple five speed conversion. Unfortunately, however, with the vehicle elevated we identified some serious corrosion and structural damage issues which needed to be taken care of before any Team CJ upgrades could be installed.

Ordinarily we would not feature relatively routine projects such as this on the webpage, but we thought the conversion from automatic to five speed manual would be interesting to many - perhaps even more so now that we are replacing the floors on a fully assembled car.

The car is scheduled to have the floors replaced during the coming week.

Looks relatively innocuous at first...
But 'A' marks a hole clean through
the floor - with worse to come
More holes through to the carpeting
'Y' indicates rust through between floor and sill
'X' is a previous inept repair
'Z' can be perforated with a finger
You are looking at the carpet from 
underneath the car
Cross-member beneath engine is cracked
A & B mark the floor supports through which
the torsion bars are secured. Notice how B has
been forced upwards and is at a completely 
different attitude to A....
A close up of the damage
The engine has to come out anyway.....
Pretty nasty exhaust
These manifolds will be replaced by a
set of Team CJ headers
Headed for the dumpster!


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