1968 E Type FHC (RF)
Total mechanical overhaul, bare metal repaint, CJ alloy bonnet
Restoration Log by Dan Mooney



 
 

 
Specification (briefly) for this project is as follows:

Total mechanical overhaul with significant high performance and reliability upgrades, including a Team CJ Stage Two 4.7 L engine rebuild, Team CJ alloy bonnet, bare metal repaint.

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Update report - February 25, 2017
The stripped body has now been sealed in epoxy primer and the guys in the trim room have been busy restoring your dash panels.




Preparing to seal the bare metal bodyshell










Outer body now sealed with epoxy primer
Rebuilt gauges










Dash panels have been restored in the trim room












Refinished heater box




We have now stripped all the old paint, primer and bondo from the bodyshell. I am happy to report there were no nasty surprises lurking beneath the paint!









When embarking upon any bare metal repaint project, there is always some degree of trepidation about what we might find lurking beneath trim, carpets, and ultimately beneath several layers of paint and body filler. Unfortunately, more often than not, we uncover major corrosion issues that can significantly affect the scope of the project. On this occasion, I am delighted to report that the structural condition of your car appears to be remarkably solid. In fact, the main floors, inner sills and boot floor are as solid as you could ever hope to find in a 50 year old E Type!



Stripping away as much of the interior as
necessary to repair/replace footwells












Draining gad tank prior to storage mean the
original tank is in great shape!










Factory applied cosmoline still on spare wheel
Boot floor is bone dry and appears to be rust free










Main cabin floors are extremely (unusually) solid
New Team CJ alloy bonnet has already been fitted




Your firewall has now been stripped, repaired and repainted.



Repaired firewall sealed in epoxy primer
Stabilizer bracket now repaired and welded
back in place










4 coats of Old English White has the firewall
looking like new again
Nickel plated suspension and brake components




I am delighted to report that your Stage Two 4.7L engine rebuild has now been completed!



Preparing the main caps for an align hone











Align hone in progress
Main caps following the align hone










Measuring forged stroker pistons prior to
torque plate honing process












Balancing the billet stroked crank










Surfacing the block with timing
chain cover installed











Preparing components for final assembly
Carrillo rods and forged CJ pistons










Beautiful billet RBR oil pump











Measuring the deck height (zero)











Assembling the short block











Custom Cometic head gasket











Another Stage Two 4.7L stroker build completed!
Time to get the engine bay ready for the rebuilt
engine!





















To be continued!
Repair panel now welded in place





Lots of progress in the CJ engine shop...




Tearing down the cylinder head
Measuring cam saddle warpage (.015)










Machining cam cover rails
Custom CJ valve seats installed










Honing valve guides
Magnaflux crack checking block










Very healthy gains on the flow bench
following our portwork
Measuring custom top hat liners










Exhaust runner after porting
Porting intake runner picked up more than 50 cfm










Machining out old sleeves
Some minor cracks will be taken care of during
re-sleeving process










Machining exhaust gasket flange
Surfacing deck of cylinder head





I am delighted to report that we have this exciting new project underway. This car will receive a total mechanical rebuild featuring a host of high performance reliability upgrades. Once finished, this will be one of the fastest road legal E Types in the world.



Chris about to remove your engine and transmission











Car has a much earlier picture frame
Rear stabilizer bracket has been subjected to
some industrial welding in the past










Home made bonnet hinge
Engine and transmission rebuild already underway


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