1964 Jaguar E Type roadster (TW)

Restoration Log by Dan Mooney


Specification (briefly) for this project is as follows:

Total restoration to ultimate concours standards. This matching numbers roadster will be finished in its original factory livery of Opalescent Silver Grey with red hides, complimented by a black mohair convertible top and (red) leather fitted luggage.

The car will feature some mild performance and reliability upgrades, including a Stage One engine, upgraded cooling and ignition systems and exclusive CJ Borrani wire wheels.


Update report - December 1, 2023
Engine and transmission installed.

Sitting on it's own suspension
with temporary wheels.

Update report - November 28, 2023

IRS is installed

Center dash panel

Heat trans tunnel shield

Update report - November 6, 2023

Update report - October 23, 2023

Update report - October 20, 2023

Update report - October 6, 2023

Update report - September 18, 2023

Update report - April 5, 2023
Getting ready for paint

Update report - January 23, 2023
CJ Borrani wire wheels

Update report - January 13, 2022
Chrome and windscreen trial fit

Update report - November 15, 2022

Trimming the seats in sumptuous, deep red, Suffolk & Turley hides...

Visiting the Borrani factory in Milan last week!

Lot's of stuff going on at the Borrani factory!
Exclusive Team CJ Borrani wheel in production

Yours truly doing a bit of Quality Control at the
Borrani factory in Milan

We were delighted to receive the above photographs from a previous owner of 38 years standing who found his old car surfing the Internet

All of the heavy lifting has now been completed in the CJ Coachworks. The next stage will involve copious amounts of sanding and blocking in preparation for the application of the Opalescent Silver Grey paint.

All sheet metal repairs have now been completed
and the car is ready for a final push towards paint
The high build primer will be painstakingly blocked
until all panels are perfectly straight

Basically a "new" E Type body
Panel gaps are shaping up nicely

Lots of progress in the Coachworks this week..

Modifying new outer sills to match contour
of wheel arch
Matt fabricating a panel for the front arch

TIG welding the new panel in place

Sill now matches contour of wing and wheel arch

Wurth Body Wax applied to inner cowl
side panel

Tack welding new panel in place

Seams are then TIG welded
Right side of car now virtually complete

The following sequence of photos show Matt assembling your new bonnet and modifying the bonnet mouth, and the lower bonnet mouth tray, for a perfect fit.

New bonnet has been disassembled, blasted to bare
metal, and sealed in epoxy primer

Bonnet mouth needed some minor modification so
the upper and lower panels could meet up properly
Corrected result worth the effort

More modifications required to air intakes
Lower bonnet mouth tray fits poorly

Matt welded new sheet metal to both sides
of the tray, to increase the width

Tray now ready to install

Modification needed to the flange upon which
tray sits
With all mods completed, the tray now fits

Time to start fitting the bonnet to the car

Installing engine frames, modifying door top chrome, skinning the boot lid, fabricating a new boot latch bracket..

New engine frames now installed

Unusual view of a boot lid skeleton
Matt modifying door top chrome finishers

Preparing to skin the boot lid

Fit will be perfected once we have lead loaded
the welded seams at each corner

Fabricating a new boot lid latch bracket

Template transferred to new sheet metal

Trial fitting new bracket in position

As nice an original tool kit as you are ever likely to see..

We have now removed the body from the rotisserie and placed it on a roll-around frame jig so we can assemble the engine frames and begin fitting the new bonnet.

Always a good sign whenever a body shell
is removed from the rotisserie!
We are now ready to install the new engine frames

New bonnet has been disassembled, stripped and
primed - assembly next

Lower frame mounting brackets have been replaced
Matt installing the first of the new side frames

Beautiful Suffolk & Turley hides...

Lead loading the lower rear quarters where they meet the main boot floor.

Lead loading RH lower quarter and boot floor

Welding the rear edge of passenger door earlier
this week, prior to lead loading

Installing new driver's door skin.

Straightening the bottom of the door frame
Preparing to fit the new door skin

Rear edge of skin hammered over first

Using a special skinning tool to flatten the door
skin edges

Lead loading underway.

    Trial fitting new driver's door.

New door required some straightening before it could be used
Now much improved

Initial trial fit of door looks good
Contour of the new rear quarter panel matches the
rear edge of the door skin very well


Rust proofing inner sill surfaces and installing new outer sills.

 Weld zones masked off prior to applying Wax



Wurth Body Wax is applied all all surfaces



New lower engine frame mounting brackets installed
RH outer sill now spot welded in place


The following sequence of photos show Matt rust proofing the inner box sections with Body Wax, then spot welding the new floors in place.

 Masking prior to application of Wurth Body Wax
Matt applying the wax to inner surfaces that will be
enclosed when the new floors are installed






 Spot welding the floors in place


Cylinder head machine work completed, trial fitting new floors and outer sills.

 Cylinder head machine work has now been completed



 Multi-angle valve job visible in this photo



 Trial fitting boot floor and main floors






 Fit of floors is checked and re-checked numerous times 
before we commit to welding them in place






 Trial fitting new outer sills


Engine machine work in progress.

Block completely stripped and cleaned
New custom top hat liners



Machining out old cylinder liners
Machining the block to accept the new top hat liners



Port work in progress (intake)
Port work in progress (exhaust)



A view from above
Installing and honing valve guides



Cylinder head water jackets reshaped after welding
 Surfacing the cylinder head


Lots of progress in the Coachworks.

 Trial fitting floor cross member



 Repairing the drive shaft tunnel






 Trial fiting new floors



 Rear blukheads will be replaced



 Acid washing inner surfaces of lower rear bulkhead



 Old boot floor assembly cut awy
 Initial trial fit of new left quarter panel



 Acid washing inner surfaces of driver's B pillar






 Time to spot weld new bulkhead panels in place
 More trial fitting of new left rear quarter panel


This week Matt has been busy installing both inner sills.




 Rusty B pillars need to be addressed before we can
install the new LH inner sill






 Cleaning out the inside of the LH A pillar



 Trial fitting LH inner sill
 The E Type is keeping some good company
in the Coachworks






 Melting away factory lead from RH cowl panel
This is why we do it - rust lurking beneath
factory lead 



 Matt starting to spot weld the LH sill in place









 Now just about ready to weld the RH sill in position


Your cylinder head going under the knife in the CJ machine shop.

The first of several pressure testing sessions



Base line flow test
Machining out tappet guides, which were well
out of spec



Factory valve seats cut out
Head on straightening fixture in oven



Cam saddles being align honed
Machining new tappet guides

Cutting out the old floors, repairing the transmission tunnel.

































Stripping 'shipping primer' from new body panels.

Shipping primer will be removed
Bare metal will be sealed with Glasurit epoxy primer


Back from the blasters, everything very much as we expected to see. No nasty surprises!

New left rear quarter will be required






Upper firewall is sound



Right rear quarter is in good shape



We plan on using a new bonnet for this restoration


It is always exciting to get another total restoration underway. In a few months, this 1964 roadster will be among the very best E Types in the world.
Oscar about to prepare the monocoque for blasting back to 
bare metal
Outer sills and obviously rusted panels will be cut away
prior to blasting



 This California roadster has been off the road 
since 1975



 Original color was Opalescent Silver Grey - still evident
behind the dash
Bonnet disassembled for blasting 



 Inner sills are actually quite sound, although they
will be replaced as a matter of course


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