1966 Jaguar E Type 2+2 (WM)
Major mechanical upgrade for a client in Hong Kong
Restoration Log by Dan Mooney


Specification (briefly) for this project is as follows:

Major mechanical overhaul including a 4.7L Stage Two engine rebuild, triple Weber carbs, uprated suspension, cooling, ignition, brakes and the installation of a modern AC system.

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Opening report - May 11, 2018
We have now finished shaking down the car mechanically and all that remains is to try to sand and buff some of the imperfections and shrinkage from the old paintwork. With any luck we will be calling the transporter on Monday!

I am pleased to report that we have now reinstalled your Stage Two 4.7L engine and have begun the process of installing your new air conditioning system.

Time to reinstall your rebuilt engine!
Installing the 45 DCOE Weber carbs

Webers feature our new CJ cable operated linkage

Cable connects to the pedal linkage at the firewall
Silicone cooling hoses throughout

I am pleased to report that we have now completed this special 4.7L Stage Two engine rebuild.

An unusual view inside the cylinder after removing
the old liners
Honing the new guides

Weighing the rods
Align honing the main caps

Setting the crankshaft thrust

Hanging rods on pistons
Torque plate cylinder honing in progress

Surfacing the block with timing chain cover in place
Matching the new seats to the venturis

Installing the RBR billet oil pump and associated

Short block assembly virtually complete

Painting the cylinder head after completion
of the machine work
Head now assembled with Stage Two cams

Rebuilt head installed and torqued down

Another CJ engine rebuild wrapped up and
ready to install

I am pleased to report that we have recorded some of the biggest gains we have ever seen on the flow bench following Corey's cylinder head port work. This engine has the potential to be the most powerful Stage Two 4.7L build we have done to date.

Align honing the camshaft saddles
Trial fitting and measuring cam bearing clearances

Machining the exhaust manifold gasket mating
surface square

Machining the block for custom CJ top hat liners
Note the step at the top of the bore

Honing the new CJ valve guides
Magnaflux checking the block after machining the
cylinders for new liner installation

Machining counter bores for installation of new
custom CJ valve seats
Fantastic gains on the flow bench!

This engine was apparently rebuilt within the last few hundred miles, although during the tear down we noted several serious issues.

Engine as received

Tear down underway

Very coarse cylinder hone job
The shadowing tells us that a torque plate
was not used

Main bearing clearances are very loose
Rod bearing clearances are way too tight

This valve cover is damaged beyond economical
repair and will be replaced

Machining out original liners on the floating
boring bar

Magnaflux checking the block for cracks

Freshly rebuilt cylinder head
Cam saddles are warped .020" and will have to be
align honed

Valve stem to guide clearances are more than
3 times what they should be!
Beginning the head straightening process by
machining the cam saddles square

I am pleased to report that we have now have this exciting project underway!

First job is to remove the engine and transmission
Cooling system will be upgraded

Engine will be rebuilt to 4.7L Stage Two specs

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