Britney update

Apologies for a lack of posting the last few months.

Current state of play:

  • car arrived without incident
  • car has been completely stripped to components
  • body shell is due to be sent off to Minus Paint to be chemically stripped in the next week or two
  • both engine frames are too rusted to be used; new ones are on their way
  • most of the plating is back
  • most of the sandblasting and powder coating is done and awaiting pickup
  • Engine, gearbox and diff are still together while I decide what iteration of gearbox and diff I will go with


Disassembly has shown the car to be surprisingly complete, but there was a lot of rust on most of the components. The body shell has had some "repairs" done and has been sprayed with some sort of undercoat. The quality of the metalwork on the repairs is poor however. They have made their own panels and once the paint is off the full extent of the damage to the shell will become apparent.

So now there will be a couple of months waiting for the body to be stripped. In the interim I'll be collecting and sorting all of the components I've sent out and I can then commence rebuilding the various subassemblies. The plating, despite a lot of rust, has come up very well.

More, and some pictures, soon.

Britney moment..

Oops I did it again...

More information to come..


Goodbye 1E34749!

After 5 years of ownership I have sold 1E34749. She looked fantastic for sale, is mechanically excellent and I'm confident that she will more than live up to her new owner's expectations.

But don't despair; there's always another project around the corner!

I'm in the process of preparing my 3.8 OTS for sale as well, and it will hopefully be on the market soon.

This will leave me with my silver series 1 coupe and my MGA.

I have about 700 miles on the engine in the silver car and it is fantastic. It has taken a lot of fiddling to get this car mechanically good but it's there now. Plant your right foot and it takes off like a scalded cat. And the noise....!

The MGA has around 350 miles on it's engine and is really nice to drive. It's a completely different driving experience of course, lots more revs and lots more gear changing. I'm toying with the idea of fitting a longer diff and a supercharger...maybe.


Once, and never again

Today, the only time all 3 of my E Types have been running and in the same place at the same time.


4.2 all 3 cars

5 year anniversary

It's 5 years since I bought my first E Type.

Here she is in her previous owner's shed.

IMG 2656


And here she is yesterday after the detailler has finished with her, prior to sale.


IMG 2658

More Articles...

  1. Current state of play
  2. Cam timing
  3. An update on various projects
  4. Shipwright's disease again
  5. Chroming
  6. Headlights and chrome.
  7. All over again.
  8. Painting progress
  9. MGA engine
  10. JT5 Box
  11. Slowly getting there
  12. MGA carbs
  13. Road registered
  14. Ronstoration
  15. MGA??!!
  16. Why having a car professionally restored costs so much.
  17. No spark
  18. Buy cheap parts and save!
  19. Exhaust studs
  20. Lightweight engine
  21. Torsion bars
  22. Are URO branded C15474 senders any good?
  23. Test pilot
  24. Tools
  25. Cool old paperwork
  26. I'm still here!
  27. Two heads are better than...
  28. new car!
  29. Notes on brake bleeding
  30. And then there were 3
  31. Finished...meh.
  32. Red is the colour.
  33. How to take your bonnet off by yourself.
  34. Bonnet
  35. Off to the trim shop
  36. Trim time
  37. Easter Sunday drive
  38. C18737
  39. A Pillar rubbers
  40. 3.8 engine first start
  41. Front suspension
  42. Relay
  43. Spark plug leads
  44. January's efforts
  45. Vale Martin Hawes
  46. Engine and JT5 gearbox installation
  47. Engine delivery
  48. Shimming the tappets
  49. Engine building 3: timing
  50. Engine building 2: pistons
  51. Engine building 1
  52. Cleaning the block
  53. Got the IRS in.
  54. Picture update
  55. Wiper rack
  56. First step
  57. Skeleton in the closet
  58. Exciting
  59. Motif Bar for the coupe
  60. Electrical fettling
  61. Roadster body nearly ready
  62. Kelsey Hayes finished
  63. New brakes for the 4.2
  64. More little bits and pieces.
  65. More paint photos
  66. Engine machining
  67. Fettling
  68. Windscreen wipers
  69. Kelsey Hayes
  70. First lot of top coat
  71. Sunday run to Goolwa
  72. Coopercraft
  73. Coupe update
  74. Apologies and an update
  75. Bending the pedals
  76. Starting to come together
  77. Ross has been busy
  78. There's always one little tiny problem...
  79. Here we go again...
  80. Jigsaw
  81. Nearly ready to reassemble IRS
  82. At the body shop
  83. E Type soup
  84. EDIS installed
  85. Pinging begone!
  86. First steps
  87. Picked clean
  88. Timing
  89. Green is the new Red
  90. Off to the Beauty Parlour
  91. Warming up
  92. Running in
  93. 1000 word equivalent
  94. Newer is not necessarily better
  95. Back together...but..
  96. and the engine...just starts!
  97. Please be seated
  98. Smile
  99. Pop the carbs back on, Sir?
  100. and some more..
  101. The home stretch.
  102. Happy birthday!
  103. Seat re-upholstery.
  104. Engine's in!
  105. Engine nearly finished
  106. Steering rack back on..again...
  107. Back together we go...again...
  108. Head rebuild
  109. Paint's on!
  110. Back from the machine shop
  111. Hibernation and reflections on plating.
  112. Happy Anniversary!
  113. More plating
  114. and they said you couldn't spray at 11*C
  115. More prep
  116. Oh dear...
  117. Paint it black
  118. Spring cleaning
  119. A worsening of Shipwright's Disease
  120. Jockeying for position
  121. I like plating
  122. The Unicorn
  123. Washing dishes
  124. More bits off
  125. Post mortem findings 2
  126. Post mortem findings
  127. Engine teardown time
  128. Engine's out
  129. ..until somebody loses an eye.
  130. A Lucas moment
  131. Off to the trim shop
  132. A pleasant surprise
  133. Fine Tuning
  134. On with the SUs!
  135. "All the leaves are brown.."
  136. Phoenix reborn
  137. Mea culpa
  138. Boooooring
  139. Please, Sir...
  140. Finally....
  141. Whole again
  142. Don't say the "F" word
  143. We have petrol
  144. Clock repair
  145. Tanked
  146. What's that noise?
  147. End of electrics
  148. The wires finally arrive
  149. We have a steering wheel!
  150. Exhausting day
  151. Brakes...maybe
  152. In the Doldrums
  153. IRS is back where it belongs.
  154. Rear vision
  155. Exhausted
  156. Glove Box
  157. An epiphany; BSH
  158. All coming together
  159. Ready to start re wiring
  160. Musings on "RTFM"
  161. I'm back!
  162. Bye bye IRS
  163. A Visitation
  164. Clutch
  165. Waiting waiting
  166. Reassembly going well
  167. I knew I had children for a reason
  168. Heater finished
  169. Front suspension finished for now
  170. Support from your friends
  171. The brakes are done
  172. What does WWW stand for?
  173. Lots of fiddly little jobs
  174. Front suspension
  175. Buried treasure
  176. Carbies
  177. Another busy day.
  178. Electroplating
  179. Every cloud...
  180. Birthday conundrum
  181. Busy Sunday
  182. Exciting news!
  183. Up up and away
  184. New tyres and the kitchen sink
  185. Heating up
  186. Waterpump on
  187. Shiny!
  188. No more steering wheel.
  189. We have lift off
  190. Hoist
  191. It's Christmas!
  192. New wheels
  193. Masterly inactivity
  194. Wax on wax off
  195. First bit of reassembly
  196. Gloss black enamel hides a multitude of sins
  197. JA: Jagaholics Anonymous
  198. Cooling system v1.0001
  199. Cooling System v1.0000
  200. Brakes are broken..
  201. Them's the brakes...not
  202. Retiring?
  203. Bleedin' brakes!
  204. Paint everywhere, Sir?
  205. Brass for brass
  206. RTFM.
  207. Start with something simple
  208. The Jag Arrives...
  209. Happy birthday to me

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