Another tardy update

Since the sale of my red car the fire has gone from my belly for this blog.

My current 3.8 FHC project is making slow progress.


Shell and bonnet stripped. Pretty much the whole bonnet is unusable. The body has rust in the usual places. The door frames are OK. I have just taken delivery of AU$14k worth of replacement panels. ETA for shell completion; mid 2018.


Engine is stripped. Crank on standard and looks OK, bores on +20. I'll wait until I have the body back before I start on it. I have decided to reuse the Moss box that came with the car and this has been rebuilt.


The IRS is just about finished and the front suspension is rebuilt and ready to be installed. I have rebuilt the steering rack.


Everything is rebuilt and awaiting reinstallation including a full new set of lines. I'm going to use Volvo 4 pot calipers on the front.


Heater finished, dash panels instruments and switches finished.


All boxed up and will be going off to the chromer soon.


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

More Articles...

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

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