3.8 coupe boot floor off

3.8 coupe boot floor off


3.8 coupe boo newt floor on

Wiper motor wiring

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3.8 coupe body shell

Everything in front of the wheel arches is new.


3.8 coupe new floors and sills


And no prizes for guessing the fate of the boot floor and rear guards. Everything behind the wheel well goes too.


3.8 coupe original boot floor

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.

More Articles...

  1. Britney moment..
  2. Goodbye 1E34749!
  3. Once, and never again
  4. 5 year anniversary
  5. Current state of play
  6. Cam timing
  7. An update on various projects
  8. Shipwright's disease again
  9. Chroming
  10. Headlights and chrome.
  11. All over again.
  12. Painting progress
  13. MGA engine
  14. JT5 Box
  15. Slowly getting there
  16. MGA carbs
  17. Road registered
  18. Ronstoration
  19. MGA??!!
  20. Why having a car professionally restored costs so much.
  21. No spark
  22. Buy cheap parts and save!
  23. Exhaust studs
  24. Lightweight engine
  25. Torsion bars
  26. Are URO branded C15474 senders any good?
  27. Test pilot
  28. Tools
  29. Cool old paperwork
  30. I'm still here!
  31. Two heads are better than...
  32. Introducing...my new car!
  33. Notes on brake bleeding
  34. And then there were 3
  35. Finished...meh.
  36. Red is the colour.
  37. How to take your bonnet off by yourself.
  38. Bonnet
  39. Off to the trim shop
  40. Trim time
  41. Easter Sunday drive
  42. C18737
  43. A Pillar rubbers
  44. 3.8 engine first start
  45. Front suspension
  46. Relay
  47. Spark plug leads
  48. January's efforts
  49. Vale Martin Hawes
  50. Engine and JT5 gearbox installation
  51. Engine delivery
  52. Shimming the tappets
  53. Engine building 3: timing
  54. Engine building 2: pistons
  55. Engine building 1
  56. Cleaning the block
  57. Got the IRS in.
  58. Picture update
  59. Wiper rack
  60. First step
  61. Skeleton in the closet
  62. Exciting
  63. Motif Bar for the coupe
  64. Electrical fettling
  65. Roadster body nearly ready
  66. Kelsey Hayes finished
  67. New brakes for the 4.2
  68. More little bits and pieces.
  69. More paint photos
  70. Engine machining
  71. Fettling
  72. Windscreen wipers
  73. Kelsey Hayes
  74. First lot of top coat
  75. Sunday run to Goolwa
  76. Coopercraft
  77. Coupe update
  78. Apologies and an update
  79. Bending the pedals
  80. Starting to come together
  81. Ross has been busy
  82. There's always one little tiny problem...
  83. Here we go again...
  84. Jigsaw
  85. Nearly ready to reassemble IRS
  86. At the body shop
  87. E Type soup
  88. EDIS installed
  89. Pinging begone!
  90. First steps
  91. Picked clean
  92. Timing
  93. Green is the new Red
  94. Off to the Beauty Parlour
  95. Warming up
  96. Running in
  97. 1000 word equivalent
  98. Newer is not necessarily better
  99. Back together...but..
  100. and the engine...just starts!
  101. Please be seated
  102. Smile
  103. Pop the carbs back on, Sir?
  104. and some more..
  105. The home stretch.
  106. Happy birthday!
  107. Seat re-upholstery.
  108. Engine's in!
  109. Engine nearly finished
  110. Steering rack back on..again...
  111. Back together we go...again...
  112. Head rebuild
  113. Paint's on!
  114. Back from the machine shop
  115. Hibernation and reflections on plating.
  116. Happy Anniversary!
  117. More plating
  118. and they said you couldn't spray at 11*C
  119. More prep
  120. Oh dear...
  121. Paint it black
  122. Spring cleaning
  123. A worsening of Shipwright's Disease
  124. Jockeying for position
  125. I like plating
  126. The Unicorn
  127. Washing dishes
  128. More bits off
  129. Post mortem findings 2
  130. Post mortem findings
  131. Engine teardown time
  132. Engine's out
  133. ..until somebody loses an eye.
  134. A Lucas moment
  135. Off to the trim shop
  136. A pleasant surprise
  137. Fine Tuning
  138. On with the SUs!
  139. "All the leaves are brown.."
  140. Phoenix reborn
  141. Mea culpa
  142. Boooooring
  143. Please, Sir...
  144. Finally....
  145. Whole again
  146. Don't say the "F" word
  147. We have petrol
  148. Clock repair
  149. Tanked
  150. What's that noise?
  151. End of electrics
  152. The wires finally arrive
  153. We have a steering wheel!
  154. Exhausting day
  155. Brakes...maybe
  156. In the Doldrums
  157. IRS is back where it belongs.
  158. Rear vision
  159. Exhausted
  160. Glove Box
  161. An epiphany; BSH
  162. All coming together
  163. Ready to start re wiring
  164. Musings on "RTFM"
  165. I'm back!
  166. Bye bye IRS
  167. A Visitation
  168. Clutch
  169. Waiting waiting
  170. Reassembly going well
  171. I knew I had children for a reason
  172. Heater finished
  173. Front suspension finished for now
  174. Support from your friends
  175. The brakes are done
  176. What does WWW stand for?
  177. Lots of fiddly little jobs
  178. Front suspension
  179. Buried treasure
  180. Carbies
  181. Another busy day.
  182. Electroplating
  183. Every cloud...
  184. Birthday conundrum
  185. Busy Sunday
  186. Exciting news!
  187. Up up and away
  188. New tyres and the kitchen sink
  189. Heating up
  190. Waterpump on
  191. Shiny!
  192. No more steering wheel.
  193. We have lift off
  194. Hoist
  195. It's Christmas!
  196. New wheels
  197. Masterly inactivity
  198. Wax on wax off
  199. First bit of reassembly
  200. Gloss black enamel hides a multitude of sins
  201. JA: Jagaholics Anonymous
  202. Cooling system v1.0001
  203. Cooling System v1.0000
  204. Brakes are broken..
  205. Them's the brakes...not
  206. Retiring?
  207. Bleedin' brakes!
  208. Paint everywhere, Sir?
  209. Brass for brass
  210. RTFM.
  211. Start with something simple
  212. The Jag Arrives...
  213. Happy birthday to me

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