More Tear Down!

This part of the tear down is more than half way through the process, I'd estimate that less than 100 hours of work are left to do here.

After the Engine was stored away and out of the picture tear down progressed rapidly, I took many pictures of the suspension and front end as reference. Removing all the brake lines, steering, wiring etc. was a quick process but it is always good to take it slow and document everything.
Much E-type mail list discussion has been had over this vacuum reservoir and its original lettering. Mine has most of this visible, and I'll make a patter of this before stripping the paint. The original blue isn't looking to bad on parts of the sub frame. Fortunately I won't need to match the paint from this car. I'm not even sure what color we will go for in the end.
This turned out to be a nice shot of the engineless front end. All the steering and suspension is still in, and looking pretty tired.
Dozens of small parts like these covers will need to be tracked and stored. The original color reproduced etc. The national Jaguar club keeps a listing of all the correct colors for just about all the parts on E-types in the various periods and models.
Strip down is almost done now. Just a few more parts to go. The natural weight distribution of the FHC body on jack stands is a little awkward. If you are doing this type of thing it is easy for the car to tip back on the stands since the center of gravity is very far back without the front end on. Put a bunch of heavy items like air tools in the foot wells to make sure it doesn't surprise you and fall off the stands.
The body shell is very light once stripped. I could lift either end with little effort. I'd guess the entire shell is around 300 pounds. It will be even lighter once I get all the rust, paint, and lead off of it. Some of the sub frame hardware was pretty rusty. Water got into the foot well area and the lower sub frame bolts didn't fair very well. Fortunately the rust wasn't bad enough to be a structural issue. Many people have told me how lucky this car was from a rust stand pont. Don't think I could have handled a full floor and sill replacement.
Here you can see the rusted area in the front of the floor pan. Its only surface rust on the kick panel, but the foot well pans are beyond saving. The lighter brown isn't rust, but rather dirt and old insulation from the original interior. The foot wells are the lowest areas on the car and so were not only rusted, but also dented up badly.
Another shot of the interior of the shell. I won't bother trying to clean this up. except for getting all the under coating off. The sand blaster will do the rest. That's another part of the restoration. Right now I'm just getting the last hardware out and inspecting the mess.
Two tired old sub frames. I had hoped these would be reusable, and rust wasn't an issue, however the driver's side frame was bent in an accident, so both will go. I haven't decided yet which brand of sub frame to buy. Martin Robey makes exact replicas, but Classic Jaguar has a set which is reportedly stronger and overall better constructed.
Dropping the rear end was simple enough. Getting all the bolts off was a little challenging, but nothing a little patience didn't overcome. The rear end is quite heavy so don't try to lift it without help. I used a dolly and floor jack to move it around before I tore it down.
Here's a picture from the beginning of break down the rear end. The dishes in the foreground are for temporary parts storage. I usually fill up 5-6 with parts and then bag them up and enter a detailed description for each numbered bag in a spreadsheet. I note any damaged, missing parts so I can at a glance tell what needs to be replace before sifting through each bag.
Just another rear end removal picture, notice the fuel line on the floor. The strip down is pretty much done now, just a few odds and ends to clean up.
What the heck, one more picture of the rear end. More dust and road dirt that anyone would care to see, but not for long.
Body Problems!

Author: Bill McKenna