1962 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Coupe

Work on the 1962 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Coupe

Jon has been continuing his work on waking the stunning 1962 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Coupe up from its sleep.

After getting the car fired up the other day, he then moved onto getting the cooling system sorted on the iconic GT car. The first step was to carry out a vacuum test to make sure that all of the system was able to build and hold vacuum/pressure as intended. Unfortunately, the system failed the test. So from that Jon then did the opposite of this system, and worked to pressurise the entire system to check for leaks, it was discovered that the header tank had a leak and had ‘holed’ so was removed from the car and stripped down. Then, with this out the way Jon could remove the fuel filter and and lines in order to carry out a filter element change, and thoroughly clean out the sight glass. Alongside this as an added layer of protecting to the carburettors, Jon fitted a small, discrete in line filter to catch any sediment which may have made its way through.

Jon then moved onto getting the rest of the fuel system sorted which involved the fitting of the new fuel tank. The new tanks was set up with its new pump and sender unit and a complete set of new gaskets, previously we showed the state of the original tank which was removed from the car.

Before the new tank was dropped into the boot of the car, Jon thoroughly cleaned out the area before laying down the isolation foam to protect the tank and the car, and then could safely install and secure the new tank into the car. Once in place, Jon could fit up the new sediment catch can and begin getting the fuel system plumbed and wired in.

Once the fuel tank was in, Jon moved on to working on the exhaust system of the car. He removed the entire system front to back including the manifolds, which were replaced due to several broken studs and corrosion.

Jon that removed the radiator from the car to take it away to be thoroughly flushed out due to years of sediment building up inside the unit. Then it could be put back in the car and Jon could route the new hoses.

Jonn then removed the rear axle assembly and stripped it on the floor. He removed the drive shaft, calipers, and old pads before cleaning and prepping the caliper for refitting.

After removing the hub and trailing arm, Jonn removed the old small bush and fitted a new one.

Preflight Checks – Getting our 1962 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Coupe Started

Jon has been working on getting our stunning 1962 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Coupe fired up for the first time in nearly 20 years!

Working through each of the systems, Jon has meticulously checked and double checked each part of the classic Jaguar. To begin with, Jon fit the new oil filter to the straight-six and topped off all fluids in the car before turning his attention back to he carburetors.

Jon has finished cleaning up the carburettors, freeing up any sticking points to make sure they operate as they should. Then removing the old spark plugs, Jon installed a fresh set after gapping them correctly and then adding a new battery which meant the team had to modify the original battery hold down bracket to fit.

After getting the new battery installed into the car, Jon could then begin the process of waking up the straight-six. The first step was to crank the engine over for around 20 seconds to build oil pressure and make sure it had worked its way all through the block and into the heads, reaching around 20psi.

After making sure the oil pressure was ok and that every surface had been lubricated, Jon could move on to compression tests. All 6-cylinders were ok, with readings between 150-180psi and well within spec. Jon then set the base timing for the distributor and then could work on filling up the carburettor float bowls with fresh petrol (as the tank is not yet plumbed in) and with a bump of the starter motor, the straight six burst into life and ran perfectly, in Jon’s report ”Attempt to start. Started and ran ok. Sounded ok.”

Diving Deeper Into our 1962 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Coupe

Our technician Jon has been diving deeper into the 1962 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Coupe currently in our care for its new owner.

As part of the appraisal process, he has drained the engine of oil and all fluids along with removing the oil filter to inspect. As part of removing the fluids, the team remove drain the fuel tank to inspect the fueling side of the car.

Because of the car being sat for an extended period of time (multiple decades it would appear by the paperwork) the corrosive nature of the fuel left in the tank has wreaked havoc. When Jon removed the sediment filter, which also allows the fuel tank to drive, it became apparent that the fuel had spoiled whilst in there. In Jon’s own words ”Fuel more like paraffin”. With the tank drained, it could then be removed and allow Jon to strip down the tank of its sender unit and pump. After inspecting these components, his opinion is that these components will need complete replacement and cannot be recommissioned, as he reports ”All fuel system items require replacement”.

Then, Jon could go under the bonnet to remove the fuel sight glass and blow through the fuel lines with compressed air to clean through any sediment or debris which could be lurking inside the fuel system.

Jon then began work on tearing down the carburettors on the Jaguar’s straight-six. Beginning with cleaning out the float bowls and then could clean out all of the jets and bridges to make sure that again, no sediment or debris had found their way into the carburettors.

Jon then went through his check lists of resealing the engine with all its various sumps and bungs before cleaning down and continuing on with the carburettor rebuilds.

Once completely stripped down and cleaned, Jon then used vernier gauges to set the static depths of the carbs to their base specifications, and reusing components where possible, in preparation for the team to begin testing ignition and compression once the fueling system has been resolved.

Inspecting Our 1962 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Coupe

Since arriving at the Bridge Classic Cars Suffolk HQ, this stunning 1962 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Coupe has been waiting its turn on the ramps in the workshop.

Well, over the last couple of days the classic Jaguar has been under the careful eye of our restoration technician Jon.

Jon will be carrying out a full and detailed inspection of the car, which according to paperwork has been stood for the better part of 2 decades, and reporting back with his findings for the cars new owner.

New Arrival – 1962 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Coupe

We’ve just had several new arrivals at the Bridge Classic Cars Suffolk HQ, one of them is this truly stunning 1962 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Coupe.

This one has a funny connection to us! We recently were at H & H Auctions for there most recent auction and actually saw this car. As it went across the block, it had been bought by an enthusiast overseas. Well, the very next day when the team got in the office – the owner had contacted us to recommission the car ready for road use.

It’s always a pleasure to work on these automotive icons, and we’ve recently been doing a lot of them but thankfully with our world class restoration teams – we’ll have this early back on the road in no time!