1968 Jaguar E-Type 4.2

Dodgy E-Type wiring

John has been investigating the wiring on the 1968 Jaguar E-Type Series 1.5 4.2. It’s clear to see that it has been tinkered about with

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E-Type MOT day!

Both the Jaguar E-Types pictured had their MOT’s done yesterday. The gold 1971 Jaguar E-Type V12 Series 3 is currently with us for storage at

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Rear Axle Re-Works

We’ve been taking apart the rear axle on our green Jaguar E-Type Series 1 so that we can rebuild it back up to performance. Scott

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Update – Working on the 1968 Jaguar E-Type 4.2

The 1968 Jaguar E-Type 4.2 has been in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop for our restoration technicians to tackle a couple of jobs on.

The first task the team had was to repair part of the radiator. The joint at the top of the filler neck had broken, it had previously been glued, and was bypassing the expansion tank. So, our technician Dave cut off the original to clean up the part and resolder the piece back on.

The next step was for Dave to work on the rear brakes and handbrake of the classic E-Type. The team have gone through and manually adjusted the handbrake on the car as well as fitting a new return spring to the near side rear and having to carry out a small modification to the system in order to fit the new spring.

Whilst looking into the brakes, the team noted the light on the dash, which indicates the brake fluid being low or the handbrake was on, wasn’t working. Upon inspection, the team found the bulb was actually gone from the system but upon testing they found the circuit itself was inoperative and suspect the issue is with the internal switch located underneath the interior of the car which would need to be removed to replace.

Also, the team discovered some paint blistering under the brake fluid reservoir but after inspecting the tank actually found the system to be overfilled and the escaped excess had dripped down and disturbed the paint.

Moving onto the engine of the E-Type, the team found a leak from the back of the Cam Cover on the straight-six. Upon inspection, Dave found an O-Ring from the rev counter mechanism had begun to leak so the team removed it from the back of the camshafts and replaced the seals before fitting it back up to the engine.

Looking Closer – Diagnostics on the 1968 Jaguar E Type 4.2

Bridge Classic Cars have the 1968 Jaguar E Type back in the workshop this week to have a look into a few issues the customer has noted with the car.

First up is some electrical issues. The customer reported an issue with the headlights which our technician Paul has looked into and found there was an issue with the fuse box. For this, a replacement is needed to make sure the issue is fully resolved and many happy nighttime miles can be done in this gorgeous dark green icon. We recently fitted an immobiliser to the car on its last visit with us. This has also been a concern to the customer so our team have relocated the system to be easier to access and have less interference from surrounding systems, ensuring the car is safe and reliable.

With winter approaching and the temperature starting to drop, the heater in a classic is even more important. The customer raised a concern about the heater not working so our technicians began to diagnose this for our customer. After all the related cables and pipework had been inspected and found to be in good working order, the heater valve itself was inspected. After thorough inspection by the team here at Bridge Classic Cars, it was found that the E Type requires a replacement Heater Valve.

Next was to inspect a slight leak from the top of the engine. The long-legged straight-six, hidden under that timeless bonnet was gone over by the team and each port and seal was checked. Upon inspection, Paul had noticed that the cam cover at the top of the engine had signs of a leak. With this narrowed down as the source of the issue, a new one is required to ensure the 4.2-litre straight-six remains in good health.

Dodgy E-Type wiring

John has been investigating the wiring on the 1968 Jaguar E-Type Series 1.5 4.2. It’s clear to see that it has been tinkered about with before and unfortunately, the wiring is questionable.

Because of this incorrect work on it, John has put in a new alternator and a new regulator because the alternator wasn’t charging before. He also found that the ignition switch is incorrectly wired, which meant that the amp meter burnt out as a consequence. He’s tested the ignition switch and found that there was a pair of twelve volts wired together that were causing damage to the amp meter.

Mobilising the E-Type.

Tamas has been working on the 1968 Jaguar E-Type Series 1.5 4.2 after it failed the MOT the other day. He’s put a new water pump on, put the alternator on, fitted a mobilised on the radio panel, there was a rubber tube that was leaking underneath and the thread got damaged that was attached to it, so those were replaced and the rear handbrake was adjusted.

E-Type MOT day!

Both the Jaguar E-Types pictured had their MOT’s done yesterday. The gold 1971 Jaguar E-Type V12 Series 3 is currently with us for storage at our Bentwaters hangar. The green 1968 Jaguar E-Type Series 1.5 4.2 came to us for MOT preparation. If you are looking for storage for your classic vehicle or need it prepared for its MOT, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Brake trouble on the Jaguar.

The 1968 Jaguar E-type Series 1.5 4.2, unfortunately, failed on its MOT test this week. The front brake piston and rear brakes weren’t working so it’s come back into the workshop to have these problems fixed.

Sorting the fuel system for the E-Type.

Scott’s been sorting the fuel system for the 1968 Jaguar E-Type 1.5 4.2.

There was a smell of fuel in the car, which he tracked down to a bad gasket between the pick up pipe and the tank. The gasket had been made from a corrugated cardboard box, would you believe it! So Scott went about making a proper gasket made from cork. He then cleaned out the pick up well in the tank because it had a load of sediment in. The sender unit was also cleaned and was re-fitted. The fuel system was then flushed through to get rid of any bad stuff that was in the lines. Scott then plumbed it all back in and checked for leaks. He found that it leaked at the filter and one banjo union on the centre carb. Also, the float had got stuck on the rearmost carb, which meant it was overflowing. So the float level was adjusted and all is working fine now.

Work on the Jaguar E-Type Series 1.5!

Scott has been working on the 1968 Jaguar E-Type Series 1.5 4.2.

He’s replaced the brake line that connects to the rear axle, bled the brakes, the bushes have been replaced in the steering column, because they were worn out, he’s lock wired any bolts that needed to be, fitted a new radio and replaced the fuel line because it had been badly fitted before!

Repairs on our 1968 green Jaguar E-Type

Scott has been continuing his work on the green 1968 Jaguar E-Type Series 1.5 4.2.

He’s repaired the air filter bracket, fitted new brake reservoir bottles and replaced various bits of wiring. The heater box and controls were seized, so that was sorted out. Scott also rebuilt the rear breaks and put the rear axle back together.

Greasing up the Jaguar!

Scott has finished the welding on the Jaguar E-Type 1.5, so he sealed and sprayed Schultz underseal on the underside of the car. He wrapped paper around the gearbox and exhaust to prevent any damage from the spray. He changed the engine oil and filter, greased up and lubricated all joints on the front end and replaced a snapped off grease nipple on the near side lower ballpoint. The interior has started to be put back in.

New front carpets for the Jaguar.

The Jaguar E-Type series 1.5 has been getting new front carpets made by Kath, in the trim shop.

The original ones were marked out with “notches”, which help when putting the new versions together, then taken apart and were used as patterns on a roll of new carpet. Leather strips were cut out for the binding. Kath first bound round the outer carpet section, then the bottom edge of the inner carpet section. Before sewing the two carpet sections together to complete.

Jaguar E-Type Rear Hub Assembly

Scott continues to rebuild the offside rear hub assembly. He has fitted new drop link bushes on to the rear anti roll-bar and has now started to refurbish the rear callipers.

Rebuild of the Jaguar E Type hub carriers!

Scott has been busy rebuilding the hub carriers for the Jaguar E Type 4.2.

He started by fitting the universal joints, and then cleaned up all the parts because they were covered in old grease! Scott then inspected all the parts and found that the near side rear wheel bearing was worn from sitting. Handily, there was already another one in stock, so that was fitted. He then reassembled it all and greased it so it was ready to go back together.

Rear Axle Re-Works

We’ve been taking apart the rear axle on our green Jaguar E-Type Series 1 so that we can rebuild it back up to performance. Scott has been rebuilding the wheel bearings so that he can fit new ones.

Green E-Type Back Axel And Welding

Scott has been working on our 1968 Jaguar E-Type 4.2 by removing the rear axel and stripping it down ready to rebuild it. He’s also carried out a lot of welding to make the car safe for its MOT. We expect that in the future this car will need new floor pans and sills as we have repaired these to comply with MOT standard but to ensure the cars long life, more amends may be on the horizon.

Axel Removing And Welding

Scott has removed the rear axel on our 1968 Jaguar E-Type Series 1.5 to fit new brakes and started spot welding the seat mounts from underneath which were showing signs of wear.

Barn Find E-Type’s Engine Re-works

Ady has been working on our 1968 Jaguar E-Type Series 1.5 Coupe. He’s taken the clutch mater cylinder off, identified that the pipe on the radiator needs re-soldering, the radiator needs reconditioning, the servo needs to be replaced, and both front callipers have been stripped, cleaned and put back on. Ady has also discovered the the near side rear calliper is leaking on the E-Type too.

The clutch slave cylinder and flexi pipe have been renewed, new fuel pump has been fitted and the carv fuel bowels have been cleaned out.

Jaguar E-Type Still Has Its Roar

Our dusty barn find Jaguar E-type 1.5 coupe has been cleaned and started, and we’re delighted to discover it still has its roar intact. It started up with little trouble. We can now start to assess what needs to be done and compile a list of amends for the client.

Barn Find E-Type In For Work

This 1968 Jaguar E-Type Series 1.5 4.2 has come in for a re-commission and possible restoration. We’re evaluating the extent of the work as we aim to first get it to MOT standard and work on enhanced reliability as the owners aim to take it around Europe.

We’re told its been sat in a barn for 4 years. Once it’s had a thorough clean and we’ve evicted the rodents, we’re sure it will look better.