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1971 Jaguar E-Type V12 Series 3

And now in Golden Sands…

Today’s the day our Jaguar E-Type V12 roadster rejoins the Bridge Classic Cars collection in our Deben Road workshops… …now in her new Golden Sands finish. She’ll

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Visit from Classic Assessments

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Today we had a visit from Brian Classic Assessments and the owners to look at the progress of our Jaguar E-Type V12 Roadster. Unfortunately they were

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Our Jaguar E-Type V12 pulley has arrived

After months of searching and now having commissioned a small batch of pulley’s to be made especially for us we have managed to source a brand new V12 pulley from elsewhere.

The great news is that we can now fit up and finish off under the bonnet and still have some spare pulleys on the shelf for if and when we might need them.

The pulley has been fully balanced up and is ready to be fitted.

We start to fit up the interior

The moment we’ve been waiting for…the first piece of the stunning interior starts to be fitted up inside our 1971 Jaguar E-Type V12 roadster.

The bespoke choice of Golden Sands mixed with the maroon/burgundy interior, matching hood and mats all work perfectly together.

We are also looking into some special features within the car, stay tuned to find out more…

A fairy tale story, just like the glass slipper!!

It is one of those stories that couldn’t be written.

For many months we have been on the hunt for a Jaguar E-Type V12 pulley. Some examples have come and gone. We’ve tried plan A, B and C and have gotten nowhere.

Having called pretty everyone who knows anything about Jaguars in the hope of finding one on their shelves we were close to running out of options so we decided to design the pulley ourselves and have it re-manufactured using the latest machining technologies.

Yesterday Dave had completed the drawing and found himself standing in front of our precision engineers in Claydon, Suffolk to explain exactly what needed to be done.

One of the machinists then came out with one of the most inspiring sentences we’ve ever heard…’my neighbour has an E-Type V12.’

So off we went and sure enough here is the very V12 pulley we require, taken directly from his fully functioning V12 E-Type.

Just like Cinderella’s slipper it fits so now a trip back to Claydon. With the latest CNC technologies we will be able to reproduce a batch of the pulley’s just in case, one day, we get a call from a restoration company desperately in need of a Jaguar E-Type V12 pulley.

Finishing off the brakes and clutch system

We are now making the final few touches to our 1971 Jaguar E-Type brake and clutch system. Next week we aim to run her up for the first time in situ to see how we get on and what tweaks may be needed.

We should be expecting the final part of the interior back any day now which means we can then concentrate our efforts on fitting up.


Building up the E-Type’s front end

The front end of our E-type is almost complete with the lights and surround now in position. The front grill surround just requires tightening and it’ll be ready to be fitted.

Fitting up the E-Type pipework

Week 1 in our new Pettistree workshops and no slowing down for us as we continue to make good progress on our current projects.

Dave has been busy fitting up the new pipework and hoses to the engine bay of our 1971 Jaguar E-Type as we look to finish off the engine ready for the bonnet to be refitted.

With the bonnet taking up almost half of the entire car, when fitted, this will completely transform the look of the car and is always a sign of just how close we are to completion.

Fitting up the new V12 wiring loom

One day in to the fit up of the brand new V12 wiring loom from Autosparks and it’s been a really successful day. The majority of the loom is now in. The boot area and centre are complete and the engine wiring is in position but just need finishing.

We are a couple of looms short but these have been ordered and have been shipped next day.

The centre section and dashboard are complete.


Test fit of our E-Type roadster hood frame

This afternoon, we’ve tested the fit of our hood frame once again.

The frame came with the car when it arrived to us from California but it was not fitted. We carried out a dry fit during the strip out process and it fitted nicely which reassured us to continue with the work. Now that we are a little further along with the build we have refitted the frame to ensure the lines are still as they should be. We have also added a new hood frame canopy to the existing frame.

Now that we are confident with our findings we can remove the frame and get to work on the preparation and paint.


Installing the expansion tank.

The refurbished expansion tank is now installed.

Work is now underway on installing the full wiring loom. Once the rear section of wiring is complete the fuel tank can be fitted into position which will draw to a close the work on the rear section of the build.

Fitting up the fuel filler cover

Dave’s been busy working on the rear end of our E-Type getting ready for the fuel tank to be fitted into position.

The fuel filler cover has also been re-attached too!

Jaguar E-Type Roadster Colour Sampling

Off to China our samples go as we work alongside our 1971 Jaguar E-Type Roadster’s customer in decided the final colours for the hood, leather and vinyl.

It’s off to chrome we go…

The majority of our chroming work has already been carried out by Tony and the guys at Wyatt Polishing in Thetford but having found a couple of extras on both the Jensen 541S and Jaguar V12 E-Type it’s another trip over to get these started.

Refurbishing and Converting the E-Type Wiper Motor

To convert the wiper motor from left hand drive to right hand drive we’ve called in the assistance of our good friends and world renowned Jaguar specialists SNG Barratt. They’ll look to refurbishj the unit as well as carrying out the conversion.

Jaguar E-Type V12 Engine Re-fitted

The day has come where I will no longer be seeing this beautiful piece of V12 engineering out side my office window but will soon have to view her further down our workshops sitting proudly inside the car.

Today’s the day we re-fit the newly rebuilt V12 engine back where she belongs, sitting within our Jaguar E-Type roadster shell.

…and the operation was a huge success with the engine now safely inside the car ready to be built back up.

Fitting up the Jaguar V12 Roadster’s front frame

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We are now days away from being able to marry up our V12 engine to our 1971 Jaguar E-Type so with Dave busy rebuilding the suspension components Tommy and John are refitting the front frame and bonnet to ensure everything fits as expected.

And it does…

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Building up the Halfshafts

We are now into the rebuild stage of our 1971 Jaguar E-Type V12.

The half-shafts have been built up ready to be fitted back up and part of the full front end re-assembly.

Zinc Plating the E-Type Handbrake Levers

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The handbrake levers are now in the safe hands of Tony at Wyatt Polishing ready to be zinc plated.

I’ve managed to find a fantastic explanation from SPC, The Surface Plating Experts on the process of Zinc plating.


[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_text_separator title=”The Step-by-Step Zinc Plating Process”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Zinc plating is a relatively complex process that requires a high level of expertise. Specialised equipment and machinery is also required, including a rectifier, plating station, ancillary tank for proper dissolution of the zinc anode and a reservoir. Here’s an overview of how a typical zinc plating process works:

  • Preparing and cleaning the surface — It’s essential to thoroughly clean the surface of the substrate prior to plating. Any debris or contaminants remaining on the surface will prevent proper adhesion of the zinc coating. An alkaline detergent solution is typically used for surface cleaning, which is followed by the application of an acid treatment to remove surface rust. This latter procedure is referred to as pickling.
  • Preparing the plating solution — Zinc plating requires the immersion of the substrate into a specially formulated electrolyte solution, which is referred to as the plating bath. The bath consists of the zinc metal ionic solution and various chemicals that facilitate plating processes. They also help produce the desired chemical and physical properties of the finished product. Specific types of zinc electrolyte solutions include:
  • Acid zinc — This is a widely used plating technology known for its high efficiency, fast deposition and superior covering power. However, acid zinc also provides poor throwing power and thickness distribution.
  • Alkaline zinc — This offers less plating efficiency than acid zinc and a slower electrodeposition rate, but it provides better thickness distribution and ductility
  • Choosing the appropriate zinc plating procedure — After solution preparation, the parts are ready for plating. The chosen method could involve rack plating, where larger parts are affixed to metal racks which are placed inside the tank containing the plating bath. The parts remain stationary during plating. Barrel plating is normally used for smaller parts — instead of a plating tank, the parts are placed inside a barrel and rotated, which provides a more uniform finish.
  • Introducing the electrical current — Electroplating is also known as electrodeposition because an electrical current is used to deposit metal ions onto the surface of the substrate. In the case of zinc plating, the substrate serves as the cathode. A DC current originating at the anode is introduced into the bath and flows to the substrate. The zinc ions are then deposited onto the surface. The current flows from the cathode back to the anode to complete the circuit.
  • Post-treatment procedure — Upon completion of the electrodeposition process, the parts are ready for post-treatment. This normally involves rinsing the parts in water to remove any remaining contaminants and plating bath remnants. In cases of heavy contamination, the parts may need to be rinsed several times. The final step is to thoroughly dry the zinc-plated parts. In situations where additional corrosion protection is required, the application of passivates and sealers can be included in the post-treatment process.

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Jaguar E-Type V12 Roadster back in our workshops

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Welcome back to the Bridge Classic Cars workshops our Jaguar E-Type V12 Roadster. Now finished in Jaguar Golden Sands sitting proudly next to our 1967 Jaguar E-Type 2+2 both ready for rebuild.

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And now in Golden Sands…

Today’s the day our Jaguar E-Type V12 roadster rejoins the Bridge Classic Cars collection in our Deben Road workshops…

…now in her new Golden Sands finish.

She’ll now come back to us for the full rebuild to commence.


Visit from Classic Assessments

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Today we had a visit from Brian Classic Assessments and the owners to look at the progress of our Jaguar E-Type V12 Roadster. Unfortunately they were a few days too early from seeing her in the new Golden Sands finish but none-the-less they were very happy with seeing the second stage primer.

Now we have the big decision to make on what interior finish.


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Jaguar V12 radiator with cowls and fans, including header tank

We’ve just taken delivery of our brand new aluminium Jaguar V12 radiator with cowls and fans, including header tank.

Alicool produce Intercoolers, radiators, oil coolers, fuel tanks and aluminium fabrication work. The company was set up thanks to the coming together of industry leading professionals. Their design and drawing team have 25 years’ experience in aluminium cooling products and have worked on projects from super car cooling packages in air, water and oil to radiator design for cooling in the vintage and fast road market place.

Lightweight 66mm high performance alloy core, over 45% more efficient than the original copper and brass radiator. This radiator will keep race or road cars perfectly cool even in high ambient conditions. Alicool water cores are vacuum braised in a controlled atmosphere to comply with IS09001 quality assurance standards. Available with oil cooler for automatic models. please contact us with your preference.


Jaguar E-Type Roadster – Second Stage Primer

Our Jaguar E-Type Roadster is due to be painted tomorrow, here she in after her second stage of primer.

The blowers are on and we are just waiting for her to toughen up before moving into the paint booth ready for paint.

First coat of primer on our V12 E-Type Roadster

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The first of two coats of primer have now been applied to our Jaguar E-Type V12 roadster.

We are now only days away from the stone chip areas to be drawn out and the brand new Jaguar Golden Sands colour to be applied. The car will be totally transformed by this time next week and we can’t wait!

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Jaguar E-Type Front Brake Caliper Conversion Upgrades

Jaguar E-Type Front Brake Caliper Conversion Upgrades from SNG Barratt

These four pot front brake caliper conversion kits are manufactured in England using Ductile Cast Iron or Aerospace grade 7075 aluminium. They are all fitted with OE quality modern British seals and 303 grade stainless steel pistons and pins. The kits fit straight onto the original suspension uprights without any modification and utilise the original brake discs and hoses. All are supplied complete with Mintex brake pads.

Supplied Without Brake Discs

SBS9086/1 – Iron – S1 3.8 & 4.2
SBS9086A/1 Aluminium Silver – S1 3.8 & 4.2
SBS9086AB/1 Aluminium Black – S1 3.8 & 4.2
SBS9293A/1 Aluminium Black S2 4.2

Supplied With Vented Brake Discs

Vented brake discs offer increased heat dissipation over standard solid discs, making them ideal in situations requiring frequent and/or heavy braking, such as competition
and racing.

SBS9093AB/1 – Aluminium Black – S1 3.8 & 4.2
SBS9293A – Aluminium Silver – S2 4.2

Brake Pads Sold Separately

JLM9515 – All E-Type

Click here to download and save the information on the Front Brake Caliper Conversion Upgrades or for more information contact SNG Barratt.