Category Archives: 1966 Open Two-Seater – JE

This project is the total body shell, bonnet, and subframe restoration of a 1966 Jaguar E-Type Roadster. This cars shell is in poor condition and needs the usual “floors and inner and outer sills”, plus some rear bulkhead repairs. The challenge on this project is reshaping the bonnet and outer skin… Previous, extensive crash damage has been repaired with LEAD – lots of it! This car is a true “lead-sled”…

1966 Open Two-Seater Update!

Check out these photos I just received from the owner of  “the lead sled”!  It’s great to see our shells painted up and being finished – and this one is definitely headed down the right track!

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UN-LEADED!!!

The “lead sled” is done and gone – to tell the truth, I kind of hated to see it go – it was just getting good! Well, MOST of it is gone – we still have one of the world’s … Continue reading

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How to save your E-Type Frame Rails

Here’s another proprietary trick that I probably shouldn’t be giving away for free, but the truth is that I HATE this job because it is a HUGE MESS!!! So if by putting this out there, we lose business with this … Continue reading

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E-Type Floors and Sills – the Monocoque Metalworks way!

It was finally time for the ’66 OTS in the shop to get new floors and sills.  This is almost always a “package deal” – where you’re kind of “in for a penny, in for a pound….” It makes the … Continue reading

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Boot Floor to License Plate Filler Panels

I don’t know what these things are actually called…  This is another one of those panels that needs so much “re-work” usually, that I just started making them custom to each car. This area traps dust, dirt, mouse nests, and … Continue reading

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Rear Lower Valance Repair Panel

After the episode with the other side, where it took almost 4 hours to “re-form” the aftermarket panel from the “usual suppliers”…  I decided to bite the bullet and finally pattern a repair piece for these panels. Unless they get … Continue reading

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Rear Wing Whatchamacallit…

I don’t know what this thing is called – I’m sure it has some official sounding name…  It’s the upper extension piece on the rear wing where it mates to the door chrome and convertible top tack strip – it’s … Continue reading

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E-Type Engine Stabilizer Bracket

These are usually in one of two conditions – perfectly fine, or a complete mess – and it all depends on how heavy the previous owner’s foot was, it seems! Although I believe that this bracket starts to get alot … Continue reading

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Replacing an E-Type OTS rear wing

We’ll back up a little and show you this project from start to finish – in the end, we replaced almost every panel in the LH rear quarter – and it came out GREAT – have a look!

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Fabricating a new E-Type rear wheel-well

The entire inner wheel-well assembly on this car’s LH side was shot, so we carefully patterned the original and built an exact replica…

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1966 OTS – Roadster Doors

There have been ALOT of doors going through here lately!  This is a look at the restoration of the doors on the ’66 roadster being rebuilt currently in the shop – the “lead sled”… We had to do these doors … Continue reading

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Time to get the Lead out!

Around here, that phrase usually means it’s a long day in the shop and we’re still out there at 7 PM, when the local classic rock station plays 3 Led Zeppelin songs in a row… On this car, it has … Continue reading

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Starting Out

Things have been crazy here at the shop, and I have not had time to blog in months – sorry.  Until things ease up, the blogs will be pictures only for a while…

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Arrival at the shop!

The car has arrived, and we’re all set to get to work! – as soon as we can clear some other projects off the decks, that is… Overall, the car is a little worse in person than I’d hoped, but … Continue reading

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Project Overview

This car is not at the shop yet, it’s due to arrive in 3 days.  However, I’m basically buried once it does, and with the current work plus the new building going up, I wanted to at least get this … Continue reading

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