E-Type Panel Fabrication

What makes our panels better than the others?  Spend a few minutes to read through the points below – I know that when finished, you’ll agree that we are the ONLY choice for your restoration.

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Our panels are made with EXPERT CRAFTSMANSHIP! Monocoque Metalworks was born out of a lifelong fascination with the E-Type  body shell, but also a frustration with the panels currently available.  After several years of finding, restoring, and re-tooling the machines necessary for this work, fabricating panels that are not absolutely perfect is simply not an option.  For example, we use razor-sharp shears instead of nibblers, producing dead-straight, crisp edges that you have to see to believe!  We also constantly tune our machines so that all bends, cuts, and holes are as crisp as the original panels.  All holes are the correct shape and size, and are located EXACTLY where they belong.  And, all sub-assemblies are spot-welded with vintage, high-quality equipment that exactly reproduces the original spot-welds, and is constantly checked for the proper penetration.  We form it right – every single time.

Our panels are MORE ACCURATE! Many panels currently available on the market are simply incorrect.  While they are usually ‘close enough’, small details like the incorrect metal gauges and dimensions often cause problems later.  One example of this is the battery J-hook bracket on the LH forward sill closing panel.  The original is ½” high and formed from 16-gauge steel, and so is ours.  Other manufacturers of panels makes this bracket from thinner 20-gauge steel and only ¼” wide, and after the tub is restored and painted, you discover the battery can’t be mounted…

Our panels arrive READY TO INSTALL! Because our company is small and many panels are made to order, and because our panels don’t spend months in a shipping container coming from overseas, we can ship our panels in bare steel.  Other manufacturers coat their panels in a very low-quality, black “shipping primer” that most restorers have learned the hard way MUST by stripped before applying quality primers and paints – not to mention the abundance of stickers…  This is very time consuming and messy.

We make the panels that you can’t get ANYWHERE ELSE! We have patterns and examples of nearly every E-Type panel – our shop is literally bursting at the seams with original panels and sections of E-Type shells.  As a result, unlike large suppliers that can only sell you what is on the shelf, we can fabricate whatever obscure panel you need!  We can also create only a portion of the panel if it makes more sense for your car – our partial boot floor is one example.

Our panels are PERFECT, but THEY DON’T HAVE TO BE! We make our panels identical to the original pieces, but we can also make the panel any way you like!  We can make the panel from a thicker gauge of steel if you prefer, or even in aluminum!  We can eliminate some original factory holes, re-locate them, re-size them, or make them oblong for adjustment – whatever you need!

A perfect pair of 3.8 E-Type Mudshields – in ALUMINUM! These weigh less than half the original, and were custom fabricated for a vintage racer. Incidentally, the cost for this pair was less than the steel version from Martin Robey.

Our panels are NEVER BACK-ORDERED! If you haven’t experienced this nightmare yet, consider yourself one of the lucky ones.  A large order of panels placed with one of the “other” suppliers often results in you receiving somewhere between 50-80% of what you need – and you usually can’t assemble ANY of it until you have ALL of it.  What are you going to do with a LH floor, LH outer sill, all the gussets, and a back-ordered LH inner sill? – Nothing – except sit around frustrated while you wait 6 weeks for it to finally show up…  At Monocoque Metalworks, while we may not have absolutely everything on the shelf when you call, it’s all made right here, so your panels are never more than a few days away!

Our panels are NEVER DAMAGED IN SHIPPING! OK, that’s not entirely true, but if they are, we ship you new ones immediately, free of charge!  I spent several years of my youth packing, unpacking, and shipping E-Type panels every day after school.  I know what happens to them in shipping, how they get damaged, and how to prevent it.  I also know the physical pain you feel when you open a box to find a brand new outer sill or a boot floor that’s been bent in half during the journey.  I will either prevent you from ever feeling that pain, or quickly erase it.  One thing you’ll NEVER hear is, “Sorry, you’ll have to put in a claim with the shipper…”  You probably WILL hear some colorful descriptions of the shipper, followed by, “OK, I’m very sorry, throw them in a recycle bin, and stand by for some replacements.”

WE KNOW WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT! We have ONE customer service rep – me, Chuck.  When you call to place an order or with questions, you won’t be talking to an order-taker who’s never even sat in an E-Type.  Instead, you’ll speak with me directly, and I’m usually in the shop surrounded by E-Type shells during the conversation.  I’ll help you with enthusiasm and an intimate knowledge of E-Types – you won’t have to spend hours deciphering the picture-less, error-filled websites of the big parts houses that have a mind-numbing amount of errors on them with part numbers, etc.  Just call up and tell me what you need and we’ll form it up!  Replace, “I’m sorry, sir, I need the part number” with “Yup, I know exactly what you’re talking about.  I’ll form them up and send you a photo of the completed panels later today to be certain.  Thank You – I appreciate your business!”

AND… on top of all of that, OUR PANELS COST LESS! We are a serious, yet still relatively small operation…  We are very specialized – we concentrate on one component of one car – Jaguar E-Type body shells.  That means that our overhead is very low, and we can pass the savings on to you!  You are also buying DIRECT versus paying several “middle men” to have the items shipped into their warehouse and stored, and all of their overhead…  At Monocoque Metalworks, you’re paying for steel, exact shipping with no handling markup, and expert craftsmanship.  The unsurpassed customer service and enthusiasm for your project is free…

Thank you for taking the time to review the points above.  If you like what you’re hearing, give us a call – I look forward to being a part of your restoration!

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Monocoque Metalworks – (443) 907-2287 – Chuck


Scroll down to the bottom of this page for photos of just SOME of the E-Type panels we fabricate here! ALL panels shown on this page are Monocoque Metalworks pieces that are available for purchase, plus MANY, MANY more – we can do them all – RIGHT!

Covered Headlamp conversion flanges – used to convert late-’67 and ’68 Series 1.5 bonnets to Series 1, covered-headlamp configuration.

Series 1, 1.5, and 2 4.2-liter mudshields.

Inner rear wheel well panel – lower section behind wheel – all 6-cylinder E-Types.

Complete rear wheel well inner assembly – all 6-cylinder Open Two-Seater E-Types (roadsters).

3.8-liter E-Type uuper drip tray for door – LH.

Complete Heater box bottom plate – with core locating channels and mounting brackets.

Transmission tunnel side panels – 4.2-liter E-Types.

Transmission Tunnel side panels – 3.8-liter E-Types.

Series 3 V-12 bonnet panels – air scoop, and complete support member pieces with caged hinge plates.

6-cylinder E-Type boot floor support ribs.

Rear lower bulkhead “seat dish” – all 6-cylinder E-Types with recessed footwells.

Front wing lower edge repair section – all E-Types.

Detail of wired edge on lower front wing repair section.

Custom repair section for 6-cylinder E-Type bulkhead or cowl top panel. Customers often send us photos of their “problem” – we then fabricate the “answer.”

Custom floor patch section for 1965 E-Type OTS.

Bellhousing side and face panels – all 6-cylinder E-Types (3.8 faceplate shown…)

Bellhousing and transmission tunnel panels for all 6-cylinder E-Types (phgoto is for illustration purposes only – it shows 4.2 transmission panels and a 3.8 faceplate. WE KNOW THE DIFFERENCE – down to the thousandth of an inch – the other guys are just regurgitating info from catalogs and part numbers – most of which don’t pick up all of these nuances through the years…)

Outboard inner support panel for the tail of Series 1 and 1.5 E-Types.

Custom Series 3 V-12 headlamp diaphragm panels for converting to covered headlamps.

Repair section for rear lower valance – all 6-cylinder E-Types. Don’t replace the whole thing – localize the repair, and replace the rusty forward section with this section that reproduces the rear wheel arch EXACTLY – unlike the other guys panel…

Here is another MM specialty… This is a rear wheel arch reapir panel for 6-cylinder E-Type coupes – which rust out here because they have an inner wheelwell positioned closely behind this piece – unlike the roadsters. The “other guys” version of this panel is FLAT – a.k.a. USELESS! Ours is properly arched in all directions, and the edge is crisp and correct, unlike their obviously hand-hammered, soft edge…

Here’s yet another piece thatwe are the only source for. This is the forward section of the rear wing on 6-cylinder E-Types. This commonly rusts away when the B-post rusts from the inside-out.

We are also the only source for these – worldwide. After making them, I know why – that double-folded edge at the top is EXACT, and REAL TRICKY to form up! These are for 3.8 E-Types, but we can make the 4.2 version as well, which has recessed side panels. Look in the “E-Type Panel Fabrication” section of our blogs to see details of the construction of these E-Type Center Consoles!

This is a section of the rear inner wheel well. This is the inner support just under the rear lower valance, and just under the tip of the rear bumper blade – ALWAYS rusts out…

LH bonnet rear mudshield for all 6-cylinder E-Types. We also make the V-12 version.

RH Rear bonnet mudshield for 6-cylinder E-Types. V-12 version also available. all details of the piece are EXACT – the wired edge is flawless, and the wire itself is electro-coated to prevent rust as on the originals.

A collection of bonnet panels for 6-cylinder E-Types – all made from our carefully created and constantly fine-tuned patterns.

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Monocoque Metalworks – (443) 907-2287 – Chuck