Jaguar E-Type (XKE) 2+2 1969 - Matching Numbers
VIN: 1R41300BW (Link to XKEDATA's record: http://www.xkedata.com/cars/detail/?car=1R41300)
From Heritage Certificate:
Engine #: 7R36848-9
Body #: 4R36532
Gearbox #: 34863
Date Built: 3rd. March 1969
Date Dispatched: 14th. April 1969
Distributor: British Leyland Mtrs., Inc., New York
Series 2. Body style: 2+2. Borg Warner automatic transmission.
E-Type 6d Stamp
E-Type on its way to Pasadena
My tach stopped working, so after checking all the connections and finding them good, I took it apart. The circuit in mine is quite different from that described in this useful link from Mark Olson:
For example, mine only has one transistor, and the toroidal transformer has two windings apart from the turns of the wire from the coil. I suspected the 2uF electrolytic capacitor (these are prone to failure when very old), circled in yellow in the following photo:
Sure enough, it was a direct short when measured on the multimeter. I snipped it out of circuit and soldered in a 3.3uF tantalum (the value is almost certainly not critical) in its place. Now my tach works fine again :-) I wish all the jobs on the Jag were this simple.
A/C Condensor Mount
My car came to me with the condenser and radiator duct plate missing. I fitted a new duct plate and bought a used condenser, which I am now wanting to fit into position. Here is a photo of the condenser in situ. I am worried that the upper hose fitting on the condenser is very close to the radiator grille, so am wondering if I have something missing or wrong:
A/C Compressor Mount
I have been tracking down a problem where my AC belt was rubbing on the frame rail. Lloyd guessed it was sagging motor mounts, so I ordered new ones from SNGB. Here's a photo of the driver side old mount, and the replacement:
As you can tell, there's a bit of extra height there on the new one, so I was optimistic. I used Glenn's suggestion of putting a large washer on top of the mount, to prevent the rubber distorting. If this doesn't wear well, I'll invest in the uprated mounts others recommend. Here's the fitted mount:
After assembling the AC bracket, and reattaching the compressor, I got the result I was hoping for:
The belt is clear of the frame rail by at least 1/4'' - and maybe it will increase as the new belt beds in. OK, so I don't have as much gap as Andy, but I'm happy.
Next job: fitting the radiator duct shield, fitting the condenser, then seeing if the whole thing will take a charge of Freeze12.
Converter Base Plate
After driving my 2+2 around the block a couple of times
yesterday evening (April 1, 2011) for the first
time since I got it, it was apparent that the exhaust
was holed, so I jacked the car up to take a look.
It turns out that this plate is often missing, and is
not critical - it just prevents debris and stones from damaging the mechanism. I
sourced a used plate from John Koish at Welsh Enterprises, and it is on its way
here (April 4, 2011).
Turn Signal Switch
Closeup of the switch still attached to the steering column:
The switch after disassembly, cleaning, and reassembly. Horn braid still unconnected:
I drilled a hole through the stalk base and then attached the braid with a solder tab: not pretty, but it works well:
John Holmes' switch (off a '70 model):
A slightly different switch (notice how braid for horn is attached with a screw)
Jag-lovers forum discussion about this switch: http://forums.jag-lovers.org/av.php?1387660l64
Here is a photo of my faulty Otter switch:
I removed it because it is internally shorted. A new one was ordered from Coolcat.
Now here is a photo of the mounting location on the front of the radiator. This is not for the faint of heart: As you can see, two of the threaded studs are sheared off about 1/8'' from their base. Please don't ask me about how I sheared not one, but two of them: I'd rather not talk about it. I ground down the two sheared studs, centre-punched them, then drilled them out and tapped the holes. Here's the repair: I'll be keeping an eye on it for a while, but it is very secure. I used compression washers on the new bolts.
Before and after refresh:
Air Filter Cannister
Opened up the canister for the first time yesterday to check the air filter condition (I've only had the car a short while, so am on a voyage of discovery). Here is what I found: Do you think the triple SU carbs might be able to suck a little more air through once I clean that up?!
Heater Blower Motor and Squirrel Cage Fan
PM354 model ''Made in Canada'' - Siemens?
Removing the upper dash is very easy: just undo four nuts, two at each end next to the A posts, and two on the upper surface of the fuse box/panel switch area.
Here are photos of the removed dash, which I intend to re-cover with imitation leather vinyl.
After removal, there is excellent access to the gauges, switches and other controls.
Before and after repair with kit:
Broken shifter id plate (left) and replacement unit from a later (?) car.
Cleaned Gauges and Replacement Binacle
Radio Console - New Speakers
The speakers are made by Jamo and an exact fit to the mounting holes (as opposed to the units I removed!)
Correct armrests for an early Series II 2+2 are product code BD-26078
Engine and Carb Work
Records of work done by Wilson's Foreign Car in Penn Valley, CA for a previous owner, Dan Nettles, in 2004 and 2005.
(From John Holmes. These are the Lucas relay numbers. The E-Type model/year is in the first column of the table.)
E-Type Shopping: http://www.jag-lovers.org/e-type/shopping.html#look
Jaguar videos: http://www.jag2jag.com/page/jag-videopedia
Parts Interchange between Jaguar models: http://hubpages.com/hub/Jaguar-E-Type-Parts-Changeability-Between-Models
SNG Barratt (parts): http://www.sngbarrattusa.com/
XKs Unlimited (parts): http://www.xks.com/
Fansite: www.jaguar-e-type.net (fansite)
History: Jaguar E-Type history from WebCars!
Photos: E-Type Jaguar photos
Register: The International Jaguar E Type Register
UK E-Type Forum: http://www.etypeuk.com/forum/
JDHT Certificates: http://www.jag-lovers.org/cert.html
E-Type Wiring Diagram: http://www.coolcatcorp.com/faqs/XKE_Series_2_Wiring.pdf
Jag-lovers body tech tips: http://www.jag-lovers.org/e-type/body.html
Jag E-Type restoration blog: http://xkeresto.wordpress.com/
Bob Skelly's excellent pages: http://bob_skelly.home.comcast.net/~bob_skelly/
Another E-Type restoration: http://www.mckennasgarage.com/xke/jag41.htm
And another: http://jaguaretype.wordpress.com/
Welsh Enterprises spare parts: http://www.welshent.com/
LED lights for dashboard/exterior: http://www.v12s.com/indxcc.html
Superbright LEDs: http://www.superbrightleds.com/cgi-bin/store/commerce.cgi?product=755
E-Type Parts Interchange: http://www.jag-lovers.org/e-type/parts.html
XKE Lovers: http://www.xke-lovers.com/
Bassett's Jaguar parts: http://www.bassettjaguar.com/servlet/StoreFront
E-Type Series 2 JCNA Concours guide: http://www.jcna.com/library/concours/2006/e-type2.pdf
Jaguar Heaven Parts Dismantlers: http://www.jaguarheaven.com/index.html
Jag-Lovers thread about the Borg Warner Automatic: http://forums.jag-lovers.org/av.php?878769p20
Discovery Channel series about restoring an E-Type: http://jagxketype.blogspot.com/2010/11/car-is-reborn-restoring-jaguar-e-type.html
Los Angeles Jaguar Owners Club: http://www.lajagclub.com/
Another E-Type wiring diagram: http://www.xkedata.com/pdf/53wiring.pdf