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1970 series 2, 2+2 E Type Jaguar Restoration - Part 6

 

The front upper and lower wishbones have been trial assembled. The front stub axle carriers have been fitted with new lower ball joints. These however have been upgraded to the sealed type as used on XJ`s which meant removing the lower ball pin spigot from the carrier to allow the XJ version to fit. It still uses the original bolting. New disc dust shields have been fitted, new upper ball joints will be fitted when the whole assembly is attached to the front suspension.

Front brake calipers are now reassembled with new stainless steel pistons & seals. Kevlar pads are being used in preference to standard linings. These together with new discs have been fitted to the hubs & in turn the hub carriers.

The rear suspension is somewhat of a more lengthy process.

 

        

          

 

 The drive shafts have been trial assembled to the hubs to ascertain the required thickness for the hub spacer. The outer fulcrum shafts have been trial assembled onto the hub carriers again to establish required shim thicknesses. The current outer fulcrum repair kits utilise one long spacer tube rather than two shorter ones used in the early days. The inner fulcrum shaft bearings have been fitted with the shafts trial assembled onto the lower wish bones.

                  

                                

Both rear brake calipers have now been reassembled again with new seals and stainless steel pistons. As luck would have it one caliper was found to be an E type one, the other yet to be determined possibly an XJ6 series 3 or XJS. Not having previously owned an E type this wasn`t directly apparent when they were stripped some 3 / 4 years ago! After doing some research it would seem E types could be fitted with either type. The principle difference is the outer dust seal for the pistons. The E type one is anchored into a groove within the piston bore whereas the XJ6 series 3 or XJS type is anchored on an external collar. The pistons however are the same dimensions. Rather than be faced with possible problems in the future a replacement caliper to match the E type one had been sourced.

The various parts comprising the handbrake have been reassembled with mostly new parts and fitted to the calipers. Standard brake linings are being used in this instance whereas Kevlar is being used for the main rear brakes.

The earlier hiccup on the prop shaft UJ`s has been resolved with the assistance of GKN and the prop shaft is now reassembled with its new replacement UJ`s & gaiter. I`m not quite sure what the previous owner was up to all those years ago!

Reassembly of the rear subframe is now progressing. I took the decision to scrap the old shock absorbers & springs some years ago. New GAZ adjustable shocks are being fitted together with new springs. New subframe mounts are also included.

Work on the front seats has also started. The covers have been removed only to reveal disintegrated seat & headrest foams together with what`s left of the diaphragms which I suppose for its age can only be expected. New covers , foams etc have yet to be purchased. The seat base frames are somewhat rusty as are the reclining mechanism & seat runners. These will be refurbished & new parts obtained where necessary.

 

Mike Davison

June 2015