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                                    1970 Series 2, 2+2 E Type Jaguar Restoration – Part 18

The new right angled speedo take-off at the rear of the gearbox has been fitted as have straight grease nipples for the inner fulcrum pivots on the rear suspension. Previously angled ones had been fitted not realising at the time you wouldn`t be able to get a grease gun onto them.

The balance of small items that were painted at the same time as the bonnet have now been fitted ie rear number plate mount, positive battery terminal/regulator bracket. The 2 engine bay mud shields & underpans have yet to be fitted.

The only item left to come from the painters is the rear door. New front & rear number plates have now been received but fitting the front one (self adhesive) will have to wait since I committed a cardinal sin and scratched the front of the bonnet whilst fitting the over-riders ! 


Work on the bonnet is however continuing.  The wiring harness for the lights has been installed as have the 2 long chrome trims that run over the joins between the centre panel & wings, these had to be cut down to length. Work on fitting the head light scoops, headlight bowls & chrome `eyebrows` is also underway. Fitting the chrome trims to the headlight scoops is proving a bit more difficult ! The chrome vent grill at the bulkhead end of the bonnet is fitted together with the screenwash jet.  Front side/indicator lights also fitted together with the wire mesh radiator grill, fresh air heater inlet & bonnet locating pins.  It`s now starting to look like an E type bonnet.


Considerable progress has at last been made in testing out the electrical circuits . New wiring harnesses are not all they`re cracked up to be. On the RHD series 2 there are 2 brake fluid reservoirs each of which has a low level sensor. The harness only catered for one. The wiring diagrams show the ignition switch has a permanent +ve feed direct from the battery, this in fact was missing from the harness. A loop wire had to be incorporated into the relay used for switching on the cooling fans via the Otter switch. The wiper set a lot of headache in so much as on a bench test it worked but once installed it wouldn`t function in all modes. The fault was eventually found, it was the new panel switch for the wipers ! I had initially installed the ignition circuit ballast resistor behind the dashboard but this is has now been moved local to the coil to reduce the risk of problems arising should it overheat. Again, there was no white/blue wire incorporated in the wiring harnesses to cater for engine bay positioning.

 Unfortunately, problems arose with the indicator stalk. It was the original & over the years of use the lever arm had become loose & despite numerous failed attempts to try & fix it decided a replacement was necessary. When compared to other stalks E type ones are expensive on the assumption you can get hold of them. After managing to track down Lucas`s original model number (131A) found that Rolls/Bentley used the same model number although the push button is slightly different in shape & its function is used for wash/wipe not the horn. Good used ones seem to be readily available at about a third of the price on a well known web site so the intent is to switch parts from one to the other.

Rather than try to fit them myself a local company have fitted the new front seat & headrest covers. All that remains is for the tilt mechanisms to be fitted to both seats.

2.2 mm Butyl sound insulation has been fitted to the floor pans & tunnel.

                                        1970 Series 2

Head lining & interior trim still to do.

Hopefully we can fire the engine up in the not too distant future ( fuel is in the tank !).

Work continues…….


Mike Davison   

September 2017