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1970 series 2, 2+2 E Type Jaguar Restoration - Part 21

The badly formed new rear screen chrome trims which couldn`t be fitted have now been assigned to the storage bin pending what to do with them. 2 replacement trims have been received. The bottom one went smoothly the top one however is proving a bit troublesome. Discussions with the supplier are on going.

The two pieces of metal panel to fill in the area between the wheelarch & `B` post have now been fabricated & with some adjustments are now fitted. This has allowed the installation of the wheelarch vinyl trim.

The head lining has been installed after a hiccup in the process together with the windscreen header panel & rear view mirror. Progress has been made with the interior trim and after some considerable effort both top & bottom cantrails have been fitted together with the rear quarter panels and grab handle. (LHS cantrail was original, the RHS secondhand since the original was missing). The door cards are well underway with the LHS one fitted, RHS held in pending receipt of a new glass channel for the window regulator. Sound insulation to the floor & tunnel now complete with the carpet fitting started. The two sections making up the Centre console are now fitted. Due to the thickness of the sound insulation on the gearbox tunnel various areas of insulation have had to be cut away to allow the console sections to fit.

Sill trims, chromes & sill weather strip are now underway.

It would appear the fitting of inertia reel front seat belts to an `early` series 2, 2+2 is not recommended since there is no sliding anchorage point on the `B` post so the ones I bought 2 years ago are having to be returned in exchange for static belts which don`t need a `B` post fitting. These have now been received and are awaiting fitment.

Bonnet yet to be fitted

Work continues with the end in sight but in any event has to be complete by end May to allow June for running in ready for an overseas trip in July.

Mike Davison May 2018