Jaguar Lightweight E Type
BODY: The outer skins and boot floor are removed from the original body tub and if it is a coupe, the roof and coupe inner panels removed ready for the unique alloy bodywork. The body tub is then mounted on our alignment jig and restored, usually with new floors and inner sills. A complete new aluminium boot floor assembly is made and fitted. The strengthening and upgrades that were done in the factory are also completed. Then new uprated front frames are fitted then a Lightweight spec aluminium bonnet.
New alloy roadster sills, scuttle, doors, bootlid and hardtop are fabricated along with Lightweight E spec rear quarters. Rear facing hardtop and bootlid vents are also fitted. A new roadster screen is fitted. The body is then painted inside and out in any colour choice.
Body Options: We can also build the entire car from aluminium including the tub. When doing this we strategically incorporate steel strengthening in critical areas. If the car is to be raced, we can fabricate and install a rollcage.
Engine: There are numerous engine specifications that can be requested and catered for – we are world renowned as a leader in development of the Jaguar E Type engine. The engine specification is discussed at length and tailored to your needs. All engines are fitted with brand new alloy bodies water pumps, engine oil cooler with braided lines and our lightweight alternator conversion with micro V belt pulleys.
As a minimum, the original donor 3.8 or 4.2 litre engine is fitted with forged pistons, big valves, CNC head porting, reground camshafts, electronic ignition, triple 45DCOE webers and our tuned length extractor and exhaust system. Alloy flywheel and diaphragm clutch.
Engine Options: Engine options are numerous – alloy blocks, wide angle head, dry sump, butterfly injection, slide throttle injection, throttle body ECU controlled electronic injection, Carrillo conrods, long conrod/short piston combinations. The engine specification can be discussed in detail and priced up accordingly.
Gearbox: Fitted is a brand-new alloy cased gearbox specifically designed and cast to suit Jaguar 6 cylinder engines and transmission tunnels. The gearbox uses the world renowned MT75 gearset as used in Ford Cosworth engineered cars and the ratios are almost identical to the standard gearbox ratios.
The flywheel is a new alloy E Type and the clutch is a 9.5in AP Racing diaphragm clutch.
A new heavy duty tailshaft was fabricated to suit and the clutch hydraulics are in the form of a Tilton master cylinder, E Type slave cylinder and a braided line.
5 speed Original Moss
1st 3.31:1 3.375:1
2nd 2.08:1 1.982:1
3rd 1.36:1 1.367:1
4th 1:1 1:1
5th 0.763:1 na
Reverse 3.26:1 3.375:1
DIFFERENTIAL: Typically, we rebuild the original donor limited slip differential, but for cars with regular track use in mind, we install a Quaife torque biasing differential centre which replaces the original LSD unit. These are far superior to the original Jaguar LSD in track situations.
SUSPENSION & STEERING: The front suspension from the donor car is dismantled, checked, zinc plated and then rebuilt with new poly bushes, ball joints, eccentric camber/castor top fulcrum shaft as per the factory cars, uprated torsion bars, adjustable shock absorbers and bigger (spec dependant on use intentions) front swaybar. We fit a brand new quick ratio steering rack which is solidly mounted to the front frames. The donor steering column is restored. The donor rear suspension is dismantled, checked, bead blasted and painted. All new bearings, universal joints and uprated bushings are fitted with adjustable shocks with adjustable spring platforms and uprated coil springs are fitted. New peg drive hubs or splined hubs are fitted front and rear.
Electric powersteering is a popular inclusion.
BRAKES: A specially designed and manufactured floor mounted pedal box is fitted with new Tilton master cylinders fitted. The pedal box incorporates a brake bias bar and increases legroom. The standard original E Type brakes will not be sufficient for the performance capabilities of these cars, even though it will be some 300kg lighter than a standard E Type.
Vented front and rear disc rotors fitted with Alloy racing callipers at the front and rear. Cooling ducts as per the factory cars are fitted front and rear.
WHEELS & TYRES: 15 inch replica peg drive cast Magnesium wheels are fitted front and rear, the size of which is dependent on the rear wheel arches. Tyres are Avon CR6ZZ size dependant on wheel width.
INTERIOR: The interior features replica bucket seats and new dash boards made from aluminium. The standard trimming is black leather for the seats, black vinyl for the door trims and sill covers and bound black carpets. The dash facias are remade in aluminium and then black vacuum moulded as per original. Trim colours and specifications are at the owner’s discretion. The original instruments are restored and a new braided wiring loom is installed.
Electric air conditioning is a popular inclusion.
FITTINGS: A replica alloy radiator with alloy header tank and mounting bracket is fitted and a replica alloy fuel tank with quick fill cap as per the factory cars. Fuel system is determined by the induction used (Webers or injection). New Lucas Le Mans headlamps are fitted along with new front and rear lamp assemblies. New handles throughout and Perspex headlamp covers, bug deflector and sill extensions.