885066 Front suspension complete

It took me months to get everything together to what is needed for rebuilding a perfect and correct original early front suspension for FHC no. 66. Special attention is again on details such as the correct ball pins with the dovetail at the top to avoid rotation when tightening the original nuts. Same pic you will find in the parts book. All nuts and bolts are R- rated and are either GKN or BEES. They came always mixed. New bearings and and ball pins, gaitor and and rubber bushes are original NOS. The brakes cylinders are the early DUNLOP without the “C” marking on them. They are fully rebuild with SS sleeves. Also the upper ball pins do have the correct A&A covers. The torsion bar mounting brackets are the early flat style.

Sorting out matching key barrels

One of the small details I really did not like with my first ever E Type. It had an original ignition Key and another key for the doors. Always searching for the right key plus always an obsolete key at the key fob in the dash did not really look original. Small detail but it is worth it.

Here I am preparing the two original door cylinder to match the FP or FS ignition barrel and key.

Champion Spark Plug Caps

The very early JAGUAR E Type Champion Spark Plug cap WCX548 or dotted cap were used on the very first E Type until about November 61. They are made of bakelite and only a very very few have survived. Cheap reproductions are available but do tend to crack after some time. How to recognize the extremely rare originals and how to spot the cheaper repros are explained in the pics.