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Very early FHC 1/4 light

During the restoration of my FHCs, I discovered multiple designs of 1/4 light hinges and mountings.

The very early cars had a very short lived hinge and mounting to the window frame. Not sure how many cars did have the 1st version but my guess is less than 100 cars before it changes to the first improvement for fitting and use at the car.

The 2nd improved version had a shorter leg because the mounting at the window was not aligned in driving direction but turned by 90° pointing towards the cabin. The mounting was still soldered.

Some time later, the soldering was replaced by 2 countersunk screws and a 3rd version of the hinge was introduced, which did not have the cylindrical operating finger but a round flat. However, with the introduction of the crash roll, another 4th hinge was required to fit over these rolls and had a much longer and curved leg.

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.