Build an E-type in a weekend they said…

This will be the most ambitious, detailed and complex build we have ever attempted on the live stage. The team from Practical Classics magazine and CBR Classic Restorations are going to have their work cut out as they try to build an icon in three days.
The car, a 1974 Series III roadster,  has sat on a dolly in the corner of a workshop for 12 years… but now it will live again – we hope. Away from the stage the welding, painting, trimming and heavy engineering have been completed – but the task is still absolutely huge. Can the PC boys really put it back together in three days… the V12 E-type is one of the most complex sports cars of the 1970s… and we need it to be running and driving by Sunday. Head to the main stage throughout the weekend to see if they make it.

Right now - The V12 engine is stripped and spread across the workshop building room ready for reassembly, new 9:1 pistons, liners, polished crankshaft, refurbished cylinder heads and a whole host of soda blasted, painted and lacquered parts ready and waiting to go together. The independent rear suspension cradle, developed for the series 1 E-type in 1961 and used, albeit with a couple of revisions, right up until 2006 on the XK8, has been rebuilt so that can be fitted on stage as a single unit.

An XJ-S ECU will be used to run the injection side of the engine, and our resident electronics guru Jon Bentley has modified its loom to work as a stand-alone system, taking it’s firing trigger from the negative side of the distributor, rather than a direct crank position sensor. This means that, when we get to the show, this can be fitted alongside the new Autosparks loom rather than needing to be incorporated into it. Sound complex? It is… but it will mean we can drive the car offstage at the end of the day on Sunday.