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Jaguar XKE E-type Restoration: A Distraction – Work on a Jaguar Series III V-12 – Replace Radiator Tank

We adjusted the carbs to bring the idle down a little and had to do little else for the engine to run smooth and sweet. I decided to clean up the engine compartment a little and got after some of the peeling paint on the exterior of the cooling head tank for the radiator – which is separate from the radiator and located a little aft.  In doings so I discovered a big problem waiting to jump up and bite the owner hard!  The filler neck on the tank was rotten almost all the way through under the pressure cap and just waiting to pop off and blast the coolant out of the system and all over the engine compartment. Clearly this is something to keep an eye out for on these cars.     New tanks are not that expensive so we got a new one from XKs Unlimited and installed that in the car.  I was really glad to have caught that before delivering the car back to the owner!    

Jaguar XKE E-type Restoration: A Distraction – Work on a Jaguar Series III V-12 – Carburetor and New Starter Installation 3

Well – luck was with us. New starter in place we turned the key, allowed the fuel lines to bring gas back to the carbs, pulled the choke  and after a few tries of the new gear reduction starter the V-12 came alive and ran smooth and strong like a charm!   Wow – it sounded great.  I could not have been happier with the work did on the four Strombergs during their long stay there.  I was smiling like the Cheshire Cat!  

Jaguar XKE E-type Restoration: A Distraction – Work on a Jaguar Series III V-12 – Carburetor and New Starter Installation 2

We boxed up the four Strombergs and shipped them off to Dana Britton at  These smog control era Strombergs have tight tolerances and need to be done right. Now, is super, super busy and it is a long wait. The work is excellent in my experience – but you should phone ahead and get an estimate on time to delivery.  We alerted the owner that this would take some time, In the meantime we stored the V-12. When the rebuilt carbs did arrive they were beautiful to behold – and I could not wait to hear that V-12 purring. Frankly I also wanted the space the car was sitting on – and to make the owner happy by getting the car back to him. Installation of the rebuilt carbs is very straightforward if you keep the plumbing organized and are prepared to adjust the throttle linkage and carb connections to get the idle and throttle response right.  In addition to fuel lines for four carbs, there are things like thermostatic vacuum lines, emissions …

Jaguar XKE E-type Restoration: A Distraction – Work on a Jaguar Series III V-12 – Carburetor Removal and Installation 1

The Series III E-type we were working on was not running and had a strong smell of gas according to the owner. The V-12 engine has four Stromberg carbs set in two banks.  Once the car was towed in we pulled the air cleaners and found the carb throats loaded with gunk from dried fuel and some damp fuel when the key was turned and the fuel pump started. We did not try to start the car as the carbs on both banks sit over the exhaust – and there was obviously a gas issue. The car had very low mileage (<50,000) and my son’s client was not looking for more than getting it safely running to take to have coffee now and again. Pulling the air cleaners is very straightforward, but there are internal pieces that need to be kept and correctly installed on reassembly. Getting the four carbs off without taking the intake manifolds off is tricky because some of the securing nuts are tough to get to.  It is a world of …

Jaguar XKE E-type Restoration: A Distraction – Work on a Jaguar Series III V-12

On top of moving into a new house and setting up garages, workshop and storage building – I had a new distraction from working on the 2+2 E-type. A client of my son’s asked Alex for some help with a Series III Jaguar E-type (the V-12).  It was not running due to fuel issues and had languished at a local shop. The client knew that Alex built hot rods and figured he might be able to help him with the E-type. My son said to his client “Me and my Dad works on Jags, I’ll take a look…” and the next thing is a flat bed delivered a red OTC Series III that was in need of some help. Beautiful car – but complex and tight in the engine compartment.  In the next few posts I will outline what we did to get this beauty back on the road.

Jaguar XKE E-type Restoration: Installing the Windscreen

Compared with the rear hatch glass the front windscreen (windshield) is a real bear in my opinion. I suggest that you leave the vinyl top cover off the dash so you can work the rubber and glass from the inside more easily.  This is definitely a two person job.  We put the rubber surround in first and then liberally coated the glass grove with Vaseline. We then slotted the windscreen glass into the groove in the lower section of the rubber and slowly began to work our way around the edges of the glass working towards meeting up in the upper right corner.  It was slow and sometimes frustrating as you are dealing with a very large piece of curved glass – remember the curve on the 2+2 series 2 and 3 cars is pretty pronounced. Once the glass is firmly in place  with the rubber making a nice lip all around and inside as well as outside you put the thin rubber lock strip in place in the same manner and using the same …

Jaguar XKE E-type Restoration: Installing the Rear Hatch Window

The rear hatch window on the Jaguar E-type is not that difficult to install – although the chrome trim strip can be a pain as they do not seem to fit that well.   There is a trick to the rubber window seals for the both the hatch and windscreen. This will be explained. The hatch window is small and the glass relatively straight. It is really easy to install compared to the windscreen. The Series II 2+2 and Series III windscreens are a real bear because they have a big curve and are large and unwieldy. Start with the hatch window as you need the practice before you tackle the windscreen! Before I begin, I have not found the old trick of putting string inside the strip and pulling it out to pop the rubber seal over the hatch window of windscreen works for me with the Jag rubber seals.  So, I will show how I did it on the E-type. Also – you need to purchase a special tool to install the lockstrip into …