Original Late E Series II refresh as it unfolds (Aug 1970 Build)

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#101 Re: Original Late E Series II refresh as it unfolds (Aug 1970 Build)

Post by Lost Horizon » Thu May 03, 2018 3:58 am

Today, the soft top was put in place so that it will stretch/settle on the frame before we put the hardtop on. Speaking of the hardtop, here is a look at the finished paint:

Hardtop paint inspection before chrome/hardware install

And here is a look at the soft top:

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#102 Re: Original Late E Series II refresh as it unfolds (Aug 1970 Build)

Post by Lost Horizon » Thu May 03, 2018 5:15 pm

Progress Report to yesterday:

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#103 Re: Original Late E Series II refresh as it unfolds (Aug 1970 Build)

Post by Lost Horizon » Sat May 05, 2018 2:38 am

With Burlen's production delay problems on supplying the SU conversion kit threatening the car's completion in time for the Vancouver show, Owen stepped up to the plate and has cobbled together a set over the last week or so so we can get the car running . Many thanks, Mike!

Starting with a Mark 10 setup with the solenoid choke, replacing the solenoid choke arrangement with Rover manual bottoms and polishing up a spare 4.2 E manifold, it looks like we'll make it. Here is the journey in pictures to 5 pm today. Hoping that Burlen will come thru by the end of this month so I don't have to wear out my welcome with the borrowed set.

The Mark 10 Donor:

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Mike Owen, pulling a pile of disparate parts together to save the day..
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Dressed up with new internal parts and some spit and polish:
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#104 Re: Original Late E Series II refresh as it unfolds (Aug 1970 Build)

Post by Lost Horizon » Sat May 05, 2018 2:57 am

The MWS wheels and tires by Longstone Classic Tyres were coordinated for me by Longstone (Excellent Service all the way from England to Victoria), great folks to deal with over long haul distances. All we had to do was to add air and put them on. :salute:

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#105 Re: Original Late E Series II refresh as it unfolds (Aug 1970 Build)

Post by Lost Horizon » Sat May 05, 2018 1:31 pm

Now that the wheels are on, the recalibration of the speedo to the new 3.07 diff takes place, old school procedure ..

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#106 Re: Original Late E Series II refresh as it unfolds (Aug 1970 Build)

Post by Lost Horizon » Tue May 08, 2018 2:13 am

Finishing up in the Engine bay: Mike's built up from his parts bin SU Carb set installed; working on the air filter assembly.

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Got the Tach and the recalibrated speedo back from Vancouver. Hard to believe they are the originals cleaned up. Great work.

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#107 Re: Original Late E Series II refresh as it unfolds (Aug 1970 Build)

Post by Lost Horizon » Thu May 10, 2018 3:10 am

Milestone day: Put some gas in the tank, topped up the fluids, turned the key, and it fired up right away, not even a stumble without the cobbled carbs even needing to be moved off Mike's initial build settings. It's perfectly smooth even at a low idle, no vibration at all, thx to the full dynamic and static balancing that was done at rebuild. Lovely throaty sound with the back to factory 9:1 compression versus the 8:1 it had when I bought it..

All finishing carpentry from here on in. We should make the show on the 19th in Vancouver. Glad I took it to the European Spec. California rust free car, European Spec as it was meant to be driven. Well worth the effort.

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#108 Re: Original Late E Series II refresh as it unfolds (Aug 1970 Build)

Post by Lost Horizon » Fri May 11, 2018 4:31 pm

Finishing up.. Closing the Circle, etc.. couple of pics.

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#109 Re: Original Late E Series II refresh as it unfolds (Aug 1970 Build)

Post by Lost Horizon » Sat May 12, 2018 12:09 am

While we're waiting for the bonnet to get back on, some extra pics of the engine bay..

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#110 Re: Original Late E Series II refresh as it unfolds (Aug 1970 Build)

Post by Lost Horizon » Sat May 12, 2018 2:28 am

As of this afternoon.. Bonnet back on, Hardtop getting fitted, it's alive.. Next week for misc stuff to do.

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This original Steering wheel will get replaced - its just installed for moving the car around for finishing.

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#111 Re: Original Late E Series II refresh as it unfolds (Aug 1970 Build)

Post by Series1 Stu » Sat May 12, 2018 8:51 pm

Wow Dana. You're really on it! This has been a very quick project.

Just one thing. The steering wheel is on the wrong side. :lol:

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#112 Re: Original Late E Series II refresh as it unfolds (Aug 1970 Build)

Post by Lost Horizon » Sun May 13, 2018 12:55 pm

Series1 Stu wrote:
Sat May 12, 2018 8:51 pm
Wow Dana. You're really on it! This has been a very quick project.
Just one thing. The steering wheel is on the wrong side. :lol:
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The car had good bones to start with, so that helps a lot ....

Back in 1970 when I lived in Europe, I had a girlfriend in London that I used to visit via the hovercraft from Calais to Dover in my Alfa, so I get your point. She used to scream a lot whenever I felt the urge to pass some lorry holding up traffic. :swerve:
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#113 Re: Original Late E Series II refresh as it unfolds (Aug 1970 Build)

Post by Series1 Stu » Sun May 13, 2018 9:07 pm

Hovercraft? Good grief! I never had the dubious pleasure.

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#114 Re: Original Late E Series II refresh as it unfolds (Aug 1970 Build)

Post by Lost Horizon » Mon May 14, 2018 12:45 am

Surprisingly, as I recall the hovercraft had a choppy ride at speed if there was any size of a sea. They would strap down the car on the wheels, and I had to include (or budget for) the price of a steering alignment as part of the trip when I got back to Germany on more than one occasion. But it was worth it. I've said too much. :roll:

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#115 Re: Original Late E Series II refresh as it unfolds (Aug 1970 Build)

Post by Lost Horizon » Tue May 15, 2018 2:58 am

Today's progress.. getting it together. (The clock works fine, btw)

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#116 Re: Original Late E Series II refresh as it unfolds (Aug 1970 Build)

Post by Lost Horizon » Wed May 16, 2018 3:30 am

Another day done, this is what we have to show for it...

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#117 Re: Original Late E Series II refresh as it unfolds (Aug 1970 Build)

Post by Lost Horizon » Sat May 19, 2018 2:23 am

Having been in the middle of this build for 7 months, with the advice and opinions that helped get me there from this thread, it boils down to this, ths first test drive:

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So, to summarize, it has been a frame off, nut and bolt refresh, including the drivetrain and basically blueprinting the engine. The diff is now 3.07 verses 3.54, and it's perfect. The engine is back to it's original high compression build with the extra torque and power to manage the longer legs, the car is basically factory new as it would have been born in Europe. I loved it from the moment it first fired up. Although I'm limited to 3,000 rpm and have to be nice to the brakes for the first few miles, it has excellent power and torque out of the box. Simply a lovely engine. And I say this having a 4 M performance BMW from this century as my daily driver :salute:

Fueling up for the first test ride.

Here it is, as we tested it on the highway. Ignore the Oil Pressure and the Temperature gauges as we put new sensors in, so they need recalibration. It's all good.

West Coast TransCanada Initial Test Ride
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#118 Re: Original Late E Series II refresh as it unfolds (Aug 1970 Build)

Post by Series1 Stu » Sat May 19, 2018 1:31 pm

Nice work, Dana.

Just in time for the summer. Enjoy your stunning car.

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#119 Re: Original Late E Series II refresh as it unfolds (Aug 1970 Build)

Post by Lost Horizon » Sun May 20, 2018 4:55 am

Series1 Stu wrote:
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Nice work, Dana.
Just in time for the summer. Enjoy your stunning car.
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Thx Stu. First outing today at the Van Dusen British car show in Vancouver at the gardens. The car got it's first ribbon, and a lot of attention from the very large crowd amongst the 650 cars entered. A lot of very nice machinery, all British all years.
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#120 Re: Original Late E Series II refresh as it unfolds (Aug 1970 Build)

Post by politeperson » Sun May 20, 2018 8:14 am

Congrats Dana,

Looks excellent, well done.
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"You just cant beat a good E-type"

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