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#1 Body shape FHC vs 2+2

Posted: Sat Oct 09, 2021 8:13 am
by J Hunt
Hello knowledgable folks. Is the body shape different ? It looks like the 2+2 is slightly squarer at the back with a different rear door shape. I've not been able to compare relevant pictures so thought I would ask around!. Regards, Julian

#2 Re: Body shape FHC vs 2+2

Posted: Sat Oct 09, 2021 8:51 am
by malcolm
Basically, the 2+2 is 9 inches longer and 2 inches higher, so this changes the shape. Rake of windscreen also different.

#3 Re: Body shape FHC vs 2+2

Posted: Sat Oct 09, 2021 9:13 am
by mgcjag
Series 1, S2 and S3 cars are all different......you can get a 2+2 in each model.......Steve

#4 Re: Body shape FHC vs 2+2

Posted: Sat Oct 09, 2021 9:25 am
by angelw
Julian Wrote:
It looks like the 2+2 is slightly squarer at the back with a different rear door shape.
Hello Julian,
The shape at the back for S2 and S3 cars (FHC & 2+2) is the same. The rear door is the same shape for all E Types made; 3.8 S1 FHC through to S3 2+2 cars.

Regards,

Bill

#5 Re: Body shape FHC vs 2+2

Posted: Sat Oct 09, 2021 9:46 am
by mgcjag
3 photos S1 S2 S3
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#6 Re: Body shape FHC vs 2+2

Posted: Sat Oct 09, 2021 6:07 pm
by bitsobrits
Looks to me as if the rear door shapes are different between the three series of cars....

#7 Re: Body shape FHC vs 2+2

Posted: Sat Oct 09, 2021 6:35 pm
by mgcjag
Bill really knows his E types. ...workes on them every day......if he says all the doors are the same i would go with that.....photo angle makes a huge difference......Steve

#8 Re: Body shape FHC vs 2+2

Posted: Sat Oct 09, 2021 7:46 pm
by rswaffie
The part number is also the same for each model I believe, which generally means it can be used on each, although the holes for the letters/numbers/adornments would be specific to series.

#9 Re: Body shape FHC vs 2+2

Posted: Sat Oct 09, 2021 8:38 pm
by angelw
Richard Wrote:
The part number is also the same for each model I believe, which generally means it can be used on each, although the holes for the letters/numbers/adornments would be specific to series.
Exactly.

Regards,

Bill

#10 Re: Body shape FHC vs 2+2

Posted: Sat Oct 09, 2021 8:52 pm
by PeterCrespin
The doors interchange on external shape and will fit every hard top body style. But early and late 3.8 rear doors and glass and chrome will not interchange with later 3.8 and everything else. The glass and door aperture and trim shapes are subtly different and need to be matched to fit properly. Being an irregular shape (the change is on the top corners) you can't easily measure it or even tell until you lay the incorrect combinations on top of each other.(like the early rectangular petrol flaps can't be swapped onto newer tapered filler aperture bodies).

I would have expected new part numbers shown from relevant 3.8 VINs when the later glass / aperture shape changed in mid/late 62. In fact I'm pretty certain the number did change, since I had such a flat bulkhead early petrol flap May 62 car. Even the 3 different badge hole patterns would have justified a different number but I can believe it may not have happened until mid 64, if at all, when the 4.2 badge hole pattern came out. I assume they just figured that drlling holes to convert a 3.8 to 4.2 badges as easy, and added holes on new 4.2 doors used to repair 3.8 cars could be filled.

The screen rake is identical on all S1 cars and SWB two seat models . The more raked screen is the same for S2 2+2 an both S3 models.

The 'hips' (the upper rear wheel arches and rear upper quarter below the sides of the quarterlights and hatch), are deeper/different between any 2+2 and any FHC.

#11 Re: Body shape FHC vs 2+2

Posted: Sun Oct 10, 2021 7:14 am
by Series1 Stu
PeterCrespin wrote:
Sat Oct 09, 2021 8:52 pm
The 'hips' (the upper rear wheel arches and rear upper quarter below the sides of the quarterlights and hatch), are deeper/different between any 2+2 and any FHC.
Wow, I hadn't realised that. Every day is a school day!

I had always understood that the rear doors were all the same apart from, as you say, the very early cars upto mid 62, except the Series 3 items have a big hole for the vent too. Badge holes also vary, of course.

Regards

#12 Re: Body shape FHC vs 2+2

Posted: Sun Oct 10, 2021 11:54 am
by PeterCrespin
Series1 Stu wrote:
Sun Oct 10, 2021 7:14 am
PeterCrespin wrote:
Sat Oct 09, 2021 8:52 pm
The 'hips' (the upper rear wheel arches and rear upper quarter below the sides of the quarterlights and hatch), are deeper/different between any 2+2 and any FHC.
Wow, I hadn't realised that. Every day is a school day!
It’s more obvious in profile when you see that although the hatch is the same it lies at a steeper angle on the 2+2 to blend in with the higher roof and deeper quarter lights. It’s almost the reverse of the front, where the raised roofline is why so many people say the 2+2 screen is steeper when it isn’t - it’s just taller.

One of the first books I got when I bought my first E was by Paul Skilleter, who is nobody’s fool, and even he said the same. It just happens that I was given a scratched FHC screen and it fitted the 2+2 perfectly, apart from stopping a few centimeters short at the top.

#13 Re: Body shape FHC vs 2+2

Posted: Sun Oct 10, 2021 3:24 pm
by Series1 Stu
I get all that about the roof line, it makes sense due to the 2" increase in headroom and wheelbase increase. What surprised me was the difference in the rear hips and wheel arches. Maybe that's why the 2+2 has those chrome trims under the rear quarterlights, to hide/emphasise the difference?

I love this forum.

Regards

#14 Re: Body shape FHC vs 2+2

Posted: Sun Oct 10, 2021 4:08 pm
by PeterCrespin
The real lesson is how well Jaguar managed to accommodate two modestly-sized passengers without making it look like an estate car. By positioning flat floors lower and placing the rear bulkhead horizontally they got foot and seat room. Then with a nip and tuck up front to a curved roof to a re-sized around the back and sides, they got head and shoulder room. And by making the seat back moveable they got hatchback .load space when there are no rear passengers. All without non-specialists even noticing any difference to the fabulous shape.