This is a car I’ve wanted for a long time. It is a 1966 Series 1 E type jaguar with a 4.2 liter inline 6 cylinder. During a long search for the perfect “E” over the last couple of years I got into a discussion with the owner, a great guy named Marc Corea of MotorCarTrader.com, a specialist in E type Jaguars. Anyway we got to talking about what I was looking for and he told me he had this great car coming into the shop a 2/3 owner car from California with only 29,000 original miles. I explained what I wanted and he is working with me to get it to a point where it will be an awesome driver /show car.
This car will be completely rebuilt to a 2+ level and can never be perfect because of the mods we will be making. The car will look just like the day it rolled in the showroom in LA but it will a little different under the skin. The upgrades include a 5 speed versus 4 speed manual, newer headlamps, upgraded radiator and add-on fans, and most importantly air conditioning. There will be a host of other mods as well so it can drive like new and still be true to the original engineering.
The Provenance — History of this Car
This car was made for the USA and shipped to the original owner in LA. It was a custom order because the color combination of Opalescent Blue exterior and Tan interior was not a standard option. The original owner was Harold C. Inglish, a doctor in North Hollywood, and it is believed he owned the car until his death in 1978. The car then changed hands to a heir of Mr. Inglish or was sold to a third party before the previous owner purchased the car. The story is that the previous owner, Mr. Eugene Starzl, in 1982 or 1983 saw it in filling station with a “FOR SALE” sign in the window. He had a conversation with the then owner that led to an immediate sale and the car promptly transferred hands. Memories are not all that clear as both Mr. Inglish and Mr. Starzl are deceased so there is the possibility that the timeline could be a little bit different.
The car was moved from LA to Alabama in 19xx when the family moved. previous owner’s son is about as excited as I am about the rebuild as he grew up around the car as his father bought it when he was just a boy. Here is Eugene’s grandson behind the wheel
Here are a couple more photos of the car before Marc got it:
The Rebuilding Process
There are so many pictures taken during a rebuild that I am going to try to put them in some kind of order. The following galleries cover the dis-assembly through the rebuild. It is further broken down by the different components like the engine and rear end and the body, interior, etc.. I will try to follow a logical order but things are never done in a linear sequence.
The Original Car
This is the best representation of how the car looked when Marc and Ken started working on the vehicle. This was a really great body and running gear to work with as it would require minimal body work.
1966 XKE Original
First the Disassembly
Taking the car apart is a long and tedious process in which everything has to be removed, cataloged and put on storage racks for the reassembly months later. These pictures make it look far simpler than it really is and miss so many of the steps.
1966 XKE Disassembly
Removing the bonnet [img src=http://www.ridingwithsteve.com/wp-content/flagallery/1966-xke-disassembly/thumbs/thumbs_disassembly-2.jpg]
The bonnet sans trim [img src=http://www.ridingwithsteve.com/wp-content/flagallery/1966-xke-disassembly/thumbs/thumbs_disassembly-3.jpg]
Off with the wheels [img src=http://www.ridingwithsteve.com/wp-content/flagallery/1966-xke-disassembly/thumbs/thumbs_disassembly-4.jpg]
Pulling the Engine [img src=http://www.ridingwithsteve.com/wp-content/flagallery/1966-xke-disassembly/thumbs/thumbs_disassembly-5.jpg]
Removing the old exhaust [img src=http://www.ridingwithsteve.com/wp-content/flagallery/1966-xke-disassembly/thumbs/thumbs_disassembly-6.jpg]
All glass has to be removed [img src=http://www.ridingwithsteve.com/wp-content/flagallery/1966-xke-disassembly/thumbs/thumbs_disassembly-8.jpg]
down to the front frame and body [img src=http://www.ridingwithsteve.com/wp-content/flagallery/1966-xke-disassembly/thumbs/thumbs_disassembly-9.jpg]
Front suspension [img src=http://www.ridingwithsteve.com/wp-content/flagallery/1966-xke-disassembly/thumbs/thumbs_disassembly-10.jpg]
Rear independent suspension, brakes, and rear end assembly [img src=http://www.ridingwithsteve.com/wp-content/flagallery/1966-xke-disassembly/thumbs/thumbs_disassembly-11.jpg]
Out with the seats [img src=http://www.ridingwithsteve.com/wp-content/flagallery/1966-xke-disassembly/thumbs/thumbs_disassembly-11a.jpg]
Center console, door panels, everything but the headliner [img src=http://www.ridingwithsteve.com/wp-content/flagallery/1966-xke-disassembly/thumbs/thumbs_disassembly-11b.jpg]
The original seats will get reupholstered [img src=http://www.ridingwithsteve.com/wp-content/flagallery/1966-xke-disassembly/thumbs/thumbs_disassembly-12.jpg]
Engine compartment sheet metal and air cleaner [img src=http://www.ridingwithsteve.com/wp-content/flagallery/1966-xke-disassembly/thumbs/thumbs_disassembly-13.jpg]
Pulling the head [img src=http://www.ridingwithsteve.com/wp-content/flagallery/1966-xke-disassembly/thumbs/thumbs_disassembly-14.jpg]
Down to the block [img src=http://www.ridingwithsteve.com/wp-content/flagallery/1966-xke-disassembly/thumbs/thumbs_disassembly-16.jpg]
Ready to remove pistons and connecting rods [img src=http://www.ridingwithsteve.com/wp-content/flagallery/1966-xke-disassembly/thumbs/thumbs_disassembly-17.jpg]
The valves will completely be replaced [img src=http://www.ridingwithsteve.com/wp-content/flagallery/1966-xke-disassembly/thumbs/thumbs_disassembly-17a.jpg]
The crankshaft has to come out for new bearings and to be polished [img src=http://www.ridingwithsteve.com/wp-content/flagallery/1966-xke-disassembly/thumbs/thumbs_disassembly-17b.jpg]
Pistons will get new rings [img src=http://www.ridingwithsteve.com/wp-content/flagallery/1966-xke-disassembly/thumbs/thumbs_disassembly-17c.jpg]
Wear on the Crankshaft [img src=http://www.ridingwithsteve.com/wp-content/flagallery/1966-xke-disassembly/thumbs/thumbs_disassembly-17e.jpg]
Connecting rod bearings scored [img src=http://www.ridingwithsteve.com/wp-content/flagallery/1966-xke-disassembly/thumbs/thumbs_disassembly-17g.jpg]
Main bearings scored [img src=http://www.ridingwithsteve.com/wp-content/flagallery/1966-xke-disassembly/thumbs/thumbs_disassembly-18.jpg]
Chrome parts being assembled [img src=http://www.ridingwithsteve.com/wp-content/flagallery/1966-xke-disassembly/thumbs/thumbs_disassembly-19.jpg]
More chrome [img src=http://www.ridingwithsteve.com/wp-content/flagallery/1966-xke-disassembly/thumbs/thumbs_disassembly-20.jpg]
And even more chrome all to get replated [img src=http://www.ridingwithsteve.com/wp-content/flagallery/1966-xke-disassembly/thumbs/thumbs_disassembly-30.jpg]
Down to the body [img src=http://www.ridingwithsteve.com/wp-content/flagallery/1966-xke-disassembly/thumbs/thumbs_disassembly-31.jpg]
Passenger side [img src=http://www.ridingwithsteve.com/wp-content/flagallery/1966-xke-disassembly/thumbs/thumbs_disassembly-32.jpg]
Drivers side [img src=http://www.ridingwithsteve.com/wp-content/flagallery/1966-xke-disassembly/thumbs/thumbs_042.jpg]
Everything ends up labeled and onto the reassembly racks [img src=http://www.ridingwithsteve.com/wp-content/flagallery/1966-xke-disassembly/thumbs/thumbs_043.jpg]
It takes a lot of storage to hold a car that has been broken down into the parts