How I built an E-Type
by Ulrich Pfeiffer
(click on pictures to enlarge)
I'm living in a place near Stuttgart in Germany and have been restoring cars as my
hobby for a number of years.
* It had to be a Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Roadster *
I found a manufacturer near Munich producing a three dimensional steeled
frame for Cobra Replicas. I liked the construction of the frame allowing to use any engine
and transmission of choice up to 400 HP according to the German TÜV. I was able to adapt
the frame in a way a fibre glass body made exactly from an original E-Type Series 1
Roadster fitted on it.
After 60 hours:
* It had to be a Chevy V-8 *
After having made quite some experiences with used parts and facing the
fact that used US parts are fairly hard to get in Germany I decided to go for a brand new
Chevy 350 HO (High Output) with the following performance data:
After 500 hours:
After the paint job is half way through. Bonnet, doors and boot lid
are still to follow. Complete electrical components and wiring have been attached and are
working. Seat mounts, fuel tank, door locks, exhaust system, oil coolers, radiator, three
windscreen wipers all installed. All chrome parts, lights, finishers and badges were
adapted before painting. The first cooling system in this picture had to be upgraded to a
custom made heavy-duty radiator. Also I changed the position for the air filter to a
cooler corner afterwards. Engine cables and tubes are not yet in final place. Some might
notice that those days 6*15 wheels had been mounted.
After 900 hours:
Shows the chassis from underneath with the flat aluminum floor,
chromed oil pan, manual transmission, two exhaust pipes, without cats yet.
After 1000 hours:
The interior finished with carpets, leather, insulating material,
rubber sealings, side windows and so on. Below the radio is the injection controlling unit
and a security key device.
After three years on the road I had to see the TÜV again and the examiner only faulted with the front license plate position. Meanwhile a new exception for F-40s and E-Types was released which allows adhesive plates. Looks much better this way but is still hard to get in my country.
If anybody is interested in more details please let me know.
Word and photos are copyright Ulrich
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