Jaguar Etype series 2 convertible body restoration project.
When this convertible series 2 Jaguar etype arrived with us it had already been dip stripped and the bonnet had the paint removed courtesy of a 36 grit sanding disc which had certainly left its mark in the metal. The floors had been replaced and some welding had been carried out on the sill panels.
When it comes to restoring the body of a Jaguar etype I first like to asses the bonnet fit so we mounted the bonnet and the Initial bonnet fitment results revealed problems relating to gap evenness down the A posts. A closer inspection revealed that the outer sill panels had been bent to make them align with the bonnet, both sills had been bent downwards and out from the body to make it look like the bonnets fit was good look and although the sill panels had been previously repaired the metal looked perforated in areas so we decided our first was to replace the outer sills. With the sill panels removed it was obvious that the dipping company had forgotten to E-coat inside the sill panels (having removed the panels we decided that now was the best time to rust protect this area).
Starting the body work;
Whilst our apprentice set about re-surfacing the bonnet skin, the rest of us set about straightening out some of the dents in the rear tub. The vast majority of dents removed with a bit of persuasion from the Hammers and Dollies whist a couple required finishing with lead.
With the first stage of panel straitening completed we then proceeded with the lead loading of the jointed seams – Rear scuttle and rear panel too rear wing tops – front and back of both sills to the ‘A’ and rear wings – front scuttle panel to ‘A’ post panel tops – bonnet seam under head light sugar scoops.
The Owner of this etype requested some basic modification to the body.
- As he was not a fan of the full width rear bumper he asked that we remove the rear lip between the over-rider positions and weld the seam closed.
- He also wanted and removable plate to cover the existing number plate hole
- A removable panel cut in to the rear boot area for brake pad access (good idea to do this)
- Us spec side repeater holes removed.
Once all the body panels where repaired and in reasonable shape a thin coat of filler was applied to help with final shape and then the entire body was epoxy primed (tough, durable and non porous with good adhesion properties).
With the epoxy on our standard body/paint work preparation procedures could begin;
- Sand epoxy to reveal any high of low uneven areas in the body – correct problem areas with hammer and dolly or heat shrinking as appropriate and fill if required.
- 2K high build prime the body, rub down to further identify and refine high and low areas in the panel.
- Repeat above to further refine
- Paint the underside, internal areas and body shuts/jamms
- Remount bonnet and final prep the outer body
- Apply colour to the outer body
- Remove bonnet and body panels and clear coat / lacquer in stages to join internal and eternal areas
- Colour sand the outer body and polish to high gloss low/no orange peel finish.