[concours] Re: 1963 E-type under bonnet colours

ETYPE63@AOL.COM wrote:

Hello out there in Concours - Land!

I am soooo confused. After doing an awful lot of reading in preparation for
an upcoming Concours, I felt that that I had correctly selected the proper
colors for my air plenem and air filter canister: Plenem -Silver,
Canister-Black. I was told by one of the Judges that the colors should have
been silver and silver. (I thought the silver and silver scheme was mainly
found starting with the 4.2’s!)

For a 1963 Etype, (serial number 886xxx) the canister should
be black, as should
the cansiter top. The triangular air plenem should be
hammer-tone silver.
The canister changed from black to silver in mid '65-early
'66 with the top changing first,
then the canister itself.
It may be possible some of the earliest cars (first 500) had
the canister
silver as well…I’d have to go check my notes on that, but
I seem to recall
seeing a picture that showed some of the earliest cars had a
silver canister.

He also informed me that the throttle
linkage, and front suspension wishbones were originally Cad plated and mine
were the wrong “sheen” of silver because I had them clear Zinc plated. I feel
like a dope! My E-Type is a '63 FHC S1 chassis #886514, Engine #R6661-9,
Body# V3302 (an early 3.8 complete with brass damper assemblies atop the carb
chambers).

As for the clear cadmium plating, that judge is correct, but
with the legislation
in the the US starting to frown on the plating industry, and
cadmium in particular,
there has been a semi-adopted rule that items that were
originally cad plated
would be acceptable if the cad plated parts were either
painted or plated
to a similar finish. The 1998 XK 150 National Champion is
one such
car that I’ve seen that has the cad plated parts painted.
Your zinc plating
should be acceptable.

The reading I referred to is as follows:
Plenem and canister colors: (E-Type Jaguar - Andrew Morland, Pg.19, 26,41),
(Jaguar E-Type - Mathew L. Stone, Pg. 31), (Original Jaguar E-Type - Philip
Porter, Pg. 29, 49), (Jaguar E-Type - Denis Jenkinson, Pg. 16), (The Jaguar
E-Type - Paul Skilleter, Pg. 27 “…they were painted silver and black…”),
Suspension component colors: (Original Jaguar E-Type - Philip Porter, Pg. 19
“…top and bottom wishbones and… were zinc plated…”)
Is there magic fountain of originality facts somewhere? Please, someone, help
me get my facts straight. With Gratitude. ETYPE63@AOL.COM

Cheers, Mark D. Roberts Past Chief Judge, Ottawa
Jaguar Club–


Mark Roberts Phone: (613) 763-2924
Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA Fax: (613) 763-3970
1988 VDP - SIII V12
1963 3.8L E-Type Coupe - 18 years into a 3 year project

ETYPE63@AOL.COM wrote:

Hello out there in Concours - Land!

I am soooo confused. After doing an awful lot of reading in preparation for
an upcoming Concours, I felt that that I had correctly selected the proper
colors for my air plenem and air filter canister: Plenem -Silver,
Canister-Black. I was told by one of the Judges that the colors should have
been silver and silver. (I thought the silver and silver scheme was mainly
found starting with the 4.2’s!)

-For a 1963 Etype, (serial number 886xxx) the canister
should
-be black, as should
-the cansiter top. The triangular air plenem should be
-hammer-tone silver.
-The canister changed from black to silver in mid '65-early
-'66 with the top changing first,
-then the canister itself.
-It may be possible some of the earliest cars (first 500)
had
-the canister
-silver as well…I’d have to go check my notes on that,
but
-I seem to recall
-seeing a picture that showed some of the earliest cars had
a
-silver canister.

Okay, I went over my notes and verifiable pictures, and
there are no
known authentic 3.8l E-types that had the air filter
canister painted silver.
All images that I’ve found, including ones taken at the New
York show
with outside-bonnet lock cars show black air filter
canisters on 3.8l cars.

The only images that I’ve found which do show correct silver
canisters
are all on “series 1 1/2” cars of the vintage late '67 to
mid '68. That
is not to say the switch was not earlier, just that I have
no verifiable
images.

Just my $0.02 worth.

Cheers, Mark D. Roberts
Past Chief Judge, Ottawa Jaguar Club–


Mark Roberts Phone: (613) 763-2924
Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA Fax: (613) 763-3970
1988 VDP - SIII V12
1963 3.8L E-Type Coupe - 18 years into a 3 year project