[E-Type] 65 FHC Update

My twisted tale of how little one can accomplish in 5 months
of hard work is chronicled here.

Rick OBrien
65 FHC in CT–


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Wow Rick, you do nice work!----- Original Message ----
From: Rick OBrien robrien24@gmail.com
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Sent: Sun, October 24, 2010 8:28:06 AM
Subject: [E-Type] 65 FHC Update

My twisted tale of how little one can accomplish in 5 months
of hard work is chronicled here.

Rick OBrien
65 FHC in CT


Oxford CT, United States
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In reply to a message from Rick OBrien sent Sun 24 Oct 2010:

Quality, over quantity, rick…WTG!–
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My twisted tale of how little one can accomplish in 5 months
of hard work is chronicled here.
http://ejag.wordpress.com/


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Keenesburg, CO, United States
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In reply to a message from Wiggles sent Mon 25 Oct 2010:

Thanks guys. I think I’ve been struggling with an
‘expectations’ problem.

My last project was a Lotus 7 kit car that required a lot of
custom fabrication and modification of parts that were never
intended to work together…an engine from here a tranny
from there a diff from somewhere else and a gazillion
handmade parts holding it all together. After awhile it
became quite tedious. When it came time to do the Jag, I
had this vision of blasting right through it, since it was
simply a question of refurbishing parts that were already
engineered to work together. And that was largely true of
the tranny and IRS that I finished years ago. But the body
is just another world.

When working on the 7 I would occasionally hear a snicker
from the corner of the garage where the body was stored.
Now I know what it was;-)

Rick–


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Well I blew out my back again for about the millionth time
so no garage work for awhile. Took this opportunity to
update the blog with front wing and underpan repair.
At: http://ejag.wordpress.com/

Rick OBrien–


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In reply to a message from Rick OBrien sent Sat 22 Jan 2011:

Great pictures. Great dedication.
I so admire people who have the talent to do what your are doing.–
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In reply to a message from larry 71 sII sent Sat 22 Jan 2011:

Excellent blog Rick. It should build into a very helpful
resource for those of us following in your wake!

I look forward to reading about future progress - please keep
us informed.–
http://www.XJ13.eu, XJ13 in-progress, 1962 S1 FHC
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In reply to a message from V12 Racer sent Sat 22 Jan 2011:

Thanks, but don’t follow too close!

I make a lot of mistakes. But I do try to share them. When
this is all done I hope to put all the ideas that work into
some sort of document.

BTW, I’m enjoying your blog as well. I love the XJ13.

Rick–
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Excellent blog Rick. It should build into a very helpful
resource for those of us following in your wake!
I look forward to reading about future progress - please keep
us informed.



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In reply to a message from Rick OBrien sent Sat 22 Jan 2011:

Rick, I enjoyed reading you blog/website. I think you can
tackle most things body-wise now. I too find shrinking
somewhat hit and miss, mostly the latter!. I did get rid of
a bump once by cutting across it with a thin cutting blade,
and after flattening it, I welded it back up. Not the
‘‘correct’’ procedure I am sure. Hope your back sorts itself
out…and I anm there’s still stuff you can do.–
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Well I blew out my back again for about the millionth time
so no garage work for awhile. Took this opportunity to
update the blog with front wing and underpan repair.
At: http://ejag.wordpress.com/
Rick OBrien
Oxford CT, United States


John M Holmes 1973 E Type SIII Supra 5Sp, 70 SII OTS 05XJ8L
Ontario, Canada
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In reply to a message from John M Holmes sent Sat 22 Jan 2011:

Thanks John. You’re right! I can still order tools and parts!

Rick–
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‘‘correct’’ procedure I am sure. Hope your back sorts itself
out…and I anm there’s still stuff you can do.



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I’ve really fallen behind in blog updates. This one covers
sill and rear wing repair from last September.

Rick OBrien
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In reply to a message from Rick OBrien sent Sun 11 Mar 2012:

Hi Rick,thanks for posting this,interesting stuff,noticed on one
picture a series of spot welds had white streaks coming from
them,just curious are you using galvanised or is it the weld
through primer?

Regards Gerry 878269 63Ots–
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I’ve really fallen behind in blog updates. This one covers
sill and rear wing repair from last September.
http://ejag.wordpress.com/
Rick OBrien
65 FHC in CT
http://ejag.wordpress.com/
Oxford CT, United States


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In reply to a message from gez sent Sun 11 Mar 2012:

Gerry,
Yes, those are smoke trails left over from welding the Weld
Thru primer. Quite a lot of fumes are generated. I’ve
found having a nearby shop vac nozzle helps a lot. The
fumes don’t seem to exit the vac.

Rick–
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Hi Rick,thanks for posting this,interesting stuff,noticed on one
picture a series of spot welds had white streaks coming from
them,just curious are you using galvanised or is it the weld
through primer?



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In reply to a message from Rick OBrien sent Mon 12 Mar 2012:

Hi Rick,

I�m really enjoying what you are doing; repairing rather than just
replacing.

This is the approach I am taking, but I am a long way behind you.

I have your web site in my favourites

Keep up the good work!

Paul–
Paul Scott, 65 E-Type FHC, Jaguar 340
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In reply to a message from Paul Scott sent Tue 13 Mar 2012:

Thanks Paul,

Truth be known, I’d probably replace more panels if:

  1. I could afford it and
  2. I wasn’t so terrified of loosing alignment when you cut
    out the big replacement panels.

Also from what I’ve seen so far, the replacements need a LOT
of fettling. I’m not sure how much better off you really
are. So my philosophy right now is to repair anything I
can. Besides it gives me an excuse to buy more tools!!

These posts are actually covering work from last fall. At
present I’m really working on the bonnet fit and having a
very very difficult time of it. Nothing fits anything. So
I’m taking a few days off to get the blog current
again–roughly making one post a day. Then I’ll take
another whack (literally) at the bonnet.

Rick–
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I�m really enjoying what you are doing; repairing rather than just
replacing.
This is the approach I am taking, but I am a long way behind you.



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In reply to a message from Rick OBrien sent Tue 13 Mar 2012:

‘‘At present I’m really working on the bonnet fit and having a
very very difficult time of it. Nothing fits anything.’’

Glad that’s working out to factory specs. And you thought fitting
the bumpers was bad…!–
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In reply to a message from Wiggles sent Tue 13 Mar 2012:

And the bumpers still are not done! But I can tell already
the bonnet/sill fit is terrible. I go back and forth
between the bumpers and bonnet fit. Twists and tweaks to
the air inlet area to improve bumper fit seem to have an
effect elsewhere on the bonnet.

Rick–
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Glad that’s working out to factory specs. And you thought fitting
the bumpers was bad…!



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In reply to a message from Rick OBrien sent Tue 13 Mar 2012:

Aaaa! Six, seven months, she’ll be right, mate!>;-/

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And the bumpers still are not done! But I can tell already
the bonnet/sill fit is terrible. I go back and forth
between the bumpers and bonnet fit. Twists and tweaks to
the air inlet area to improve bumper fit seem to have an
effect elsewhere on the bonnet.


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Just realized I haven’t updated the blog in about 6 months.
So this brings it pretty much up to date. Doesn’t look
like 6 months work, of course I left out all the dead ends,
false starts and ground loops.

Rick OBrien
65 FHC–


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In reply to a message from Rick OBrien sent Sun 23 Sep 2012:

Wow! Fantastic work.

I could never do that!

It’s great to watch the pictures show the repairs so quickly, but
we know the hours it takes.

Thanks for posting.–
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