The Beautiful Barn-Find

Summary of Restoration Project

Found in the previous-owner's unused garage in South-East England, where it had sat since 1979, our mission is to turn this UK-Supplied 3.8 FHC into perfection on wheels.

This 1964 Series 1 3.8 FHC blue on blue example was found in the previous-owner's unused garage in South-East England, where it had sat since 1979. Luckily the garage had fully functioning walls and a roof, which is a nice change from the other abandoned E-Types we have discovered, hence the surprisingly rot-free bodywork.

Once a sand-blasting slot is found, strip down commences and we can finally view the underside of this “barn-find” UK-supplied car. All seems to be in relatively good order with only two holes in the passenger side floor. Corroded bolts everywhere mean the strip-down of this E-Type is a more difficult job than it should be. This time it’s a 3-day, 2-man task, we have decided to film the whole process using time-lapse and the video will be posted on our YouTube and Facebook as soon as it’s done.

The owner of this E-Type has specified for it to be reverted to its original colours of Opalescent Silver Blue with Dark Blue interior, a very good choice in our eyes! We now await the results of sand-blasting, fingers crossed!

Assessing The Damage

With the shell back from the blasters, the extent of damage caused by 40 years of neglect becomes apparent. Coupled with previous cheap repairs, the typical British dampness has not been kind to this Jaguar. The number of welded patches increases everytime you look at the shell, and there are holes in places you would not expect. Nothing comes as a surprise to our bodyshop team though, who begin to figure out how exactly to transform this car into a work of art once again, as soon as the shell comes through the door. The front upper and rear bulkhead are in good order, the restoration of the bodywork will centre around these and the roof which is also rust-free.

More information on how we tackle bodywork restoration like this can be found in the project titled “Coventry – New York – Nice – Kent” where the process is explained. Exactly how we turn this car into perfection will be outlined as it progresses.

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