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Old 02-09-2018, 07:29 PM
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I figured I'd start cataloging this because it is turning out to be a weird build. Picked up an old unusual 327 V8 conversion, was told the engine was out of a Corvette, it was actually out of a Malibu or Impala. XKE is a 1970 roadster with Viper paint (paint looked pretty good but I'm seeing what appears to be a bad prep job). Always visit the car but given I figured I was going to replace the engine anyway and likely have to replace most of the seals and bushings didn't think much of the risk. It shipped with Air and power steering both of which were evident but disconnected. Some strange rear end body work, no bumper (which is OK as I don't like them), reasonably good wire wheels, tires with good tread but past their due date (both scheduled to be replaced anyway) and off I went. When the car shipped in it ran but badly, didn't want to idle, carburetor looked new so figured tune or jets.

Once the engine was out found that whoever did the conversion must have been on drugs because they damn near destroyed the torsion bar mounts. Engine was shown as rebuilt but they must have used garden tools. It would take too long to list what was wrong with it, total write off. Trans, 4 speed with lock up, needed a rebuild but it was solid. Had Posi but needed new seals. So done to date is new engine with high performance heads (waiting on a high flow intake), new performance brakes and pads front and rear, new shocks all around, coil over conversion in front (pray for me but so far it is taking the load fine), new radiator/fans, completely rewired front end. Once intake is on it gets a Holley Sniper and matched gauges, electric e-brake (did I mention the folks that did the conversion pulled the handle?).

Anyway pictures below. Not a cheap date...
 
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Old 02-09-2018, 07:31 PM
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And here is a picture with the engine in car (clearly haven't really started with the interior yet). I include a picture of the shifter change because the car came in with a drag shifter, pain in the ***, so its out. Can hardly wait to fix the rear tail lights.
 
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Old 02-17-2018, 12:24 AM
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Should be able to start it next week. Issue with the electric water pump and the pulley to the alternator pushed it out of this week.
 
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Old 04-13-2018, 09:17 PM
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Now the body work is starting. Really should have moved the engine forward 4" but figured that out too late (also should have done an LS but found out the 327 was trash too late as well and didn't want to toss $5k of work already done). These are shots of the initial Bonnet work, just taped now but this will be all done in aluminum and the car repainted. Sadly I have really expensive taste in paint.
 
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Are you sure the picture frame will be able take all the forces that the coil spring shocks will put into it?
 
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This isn't the first time this has been done and apparently it holds up, doubt it would handle racing but this is mostly just to create a show car not one I'd track. I already have two cars that are better track cars and the damn tracks are a bit of a hike for me anyway. Here is a link to a prior build that is very similar to the one I'm doing and you'll see it too was switched to coil overs.

An incredible 1962 Jaguar E-Type, SOLD by Californiaclassix.com!

It sold for around $100K too which is very good for a V8 conversion car. Only thing I'm not really fond of in that car are the side pipes.
 
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Old 04-26-2018, 07:37 PM
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Making progress on the bonnet and fixing the tail lights and doors. I'm not happy with the XKS Unlimited gas cap but it may be due to the fact I'm seeing the tape. Be nice if I had had a picture of it properly installed.
 
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I'm pretty sure "frogeye" on the E-type forum added one of those gas caps. Not sure if you can still see his original photos though.


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Test wheel came in from Image Wheels in England. Looks like it will fit with some flaring.
 
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Progress is slow, bonnet closes again, flares are coming along nicely, and the new racing gas cap is on.

Rear light fix (no lights yet)


Gas Cap


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Front flare right side


another shot of the gas cap


Long shot of the rear.


Front Flare right


Front flare left


Bonnet lift (once painted it should blend in more)
 
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Default Test Fitting The Tailights

I'm using Mark 10 tail lights since I have the room, they've been converted to LED and powder coated

Test Fitting Tail Light
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Car getting ready for paint, primer is on!

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Left driver door

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