||My 1964 E-Type: A
I first saw the ad for this car in 1985 on a
bulletin board at the plant where I worked as a
mechanical engineer. The car was located 30 minutes
from home and was resting in the owners garage on
blocks. The rear suspension had been removed and was
in boxes. All of the brake cylinders were pitted and
there was very little interior. The body was rough
and in primer. Asking price $5000.
Having just sold a beautiful '66 GTO for the sum
of $4500 I found myself in a position to negotiate
for this near basket case E. I considered the lack of
paint an asset since I could easily see the true
condition of the body. I was encouraged by the solid
floors and suspension mounting points as well as the
fact the engine did indeed run. I ended up forking
over the entire $4500, basically trading a show
GTO for a rusty basket case E-Type. Believe me. I
had to reassure many of our friends as to my sanity.
At least my wife believed in my vision.
I first retrieved the rear suspension components
and rebuilt it with all new brake cylinders, brake
lines, pads and suspension bearings. Once complete I
returned to the car with it and new front brake
components. After installing the IRS unit, front
brakes, radiator and other small bits it, was time to
head for home. My first drive in an E-Type!
These pictures show the car as
looked the day it came to live with me.
(Click on the pic for a larger view)
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