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    Chuck's Jaguar D Type Build

    Doors, Part III The body was put back in place. Again. The doors were held in place with duct tape so that the door half of the hinges could be installed. Measuring the doors revealed a slight difference in the outside length between the right and left sides. More significantly, the setback...
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    Chuck's Jaguar D Type Build

    Doors, Part II The RCR hinges are nice pieces, sturdy and well made. But variations in the fiberglass doors created alignment issues. Measurement of the doors revealed significant differences from one side to the other requiring adjustments to assure a proper fit. There is a fold line in the...
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    Chuck's Jaguar D Type Build

    Doors, Part I The weld bulges on the tub under the rockers were ground smooth. The body was placed and pulled in tight with duct tape. Eighth inch holes were drilled, evenly spaced through the fiberglass and the aluminum tub. Note that the spacing will be slightly different on each side since...
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    Chuck's Jaguar D Type Build

    Battery Relocation The battery was relocated from behind the rear fire wall, where access was difficult, to under the passenger seat. The RCR D Type passenger compartment is lowered three inches compared to the original to better fit the girth of twenty first century drivers (explaining the...
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    Chuck's Jaguar D Type Build

    I am planning on using an Odyssey PC1100. Puts out 650 CCA. 3.8" deep, which makes it a good fit. Which specific Braille AGM are you using? I did not see one with comparable specs that was under 4" deep.
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    Chuck's Jaguar D Type Build

    Wiring, Instrument Panel, Part VI With the chassis wiring in place the panel was replaced. Again. I have lost track of the number of times it has been off and on. The connections from the panel to the terminal strips were completed, removing and then reinstalling the terminal strips for ease...
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    Chuck's Jaguar D Type Build

    Wiring, Instrument Panel, Part V A Dymo model 4200 wire labeler with heat shrink wire labels were used to mark each wire on both the chassis side and the panel side. This is a handy gadget which will make future tracing of wires much easier. When the panel is in place it will be an easy matter...
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    Chuck's Jaguar D Type Build

    Wiring, Instrument Panel, Part IV With the panel out of the car it was time to complete the chassis wiring. The starting point was placement of three wiring blocks (fourteen (14) connection points) on the driver’s side which would serve to join the panel wires to the chassis wires. This will...
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    Chuck's Jaguar D Type Build

    The Glenlivet pre-soak would probably be more effective in assuring passage of inspection if directed instead toward the scrutineers in a glass for immediate consumption . . . .
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    Chuck's Jaguar D Type Build

    Good tip Ken. Just ordered it. Appears to be a Standard FV-7 which is indeed even used on several British cars! Thanks.
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    Chuck's Jaguar D Type Build

    Thanks Ian. Good references. I have used several British suppliers, most frequently Moss, but those look like possibilities for the hard to find parts that others don't have.
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    Chuck's Jaguar D Type Build

    Good info. Thanks. The wire sold by British for the Series I XKE (the closest to the D Type) looks like the cloth covered wire I obtained from Brillman, noted in a post long ago, which was reassuring. I will likely go with the standard Ford inertia switch, but still looking around.
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    Doug’s RCR Jaguar D Type Build.

    Something I have not yet researched, I wonder if headrests required for registration under the uniform laws adopted in most states? A good idea for the passengers well being, but adds another complication to the build.
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    Chuck's Jaguar D Type Build

    Good point. Most of the wire used on the panel is GPT with a temp rating up to 80 degrees C (185 degrees F). The jumper wire on the starter - probably the one wire exposed to the highest temps - is an AWG with a temp rating up to 105 degrees C (220 degrees F). Virtually all of the wire under...
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    Chuck's Jaguar D Type Build

    Excellent suggestion. I had one in the trunk of the Cobra built a dozen years ago and frankly had forgotten about that option. I will follow up on that. Thanks.
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    Chuck's Jaguar D Type Build

    Wiring, Instrument Panel, Part III After the initial wiring on the work bench, the panels were returned to the D Type and held in place with clecos. Additional wiring was added including joining the ignition wires, placing and wiring the gauges. Once done a battery was hooked up to confirm...
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    Chuck's Jaguar D Type Build

    Wiring, Instrument Panel, Part II A large selection of 20, 16, and 14 gauge stranded wire was purchased from Summit, along with relays, relay holders, and other bits, to assure the wiring process would not get stalled for lack of parts. Multiple colors of were wire used to ease tracing circuits...
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    Problems connecting to GT40s.com or Problems Posting

    Good news. When I posted last night I was able to block and edit, so whatever you did worked. Thanks!
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    Chuck's Jaguar D Type Build

    Wiring, Instrument Panel, Part I Wiring patterns were drafted for the ignition system, turn signals, and panel. (The ignition system was previously temporarily wired so the engine could be test started). Comments on the wiring design: 1. Multiple relays were used so no high current loads...
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    Problems connecting to GT40s.com or Problems Posting

    May have found a work around to the problem. Just successfully posted on the Jag D Type blog. How did I do it you ask? The text was cut and pasted from a WORD document as is my practice. It was then posted with the incorrect formatting. After posting, hit the "EDIT" button. In the edit...
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