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    Chuck's Jaguar D Type Build

    Front Suspension, Installation The suspension was set in place and the four 5/8” fine thread bolts on each side temporarily inserted. Next each bolt was individually removed and the spacer washers placed. RCR supplied bolts for the upper control arms longer than the needed length so the...
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    Chuck's Jaguar D Type Build

    Front Suspension, Assembly With the suspension reassembled and installed, the camber was approximately negative 1.5 degrees and the caster was approximately three degrees. Here is how we got there. The head of the four hex head bolts holding the lower ball joints had chaffed the rubber boots...
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    Chuck's Jaguar D Type Build

    The GT 40 was painted Guardsman Blue with Wimbeldon white. These colors were used on the Shelby Cobra 427 as well as several GT40s. Tell your painter those color names and the codes should pop up. If not let me know and I will dig a bit deeper.
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    Chuck's Jaguar D Type Build

    Yup. Would have. But with full 3/4" bite I am comfortable with the set up.
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    Chuck's Jaguar D Type Build

    Front Suspension Control Arms, Part III Each of the rod ends need to be cut back a half inch. The best way to accomplish this is to put the lock nut all the way on, then use a section of ¾” tape to mark the cut point. Using a cutoff wheel the bolt was cut, leaving about 1/16” extra material...
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    Chuck's Jaguar D Type Build

    Ryan keeps telling me I need a mill and a lathe. It sure would have made this job go quicker.
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    Chuck's Jaguar D Type Build

    Front Suspension Control Arms, Part II With the first two steps done, we moved on to the third. 3. Modify the control arms. The upper and lower control arms need to be shortened which required completely disassembling the front suspension. Both bottom connections and the top forward...
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    Chuck's Jaguar D Type Build

    Front Suspension, Control Arms, Part I The placement of the front wheels limited the turning radius. Even a minimal turn caused them to hit the wheel opening. Pictures of original D Types show the front wheels set in noticeably. A threefold solution was needed. The first two are simple; the...
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    Chuck's Jaguar D Type Build

    Doug, Randy, whomever, I have no problem with anyone's input. Your posts are welcome here. Yea, its all about information sharing. Useful information on any D Type topic is appreciated. I have not yet started work on the alternator issues. Ryan is visiting and we set the engine back in the...
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    Fuel pump discussion.

    I used the Holly HP125 for several years and found it had a fundamental flow: It needs to be mounted below the level of the bottom of the fuel tank to work properly. It does not like to lift. The Facet Dura Lift pumps we used to replace the Hollys have worked splendidly. I detailed the...
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    Chuck's Jaguar D Type Build

    I would be speculating, but I suspect that space was a void between the rear wall and the frame supporting the seat backs and the hole was added to provide access to a bit of space to stow the I Phone or house keys, or to provide access to the junction box located just above it, or both. Note...
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    Chuck's Jaguar D Type Build

    Rear Suspension Alignment – Travel When all the bits and pieces were in place and tightened down we did a final check of the rear suspension travel. The rear end was raised until it was stopped by the shocks bottoming out. This was measured at four inches of upward travel. At that point...
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    Chuck's Jaguar D Type Build

    Interesting. Yea, I see the four mounts, fore and aft. Can you send the link to that video?
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    Chuck's Jaguar D Type Build

    Randy: Neat idea! Have you done that on your GT??
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    Chuck's Jaguar D Type Build

    Rear Suspension - Initial Alignment We are ready to finalize assembly of the rear suspension. We started by jacking up the rear axle to ride height and placing floor stands under the axle so that the center of the hub is approximately 14 ½” above the garage floor. The trailing arms should be...
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    Chuck's Jaguar D Type Build

    Doug: Pics, per your request. Dimensions and details of both tanks posted January 3, 2020. The revised fuel tank will have no effect on the design of the boot compartment.
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    Chuck and Ryan's RCR Build

    Suspension alignment Ryan’s visit over the Memorial Day weekend was a great time to take a break from the Jaguar and do some tuning on the GT. Our focus was on the suspension and alignment. We invested in some tools to hopefully improve the accuracy of the process including a Longacre caster...
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    Chuck's Jaguar D Type Build

    Fuel System Part IV Although vapor lock should not be a problem, Thermo Tec sleeves were added to the sections of the fuel line closest to the engine. Thermo Tec heat barrier was added the tunnel adjacent to the engine on both sides. I used this product on the GT40 and found it quite...
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    Chuck's Jaguar D Type Build

    Front Brakes, Final Details Wilwood sells a number of brakes pads depending upon the application. We used the BP-10 pads on the GT40 and they worked very well, so the same pads were selected for the Jaguar. Part #150-8855K. The satisfaction of easily sliding the pads into place perfectly...
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