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Jaguar XKE Tech Tips

The following tech tips were compiled from the member's of e-type Digest from jag-lovers.org. There are no implied guarantees. These suggestions are from other XKE owners on how they solved similar problems or challenges and may illustrate varied and occasionally contradictory conclusions to the same problem. Please forward any questions, comments, criticisms, or suggestions to mhicks@mathe.com. Commercial use is strictly prohibited. Ó Copyright 1998 by Mark Hicks. Legal Restrictions

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Books & Reference

Restoration Reference Books

Shop Manuals

Coffee Table Books 

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Restoration Reference Books

A must for the person looking to restore their E-Type, since these types of books give information on how to judge a car's authenticity and restore it to it's original appearance. These books do not, however, contain any shop information or maintenance tips so should be used in conjunction with the appropriate Shop Manuals.

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"Jaguar E-Type Six-Cylinder Restoration & Originality Guide" (ISBN 0-87938-516-2 )

authored by Dr. Thomas F. Haddock (published 1991) and printed by Motorbooks International in Osceola, WI (USA). Commonly available through Amazon.com. A very handy book with many photos showing original components for the Series 1, 1.5, and 2 XK-Es. A must for any person wanting to restore their E-Type. Only drawback is that all photos are in black and white and the book does not read well. Approx 224 pages.

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Approx $30

"Original Jaguar E-Type" (ISBN 1-870979-12-5)

authored by Philip Porter (first published 1990 and reprinted in '92, '94, and '96) by Bay View Books Ltd in Bideford, Devon England.

Also commonly available through Amazon.com. A MUST HAVE. Fantastic book with tons of facts and a bunch of excellent color photos. Not only is it an excellent resource for a restoration project, it is so well done that it can even double as a coffee table book after the restoration. Not a complete in detailed photos as the book by Haddock. Reads well. Approx. 96 pages.

Approx. $30

 

"E Type: End of and Era" (ISBN 0 90 42 2)

authored by Chris Harvey and published by Oxford Illustrated Press in the

the UK in 1983.

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"Jaguar E-Type The Definitive History" (ISBN 0 91503875 7)

authored by Philip Porter (Forward by Briggs Cunningham) and published by

Automobile Quarterly (USA), Haynes (England) in 1989the UK in 1983.

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Approx $75

"Jaguar E-Type: A Collector's Guide" (ISBN: 0900549467) Authored by Paul Skilleter and published by Motor Racing Pub. LTD in London '86.\

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Approx $21

"E-Type Jaguar Restoration" (ISBN 1873098 03 0) Authored by Practical Classics and published by Kelsey Publishing, LTD, in

Kent, England 1991

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"Jaguar E-Type" (ISBN 0 7603 0071 2) Authored by Matthew L. Stone and published by Motorbooks International, in WI, USA Paul Skilleter and published by Motor Racing Pub. LTD in London '86.\

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Approx. $16

 

 Shop Manuals

 These are technical manuals. Usually they have drawings instead of nice photos, but have lots of specifications. Unless you are a mechanic prodigy, you need one of these manuals to successfully fix and maintain an E-type. If you want to restore your E-Type to its former glory, you also need a Restoration Reference book with one of these (preferably the Shop manual).

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"Jaguar Operating, Maintenance and Service Handbook" (ISBN 1 869826 388 for the 4.2L)

Published by Jaguar and out of print. Original manual with the car.

Tough to get but got mine through Amazon.com. A very light weight driver's handbook. Totally unnecessary if you purchase the full Service manual. However, a nice touch of authenticity for your car if you want. Approx. 82 pages.

Varies but approx. $20

"Jaguar E-Type Models, 3.8 and 4.2 Litre Service Manual" (ISBN 1 85520 0201)

Published by Jaguar and out of print.

Tough to get but got mine through Amazon.com. A heavy book full of everything you would want to know on fixing and maintaining your Jaguar Series 1, 1.5, or 2. There is a shop manual for the Series III also. If you can only afford to buy one book, make it this one. A MUST for maintaining your car. Approx. 1,000 pages.

Varies but approx $75

"Jaguar Spare Parts Catalogue for Jaguar 4.2 "E" Type" (ISBN 1 870642 112)

Published by Jaguar and out of print.

Still available through various sources. A nice reference guide for part numbers. However, most vendors are more sophisticated now and have software that will identify the part for you like Terry's Jaguar. Still a handy book with nice blow-ups of the various parts. Approx. 285 pages.

Varies but approx $50

"SU Carburetors - Owners Workshop Manual" (ISBN 1 85010 589 8)

Published by Haynes Publishing Group in Somerset England in 1989

Excellent book to have to tune your SU carburetors, which were on the Series I and some of the Series 1.5s. However, non-existant. I have been waiting for my backordered copy from Amazon.com since Dec. 1997. Borrow one off a friend if you can. Approx. 118 pages.

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Jaguar Driver's Technical Tips (ISBN N/A) written by Bob Bate in 1990.

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Approx $70

 

Complete Official Jaguar "E" (ISBN: 0-8376-0136-3) written by Robert Bentley (Henry Fuller) Published in 1974 and more recently.

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N/A

 

Coffee Table Books

These are non-technical manuals meant for the coffee table. Usually all color photos and slightly oversized, these books will command admiration from your visitors as you describe how yours will look like that someday. Not the kind of book to buy if you are looking to start a restoration project as they will make you sick with envy

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"Jaguar XKE 1961-75" (ISBN 0-88740-247-X)

Authored and printed by Schiffer Automotive Series in 1990.

A decent book giving the history of the E-Type, illustrations of the brochures, and various facts. Not a book, however, for the serious collector that want information.

Approx $30

 

"Jaguar: Performance and Pride" (ISBN 05170524)

Authored by Pete Lyons/Consumer Guide and published by Publications

International in Lincolnwood, IL

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N/A

 

"Jaguar: History of a Classic Marque" (ISBN N/A)

Authored by Philip Porter and published by Quintet Publishers, Ltd.,

in 1988

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Approx. $28

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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