SEMA 2019

Jaguar Classic reintroduces original E-Type toolkit after 50-year hiatus

Jaguar is reintroducing the E-Type toolkit, after a 50-year hiatus.

Photo courtesy of Jaguar Classic

A classic is being reborn. Jaguar Classic is reintroducing the original Jaguar E-Type toolkit, selling it for the first time in 50 years. The owner's toolkit was originally ordered with Series 1 and Series 2 E-type sports cars but hasn't been available since the Series 2 went out of production in 1971.

Complete toolkits are hard to find. Current Ebay listings have incomplete original toolkits fetching around $1,600 though Jaguar says that complete authentic toolkits can go for as much as $6,455.

Jaguar E-Type ToolkitThe tools are exact replicas of the historic tools sold in the 60s and 70s.Photo courtesy of Jaguar Classic

"The original E-type toolkit has become a collector's item thanks to its rarity and historic appeal," said Dan Pink, Director of Jaguar Classic. "We've had customers across the world contact us about obtaining one, which is why we decided to manufacture the toolkits again to their original specification. It's the perfect finishing touch for E-type aficionados."

Jaguar E-Type ToolkitThe toolkit is encapsulated in a leather exterior.Photo courtesy of Jaguar Classic

Jaguar Classic's Genuine Parks engineers have reproduced the original toolkit to authentic specifications for sale. It includes a period-correct leatherette-covered canvas roll.

Inside the roll are all the items needed to carry out maintenance on a vintage sports car:

  • Adjustable spanner
  • Tire valve key
  • Pliers
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Points screwdriver
  • Feeler gauge
  • Three-piece screwdriver
  • Spanner 3/4 x 7/8 AF
  • Spanner 9/16 x 5/8 AF
  • Spanner 1/2 x 7/16 AF
  • Spanner 11/32 x 3/8 AF
  • Box spanner 7/16 x 1/2
  • Box spanner 9/16 x 5/8
  • Box spanner 3/4 x 7/8
  • Sparking plug spanner
  • Tommy bars (one short, one long)
  • Valve timing gauge
  • Grease gun
  • Handbrake adjusting wrench
  • Brake bleed tin and tube

Jaguar E-Type ToolkitThe toolkit includes a long list of tools.Photo courtesy of Jaguar Classic

The new roll is priced from £732 (approximately $945). It can be purchased directly from the recently-launched Jaguar Land Rover Classic online parts shop.

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Jeep is offering custom graphics for its vehicles.

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Jeeps of all types are among the most customized vehicles on the planet, and it's just as common to see a completely tricked out Wrangler as it is to see one in factory fresh condition. To capitalize on the popularity of aftermarket parts, the automaker offers several upgrades and accessories through Mopar. To provide even more customization opportunities, Jeep announced the Jeep Graphic Studio, a program to create new graphics and appearance upgrades for its vehicles.

Jeep Graphic StudioA variety of products are available, including interior and exterior graphics.Jeep

Independent aftermarket suppliers have offered graphics packages and custom decals for years, but Jeep's program brings a 5- or 7-year guarantee against UV damage and peeling. The automaker says that every graphic ships with installation tools and video instructions to ensure proper and simple application. Each graphic is custom measured to fit Jeep vehicles. Textured graphics will also be offered, which Jeep says can show features such as topographic lines.

Jeep Graphic StudioLater this year, customers will be able to order custom names for the hood of their Wrangler or Gladiator.Jeep

Products from the Jeep Graphic Studio will start at $40 and climb to $165. The automaker says that the shop will sell 3D-printed shifter inserts, hood graphics, and fender inserts. Later this year, Wrangler and Gladiator owners will be able to order hood graphics that include custom names. If you're interested in getting a custom graphic for your Jeep, head here to check out the catalog.

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Ford Bronco to rule SEMA this year

The Bronco RTR features a fun livery and several off-road upgrades.

Ford

The annual Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show is an opportunity for the aftermarket and manufacturers to come together on wildly customized vehicles and to show off the latest parts and tech in the space. Now that the Ford Bronco has finally made its way to the public, it's not surprising to see several wild SEMA takes on the hottest SUV to hit the market in some time.

2021 Bronco by Tucci Hot RodsThe tracks are said to improve the Bronco's abilities in deep snow and ice.Ford

2021 Bronco by Tucci Hot Rods

The new Bronco is capable and rugged on its own, but Tucci Hot Rods felt it needed more. The shop gave it that boost with a set of tracks in place of wheels, which are said to be great for deep snow and ice. This Bronco features a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine and a seven-speed manual transmission to go with its Mattracks 88-Series quad tracks.

2021 Bronco RTR Fun-Runner by RTR Vehicles

Vaghn Gittin Jr's RTR Vehicles imagined a Bronco package that could be installed at the dealer. The result is the Fun-Runner, which features several Ford Performance and Ford Licensed Accessories parts. It's based on a 2021 two-door Bronco Badlands, and comes with an eye-catching wrap, an Ultimate Dana 44 front axle, Ultimate Dana 60 semi-float rear axle, RCV Performance CV axles, and a performance intake for its four-cylinder engine.

2021 Bronco by BDS SupensionsSEMA presents an excellent opportunity for shops to show off their skill and imagination.Ford

2021 Bronco by BDS Supensions

BDS is a subsidiary of Fox Shocks and has worked with Ford for quite some time. The results of that long-running relationship are on display with the BDS Bronco, which features Fox 2.5 PES coilovers, BDS rear adjustable control arms and track bar, swaybar disconnect, and 37-inch BFGoodrich KM3 tires. The Bronco's bumpers have been replaced with CrawlTek Revolution units that feature a recessed winch mount, recovery hooks and more.

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