It took awhile to get it all back together, and had to wait for new exhaust manifolds, but the car is running again. And it even has third and fourth gear! The most amusing part is that the fix itself took about seven seconds…slip the 3rd/4th syncro hub off and rotate it about 30 degrees, and put it back on. And then reassemble the gearbox, and put the engine back in, etc., etc.
Car will finally be wet-sanded and final polished this coming week. In the meantime, I am going to drop the remaining chrome at the plater and probably start on the center console. Hoping to have the car done in time to both visit the Van Dusen Gardens show in BC in May and (hopefully) move it along to the next owner sometime thereabouts.
While these early cars have shot up in value, my desired replacement, a FHC in similar condition to my XJ6, are a little eye-watering in price themselves. This may be my last E-Type unless an unexpected deal comes along.