E.R.A. 289FIA/USRRC 289 Slabside
ASSEMBLY
AND
SERVICE MANUAL
FOR THE
E.R.A. 289FIA/USRRC
Chassis 2126 on
and
289 Slabside
Chassis 3001 on
Revision 5G
4/2013
 Era Replica Automobiles 2013
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The Manual
The text and layout of this manual was done with Word for Windows. Some of the illustrations were
hand drawn and scanned, some were done in DesignCad 2D and 3D. Spelling errors are the fault of
the spel chekker...
NOTE ON MANUAL UPDATES
This manual was current at the time of your car's delivery. Any critical corrections
will be mailed to you. If we can think of any thing that can be helpful but are noncritical, I will post them on the internet at:
http://www.erareplicas.com/fiaman/
The latest entire manual in PDF format is posted on the internet.
Please e-mail us for the location.
Thanks,
Bob Putnam -ERAE-Mail: [email protected]
Parts inquiries to:
[email protected]
The Legal Stuff
Information in this manual is correct to the fullest extent of our
abilities. Era Replica Automobiles assumes no liability for any
direct, indirect, incidental or consequential damage resulting
from the information within
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Source master list ____________________ 26
Contents
Tools needed ________________________ 27
Shipping companies (partial list) _______ 27
This manual is arranged by assembly
sequence, not topic. For information on a
specific topic - assembly or service, see the
index at the end.
SECTION B PARTS PREPARATION
__________________________________ 28
Engine Components __________________ 29
NOTE ON MANUAL UPDATES_________2
Rear Suspension - jaguar______________ 35
read me first __________________________5
SECTION A PARTS NEEDED _____ 6
Rear suspension, E.R.A. (FIA ONLY) ___ 38
Picking up your kit_____________________7
Shift LInkage _______________________ 42
special notes __________________________8
steering gear ________________________ 43
Engine _______________________________9
Steering Column (Upper) _____________ 43
Alternator ____________________________9
Windshield Wipers___________________ 44
Clutch Notes __________________________9
Dampers and springs _________________ 48
Oil Cooler and oil Filter_________________9
Rear hub adapters, bolt-on wheels: _____ 49
Ignition Notes ________________________10
SECTION C CHASSIS
PREPARATION __________________ 50
Shift handle _________________________ 42
Transmission_________________________10
Bellhousing __________________________13
Body removal:_______________________ 51
Speedometer drive gears _______________14
Chassis paint: _______________________ 54
Shift linkage _________________________15
Steering Gear ________________________16
SECTION D BODY/CHASSIS
ASSEMBLY ______________________ 55
Front Rotors and Calipers______________16
Interior panels ______________________ 56
Drive Shaft __________________________16
Horns ______________________________ 56
Steering Column (Upper) ______________16
Body mounting ______________________ 56
Steering Wheel _______________________17
Attach under-door flanges_____________ 57
Seat Belts____________________________17
Attach Rocker panels_________________ 58
Wiper Motor and Components __________17
Seal - engine compartment to body _____ 58
Front Shock Absorbers ________________17
Brake and clutch pedal _______________ 60
Front Coil Springs: ___________________18
Front Splash Panels __________________ 60
Exhaust System ______________________18
Fresh Air Inlet Ducts _________________ 60
Wheels, FIA _________________________18
Rear wheelhouse panels_______________ 61
Tires________________________________18
Detail Undercoating __________________ 61
Wheels, Slabside ______________________19
fresh Air hoses ______________________ 62
Radiator Hoses _______________________19
Body preparation and paint ___________ 62
Expansion Tank ______________________19
Tonneau snaps ______________________ 65
Jack, etc. ____________________________19
Front brake scoops___________________ 65
Rear Drive/Suspension Assembly ________15
Part numbers and sources ______________21
Supplies needed ______________________25
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SECTION E CHASSIS ASSEMBLY
Lights _____________________________112
__________________________________ 66
License plate light ___________________113
Brake and fuel lines ___________________68
Back-up light (Optional) ______________114
Battery cables ________________________68
Mirrors ____________________________114
SECTION F MECHANICAL
COMPONENTS __________________ 70
Grab handle ________________________116
Top Snaps __________________________116
Door trim __________________________116
Rear suspension, Jaguar _______________75
Emblems ___________________________116
Rear suspension, E.R.A. (FIA ONLY) ____77
License plate(s)______________________117
Drive shaft __________________________78
Heat shields_________________________119
Voltage Regulator ____________________79
Convertible top______________________120
Engine and transmission installation _____80
Side curtains ________________________122
Lower steering column ________________83
Fitting the tonneau cover _____________122
Wiring harness layout _________________85
SECTION H FINAL OPERATIONS
Interior panels _______________________86
Roll bar _____________________________92
_________________________________ 123
Radiator, fans________________________92
Install wiper arms ___________________124
Oil cooler (optional)___________________93
Brake Hydraulics ____________________125
Fuel Tank ___________________________96
Jacking the car ______________________126
Fuel Tank ___________________________96
Bolt-on wheel notes __________________126
Fuel Filler Cap _______________________96
Pin drive wheel notes _________________126
Windshield Wipers ___________________97
Suspension adjustments ______________127
Windshield Washer ___________________98
Brake balance adjustment_____________130
Windwings and sunvisors ______________99
Add Fluids _________________________131
Heater-Defroster ____________________100
cooling system_______________________131
Windshield _________________________101
Headlight adjustment ________________133
Dashboard _________________________102
Final Checks ________________________133
Speedometer Cable (and others) _______103
Your First Drive_____________________133
Battery and cables ___________________104
Recommended service ________________134
Steering column and wheel ____________104
Fuses ______________________________134
Shift lever __________________________105
Reference __________________________135
Tunnel _____________________________106
Inspection and registration ____________139
Carpets ____________________________107
Insurance __________________________140
Hand Brake Lever Cover _____________109
Driving your E.R.A. 289FIA ___________141
Shift boot __________________________110
Shift patterns _______________________141
Seat mounting_______________________110
Index ______________________________142
Seat belt/shoulder harness ____________110
Grill _______________________________111
Bumpers/Jack-pads __________________111
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SECTION A - PARTS NEEDED
READ ME FIRST
Congratulations on your selection of the E.R.A. 289FIA! We at E.R.A. hope that assembling your kit will be a
pleasant experience. We share your goal of creating a great automobile.
Our objective, when we started on the design and production of this kit was to create a Cobra replica better than all the
rest. To keep quality consistently high, we have designed-in almost everything, making this kit one of the easiest to
build.
Even though the E.R.A. 289FIA kit is extremely complete, we realized that it is your labor that puts the final quality
into the product that bears our name.
If you have problems, E.R.A. will help you as much as possible to complete your kit. After all, you are really an
extension of our production line. And please, feel free to offer suggestions that might improve the end product or the
process of construction. Many of our production changes come from customers’ requests.
Remember, the E.R.A. 289FIA Cobra replica is usually a very good investment! Of course you are free to make
"improvements" to the design but be aware. Changes from the original Cobra concept may not increase the value of
your car, and may even decrease it. E.R.A. has spent many years perfecting the details of the 289FIA.
We would love to hear from you, but.... Please, if you have a problem, read the manual first! We have tried to include
all the information necessary for you to complete this project in a timely fashion.
Information on the parts required starts on page 8, parts preparation on page 29, and the actual process of assembling
the components begins on page 67.
Please insert any addenda before you start.
Some of our electrical equipment may vary, depending upon the supplier. Therefore, the wiring instructions are
included with the wiring harness, not in this manual.
This manual is organized in assembly sequence, not by subject.
Use the index to find a specific topic.
Have fun!
The Legal Stuff
Information in this manual is correct to the fullest extent of our abilities. Era Replica
Automobiles assumes no liability for any direct, indirect, incidental or consequential
damage resulting from the information within..
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SECTION A - PARTS NEEDED
SECTION A
PARTS NEEDED
In this section we describe the components necessary to complete
your E.R.A.289FIA, together with part numbers and sources. Normal
wearing parts that may need replacement after use are also listed.
Replacement parts (for long term service) are listed on page 135.
Read this section thoroughly before purchasing any parts. Don't
waste your time and money on stuff you don't need or can't use.
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SECTION A - PARTS NEEDED
PICKING UP YOUR KIT
The kit can be transported from our factory in an enclosed trailer, standard automobile trailer or rampback hauler.
Shipping space for the parts in cartons will also be required, although most will fit inside the kit. We have used
several shipping commercial companies with excellent results. See page 27 for names.
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHTS
800 lb. bare + 200 lb. of boxes + 600 lb. for roller
a\shipdi_w_ss
TRAILER REQUIREMENTS
If you didn't buy a "roller" from us, the kit is usually shipped on the dolly wheels that we use for assembly if your trailer
is well sprung. The dolly wheels require a $300 refundable deposit. Many people keep the wheels until their kit is
completed - it's very convenient for the kit to be mobile (and at the correct height) during construction.
The track of the Cobra dolly wheels is only about 20". Your trailer may require additional boards to support the dolly
wheels. Without tires or dolly wheels, you can put tires as buffer between the chassis and the trailer. The kit will have
to be lifted on and off the trailer manually. Have 3 strong friends to unload! If you’re coming on a weekend to pick up
your kit, please warn us if you aren’t coming with extra people too. Don’t tie down the dolly wheels to secure the kit.
Tie to the chassis or suspension. In the absence of suspension pieces to tie to, wrap soft tie straps around the front
crossmember and the upper mounting bolts for the rear subframe.
TIE-DOWNS
You or your shipping agent will require ratchet tie-downs, come-alongs and/or strong straps. We recommend either 4
diagonal connections or 2 longitudinal and 4 lateral ones for a total of 6. Don’t forget that the trailer must have
anchor points for the straps to tie to.
To avoid scratching the paint on the chassis, use 2" wide loops (or double 1" wide loops) or ratchet straps, 5000 lb.
minimum rating. Make sure that your trailer has places to tie to. If you use chains or a come-along, bring padding or
nylon straps for intermediate connections to the chassis.
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SECTION A - PARTS NEEDED
INCLEMENT WEATHER:
A plastic cover will quickly shred at highway speeds. A high quality cloth car cover can be used to cover up the plastic,
but it must be held down with rope all over. Looseness will allow any cover to quickly beat itself (and your paint job)
to death.
SPECIAL NOTES
Be careful when selecting and building your components. The information on the following pages shows the
recommended parts for many possible drive-train combinations.
The ERA 289FIA chassis and body follow the dimensions of the original Shelby 289 competition car very closely.
For your convenience, we have tried to make the design as flexible as possible: Now, there is room for the 351 engine
and various other transmissions. In the end, though, your mechanical components must conform to similar space
limitations as the original car. Some configurations fit together better than others, and some cannot be done without
major surgery. The foot-boxes have been designed to accommodate the 351 Windsor engine. Don't expect to put an FE
engine in without major modifications.
WHEN YOU BUY PARTS, KEEP THE RECEIPTS!
They are frequently necessary for inspection and/or registration
The following items are critical to the proper assembly of the E.R.A. 289FIA. Details for selecting each
component are listed in this section. Components requiring special preparation are detailed in Section B.
All the items listed below are available from E.R.A.
Engine, page 9
Front brake rotors and calipers
Engine accessories, page 21
Front coil -over shock absorbers
Oil cooler system (optional),
Exhaust system, side or under-car
Transmission - Ford Top-loader 4-speed, C-4 or C-6
automatic, T-5, Tremec or Richmond Gear 5-speed
Speedometer cable
Transmission shift linkage and lever
Radiator expansion tank and hoses
Driveshaft
Windshield wiper motor and drive components
Jaguar XKE or XJ Sedan rear drive/suspension unit
Emblems
Hand brake lever and cable
Spare tire
Flaming River rack and pinion steering gear
Jack and lug wrench (or knock-off hammer)
Wheels and tires
Steering wheel, column and hub
Remember! The more exotic you get, the more likely you are to have problems.
There is a maxim in engineering practice:
Keep It Simple, Stupid!
PLEASE! READ THE ALL THE INFORMATION THAT FOLLOWS BEFORE YOU
PURCHASE PARTS THAT YOU MIGHT BE UNABLE TO USE.
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SECTION A -PARTS NEEDED-
289/302/351W
ENGINE
Pre-serpentine belt engines are easily adapted to the
289FIA. E.R.A. supplies a special alternator
adjusting bracket and clutch slave cylinder bracket
for all of the supported engines.
A Friendly Reminder!
All piston engines have a limited torque spread. If you
decide to build a fire-breathing monster, expect to
suffer somewhat at lower RPMs. Because the E.R.A.
289FIA is light, every hiccup is felt. Unless your car is
for the track, most of your driving will be in the 15003500 rpm range. Holley recommends that you size the
carburetor by this formula: CFM= (rpm x cid)/3456.
Keeping yours reasonably sized will help driveability.
Use the alternator as listed on page 21. Install the
alternator as shown on page 29.
If you have a late engine with a serpentine belt, it
may be converted by changing the lower pulley,
water pump and pump pulley. Preparation is on page
29.
FUEL PUMP
Very high octane gasoline is scarce in many parts of
the country, and octane boosters can be a pain to deal
with. If you're going to do a lot of street driving, we
recommend a conservative compression ratio: E.R.A.
turnkey cars are usually built with 9.5:1 or 10:1,
maximum. If you are using aluminum heads, you may
be able to tolerate another half point.
E.R.A. recommends a mechanical fuel pump for
simplicity. We normally install the Carter M6904
(120gph) on engines that require a pump.
351 CLEVELAND AND BOSS ENGINES
These rare engines shared little with the Windsor
series, having different heads and block. Built
primarily for track use, ports were much too large for
a wide torque spread. If you were willing to keep the
engine above 3000 rpm, they did run pretty well.
The 2V heads are more streetable than the 4V heads.
COOLING
Always use a thermostat in your system for street
use, or a restrictor plate for racing. In warm climates,
a 165F-180F thermostat works well. See page 34
for hints. Your oil temperature should also be
between 150F and 220F. If you have an oil cooler,
you may have to block the air flow or use an in-line
thermostat in cold weather.
We don't have primary pipes for either engine, so
you will have to fabricate them.
ALTERNATOR
Note that the standard E.R.A. kit includes a
thermoswitch that turns the electric fan on around
195F.
To keep that original look, most engines in an E.R.A.
are designed to use a classic-style Ford alternator
with a external voltage regulator. 50-60 amps
capacity is adequate. See page 21 for part numbers.
EMISSIONS
If you wish to use a later alternator with integral
regulator, you must modify the wiring harness to use
a 10 ohm resistor in a trigger wire from fuse 4.
Requirements vary from state to state. Most states
require that your car meet the specifications of the
year of your engine. Check with your local
authorities.
Ford Small Block
Engine Specifications
260
289
302
351W
351C
Years
Bore
Stroke
'62-65
'63-68
'68 on
'69 on
'71-73
3.80"
4.0"
4.0"
4.0"
4.0"
2.87"
2.87"
3.0"
3.5"
3.5"
CLUTCH NOTES
Because these cars are light, they put very little stress
on the clutch, so a standard presssure plate is usually
OK for a street-driven car.
Compression
8.8:1
9-10.5:1
8-10.5:1
8-11.0:1
9-10.5:1
Richmond Gear and Tremec transmissions require
a Chevy splined driven disc of the appropriate
diameter. The pressure plate can be standard Ford.
Many Tremec installations have used a concentric
throwout bearing. McLeod recommends that any
centrifigul weights be removed with that
combination.
A detailed chronology of engines (with casting
numbers) is in the books listed on page 140. Early
engines did not have stamped numbers in -the
block, and can only be identified by the casting
numbers on the block and/or head.
OIL COOLER AND OIL FILTER
Both the FIA and Slabside come standard without an
oil cooler scoop, but one can be factory-added
(optional).
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SECTION A -PARTS NEEDED-
We also install the Richmond Gear 5 speed with
good results. The relatively close gear ratio spread of
the 5 speed allows a numerically lower differential
ratio for better highway cruising with the first 4 gears
acting like a close ratio 4 speed.
The optional E.R.A. oil cooler system requires a
Fram PH16FP filter or its equivalent. Length and
shape of the filter is absolutely critical. Larger filters
will require that the engine be raised off the mounts
for installation/removal. Check that your sandwich
adapter engages only 1/2" of the threads in the filter.
Trim the threads if necessary.
As a rule of thumb, if you do much stop-and-go
driving, 9 MPH/1000 RPM is the longest 1st gear
that can be driven smoothly with a fairly mild (302)
engine. This means that a wide ratio Top Loader will
be OK with a 3.31:1 differential ratio, a close ratio
Top Loader requires a 3.54:1 or 3.77 ratio. The
Richmond Gear 5 speed is much more flexible,
allowing a 2.88:1 differential. The T-5 and Tremec
have a fairly short first gear with overdriven 5th and
can coexist with a 3.31:1 and shorter gear. Going
shorter than 3.54:1 results in a "stump puller" first
gear that isn't particularly useful.
A 90 degree adapter (Ford M-6880-A50) may allow
a larger filter but we have not had a chance to check
fit.
If you decide to build your own system, the
specifications below may be helpful but should not
substitute for good design practices.

Oil cooler - approximately 14" x 3" or 6"h with
AN 10 male fittings.

#10 stainless braided hose -
IGNITION NOTES
MSD SYSTEMS
Neither the Stewart Warner nor our current Smith
tachometer (Caebont) can be driven by the MSD
tachometer output port. No adapter is required..
Some other brands may. Inquire. See the separate
wiring instructions for special wiring routing notes
and the wiring instructions for hookup instructions.
UNILITE DISTRIBUTOR
Always use a ballast resistor (1.2-1.6 ohm) with the
Unilite system. Also, disconnect and tape the wire at
the "I" terminal of the starter solenoid.
When combined with an MSD ignition system, a
special resistor is required. Call Unilite for details.
TRANSMISSION
Transmission/Differential tables are on page 13.
The original racing 289 Cobra used the Borg Warner
4 speed, but was frequently replaced by the much
stronger Ford Top Loader transmission. For street,
the Top Loader is available in both Nascar (close
ratio) and street (wide ratio) configurations.
The T-5 and Tremec are very good street
alternatives, with the overdrive fifth allowing
excellent highway cruising. They are also about 2540 lb lighter than Top Loader or Richmond Gear 5
speed when you include the shifter. The gear spacing
is too wide on the TKO 3550 for serious track use but
the TKO 600 has an optional close ratio equivalent to
the Richmond Gear.
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SECTION A -PARTS NEEDED-
SPEEDOMETER DRIVE GEARS
FOUR SPEED TOP-LOADER
Most Top-loader transmissions come with a righthand thread drive gear on the output shaft. The
driven gear on the speedometer cable must match.
See page 14 for part numbers.
Rebuilt transmissions are available. See the list of
resources or ask E.R.A.
CLUTCH THROW-OUT FORK
Part numbers are on page 24. The fork must be
modified. See page
TRANSMISSION MOUNTS (TOP-LOADER
ONLY)
Check your transmission mounting holes for the
appropriate mount:
Transmissions come in several combinations of long
and short tail-shafts, large and small splined input
and output shafts, and internal ratios. All the wide
ratio transmissions have small input and output
splines. It is not necessary to have the large spline
input shaft with a small block. The small spline
transmissions were fine when used in such a light car,
even with a FE engine.
Top Loader
Transmission
We recommend a short tail-shaft case, 24" from the
mounting flange to the end of the tail-shaft housing.
This will enable a longer drive shaft. Make sure that
the transmission tailshaft has the mounting boss
located as shown above.
SPECIFICATIONS AND APPLICATIONS:
Ford used the Top-loader was used in many cars from
1964 to 1973. However, in 1964 and 1965 the
transmission had a four-hole mounting face and a 25spline output shaft. This early transmission should
be avoided. Driveshaft parts are unobtainable.
Mount
Two holes in the
transmission, arranged
front to back
Ford C8ZZ-6068A or its
equivalents, i.e. Republic
or Parts Master 31-2284
Two holes arranged side to
side, and having 5 5/8"
between center
Same mount as above.
Two holes arranged side to
side, and with 6 1/4" centerto-center distance. Rare!
Requires a special adapter
(done on special order
only.) Use Ford C9AZ6080E, Republic 31-2250
or equivalent.
FORD C-6 AUTOMATIC
Use the C-6 appropriate to your engine. Because
there isn't a transmission oil cooler built into the
radiator, you must fit an auxiliary one, either in place
of the engine oil cooler or in front of the radiator.
From mid 1965 to 1973, Ford changed to a universal
eight-hole front mounting pattern. Also during this
time, the output shaft was upgraded to a larger 28spline output shaft for the 200 to 390 cubic inch
engines and 31-spline shaft for the 427, 428, and 429
engines. Because the E.R.A. 289FIA is very light,
stress on the transmission is low. We have found that
the small input and output shafts are fine for street
use.
Mount: Ford C9AZ-6068H, Republic 31-2375 or
equivalent
RICHMOND GEAR (DOUG NASH) 5 SPEED.
This transmission is loosely based on Chevrolet
gears. The 5 speed has a direct (1:1) fifth speed. The
intermediate gearing is lower than the Ford 4 speed
so you may numerically lower your differential ratio
without fear of bogging down in first gear. See the
chart of speed in gears on page 13 for particulars.
The R.G. 6 speed is too big to fit without major
modifications.
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Input shafts were also upgraded to 1 /16" diameter for
use with 200 to 390 cubic inch engines and 1 3/8"
diameter for HD 427, 428, and 429 engines. The
larger spline size was only available with close ratio
gears.
There is also a competition version of the 5 speed,
using straight cut gears and no synchromesh. Not
recommended for street use.
The Top-loader gearbox was built in three case
lengths measured from the mounting flange to the
end of the tail-shaft housing: 24", 25.5" and 27". If
at all possible use the short tail-shaft transmission.
It allows a longer driveshaft.
Richmond Gear and Tremec transmissions require
a Chevy splined driven disc of the appropriate
diameter. The pressure plate can be standard Ford.
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SECTION A -PARTS NEEDED-
If you are using a concentric throwout bearing,
McLeod recommends that you remove the centrifigul
weights.
Rear Mount: GM 3870184
Clutch throw-out bearing, arm:

Same as big spline top-loader
Speedometer drive parts (see page 14):

Cable
Champ 400020

Gear Holder (Bullet)
GM 345215

Retainer
3708148

O Ring
GM 10054241

90 deg. adapter
AA1052

Gear
39879XX,
(XX=Number of Teeth)

(Generally, a 2.93:1 dif. ratio will require 19
teeth, a 3.07 ratio: 20 teeth.)
Before you install the speedometer driven gear,
check that its spiral meshes properly with the
drive gear. Transmissions have come through with
both the LH and RH drive gears. See page 14 for
calculations and page 23 for part numbers.
FORD MUSTANG T-5
This 5-speed transmission can be used with the
smaller Ford engines. Its overdrive 5th gear gives
excellent highway cruising, even with a 3.77:1
differential ratio. Don't expect high top speeds in 5th
gear, however. The small block engine may not have
the torque to exceed 4000RPM in 5th.
Because the shift linkage is integral, the shifter
cannot exactly duplicate the original position, but
mounts a couple of inches to the rear.
With the standard bell housing on the stock T-5, you
can use a pull-type clutch release system.
If you are using an aftermarket blow shield (See page
24), we recommend that you change to a push-type
clutch release system. Please specify before the kit is
delivered.
TREMEC 3550, TKO AND 500/600
See gearing details on page 13.
Some Tremec transmissions require a Chevy-splined
driven disc, some use a Ford spline. The pressure
plate can be standard Ford. Some bell housings
require a 5/8” spacer so that the input shaft doesn’t
bottom out in the crankshaft. In addition, except for
the 500 and 600 series, the rear mount requires an
adapter plate used with a Chevy mount. See page
24 for part numbers.
We recommend a concentric-type clutch release
bearing with all Tremec transmissions. Inquire for
details.
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SECTION A -PARTS NEEDED-
We trim the Lakewood bottom flange so that is does
not extend below the chassis. See page 32 for
trimming details.
BELLHOUSING
Since the clutch and pressure plate are in line with
your calves, E.R.A. recommends a forged steel blowshield bellhousing such as made by Lakewood or
Quicktime.
TRANSMISSION GEARING
(All based on 26" OD tire)
TREMEC 3550/TKO/500 5-SPEED
1st
2nd
3rd
Ratios: 3.27:1
1.98:1
1.34:1
Dif.
[email protected] 1000RPM
7.1
11.8
17.4
3.31:1
6.7
11.0
16.3
3.54:1
4-SPEED TOP LOADER, WIDE RATIO
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
Ratios: 2.78:1
1.93:1
1.36:1
1:1
Dif.
[email protected] 1000RPM
9.1
13.1
18.5
25.2
3.07
8.4
12.1
17.2
23.4
3.31
7.9
11.3
16.1
21.8
3.54
TREMEC TKO II 5-SPEED
1st
2nd
3.27:1
1.98:1
Dif.
Speed @ 1000rpm
7.7
12.7
3.07:1
7.1
11.8
3.31:1
6.7
11.0
3.54:1
4-SPEED TOP LOADER, CLOSE RATIO
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
Ratios: 2.32:1
1.69:1
1.29:1
1:1
Dif.
[email protected] 1000RPM
10.9
14.9
19.5
25.2
3.07
10.1
13.8
18.1
23.4
3.31
9.4
12.9
16.9
21.8
3.54
T-5 5-SPEED
Some T-5's are geared like the Tremec 3550
Ratios:
Dif.
3.31:1
3.54:1
1st
2nd
3rd
2.95:1
1.94:1
1.34:1
[email protected] 1000RPM
7.9
12.0
17.4
7.4
11.3
16.3
4th
1:1
5th
.63:1
23.4
21.8
37.1
34.7
TREMEC 600
1st
2nd
3rd
Ratios 2.87
1.89
1.28
DIF:
[email protected] 1000RPM
3.07:1
8.8
13.3
19.7
8.1
12.4
18.3
3.31:1
7.6
11.6
17.1
3.54:1
3rd
1.34:1
18.8
17.4
16.3
4th
1:1
25.2
23.4
21.8
4th
1:1
5th
.68:1
23.4
21.8
34.4
32.1
4th
1:1
25.2
23.4
21.8
5th
.82:1
30.7
28.5
26.6
RICHMOND GEAR 5-SPEED RATIOS
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
Ratios: 3.27:1
2.13:1
1.57:1
1.23:1
DIF:
[email protected] 1000RPM
2.88:1
8.2
12.6
17.1
21.8
7.7
11.8
16.0
20.5
3.07:1
7.1
11.0
14.9
19.0
3.31:1
13
5th
.83:1
30.4
28.2
26.3
Alt 5th
.64:1
39.4
36.5
34.1
th
5
1:1
26.9
25.2
23.4
SECTION A -PARTS NEEDED-
SPEEDOMETER DRIVE GEARS
Ford transmissions used a variety of drive gears. The Mustangs Unlimited catalog is a good reference. The gears are
illustrated and detail specifications listed.
Note! The Ford Top-Loader drive gear may come with right or left hand threads. The driven gear must match.
You can calculate the number of teeth on the speedometer drive gears (part #s on page Error! Bookmark not defined.) using
the formula:
(Dif. Ratio) x (Tire revs/mile) x (Teeth on drive gear) = (Teeth on driven gear)
(Speedometer revolutions/mile)
A 295-50-15 tire rolls 760 revs per mile. Both the Stewart Warner and Smiths speedometers are usually geared at 1000
revolutions/mile.
Usually the Ford Top-Loader, T-5 use a 7 tooth driving gear requiring a LH driven gear. Teeth = (Dif.Ratio) x 5.3.
Usually the Tremec uses a 7 tooth driving gear requiring a RH driven gear. So: Teeth = (Dif.Ratio) x 5.3.
The Richmond Gear transmission uses an 8 tooth driving gear. So: Teeth = (Dif. Ratio) x 6.06. See page Error! Bookmark
not defined. for gear selection.
DRIVEN GEAR SELECTION AND PART NUMBERS
Ford Top-loader, T-5 and Tremec
Diff.
Ratio
3.07:1
App.
Teeth
Richmond Gear 5 Speed
Toploader/T-5
Tremec
Left-hand
Right-hand
Diff.
Ratio
App.
Teeth
Part Number
2.88:1
18
3987918 (Brown)
16
Orange tip
Burgundy
3.07:1
19
3987919 (White)
17
C2DZ-17271G
(Purple tip)
C3DZ-17271C
(White)
3.31:1
20
3987920 (Blue)
21
3987921 (Red)
3.54:1
22
3987922 (Gray)
3.31:1
18
C2DZ-17271K
(Green tip)
C0DD-17271B
(Yellow)
3.54:1
19
C4DZ-17271A
Pink tip
C0DZ-17271B
(Pink)
3.77:1
20
C2DZ-17271H
C1DZ-17271A
(Black)
C8SZ-17271A
(Orange)
Blue tip
Gear retainer for
all above
C1DZ-17292A
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SECTION A -PARTS NEEDED-
SHIFT LINKAGE
REAR DRIVE/SUSPENSION ASSEMBLY
The 289/FIA is designed to use either the Jaguar rear
suspension (in an E.R.A. subframe) or the custom
E.R.A. suspension unit with outboard brakes. The
E.R.A. unit is available as a kit or as a complete
assembly.
All shift linkage is available from E.R.A.
TOP LOADER
SHIFT LINKAGE
Both the original Ford 4-speed shift linkage and
Hurst linkage work well. The linkage is mounted at
the forward location on the transmission. Not all
top-loader tail shafts have the casting bosses for the
front mount but the tailshaft can be replaced. Some
may require drilling and tapping.
JAGUAR-BASED
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LEVER
If you don't want to modify the Mustang lever yourself
(see page 42), E.R.A. manufactures a duplicate the
original shift lever to fit the Top-Loader, Richmond
Gear and Tremec transmissions.
SELECTION
See page 23 for application list.
The Jaguar differential is the same Salisbury unit that
was used in the original Cobra with only some casting
changes. It is adequate for 500+ BHP, and can be made
even stronger by using stub axle parts from Concours
West. Gear wear is not normally a problem even in wellused assemblies, but always replace seals.
RICHMOND GEAR
E.R.A. modifies a Long shifter and rods for the 5speed, using the Ford lever for control. The lockout
"T" handle is there for looks, but no longer is
functional. Inquire about available parts.
Do NOT replace the control arm roller and needle
bearings with aftermarket urethane bushings! The net
result will be wheel hop and generally sloppy handling.
The vintage of the Jaguar differential is punched in the
casting at the lower right corner of the cover. The top
number indicates the year, the bottom number is a
special code. (Translation: we don't know what it's used
for). A simple way to determine whether a post-1980
unit will work is the presents of inboard brakes. The
later (inappropriate) assemblies have brakes mounted on
the hub carriers.
When selecting/buying a used rear end look for:

Completeness - You don't need the Jag trailing
arms or emergency brake compensator, but you
do need everything else.
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SECTION A -PARTS NEEDED


Limited Slip Differential - Note that some XJ
differentials were open. A limited slip may be
retrofitted at the time of rebuild for about $700
Brakes - Try to get serviceable hydraulic and
emergency brakes. There were no major
changes in XKE rear brake until 1968 when
both the calipers and rotors were updated. The
later units are cheaper and easier to rebuild than
the early units.
Gear ratio - There should be a tag on one of the
rear cover bolts (for example, 43/13 on the tag =
3.31 ratio). If there is no tag, mark the input
shaft flange and the half-shaft or brake disc for
reference and rotate the axles by turning the
input shaft. For every time the axles and brake
disc turns over once, the input flange should
rotate approximately 3 1/3 turns (3.31:1 ratio) or
3 1/2 times (3.54:1 ratio). See the chart on page
13 for the best ratio for your
engine/transmission combination. If you can't
find a unit with the ratio you want, you can have
your gear set changed at a reasonable cost.
FRONT ROTORS AND CALIPERS
E.R.A. stocks standard rotors and rebuilt calipers.
WITH BOLT-ON, 5-PIN, OR DAYTON WIRE
WHEELS
Most mid-sized GM cars from 1970-1978 used the
correct pieces, with 2 3/8" piston calipers. Station
wagons may use incorrect parts. Chevrolet lists the
same rotor and calipers for all sedans.
Before purchasing the rotors and bearings, measure
the size of the outer wheel bearings. Your rotor and
bearings must be compatible with the smaller (more
common) diameter (.655") at the axle outer end. The
wagons used a .750" diameter axle.
WITH (6) PIN DRIVE WHEELS:
The E.R.A. pin-drive wheel conversion includes the
hub and rotor, both compatible with the caliper and
bearings described for the bolt-on wheels above.
With
Dampers (coil-over shocks): All E.R.A./Jaguar rear
suspensions require 4 dampers and coil springs (coil
over shock absorbers). Specifications are the same as
for stock Series I and II Jaguar XKE. XJ dampers
cannot be used. See, page 23 for part numbers and
page 48 for length specifications. Dampers with
adjustable spring seats and externally adjustable
damping are available from E.R.A.
OPTIONAL COMPETITION BRAKES
E.R.A. offers a conversion to 12.18" or 12.8"
diameter (by 1 1/4" wide) rotors and Wilwood 4
piston calipers for heavy-duty use. These require
modifications to the steering knuckle.
The calipers may have interference problems with
some wheels. Ask about specific wheels. The 12.8"
rotors will only fit in a 16" or larger wheel.
The E.R.A. subframe requires lower control arm
brackets from an XJ Sedan. The control arms and
half-shafts will be exchanged for shortened pieces
when you buy the subframe from us.
DRIVE SHAFT
E.R.A. has driveshafts for most applications in stock.
All mounting bushings and hardware are included
with the E.R.A. subframe.
This is a project for a shop specializing in power transmission equipment or shafting. See page 42 for
design details. PDF drawings are available for each
application are available on the 427man section of
the ERA web site.
STEERING GEAR
The ERA uses a Flaming River Musting II-style gear
that’s 3” shorter than standard. ERA modifies the
unit for different tie-rod ends. Part numbers are
listed on page 24 and modifications are described on
page 43.
STEERING COLUMN (UPPER)
You may use a Triumph unit (see page 44) as
described below or the custom E.R.A. reproduction
column. The E.R.A. column includes a new hub and
signal/dimmer switch and requires no preparation.
New outer tie rods are supplied with the kit (part
numbers on page 135), and the parts necessary for the
gear modifications are available from ERA.
TRIUMPH COLUMN
Sourced from Spitfire or GT-6, vintage 1972 to mid
1977. Get the upper column and housing, upper and
lower clamps and both switches.
See page 44 for preparation and rebuilding of the
Triumph column.
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SECTION A -PARTS NEEDED-
STEERING WHEEL
The original Cobra used a 16" laminated wood
rimmed aluminum steering wheel. We have found
that a slightly dished 15" wheel allows more knuckle
room between the wheel and the cowl. E.R.A. offers
both diameters in a reproduction of the original
wheel. A hub center button with either a AC or
Cobra logo is also available.
If you are using a Triumph column, you also need to
adapt the Triumph hub to the reproduction wheel.
SEAT BELTS
E.R.A. offers custom competition belts, identical to the
original cars. Inquire.
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CHECKING THE CABLE/GEAR WHEELBOX
CLEARANCE
Standard seat belts can be installed in the threaded
chassis bosses shown on page 110.
Before you install the wheelboxes, it's a good idea to
check that the cable engages the gear properly.
Unfortunately, the quality of the wheelboxes has not
been consistent lately. Make sure that the tubes line
up properly with the gear so that there is no binding,
and that the cable is held close to the gear, but not so
close to make excessive drag.
Separate left and right straps are required for dualstrap shoulder harnesses. The length of an off-theshelf shoulder harness strap may need changing.
WIPER MOTOR AND COMPONENTS
Modified and rebuilt wiper motors and hardware are
available from E.R.A.
The best wiper components are found in the 19691976 Triumph Spitfire, GT-6, or TR-6. Get the entire
set-up including: wiper motor, wheel boxes, spacers,
gaskets, chrome bezels, and the connecting tube
between the wiper motor and right wheel box. See
the wiper motor illustrations on page Error!
Bookmark not defined. to help you identify the
parts.
Many times, the wheel-boxes available are not
correct. Measure across the teeth of your gear to the
theoretical center of the cable. (Some of the gears are
flat, some are concave.) If your dimension "A" is
1.45", not 1.25", the wiper drive must be modified to
compensate. See page Error! Bookmark not
defined. for details.
FRONT SHOCK ABSORBERS
E.R.A. offers custom made Spax dampers with springs.
Konis are available on special order. Also available
are spring collar wrenches to adjust your ride height.
The coil-over dampers should be adjustable for ride
height. See the length specifications on page 48 and
part numbers on page 23.
Both Koni and Spax are adjustable for damping. The
Spax is externally adjustable for combined jounce
and rebound damping. The Koni has separate
external damping adjustments for jounce and
rebound.
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SECTION A -PARTS NEEDED-
FRONT COIL SPRINGS:
Definitions:
*BACKSPACING - The distance from the inside edge
of the wheel to the mounting face.
Front Spax and Koni dampers require 12" long by
250 lb/inch (260-302CID) to 275 lb/inch (351400CID) springs for most engines. If you have
aluminum heads on the larger engine, the lighter
spring will suffice. Other dampers may require a
different spring length. Some spring/shock
combinations may require spacers. Check with us for
details.
OFFSET - The distance from the centerline of the
wheel to the mounting face. Positive offset is where the
wheel centerline is inside the mounting face. Negative
offset moves the wheel out away from the center of the
car. (Some wheel companies may define the offset
differently. Check!)
EXHAUST SYSTEM
PIN-DRIVE
ORIGINAL COMPETITION STYLE
The E.R.A. pin drive hubs require original style pindrive wheels using 6 pin on a 4 1/4" circle.
Side/under pipes were used on the original
competition cars. Primary pipes for most Ford small
block engines are available from E.R.A. Exact
reproductions of the original side pipes (with a glasspack type muffler) are available in various coatings
and materials also.
Original (FIA) cast aluminum 15" wheels (7 1/2" and
9 1/2" wide are available from PS Engineering.
427 style wheels are available from E.R.A., Trigo
and Vintage. These wheels require special
machining to change the backspacing. Inquire for
specifications.
STREET STYLE
PS Engineering and Dr. Dix also make 17" wheels
that are up to 9" wide front, 11.5" rear.
Specifications available on the 427man section of the
ERA web site.
For those desiring something quieter, the E.R.A.
289FIA and Slabside have provisions for a streetstyle under-car system, with the exhaust exiting just
in front of the rear wheels, or at the rear bumper. The
system uses a reverse-flow muffler so there is a small
horsepower penalty. The primary pipes are the same
as used in the competition exhaust, but with a
different collector.
See page 126 for special installation notes.
PS ENGINEERING WHEEL SPECIFICATIONS
Width x Diam.
1
Front
WHEELS, FIA
BOLT-ON
Bolt-on wheels require a 4 3/4" bolt circle (Chevrolet
pattern). 7" wide wheels for the front, 8 1/2" or 10"
rear with 4"back spacing will result in the "right
look." Using wider wheels on the rear may prevent
use of the under-car exhaust system. The offset of
your wheels must be similar to those listed for the
pin-drive wheels below. Lug nut sizes are:
7
Front: /16-20
1
Rear: /2-20
7 /2" x 15"
-0.3"
8” x 17”
-0.3”
9” x 17”
+0.25
1
Rear
*Offset
9 /2" x 15"
-1.3" *
9-10” x 17”
-1.0” *
11” x 17”
-0.85” *
TIRES
(Rim size appropriate for tires)
Diameter
E.R.A. recommends American Racing's TorqThrust "D" wheels in 15 x 7" and 15 x 8.5" sizes
(3.75" backspacing.) This wheel, or one similar from
Halibrand, was apparantly used on one of the original
racecars in pin-drive design. The front wheel,
however, will not fit the large brakes discussed on
page 16. If you are using the outboard-braked E.R.A.
rear suspension, the rear wheel lug nut holes must be
enlarged to 0.687”and the shank of the (non-tapered)
lug nuts (McGard 61000) shortened by 0.10”.
Front
Rear
Max.
26.5"
26.4"
Min.
24.5"
25.2"
275mm
315mm
Max. Width
A 16" Halibrand wheel in the same style of the
Torq-Thrust is also available, but in 7" width only.
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SECTION A -PARTS NEEDED-
Lower profile tires increase the clearance between the
top of the tire and the fender, giving the illusion that
the car is higher than it actually is. If the car is
lowered to compensate, the ground clearance will be
reduced somewhat. In most of the pictures you have
seen of our car, the tires used were Goodyear race
tires. The equivalent tire for the street would be:
Front - 245/50HR-15 to 235/60HR-15 (street).
Note that Avon tires are sized a little differently. Use
225/65-15 in the front.
Rear - 265/50HR-15 to 295/50HR-15 (street)
RADIATOR HOSES
Larger diameter tires can be used with different
wheel offsets.
FIA
Pre-trimmed hoses are available from E.R.A.
The 289FIA requires some standard molded hoses,
depending on your equipment. Hoses are listed on
page 22. In some configurations, the hoses must be
trimmed to length. See page 34.
EXPANSION TANK
A Harrison tank (3155416) can be used on the
optional E.R.A. front tower mount. The tank, with
mounts, clamps and isolators is available from E.R.A.
See page 34 and 100 for installation details.
The latest information on tire brands and sizes is
posted on the ERA web site.
www.erareplicas.com/427man/tires/index.htm
For Reference:
Revolutions
SLABSIDE
/Mile = 20168/(Tire OD in inches)
We’re still looking for a good substitute for the
original tank…
For 16" or 17" wheels, tires in 35 and 40 series will
fit. Ask for current recommendations.
Before mounting on pin-drive wheels, see page 126.
SPARE
The spare tire well will accept any wheel/tire
combination that is less than 24.5" in diameter. If
you keep the width small, you will gain trunk space.
JACK, ETC.
If you are using bolt-on wheels, you may use a
"Space Saver" spare tire as used on Camaros and
other GM models. If you buy the tire with the wheel,
make sure it has uses the 4 3/4" bolt pattern.
A Honda Acord scissors jack (available new from
E.R.A.) works well for wheel changing, etc.
With pin drive wheels, use a lead or plastic "dead
blow" hammer to remove the aluminum knock-off
wing nuts. Removing them with a steel hammer will
mar the wing nuts.
If you have a limited slip differential and you must
use the spare on the back, fix the tire as soon as
possible. Driving with 2 different size tires on the
back will put extra stress on the LSD.
Hydraulic jacks, knock-off hammers, safety wire pliers
and other tools are available from E.R.A.
WHEELS, SLABSIDE
The original early cars used 5.5” wide Dunlop wire
wheels, which were quickly superceded by 6” x 15”
wheels. E.R.A. offers both original Dunlop wheels
(which require hub machining) and Dayton wheels
(which come with a bolt-on adapter). A spare would
be the same size as the others.
Specifications for both wheels are posted at
http://www.erareplicas.com/ssman/index.htm
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SECTION A -PARTS NEEDED-
20
SECTION A -PARTS NEEDED-
PART NUMBERS AND SOURCES
Source addresses, etc. are found on page 26.
PART
PART NUMBER
SOURCE
Alternator
Ford Small Block
Insert to reduce head threads
Ballast resistor
Fan belt
Front Brakes, Suspension
Brake Rotor/Hub (bolt-on
wheels)
Brake Calipers (Front)
Pads
Mounting pin kit
Banjo bolt
Brake reservoir, standard
optional (3)
Bearings-Front Wheel
Outer
Inner
Seal, inner
Spindle nut
Spindle washer
Shock absorbers
(See spec's
on page 48)
Coil Springs
Delco 321-147 (rebuilt) or any '70's Ford with
separate regulator.
F4ZZ-6E086-A - see mounting, page 29
Nieh FF-109 / Borg RU-6 / SMP RU-4 / Wells
F795, (1.2-1.6 ohms)
Gates 7450 XL(most app's)
Most Fords, 1971-1980
GM 334348
Bendix 141040
GM dealer or many
(Front) GM cars 1970-78
(see page 16)
GM dealer
Local parts place
GM 18002421, 18003761
Rebuilts: Bendix L55001, L55002 (Includes pads)
Bendix D52S (Semi-metallic for street use)
GM 487293
BMW 34 32 1 112 399
ERA steel cans (optional )
GM 7450627, Timken LM11910/LM11949
GM 7450630, Timken LM67010/LM67048
GM 3966202, National 8871
GM 387137
GM 457707
Spax G135 PAS 200
Koni 8212-1126SPA1 (Double external damping
adjustment w/aluminum body)
12" x 250 lbs/in or 12" x 275 lbs/in (See page 18)
Battery
Group 45 (preferred) or Group 51 (Get the heaviest
duty possible in this size)
Bell-housing
See mod's necessary on page 32.
Lakewood 15200: Top-loader, Richmond Gear
Lakewood 15202: Tremec
Lakewood 15203: T-5
Cables, Battery
Trans case to chassis ground
Battery pos to starter solenoid
Battery neg to ground
Starter solenoid to starter
Drive Shaft Components
7
12" long, ( /16")eye/eye woven style
135" long, eye/terminal clamp (1 gage min.)
If you want an in-line cutoff, see page 68.
32" long, eye/terminal clamp (1 gage min.)
24" long, eye/eye (4 gage min.)
(see page 42 for parts reference)
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Ford
Aftermarket
ERA, BMW dealer
GM or local auto parts
"
"
"
"
E.R.A.
E.R.A., Summit Racing,
Jegs
E.R.A., Carrera, Dillon,
AFFCO, Eibach
Misc.
Various, E.R.A.
E.R.A., parts supplier
" "
"
"
SECTION A -PARTS NEEDED-
ENGINES AND ENGINE
PARTS
Mounts
Ford 260, 289, 302, 351
Oil Pan, Extra Capacity
289-302
351W
351 Cleveland
Oil Filter
Complete rebuilt Ford units are available from
several suppliers
Ask us
63-65 Mustang w/260-289 cid, Ford C4DZ-6038A
(right), C4DZ-6038B (left)
Republic 31-2221 (right), 31-2220 (left)
MityMount (HD) FM132
Maximum depth of 8.5", F or R sump. Deeper pans
will hang below the chassis. Windage trays are
recommended for engines running consistant high
rpm.
High capacity front sump – Canton 15-610 and
pickup 15-611
Road race (with trap doors) – Canton 15-630 and
pickup 15-611
High capacity front sump – Canton 15-660 and
pickup 15-661
Road race (with trap doors)– Canton 15-680 and
pickup 15-611
Canton 15-710 pan, 15-711 pickup
See the note on page 9.
Aftermarket, Mustangs
Unlimited, E.R.A., Dealer
E.R.A., Canton Racing
Products, Aviaid
Exhaust System
Under-car-complete
Competition style pipes w/primaries:
E.R.A.
E.R.A.
Fuel Filter
In-line between tank and steel line on chassis (3/8")
local auto parts store
Hand Brake Lever
Jaguar XKE Series I, II (1961-1970)
E.R.A. Reproduction Lever
Custom for E.R.A. subframe
Custom, by E.R.A.
Jaguar Dealer
E.R.A.
E.R.A.
or
Hand Brake Lever Cable
Emergency brake linkage,
ERA rear suspension
Cooling system parts
Water neck/thermostat
housing
Hoses:
Upper
Lower w/L or R outlet
Bypass
Heater
Radiator expansion tank
See http://www.erareplicas.com/fiaman/cooling/hose_interchange.htm for part
number applications.
Ford Motorsport M8592-B302 (angled 30deg up)
Gates 21178 or equivalent (requires trimming)
Gates 20390 or equivalent (See page 34 for trim)
Gates 28466 (5/8" x 5/8"), 28474 (¾” x ¾”) or 20662
(5/8" x 3/4")
Gates 28472 (to thermostat housing)
5
/8” ID straigth hose (~50” to water pump)
Local auto parts store
Harrison 3155416
E.R.A.
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SECTION A -PARTS NEEDED-
Rear suspension
Jaguar based or
Custom ERA design with outboard brakes (FIA
only)
1964-1974 Jaguar XKE, Series 1 or 2
1965-1987 Jaguar XJ-6
(All rear suspension with inboard brakes and
tubular lower control arms)
Custom E.R.A. for Jag based or ERA outboard
braked design
Bearings, brake parts, etc., see page 135
SICP, E.R.A., Jag Dealer
See length specifications on page 48.
Spax S 200/415 (Externally adjustable damping)
E.R.A.(Jag rear)
Spax G640 S200
10" x 350 lbs/in
8" x 350 lbs/in
E.R.A.
E.R.A., Carrera, Dillon,
AFFCO, Eibach
Spax G452-AS200
9” x 2.25”ID x 400 lbs/in
See specs on page 37
Various ratios of Dana 44 gears
Reider Racing/Michigan
Driveline
Spare Tire
Space Saver w/ 4 3/4" bolt circle (Bolt-on wheels
only)
G.M. cars
Speedo cable drive
Richmond Gear
See notes on page 12 and 14 for gears
Cable: Champ 400020
Adapter: GM 345212
O Ring: 7/8"OD x 5/8"ID
Retainer: 3708148
Drive gear: GM 39879XX where XX=number of
teeth
E.R.A., dealer, auto parts
store
Speedo cable, drive gears, etc.
Top Loader, T-5, Tremec
Cable
Speedo drive gear
See calculation and part numberss on page14.
E.R.A., Dan Williams
Jaguar Rear Suspension
Assembly (Core)
Sub-frame
Rebuilding Parts for rear
suspension
Coil-over dampers
Standard XKE W/O height
adjustment
Height adjustable
Coil Spring (4 rqd) - std Spax
Spax with height adjustment
Wrecking yard or E.R.A.
E.R.A.
ERA Desgign
Damper
Spring
Differential/LSD rebuilding
Speedo driven gears
Retaining clip
AC 11589234 (’67 Mustang)
C4DZ-17285A (LH, 7 tooth, black)
C8AZ-17285A (RH, 7 tooth, yellow)
See page 14.
C1DZ-17292A
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Ford dealer
SECTION A -PARTS NEEDED-
Steering gear
Mounting bushings for above
Steering column, upper
Steering wheel
Wheel hub-Triumph column
E.R.A. column
Steering wheel Center button
Transmission:
See notes on page10.
Flaming River 1502-3X3 (Must be modified. See
page 43.)
Flaming River FR1600 or
Energy Suspension 4.10101
E.R.A. Reproduction or
Triumph Spitfire, GT-6 (1972-mid 1977)
Moto-Lita
Moto-Lita (wheel must be drilled for pattern)
Comes with E.R.A. column
Reproduction of original either "AC" or "Cobra"
motif
E.R.A., wrecking yard
Ford Top Loader
Dan Williams, GT
Performance
Mustangs Unlimited, GT
Performance
E.R.A., Richmond Gear
T-5, Tremec
Richmond Gear 5-spd
Mounts:
Ford Top-loader w/ 2 holes
along longitudinal centerline or
2 holes perpendicular to
centerline 5.6" apart
Ford C-6 Automatic
Ford T-5.
Richmond Gear,
Tremec 5 speed
Throw-out fork
Pivot bracket for above
Shift Linkage
(4-spd. Top-loader)
Richmond Gear 5 speed
Shift Lever: duplicates original
Voltage Regulator
Windshield Wipers
Motor and Drive Parts
Arms
Blades
Chrome Bezels (Bush Kit)
Flaming River
E.R.A for modified gear.
E.R.A.
E.R.A.
E.R.A.
Ford C8ZZ-6068 A, or Republic 31-2284
Ford dealer, E.R.A.,
Mustangs Unlimited, auto
parts supplier
Ford C9AZ-6068H, or Republic 31-2375
Ford C8ZZ-6068 A, or Republic 31-2284
Pioneer 622378 (72-73 Camaro w/MT)
Tremecs require an adapter from E.R.A. to use the
Pioneer 622378.
Ford C8OZ-7515D (must be narrowed for all but
big spline Top Loader)
Ford C8AZ-7522B
" "
" "
Auto parts supplier
Dealer, E.R.A.
Original Ford unit, Hurst or other after-market units
Mid-sixties Ford
Long or Hurst
E.R.A.
To adapt to all transmissions
E.R.A., 1965-67 Mustang
and some other Ford cars
of this period
Ford Regulator D4TZ-10316 A, D9PZ-10316 A or
aftermarket equivalent for 1967-on Ford alternator
with external regulator.
Ford dealer, E.R.A. has
electronic regulators with
the sam cover that the
mechanical regulator
(NLA) used.
From 1969-1976 Triumph Spitfire, GT-6 or TR-6
Lucas BHA-520l
Lucas GWB-164
Lucas 60600 429
E.R.A.
E.R.A., Lucas parts dealer
E.R.A.,
E.R.A., Lucas parts dealer
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Dealer, E.R.A.
SECTION A -PARTS NEEDED-
Wheels:
Bolt-on
Pin-drive
Spare Tire/Wheel (Bolt-on)
American Racing Torq-Thrust, 15" x 7", 15" x 8.5"
For 12" brakes, see notes on page 16.
7½ x 15 and 9½ x 15
Various widths in 17"
GM (Camaro) space saver
*See note on page 126.
Summit Racing, others
E.R.A., PS Engineering,
Trigo, Vintage Wheels
SUPPLIES NEEDED
The following list covers most of the materials you will need to complete your kit.
Items marked with an * are not needed if you ordered the “bond body” option.
*Caulking to seal body and
floors to chassis
Urethane or Silicone, 5
cartridges min.
For caulking gun
*Adhesive for bonding rear body
bonding strip
Polyester resins thickened
with fillers and binders are
available for boat repair
Corvette body repair boat shops and Chevrolet
dealers, body shop suppliers or specialty houses
Regular polyester body filler and the stronger
fiberglass strand fillers such as "Tiger Hair" or "Rot
Out" can also be used but these fillers have the
disadvantage of setting-up rather quickly making the
completion time of the bonding operation critical.
*Blind rivets
Aluminum panels to chassis or
fiberglass
(400) 1/8" dia. x .250-.312”
material thickness, sealing
type, aluminum body/steel
mandrel
McMaster Carr 97524A025
Body to chassis
(150) 1/8" dia. x .062”-.125”
material thickness, sealing
type, aluminum
body/aluminum mandrel
McMaster Carr 97524A030
Expanding urethane or
DAPtex latex 18826 foam.
Building supply store
Frost King duct insulation,
FV516
building supply, heating and air conditioning supply,
hardware store
Insulation (foam)
Chassis lubricant (grease for
universal and ball joints)
Wheel bearing grease (disc
brake high temp. type)
Weatherstrip adhesive or
industrial strengh contact cement
Foil faced foam or insulation
mat'l for tunnel, floor
(supplemental)
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SECTION A -PARTS NEEDED-
SOURCE MASTER LIST
Because of rapid changes in area codes, these phone numbers may be out of date.
BUSlNESS NAME
SPECIALTY
ADDRESS
Speedo reducers, angle 235 E. O’Connor Drive, Elkhorn, WI 53121
Arthur Allen Mfg.
arthurallen.com
drives
(800)683-500
Oil pans and pickups
10041 Canoga Ave., Chatsworth, CA (818)988-8991
Aviaid Oil Systems
aviaid.com
Ford parts
1434 Pleasant Valley Blvd, Altoona, PA 16602, 814-942-1869
Branda Performance
cobranda.com
Oil pans and pickups
9 Tipping La., Branford, CT 06405 (203) 481-9460
Canton Racing Products
cantonracing.com
Coil-Over
5412 New Peach-tree Road, Atlanta, GA 30341 (770)451-8811
Carrera Shocks
carrerashocks.com
shocks/Springs
Engines/parts
19021 S Figueroa St., Gardena, CA 90248 (310)538-2914
Carroll Shelby Ent.
carrollshelbyent.com
Reproduction Cobra
3099 Carter Circle, Kennesaw, GA 30144, (770)427-0020
Cobra Restorers Ltd.
cobrarestorers.com
hardware
Transmissions and
205 E. Dogwood Dr., Franklin, NC (828)524-9085
Dan Williams Enterprises
toploadertransmissions.com
shifter parts
Top Loader
San Antonio, TX (210)967-4161
David Kee Transmissions
4speedtoploaders.com
transmissions, parts
Ford parts
44050 N Groesbeck Hwy, Clinton Twp, MI 48036, (810)468Ford Motorsport
1356
Performance Equipment
Engines and parts
P.O. Box 19449, Indianapolis, IN 46219 (317).357.8767
Genesis Performance
genesis427.com
Engine pulleys
32413 Park Lane, Garden City, MI 48135 (888)729-9070
March Performance
Pulleys
marchperformance.com
Shelby/Mustang parts
185 Adams St., Manchester, CT 06040
Mustangs Unlimited
mustangsunlimited.com
(800)243-7278
Ford parts
See web site
National Parts Depot
npdlink.com
Pin drive wheels
2675 Skypark Dr. #102, Torrance, CA 90506 (310)534-4477
PS Engineering
Jag differential
12351 Universal Dr., Taylor, MI 48180, 800-522-2707
Reider Racing
reiderracing.com
rebuilding
5 speed transmissions
1208 Old Norris Rd., Liberty, SC 29657, 864-843-9231
Richmond Gear
richmondgear.com
Misc. parts at low
300 Van Dorn, PO Box 81906, Lincoln NE (402)323-3200
Speedway Motors
speedwaymotors.com
prices
580 Kennedy Rd., Akron, OH 44305 (800)230-3030
Summit Racing Equipment Misc. parts at low
summitracing.com
prices
Pin drive wheels
3933 Foothill Blvd, La Cresenta, CA 91011 (818)248-7446
Trigo, Inc.
trigowheels.com
Racing parts, fire
40 Industrial Park Place, Powell OH 43026 (800)388-8783
TrueChoice
truechoice.com
extinguisher systems
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SECTION A -PARTS NEEDED-
TOOLS NEEDED
Socket wrench and sockets
Most of the tools required for assembly of the
E.R.A. 289FIA are found in the average car
person's home workshop.
Open-end and box wrenches 1/4"-1"
Screwdrivers (Phillips and flat bladed) 3 or 4 sizes
of each
Major components like the engine and transmission
require some specialized tools and skills. If you are
not experienced, this may not be a good time for
your first project.
Jack, preferably a hydraulic floor type
*Caulking gun - (cartridge type)
Small needle nose pliers
Rebuilding the Jag rear suspension assembly can
be done at home if you are well equipped. A
micrometer, dial indicator and standard mechanics
tools are required. No matter what your
experience, this operation requires a good manual.
Engine hoist or chain-fall
*Pop rivet gun with adapters for 1/8" rivets
Electric drill with bit assortment
Utility (razor) knife
Items marked with an * are not needed if you
ordered the “bond body” option. We can also cut
the side pipe hole for you at the factory.
*Paintbrush 1"-1.5" (buy a cheap natural bristle
brush)
Shears or large scissors
Rubber mallet
Saber saw (if you are fitting side pipes)
Socket head (Allen) wrenches
Jack stands (4)
SHIPPING COMPANIES (PARTIAL LIST)
Intercity Lines (our preffered shipper)
Phone: (800)343-0802
Fax: (413)436-9422
Horseless Carriage
Phone: (800)631-7796
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SECTION B - PARTS PREPARATION
SECTION B
PARTS PREPARATION
Restrictions or modifications to the donor parts for the 289FIA and ERA Slabside
This section does not cover engine, transmission or rear suspension rebuilding. Use dedicated
rebuilding manuals for your specific equipment.
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SECTION B -PARTS PREPARATION-
ALTERNATOR MOUNTING:
ENGINE COMPONENTS
Serpentine belt engines must change to the following
components:
Because of the likely variation of your components,
we obviously cannot give engine rebuilding
instructions here. What follows are the E.R.A.specific requirements for your engine. General
torque specifications for typical fasteners are found
on page 138. Good reference books for Ford engines
are listed on page 140.
1
980 lower pulley - modify by removing the outside
groove.
1980 upper pulley
1979 water pump
The alternator pivots in the outer mounting hole in
the head as shown below. Some aftermarket heads
require a threaded insert (Ford # F4ZZ-6E086-A) to
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reduce threads to /16"USS. The adjusting bracket
between the alternator and the upper right water
pump bolt is included in the kit. If you use both
spacers, an external brace should be put between
the outside end of the alternator mounting bolt and
the water pump. Because there are so many
possible combinations of water pump, pulley and
heads, this brace is not included in the kit. Use a
straight-edge to figure what combination of spacers
(and possibly washers) will be required for all the
pulleys to line up.
INTAKE MANIFOLD
If you are going to have a heater, you’ll need two
tapped holes in the intake manifold or a “T” that will
accept both fittings.
289-302 Engine: Most intake manifolds except the
very tallest will fit under the hood. If you have a
question, please call.
351 Series: Use only medium height intake
manifolds.
BASIC PREPARATION
Remove cooling fan from engine water pump
pulley.
Install the fitting for the water temperature gage in
the intake manifold adjacent to the distributor..
Some Smiths temperature gages require a 1/2"NPT
hole. If space permits, you may adapt with a
Weatherhead fitting, 3200 x 8 x 6. Otherwise, drill
and tap the manifold to 1/2" NPT. You may remove
the heater fitting in the manifold too. Plug the hole.
If necessarey, install aa 1/2"NPT fitting in the oil
pan. Most Canton and Aviad pans already have
this fitting.
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Install the engine mounts onto the block as shown
below.
Install the long bolt through the (reinforcing
bracket), alternator and spacer tube.
Bolt the assembly onto the cylinder head.
Install the top adjusting bracket as shown.
Loosely secure the inner end of the reinforcing
strap to the water pump bolt as indicated.
Tighten the alternator pivot bolt.
Tighten the reinforcing strap bolt.
Check the alignment of the pulley grooves with a
straight-edge. Add washers or shorten the spacer as
needed.
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SECTION B -PARTS PREPARATION-
CLUTCH
Install the clutch pilot bearing,, driven disk and
pressure plate.
TRANSMISSION
Note! After installation, the centerline of the
transmission output shaft should be 3.5” +/- 0.25”
above the plane of the X member. This will give the
correct drive-shaft angles.
ALL
Install the rear mount onto the transmission.
TREMEC
Stock series 600 transmissions have an input shaft
that requires a spacer between the transmission and
bellhousing. A transmission with a shortened input
shaft is available from various sources and obviates
the need for the spacer.
TKO 3550
The Tremec TKO series have a boss on the right
side that must be trimmed back flush with the
adjascent rib. See at right. The passenger’s side
floor may also require some trimming where the
transmission comes close.
The TKO 600 shifter can be moved forward from
the stock for better positioning:
TKO 500/600
Some Tremec transmissions require an aluminum
adapter between the transmission and the mount. In
addition many people prefer to use a concentric
throwout bearing with the Tremec. If you do,
McLeod (and ERA) recommends that you remove
any centrifigul weights from the clutch pressure
plate.
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SECTION B -PARTS PREPARATION-
SHORT-INPUT TKO – MOUNT
MODIFICATIONS AND INSTALLATION
TKO (STANDARD-INPUT) INSTALLATION
Note that the transmission mounting boss is metricthreaded (10 x .1.5) on the inner holes, ½-13 on the
outer holes.
Install the spacer between the mount and the
mounting boss. The offset (standard length input
shaft) goes toward the rear.
Elongate the holes as shown above. The mount is
installed onto the transmission with washers as
shown below. Note that the hole-elongation is
toward the front.
TKO 3550 with spacer
The 500 and 600 with standard (long) input do
not use the spacer. Instead, shims are used between
the mount and the chassis. Some of the GM-style
mounts may require some trimming on the
passenger’s side back edge to clear the X member.
CLUTCH THROW-OUT FORK
We recommend that you use the fork listed on page
24 for all bellhousings. Call us for special
instructions for the T-5. See the bell housing notes
following.
The standard Ford fork (see page 24 for part
number) should be modified as shown.
Drill (remember that the part is hardened) the
indentation to 5/8” id.
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SECTION B -PARTS PREPARATION-
BELL-HOUSING
(PUSH TYPE)
See page 124 for hose installation and other details.
Part numbers are on page 135.
Notes:
The bell housing depth (face to face) for the T-5 is
about 6.8". If you are using a push-type release
lever, the pivot must be spaced about 5/8" forward.
The bracket and slave cylinder assembly is fastened
in three places:

The tapped hole on the left side of the block
bell-housing flange (where the original clutch
shaft pivot ball went).

The rear bolt of the left engine mount..

The left rear oil pan tapped hole.
The Tremec transmission also requires a deep bell
housing or a bell housing with a 5/8" spacer for the
input shaft not to interfere with the pilot bearing.
Many blow-shield type bell-housings have a large
bottom flange that will extend below the chassis.
Trim the engine plate as shown and use it as a
template to trim the bell-housing flange. This
dimension applies to all engines, although the
trimming operation may not be necessary for some.
Note! When the slave cylinder is installed in the
bracket, the bleeder must be at the top.
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BLOWSHIELD MOUNT:
Use the appropriate holes to line up the slave
cylinder axis with the throwout fork.
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CLUTCH THROWOUT ROD
The optional E.R.A./Lakewood blow-shield from ERA
is already trimmed.
E.R.A. supplies two threaded rods with the pushtype slave cylinder to link with the throw-out fork
in the bell-housing. If your throw-out lever has a
hole in it, use the long threaded rod. If there is just
a socket, use the short rod. See page 125 for
assembly.
For other engines, trim the bell-housings similarly,
using the distance from the centerline of the
crankshaft to the bottom edge of the flange.
CLUTCH SLAVE CYLINDER
Install the correct link either by shortening the
adjustment or loosening the adapter bracket from
the block. A return spring is optional.
We recommend the following combinations (with
small block Ford) for easiest installation:
T-5, Tremec
Top-loader, Richmond
Gear 5 spd
Concentric throwout
bearing
T-5 -PULL TYPE
Inquire at ERA
External slave
cylinder
Details for using the concentric bearing are
available from ERA and on the internet. Inquire.
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SECTION B -PARTS PREPARATION-
SLAVE CYLINDER, INTERNAL
Some clutch/transmission combinations work best
with an internal (concentric) clutch slave cylinder.
This type of clutch release is self-adjusting, but
requires careful initial adjustment to compensate
for different clutch finger heights. It is very
sensitive to proper setup.
Install the bell housing. Using a straight-edge
across the bell housing opening, measure the height
of the fingers below the opening. Make sure that
the cylinder piston is pushed all the way into the
housing.
Adjust the height of the bearing on the transmission
by screwing the threaded adjusting sleeve in or out
of the slave cylinder so that when the transmission
is installed, there will be the indicated clearance.
We typically use Weber brand, and have found
them to be reliable if properly done. When you
assemble your car, it is essential to follow the
installation guidelines. Pictures and procedures
shown here are particular to Weber - yours may be
different. Always read and follow the instructions
for your installation.
After the transmission is installed permantly,
recheck the clearance and connect the pressure hose
to the clutch master cylinder.
Attach the bleed hose to the bellhousing flange at a
conveniently accessible location.
OIL PAN:
Weber brand cylinders (and most others) have no
system to keep the "piston" from being pushed too
far out of the cylinder - and puking fluid all over
the floor. The ERA requires a pedal stop so that the
master cylinder stroke is limited.
There are several aftermarket pans and OEM Ford
designs listed on page 22. If the pan does not have
a oil temperature bung, weld the oil temperature
adapter fitting (packed with the auxiliary
instrument pieces) onto the left side.
NOTE!
McLeod recommends that you remove any
centrifigul weights on the clutch pressure plate
when you use a concentric throwout bearing.
STARTER
Because Ford ringears have several offsets, the
starter must be matched correctly. Measure the
distance from the plane of the rear face of the
engine to the near edge of the ring gear teeth. “A”
varies from ¼” to 5/8”, so you might have to visit
your jobber for the correct unit.
ADJUSTMENTS
"Permantly" install all the clutch components onto
the flywheel, using an alignment tool for the driven
disc.
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SECTION B -PARTS PREPARATION-
RADIATOR HOSES:
LOWER
A single hose hose can be cut to function as the two
connectors used between the radiator and water
pump. Cut and trim the hoses as shown, as
appropriate for the exit side of your water pump.
See page 93 for installation of the hoses.
Note the electrical connection for the fan thermoswitch on the aluminum connector.
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THERMOSTAT
If you are using a heater with the configuration
shown on page 100, you must drill a small bypass
hole in the thermostat next to the bulb so that a
small amount of water bypasses constantly. The
hole also allows easier bleeding when filling the
system.
EXPANSION TANK
FIA
A Harrison unit (part number 3155416 ) is
recommended. An assembly consisting of tank,
brackets, and original-style clamps is available
from E.R.A.
Left exit water pump
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SECTION B -PARTS PREPARATION-
Weber Manifold (two outlets)
Use a drilled freeze plug in the upper hose to
restrict flow.
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SMALL HOSES:
If you are not using a heater, connect the water
pump inlet to the expansion tank.
REAR SUSPENSION - JAGUAR
Right exit water pump
UPPER
4 bbl and single outlet Weber manifold
DISASSEMBLY
Components must be thoroughly checked and
rebuilt if necessary: brake calipers, emergency
brake pads and linkage, universal joints on halfshafts, hub carrier and lower control arm bearings.
Bearings, etc. are listed on page 135. We have
found that the Spicer U-joints listed are the only
brand that meets the standards required of the
Jaguar half-shafts (and we've tried quite a few).
Replace any corroded or damaged brake lines. Be
sure to use lines with the proper end flare and
fittings. Note that some British fittings have a
convex (bubble) flare that mates with a concave
receptacle in the caliper. While this is similar to
some metric fittings, the threads are SAE. It is not
possible to make these flares with a conventional
flaring tool. Aftermarket suppliers and Jaguar
dealers have these British style lines.
Use a short neck thermostat housing (20 up) on the
intake manifold. Cut and trim the hose as shown:
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SECTION B -PARTS PREPARATION-
Mount the brass junction block on the left front of
the cage, with the fitting for the flex hose up. If
your rear suspension core has the junction block
pointing forward, fabricate a small bracket from 1/8"
steel strap. Install the hose (mounted on the
chassis, originally) onto the junction with a copper
"0" ring.
JAGUAR LOWER CONTROL ARM
LAYOUT AND PARTS
(Jaguar OEM part numbers
Loosely install the side brackets onto the
differential case.
ASSEMBLY
The description below is a supplement to the Jaguar
manual, not a substitute. Refer to the Jaguar
instructions for a detailed breakdown of the assembly
sequence and parts. Call ERA for the complete
manual available as a PDF.
Slide the fulcrum shafts through the subframe and
brackets. Add shims between the brackets and the
differential to take up any side clearance. Tighten
the bolts holding the brackets to the case.
If there is a gap between the top of the differential
and the mounting plate, shim to zero clearance.
For hints on assembling the Jaguar hub carriers
(except for the lower pivot) see page.38.
Tighten the top bolts.
Do NOT replace the control arm roller and needle
bearings with aftermarket urethane bushings! The
net result will be wheel hop and generally sloppy
handling. Because we use a subframe there is no
comfort advantage to soft bushings either.
On the E.R.A. subframe, toe-in is determined by the
location of the holes in the subframe which are not
adjustable. If your toe-in is incorrect, your control
arms may be bent.
JAGUAR/ERA SUSPENSION SUBFRAME
Install the lower control arm with bearings, etc.,
into the subframe, using the same parts and
procedure with the E.R.A. subframe as the Jaguar
subframe.
Build the differential, installing the brake rotors and
calipers. Note: If you are using the competition
12" vented rotors and aluminum calipers, the rotor
and caliper must be installed after the differential is
installed in the subframe.
Install the junction block and hose (using a copper
washer) onto the bracket on the subframe.
Support the subframe upside down on short pieces
of 2x3 wood, etc. with the differential mounting
plate down.
Connect the hard brake lines from the bracket to
each caliper.
Find the brake junction mounting tab on the front of
the subframe. See above and on page 75. Insert the
differential unit into the subframe without the lower
control arm brackets.
Fasten the differential onto the top plate with cap
screws and lock washers, leaving the bolts loose.
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SECTION B -PARTS PREPARATION-
REAR HUBS
BOLT-ON AND WIRE WHEELS:
XJ sedan rear suspension units with original bolton wheels have a flange with a 5 x 4 3/4" pattern,
matching the front Chevrolet hubs. If you are using
an XKE rear drive with splined hubs for wire
wheels, they must be changed to the sedan pieces.
Call E.R.A. for the hubs. We've got take-offs in
stock.
PIN-DRIVE WHEELS:
One piece drive hubs (6 pin) are part of our E.R.A.
pin drive option or available separately. They are
installed in place of either style Jaguar hub.
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HAND-BRAKE LINKAGE
TRAILING END ROD ENDS:
If you have a block on either brake actuating lever
(at the caliper), it must be removed. Pry the lever
apart to remove, then squeeze together again. Use a
5
3
/8" bolt at (A), a /16" bolt at (B).
Install the trailing arm rod ends onto the lower
control arms in place of the original trailing arms.
Use the spacers provided to center the rod end on
the bolt.
On late rears, the securing bolt enters from the
inside of the brackets. On earlier cars the bolts are
inserted from the outside (hub side). If the bolt head
protrudes from the recess on the control arm, grind
it flush with the outer edge of the recess.
Otherwise, it will contact the hub carrier.
EB_ERA
STIFFER SPRINGS:
You may use slightly stiffer springs in the rear to
decrease squat on heavy acceleration.

If you have stock XKE springs on nonadjustable Jag dampers, you may replace just
one stock spring on each side with a 10" long
x 350 lb/in spring. If you have the height
adjustable Spax dampers, use one 8" x
350lb/in spring spring on each side. All
springs are 2 1/2" ID.

Use 300 lb/in rate springs (see length above) if
you are replacing all 4 springs.
TRAILARM
Reinstall the hub carrier onto the half shaft and
lower control arm. The trailing arms should be
installed onto the rod ends when the suspension
assembly is installed into the chassis.
See page 138 for lubricants and capacities.
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SECTION B -PARTS PREPARATION-
ASSEMBLY
REAR SUSPENSION, E.R.A. (FIA
ONLY)
AXLE ASSEMBLY
The E.R.A. rear suspension is carried in an
aluminum subframe, using a Salisbury differential
driving special cast aluminum uprights with
outboard brakes. Most of the axle and bearing
parts are Jaguar. Brake calipers are late model
Corvette. Rotors are Wilwood on E.R.A. adapters.
The stock Jaguar XJ inner axle must be shortened to
XKE Series I/II length. Alternately, you may build the
axle from scratch. Specifications are available from
us. Complete assemblies and parts are available
from E.R.A.
Clean and deburr the axle splines.
The subframe is mounted to the chassis at the top
and at the cross-member through urethane
bushings.
Assemble the stub and inner axle together,
replacing the universal joints with genuine Spicer
units (5-160X).
Hub Carrier
Replacement parts are listed on page 135.
You will need the following parts for a complete
assembly:
Qt.
Description
1
E.R.A. conversion
assembly, with subframe,
lower radius arms, upper
and lower trailing arms,
hub carrier, all bushings,
axle spacers, and all rod
ends and fasteners.
Also included: brake hat,
rotor
Note that the lower pivot shaft is a shrink fit into
the aluminum casting. It may be removed by
heating the assembly or, less preferably, by using a
press. Generally, removal is not necessary.
Part number
Optional: Emergency
brake cables with balance
assembly.
2
Coil-over dampers
(Carrera requires coil
conversion kit)
14.5" extended length,
10.5" compressed length
Carrera 3356 or
3257
Koni: Ask
Spax: G452AS200
2
Springs
9"L x 2.25” ID,
400lb/in.
1
Differential, w/o brakes
Press the inner and outer bearing races and outer
seal only into the carrier.
2
Stub axle w/washer and
nut
Install the seal race and the outer bearing onto the
hub. Make sure that both are completely seated.
2
Axle flange, bolt-on
pin drive
Jag CBC1784
E.R.A.
2
Bearings and seals, hub
carrier
See page 135.
Half-shafts and U-joints
See page 42.
2
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Clean the hub carrier casting of any machining
debris, especially on the inside.
Install the seal race onto the stub axle.
ADJUSTING HUB END FLOAT
When the hub carrier is assembled, the end float of
the axle/bearing assembly should be adjusted with
shims to between .002” preload and .004” float.
Aim for zero. You can change the end float with
the correct size of spacer from Jaguar, SICP,
Concours West, or E.R.A. See the list of available
shims below.
Brake caliper
Pack the inner and outer bearings with good wheel
bearing grease. Also fill (about half-way) the
cavity in the hub carrier. Install the inner oil seal.
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For example, assume the end float measured to be
.025". Subtract the nominal end float of .004" from
the measured end float giving .021". Since the
Special Collar is .150" thick, the thickness of the
spacer to be fitted will be 0.150"- 0.021" i.e. .129".
The nearest spacer is 0.128" or 0.130". For
competition, use the spacer yielding more end float.
Technique One
Insert the hub with outer bearing into the hub
carrier.
Moderately press the outer bearing onto the small
end of the hub so that the bearing seats into the
bearing cup. Check that there is no axial play of
the hub, but it still rotates freely.
When the axle shaft has been fitted and nut
tightened (140 lb.ft.), check the end float with a dial
indicator. If it is correct, tighten the nut to the next
near hole and install the cotter pin.
Measure the distance from the hub end to the
bearing surface with an accurate dial indicator.
Find the next size larger spacer in the chart.
Install both the seals into the hub carrier.
Assemble the spacer onto the stub axle, install the
axle assembly into the hub, lining up the cotter pin
holes in each. Install a flat washer and nut.
Tighten the nut to 140 lb-ft.
Re-assemble the hub carrier with hub and axle.
Install the washer and retaining nut. Tighten the
nut to 225 lbft. Without an air wrench, you may
want to wait until the car is on the ground for final
torqueing.
Check the end-play with a dial indicator. If it is
correct, tighten the nut to the next near hole and
install the cotter pin.
Install the upper bracket onto each hub carrier and
torque the bolts to 75 lb-ft. Note the orientation
below for the left hub carrier. The right is the
mirror image.
Available shims:
Jag part #
CAC3818/10
Thickness
CAC3818/12
0.112"
CAC3818/14
0.114"
CAC3818/16
0.116"
CAC3818/18
0.118"
CAC3818/20
0.120"
CAC3818/22
0.122"
CAC3818/24
0.124"
CAC3818/26
0.126"
CAC3818/28
0.128"
CAC3818/30
0.130"
CAC3818/32
0.132"
CAC3818/34
0.134"
CAC3818/36
0.136"
CAC3818/38
0.138"
0.110"
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ASSEMBLY INTO SUBFRAME
Technique Two
Rebuild the differential as necessary. Some units
have a separate caliper mounting bridge on the side
bearing housing. This bracket and the original
Jaguar rotor can be left off.
Hold the hub carrier vertically in a vise with the
inner end of the hub uppermost. Place the special
collar tool (Jag tool No. J15) on the hub end. Place
the inner bearing inner race on the hub and press
the race onto the hub until the inner face is flush
with the special collar. This will provide end flat
bearings. The end float should then be measured
with a dial test indicator. A spacer should then be
fitted in place of the Special collar to give end float
of .002"-006". Spacers are supplied in the
thicknesses shown below.
Place the differential on the bench, right-side-up.
Allow the snout to extend over the edge of the
bench several inches. Raise the back up about 3/4"
with a block of wood, etc. Loop the front of the
subframe over the nose of the differential. Loosely
bolt the top of the subframe to the top of the
differential with (4) 1/2"USS x 11/4"L bolts, flat
washers and lock washers.
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CONTROL ARMS
Install a male (right-hand-thread) rod end onto each
front lower radius arm so that the bushing center to
rod end center distance is 16". Leave the jam nuts
loose.
Install the steel brake lines onto the subframe.
Install the front lower radius arms onto the lower
differential bracket as shown, leaving the inner bolt
loose.
Install the coil-over damper onto the upper mount
using a 1/2" x 2 3/4"L bolt with flat washers and
stover nut. Install the coil-over onto the lower arm
(spacers, too), tightening the top and bottom bolts.
Turn the assembly upside-down. Install the bottom
section of the subframe by inserting the rear ears
just in front of the rear flanges of the top. Rotate
down in the front to match the front holes and
loosely attach the front with 5/16"USS x 3/4”L hex
cap screws and flat washers. Align the rear flanges
of the upper and lower sections with the 5/8" lower
5
radius arm bolts. Insert the /16"USS x 3/4" bolts (flat
washers on both sides) and secure with stover nuts.
Use Grade 5 torque specs on page 138 for all
fasteners
Loosely fasten the bottom of the subframe to the
differential using 1/2"USS x 11/4" bolts, flat and lock
washers. Shims may be necessary between the
channel and the casting, so don't tighten the bolts
yet.
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Tighten (in sequence) the top differential bolts, the
bolts between the top and bottom subframe pieces.
If the clearance between the differential and the
bottom section of the subframe is greater than
.040”, insert shims to fill the gap. Use a medium
grade threadlocker on the bolts.
Insert the thrust washers and inner bushings into the
hub carrier assembly. Lightly lubricate the inside
with heavy grease (silicone or moly base is best).
Install the hub carrier onto the front radius arm.
Loosely install the second bush half, washer and
castle nut.
Install the bushings and side brackets on the front
mount tube. Tighten one castle nut to 5 lb-ft and
back off so that the slot aligns with the nearest hole
in the shaft. Tighten the second nut to 15 lb-ft and
back off to the nearest hole.
Install the rear radius arm onto the hub carrier in
the same manner. Slide the other (inside) end into
the bracket on the subframe and temporarily secure
with a bolt. Insert the 3/8"-16 x 5/8"L bolts through
the connecting plates. Tighten each castle nut to 15
lb-ft and back off to the nearest hole. Secure with a
cotter pin.
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SECTION B -PARTS PREPARATION-
EMERGENCY BRAKE CABLE
Route the long cables through the hole in the
subframe as shown above. Pass it through the
internal holes, the holes above the front mount
(page 40), and into the balance bar shown on page
37. If you supplied the calipers, cut a slot in the
cable mount big enough for the cable to fit through.
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Bolt the half-shaft inner ends and spacer onto each
differential output flange. If you wish, install
Jaguar shims with about .060" total thickness
between the half-shaft and the spacer. This will
make minor camber adjustments easier after basic
alignment has been done.
Slide the axle into the hub carrier, using a small
amount of light grease on the splines. For
competition, you might want to use a little shaftand-bearing mount on the splines, but be aware that
disassembly requires heat. Secure with a flat
washer and castle nut.
ANTI-SWAY BAR
5
Install onto the rear of the subframe with /16"-USS
nuts, flat and lock washers as illustrated.
Tighten all the lower hub carrier pivot shaft nuts to
20 lbft, back off 1/3 of a turn to the nearest cotter
pin hole and insert cotter pin. Insert any shim
washers necessary between the rear flank of the rod
ends and the cage bracket. Install a flat washer and
lock nut.
Install the caliper using M10 x 30 allen screws and
ribbed lock washers.
Install the upper trailing arm bracket with bolts, flat
washers and lock nuts so that the bracket angles in
toward the front.
Install the upper trailing arms onto the hub carrier
bracket.
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Install the lower trailing arm onto the lower radius
arm with flat washers and lock nut. Tighten nut to
35 lbft. The front of the trailing arm is attached the
same as the Jag suspension.
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SECTION B -PARTS PREPARATION-
SHIFT HANDLE
DRIVESHAFT
Handles are available from E.R.A. and Finish Line
E.R.A. stocks drive shafts for most Top Loader,
Tremec and Richmond Gear transmissions. You
may have a shop specializing in power transmission
equipment make one to your specifications. You
must supply them with the Ford transmission slip
yoke and the distance from the differential flange to
the tail shaft of the transmission.
Measure and check the distance from the face of the
differential flange to the end of the transmission,
including the seal extension. Subtract about 3/4" for
movement (note that some seals are accordion-like
and designed to ride against the flange of the output
yoke).
Drawings for the units E.R.A. supplies are available
from E.R.A. Inquire.
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SHIFT LINKAGE
E.R.A. has complete linkage and adapters for Hurst
linkage for those who don't want to do the
modifications required. Inquire for details.
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TREMEC 5 SPEED TRANSMISSIONS
All Tremecs except for the 500 and 600 retain the
stock shifter location. On the 500 and 600, the rear
plate can be turned 180 degrees, moving the lever
about 3” forward.
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SECTION B -PARTS PREPARATION-
STEERING GEAR
STEERING COLUMN (UPPER)
See page 24 for part numbers.
You may use the E.R.A. reproduction column or the
Triumph column listed on page 16.
The E.R.A. supplied steering gear does not require
the preparation below
BUSHING REPLACEMENT (EARLY)
(Based on a Triumph Spitfire bushing)
Start with a Flaming River 1502-3X3 gear.
Remove both end boots.
Trim off the threaded end as shown.
Weld on the new E.R.A. tie rod adapter (optional).
Paint the tie-rod and replace the rubber boots,
securing with plastic tie-wraps or narrow metal
straps. Leave the tie-wraps slightly loose until the
toe-in is adjusted.
Install mounting bushings.
The bushing consists of two parts: an outer rubber/steel
insulator and a nylon sleeve.

Make sure that the nylon sleeve is seated
inside the insulator.

Put a little grease on the inside of the housing
to reduce the friction.

Line up the retaining lugs and the hole, and
push the pieces fully home.
Remove the bushing by pushing the lugs in
and toward the housing end.
BUSHING REPLACEMENT (LATE)
Part number: Page 136.
The one-piece nylon bushing is staked into the housing.
If the bushing needs replacement, it must be split and
pried out. After pressing in the new bushing, it may
need reaming or hand fitting. The column should fit
with zero clearance or a slight interference.
When inserting the column through the assembly, be
very careful that you don't push the sleeve out..
E.R.A. COLUMN
The E.R.A. column is ready for installation. No
preparation is necessary.
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Slide the column back in place.

Replace the lower bushing.

Replace the horn plate if necessary.
Cancelling cam
TRIUMPH COLUMN
Before the Triumph steering column can be
permanently installed, check that the signal
canceling cam on the steering column shaft points
toward the left when mated with the steering gear
and middle column. Normally the cam will be
oriented correctly if the flat on the column (where it
mates to the intermediate column) is up.
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Remove the ignition switch/column lock. Two
bolts hold the ignition switch unit onto the column,
but their heads automatically snap off in assembly
for theft proofing. They now look like large pins or
dowels. Use a prick punch and small hammer to
turn the bolts out, or cut a slot in them and use a
screwdriver.
Replace the bushings if there is any side play in
the housing. The column bushings are plastic, in a
steel and rubber collar that have 2 nubs that lock
into holes in the column housing.

Remove the horn plate located inside the
switch/hub housing by straightening the two
metal tabs holding it in place. The plate may
be discarded if you are going to use the dash
mounted horn button.

Remove the nylon washer and aluminum cap
from the lower end of the column housing.

Slide the column up and out of the upper
(steering wheel) end of the housing as far as it
will go.

Trim most of the old upper and lower bushing
nubs off with a razor or utility knife. Work
the lower bushing out with a screwdriver by
pushing in and down on the locking nubs in
the side of the housing.

Remove the column from the housing.

Using a dowel just small enough to fit inside
the housing, drive the upper bushing out
through the upper end of the column from the
bottom.

Replace the upper bushing using the drift you
used for removal. Lubricate the outside of the
bushing with silicon, waterless hand soap,
etc., before pushing into place.
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WINDSHIELD WIPERS
Prepare the wiper motor and other components as
described on page 46.
INSTALLATION
Before you install the wiper wheelboxes, mock up
the assembly off the car to check whether the cable
properly engages the drive gear. Tighten the cover
against the guide tubes. If the fit is too loose or too
tight, bend the guide above the gear up or down as
necessary. There are two typical designs that are
currently available:
The shaft end-play of the second design can be
adjusted by bending the tang on the cover.
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CONNECTING TUBES
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Undo the large nut and remove the cable
tube/wheelbox assembly from the motor.
Remove the wheelbox backing plates and
disconnect the tubes from the wheelboxes.
Using a tubing cutter or hacksaw, cut off
approximately 2 3/4" from one end of the original
tube betwe en the right wheelbox and the motor.
Save the nut and the piece of tubing removed.
'I" is now the new tube "C" replacing the original.
Slide the nut onto tube (B) (the shorter of the two
supplied and having only one end flared).
Insert the wiper wheelboxes ( up through the holes
in the cowl with the cable guides down and
forward. It may be necessary to cut about 1/8" from
the drive spindle spacer sleeve to compensate for
the extra thickness of the fiberglass body. Install
the gaskets, bezels and nuts but don't tighten the
retaining nuts.
Flare the end of the tube with the nut. Slide the
drive cable through the tube. If the cable is tight at
the new flare, use a 1/4" drill bit to "clean" the inside
of the tube.
Loosen the nuts holding the cable retaining plates
to the wheelboxes.
From the engine side of the firewall, push the tube
from the wiper motor to the right wheelbox through
the grommet.
For electrical testing, see the electrical
troubleshooting guide available on the ERA
website.
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Put 1 or 2 drops of oil in the lower bearing of the
armature housing. Excess oil will contaminate the
brushes later on.
MOTOR PREPARATION
Install the armature housing, aligning the marks
on the housing and the frame. Reinstall the long
retaining screws.
STROKE CHANGES
Remove the plastic gear from the crankshaft by
supporting the edge of the gear and tapping the
shaft with a soft hammer. Be careful not to damage
the circlip groove.
The position of the crankpin must be changed in
order to increase the stroke of the cable: Punch the
underside of the crank plate exactly opposite the
center of the crankpin. Use a 3/8" Blair spotweld
cutter or a 1/4" drill bit to cut the pin from the plate,
drilling from the back side, at the punch mark. The
pin will be removed, together with a small piece of
the plate.
If you are sure that the wiper motor functions
correctly and don't want to disassemble the wiper
motor itself, skip steps 4 through 8.
Take out the 4 screws holding the cover to the
gearbox, and remove the cover.
Remove the circlip and washer from the
connecting rod big end, and remove the connecting
rod. Note the bottom washer.
Remove the circlip and washer from the back side
of the crankshaft, and push out the crankshaft from
the housing. Retain all the parts! Note the thrust
washer on the inside of the crankpin.
Mark the relative position of the round motor
housing to the aluminum gear reduction housing.
Remove the two long screws holding the motor
housing to the frame. Separate the two (with gentle
soft hammer taps if necessary). Do not lose the felt
washer and thrust washer in the bearing cup at the
bottom of the housing.
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Drill a /64" hole in the opposite side of the
crankplate at the position indicated in the
illustration. Countersink from the crankpin side
just enough that the crankpin will be flat on the
plate after insertion into the hole.
Weld or braze the pin in the new hole from the
back. Clean and deburr the crankshaft.
Inspect the brushes for wear or sticking, the
commutator for excess wear and arcing, and the
lower bearing. Clean the parts with a solvent if
necessary. Work the brushes in and out to insure
free motion.
Install the plastic gear onto the crankshaft,
engaging the tangs of the gear into the crankshaft
notches. Note that the plastic cam lobe is opposite
the crankpin.
Install the armature carefully into the gear housing
until it contacts the sides of the brushes. Using a
hook shaped wire or other appropriate tool, retract
each brush in turn so that the commutator can slide
past the edges of both brushes and continue into the
gear case
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Grease the shaft lightly, install the conical thrust
washer, and insert it into the housing. Install the
outer thrust washer and circlip.
Trim the cable so that it measures 38” from
crankpin hole to the end. Since the wire material is
very hard, it must be done with an abrasive wheel
or bolt cutter.
Partially fill the gear housing with grease, and place
the cable into the guide. Some guides are integral;
others have separate plastic liners. Install the
connecting rod with its thrust washers, and the
connecting rod circlip.
Install the cover plate with 4 screws.
Instructions for wiper installation are on page 97.
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DAMPERS AND SPRINGS
Don't panic if the car seems too high when first lowered to the floor. The car will settle a bit after driving.. The
spring specifications below have worked for us consistently, but they may need minor adjustments for lighter or
heavier components or your non-standard chassis height preference.
DAMPERS
The ERA/Jag subframe requires XKE series I or II dampers or their dimensional equivalent
SPECIFICATIONS
Position
Front
Rear (Jag hub carriers)
Spax w/o height adj.
Spax with height adj.
Rear (E.R.A. carriers)
Damper
Extended
Length
(eye to eye)
Compressed
Length (with
rubber
compr'sed)
17.5"
13.3"
13.3"
13.3"
14.7"
12.1"
10.1"
10.1"
10.1"
9.4"
Uncompressed
Spring
Length
(on Spax)
12"
10"
10"
8"
9”(2.25” ID)
Spring
Rate *
(lbs/inch)
250
350
350
350
550
*The spring rate is either on a tag or etched on the end of the spring.
If you use a different brand coil-over, do not exceed the extended length by more than 1/4".
FRONT SPRINGS
PRELOAD
Because of small variations in the free length of
new springs the installed height in the damper may
vary slightly. Use the preloads below to calculate
the spring installed height.
Measure each spring and subtract the values below
for the installed height in a fully extended damper.
Drive the car for a short distance to settle the
suspension and re-adust as necessary. See page
127.
ENGINE
LEFT
RIGHT
260/289/302
250lbs/in.
0.5"
0.8"
.5"
.8"
351C/351W
275 lbs/in
Dimensions above apply to dampers with the above
extended length only.
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Eye size
Top/Bottom
½”/ ½”
/16”-5/8”
7
/16”-5/8”
7
/16”-5/8”
½”/ ½”
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REAR SPRINGS
JAG SUSPENSION
You may use stock XKE springs (about 250 lbs/in)
for mild street use, but we have found that
replacing all four of the springs with 10" x 350
lbs/in ones works better with a high performance
engine. Alternately, you may replace only two
springs with 400 lbs/in ones. If you are using
height adjustable dampers, the spring must be 8"9" long (free length). Preload is approximately ¼”
for all combinations.
ERA SUSPENSION
Use 9” x 450 lbs/in springs with 2.25” ID. The
Preload is approximately ¼”.
REAR HUB ADAPTERS, BOLT-ON
WHEELS:
XJ Sedan units with original bolt-on wheels
already have the correct flange and are available
from us. Most Jaguar XKE rear drive units will
have splined hubs for knock-off wire wheels. To
accept bolt-on wheels, these hubs must be changed
to an XJ flange.
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SECTION C
CHASSIS PREPARATION
Instructions for disassembly of the kit for chassis painting
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These must be replaced by blind rivets. Almost all
the holes are pre-drilled in the aluminum but you
will have to complete the drilling into the steel
tubing or through a mating aluminum panel.
BODY REMOVAL:
SPECIAL NOTES
If you have not purchased the Mounted Body
option, the body and most of the aluminum inner
panels must be sealed and riveted to the chassis.
The kit, as delivered, has the body and inner panels
held in place with a limited number of self tapping
screws.
When doing any disassembly, note any adjusting
shims and their location. Mark each for
reassembly.
DRILL RIVET HOLES
Do before disassembly of the inner panels:

Firewall panel to the cowl support structure

Front wheelhouse panels to the chassis

Steel tube bonded to the hood opening flange

Rear fiberglass wheelhouse panels (front of
rear wheel) to the chassis

Trunk closing/wheelhouse panels at least to
the fiberglass inner body panel. Drill the
inner trunk panel into the wheel house panels.
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Rear bulkhead panel to the chassis
Fiberglass inner body panel and a double row
into the fuel tank compartment floor front
flange
Lower flange of the radiator air inlet to the
support tube
Lower trunk opening flange to the rear
crossmember
Inner rocker panels to the floor and door
opening flange
Rocker panels to the brackets on the chassis
longitudinals (3 per side)
Through the aluminum firewall panel into the
steel crossbar and fiberglass back panel.
Remove the aluminum firewall panel. Check
panel alignment
SECTION C - CHASSIS PREPARATION
Even though the hood, doors and trunk lid are
factory aligned, you must check their fit with the
weatherseals in place before you remove any
panels. Minor clearance problems must be
corrected before the car is painted.
Hold seals in place with masking tape. If the panels
show misalignment, material will have to be
removed from the flange on the body, the flange on
the door or lid, or both. Use care not to remove too
much material from the flanges on the doors or lids.
A barrel sander works best for this job. When
disassembling parts, record the shims between the
hinges and body panels.

Remove hinges and metal closing panels behind
door hinges.

Remove latching hardware from the main body.

Remove the aluminum interior panels that are
below the door openings.
RADIATOR SHROUDING:
Remove shrouding (3 pcs.) from inside grill
opening.
Remove the upper radiator support and support
straps from inside the engine compartment. See
page 92.

Remove the transmission tunnel and the filler at
the base of the pedals.

Remove the inner rocker panels beneath the doors.


Remove steering column, if fit, page 104.
Remove the wheelhouse panels, front and rear, the
trunk filler panels at each rear corner.


Remove the radiator, oil cooler and shrouding,

Remove the quick jacks or bumpers

Remove the battery closing panel and battery tray
Remove the 5 chrome screws and trim washers
securing the dash panel. If the dashboard
wiring is already connected to the main
harness, disconnect the multi-plug connectors.
Remove the dashboard and store on a soft
surface.

Remove the fuel cap and fuel reciever from the
tank. Tape over the hole.


Remove the rear fender stays.

Remove all the screws holding the body to the rear
crossmember, cowl and front support tube. With
the assistance of three others, raise the rear of the
body first, spreading the sides of the body slide the
body up and forward over the cowl.
If the car is already assembled, you must also
disconnect the air control cables, the water and
temperature bulbs, and the oil pressure line
going to the cngine. For simpler operations,
you can pull the dash rearward without
disconnecting those things.

Remove the fuel tank and reinstall the fiberglass
rear wheelhouse panels. Drill rivet holes through
the footboxes into the cowl and chassis rails,
through the floors into chassis and portion of
wheelhouse panels that run under floors. Remove
everything from the chassis.

The body must be removed to paint the chassis,
but is not necessary to remove the body from the
chassis to paint the body. All E.R.A. turn-key cars
are painted with the body already bonded to the
chassis, but without mechanicals installed. This
requires careful masking to minimize overspray,
but guarantees good body panel fit. Installation
of all the mechanical components is easy with
the body on the chassis. It is, in fact, much
harder to install the body over the mechanical
components.
Gently lay the radiator back against the chassis.
DASHBOARD (AND GLOVE BOX):
Street Option: Remove the screws securing the
glove box to the firewall.
DOORS, ETC.

Remove the door hinge covers.

Remove the doors, hood, and trunk lid from their
hinges.
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WINDSHIELD:
Don't lose the screws for the center bracket,
windwings or sun visors. They have special British
Whitworth threads, and are hand-trimmed to length.
You can't get them at your local hardware store
(unless you live in England).

Remove the mounting pads at the rear bottom
edge of the tank.

Remove the tank by snaking out the left side
first.
SLABSIDE

Before removing windshield, mark the location of
the center windshield bracket on the body with a
sharpened piece of stiff wire or a scribe.
Drain the tank.. This can be done from the
front or under the car at the fuel filter
connection.

Remove the trunk lid and the trunk hinges.


Remove the back closing panel.
Remove the two small screws from the
windshield post trim plates on both sides of the
windshield.

Disconnect the fuel line at the center of the
tank.

From under the cowl, remove the 4 bolts
holding the windshield to the car, make note of
any shims.

Remove the access plates at each side panel
(inside the rear wheel wells) and remove the
nuts securing the strap.

Slide the windshield up and out. Store in a
protected place. For installation see page 101.

Slide the tank straight back until it clears the
support tube, then drop the left side (without
the notch) down. The tank can then be rotated
up on the other side. It just clears the trunk
opening with a little jiggling.
GAS FILLER CAP
FIA
JACK PADS/BUMPERS, BRACKETS
See the exploded view on page 97.


See the illustration on page 111.
Remove the cap and adapter by removing the
inner cap and the 6 screws connecting the
adapter to the tank.
Gently rotate and slide the assembly out with
body seal (note the orientation). Save the
assembly, gasket and screws in a safe place.

Front: Remove both fresh air inlet ducts from
the front body.

Remove each bumper/tube assembly from its
mounting bracket. If you have a nudge bar,
you may remove the bumpers and nudge bar as
a unit.
SLABSIDE

Remove the access panel behind the tank.

Loosen the hose clamps aecuring the hose.

Rotate the filler to break the seal. The filler
pulls straight up.
Rear: Unbolt the bumpers from their mounting
brackets. Access for the top bolt is inside the trunk,
for the lower bolt from underneath the car. If
nudge bar is fitted, remove in unit.
ROLL BAR:
FUEL TANK
Remove the access panels from the rear bulkhead.
See page 92 and 86. Remove the bolts from roll
bar, one at each leg, and one at the rear end of the
rear brace.
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See the fuel tank notes on page 96.

Drain the tank. This can be done from the
front or under the car at the fuel filter
connection.
Remove the 4 bolts at the front of the roll bar brace.
Slide the hoop up and the brace forward to
disengage the upper slip joint.

Remove the trunk lid and the trunk hinges.

Unbolt the roll bar hoop from the chassis (2 bolts)
and pull up and out.
Remove the front closing panel and the right
side filler inside the trunk.
Remove the rubber grommets from the body.

Remove the access plates at each side panel
(inside the rear wheel wells) and remove the
nuts securing the strap.
Locate and remove the screws (save the screws)
holding the body to the chassis from the:

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Front inner wheelhouse panel (page 60)
SECTION C - CHASSIS PREPARATION

Bottom edge of the rocker panel (save any
shims)

The interior side of the firewall where the
firewall attaches to the steel cross member.

Trunk floor on the rear chassis crossmember.

Also remove rear wheelhouse closing panels
from inside both rear wheel wells. These
panels are the ones that close off the wheel area
from the passenger compartment.
CHASSIS PAINT:
If chassis is not powder coated from E.R.A.
(optional), all the remaining parts on chassis must be
removed:
FINAL REMOVAL
Two people per side are required to remove or
replace the body from the chassis.
Gently spread the body sides out, working over the
door hinge mounts. Don't snag the brake line that
runs behind the left front inner wheelhouse panel.

Brake cylinder cover box and pedal assembly.
Cover or remove pedal shaft needle bearings in
chassis before priming or sand-blasting chassis.
Refer to page 60 for pedal assembly details.

Floors, foot boxes and brake lines

Radiator lower support tray. Remove the nuts
on the bottom of the front chassis extension.
See page 92.
The footboxes, floors, transmission tunnel and rear
bulkhead panel are temporarily located and secured
with sheet metal screws. Save the screws for use
later in aligning parts for installation.
After removal, support the body on a flat surface so
that there is no stress on the rocker panel area under
doors.
Remove the accelerator pedal assembly, fresh air
control valves, brackets, etc. from the foot boxes.
Coat the chassis, brackets, pedals and brake cover,
suspension components, etc. It is not necessary to
paint the aluminum panels.

Clean all parts with wax and grease remover.

Etch metal with "Metal Prep", or by
sandblasting.

Apply a primer coat appropriate for your paint.
If possible use non-sanding epoxy primer.

Paint the chassis and other parts with epoxy or
a two-part polyurethane paint such as Dupont
Imron or Ditzler Deltron.
When the paint is properly cured, support the
chassis on padded jack stands at least 18" off the
ground at the rear cross member. This is the
minimum height required for installing the rear
suspension
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SECTION D
BODY/CHASSIS ASSEMBLY
Assembly of the interior panels and mechanical components.
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Section D -Body/Chassis assemblyMix a trial batch of bonding adhesive (see Supplies
and Materials" on page 25) to check the set-up time
before you start. You must have enough time to
apply the adhesive and carry out the all the
subsequent installation steps before hardening. Use
less catalyst or hardener to increase working time.
INTERIOR PANELS
FLOORS
(Done with “Bonded body option”)
Hold the floor panels in place with the screws used
for shipping.
Use a caulking gun to apply body sealant (also used
on the floors and foot boxes) to the chassis and
corresponding body parts.
Using the holes in the aluminum for a pattern, drill
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/64" holes through the chassis rails. Also, drill holes
through the flanges where the floor rests on the "X"
member. Remove the floors and remove the
drilling chips.
Apply the bonding adhesive between the surfaces
indicated on the diagram.
Using a caulking gun and high quality auto body
seam sealer or a silicone base sealant, run a bead of
sealant on all the frame surfaces the floor will
contact. Don't skimp, you don't want any gaps
where water and dirt can accumulate.
Place floor panels into place and rivet with 1/8"x 3/8"
aluminum or stainless steel rivets. Press the floor
down while riveting to ensure a tight fit.
Check for gaps between the floor and the chassis
and fill them with more sealant if necessary. From
under the car, smooth out any excess sealant that
has squeezed out.
HORNS
Bolt the horns to the front side of the front central
tower. See locations on page 71.
BODY MOUNTING
Preparation Is Everything! Before starting, have all
tools and materials ready and read the text below.
The body is attached with sealant and rivets.
Lightly sand the mounting surfaces at
 Cowl sides
 Firewall flange
 Inner rocker panel
 Cockpit back
 Sides of the front cowl inner panel.
With assistance, carefully spread the body sides
while slipping the lower body flanges over the door
hinge mounts. Lower the body down over the cowl
supports and onto the chassis. Watch for the left
front brake line that runs behind the wheelhouse
panel. Use small blocks of wood, etc. to keep the
body at least 3" above the bonding strips and
chassis.
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Remove the spacer blocks between the body and chassis, lining up the original screw holes used for shipping. Re-fasten the rocker panels, firewall,
and rear crossmember.
Smooth out any excess sealant, at the same time
sealing gaps where water and dirt could
accumulate. Wipe off excess bonding material
from all joints, and clean up with lacquer thinner or
acetone, taking extra care near painted surfaces.
ATTACH UNDER-DOOR FLANGES
If the strips are not already bonded, remove the
temporary screws. Reattach the strips with the
main body bonding material or silicone, using
rivets.. Countersink the holes so that the rivets are
flush to the door-opening surface.
Use 1/8" aluminum or stainless steel blind rivets to
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complete the body attachment. Drill /64" holes 3"
to 4" apart (most of the aluminum is pre-drilled at
intervals) through the following panels and the
chassis, and rivet body to the chassis:

Front inner wheelhouse panels ( /8"rivets) and
the triangulated sections at the rear of these
panels.

Drill holes (but don't rivet yet) in the rocker
panel attachment flanges.

The firewall where it mounts onto the steel
crossmember.

The overlapping joint between the upper and
lower trunk panels.

The lower trunk panel where it rests on top of
the rear crossmember and along the slopped
frame rails on each side, 9/64" holes.
Countersink the rivet holes. See above.
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ATTACH ROCKER PANELS
Reattach the rockers at the front, middle and rear
tabs, using the original shims, etc. For street use,
seal the bottom of the rocker with upholstery foam
or spray latex (i.e.DAPTex) foam insulation. Once
the foam has hardened, trim off the excess. Note
that the upholstery foam should be sealed with
undercoating or silicone afterward.
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SEAL - ENGINE COMPARTMENT TO
BODY
Before the footboxes are installed, install the fillers
between the chassis side boxes and the inside
surface of the body side. Once the foam is in place,
you can enhance the seal with a little spray
undercoating along the front face.
You can also seal any other possible passages with
spray latex foam available from a building supply
house. (Urethane foam is not recommended. It can
distort the fiberglass when it expands.)
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FOOTBOXES
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LEFT
SPEAKER INSTALLATION
Lift the footbox up and slip in from the center of
the car towards the outside. Don't rivet the area
where the foot boxes overlap one another. (The
rivets will show in the engine compartment) Just
add sealant and rivet the portion against the
transverse support tube and the lower rear section
that extends towards the transmission. Footbox
components
For installation of stereo speakers in the sides of the
footboxes, holes must be cut into the fiberglass.
Note that there is only about 2 ½” depth available
for any speakers.
FRESH AIR CONTROL VALVES
FOOTBOX INSTALLATION
Countersink the rivet holes in the footbox fiberglass
along the side and the floor.
RIGHT
Push the box forward into the corner and clamp into
place so that the original assembly holes line up. If
there are no problems, remove the footbox, apply
caulking, and fasten the foot box to the chassis in
the same manner as the floors.
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(Passenger’s side assembly is a mirror image.)
Screw on top of the drivers foot box after putting a
bead of caulk on the bottom flange.
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Section D -Body/Chassis assemblyClamp the duct hose in place. The actuating cable
will be attached later.
BRAKE AND CLUTCH PEDAL
FRONT SPLASH PANELS
Reinstall the front panels, using a sealer along the
riveted areas and between the rubber edging and the
fiberglass fender.
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INSTALLATION
If necessary, clean and grease the needle bearings
in the chassis and in the brake pedal.
Slide the pivot shaft through the chassis bearings
with the splined end toward the inside. If the
engine is installed, the shaft must be installed from
the outside of the chassis.
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Install the thrust washer(s) , brake pedal and clutch
pedal onto the shaft. Secure the clutch pedal with
the shoulder screw.
FRESH AIR INLET DUCTS
Install the clutch throw-out arm onto the splined
end of the shaft. Orient the throw-out arm
approximately opposite the pedal. See the
illustration on page 124.
Use the diagram below as a guide for installation.
To adjust the orientation of the clutch arm, change
the length of the connecting rod between the clutch
pedal throw-out arm and the clutch master cylinder:
Remove the retaining clip and the clevis pin.
Loosen the jam nut at the clevis. Turn the threaded
rod to change the length as necessary.. When
finished, tighten the arm set screw.
For balance bar parts installation, see page 130.
Temporarily install the brake master box. It will
have to be removed later to connect the brake
switch wiring.
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Section D -Body/Chassis assemblyThe aluminum inner panel is sandwiched between
the scoop and the hose adapter. If you drive where
leaves, etc. may accumulate, you may want to put
some screen between the scoop and the panel too.
REAR WHEELHOUSE PANELS
Note! Countersunk the holes in the rear edge of floor
where brake access panel sits, the fuel tank
compartment floor into the chassis, the spare tire
well thru the rear crossmember and aluminum trunk
panels, the aluminum trunk panels to chassis, and the
front trunk panel to the trunk lower side panels and
steel flange on the 1" steel cross tube. Reinstall the
aluminum rear wheelhouse/trunk closing panels and
drill holes into the trunk side panel flanges
DETAIL UNDERCOATING
Because our fenders are lined with coremat, it isn’t
necessary to “protect” the fender areas around the
tires, but you may wish to undercoat or paint (flat
black) the inside of the fender wells for cosmetic
reasons. Use spray or brush-on undercoating to
cover all the weather seals. From inside the front
and rear wheel wells, brush on a coat of
undercoating to seal the seams and the pores in the
weather-stripping. Silicone will also seal the seams
very effectively.
Reattach the rear inner splash panels by riveting
and fiberglassing as shown. If there is a large gap
along the non-‘glassed sections, fill the gap with
foam. You can used either foam strips or fill with
DAPTex insulation. (See page 25) If you use
spray foam, be sure to back up behind the area first.
Silicone is then used to do the final sealing between
the upper edge and the outside shell.
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Check the body and chassis seams from underneath
and seal openings with either the brush-on
undercoating or the caulking used to mount the
body. Pay particular attention to the rear closing
panels where they overlap onto the upper trunk
panel and the junction at the upper front corner of
these panels.
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Section D -Body/Chassis assemblyIf you wish to rust-proof the inside of the chassis
main rails, drill holes in the bottom of the chassis at
the front and rear of the bottom rails. You may
then spray a wax type material into the chassis,
even up above the rear suspension. Close the holes
with plastic or metal plugs.
SPECIAL SLABSIDE HINTS
The rear wheelwell flares are slightly different from
side-to-side compared with the longitudinal tire
placement. We recommend that the flat area of the
right flare be made slightly narrower than the left
side (about 3/8”) at the front to keep the wheel
centered in the hole.
FRESH AIR HOSES
GENERAL HINTS
Carefully feed the fresh air duct hoses through the
holes in the back panel of the front inner
wheelhouse panels. Attach to the footbox valves as
shown below.
The body is easier to prepare if it is mounted on the
chassis. On our factory turn-key cars, we always
permanently attach the body to the chassis before
any body preparation is done. This avoids doing
damage to the paint when the body is installed onto
the chassis and insures that all body panels match.
We do, however, leave the front wheelhouse panels
off during the body preparation and painting
process to minimize any staining of the aluminum.
Check the fit of the doors and adjust as described
on page 89. Leave the hood and trunk panels
mounted as well, with small pieces of
weatherstripping in place to hold the surfaces at the
same position as in a finished car.
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Secure each hose to the adapter with clamps as
shown. The rear clamps have speed nuts and are
fastened from inside the engine compartment.
Connect to the vent valve as shown on page 109.
BODY PREPARATION AND PAINT
The mold seam lines are the only areas that need a
light coat of body filler, but the body should be
blocked out all over for a show-quality paint job.

If the body is to be painted on the chassis,
carefully mask so that overspray is kept off
the chassis and mechanical parts.

Remove any clay that remains on the mold
break lines.

Wash the body with soap and water to remove
any mold release still present, then use wax
and grease remover.
For the show-quality body, we recommend that the
entire body be covered with a thin coat of polyester
or epoxy filler. The body can then be blocked out
to perfection without using excess primer. Don't
lose the holes for the tonneau snaps, cowl mirror,
defroster vents or windshield center bracket in the
process of filling. Once the body is painted, clean
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out the holes with a /64" drill.
Body preparation and painting of FRP is not much
different than steel, but it does require the same
special skills. If you have no previous experience, it's
probably better to have a professional body shop do
the work.
While E.R.A. doesn't do the exterior painting inhouse, we have found very reliable and competent
local companies that do all our turn-key cars at a fair
price. Inquire.
Paint all panels, including the inner frame portions
of the doors, hood and trunk lid. We also finish and
paint the rough fiberglass underside of the hood.
The street option includes a fuzzy liner for the trunk
underside.
COWL EDGES
You may round the edges of the front and back
cowl to give the original aluminum-wrappedaround-tubes look. Sculpt the existing glass with a
grinder or coarse sandpaper.
FIA REAR FENDER PROTECTION
Because the fender extends out from the body
somewhat in-line with the front tire, the fender
benefits greatly from some kind of chip protection.
Use “Chip Guard” under the paint, or apply 3M
84911 film over the paint (Also available in kits as
Invinca-Shield). Both are available over the WWW
or from body-shop suppliers.
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Section D -Body/Chassis assemblyBRAKE SCOOPS
You can lightly sand the inside surface of the
fiberglass to duplicate rough aluminum. Paint with
satin-finish aluminum color on the inside. The
outside can be done in aluminum or matched to the
car’s color. Installation details are on page 65.
FIA STRIPE STYLE
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Also shown is the layout of the longitudinal stripess that some have used in conjunction with the side-to-side stripes.
See the pictures on our web site for our finished cars.
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FIA REAR TRUNK BUNGIE HOLD-DOWN
The washers are placed 2 ¼” below the lip of the trunk opening and separated by 10” on center.
USRRC STRIPE STYLE
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FRONT BRAKE SCOOPS
Optional: Finish and paint the rough fiberglass
inside the hood so that it looks like the original
aluminum.
Using two #10 sheet metal screws, mount the
scoops 5.4” from the centerline of the car and set
back as shown. A strap attached to the inside of the
chassis supports the rear edge.
TONNEAU SNAPS
This operation can be left until last, so that the paint
can be buffed one final time.
Chase the holes with a #25 drill (.150”). Install the
tonneau snaps with the fiber washers. Don't force!
The snap screws may twist off, leaving you with
half a broken screw in the body. For extra safety
and ease, use a #10 steel screw to “chase” the
threads into the fiberglass before you install the
snaps.
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SECTION E
CHASSIS ASSEMBLY
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Section E -Chassis Assembly-
FASTENER NOTES
We include Grade 5 fasteners throughout our kit. They are quite strong enough for any abuse you can put your car
through - and offer a bit more ductility than Grade 8 - which means they will bend before they snap.
Almost all the locking nuts in the kit are Stover style. Stovers are reuseable several times, unlike the nylon locking
type. However, you must use light oil on the threads when assembling.
TORQUE SPECIFICATIONS
Use figures below only if unspecified in the relevant instructions. Torques listed are for lubricated threads or threads
with liquid thread locker. All stover nut threads should be lubricated with light oil and may be reused several times.
Bolt size
Grade 5
Grade 8
/4"
/16"
3
/8"
7
/16"
1
/2"
5
/8"
9 lb.ft.
18
31
50
75
150
13 lb.ft.
28
46
75
115
225
Metric
Grade 10.9
Grade 12.9
M8
M10
M12
25 lb.ft.
47
83
29 lb.ft.
58
100
1
5
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Section E -Chassis Assembly-
BRAKE AND FUEL LINES
Bolt the brake and clutch master cylinders in
place.
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Note: The rubber hose supplied by E.R.A. is
compatible with brake fluid but some others are not.
Use caution if you choose to replace the hose.
The clutch master cylinder is shown on page 124.
Replace the brake and fuel lines on the chassis.
Secure the lines in place with the plastic clips and
Tek screws. Seal the thread holes with silicone to
prevent rusting.
BATTERY CABLES
The brake and clutch filler tubes (standard BMW
reservoir) are run as shown below. The optional
three-can reservoir setup uses the same steel feeder
lines but with appropriate rubber hose connections.
POWER CABLES
Parts listings are on page 21.
See illustration on the next page.
The cable from the battery to the starter solenoid is
shown below. If you wish to install a cut -off
switch, the main cable lengths are:

Solenoid to switch: 72"

Switch to battery: 60"
Use tape to insulate the cable where it passes
through the roll bar brace mount under the floor.
Fasten the cable to the footbox and the inside of the
frame rails with insulating clamps. The cable from
the starter solenoid to the starter is shown on page
104.
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Section E -Chassis AssemblyBATTERY TO CHASSIS (GROUND):
GROUND CABLES
Pass the eye of the 32" cable around the back of the
battery support. Coat the eye with grease and
fasten securely to a bottom tray support bolt. See
page 79 and 104 for illustrations.
TRANSMISSION TO CHASSIS:
Fasten one end of a cable to the transmission rear
cover. If you are using the transmission mount
adapter, the cable can pass through the slot at the
edge of the bracket. Fasten to the right side of the
chassis mount. See page 104.
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SECTION F -MECHANICAL COMPONENTS-
SECTION F
MECHANICAL COMPONENTS
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SECTION F -MECHANICAL COMPONENTS-
UPPER CONTROL ARM
The arms are installed with the ball joint hole offset
towards the front of the car. The inner pivot axis is
offset to the outside of the chassis mount. See
above. Use a little silicone sealer where the ball
joint passes through the hole in the control arm.
This will prevent grease from leaking out of the
rubber boot.
FRONT SUSPENSION
LOWER CONTROL ARM
Lubricate the chassis receptacle/brackets and the
sides of the control arm bushings with silicone
grease or petroleum jelly. Use a gentle oscillating
motion when inserting the control arm into the
mounts. Sometimes a plastic dead-blow hammer
helps.
Install the arms with 3 shims front and rear between
the pivot shaft and the chassis mounting brackets as
a preliminary camber setting. Leave the pivot shaft
end nuts slightly loose. Tighten the nuts to 60 lbft
after the suspension is at normal ride height.
Insert the 5 1/2" x 5/8" bolt with a heavy washer
through the front bushing into the chassis. Use a
flat washer under the lock-nut.
STEERING KNUCKLE
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Use the 3" x /8" bolt through the rear mount with
flat washers and lock-nut.
Install the knuckle on the lower ball joint with a
washer (if needed to space nut for the cotter pin)
and nut. Torque to 40 lb-ft. Tighten further to
where the cotter pin can be inserted.
Torque the pivot bolts to 50 ft-lb.
Rotate the upper control arm down, engaging the
ball joint stud into the knuckle.
Install washers and nuts, torque to 30 lb-ft
minimum and install cotter pin at the next line-up.
Insert the tie rod stud into the steering arm from the
bottom. Fit the washer and nut, torquing to 20 lb-ft
minimum. Install the cotter pin.
If you have difficulty getting grease into a ball joint,
back off the Zerk fitting about one turn.
LATE FABRICATED FRONT UPRIGHT
Camaro caliper on fabricated upright
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ROTOR/HUB
12” BRAKES: HUB AND ROTOR MOUNTING
GM BRAKES
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GM FRONT CALIPER ASSEMBLY
More installation details are posted at
erareplicas.com/427man/ under GM pad
replacement.
The rotors are directional and must be mounted
on the correct side.
GENERAL INSTALLATION
Replacement parts are listed on page 135.
Pin drive: If the rotor is not already installed on the
pin drive hub, torque the drive pins to 35 lb-ft
(with high-strength thread locking compound, i.e.
Locktite red) and the nuts to 35 lb-ft.
Note that the pad tabs must be bent to make the
pads a tight fit on the bridge.
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COIL-OVER DAMPER
If you ever need to remove the pins, they will have to
be heated to 300 deg. to weaken the bond. Excessive
heat will weaken the pins.
See page 71. Spacers for the lower mounts are
provided with the dampers. Orient the damping
screw adjuster toward the centerline of the car. Use
a washer on either side of the top mount. Secure
the top with a 2 3/4" long bolt in from the back. A 2
l
/2" bolt is supplied for the bottom attachment.
Again, slide the bolt in from the back.
Always grind the rotor after installing the wheel
bearing races. If you don't have a special driver for
the races, let the auto machine shop install them.
Note that replacement rotors for the GM
brakes/pin-drive combination require additional
attention: remove the ridge at the base of the
outside face of the rotor as shown below.
GM Rotor Cleanup
Clean off the grinding dust thoroughly before
putting grease in the hub and installing the bearings
and inner seals.
Install the hub onto the stub axle with a special
(tanged) washer and castle nut.
With new wheel bearings, torque the axle nut to 20
lb-ft. Loosen the nut and re-torque to 15 lb-inches,
then tighten to the nearest cotter pin hole. Install
the cotter pin through the access hole in the side of
the pin-drive hub.
Note that the calipers and handed. Install them with
their bleeder nipple at the top.
Install the brake calipers and pads using new
hardware kits. Use silicone grease on all sliding
surfaces.
Connect the brake line to the caliper, using the
supplied banjo bolt and copper washer. If you still
get seepage past the copper washer but the seat is
not too bad, you may use a special sealing washer
available from Earls or E.R.A.
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SECTION F -MECHANICAL COMPONENTS-
ANTI-SWAY BAR
STEERING GEAR
Threaded holes are already on the chassis. Chase
any paint in the threads before installing the (5/16-18)
15
bolts, washers and nuts. The /16" front bar is
mounted under the front frame extensions, just
behind the radiator.

Bolt the bar in place with the rubber/urethane
bushes and clamps. The ends slant up
slightly toward the outside.

Install the connecting links between the tab on
the lower control arm and the pads on the ends
of the sway bar.

Tighten the link bolts so that the rubber bush
expands to the diameter of the cupped washer.
Do not over-tighten.
The lower steering column must be installed before
the steering gear. See page 83.
Prepare the rack and pinion assembly as described
on page 43.
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After putting a small amount of blue Loctite® (or
similar thread locker) on the bolt threads, torque the
bolts to 65 lbft.
When installing the tie-rod ends, use a jam nut on
the threads so that the tie-rod can be secured after
alignment.
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SECTION F -MECHANICAL COMPONENTS-
REAR SUSPENSION, JAGUAR
INSTALLATION
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Raise the rear suspension assembly into position
with a floor jack, guiding the forward ends of both
trailing arms into the brackets on the sides of the
frame.
Lubricate the insides of the upper chassis brackets
with lithium grease so that the sides of the rubber
bushing will slide into them. Guide the suspension
assembly into the chassis brackets. Using a little
light oil on the threads, install the 5/8" bolts with flat
washers, but don't tighten yet.
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Thread the trailing arms onto the rod-ends (with
jam nuts) already installed on the lower control
arms. See page 37. Thread on until two or three
threads are left showing, but leave the jam nuts
loose.
Support the chassis with jack-stands so that there is
at least 19”-20” between the spare tire well bottom
and the floor. This will allow you to fit the
assembly on the jack and still slide it under the car
from the back.
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Note that the trailing arm bushing is angled slightly
relative to the trailing arm tube.
On one side of the car: Rotate the trailing arm so
that the bushing angle matches the chassis bracket.
Holding the bushing against the inside of the
chassis bracket, sight through from the outside hole.
Use a large screwdriver to move the assembly so
that the sight is straight into the threaded portion of
the chassis bracket.
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SECTION F -MECHANICAL COMPONENTS
Slip the aluminum spacer between the outside of
the trailing arm bushing and the chassis bracket.
See the illustration above. Slide the 1/2" x 3" bolt
through the flat washer, upper hole in the bracket,
spacer and trailing arm bush, engaging the
(locking) threads in the chassis. No lock-washer is
necessary.
Move to the trailing arm on the other side of the
car. Sight through the hole in the chassis and
determine whether the length of the trailing arm
will have to be adjusted. Screw the trailing arm in
or out on the rod-end as necessary.
Secure the cable to the outside of the
driveshaft hoop with a tie-wrap.
Adjustment
Rotate both the rod ends on the trailing arms all the
way in at the top and tighten the jam nuts.
Fully release the handbrake lever. Adjust the cable
length by screwing the threaded end into the block
to a point just short of where the handbrake
operating levers on the calipers begin to move.
Check the adjustment by pressing each operating
lever at the same time towards the calipers. While
doing this, observe the levers of the compensator on
the cage - if they move noticeably, then the cable is
too tight. To prevent binding, some slack should be
obvious.
Connect the brake flex-line to the bracket on the
chassis.
Check that the cable will not come in contact with
the driveshaft at any time.
If the assembly does not line up perfectly, pry or
pull on the hub carrier to shift things around while
installing the spacer and bolt. If the holes do not
exactly line up, grinding a taper on the bolt may
make it easier to get the threads to start. Torque the
bolts on both sides to 45 lb-ft.
Tighten the upper pivot bolts to 90 lb-ft.
ANTI-SWAY BAR
HANDBRAKE
JAGUAR SUSPENSION
Bolt the handbrake lever to the bracket on the
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chassis with /16"USS bolts and lock washers.
The 3/4" rear anti-sway bar mounts on the extensions
of the rear crossmember just in front of the rear
subframe
ERA COMPENSATOR
Attach the other end of the cable to the
compensator lever on the suspension cage as shown
above

Slip the cable into the slot in the block
attached to the lower lever of the
compensator.

Screw the threaded end of the cable into the
hole in the block.

Attach the bracket on the cable end to the
other lever of the compensator. Do not
tighten the lock nut.
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The chassis is threaded for /16" USS bolts. If you
meet resistance when installing the bolts, chase the
threads in the chassis. A broken bolt inside the
frame is difficult to fix.
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Bolt the anti-sway bar to the chassis mounts using
the rubber bushings and clamps.
REAR SUSPENSION, E.R.A. (FIA
ONLY)
Clamp the axle brackets around the Jaguar control
arms. Position them behind or just to the inside of
the trailing arm rod ends as shown.
See the other assembly information starting on page
40 for more diagrams!
Install the links between the axle brackets and the
ends of the anti-sway bar. Tighten the link bolts so
that the rubber bush expands to the diameter of the
cupped washer.
INSTALLATION
Adjust the upper trailing arm length to 10.3"
between rod end centers, leaving on of the jam nuts
loose. Insert a 1/2" x 4 1/2" HCS from the inside of
each vertical chassis rail. Insert the left hand
threaded rod end of the trailing arm, add a flat
washer and stover nut. Tighten to approximately
75 lb-ft.
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Adjust both lower trailing arms to 16.5" between
the centerline of the front bushing and the center of
the rod end, leaving the jam nut loose.
Attach the upper trailing arms to the upright
extensions.
Support the chassis with jack-stands so that there is
at least 19”-20” between the spare tire well bottom
and the floor. This will allow you to fit the
assembly on the jack and still slide it under the car
from the back.
Carefully jack the assembly so that the upper
mounts engage into the chassis brackets similarly to
the Jag installation shown on page 75. Slide the 5/8”
x 4.5” HCS with a flat washer through the chassis
and rear subframe bushing. Start the threads with
an air wrench or a ratchet. There is a welded-in
stover nut on the inside of the chassis bracket so no
lock washer is necessary.
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Rotate the subframe forward until the front mounts
(see page 40) line up horizontally with the holes in
the chassis crossmember. Start a couple of the
allen-head cap screws (1/2"-13 x 1 1/4") to confirm
the alignment. If there is a gap, use shims fill it.
Tighten the cross-shaft nuts to 20 lbft and then to
the nearest cotter pin alignment. Tighten the front
mounting bolts and upper mounts.
SAFETY STRAP
Attach the lower trailing arm (bushing end) to the
lower holes on the chassis. Note the slight angle of
the bushing on the forward end of the trailing arm.
See page 75 for hints.
ID PLATES
Install the strap into the holes on the chassis support
below the driveshaft and bolt into place. Note that
the bracket for the emergency brake ballance
assembly (E.R.A. suspension only) mounts between
the strap and the chassis. See the “Emergency
Brake” section above.
Install the car ID plate with 1/8"diam. x 3/8"L
aluminum blind rivets as shown. There are usually
"shadows" of the rivet holes in the surface of the
fiberglass.
Alignment is described on page 128.
EMERGENCY BRAKE
Attach the emergency brake cables and balance
bracket as shown. The front cable is attached to the
handle similar to the Jaguar cable.
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MORE CHASSIS AND BODY ID NUMBERS
The chassis is stamped with the ID number in two
places:
DRIVE SHAFT
The driveshaft is a special fabrication that may be
purchased from E.R.A. or built by a local driveshaft
shop. Driveshaft specifications for all “approved”
transmissions are on page 42.
INSTALLATION
Use Grade 8 bolts and washers, and stover nuts if
possible. Aircraft style shoulder-bolts are available
from E.R.A..
Lubricate the inside and outside of the slip yoke
with light oil. If your transmission tail-shaft uses a
leather seal, lubricate the seal with light oil also..
Use EP grease to lubricate each universal joint.
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
The top of the left front shock mount (under the
brass ID plate).

On the outside of the horizontal section of the
frame just inside the right rear tire just above the
subframe bracket.
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VOLTAGE REGULATOR
BATTERY/MOUNT
Bolt the tray in place onto the right rear frame rail
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as shown. The chassis is pre threaded with /16"-18
inserts.
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The regulator (part number on page 24) installs
with #10 screws on the left inner fender panel into
plastic inserts.
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Install the inner panel at the rail side.
Install the splash panel to seal the battery area at the
frame rail and over the two studs on the battery
box.
Battery cable installation is described on page 104.
Note: Don't drive vigorously without the splash panel
installed. It helps support the battery.
Note that the regulator case must be grounded with
the black wire from the harness.
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Install the link from the pedal to the cross-shaft so
that the pedal is about 1/2" from hitting the floor.
ACCELERATOR PEDAL AND LINKAGE
Remove the wire holding the carburetor linkage and
check whether the pedal is at a convenient height.
If it is too high, change the link footbox link to a
lower hole on the cross-shaft. If it is too low,
change the engine link to a lower hole on the crossshaft.
All components come preassembled in the standard
kit.
Install the return springs and check whether you're
still getting full throttle.
Tighten all bolts and jam nuts, check for
interference, and grease all the pivot points.
If you want the "smooth look" shown below, cut
some 5/16" brake line to length to cover the middle
section of the threaded rods.
Note: This linkage can be adapted to most engines.
If yours requires something different, call us.
For Weber carburetors, a duplicate of the original
bellcrank pivot stand is available from E.R.A. If
you are using a blow shield with a wide flange on a
289/302, the flange must be trimmed around the
bracket.
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When assembling the longitudinal links onto the
sides of the bellcranks, pick the straightest front-torear paths. The diagram above is typical but may
not be ideal for your setup.
To remove the pedal from the pivot box, remove
the setscrew through the access hole in the casting.
Remove the bellcrank and slide the shaft out.
Important! Do NOT trim the engine-end of the
cross-shaft excessively. When the engine torques
over under load, the support can move quite a bit.
Leave at least 2” of shaft past the supporting rod
end.
ADJUSTING THE LINKAGE
Wire the carburetor linkage fully open.
ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION
INSTALLATION
Install the cross-shaft support onto the engine,
orienting it so that the shaft is as parallel to the
firewall as possible and fairly horizontal.
Refer to page 29 for engine and transmission
preparation. To check compatibility, trial fit the
transmission to the engine before any attempt to
install either into the chassis. Note that the engine
and transmission are offset toward the
passenger side of the car by one inch to balance
the driver’s weight and to give more legroom for
the driver.
Install the link from the carb to the cross-shaft,
adjusting the length so that the cross-shaft bellcrank
is angled back, about 30 degrees toward the
firewall.
Adjust the bellcrank on the pedal shaft so that it is
angled back toward the firewall about 20 degrees
when the pedal is bottomed out on the floor.
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If you are using a blow shield, check the concentricity
of the hole that locates the transmission. Put a dial
indicator on the flywheel and indicate the hole ID. If
the eccentricity exceeds the recommendations
(generally about 0.010"), you must use offset dowels to
locate the bell housing on the engine block.
Install the engine mounts as shown on page 29.
Here at E.R.A. we first assemble the engine, clutch,
bellhousing and transmission on the floor, just as it
would function in the car. The primary pipes will
be installed once the engine and transmission are
insalled.
Once everything is checked, we remove the
transmission from the engine/bellhousing assembly.
Adapter required with Tremec transmission except the 500 and 600
series.
It's easiest to install the engine and transmission
separately. If you have a stationary engine lift,
have the dolly wheels or the suspension installed so
that the chassis can move under the engine.
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Wrap rags or towels over the front tower and over
the top of the transmission tunnel to prevent paint
scratches.
The engine/bellhousing is then installed in the
chassis.
With the engine on a hoist and tilted down at the
clutch end, carefully lower it onto the engine
mounts.
If you are using a Ford Top Loader, T-5 or BorgWarner 4 speed, install the transmission adapter on
the front of the "X" member. The Richmond Gear
and Tremec 5 speed transmission don't use the
adapter.
Lower the engine, engaging the studs on the engine
mounts into the slots in the mounting perches,
Loosely install the washers and nuts onto the
engine mount studs.
Note that some bell housings for Tremec units also
require a spacer between the bell housing and
transmission so that the input shaft doesn’t bottom
out in the crankshaft.
Raise the back of the engine, either by changing the
tilt of the adjustable engine lift or with a jack
underneath the rear of the engine.
Install the clutch and bell-housing on the engine.
See notes on page 32.
Carefully install the transmission onto the back of
the engine. You may have to rotate the
transmission input shaft to engage the clutch disk.
Immediately install the top bolts to prevent clutch
disk damage from the transmission hanging free.
Install the starter and the balance of the bellhousing bolts.
Lower the back of the engine, engaging the
transmission mount studs into the chassis:

Top Loader - Front holes of trans adapter.

Borg Warner - Front holes of adapter.

T-5/Tremec 3550 - Rear holes of adapter.
Depending on the transmission casting, you
may have to relieve the front of the
transmission mount. Use spacers between the
adapter and the mount to raise the output
centerline to 3 1/2" above the X.

Richmond gear - No adapter necessary
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Tremec transmissions with short input shafts (that
don’t use the front spacer) are mounted on the rear
holes of the adapter. Tremecs that use the spacer
are mounted without the adapter with the same
mount as the Richmond Gear. See page 81.
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Because the front brake wheel cylinders require
more fluid than the rears, the balance bar is always
set up with the outside push-rod 1/4" longer than the
inside one.
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Check that the engine is level side-to-side in the
chassis. Adjust if necessary.
BALANCE ADJUSTMENT
The rod length has no effect on the front/rear brake
bias (which end locks first). If necessary, the bias
can be adjusted as described on page 130.
Tighten all mounting bolts.
Removal is accomplished in the reverse order.
For a preliminary setting, adjust the outer rod so
that there are 3/4" of threads showing on the outer
master cylinder rod, 1/2" on the inner rod (with the
jam nuts against the rod end.)
Special Note for Automatic Transmissions
There is no transmission oil cooler built into the
radiator. To avoid transmission overheating you
must mount an auxiliary cooler in the system. It can
be mounted in place of the engine oil cooler or in
front of the radiator.
To change the brake pedal height, turn both
threaded rods equally in or out.
Check the tightness of the brake line junctions and
switch fittings.
Clutch height adjustment is covered on page 82.
BRAKE PEDAL HEIGHT
Install the brake cover box.
Master cylinder installation is described on page 68.
The brake or clutch pedal face angle can be changed
with the top stop screw. See page 60.
For people of average height, set the distance from
the rear of the pedal face to the forward part of the
foot-box to about 7". If you are much taller or
shorter, you may move the pedal up to 3/4" forward
or backward as needed.
CLUTCH PEDAL HEIGHT
See page 60 for parts assembly.
The clutch pedal face should be approximately even
with the brake. If your clutch requires more throw
than normal, you may need to keep the pedal face
higher, or, in desperation, use a larger clutch master
cylinder. A modified 7/8" or 1" Tilton master
cylinder can be installed on the stock bracket, but is
rarely necessary. Almost all clutch release
problems are the result of incorrect installation or
incompatible parts. Stock linkage and hydraulics
give approximately 3/4" throw at the outer end of the
fork. See page 125.
ADJUSTMENT
ADJUSTMENT
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The throw-out arm angle can be changed to raise or
lower the pedal:
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
Loosen the retaining bolt and slide the arm off
the spline. It may be necessary to disconnect
the clevis from the arm.
Have someone hold the clutch pedal at the
desired height and re-install the arm. Tighten
the retaining bolt.
DEAD PEDAL INSTALLATION
Drill the footbox as indicated (through fiberglass
and steel sheet-metal) for the included sheet-metal
screws to secure the dead pedal.
You can make small height changes by changing
the length of the connecting rod.
Clutch bleeding and adjustment are described on
page 124.
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LOWER STEERING COLUMN
INSTALLATION
ERA (MODIFIED MUSTANG II)
Because the connection is splined, the intermediate
column will fit no matter what the orientation of the
shaft. Final steering wheel alignment is done with
the splines at the steering wheel hub.
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SECTION G
BODY II
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SECTION G - BODY II
PARKING LIGHTS
WIRING HARNESS LAYOUT
All individual connections are detailed in a separate
list that comes with the harness. A wiring diagram
and trouble-shooting guide are also included.
The wiring system is divided into three modules,
held in place with the clamps provided:

The front harness makes connections from
the front lights to the firewall.

The dash harness makes all dashboard and
column connections.

The third harness runs from the left side of the
dashboard area to the rear components.
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X-MEMBER
Install the electrical components on the firewall
and foot-boxes into the pre-drilled holes as shown
in the wiring instructions. The general layout is
described on the next sections.
Install the ballast resistor (if you are using one)
after laying out the front harness in the car. See the
diagram on page 79.
Use the layout diagrams below and the wiring
instructions to find reference points in the harnesses.
FRONT WIRING HARNESS
Also see the detailed diagrams in the wiring
instructions.
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DASHBOARD HARNESS
From the engine compartment, pass the multiconnector blocks (one at a time) through the large
hole in the center of the firewall. Once all the
connectors are through, insert the grommet into the
hole, using a dull screwdriver to push the back edge
of the grommet through the hole, bit by bit.
Wire the dashboard off the car. See the separate
wiring instructions for individual connections.
Make the final connections to the dash and steering
column after everything is installed in the car,.
REAR HARNESS
FIREWALL
Don't install the multi-connector block on the front
end until the harness has been passed through the
hole in the side of the footbox.
Install the harness from inside the trunk as shown.
Tape a stiff wire to the harness, then pass the stiff
wire through the passage, dragging the electrical
harness behind. See the diagram in the wiring
instructions.
Pass the harness under the door sill and through the
hole in the driver’s footbox as shown.
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SECTION G - BODY II
SILL PANELS
The rear wiring harness must be in place before
installing the sill panels.
Secure in place with the screws used for shipping.
Drill holes for 1/8" pop rivets every 2" or 3" on the
bottom flange, door opening, rear steel support rail
and through the front flange that rests against the
vertical support rail. Align the edges of the front
flange with the side of the vertical rail.
Note: Seal between the front horizontal flange and
the body with caulking or foam rubber.
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INTERIOR PANELS
The inner door sills and the rear bulkhead panels
behind the seats are attached with rivets and
sealant. If you had E.R.A. bond the body, these
panels are already attached permanently. If not,
leave the temporary fasteners in place while you
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drill through the holes in the panels with a /64" bit.
REAR BULKHEAD PANEL
Blind rivet the panel as shown, using the factory
locating holes and drilling new holes in the chassis
where needed. Some urethane or silicone sealer
will prevent any possible buzzing between the
bulkhead and main frame.
If you wish to mount a battery cut-off switch see
page 68 for the recommended position.
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SECTION G - BODY II
Gently and evenly pull the bottom edge of the door
pocket down over the bottom edge of the door.
Stretch only enough to eliminate any wrinkles.
Hold in place with several pieces of tape. With a
temporary marker, trace the profile of the lower
edge of the attaching plate onto the pocket. Also
mark where both ends of the plate fall.
DOORS
DRILL HOLES FOR SNAP FASTENERS
Use the (Street interior only) aluminum banana
strips (note that the left and right are different) as a
template to drill ¼” holes into the fiberglass door
inner panel.
INSTALLING POCKETS
Lay the doors on a soft surface, outside surface
down. Snap the foam-covered metal door pocket
attachment plates into the holes along the lower
edge of the door. The plates are marked left (L)
and right (R).
Position each door pocket on the door with the rear
corner completely under the door latch with 1/8" to
1
/4" of the pocket showing at the top and rear sides
of the latch. Locate the screw holes with an awl
and screw down the latch.
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Stretch the door pocket into place with its forward
edge even or slightly past the front edge of the door
frame and 2/3 of the way up from the hinge bottom
mounting holes. Hold the top of the pocket in place
with masking tape.
Attach the hinge loosely with the two upper bolts.
Mark and punch holes for the two lower bolts
through the door pocket. Attach the bottom of the
hinge and snug the bolts.
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DOOR WEATHERSEALS
Lay the doors, outer surfaces down, on a soft
surface. Glue the door weatherseal provided onto
door lip about 1/8" from the door edge. Use contact
cement or weather-strip adhesive. Don't stretch the
weather-stripping: It will eventually shrink to its
original shape, pulling away from the corners. It’s
better to compress it slightly around corners. Trim
the ends of the weather-stripping as shown.
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Remove the door pocket from the door and trim the
edge of the door pocket approximately 1" outside
the marked line. Cut wedges out of the edge of the
material almost up to the marked line.
DOORGASK
SIDE CURTAIN FERRULES
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Re-install the pocket onto the door. Apply contact
cement to the edge and backside only of the
attachment plate and the back-side of the pocket
material. Let dry to a tack-free condition.
FERRULE
Slip the ferrules into the holes on the top of the
doors and note the length that each extends past the
inner panel.
Carefully stretch the material over and partially
around the attachment plate.
Mark each ferrule so there are no more than 2 or 3
threads showing between the mark and the door
surface on its shortest side,
Remove the attaching plate from the door. Tape or
clamp the upper edge to a flat surface and finish
gluing the edge.
Cut off the excess at the mark, and slightly round
off the edges with a file or sander.
Before attaching the pocket to the door, glue the
rug (items 7 and 15 in the rug installation diagram
on page 108) to the inside of the door with contact
cement. Install the door pocket and the latch onto
each door.
Hold the ferrules in place with the retaining rings
provided. Seat the retaining rings against the door
surface tightly.
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With the door shut, the rear edge must be adjusted
parallel to the body opening `from top to bottom.
Hold the door so that the top edge matches the
body. If the bottom edge of the door does not
match, adjust the rocker panel by shifting and/or
shimming the rocker on the chassis mounts at the
front of the door opening and at the end of the
rocker.
DOOR INSTALLATION
Bolt the door hinges onto the chassis with the side
closing plates and original shims that go behind
them. The plates seal off the cowl area from the
engine compartment and have weather-stripping
glued to their outer edges to seal against the body.
See page 86. Don't tighten the hinge bolts.
Bolt the door to the hinge, lightly snugging the
bolts. If the car is already painted, consider using
masking tape along the door and body edges to
prevent damage when assembling.
DOOR PULL STRAP
Drill a hole (#30 bit) just to the rear of the side
curtain ferrule. Loop the strap over the latch ball
and use the screw and countersunk washer at the
front.
The door edge may be aligned with the body
opening by loosening the bolts where the hinge
attaches to the door.
To adjust the surface of the door relative to the
body, loosen the hinge where it attaches to the
chassis. Once the door is properly located, tighten
the hinge bolts.
HINGE COVERS
The fiberglass covers are different from left to
right. Don't over-tighten the screws when
installing.
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Bolt the latch striker to its mounting plate and
install the assembly loosely to the chassis.
Remember to replace any shims found earlier.
Close and latch the door while allowing the striker
to self-align with the latch on the door.
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Tighten the striker bolts. Don't worry about the
door fitting flush at the rear. The latch striker must
be refit when the rugs are installed.
HOOD
Bolt the hinges loosely into the body from inside
the grille opening. The hood hinges are marked L
and R. The trunk hinges are similar but cannot be
exchanged for the hood hinges and are marked with
a T. Fit any shims found earlier.
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HOOD STAY
The upper and lower hood stay brackets are
(factory) attached as shown.
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The hood is held off the body flange with 7 rubber
bumpers held with sheet-metal screws. (Extra
engine compartment ventilation is gained by
leaving gaps). If you lose the holes during the
body preparation process, position the bumpers as
shown in the diagram on page 90.
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If you removed the keyhole receptacle from the
hood inner panel when it was painted, install as
shown.
The plastic rod retainer fits into a square hole in the
wheelhouse panel. It may be removed by
squeezing from the backside.
TRUNK LID
Install the trunk
lid liner (the
fuzzy stuff that
was with the
optional “street”
carpet kit) onto
the inside of the
trunk lid with
contact cement.
Trim the material
so that it can be
pushed just under
edge of the
fiberglass inner
panel.
Hoodgask
Lay the hood carefully onto the body, centering
with cardboard or wooden shims inserted between
the sides of the hood and hood opening. Leave a
gap at the front edge so that the hood doesn't chip
the paint when opened.
Glue the half-round weatherseal provided with the
kit onto the trunk opening flange of the body,
leaving about 1/8”-3/16” distance between the edge of
the seal and the up-curve of the outer lip. To keep
from making a mess with the contact cement, you
can use masking tape to border where the
weatherseal will be placed.
From inside the grill opening or engine
compartment, lift the hinges assemblies into place.
Align and bolt to the body and hood with the shims
used earlier. Tighten all bolts.
Do not stretch the seal while installing. Start the
process at the center of the bottom lip, in front of
the latch. Continue over the top and back down to
the center. Trim the excess so that the ends meet
tightly. See the picture on page 91.
Carefully lift the hood, checking the front edge
clearance. Adjust and/or change shims if needed.
Adjust the hood strikers on the firewall so that the
hood is flush with the body. The hood seal will be
compressed slightly, eliminating rattles.
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Adjust the striker on the bracket so that when
latched the lid slightly compresses the gasket and
sits flush and centered on the surrounding body.
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Bolt the trunk hinges (they are marked with a T on
the lid side) loosely onto the body with any shims
found earlier.
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Loosely bolt the trunk lid (with factory shims) onto
the hinges. Carefully close the lid, not letting the
front edge contact the body. Center the lid in the
opening. Slowly lift the lid just enough to get your
arm (and a wrench) inside and snug the bolts on the
lid part of the hinges. Remember to check the front
edge while lifting lid.
REAR CLOSING PANELS
Install the panels that seal the rear wheel area from
the passenger compartment with sealant and rivets.
Hold the panels in place with the original screws
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and drill ( /64" holes) for 1/8" rivets into the chassis
vertical tubes and the bottom outrigger. The
closing panel with the bulb trim should contact the
outer body lightly. If you want, complete the seal
with urethane or silicone sealer.
The lid can be adjusted further by moving the lid
and hinges in unit at the connection on the inner
panel. Tighten bolts and recheck fit.
TRUNK STAY
Attach the trunk stay to the trunk lid as shown,
using the sheet metal screws at the bottom, stainless
steel dome head screws at the top.
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TRUNK LATCH
Attach the trunk handle and latch to the trunk lid as
shown. Don't forget the gasket under the handle.
Attach the latch striker and bracket to the trunk
floor.
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ROLL BAR
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Fit the rubber grommets and steel sleeves to the
upper radiator support. Install the support over the
studs on top of the radiator with the large washers,
lockwashers and nuts.
Move the radiator forward and attach the support to
the body. Attach the support straps (or optional
rear fan, see below) between the upper and lower
radiator supports.
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When installing the bar (after paint), partially slide
the rear hoop into the chassis. About an inch before
fully seating the hoop, install the front brace.
OPTIONAL FANS
RADIATOR, FANS
STANDARD
The radiator can be installed from underneath the
car or from the top if the hood is not installed.
Insert the rubber radiator grommets into the holes
in the radiator support tray.
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From the bottom: Raise the radiator/fan unit and
tray up into place over the front chassis studs.
Hold in place with nuts, lock washers and flat
washers. Check that the radiator is centered in its
mounts. Gently let the radiator lean back against
the chassis.
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From the top: Install the bottom tray onto the
chassis. Carefully slide the radiator down into
grommets.
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RADIATOR SHROUDING
15" REAR MOUNTED
Attach the bottom radiator shroud to the 2 middle
holes in the front edge of the radiator tray as shown.
Install the left and right shrouds on top of the
bottom, using the same lower screws. Note: If you
are installing your own (not E.R.A.) oil cooler, the
shrouding panels must be modified. The E.R.A. oil
cooler comes with pre-drilled shrouding.
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HOSES
Mounting for the optional expansion tank is shown
on page 34. lnstall the radiator into the chassis as
shown above. The hose part numbers and
instructions for modifying the front lower hose are
covered on page 34. Note that a connecting tube
(availble from ERA) is required for the upper hose.
Assemble the upper hose as shown on page 35.
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OIL COOLER (OPTIONAL)
ALWAYS clean the hoses, adapters and fittings
before you add oil to the system.
It may take some time to fill the lines and cooler with
oil. You might want to get initial oil pressure with an
oil pump driver through the distributor hole.
RETROFITTING
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The radiator cooling fan thermostatic switch is in
the lower hose connector. Connect the harness
wires as shown on page 85 and detailed in the
wiring instructions. (There is also an over-ride
switch on the dashboard).
Remove the bottom baffle and seal.
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Mount the oil cooler on the shroud.
Install the edge retainer to the bottom radiator
support.
Connect the hoses to the adapter and cooler as
shown below. Use Teflon tape or pipe joint
compound on the threads.
Attach the oil cooler to the bottom tray with ¼”
bolts.
The adapter housing mounts onto the engine filter
housing using the substitute fitting included. The
oil filter mounts on the adapter as shown on page
94.
Install speednuts onto the top flanges of the cooler,
threaded side down.
Install the sides over the top speednuts and connect
to the bottom tray through the side hole.
Temporarily install the assembly, fitting the front
tabs on top of the fiberglass scoop and the rear
flange of the side pieces against the radiator tray.
Drill through the fiberglass with a 5/16” drill and
hold the assembly in place with the Allen screws
provided.
Carefully drill through the rear flange of the side
plate and the radiator tray, taking care not to
damage the radiator, if installed.
Fit the front fillers against the front flange of the
side plate. Trim the bottom edge to match the body
contour.
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Fit the rubber grommets onto the lines first. Then
pass the lines through the shrouding, tweeking the
grommets into the holes with a blunt screwdriver,
etc.
Remove the assembly and match the outside baffles
to the side plate. Drill through the outside baffle
and the side plate with a ¼” bit.
Drill through the front filler and side plate with a
#30 bit. Redrill through the front filler afterward
with a ¼” bit.
Reinstall the assembly, holding the pieces together
with #8 sheet metal screws.
The longer oil cooler line runs from the right side
of the cooler alongside the radiator and is tiewrapped to the bottom of the upper control arm
inner pivot, then through a clamp on the front of the
oil pan to the right fitting on the adapter housing.
Place the top (curved) shroud between the top side
of the bottom edge of the body opening and the slot
in the front of the radiator tray.
The shorter line runs along the left side of the
radiator, is tied to the control arm pivot, goes below
the steering shaft and to the left fitting.
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Routing of the cooler lines when using a remote filter
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Remove the fuel filler cap. See page 53.
FUEL TANK
Remove the nuts on the tank retaining strap. See
below.
FIA
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From underneath the car, disconnect the fuel line at
the tank (if the tank is empty) or the connection at
the steel line at the right side if there is fuel. Pinch
off the line before disconnecting, or empty the tank
first!
Remove the supports between the tank and the
small tube underneath the rear edge of the tank.
Connect the fuel outlet on the center rear of the
tank to the steel line on the chassis (both 3/8" OD)
with a length of rubber fuel line. An in-line fuel
filter can be conveniently installed within this
section of line. Use clamps on all connections.
The aluminum fuel tank (FIA-19 gallon, Slabside –
15 gallon) is located above the rear suspension, at
the front of the trunk. It is fully baffled, with oneway doors separating the volume into thirds. The
outlet is on the bottom, centered at the rear. The
fuel level sender is mounted on the top, with a
wiring harness leading down toward the left side of
the tank where the connection to the main rear
harness takes place through the access hole.
FUEL FILLER CAP
FIA
To remove the fuel tank, you can remove the cap,
flange and sleeve as an assembly.
REMOVAL
The filler cap will always screw on with the same
orientation to the flange. If you are going to
remove the cap and outside flange or extension
from the tank, mark the inside of the flange so that
it can be assembled with the same orientation to the
tank.
REMOVAL/INSTALLATION
Remove the large access panel at the front of the
trunk, and the small filler on the right side.
Remove the rear wheels and the access panels
behind them on the inside splash panels.
Remove the inside cap.
Unscrew the cap with “O” ring from its mounting
flange. The threads are coated with anti-seize
grease. If you have to remove the coating, it must
be replaced before reassembly. Without it, the
parts may gall together permanently.
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INSTALLATION
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SLABSIDE
Slabside filler cap: See page 53.
WINDSHIELD WIPERS
Prepare the wiper motor and other components as
described on page 47.
INSTALLATION
Insert the wiper wheelboxes (up through the holes
in the cowl with the cable guides down and
forward. It may be necessary to cut about 1/8" from
the drive spindle spacer sleeve to compensate for
the extra thickness of the fiberglass body. Install
the gaskets, bezels and nuts but don't tighten the
retaining nuts.
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Loosen the nuts holding the cable retaining plates
to the wheelboxes.
From the engine side of the firewall, push the tube
from the wiper motor to the right wheelbox through
the grommet.
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SECTION G - BODY II
Fit the cable tubes to the wheelboxes so that the
flared ends of the cable tubes lock into the slots on
the wheelbox housing and back plates. Leave the
retaining plates slightly loose so that the tube
orientation may be adjusted. The short tube on the
left gearbox is to support the surplus cable outside
the left wheelbox.
WINDSHIELD WASHER
The optional windshield washer uses a manual
pump like the original Cobra. If ordered with the
kit, the fluid container and the pump unit are
installed at the factory. If you are retrofitting your
car see below for the fluid container and pump
mounting locations
If necessary, gently bend the tubes to create a
continuous curve from the motor through each
wheelbox. Be careful not to kink the tubes. Check
by sliding the drive cable through each tube after
bending.
Loosely attach the nut on the right cable to the
wiper motor. See the illustration on page 45.
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Coat the wiper drive cable with lithium grease and
slide the wiper drive cable into the tube. Secure the
wiper motor in the receptacle with the clamp and
insulators provided.
Tighten all the wheelbox nuts and the tube nut to
the motor.
Washer
Fit the fluid container bracket to the right side of
the firewall as shown.
Install the wiring harness plug.
Mount the washer jets into the predrilled holes on
the cowl, jet noses aimed toward the right. If you
are retrofitting, it may be necessary to grind the
underside of the body for thread clearance.
Don't install the wiper arms to the splined drive
spindles until the motor has been run and the park
(resting) position has been found.
Mount the pump in the dashboard. The location is
shown on page 102.
Pass the plastic tubing from the fluid container cap
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through the /16" hole in the firewall as shown.
Cut the tubing supplied into pieces to connect
components as shown above. Leave a little extra
length so that the tubing can be secured to the
wiring harness and/or the wiper tubes with wire or
tie-wraps.
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SUNVISORS
WINDWINGS AND SUNVISORS
With a small stiff wire, clean out the holes tapped
in the upper windshield frame.
The windwings and sunvisors are pre-installed with
the street-car option or can be retrofitted to a comp
car. They can be attached to the windshield frame
before or after the windshield is mounted on the
car.
Push the wire to the bottom of the hole and mark
where it is flush with the windshield frame surface.
Check each hole to make sure they are all the same.
Check the hole depth against the length of the
chrome 6-32 oval head screws used to attach the
angle brackets to the windshield frame. Shorten the
screws if necessary. If the screw hits the glass, the
windshield will crack! Double Check.
Caution! Be careful when installing the screws into
the windshield frame. If the screws contact the glass,
they will break the windshield. Check the screw
length and clear out the holes before starting. Install
using the diagram below.
Attach the angle brackets to the windshield.
WINDWINGS
Loosen the sunvisor mounting block set screws.
Slip the blocks onto the angle brackets and tighten
the set screws.
Remove the bottom and third screws holding the
windshield frame to the windshield.
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Compare the length of the two new screws
provided with the original screws by inserting into
the mounting blocks on the windwing mounting
brackets. Grind off any excess length. If the screw
hits the glass, the windshield will be cracked.
Double Check.
Install the screws with medium strength thread
locking compound.
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HEATER-DEFROSTER
Close the water shut-off valve when the heater is not
required. The heater will radiate some heat even if
the fan is off and the doors shut. Definitely not
necessary during those hot and hazy days.
When ordered with the E.R.A. kit, the optional
heater/defroster system is already mounted behind
the dash as shown below.
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See thermostat note on page 34.
E.R.A. 289FIA uses what would have been the
original heater switch for the radiator fan over-ride
function. You may install another toggle switch at
either end of the row of toggles, or drill a hole in
the bottom of the heater case and mount the two
speed switch supplied with the heater there (the
wires must be re-routed, but this makes a very clean
installation.)
Hose routing is dependent on the several different
intake manifold choices. The routing above is
necessary when the intake doesn’t have a second
boss for the tap. Otherwise, the routing below can
be used. You should use a valve in the system for
either method.
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TO RETROFIT:
Use the template included with the heater to drill
holes in the firewall.
Bolt the heater in place as shown, using nylon
locking nuts. Connect the motor ground wire to the
steering column mounting bracket or some other
ground.
Install the water shut-off valve in the water outlet of
the intake manifold (3/8 NPT fitting). Use Teflon
joint compound or tape on the threads.
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Cut the heater hoses to length. Connect the lower
tube on the heater (inlet) to the shutoff valve.
Connect the upper heater tube (outlet)to the fitting
on the water pump.
Connect the blower motor wire to the dashboard
harness as indicated in the wiring instructions. See
the wiring hints above to use the two speed switch.
WINDSHIELD
Slip the aluminum trim plates onto the windshield
posts with the convex side up and the screw holes
to the outside.
Fill the underside of the trim plates with sealer or
ribbon-type caulk to make a water tight seal
between windshield post and body.
Lower the windshield into place. Replace any
shims between the posts and the chassis and install
the large flat washers, lock washers and bolts. If
you are going to use side curtains, leave the bolts
loose to adjust the windshield rake to match the
front edge of the curtains:
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WITH SIDE CURTAINS
See curtain installation on page 122. Angle the
windshield back so that the front edge of the side
curtains slip inside the windshield posts and are
parallel with the windshield. See the illustration on
page 101.
Tighten the outside mounting bolts and fasten the
center bracket with two #8 self-tapping screws.
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DASHBOARD
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Attach the (optional) windshield washer tubing to
the pump. Hold the dashboard in place on the body
and loosely thread in the mounting screws and trim
washers. Don't install the extreme right-hand screw
and leave the rest of the screws loose so that the
glovebox can be installed.
If you are using the rotary (street) wiper switch,
install the wiper relay on the firewall before the
dash:
GAUGE HOSES
Pass the lines through the holes as shown on page
85. Run the oil pressure line along the left side of
the engine compartment (with the wiring harness)
and down along the corner of the wheel well.
Connect to the block just in front of the oil filter
boss. If the original extension is still there, the
plastic line can be attached there. Otherwise, run
the plastic line right to the block. Some race clubs
require metal line between the block and the gage.
The dashboard wiring connections can be done off
the car, with the dashboard resting face-down on
something soft. Follow the separate wiring
instructions for individual connections.
INSTALLATION
Remove the tape wrapping the fresh air cables and
let the cables lay on the floor.
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GLOVE BOX (OPTIONAL)
Hole
For theft prevention, you may want to put a kill
switch in the glove box. See the wiring instructions
for electrical details. Drill a hole for the switch in
the upper corner of the vertical section of the box,
next to the door.
Use contact cement to line the bottom and sides of
the glove box with the fuzzy material included
with the carpet set.
Dash
A
B
C
D
Comp
Speedo
cable
MSD
Water
temp
Oil
Temp
Street
Water
temp
MSD
Speedo
cable
Oil
Temp
There are several possible speedometer cable and
drive location on the transmission. See page 12 for
the right cable for your application.
Also glue a strip of material on the underside of the
rear box edge where it meets the dash to prevent it
from rattling against the transverse dash support.
If you are using a counter-rotating speedometer with
a Top-loader transmission, a cable reverser must be
installed on the speedometer cable. With the
Richmond gear transmission, the reverser is
integrated into the right angle drive adapter at the
transmission.
INSTALLATION
From the engine compartment side, slip the smaller
(speedometer) end of the cable through the rubber
grommet in the footbox.
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Holding the glove box with its forward edge tilted
down and towards the front of the car, slip its
trailing edge up and under the glove box opening
lip of the dash. Be sure that the edge goes under
the glove box door mounting screws.
Raise the rear of the glove box into place and install
the final dashboard screw. Tighten all the dash
screws to hold the glove box in place while you
attach its rear flange with the self-tapping screws
provided. (A 1/4" ratchet and a long extension
makes this job easier). Attach the leading edge of
the glove box with the two #4 trim screws at the
sides of the glove box opening.
SPEEDOMETER CABLE
(AND OTHERS)
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Feed the other end towards the rear over the
bellhousing and down the right side of the
transmission.
From inside the car, pull the small end through the
grommet. Align the square end of the cable and its
receptacle in the gauge, and tighten the retaining
nut.
If the transmission drive is on the right side, run the
cable through the hole in the hand brake lever
mounting bracket. If the drive is on the left side, the
cable must be kept from interfering with the
shifting mechanism by attaching the cable to the
side of the floor with clamps.
ENGNE FIREWALL (FROM FRONT)
The holes are used differently with Comp and
Street dashboards. Hole (B) is drilled when an
MSD ignition box is mounted behind the dash.
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Secure the cable to one of the bellhousing top bolts.
Place the battery onto the tray with the posts toward
the outside (away from the chassis). The negative
terminal with the latest batteries is at the rear.
Attach the 135"long battery cable (use a 60" if you
are using the cut-off switch (See page 79) to the
positive terminal on the battery (toward the front of
the car). The cable is routed around the back of the
battery support. The power cable is then routed as
per the instructions on page 68.
Some cables or right-angle drives have been known
to have too much length where they go into the
speedometer head. This will either cause the
speedometer to malfunction - or the gear at the
transmission to strip. Check clearance by
disconnecting the cable at the transmission end and
insuring that it turns easily. If not, either shorten
the cable where it enters the speedometer or add
shims where the cable housing meets the threaded
section on the speedo.
Attach the ground cable to the rear terminal.
Secure the cable with a clamp at the back bolt.
Fasten the eye to the front bolt.
TKO CABLE ROUTING
Ground cable routing
Slide the hold-down rods up through the holes at
the front and back of the bottom of the battery
support, and through the holes in the corner
bracket. Secure with lock nuts and washers.
STEERING COLUMN AND WHEEL
Before the Triumph steering column is installed,
check that the signal canceling cam on the steering
column shaft is oriented correctly. See page 44.
BATTERY AND CABLES
The battery is mounted in a hidden compartment
behind the right rear wheel. Installation of the
support tray is described on page 79.
The steering wheel center cap (see page 105) is
installed after final suspension alignment.
Lower steering column installation is described on
page 104.
BATTERY
INSTALLATION/SERVICE
Prepare the triumph steering column as described
on page 44.
See the illustration on page 79.
If necessary, remove the right rear wheel.
The steering wheel center cap (see page 105) is
installed after final suspension alignment.
Remove the screws and nuts holding the splash
panel at the rear of the wheel well.
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Bolt the steering wheel to the hub. The pattern is
asymetric - the parts will only fit one way.
ASSEMBLY
With the road wheels straight, install the hub on the
column with the washer and nut. Torque the nut to
25 lb-ft only after the suspension is aligned and
the steering wheel position is determined to be
correct.
Move the steering column in or out relative to the
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housing until there is /16"- 1/8" clearance between
the bottom of the hub and the top of the column
housing or signal switch (E.R.A. column). Tighten
all the clamp bolts.
Mount the signal/flasher relay onto the bottom of
the column mounting bracket as show above.
Connect the steering column wiring (horn, signal
lights, headlight dimmer) as shown in the wiring
instructions.
Secure loose wires with cable ties or tape.
STEERING WHEEL REMOVAL
Carefully pry off the center cap, and remove the nut
and washer.
Insert the upper column and housing through the
hole in the dashboard, engaging the lower column
as the upper one is slid in.
While keeping rearward pressure on the steering
wheel/hub, strike the end of the steering column
forward with a brass or lead hammer. Be carefull
not to damage the threads. If that does not
disengage the taper, use a steering wheel puller.
Hold the clamp halves of the upper column around
the column, oriented as shown, and slide the clamps
together back into the mounting bracket. Insert the
cross-bolts as shown below.
CENTER CAP
The optional cap is held in place with 3 clips. Be
very careful not to scratch the back surface of the
cap. It will show on the outside.
SHIFT LEVER
The shift lever boot and chromed trim ring are
provided in the kit. A Mustang shift lever can be
adapted to most transmission to duplicate the
original look. Inquire.
The shift lever may be mounted in several different
locations, depending on your transmission. If your
Top-loader mounting matches the diagram on page
15 or you have a Richmond Gear 5 speed, E.R.A.
makes adapters to move the linkage to the proper
position.
With the driver's seat correctly positioned in
relationship to the pedals, slide the steering column
and housing in or out to suit your driving position.
Adjust the height of the column to your preference,
and tighten the cross-bolts.
Align the flat of the lower column with the notch in
the upper tube and fit the clamp over the column
tube. Snug the bolts slightly but don't tighten.
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TUNNEL
The (optional) ashtray is installed into the tunnel at
the factory. For retrofit, call us about the location.
Cut the tunnel (and carpet) hole slightly smaller than
marked and file to fit. A snug fit is all that holds the
ashtray in place.
If you are using a backup light, use a transmission
mounted switch actuated by the reverse gear lever.
The wires can be attached to either terminal.
If your tunnel is not pre-riveted, use 1/8” x ¼” long
aluminum body/steel mandrel rivets. If you are not
going to cover or insulate the tunnel, you may want
to use urethane sealant between the panels.
INSTALLATION
With the tunnel held in place with the shipping
9
screws drill /64"- holes 4"-5" apart along the length
of the bottom flanges and through the floor. Also
drill two holes, one on either side, through the
vertical surfaces at the front of the tunnel near the
top.
SHIFT LEVER HOLE
The hole location marked on the tunnel is the
correct location for the original-type shift lever.
Your location may need slight adjustment to match
your transmission’s lever, especially if you are
using a T-5 or Tremec with integral shifter.
Enlarge the holes in the tunnel to 1/4" so that the
hold down screws will drop through.
Insulate the inside of the tunnel. Use contact
cement to fasten aluminum foil backed jute, foam
or high temperature material (see page 25) on all
surfaces except for the areas of overlap at the front
edge and the bottom flanges. Check for adequate
clearance along the left side of the tunnel adjacent
to the shift linkage.
When the transmission is installed in the car,
measure from the side and back to the base of the
shift lever.
Temporarily remove the lever and mount the tunnel
in the car. Mark the shift lever location on the
tunnel. Cut the hole for the shift lever a little
undersize, and refit the tunnel to check the location.
Glue low density foam weather-stripping (the same
type used on edge of the wheelhouses) onto the
bottom of the tunnel flanges.
ACCENT TUBE HOLES
Removal (after car is completed)
These non-structural tubes duplicate the look of the
dash support tubes that were used on the original
289. Our tubes are held at the top by a bracket
mounted on the firewall, at the bottom by the tabs
or grommets in the tunnel.
Remove shift lever, boot and bezel.
Remove seats
Remove dash support tubes
Remove the rear bulkhead access panel.
Paint the tubes gloss black and install after the
dashboard is in place. They can also be covered in
vinyl.
Remove screws along floor flange and lift the
tunnel out.
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CARPETS
LAYOUT
Installation details start on page 108.
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To make cleaning easier, the front of the two-piece
floor carpets are held in place with snaps and
Velcro. Fit the carpets in place and mark the floor
where the snaps are to go. Drill 1/8" holes and screw
the snap bases into place. Remove carpets to fit
seats.
INSTALLATION
The carpet installation diagram and general
instructions are on page 107. All the exposed
carpet edges are cut and bound. Unless specifically
noted, are all glued into place. All the sections are
glued onto the fiberglass or aluminum except for
#16 and #17 which are held in place with snaps and
Velcro©.
See page 109 for the emergency brake trim.
Two supplemental pieces are also included when
the carpet is ordered:

A piece of fuzzy material (1/8" thick) to cover
the inside of the trunk lid. Carefully trim the
piece (leaving extra material around the edges)
and glue the center part of this on with contact
cement. Carefully push the excess material
under the lip of the fiberglass inner panel.

A /16" thick piece of vinyl to line the glovebox,
also fastened with contact cement.
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SPECIAL NOTES
(2,4) Trim sections 2 and 4 to fit under the door
hinges as shown. The kit is shipped with shims
under the hinges to compensate for the rug
thickness. When the doors are finally installed,
don't use the shims. Use an awl to locate the
mounting holes for the dead pedal. Cut small holes
for the screws.
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DOOR STRIKER ADJUSTMENT
Replace the door strikers as described on page 89.
The added thickness of the carpet should make the
rear edge of the door flush with the body. If not,
add or subtract shims.
(4) Remove the dead pedal (see page 83).
(10,11) Remove the door strikers, mounting
brackets and any shims. Carpet sections 10 and 11
fit under the strikers with the front upper edge of
the carpet folded out on top of the closing panel
below the hinge.
The door should latch on the second catch without
being slammed. If it doesn't shut all the way with a
solid "chunk", check for latch/striker misalignment,
or interference between the two parts
Trim the excess rug on the door opening flange.
To check for misalignment, hold the latch lever in
the open position and shut the door without putting
any pressure on it up or down. The door latch
should seat into the striker without resistance or
sharp contact sounds. Re-align vertically if
necessary.
(10,11,14,15) Locate the holes in the carpet for the
lap and shoulder belts if necessary. See the rug
diagram and page 110.
(12) After gluing on the tunnel carpeting, cut holes
for the dash tube grommets and install the
grommets.
Open and shut the door several times, then check
the striker receptacle of the latch for shiny spots.
File these spots, being careful to hold the file flat.
Recheck fit, and repeat the process if necessary.
Install the dead pedal over the carpet as shown on
page 83.
Attach the tunnel carpet (12) with about 1"
extending past the front edge, allowing the carpet to
be folded over to the backside and glued. Cut out
for the shifter, ashtray and hand brake lever. Screw
the tunnel into place.
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FRESH AIR CABLES
The cables must be installed after the dash is
installed.
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Re-bolt the hand brake lever in place.
LEFT
Fold the outer flap of the cover over the lever and
attach to the inner flap with the Velcro and snap.
Lubricate the rubber grommet located midway up
the front of the driver’s footbox on the left hand
side, with silicone spray or petroleum jelly.
Push the cable through the grommet and install the
cable loop on the fresh air control valve as shown
on page 59.
Attach the cable to the side of the footbox with a
cable clamp.
RIGHT
Insert the cable through the grommet in the upper
right front of the footbox.
Attach the cable to the vent like the left footbox.
HAND BRAKE LEVER COVER
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Using the figure below as a guide, open up the hand
brake lever cover and align the cut-out section on
the inside flap around the hole in the transmission
tunnel behind the lever, bunching it up as necessary
in the center. Attach the front edge of the boot by
drilling holes through the fabric into the tunnel.
Release the lever to the full down position, fold and
tuck in the rear edges of the cover as shown. Fit the
cover up against the tunnel, drill through into the
tunnel through the holes in the cover and attach
with the trim screws.
When the floor carpet is installed, lay it on top of
the cover material extending out onto the floor.
Hold the attaching plate against the cover and
tunnel. Drill four 1/8" holes into the tunnel. Attach
the plate and cover to the tunnel.
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Slide the seat all the way forward and lubricate the
tracks with white lithium grease. Slide the seat
back and forth to distribute the grease evenly.
SHIFT BOOT
Once the large hole in the tunnel is cut, locate the
small holes by using the trim ring as a pattern as
shown below. The adjacent holes are placed
parallel to the car centerline.
If the seat does not slide freely, loosen all four
bolts, slide the seat back and forth to align the
tracks and re-tighten. If seat adjusting tracks are not
used, follow the instructions for type I seats for
marking the holes. Spacers can be made of marine
plywood cut to size and drilled for the bolts.
SEAT BELT/SHOULDER HARNESS
E.R.A. offers reproductions of the original
competition belts. Inquire.
Locate the seatbelt holes in the floor next to the
tunnel and in the rocker panels as shown. All
threads are standard 7/16”-20.
After removing the shift knob, the rubber boot can
be stretched over the “T” of the shift handle.
SEAT MOUNTING
Screw the seat belt anchors into the captive nuts
provided on the lower chassis (see page 86). If
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necessary, clean the threads with a /16-20 tap to
remove any paint build-up. If you have shoulder
harnesses, cut holes in the carpet and, if necessary,
chase those threads also.
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Slip the ends of the belts in the clip to the eyelets of
the anchors already in place.
Street interior: Lay the floor carpets in place, and
locate the seat mounting holes through the carpet.
Mark and cut holes for the bolts in the carpet.
SHOULDER HARNESSES
Locate the mounting holes in the chassis with an
awl, and cut holes in the carpet if necessary. The
optional four-point shoulder harness are installed
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with the ( /16"-20) attaching bolts above the belt
loops.
If you are not using seat adjusting rails, each seat
must be raised up approx. 3/8" with spacers to allow
the cushions to drop into place.
WITH ADJUSTING TRACKS
The lever for the seat tracks falls on the right side
of both the driver's and passenger's seats.
The seats have captive nuts for the adjusting tracks
in the seat bottom. Install the adjustment tracks, if
used, to the seat base first with 1/4-20 bolts. Put 1/8"
shims under the three holes not covered with the
tunnel. Place the seats so that the studs in the
tracks go through the floor. Adjust alignment as
below.
Loosely bolt the front of the tracks down (1/4-20
bolts). Slide the seat forward to expose the rear
mounting holes and install the two rear bolts.
Tighten all four bolts.
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Install the grill lower pins into the holes and rotate
the top forward so that the top mount goes under
the top body lip. You will have to push the grill
down agains the rubber cushions to do this. Once
in place, adjust the tilt of the grill to the top
distance shown and drill two 1/8” or #30 holes for
the top #8 screws. Remove the tape and install
permanently.
GRILL
If ordered with the kit, the grill is already installed.
Retrofitting can be done as shown below:
Apply masking tape to the body lip along the inside
(rear) edges as shown. If the body is already
painted, use tape all around the inside of the
opening to prevent damage while fitting.
BUMPERS/JACK-PADS
The bumpers or jackpads are factory fit and
installed. The aluminum spacer sleeves can be
easily polished with very fine steel wool and/or car
polish.
Locate the lower holes by trial-fitting the grill in the
body hole. Insert the grill past the likely mounting
location and hold in the center of the body opening.
Mark the pin locations onto the lower pieces of tape
as a line projected directly forward. Check that the
center-to-center distance between the holes in the
body matches the pin spacing on the grill.
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INSTALLATION
Install the front and rear bumper mounts onto the
chassis. Front mounts should have locating marks
that were made when you disassembled the kit.
Leave the mounting bolts slightly loose.
Measure back from the front edge of the body
opening 1¾” and mark where that dimension
intersects with the pin line. Check again, because
that’s where you’re going to drill into the body.
Use a small pilot drill and then finish with a 7/32”
drill bit. Drill straight down first, and then tilt the
drill back about 20 degrees to make a tapered hole.
Typically, the holes will fall about ½” from the lip
edge.
Fit the rubber grommets to the body. Be sure the
lip is seated on both side of the fiberglass.
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Fit the studs and spacers onto the bumper uprights
or jackpads. Note that the upper spacers and studs
are longer than the lower ones on both front and
rear of the car. Leave the nuts loose if the nudge
bars (hoops) are to be fitted.
LIGHTS
HEADLIGHTS
Extra-bright Lights
Insert the bumper/jackpad assembly through the
body grommets and secure onto the frame/bracket
with a lock washer and nut.
The stock E.R.A. headlight wiring harness is
adequate for up to 65W bulbs. 100W bulbs require
auxiliary relays to carry the extra current.
If you have a rear nudge bar, the bar and uprights
must be installed as a unit. The front nudge bar
can be fitted separately or in unit with the uprights.
All holes for mounting the lights are pre-drilled at
the factory. The headlights can only be installed
with the correct orientation.
Align and tighten nuts and bolts.
RETROFITTING THE FRONT NUDGE BAR
Tape the sides of the front uprights to prevent
scratching and facilitate marking.
With the front uprights installed as shown above,
hold the nudge bar between them, aligned with the
body opening and with about 3/4" clearance between
it and the body.
Transfer the hole locations from the nudge bar to
the uprights.
Drill 3/8" holes in the uprights and install the
threaded inserts with a special tool or a nut and
bolt.
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Mount the headlight assembly and gasket with four
#10 Phillips pan head tapping screws.
Pass the headlight wires (with the parking light
wires) through the rubber grommet in the inner
panel and rearward to the top of the spring perches.
Connect to the wiring harness and ground as shown
in the separate wiring instructions. Leave the rims
off till the headlights are adjusted.
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SIGNAL LIGHTS
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To make the tail light connections:
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Make sure that the rear harness black ground
wire is connected to the light stud or ground
receptacle.

With the parking lights on, the red wire should
be live. Touch the red wire to each pigtail (or
connector loop). Connect that wire to the
dimmest filament.

Connect the other wire to the remaining
receptacle at the bulb bottom.
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Install the parking light harness along the inside of
the inner panel, above the corner of the radiator,
securing it with the clamps on the top inner panel.
Connections are as shown in the following
illustration. Check the wiring instructions for
further notes.
LICENSE PLATE LIGHT
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When making the wiring connections and inserting
the bulb, use a light electrical grease to prevent
corrosion from water and road salts.
Mount with the supplied #10 stainless nuts and
bolts. The lights have male and female terminals
which mate with the harness only one way.
Connect the black (ground) wire (with the eye
terminal) to one of the light mounting bolts.
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INSTALLATION
Remove the attachment screw, lens and cover.
On some twist-off lights, it is possible to insert the
bulb two ways. If the the signal light is dimmer
than the parking light, remove the bulb, turn it 180°
and reinsert it
Insert the red wire through the larger of the 3 holes
in the deck lid and through the back of the light
gasket.
Connect the black wire to the case and the red wire
to the loop on the bulb holder.
TAIL-LIGHTS
The lenses of the lights are mounted with the
lettering on the lens right side up.
Attach the light to the deck lid and refit the lens and
cover.
Taillights may have pigtails with female
connectors. Otherwise connections are made
directly to the small receptacles on the light socket.
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STREET STYLE
BACK-UP LIGHT (OPTIONAL)
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Back-up lights may be required in some states. The
type and location of the light is the customer's
choice, but we recommend mounting the light on a
bumper bracket or the nudge bar. Partial back-up
light wiring is built into the harness. The wires for
the back-up light switch connections exit the main
harness on the passenger compartment side of the
firewall.
For the obsessive compulsive: The backside of the
mirror and the clamp on the original cars was black
wrinkle-finish paint.
Assemble the mirror as shown. The upper and
lower clamps hold the rim against the reflector.
Note that the stainless steel reflector is only
polished on one side.
MIRRORS
DASH
Mount the rearview mirror on top of the dash in the
pre-drilled holes using chrome #8 oval head
Phillips tapping screws. See below for mirror hole
locations.
COMPETITION STYLE
Attach the bracket to the dashboard with the
included #8 screws. The bottom mirror nut should
hang over the edge only minimally. Typically, the
mirror is placed just to the left of the center tonneau
snap.
SIDE
COMPETITION STYLE (ON DOOR)
The Raydot-style mirror is attached through the
front side curtain ferrule as shown. Drill and safety
wire the “long nut” after tightening it only enough
to keep the mirror in place but not so much as to
crush the body.
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STREET STYLE
Follow the instructions included with the mirrors
for disassembly. You may have to drill the holes in
the base larger to fit the included screws.
Have a friend help you locate the mirror on the
fender. Use wide masking tape to protect the
fender where the mirror is to be mounted.
Use the plastic gasket to mark the outline of the
gasket and the mounting holes onto the tape. Make
sure the gasket is facing in the right direction.
The Street mirror is assembled as shown.
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COMPETITION STYLE (ON WINDSHIELD)
The left side mirror is shown below. The right side
bracket has a slight bend to tilt the mirror toward
the driver.
Postioning the mirror (typical).
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Position mirror pedestal on the fender over the hole
markings and within the gasket outline.
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Holding the pedestal in position, drill two /8" holes
where marked, making sure to hold the drill at the
proper angle. Be very careful when puting in the
screws. If they are too tight in the hole, "adjust" the
hole size with the drill. See the illustration on page
116.
DOOR TRIM
STEP MOLDING
Anodized aluminum doorstep moldings come with
the optional street interior only. They are predrilled but must be shaped to the door opening.
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GRAB HANDLE
Note that the short lip side of the molding is to the
inside of the door opening. Carefully pre-shape the
molding by hand as closely as possible to match the
door opening. Form the molding by starting at the
rear edge, lining up the radiused edge as shown
below.
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Drill a /32" hole into the door opening flange
through the top hole above the door latch striker.
Attach the molding at the top with one of the
screws provided. Enlarge the hole slightly by
running the drill in and out if the screw does not go
in easily.
Press the molding tightly against the sill and carpet.
Drill the next hole and insert the screw (#4 x ½”L
countersunk). Continue for the entire length of the
molding.
Attach the handle to the dash with chrome finishing
screws, #10 x 3/4"L if the dash is 1/2" thick at that
point. If the dash is thinner at the attachment
points, sometimes we use a 10-24 screw with a nut.
EMBLEMS
TOP SNAPS
The nose and trunk emblems are optional and only
“legal” for a street-style car.
The top snaps were trial fit before paint. If the
screw holes have paint in them they should be
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chased with a /64" drill bit.
NOSE
Use a fiber or plastic washer under each snap. Do
not over-torque! The studs are plated brass and
break easily.
Lay out a centerline by projecting the line of the
hood forward and measuring across the headlights.
Use masking tape to protect the paint during
marking and drilling of the hole locations.
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Follow the dimensions in the diagram below for the
location of the original type "Cobra" emblems.
Drill 1/8" holes for the emblem studs. Access holes
are already in the inner panel.
SIDE
Project a line directly up from the 4th louver.
Secure the emblems with the press-on speed-nuts
provided. Alternately, some use double-sided tape
after removing the pins.
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LICENSE PLATE(S)
FRONT
E.R.A. offers a tilting bracket to mount the front
plate on the optional front grill surround or a
bracket that mounts underneath the left front
parking light.
REAR
The rear plate may be mounted directly to the trunk
lid using 3/8" (minimum) plastic spacers between the
plate and the body. Alternately, E.R.A. offers a
plain bracket or a special Carroll Shelby Motors
frame. See page 113 for installation of the basic
bracket.
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TRUNK
Follow the same procedure as the nose emblem
installation.
EXHAUST SYSTEM
PRIMARY PIPES
Install both primary pipe manifolds from the top.
Bolt into place with a gasket and high temperature
silicone (like Permatex Ultra Copper 81878)
exhaust sealer. Once the car has been warmed up,
and periodically thereafter, re-torque the primary
pipes.
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Seal the junction of the primary pipes and the side
or collector-to-muffler with silicone or Walker
Acousti-seal.
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COMPETITION PIPES
The outside pipes are available in bare steel. After
the brackets are welded on, the bare steel can be
painted with a VHT type coating (usually must be
re-done every year), ceramic (HPC, Jet-Hot,
Airborn Coatings, etc.) or chrome plated.
We recommend that the primary pipe collectors be
ceramic coated. This decreases the heat radiated
in the engine compartment and extends the life of
the pipes. Because of the slip fit into the side pipes,
mask the last 1 1/2" of the outside surface before
coating.
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The flanges of the primary pipes may have
distorted during welding. Use a flat surface to
check their condition. If there is more than .020"
variance from flat, grind, file or mill the surfaces.
Rear Hanger (viewed from back)
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UNDERCAR
HEAT SHIELDS
Install insulation on the underside of both the
floors to minimize heat transfer into the passenger
compartment:

Glue or rivet 1/8" aluminum or stainless faced
insulation onto the bottom of the floors.

Add jute or foam insulation underneath the
rugs.
The (optional) heat exhaust heat shields help to
keep heat off of the footboxes. Assemble the left
and right pieces as shown.
The exhaust hanger mounting holes are on the floor
transverse supports: One in the front support, two in
the rear.
Holding each top and vertical assembly in place,
mark the aluminum wheelhouse for the upper holes
and drill for the #10 screws (9/64”). Attach the upper
pieces with screws, then drill through the bottom
holes into the footboxes for the #6 screws (#30
drill).
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CONVERTIBLE TOP
FITTING THE TOP KIT
More pictures (of a 427) at
www.erareplicas.com/427man/top/index.htm
While it is possible for an individual to fit the top,
E.R.A. recommends that the top be fit by a
professional upholsterer, especially if you have a roll
bar. The following general guidelines will be of
some help. ERA takes no responsibility for any
damage resulting from installation of the top by any
party.
To prevent scratches in the paint, tape heavy paper
over the area of the rear body snap studs. Punch
holes so the studs protrude through the paper.
If you have side curtains, match the angle of the
windshield to their front edge. See the Side curtain
section below.
Install the front channels onto the windshield
frame. The inside portion of each front channel has
a stud which inserts into the slot of the frame. See
below. Press down to engage, slide to the outside
and down in the windshield frame. Check that the
stud is secure in the windshield frame.
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Install a snap on each rear flap as close as possible
to the outside corner:

Punch a center hole in the fabric. Use the
snap backing plate as a guide to make 4 small
slits in the fabric with a sharp knife.
Secure the stationary brackets to the windshield
side posts with the screws provided - Locktite
recommended on the screw threads.
Assemble the rear bow halves together. Turn the
knurled adjusters all the way into the ends of the
bows.
Install a ferrule in each of the receptacles adjacent
to the body just outside the seat-backs. Slide the
bow assembly into the sockets with the hinged
brace toward the rear.
Do not try to fit a cold top! Always work at room
temperature or above.
From the outside, insert the prongs through the
small slits. Install the snap backing plate to the
underside of the material, bending the prongs to
secure the snap.
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Alternately adjust the top over the rear bows and
pull and re-tape the top material at the front to
remove slack from the top and minimize wrinkling.
Do not pull hard at any time. Stress can break the
windshield! Make sure the top material is centered
on the front bows and windshield. Keep adjusting
the fabric at the rear and front of car until the top is
smooth and sag free.
Lay the top in place over the rear bow and secure
the snaps to the studs in the body closest to each
rear door opening. If the top is too tight for the
snaps to reach the studs even at the lowest height
adjustment, remove some material in the where the
main bows come together to create some slack.
If the frame doesn't follow the contour of the fabric,
it can be "tweaked" to fit by hand/over-the-knee
bending.
Beginning at the center, carefully un-tape a portion
of the top fabric from the windshield. Glue a
portion of the top fabric to the front vertical face of
the channel with contact cement. Do not apply the
glue to the top of the front bow, only to the front
surface. Work from the center to the sides until the
entire top surface is glued.
Remove both front bows and wrap the front of the
fabric around inside the channel, leaving a couple
of inches hanging at the sides. Trim the excess
front fabric and glue the material into the inner
surface. See above.
With the top installed, tape down the edges of the
front bows securely.
Attach the latch "hooks" to the windshield frame
using the hardware provided. See the diagram
below. Determine where the latches must be
installed on the front channel to provide proper
tension on the front channel when installed with
foam rubber between the channel and top frame.
Mark the holes for the latches on the fabric of the
front channel, then remove the channels from the
car to drill the holes for the rivets. Rivet the latches
to the front channel. Remove the remainder of the
mandrel from the rivets, and peen the backside of
the rivet as flat as possible.
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Starting on the passenger side of the car, install the
balance of the snaps in the center of the flap,
alternating from each side towards the center.
Glue the extra flap of material on the top over the
exposed rivets on the backside of the front channel.
If the car has a roll bar, carefully make a slit from
the bottom edge of the top to about 1" into the
plastic window. A small boot can be made from
two pieces of fabric sewn together, sandwiching the
top material between them.
Glue felt pads to the underside of all snaps to
prevent paint damage..
Use 2" masking tape to tape each front channel
down to the top of the windshield securely at the
outer edges. Pull the top fabric over the top of the
channels, beginning at the center and working over
to each side, taping the material to the windshield
glass as you work.
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The door must be open wide to install the side
curtain mounting pins into the door ferrules. Trial
fit each curtain to the door.
If the pins do not match the sockets, it may be
necessary to “tweak” the pins and/or elongate the
fiberglass holes in the door so that the body ferrules
can shift slightly:
If the pins are not parallel to each other, bend them
with pliers, etc. Just because you can start the pin
in the ferrule does't mean it won't bind further
down.
If straightening the pins doesn’t solve the
problem:
Remove the center ferrule after removing the circlip
at the bottom. This will make checking fit of the
outside pins easier. (The center pin can be fit
afterward.)
Glue 1/8" thick foam strips to the inside of the front
bow channels to seal the top of the windshield
frame.
Use a round file to elongate the holes in the door
skin and inner panel to match the front and rear pin
locations. Don’t make the holes uniformly larger in
diameter. Oval them in-line with the other pins, so
that the curtain frame will not rock from side to
side.
REMOVE AND REPLACE
(after fitting)
Cold temperatures make top installation difficult.
Install the top bows with the hinged frame toward
the rear. See above.
Once the pins fit in the outside ferrules, repeat the
process for the center one. Replace the circlips.
Lay the top in position across the top bows. Install
the header channels on the windshield by engaging
the header tang into the slot in the top of the
windshield.
Install each side curtain on the door and close the
door carefully. If the side tilt of the curtain does
not match the side of the windshield frame,
carefully bend the curtain in or out as necessary.
Engage the outside windshield clamps to the
header, but don't cinch them down.
Trimming the front edge:
Working toward the center from each side, press
the lift-a-dot fasteners onto the body studs. It helps
to rock the fastener back and forth a bit.
The top corner of the Plexiglas may have to be
matched to the windshield frame. Peal the fabric
back from the frame as necessary and trim the sides
with a hacksaw. (To prevent scratching, mask off
the Plexiglas.) Saw the excess material from the
top edge of the frame and bend down to match the
sides.
When all lift-a-dots are secure, cinch down the
windshield clamps and adjust the height of the
bows at the sides.
If the top is too loose, unscrew the knurled ends of
the top bows to raise everything.
The Plexiglas can be shaped to match with a
bandsaw or with careful grinding. Finish with a
sanding block and wet 180 or 220 grit paper.
Remove in the reverse order.
SIDE CURTAINS
Trim and re-glue the fabric to the frame.
If your top has not already been fit, the windshield
angle may be matched to fit the front edge of the
side curtain. If you intend to install side curtains in
the future, E.R.A. can supply a template to
determine the angle. Once the windshield angle has
been determined, the top may installed to fit.
FITTING THE TONNEAU COVER
Stretch the cover over the snaps. Mark and install
the snaps as described above for the top.
If the top has been fit, the windshield angle may
effect the fit of the side curtain front glazing. The
front edge of the curtain may have to be trimmed.
See below.
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FINAL OPERATIONS
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CLUTCH HYDRAULICS
INSTALL WIPER ARMS
Without the arms installed, cycle the motor through
high and low speed. When you turn off the switch,
check to see that the drive posts return to the far
right (passenger’s side) position.
HOSE INSTALLATION
See page 32 for an illustration of the slave cylinder.
Ask about oncentric slave cylinder installations
Press the arm onto the post so that the blade falls at
the base of the windshield, just above the frame.
See above.
Check the sweep of the wiper and adjust if
necessary.
Removal:
Use a screwdriver to pry between the post base and
the edge of the arm, opposite to the blade.
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Check the tightness of all fittings before bleeding.
BLEEDING
The car must be level for this operation
Fill the brake/clutch reservoir with DOT 3 or DOT 4
fluid. Silicone fluid is not recommended.
Attach a small hose to the slave cylinder bleeder
nipple, emersing the other end of the hose in a small
cup of fluid. Loosen the nipple about 2/3 turn with a
9
/32" or 7 mm wrench.
Work the arm on the clutch pedal shaft (instead of
pushing on the clutch pedal itself) until only clear
fluid comes out of the hose.
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Close the bleeder nipple and pump the clutch pedal
several times. If there is more than 1" travel at the
pedal before resistance is felt, repeat the bleeding
procedure.
BRAKE HYDRAULICS
BLEEDING
Have the car level or with the rear higher than the
front.
 The brake hydraulic system is bled like the clutch
except that there is a bleeder (or two) at each wheel.
Check the fluid reservoir level periodically. If you
run the reservoir and master cylinder dry, you will
have to start over.
 Add fluid level to the reservoir if necessary.
 Bleed air consecutively, starting at the right rear
and right front, then left rear and left front.
The optional Sierra/Wilwood calipers have a
bleeder on both the inside and outside caliper half.
Bleed the inside half first, then the outside within
the sequence above.
If you use the hose and jar method, you can bleed
the brakes without assistance as long as the end of
the hose remains immersed in fluid.
ADJUSTMENT
If no return spring is used on the clutch lever, the
clutch will be self-adjusting. Most throw-out bearings
will operate with the small constant pressure involved.
Those that cannot have pressur must use a return
spring and be adjusted periodically.
See page 82 for clutch pedal height adjustment.
WITHOUT RETURN SPRING
Increase the length of the throw rod by unscrewing
the ball end, forcing the piston in the cylinder to just
bottom out. Note that the cylinder is spring loaded
to the fully extended position.
Decrease the length of the rod so that there is about
1
/4" play when you push the transmission arm
forward.
BEDDING IN THE PADS
The pads react positively to a hard initial break-in.
Bring the car up to approximately 60 mph, put the
transmission in neutral, and bring the car almost to a
stop. Do this several times in sucession to heat the
pads up. Allow the pads to cool slowly.
PERIODIC FLUSHING
The most compatible fluids are Castrol LMA and
ATE type 400. Both are DOT 3 or 4. Don't use DOT
5 - it's silicone-based and may create problems with
seals. You will need about a pint of fluid total.
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WITH SPRING
Remove the spring. Adjust as above, but leave just
/16" clearance. This should result in about 1/2" free
play at the pedal. Lack of free play will result in
premature throw-out bearing failure or a slipping
clutch. The free play must be adjusted about every
3000 miles.
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Since the front and rear brakes are separate systems,
it doesn't matter which you do first. While you can
use a vacuum bleeder, it's not necessary.
Open the right front bleeder and pump the brake
pedal (slowly) until the reservoir is almost dry or
the fluid runs clear. With Sierra/Wilwood calipers,
flush the inner half, then the outer. Always leave
enough fluid in the reservoir to cover the bottom
ports.
Top off the reservoir.
Do the same process with the left front caliper.
Repeat the sequence with the rear calipers, doing
the right one first, then the left.
The feed for the clutch is midway up the reservoir.
Don't let the level fall below the feed hole when you
flush the clutch fluid. Have someone depress the
clutch while you open the bleeder. Close the bleeder
before they release the pedal. Repeat until the fluid
is fresh.
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Note: The right hand thread wing nut is installed on
the left side, left hand thread on the right.
JACKING THE CAR
FRONT
Use anti-seize on the knock-off threads, drive pins and
on the wheel mounting surface to prevent long-term
seizing of the wheel to the hub.
The car can also be jacked up on the lower control
arms at the ball joint (be careful not to damage the
grease fitting), or the front crossmember as shown.
The jack will (barely) fit by going in diagonally just
in front of a front wheel, avoiding the oil cooler
scoop.
When installing the wheel on the hub, make sure the
pins line up with the holes. Use a dead-blow or lead
hammer (3 lbs) to tighten each wing-nut.
Tighten wing nuts in the direction opposite to forward
wheel rotation.
For backup, drill a hole in each wing of the knockoff and use safety wire to secure one wing to a spoke
in the wheel (so that it is always being tightened, of
course.)
H\fjack
REAR
Jack up by the differential or the crossmember just
in front of the differential. The Jaguar suspension
can be jacked on the outer end of the control arm or
the hub carrier, the ERA suspension, just under the
hub carrier.
BOLT-ON WHEEL NOTES
The standard thread of the front (GM) lug nuts is
7
/16"-20. The thread for the rear (Jaguar) are 1/2"-20.
If you have a space-saver spare, be sure to have lug
nuts sized for both.
When using the E.R.A. rear suspension, some bolton wheels that use a cone-type lug nut will have to
be converted to shoulder lug nuts. Call us for
details.
PIN DRIVE WHEEL NOTES
Some pin-drive wheel castings have been porous,
especially with the real magnesium wheels. We
recommend that the rim (from bead to bead inside
the tire area) be sealed with epoxy paint. Some tire
dealers have a special wheel sealant.
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FRONT SPECIFICATIONS
SUSPENSION ADJUSTMENTS
The specifications for the standard front spring
preload are on page 48. This will result in about 7"
from the ground to the bottom of the front
crossmember (4 3/4" to the front of the main rails).
Once the height is correct, tighten the front upper
control arm pivot bolts. See page 71.
Specifications below are for street driving.
Competition settings should be stiffer.
CHASSIS HEIGHT
After setting the springs as described on page 48, the
car should be driven to settle everything in. Don't
change the spring heights before driving the car at
least 50 miles.
COIL-OVER HEIGHT
ADJUSTMENT
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REAR SPECIFICATIONS
Front: When you raise
both sides of the coil spring
collar by X (thereby
compressing the spring
more), the chassis height
will change by roughly 1.5
x X. In other words, to
raise the ride height by 1”,
move the spring collar up
by 2/3”.
If you have adjustable spring collar shocks, the rear
height can be adjusted to taste. E.R.A. recommends
that the main chassis rails be raked about 1/4" to 1/2"
from front to back.
Rear (with Jag): For small
changes, you can adjust
only one spring per side.
The ride height will change
roughly ½ the collar
change. For larger
changes, change all four of
the collar positions equally.
The ride height will then
change roughly equal to the
collar height change.
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FRONT:
ALIGNMENT
Note! Some automated alignment machines require a
specific car to tell the operator how to move shims.
The closest production car is the ’73-’76 Chevrolet
Monte Carlo
See pages 71-75 for suspension assembly. The
chassis height should be within the specifications
given above. Inquire for recommended starting
settings for all-out track work.
Camber
0 deg. +/- 1/4
We’ve included (12) 1/8” shims with the kit which,
when distributed equally usually results in the
approximate correct camber.
Adding a 1/8" shim between each bracket and the
chassis will increase camber by approximately 1/2
deg. Use standard 1975 Chevrolet Camaro shims or
their equivalent.
All ball joints, outer tie-rod ends and wheel bearings
are Chevrolet. The upper control arm pivot shaft is
an aftermarket part for the same application, but is
offset for more camber adjustment. Replacement
part numbers are on page 135.
Caster
4 deg. +/- 1/2

The caster value of the left and right sides of
the car should differ by less than 1/2 deg., and
the right caster should always be equal or
greater than the left to compensate for road
crown.

Shifting a 1/8" shim from the front of the
bracket to the rear will decrease the caster by
about 1 1/4 deg.
Toe-in
h\camber
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1
/16"-1/8"

Loosen the jam nut on each tie rod. Rotate the
inner tie rod inside the rack boot to adjust. Each
turn of the tie rod relative to the end will change
3
the toe by about /16". With the ERA steering
gear, equalize the distance between the tie rod
center and the end of the inner sleeve.

Once the toe is correct, remove the steering
wheel/hub from the splines and re-install so that
is centered. Temporarily install the large
washer, wave washer and nut, torquing to 10 lbft. Final adjustment of the wheel can be done
after the car is test-driven. When the steering
wheel orientation is correct, tighten the column
hub nut to 25 lb-ft. Install the hub center cap as
described on page 105.
SECTION H
-FINAL OPERATIONS -
REAR
Jaguar w/inboard brakes
Camber
-3/4 deg. +/- 1/4
Toe-in
side
0.00” to /16" (0 to ¼ deg) toe-in per
1
Adjust Camber by adding or removing shims from
between the brake rotor and the inner drive-axle
flange. A 0.02” shim will change camber by ¼
degrees. Most setups will require only one shim,
less than is normally used in the original car so you
will have extra ones left over. New shims are
available from us or your local Jaguar dealer or one
of the Jaguar specialists listed on page 26.
The rear wheel toe-in is not individually adjustable.
If the toe is out of range, the lower control arms
must be bent or replaced. Tracking (longitudinal
alignment of the front and rear suspensions) may be
changed by adjusting the length of the trailing arms
at the rod end to shift the assembly in the chassis.

Measure the camber.

To change the camber, the front rod end must be
disengaged from the inner bracket. Jack the car up
to unload the suspension and remove the inner
pivot bolt. For each ¼ degree of camber change
needed, turn the rod end ½ turn in or out. Re-insert
the inner pivot bolt and tighten to 75 lbft. Change
the length of the rear tie rod the same amount by
turning in or out ½ the number of turns that the rod
end was changed by: i.e. you rotated the rod end by
½ turn, rotate the tie-rod by ¼ turn.
To much positive camber can be changed by adding
shims between the axle flange and spacer. A
0.02” shim will change camber by ¼ degrees.
DAMPER ADJUSTMENT
SPAX
Spax dampers do not have separate bump and
rebound controls, but a reasonable performance
compromise can be made using common sense and a
screwdriver. The bump/rebound ratio is designed
for the ERA 289FIA and only detail changes need
be made for optimum handling. We have found that
all dampers adjusted 5 clicks from dead soft (see
below) is reasonable for the street. Damping
adjustment is located near the bottom of each unit at
the slotted pin. Rotate the adjustment counterclockwise until you can no longer feel the
adjustment "clicks." This is "dead soft." If you
wish to experiment with your own settings, read the
instructions below.
E.R.A. w/ outboard brakes
Camber: -3/4 deg. +/- 1/4 deg.
1
Toe-in: 0- /16" (0-1/4 deg.)
Procedure:
Custom Settings: Initially set all six dampers 2
clockwise clicks from dead soft. Drive the car over
uneven surfaces to determine whether the car
bounces over bumps or wheel control is properly
maintained. Increase the damping until side hopping
begins, then decrease the setting until control is
regained. Read the instructions below for Koni
rebound damping adjustments for transition
understeer/oversteer adjustment.
KONI (RACING EXTERNALLY ADJUSTABLE )
Set the trailing arm lengths as described on page 77.
Bump control: The control knob is located at the
bottom of the damper. Turning the wheel clockwise
increases the bump control damping. Set all four
dampers on minimum bump and rebound settings.
Drive to get the feel of the car over uneven surfaces.
Observe the behavior over bumps, disregarding
body roll. Notice if the car walks or side-hops in a
rough turn. Increase bump adjustment 3 clicks on
all four dampers.
Set the height as described on page 127.

Use the rear tie rod to bring the toe-in into spec, but
don’t tighten the jam nuts. The threads on the outer
section of the tie rod are right hand, the threads into
the inner rod end are left hand – so turning the
adjuster forward at the top will decrease toe-in. For
each complete turn of the tie rod, toe will change by
0.2” (.75 deg.). Turning the tie-rod 1/6 of a turn (one
flat on the adjuster) will change the toe-in by 1/32”
(1/8 deg.).
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Steady state under/oversteer may be adjusted
significantly by working with the tire pressures. If
your balance is incorrect, raise the pressures on the
axle your want to stick better by about 2 psi and
road test the car. You may, alternately, reduce the
pressures on the opposite axle for a better ride.
Generally, it is the difference in front and rear tire
pressure that determines handling balance. If the car
does not behave the same cornering right and left,
check that the anti-sway bar links are not preloaded,
and that the spring preload is equal from side to side.
Drive the car again over uneven surfaces. Increase
the adjustments until the car starts to feel hard over
bumps. Back off the adjustment 2 clicks. The back
off point will probably be reached sooner on one end
of the vehicle than the other. If this occurs, keep
increasing the bump adjustment on the soft end until
it, too, feels hard. Then back it off. Final
adjustment can be made after you get used to the
feel of the car.
Rebound control: The adjustment is made by
inserting a pin in the wheel at the top of the damper.
Turning the toothed control wheel from left to right
will increase the rebound damping. With rebound
control set on full soft and the bump control set from
your testing, drive the car, paying attention to how
the car rolls when entering a turn. Increase the
rebound damping three sweeps on all four dampers
and test drive the car. Continue increasing the
damper setting until the car enters the turns
smoothly, with no drastic attitude changes, and
without leaning excessively. Any increase beyond
this point is unnecessary and may in fact be
detrimental.
BRAKE BALANCE ADJUSTMENT
Do not change the brake bias until after the brakes
have been thoroughly bedded in. The factory set bias
will be fine for most applications. Changes may be
necessary because of unusual pad material and/or
different calipers. All our standard and optional
brakes are roughly compatible with the standard
brake bias setting.
First, check that your link length is correct. See page
60.
Final adjustments can be made to effect the "turnin" of the car - that is, whether the car has initial
understeer or oversteer. By increasing the rebound
control at one end it will decrease the initial
adhesion at that end. Conversely, decreasing the
rebound control increases the initial adhesion. In
general, neutral or slight initial understeer is most
desirable. There should not be a large difference
between transient and final balance, although
slightly less initial understeer will increase
responsiveness.
Generally, on a road with good traction, the front
brakes should lock slightly before the rears.
Front-to-rear bias is adjusted by changing the
spacers on either side of the balance bar bearing.
Custom spacers are available from E.R.A. Retain
the total number of the spacers, shifting them from
one side of the balance bar to the other. Standard
spacing on either side of the balance bearing is
equal. If you have special calipers and require more
change than is available at the balance bar, new
master cylinders are available in diameters from 5/8"
to 1".
TIRE PRESSURES
Use initial settings(cold) of 24psi front, 26psi rear.
Depending upon tire brand and size, these pressures
will be a reasonable compromise between ride and
responsiveness. Remember, this a light car with
large tires. High tire pressures are not necessary or
desirable except for high speed/competition.
Harshness and vibration become a serious factor at
higher pressures. If you are using 17" wheels with
very low profile tires check the manufacturer’s
recommendations.
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ADD FLUIDS
Top up the proper oils or fluids to the engine,
transmission, rear end, cooling system, and braking
system
Engine oil: If the engine has never been run, add oil
to the filter and oil cooler before starting. Build up
oil pressure by cranking the engine over with the
spark plugs removed. Alternately, you may use a
drill on an extra long distributor drive shaft to turn
the oil pump. Once the pressure is up, you may
need to add more oil.
See page 137 for Capacities.
COOLING SYSTEM
SETUP
See page 138 for your optimum proportion of
antifreeze.
With a 15 psi pressure cap, the boiling point of
water or water/antifreeze mixture will be raised to
about 240F.
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In some installations, air may be trapped in the
intake manifold or cylinder heads. To remove the
trapped air:

Open the bleeder at the upper right of the
radiator. Fill the system with the cooling
mixture. Once water flows bubble free from the
radiator bleeder, shut the valve. (Actually, we
usually fill the system with water first and
pressure test for leaks, then drain half the water
out.)

With the expansion tank full, loosen the water
temperature fitting on the intake manifold. Air
will be expelled. When nothing comes out but
fluid, tighten the fitting.

Repeat the bleeding process after the car is run.
More air will usually come out.

Check the hoses and retighten all the hose
clamps.
HEATER:
With the system pressurized, loosen the higher
heater hose at the heater fitting to remove any air.
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After starting and running the car up to operating
temperature (180F min.), use the dash (manual
over-ride) switch to manually turn the radiator fan
on. The temperature should stabilize somewhat
under 210F, depending on your ambient
temperature. Shut the over-ride switch off and allow
the fan to come on automatically. This should
happen about 200F -210F. If the fan does not
start, even at 220F, check the electrical circuits
involved.
OVERHEATING:
Also see the web supplement information at
http://www.erareplicas.com/fiaman/index.htm
Use a 165F -180F thermostat for street use.
Leaving the thermostat out will cause overheating.
Remember that the boiling point of a water/anti-freeze
mixture with a 15 psi cap is over 230F. It is not
harmful (and normal) for the water temperature to
rise to 210F - 220F with the car not moving.
Once the temperature drops, the fan will
automatically cycle off. The fan will run even with
the ignition off, but will normally stop within 5
minutes. This feature helps prevent “hot soak” fuel
percolation in the carburetor.
AT SPEED
The E.R.A. 289FIA uses an oversized radiator.
Overheating at speed is almost always the result of
mechanical failure of the water pump or incorrect
engine settings, usually retarded ignition timing.
Check your dynamic timing at idle and 30003500rpm, or as recommended by your engine
builder. If you are using significant lengths of hose
in the connection from the radiator to the water
pump intake, make sure that the hose has an internal
spring to prevent its collapsing.
Small block Fords were also available with water
pumps that work in either forward or reverse
rotation directions. Make sure that your pump is
designed to rotate in the correct direction!
Water pumps have been known to fail invisibly.
The impeller comes loose from the shaft under load.
Sometimes an extremely tight engine can cause
overheating.
LOW SPEED
See the AT SPEED section above
Our standard fan is adequate for practically any
small block engine under normal conditions – it’s
the same one we use with the 427SC kit. If you
expect high temperature city driving, or you have a
large displacement and/or highly tweaked engine,
consider ordering our heavy-duty fan.
The fan only effects water temperature when the car is
below 15mph.
TESTING
Fan function:
The fan thermo-switch is in the aluminum connector
between the radiator and water pump. Because the
sensor is in the coolant return line, the 75 C switch
marking will not correspond to the cylinder head
temperature that the gage indicates because of the
cooling that occurs in the radiator.
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HEADLIGHT ADJUSTMENT
Most service stations have a standard set of
headlight adjusters. If you have a flat area (at least
40 ft long) you can do the job yourself.


Change the vertical/horizontal orientation with
the adjusting screws at the top and side of the
headlight retaining ring. See the diagram
below.

Replace the trim ring and screw.
Remove the screw at the bottom of the trim
ring, and pry off the ring with a flat screwdriver.
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FINAL CHECKS
Make sure the head, stop, parking and signal lights are working.
Check the horn and wipers.
Check tire pressures.
Check for exhaust leaks.
Re-torque the exhaust manifold bolts.
Check the hand brake. This disk brake system may require more effort than your "other" car.
CONGRATULATIONS! You have just assembled a complete automobile from the
ground up! Your E.R.A. will give you the exhilaration and uniqueness of an
outstanding, high performance automobile. Enjoy!
See page 139 for hints on inspection, insurance and registration.
YOUR FIRST DRIVE
The E.R.A. 427 is an amazing sports car, but it requires caution and care to drive, especially in the beginning when you’re not
accustomed to the power. The Loud Pedal is your friend and your enemy! If you add throttle, the car will react as you would
expect: with more or less wheelspin. Where people get in trouble is with trailing throttle. If you back off too quickly in a
corner (or if the car is already sideways from over-throttle), the rear end will snap around as much as with excess throttle!
Squeeze on, squeeze off! A good driving reference is at this site: http://www.drivingfast.net/
So – Be Careful Out There, But Always Have Fun!
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RECOMMENDED SERVICE
Fluids and capacities are listed on page 131.
Check transmission oil
EVERY GASOLINE FILL-UP:
Grease rear axle and driveshaft universal joints
Check engine oil and water
Grease the inner and outer pivots on the rear lower
control arm
FIRST 1000 MILES
Check the tightness on all chassis bolts.
Grease front upper and lower ball joints and outer
tie rod ends
EVERY 3000 MILES
Change engine oil and filter
Check rear brakes
Check engine drive belts for wear and tension
EVERY 24 MONTHS OR 2 YEARS
Adjust clutch play (if using a return spring)
Change antifreeze
EVERY 6000 MILES
EVERY 24 MONTHS OR 2 YEARS
Inspect front brakes
Change brake fluid. See page
EVERY 12,000 MILES
FUSES
1. Radiator fan, heater
2. Horns, lighter
3. Wipers
4. Voltage regulator, Fan relay, Signal lights
5. Brake, backup lights, Fuel pump
6. Parking, panel lights
7. Headlights, high beams
8. Headlights, low beams
There are also two fast-blow 4A fuses under the steering
column that protect the rear signal/brake lights individually.
See the wiring instructions for any wire-color changes
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-REFERENCE -
REFERENCE
MAINTENANCE PARTS
All pieces listed below are included in the kit but are listed here for reference and long term replacement.
Part numbers listed are typical, but equivalent brands may be substituted unless otherwise stated. Fluids and
capacities are listed on page 131.
Ball joint, lower:
Moog 6145, Rep. 10277
FUEL SYSTEM
Ball joint, upper:
Moog 5208, Rep. 10268
Filler cap
Parts Master 46139
Bushing, lower, inner
Energy Suspenson
Filter, In-line
3/8” both ends.
pivot
9072G or from ERA
Upper
control
arm
shaft
MOOG
K6148
BRAKES
assembly, w/bushes
All pieces listed below are included in the kit but are
Bushings only
MOOG K6108
listed here for reference and long term
Shafts and bushes are from 1970-73 Chevy Camaro
replacement.
Tie rod end, outer:
Republic ES 425R
Fits Chevy Vega, 1972Moog ES425RL
FRONT
Rotor
Pads
Rotor
1979.
thickness,
Tie rod end, inner:
E.R.A. part
max/min
Sway bar, link:
Republic SL18060
GM 1975
Bendix D52S
1.040”Bushing and bracket
Suspension Techniques
caliper Camaro
0.970”
PB-93
Bearing, F hub
inner
A-2 Bower/BCA
Wilwood Wilwood
(Fits Wilwood 1.250”outer
A-6 Bower/BCA
caliper 120(Superlite,
1.190”
Seal, inner, F hub
National 8871
(XL) 11136
0.8” thick
(Left and
pad.)
Steering gear
Flaming River FR1502
right)
150-8854K
3X3
Boot for Mustang based Flaming River FR1502B
REAR
gear
Jaguar (1980 XJ- Lucas-Girling
0.500”6)
GP97
0.470”
ERA Rear
’93-’97
GM “F
body”
HYDRAULICS
Brake master cylinder
front
rear
Line, Flex
front
rear
Bearing, shaft /clutch
pedal:
Thrust washer
Bearing, balance bar
Clutch master cylinder
(3/4” or 7/8”)
Clutch slave cylinder
(20.5mm/.81”)
Bendix
MKD750,
MRD750,
PMD750
0.810”0.770”
Tilton 74-875U
Tilton 74-750U
EIS SP5753 (mod'fd)
EIS SP1358 or Bendix
88264
Tor. B1416
Tor. TRA1423
Heim LSS-8
Tilton 74-750 or Tilton
74-875
(72-76 2002) BMW
21521104269
SUSPENSION, FRONT:
The upper and lower ball joints are from: 73-88
Chevelle, 70-96 Camaro and 77-85 Impala.
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TRAILING ARM, REAR
(Front) Bushing/sleeve set
Energy Suspension 99105GX
SUSPENSION, REAR, JAGUAR:
Inner pivot bearing,
Tor. B146
lower wishbone
Outer fulcrum bearing,
Timken 03062/03162
lower wishbone
Seal, inner fulcrum
Jaguar C17168
Seal, outer fulcrum
National 471652
Bearing, inner hub
Timken 18620/18690
Bearing, outer hub
Timken 18520/18590
Hub seal, inner
Beck Arnley 052-0221
Hub seal, outer
Beck Arnley 052-0643
(large)
Sway bar
link
Republic SL18050
clamp and bushing
Suspension Techniques
PA-75
Universal joint
Spicer 5-160X
Subframe pivot bush
Moog K8169 or Republic
12292
Pinion seal (most)
Jag. AAU3381A
-REFERENCE -
STEERING COLUMN:
Bushing, early column
Lucas 209423 (Triumph
housing (with rubber
Spitfire)
insulators)
Bushing, late column
Nylon bush, 1"OD x 3/4"ID
x 1"L (McMaster Carr
6389K226)
9
/
Joint, universal
Borgeson U15N /16"x /16"
(part of E.R.A. assembly)
MISC./ELECTRICAL
Door hinge bushing
Boston FB58-5
Gages
Speedometer
Stewart Warner D550 BP
Tachometer
Stewart Warner 82170
Oil pressure
???S.W. 82323
Oil temperature
S.W. 82327-60
Water temperature
S.W. 82326-60
Ammeter
S.W. 82311
Fuel level
S.W. 82303
SENDERS/RELAYS-SWITCHES
Standard fuel tank
SW F-385-B (300)
Foam filled tank
Centroid CFG 101/4-12V
Relay (Horn and
Bosch/Tyco V23234radiator fan)
A001-X032 or
VW 321 919 505
Switch, fan thermo
VW 823 959 431/75
Relay (tail-light)
Standard Ign. TC-52
Switch, brake light
Ford 100810B, GM
403936, Wagner FC5106
SUSPENSION, REAR, OUTBOARD BRAKES
Outer fulcrum bearing,
Timken 03062/03162
lower wishbone
Upper trailing arm, Frnt
HMR-8
Rear
HML-8
Upper radius rod, inner
HMR-8
Upper rad. rod, outer
HML-8
Lower rad. rod, Rr in'r
HFR-8
Lower rad. rods, out'r
Energy Susp. 9-9105
Lower rad. rod, F in'r
HMR-8
Lower trailing arm, F
Energy Susp. 9-9105
Lower trailing arm, Rr
HMR-8
Subframe, top mt.
Same as Jaguar 
Subframe, bottom mt.
Energy Susp. 9-9107
BEARINGS/SEALS
Bearing, inner hub
Bearing, outer hub
Hub seal, inner
Hub seal, outer
Sway bar
link
clamp and bushing
Universal joint
Subframe pivot bush
Pinion seal (most)
All from 1976 Jag XJ
Timken 18520/18590
Timken 18620/18690
Beck Arnley 052-0221
Beck Arnley 052-0643
Republic SL18050
Suspension Techniques
PA-75
Spicer 5-160X
Republic 12292
AAU3381A
BULBS
Headlight
Frt signal/parking light
Rr signal/parking light
Instrument lighting
Warning lights
License plate (2 rqd)
6014
1157
1157
Smith: GE, Osram 159
S/W short socket: 1893
S/W long socket: 57
Osram 3898, Wagner
11009 (BA7S base, 12V,
2W). Used on Honda,
VW
57
STEERING COLUMN RELAYS, FLASHERS,
ETC.
E.R.A. Column
Signal/Dimmer Switch
VW #141 953 517F
Dimmer relay
VW 111 935 227 D/H
Flasher (E.R.A.,
Buss 180
Triumph)
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JACKING
FRONT
The car can also be jacked up on the lower control
arms at the ball joint (be careful not to damage the
grease fitting), or the front crossmember as shown.
The jack will (barely) fit by going in diagonally just
in front of a front wheel, avoiding the oil cooler
scoop.
H\fjack
REAR
Jack up by the differential or the crossmember just
in front of the differential. The Jaguar suspension
can be jacked on the outer end of the control arm or
the hub carrier, the ERA suspension, just under the
hub carrier.
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-REFERENCE 
CAPACITIES/LUBRICANTS
Brakes: Use DOT 3, DOT 4 or DOT 5.1 fluid for
both the brake and clutch systems. We use ATE
200, ATE Blue or Castrol LMA in our rollers.
Silicone-based fluid is not recommended.
Differential: The filler and drain plugs are ½”
square. Fill with Moroso climbing gear lube, SAE
90, part number 34800. Mix with 4 to 8 oz. of
Amalie limited slip additive (part # 505-6775). If
the above are not available, you may use 80W-90
GL5 lubricant with an equivalent limited slip
additive. If the limited slip seems to be sticking
(ratcheting around sharp corners), drain and refill,
replacing the Amalie additive with 2 tubes of GM
additive 1052358 or MOPAR additive 4318060AB..
Cooling system capacity:
3.5-4 gallons
For optimum cooling, it's best to use the smallest
proportion of aluminum-compatible anti-freeze
commensurate with your local temperatures. Pure
water has the best heat transfer rate of all. We've
had good results by adding Red Line Water Wetter
too.
Suspension: Use an EP-type grease on all pieces
with grease nipples. Use a silicone grease when
lubing the front lower control arm inner bushes
(only necessary when you are replacing them).
FREEZING POINTS FOR
SOLUTIONS OF ETHYLENE GLYCOL
GLYCOL
% BY VOLUME
°F
°C
12.5
25
-4
17
20
-7
25
10
-12
32.5
0
-18
38.5
-10
-23
44
-20
-29
49
-30
-34
52.5
-40
-40
TORQUE SPECIFICATIONS
Use figures below only if unspecified in the relevant
instructions. Torques listed are for lubricated threads
or threads with liquid thread locker. All stover nut
threads should be lubricated with light oil.
Ask your engine builder for viscosity
recommendations.

W/ oil cooler 6.5 qts.

Add for remote filter: .5 qt.
Transmission:

Ford Top Loader: Fill to hole with 80W-90
GL5 gear oil

Richmond Gear 5 speed: 2 US qts of
Redline 75-90 NS

Tremec TKO: GM Synchro trans fluid or
Dexron II
Grade 5
Grade 8
/4"
/16"
3
/8"
7
/16"
1
/2"
5
/8"
9 lb.ft.
18
31
50
75
150
13 lb.ft.
28
46
75
115
225
Metric
Grade 10.9
Grade 12.9
M8
M10
M12
25 lb.ft.
47
83
29 lb.ft.
58
100
5
Engine Oil
289/302 engine with Canton pan: 6 qts.
Inch bolt
shank size
1
Dampers: Cover the lower Rose joint (spherical
bearing) with silicone or other heavy grease. If the
car is laid up for long periods, put some silicone
grease on the shaft so that the shaft seal doesn’t dry
out.

Ford T-5: Ford Automatic transmission
fluid
138
SECTION H
-REFERENCE -
INSPECTION AND REGISTRATION
Without researching and writing an entire book on the subject, it is impossible to give up-to-date information on the process
of inspection and registration in every state. You must call your state Department of Motor Vehicles or its equivalent to get
local procedures and restrictions. Most states have a pamphlet outlining the requirements for composite cars.
All states will require a Certificate of Origin for the kit (supplied by ERA) and reciepts for all major components. Many states
will want to install a new State Identification Plate (in addition to the E.R.A. ID plate).
Most states fall into 4 inspection categories:
1.
Inspections are done only by central or regional motor vehicle inspection stations.
2.
Inspections may be done by a local state inspection station. That is, a branch of the state Motor Vehicle Department.
3.
Inspections may be done by authorized (private) inspection stations.
4.
No direct inspection is necessary.
It is also possible to register your car in other states by mail. This registration may or may not be valid in your state. It may
allow you to transfer the registration with only an out-of-state vehicle inspection.
We have compiled registration and inspection replies from ClubCobra and CobraForum.com at
http://www.erareplicas.com/statereg.htm.
CAUTION!
Fewer and fewer states
are accepting this type of
registration. (And they
may revolk your
registration) Check
before you use them
and/or post a question on
clubcobra.com.
Titles Unlimited, Tel. 1-800-325-8136
PO Box 590136, Birmingham, AL 35259
World Title Services, Tel. 1-800-325-2050
P.O. Box 9816, Birmingham, AL 35220
EZ Auto Registration, Tel. 1-562-982-1342
California specialists (“Martinia”)
US Auto and Title Service, Tel. 1-716-3425769
P.O. Box 17325, Rochester, NY 14617
Florida Fast Title Service (car-titles.com)
MotoTech, Tel. 1-800-528-5108
P.O. Box 1131, Belmont, NH 03220
Int'l Title Service, Tel. 1-800-543-8626
Joe Holmes, Las Vegas, NV 89121
POSSIBLE PROBLEM AREAS
Exhaust system: Some states require a heat shield over the side pipes. Call us.
Some states will put a local identification plate on your car. If possible, have them put it on the firewall above the
driver’s footbox.
BE PREPARED!
Check all your systems for proper function.
Don't go to an inspection station ignorant of the local requirements.
Don't expect special favors from motor vehicle inspectors, and treat them with respect. They are just doing their
job. If you have a problem, ask the inspector how it might be fixed. They can be very helpful. If you have to return
for a follow-up, try to get the same inspector.
Do have everything working, properly adjusted, neat and clean. The better your car looks, the easier it is to pass
inspection.
Most states require thorough documentation of the origin of your parts. Be sure that you have bills of sale for your
engine, transmission, wheels etc. You will get a Certificate of Origin for the kit from E.R.A. at the time of
delivery.
139
SECTION H
-REFERENCE -
INSURANCE
Many insurance companies will allow you to add the 289FIA to your present policy. If not, there are a number of
insurance agencies specializing in replicas. Look in issues of Kit Car Illustrated, Specialty Cars and related
magazines for the latest offerings. When dealing with an insurance agent, say replica, not kit car. Some of them
can't translate.
If you use a specialty insurer, there may be some restrictions to your use and the yearly mileage allowed. The cost,
however, is usually quite reasonable.
Below is a short but not necessarily current, list. A list of kit car clubs that may have more local information starts
on page 140.
Aidukas Insurance Agency, Palm Springs, CA, Tel. 619-327-3889 (California Only)
American Collectors Insurance, Cherry Hill, NJ, Tel. 800-360-2277
Apollo Insurance, Sonoma CA, Tel. 800-624-5829
Automobile Club of Southern California
Cardiff (Insurance), Rich Dunham. Tel. 818-980-8941
Classic Automobile Insurance (www.classicins.com) Tel: 800-397-0765, Fax: 317-576-1899.
CollectorGuard (Heacock Ins. Grp), Lakeland, FL, Tel. 800-678-5173
Condon and Skelly, Maple Shade, NJ, Tel 800-257-9496 (in NJ , 800-624-4688). Currently 19 states.
CollectorGuard/Heacock Insurance Grp., Lakeland, FL, Tel. 800-678-5173 (2500mi/year max)
Great American Insurance (Classic Collectors program), 800-252-5233
Grundy Insurance, (grundy.com), Horsham, PA, 800-338-4005
John Young, 310-254-7355
K & K Insurance, Fort Wayne, IN, Tel. 800-540-0858
Northeast Classic Auto Insurance (Div. Steeves, Smith & Assoc.), Monroe, CT, Tel. 203-261-8474 ext. 20
Parrish Insurance, Nashville, TN, Tel.800-274-1804
State Farm Insurance has been known to insure replicas as a "Classic Car".
The Specialty Constructed Vehicle Association (310-422-1967) offers insurance through Condon and Skelly
TransNational General Insurance, Dallas TX (Dave Gobel). Tel. 214-980-8941
Tri-State Insurance Co., Luverne, MN, Tel. 800-533-0303 (MN 800-722-9365) Mid-west only.
Reference Books
How to Rebuild Ford Engines, Steve Christ, HPBooks-708
Ford Performance, Pat Ganahl, S-A Design Publishing
140
SECTION H
-REFERENCE -
DRIVING YOUR E.R.A. 289FIA
THE DASHBOARD
fia\man\f\dashlay
KEYS
Record your ignition and trunk key numbers here.
Ign. ________________
Trunk _____________
SHIFT PATTERNS
The original FIA Borg-Warner 4 speed used the pattern
on the left. This pattern is different from the original
427 with Top-loader and Ford or Hurst linkage, which
located reverse next to first or second gear. You can
use either one by locating the lever selecting reverse on
the top or bottom of the selector rod.
141
SECTION F
-INDEX -
INDEX
Accellerator linkage .................80
Accent tubes...........................106
Air hoses ..................................62
Alignment, suspension ...........128
Alternator
mounting ..............................29
Part numbers ........................21
Selection.................................9
Antifreeze...............................138
Anti-sway bar
Front.....................................74
Rear................................41, 76
Ash tray..................................106
Automatic transmission............82
Back-up light..........................114
Ballast resistor..........................85
Part numbers ........................21
Battery
Cables, with cut-off switch ..68
Ground cable installation ...104
Installation..........................104
Mounting tray installation ....79
Part number..........................21
Battery cable
Installation............................69
Bell-housing
Modifications .......................32
Parts .....................................13
Blind rivets..................See Rivets
Blow shield ....... See Bell housing
Body
Painting ................................62
Removal ...............................52
Bodywork.................................62
Bonnet......................................89
Books, engine rebuilding .......140
Brake (air) scoops ....................65
Brakes
Balance bar...........................82
Bedding in the pads............125
Bleeding .............................125
Cover box.............................60
Emergency brake linkage,
ERA..................................22
F/R balance ..................60, 130
Fluid ...................................138
Front rotors
Installation........................72
Hard lines .............................68
Parts ...............................16, 21
Pedal adjustment ..................60
Pedal height ......................... 82
Rear ..................................... 16
Reservoir
Parts ................................. 21
Rotor installation ................. 72
Rotors
Front GM preparation...... 73
Grinding tolerances ....... 135
Parts ............................... 135
Bulkhead, Rear ........................ 86
Bumpers ................................ 111
Removal .............................. 53
Parts .................................24
Column, Steering ..... See Steering
Column
Compression ratio ......................9
Control arms
Front.....................................71
Front.....................................71
Control valves, fresh air...........59
Cooling system
Hoses.............................. 19, 22
Setup .......................... 100, 131
Thermostat ...... See Thermostat
Cable
Battery
Installation ....................... 68
Parts ................................. 21
Speedometer
Installation ..................... 103
Parts ................................. 23
Cable, battery........................... 69
Cable, ground .......................... 69
Camber .................................. 128
Adjusting ............................. 41
Cap, Fuel filler................See Fuel
Capacities, Lubricants and
coolants.............................. 138
Carburetor.................................. 9
Linkage................................ 80
Carpet
Installation ................. 108, 109
Layout................................ 107
Chassis
Height .......................... 48, 127
Painting................................ 54
Chassis number........................ 78
Chip Guard .............................. 62
Closing panel, Rear (fuel tank) 91
Clutch .................................. 9, 12
Adjustment ........................ 125
Bleeding ............................ 124
Concentric slave throwout ... 33
Concentric throwout bearing
notes ................................ 30
Fork ..................................... 24
Hose installation ................ 124
Push type slave cylinder ...... 32
Push type throw-out fork
Rod .................................. 32
Release problems................. 82
Return ................................ 125
Throw-out fork
Modifications................... 31
Dampers
Fine tuning ......................... 129
Front.....................................21
Installation ...........................73
Rear......................................23
Road settings...................... 127
Specifications.......................48
Dash tubes.............................. 108
Dashboard .............................. 102
Removal...............................52
Wiring ..................................85
Dead pedal ............................. 108
Installation ...........................83
Defroster ................................ 100
Differential
Lubrication......................... 138
Ratio.....................................16
Differential gears .....................23
Differential, problems with .... 138
Distributors.............................10
Dolly wheels ..............................7
Door
Adjustment......................... 108
Installation ...........................89
Pocket installation................87
Removal...............................52
Step molding ...................... 116
Doug Nash ... See Richmond Gear
Drive-shaft ......................... 42, 78
Angle....................................30
Driving cautions..................... 133
142
Electrical
Fan thermo-switch ...............34
Electrical Components .............85
Emblems
Installation ................. 105, 116
Emergency brake
ERA rear suspension............78
ERA suspension...................37
Handle..................................76
Jaguar
Adjustment.......................76
Lever parts ...........................22
Trim ................................... 109
Emissions...................................9
Engine
Availability ..........................22
Identifying casting numbers..9,
140
Installation ..................... 80, 81
Mounts .................................22
Preparation ...........................29
Exhaust
Competition ....................... 118
Heat shields........................ 119
Under-car ........................... 119
Exhaust system .................. 18, 22
Installation ......................... 117
Expansion tank.........................22
Connections ....................... 100
Fan ................... See Radiator:Fan
Ferrule, Side curtain.................88
Filter
Fuel ......................................22
Oil ........................................10
First Drive.............................. 133
Fluid, brake and clutch........... 138
Footbox ....................................59
Seal between body ...............58
Fresh air vent
Control cable.............. 102, 109
Front suspension ......................71
Fuel
Filler cap
Installation .......................96
Removal ...........................53
Tank .....................................96
Removal ...........................53
Fuel pump ..................................9
Fuses, ..................................... 134
Gages
Cable routing...................... 103
Gauges
Engine connections ............ 102
Lines ....................................85
Glove box............................... 103
Grab handle............................ 116
Grill, installation and retrofit . 111
Ground ................................... 127
Ground cable............................69
Handbrake..See Emergency brake
Handling ........................ 129, 130
Harness, shoulder .................. 110
Headlights ............................. 112
Adjustment ........................ 133
Heat shields, exhaust ............. 119
Heater .................................... 100
Height.............See Chassis height
Adjusting spring ................ 127
Hinge, Door
Covers ................................. 89
Hood........................................ 90
Installation........................... 89
Stay...................................... 90
Striker.................................. 90
Horns ....................................... 56
Hoses
Cooling system.................... 22
Water pump ....................... 100
Hoses, radiator
Modifications ...................... 34
Hub
Rear
Jaguar suspension .......37, 49
Linkage
Transmission shift................ 24
Linkage, throttle....................... 80
Lubricants, transmission and
differential ......................... 138
Master cylinder, Brake
Installation ........................... 68
Parts ................................... 135
Master cylinder, Clutch
Installation ......................... 124
Mirror
Dash mount........................ 114
Side - Comp style............... 114
Street - Driver's side........... 115
Molding, door-step ................ 116
Mount
Engine.................................. 22
Transmission See Transmission
MSD
Tachometer compatibility .... 10
Nuts, Stover ............................. 67
ID plate installation ................. 78
Inspection .............................. 139
Insulation
Foam.................................... 25
Material ............................... 25
Insurance ............................... 140
Interior panels.......................... 86
Introduction ............................... 5
Jack.......................................... 19
Jacking............................126, 137
Jack-pads ............................... 111
Jaguar rear suspension
Parts..................................... 36
Keep it simple, Stupid!.............. 8
Knuckle, steering..................... 71
Koni....................................... 129
Latch, door .............................. 89
Latch, trunk ............................. 91
Lever
Shift .................See Shift Lever
Lever parts, emergency brake . 22
License .................................. 117
License plate light ................. 113
Lights
Back-up
Installation..................... 114
Switch............................ 106
Headlights ......................... 112
License plate...................... 113
Limited Slip Differential ....16, 19
143
Oil
Engine................................ 131
Oil cooler ................................. 93
Oil filter ................................... 10
Oil pan ..................................... 22
Preparation........................... 33
Oil temperature .......................... 9
Overheating ........................... 132
Oversteer................................ 130
Paint......................................... 62
Chip guard ........................... 62
Painting
Stripes .................................. 63
Painting, chassis........ See Chassis
Pan ............................ See Oil pan
Panic handle........................... 116
Parts Required............................ 8
Pedal
Brake and Clutch ................. 60
Picking up kit............................. 7
Pin-drive
Hubs..................................... 37
Pop rivets .............................. 25
Pressure, Tire ......................... 130
Pull strap, door......................... 89
Pulley, engine .......................... 26
Pump, Fuel................................. 9
Rack and PinionSee Steering gear
Radiator
Fan
Automatic function ........132
Standard ...........................92
Thermo-switch connection
.....................................34
Mounts .................................92
Shrouding.............................52
Rear suspension .. See Suspension
Jaguar part numbers .............36
Registration ............................139
Regulator, Voltage ...................85
Relay
Wiper .................................102
Replacement Parts..................135
Required Parts............................8
Reservoir, Brake
Parts) ....................................21
Richmond Gear 5 speed ...........11
Ratios ..................................13
Shift linkage .........................15
Ride height
Specifications.....................127
Wrench.................................17
Rivets, Blind ............................25
Rocker flange ...........................89
Roll bar
Removal ...............................53
Rotors, Brake
GM/Pin-drive preparation ....73
Parts ...................................135
Rugs ............................See Carpet
Rust proofing ...........................62
Safety strap, drive-shaft ...........78
Scoop, brake.............................65
Seal
Door hinge pillar to body .....58
Seat belt installation ...............110
Seat belts ..................................17
Anchors ..............................110
Seats
Installation..........................110
Senders, tube routing..............103
Service, Periodic ....................134
Shift
Linkage ................................15
Shift lever.................................42
Installation..........................105
Shift pattern............................141
Shipping companies .................27
Shipping kit................................7
Shock absorbers ...... See Dampers
Shock absorberss......................23
Shoulder harnesses.................110
Shrouding, Radiator ...........52, 93
Side curtains.............88, 101, 122
Sill panel installation................86
Slave cylinder
Clutch .................................. 33
Slave cylinder, Clutch ............. 32
Snaps, top/tonneau................. 116
Soft top ........................... See Top
Source List.............................. 26
Spacer, Transmission mount.... 11
Spare Tire ................................ 19
Spax....................................... 129
Speaker installation
In footbox sides ................... 59
Speedometer
Cable
Drive gear
Parts ............................. 23
Installation ..................... 103
Richmond Gear................ 12
Top Loader ...................... 23
Drive gear
Calculations ..................... 14
Splash panels, front ................. 60
Spring
Adjusting height ................ 127
Springs............................... 18, 21
Height adjustment................ 48
Rear ............................... 37, 49
Starter ...................................... 33
Stay, Hood ............ See Hood stay
Steering column
Bushing R&R ...................... 43
Cancelling Cam ................... 44
Installation, upper .............. 104
lower.................................... 83
Parts............................... 16, 24
Preparation, Triumph........... 44
Steering gear
Installation ........................... 74
Part number ......................... 24
Preparation........................... 43
Steering knuckle ...................... 71
Steering wheel
Center cap.......................... 105
Installation ......................... 105
Parts............................... 17, 24
Stover nuts....................... 67, 138
Striker, Hood .....See Hood striker
Stripes...................................... 63
Subframe
Rear suspension ................... 16
Supplies and materials............. 25
Suspension
Front .................................... 71
Alignment...................... 128
Part numbers...................... 135
Rear ..................................... 23
ERA
144
Assembly .....................39
Parts .............................38
Trailing arms................77
Hub Carrier
ERA .............................38
Jaguar
Anti-sway bar...............76
Assembly .....................36
Disassembly .................35
Installation ...................76
Lower control arm parts
.................................36
Trailing arms................37
Selection...........................15
Tuning................................ 127
Sway bar .....................................:
Tank
Fuel ......................................96
Thermostat ................... 9, 34, 132
Thermostat housing..................22
Throttle linkage........................80
Tires
Pressure.............................. 130
Rev's/Mile ............................19
Size chart .............................18
Spare ....................................19
Title........................................ 139
Toe-in..................................... 128
Tonneau cover
Fitting................................. 122
Snaps....................................65
Tools Needed ...........................27
Top
Fitting................................. 120
Remove, replace, adjust ..... 122
Snaps.................................. 116
Torque Values, General ... 67, 138
Trailer shipping..........................7
Trailering your kit......................7
Trailing arm .......See Suspension)
Transmission
Automatic ...................... 11, 82
Gearing ................................10
Installation ..................... 30, 81
Mount...................................30
Parts ........................... 11, 24
Selection ..............................10
Shift lever.............................42
Shift linkage parts ................24
Shift pattern........................ 141
Specifications.......................11
T-5........................................12
TKO - Short input ................31
TKO - Standard input...........31
Top-Loader ..........................11
Tremec ........................... 12, 30
Transporting kit..........................7
Tremec
Installation ...........................81
Trunk
Latch ....................................91
Stay ......................................91
Trunk lid
Bungy hold-down ................64
Installation ...........................91
Liner.....................................90
Tunnel .................................... 106
Undercar exhaust ................... 119
Undercoating............................61
Understeer.............................. 130
Unilite ......................................10
Universal joint, halfshaft..........35
Voltage regulator
Part number ......................... 24
Washer, Windshield .............. 102
Water neck, intake manifold . 100
Water neck, part number ......... 22
Weatherseals
Doors ................................... 88
Hood.................................... 90
Trunk ................................... 91
Wheel bearing
Installation........................... 73
Parts..................................... 21
Wheel, Steering ........See Steering
wheel
Wheels..................................... 25
Bolt-on
Special notes.................. 126
Parts and specifications ....... 18
Pin-drive
Sealing air leaks............. 126
145
Wing nuts....................... 126
Windshield
Installation ......................... 101
Removal............................... 53
Windwings............................... 99
Wing nuts............................... 126
Wiper
Arm installation and removal
....................................... 124
Linkage, wheelbox installation
......................................... 44
Motor installation................. 98
Parts ............................... 17, 24
Relay.................................. 102
Wheelboxes ......................... 97
Wiring...................................... 85
Dashboard.......................... 102
Rear harness......................... 85
Wiring harness layout .............. 85
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