Zombie 133 5709

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Done it several times over the years and there are enough cars in my garage that could be used as reference :-)
I own some of the odd Jensen 8)
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Suspension

Some significant progress since my last post. Re-installed the front suspension using the method described in the Tech Tips (4 threaded rods). Sure glad I stumbled over that article, I took them out with a single spring compressor and was chewing my nails about having to use that sketchy tool to put them back in. Those 4 rods do get warm when you crank up those big coils! While the springs were out I had them lowered 1” because I thought it would look better. A couple months later I read that the US models were raised 1” to meet safety standards so we’re Euro spec now.

Also had the rear axle checked out. All was fine so we didn’t rebuild, just put in new seals. Went back in surprisingly easy, but the leaf springs aren’t compressed enough so can’t fit the lower shock bolts yet. The springs looked almost new so I’m wondering if the previous owner had them rebuilt or replaced. They’ll probably settle once there is more weight in the back.

Then installed all new brake lines, bending them and putting flanges / fittings on turned out to be quite the project.
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Engine Bay

Spent several days fitting insulation to the engine compartment and then a layer of aluminum heat shield on top of it. It was oddly satisfying, but not sure I’d want to do another one.

Also took the opportunity to address an issue which killed me during disassembly. There is a drip tray under the cowl vent which is welded to the firewall. Unfortunately, it makes removal of the windshield wiper assembly a killer. I had discussed this with Mark I a while back and decided to modify. I removed the steel drip tray, cooky fiberglass pieces and the spacer between the firewall and blower motor. This allows 1) for easier access to the wiper assembly and 2) moves the whole blower and duct backwards, which gives 1”-1.5” more room at the back of the engine. The downside of this is that the water from above needs to go somewhere. I decided to fabricate a removable drip tray which mounts underneath the cowl vent using its mounting bolts. This has a separate hose which drains down along the AC condensation. As far as I can tell, the fiberglass pieces were there to allow fresh air (and water) into the cowl and over to the vacuum-operated door on the firewall into the interior. As I wanted to maintain the fresh air circuit, I also fabricated a reverse scoop which accepts a hose that runs down to the grill on the RH side of the car. Not sure this will give the same flow, we’ll see later on.
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Coming close to stuffing the 440 back in, although the 727 may have to go first separately. My rolling hoist can only handle 500 kg at full extension. Firewall is almost finished, except for the replacement of the kooky vacuum-operated AC switch. I actually got the old one working, but it was rough and I had no desire to replace any time soon.
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Electrical Challenges

I’m knee deep in wiring right now and stumbled upon several issues where I was hoping someone could help out.

How are these 5 heavy wires (P, NY, PB, UW, BG) on the rear harness (right next to the 9 pin connector) hooked up to the facia harness? Looking at the old harness it appears as though they were unused, but this seems strange as the power has to go out back somehow, for example the demist on the rear glass (BG) or the fuel flap (NY).

Also trying to figure out what this thingamajig is, looks like either a clean power supply for the radio or maybe the shaver outlet. It was mounted to the left of the transmission opening on the inside firewall

Thanks!
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Figured out that the heavy wires in the rear harness are inside the LH door harness, they go through the large, clear 9 pin plug and then exit a few inches later so they can connect to the rear harness. Interesting if you read the little round symbols on the wiring diagram
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Nice to see some light after 8 years of darkness!
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