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115/3067 bought back from France

PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 8:29 pm
by Kevin Birch
Just bought my first Jensen, Mk1 115/3067, had to do a 1400 round trip to Angouleme in France to collect it. Did it in 2 days with my trusty Range Rover not missing a beat.
Car needs the interior finishing, as last owner started it , but ran out of time before me collecting it. Sometime in the past, somebody had painted the interior with white two pack paint, but now it is being put back to burgandy, after stripping the white off. Only the passenger seat and door card left to do. Will post some photos later on of the interior.

Bodywork is tidy, it looks like an older restoration, which is now showing through in some areas, all said, it is still very presentable, but some of the chrome lets it down, but it was not a £40k car!!

Re: 115/3067 bought back from France

PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 8:58 pm
by Mark1Stu
Nice one Kevin!

Re: 115/3067 bought back from France

PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 10:15 pm
by Pymmie
Well done Kevin.

Your perseverance plaid of in the end.

I will look forward to seeing the rolling resto

John Pym

Re: 115/3067 bought back from France

PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2014 7:12 pm
by PaulMcElhinney
I have just been to cast an admiring glance over Kevin's Mk I. I am posting this to induce him to post pictures of the two small plates affixed to his rocker covers.

Re: 115/3067 bought back from France

PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2014 11:22 pm
by Kevin Birch
I've got the hint Paul,
will take some piccies tomorrow and post.

Re: 115/3067 bought back from France

PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 7:03 pm
by Kevin Birch
This is what Paul was on about, a plate on each of the rocker covers, giving a bit more info on the engine.
LH cover.
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RH cover
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This reads "All bearings and pistons in this power unit are plus +20 thou oversize" as it is partially obscured by the fuel pipe.

One of the interior.
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Does any body know the mechanical engineer, D Forster from Lowestoft, as he obviously took a pride in his work.

Kev

Re: 115/3067 bought back from France

PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 7:14 pm
by PaulMcElhinney
How cool is that? It also suggests that he was very professional and took pride in his work. Hats off to Mr Forster.

Re: 115/3067 bought back from France

PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 7:43 pm
by Brinny11
nice one mr forster. fancy rebuilding mine! :D

Re: 115/3067 bought back from France

PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2015 9:59 pm
by Kevin Birch
Have started getting the interior up to scratch, have removed the passenger door frame to replace the seals, and to also remove the scratches on the glass with a polishing kit. I don't know how successful this will be, but it can only improve the look of the glass, even if it doesn't remove all the scratches.
I've removed the centre console to refurb the wood, and repaint the crackle finish. During this process I will try to repair the clock, which has a burnt out coil, and replace the ammeter with the correct one.
Before the strip down.
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Re: 115/3067 bought back from France

PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2015 10:07 pm
by Kevin Birch
Wood veneer stripped off, and replaced, now with the first of many coats of varnish, I feel this will be a long job, as 4 hours between the coats of "quick drying" varnish!!
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Stripped to bare metal
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Veneer on, ready for varnish.
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Veneer on, needing rub down but ready for varnish.
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Will post more when pieces are ready to go back in.

Re: 115/3067 bought back from France

PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2015 8:32 pm
by Kevin Birch
Veneer is now very shiny, spent weeks applying gloss varnish, but wasn't happy with the finish, you could still see brush marks. It's clear now that modern varnishes are crap, water based so noboby can die from the fumes, but this makes it useless. Tried to polish the surface after approx 10 coats, only for them all to come off onto the polishing rag. :evil:
So rubbed the panels back down to the wood, then gave them several coats of clear lacquer I had lying around the garage, and ended up with a fantastic result, in a much shorter time. Have polished up with T-cut and am very pleased with the result. :D

All I've got to do is fit them back in and sort the wiring out. Am still painting the crackle finish items, and hope to get those sorted this week.

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Re: 115/3067 bought back from France

PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2015 12:05 am
by PaulMcElhinney
Good effort Kevin.

Re: 115/3067 bought back from France

PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 9:50 pm
by Kevin Birch
Centre console all back together now, just waiting for the passenger seat to return from the upholsterers, and the Jensen will be a nice place to sit again.

Passenger door now has all new seals, and looks good, just the driver's door to reseal. Whilst I'd got the passenger door in pieces, I drilled 4 drainage holes in it, and coated the whole inside with old engine oil, so it will not rust. I've always used oil for this, as it is thin enough to creep into seams, where thicker anti rust treatments can't get. The only down side is it does tend to drip for a few days after.

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A vast improvement to what it was like.

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Re: 115/3067 bought back from France

PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2015 5:31 am
by Mark1Stu
Great job Kevin.

Re: 115/3067 bought back from France

PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2015 4:19 pm
by Christian
Nice...Image