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by Gav » Mon Sep 23, 2019 2:57 pm

Hi JOC readers, I bought a MK2 nearly 2 years ago and some of you may remember it from I think the Feb2018 club rag. It’s still a work in progress but I have reached a major milestone in that it is now home painted! I thought I would put on a series of photos to where it is now and I understand that many of you will know the pain I have been through.
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by cannonball » Mon Sep 23, 2019 7:07 pm

very nice, never seen a Jensen gasser before, 8) :wink:
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by Robinson D » Mon Sep 23, 2019 8:57 pm

Ah, memories of when the paint came off my east coast MKII. Good job! Progress is measured on a calendar, not a stopwatch. Glad it is coming together for you.
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by Gav » Mon Sep 23, 2019 10:58 pm

cannonball wrote:very nice, never seen a Jensen gasser before, 8) :wink:

Yes I think it’s a first! It’s on a set of rolling steerable axles that I made that has made working on the car so easy and kept it moveable whilst working on the body whilst enabling me to tackle the mechanics of the car completely independently. They took me a week to knock up plus a couple of old downer trailers but they have made life so much easier.
The rear bolts straight on to the rear leaf mounts and the front secures via 2 large pins through the lower A frame mounts.
They will be for sale once the car is back on its own wheels.
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by colin7673 » Tue Sep 24, 2019 4:37 am

Nice colour, looks like you have another in the background, green one, and a XJS in the workshop.

Now the fun begins, putting it back together, ax said before, calendar not a stop watch.. keep us posted
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by cannonball » Tue Sep 24, 2019 1:20 pm

Gav wrote:
cannonball wrote:very nice, never seen a Jensen gasser before, 8) :wink:

Yes I think it’s a first! It’s on a set of rolling steerable axles that I made that has made working on the car so easy and kept it moveable whilst working on the body whilst enabling me to tackle the mechanics of the car completely independently. They took me a week to knock up plus a couple of old downer trailers but they have made life so much easier.
The rear bolts straight on to the rear leaf mounts and the front secures via 2 large pins through the lower A frame mounts.
They will be for sale once the car is back on its own wheels.


brilliant idea,, you even have that and the wheels painted nicely,, good luck on the rebuild
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by VFK44 » Thu Sep 26, 2019 4:51 pm

colin7673 wrote: looks like you have another in the background, green one, and a XJS in the workshop

Plus a Ford Econoline, an early Range Rover, and a 1920s Renault!
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by Gav » Tue Oct 01, 2019 10:17 pm

Time to start giving this old girl its face and identity back
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by Kevin Birch » Wed Oct 02, 2019 12:07 am

You see Interceptors and they always look meaningful, even the rotten ones. You have put the lights back in, with fantastic paintwork, but because it is on the dolly just makes it look wrong. Isn't it funny how certain things just don't work, and plays tricks on your eye. Looking forward to seeing it in the flesh it will be glorious, unless you decide to keep it 2 foot off the floor!!
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by Gav » Sat Oct 26, 2019 2:06 pm

The legendary “Jim The Trim” has just finished fitting the Vinyl roof on my MK2. Really nice bloke, very Knowledgeable and great attention to detail. Highly recommended to me and now from me!
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by Gav » Mon Dec 30, 2019 12:08 am

I thought this would take a couple of weekends to do but was I ever wrong. I must be over a hundred hours into the sound and heat proofing at the moment and reckon I have another weekend to go before I can think about fitting the Dash and looms. Not having done this type of renovation work before, I templated just about every foam and glass aluminium sheet section to get the cuts and overlaps correct. I am very pleased with it but my Wife isn’t, don’t know why but I think something to do with being in the Garage all Christmas; fine by me.
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by mtechwim » Tue Dec 31, 2019 9:36 am

Holly smoke, thats a big job.

It looks very Nice, espacialy the roof :mrgreen:
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by Gav » Sat Jan 04, 2020 12:46 am

Finally have the heater box and heater blower all in and the engine bay insulation is all finished. Now to at last get on with building out the engine bay and getting the wiring looms in. The original Ranco valve was shot so I have fitted a replacement from Robeys. These replacements don’t have mounting brackets and they don’t look right when they are just “hanging” so I have made a clamp bracket that locates the valve hose tails in the same locations as the Ranco, it looks like it should be there now.
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by Gav » Wed Jan 08, 2020 10:59 pm

I have been asked what the products are to do the sound and heat insulation work on my Jensen and where to get them from so I have posted the email from my supplier should any of you be looking to acquire these products. Even with careful templating, you will need about 6 square metres of the aluminium fibreglass material to do what I have done and also the underside of the bonnet which is this weekends job!
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by Gav » Thu Feb 20, 2020 1:52 am

Well January was a very busy work wise so I didn’t get much chance to get on the rebuild. However the last couple of weeks have free’d up some time so I have been able to get the dash and engine bay wiring looms in and an assortment of engine bay/inner wing parts such as horns/air horns, electric aerial etc. I wasn’t able to get the master cylinder fitted as it turns out the car has previously had a Jaguar XJ6 series 2 brake servo and master cylinder fitted. The front brake hose had connected to the cylinder almost kinked over as it was so tight to the inner wing, so I have been able to track down a N.O.S LHD XJ6 series 2 master cylinder which is a mirror image of the one from the car that I have already had reconditioned. The car was part stripped when I got it and this was one item already removed so I was non the wiser until I came to refit it. Any way, a couple more photos of my progress.
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