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philharmonic
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So I got this Tax return and I am going to by a Camery or Acura or something. Then I see this ad for a 74 Jensen Healey Runs Good $1200. I am like OK if it is any good I want to buy it. It is dusty. Starts right up and the guy races the engine up to like 7000 RPM. And it sounds great. He says he doesn't know anything about the car and I ask him if it has a Lotus engine? He says no it has a Jensen Healey engine. I look under the hood and clearly see the 907. I buy the car and put a battery and gas in it and head for home about 35 miles over the Santa Cruz mountains. I get out of the drive way and the drivers side door flies open and I quickly pull it shut and push the door handle down and the door seems secure. The engine is pulling very strong as I put it into 4th gear and the hard top starts to fly away luckily I was able to grab it and pull it down an get it snug. I get it into fourth gear and she really takes off and i feel like i am going a hundred miles an hour. Actually I was fast approaching triple digits. Yowl the car drove great it had been set up with anti-sway bars and spax shocks the brakes where soft and when I got home after just a short 35 miles it seemed to be leaking Oil, Brake fluid, water, gas etc... Well i got the car tuned up with the help of a local shop and the JHPS board. so thanks for all the tech tips and repair stories 18837 is on the road!

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Lash Russell
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Nice,

   Sounds like you got hooked the same way I did.  Also, seems from the bumpers you have the coveted 5 speed, enjoy.

Lash

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Hi Lash,
Yes i am Hooked. I just sort of liked it at first but now that it is running better i really love it. You know it is a 4 speed although I just got another one that is a 5 speed it has not run in a long time but it will soon. It has got bolt on wire wheels... weird huh?

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Those wire wheels were a factory option. Sort of rare and certainly cool looking.

Kurt

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Hi Kurt,
I do not know if these particular wheels where a factory option. They say "Zenith Wire Wheel Company Campbell California". The do look cool and the chrome is in nice shape. Just today I started to refurbish 19361. Wow I have got my work cut out for me. But this car was loved and cared for since new by the same owner whose widow I got it from. Oh yes it is Tangerine.

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Well, I guess that's a clue!

The originals are also bolt-on and IIRC were Dunlops.

Have fun! I'll let you know when I'm headed your way in the JH.

Kurt

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Santa Cruz is Nice! I would love to see you your car whenever you can make it out here. Hey I have been driving 8837 to Berkeley, San Francisco, Palo Alto and San Mateo then over the hill to the coast like 200-300 miles sometimes three and four times a week an the car just seems to run better and better.



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