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 Posted: 08-23-2011 10:24 pm
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Hello fellow Jensen Healey enthusiasts! I thought I'd post a little bit on our latest project over here at Lind Bros Racing. Several years ago, my dad and I restored our 74 Jensen Healey to as close to original specs as possible. No repaint, just a thorough cleaning and fix a few minor issues.

Recently, we came across a Jensen Healey with a Rover V8 under the hood and jumped at the opportunity for another project. There has been some pretty shoddy work done to it, including an aftermarket cruise control, which we have already removed.

The car has some paint issues as well and thus will be repainted black. However, since originality has been thrown out the window with the V8 under the bonnet, we have been tossing around some different ideas for some flare.

My dad's vote has been to do a racing stripe and possible a tribute to Lee Mueller in our team colors: black, with blue and white writing.

My grandiose vision has been to put some gold striping or outlines in a nod to the John Player Special Lotus teams. I know it's a Jensen Healey, but at least there would be some connection to Lotus in that case!

So what do y'all think? Any other suggestions? This will be our paddock car, so originality is not a necessity. In any case, we've got plenty of time until we reach that finishing touches phase. I will be posting progress on the website (http://www.lindbrosracing.com) and will also try to put some up here as well.


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 Posted: 08-24-2011 06:40 pm
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Cold air intake, wild camshaft, modern ECU to tame it?

15" wheels, 280mm discs and 4-piston calipers could be useful for stopping too.

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Joachim

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 Posted: 08-26-2011 02:04 am
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Looks like it was made for it! Send your exotic Lotus motor to me.

Now that folks are giving away '90's Land Rovers the former BOP engine is within reach! (a friend just bought a Landrover Defender in good shape for $1500).

Of course the 907 can easily match the hp of the stock Rover motor but not the torque!

Kurt

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 Posted: 08-26-2011 06:31 am
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To quote an add currently on e-bay, but with your set-up likely much closer to the truth, "built the way Donald Healey would have if he had the option". Very cool -- the 907 is great, but a V-8 still *sounds* better to me.

Mike

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 Posted: 08-26-2011 07:35 am
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I've always been a fan of the off-center stripes...

http://www.theymightberacing.com/PhotoGallery/ViewImage.aspx?AID=5162795142473335153&PID=5162795245552550306

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 Posted: 08-27-2011 04:35 pm
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Wow, great old photos and awesome JH racing video on your site! That was fun to watch, thanks for posting. I've owned Rovers for decades, that V8 is a fun engine, well great low end torque anyways, not too sure about high rpm.

That's so true, Kurt, an older Land Rover is a killer deal right now. I picked one one up a few months ago that some guy was practically giving away.

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 Posted: 11-01-2011 08:05 pm
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Hey folks, just a quick update. We spent some time wailing on the car this weekend and it is ready for paint. Sorry I didn't take too many pictures this time. I will be sure to take more once we get it back from paint.

Here is the blog post with a few pictures...
http://lindbros.wordpress.com/2011/11/01/the-v8-is-ready-for-paint/

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 Posted: 02-12-2012 01:27 am
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Another update on this project car. It's out of paint and we just reinstalled the carpet, taillights and several other small exterior bits.

Slideshow at the link below...
http://lindbros.wordpress.com/2012/02/11/installing-the-carpet/

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 Posted: 03-26-2012 01:45 am
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More work on the car today. Check out the update in the post below...

http://lindbros.wordpress.com/2012/03/25/doors-trim-pieces/

and we started it up today as well.

http://youtu.be/X0fGz-3qQjg

We just need to finish the doors, trunk, and one last mechanical check and we should be able to take it out for a spin! Hopefully within two weeks we will be there!

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