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 Posted: 10-21-2011 02:11 pm
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JH 12114 Engine B73032440

Car is being dismantled for total rebuild. Engine will be stock except for slightly higher comp pistons.

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 Posted: 10-21-2011 07:05 pm
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Great! There are a couple of us not too far from you, Castle Rock and Franktown. The makings of a local club, perhaps...

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 Posted: 10-22-2011 02:46 am
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Wow! Nice to hear from you. I would like to talk to you sometime. Here is my contact info:

Scott Smith
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Lss40xray@comcast.net

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 Posted: 10-22-2011 03:06 am
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Welcome to this forum and to Jensen-Healey ownership.  You're in a good area for the British Car Hobby. Good Luck with your car and stay in touch.

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 Posted: 10-25-2011 12:28 pm
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Hi Scott,

  Welcome to the JH world.  As Mike mentioned there are enough of us now in this area we can get together for pops and BS (JH meetings).  We'll get in touch.

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 Posted: 10-27-2011 05:39 pm
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Well, as long as the Colorado JH owners are coming out of the closet, I guess I will too:

I am up in Longmont.  As of a couple of weeks ago, I now own two:

I acquired my '74 [VIN: 16675; Engine S/N: B74-05-7-271], a little over a year ago and dragged it back from Pasadena, CA.  I knew the vehicle even in the 1980s because I knew the guy who owned it when I was in college.  I even helped him build the lean-to in which it was stored for many years.  He offered it to me, gratis, in about 2000, because he realized he would never get around to it and was getting his roadster fix off of his new Miata.  Ten years after offering it to me, I took him up on it and went and collected it.

Mine is Malaga blue, but the paint is in poor condition and both front fenders need work.  It has an Allison electronic ignition and dual Webers.  It has about 107K miles on it, but the engine had been overhauled shortly before it was stored and is mostly in great mechanical shape.  Covered storage in southern CA no doubt helped.

It had not been fired up in about 20 years, and so I took my time -- took a couple of weeks, actually -- before I was willing to chance it.  I had it fired up about a year ago, and have been driving it and fixing it, slowly.

I have now succeeded to the ownership of what appears to be a "mystery" JH5 -- S/N: 20155, with the extra plumbing, viscous clutch on fan, etc., but not the traditional emblems.  Obviously, it is a five-speed.  This one was repainted canary yellow at some point.  It has Strombergs and, in addition to the originals, came with four Revolution wheels with Pirelli tires.  It barely runs -- fuel is leaking from the Strombergs -- from what I believe are the canister-system ports.  It also has sway bars and an electronic ignition.  I will toy with it a bit, as I hope to drive it at least once, but then will yank the engine to rebuild it as the less docile, Miata-killer engine for the '74.  Eventually I hope to restore the '75 as well.

So yes, if the Colorado contingency is planning anything, let me know!

Richard

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 Posted: 10-27-2011 07:31 pm
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Great story! Always intersting to hear how people came to own their car(s). Share pics when you have a chance.

At present I (and my car) are still stuck (no offense to anyone; it's just not home) in San Diego but we should finally be wrapping up in the next couple of months. Of course by then we're looking at spring before driving weather returns (not that you all have to wait for me...)

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 Posted: 10-30-2011 03:19 pm
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Nice to hear from all of you. My JH started off yellow, ended up white,before it sat in my father in laws garden for 27 years. I have it disassembled to frame and suspension. Trying to decide how to clean underside..any ideas to get it high enough to get under? Also did anybody media blast their body?

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 Posted: 10-30-2011 08:56 pm
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When I did the body of my car I built a rotissere and mounted the body on that. I was able to spin it around and work on things easier that way.

When it was time, rather than try to media blast the body myself, I took the whole thing to be media blasted. The guy who did the cleaning liked that it was on the rotissere as it made his job easier.

It really was worth the time it took to build since I didn't have to try crawling under the car when trying to clean the bottom of the car.

Art

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 Posted: 10-07-2012 03:46 am
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Hi all from Colorado,
Could use some more help. Finished undercarriage, now ready for paint. Wow sticker shock! Quote for $9000! $4000 for paint. found out cheaper to replace than repair. Need both doors and hood. Has anybody used fiberglass hood from delta? Good or bad experience? Need parts close to Colorado so I can pick up. H as anybody bought headlight bezels from delta? Quality?
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 Posted: 10-08-2012 06:01 pm
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I tried using a headlight bezel from Delta, but it was unusable, as the contour where it met with the hood (among other fit issues) was totally wrong (this is a Mk1).  Could have corrected it with fiberglass, but ended up finding one in the U.K.

Mike

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 Posted: 10-09-2012 03:26 am
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Thanks. Good to know. The ones I have been fiberglassed poorly already.

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 Posted: 10-09-2012 04:06 am
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Keep in mind that the front end of the MKI & MKII are actually slightly different. You'll likely have trouble fitting bezels from one to the other.

The other thing I've seen with these is "massaging" of the installation at the factory. I don't think they were a terribly well made part.

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 Posted: 10-09-2012 05:25 pm
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Mine was indeed a Mk1 part, which is what I needed.  That may explain why the fit at the hood and top of fender was so poor, though -- if the crafter thought that the only difference was the corner (square-cut vs. rounded)

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 Posted: 10-10-2012 10:11 pm
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Massaging is right. Like other labour intensive British cars of the era, the Jensen Healey was crafted more than assembled. In the old days, fitting a new, replacement wing (fender) to a JH body had a 6 hour book rate and that's just fitting, not painting!

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 Posted: 10-11-2012 12:12 am
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Wow! I suppose that the imperfections make the cars unique. I would probably be better off getting used ones for a mark 1

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