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 Posted: 09-01-2014 06:35 am
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I purchased my JH in October 2013 then retiring after 40+ years working for GE and Siemens. I have been following the tech forum and really appreciate the way everyone tries to help each other with solving problems that come up with the Jensen Healey. I plan on the following:

Engine Rebuild with a 2.2 stroker crank and Delorto Carbs and 10.5:1 compression pistons and a rebuilt ported head. Have all the parts and most machining complete for the engine rebuild. I plan on going thru the transmission and making sure that it is in good condition.

Have stripped the body down for a complete paint job for the engine compartment and the complete exterior of the body. Have repaired small rust issues behind the driver side door and under the battery box. I will modify the back of the car to drive without bumpers. Going with a Lexus color "Silver Lining Metallic" with a clear coat finish. The engine compartment will be mostly that color. Interior with reupholstered seats in a maroon leatherette. Dash and side panels to match with black floor carpeting in the passenger and trunk.

I purchased a soda blaster from Harbor Freight and used it with a good sized air compressor and removed most all the exterior and engine compartment paint myself. My body shop owner was very appreciative and we are working well together.

The car is at the body shop in Lancaster, CA being repaired and painted by Mike Hewitt. I will post pictures of the process on this thread for anyone to view and comment.

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Looks like its going to be a great build! Please do keep us posted. I, for one, need a little motivation once in a while!

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 Posted: 09-01-2014 06:27 pm
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Another pic

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Here is the latest photo from the body shop and the owner Mike Hewitt sent me the photo after he painted the body. The color is a Lexus color "Silver Lining Metallic". Still need to paint the trunk lid and bonnet exterior. Paint will be buffed out and clear coat applied. I'm very happy with the progress so far. Should get the car back late next week.

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As part of my restoration project, I was going to have the dash restored. Not sure whether to use a So Cal source that recovers old dash and hard interior pieces. I was looking at "Just Dashes" in Van Nuys and wanted to know if there were any other sources for this type of work. Attached is a photo of the existing old dash and the plastic aftermarket cover that was installed by the PO.

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Also how do you get the instrument panel out of the dash. The dash is already out of the car..

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Remove the two screws at the top of the cluster. In the center of the cluster on the back side, you will see a metal rod, about a quarter inch in diameter and a few inches long. That rod holds the cluster to the dash. If it was like my car the rod was quite rusty. Clean the rod up and oil it. Then push the rod from the back side towards the steering wheel. It is a press fit, but should come loose.

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Thanks - that makes sense. I will try it on Monday. I'm sure that will work.

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I worked great. I'm now going to see if I can restore the old dash myself. I does look possible. I will take some pics and post them right away. I will post them on my restoration page for 13046.

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Interior Painting prep - Some updated photos from the body shop. Just have the doors and hood left to be buffed out and final clear coat applied. I am having the doors and hood and trunk lid fitted prior to picking up the car and bringing it home to start the mechanical portion of the restoration.

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Body after painting - Some updated photos from the body shop. Just have the doors and hood left to be buffed out and final clear coat applied. I am having the doors and hood and trunk lid fitted prior to picking up the car and bringing it home to start the mechanical portion of the restoration.

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Rear of car - Note that I have had the side panel and the rear panel blended together to make a smooth transition around the corned. I will probably not mount the rear bumper and complete the rear trim down to the bottom of the edge on the rear. Some updated photos from the body shop. Just have the doors and hood left to be buffed out and final clear coat applied. I am having the doors and hood and trunk lid fitted prior to picking up the car and bringing it home to start the mechanical portion of the restoration.

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Front of car with finished engine compartment paint and black details - Some updated photos from the body shop. Just have the doors and hood left to be buffed out and final clear coat applied. I am having the doors and hood and trunk lid fitted prior to picking up the car and bringing it home to start the mechanical portion of the restoration.

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Rear of car with painted interior of trunk compartment - Some updated photos from the body shop. Just have the doors and hood left to be buffed out and final clear coat applied. I am having the doors and hood and trunk lid fitted prior to picking up the car and bringing it home to start the mechanical portion of the restoration.

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Looking nice! What are you planning on doing with the rear bumper mounting slots if you're not planning on using the bumper?

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two different possibilities:

1. Make some plastic inserts and have them painted the same silver and fit them to cover the openings. This leaves the possibility of reinstalling the restored rear bumper back on to the car if I choose later. OR

2. Leave the spare tire off the car (that's what AAA is for) and then split and route the exhaust out those openings. Maybe make a single square opening over each pair and run the exhaust out. Just thinking. Might be a great looking dual exhaust.

As I stated before, if I go without the rear bumper, I will also add additional chrome strips on each side of the rear to go to the bottom of the rear sheet metal

Most probable is Option 1

What do you think?

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Have also fabricated a new battery box that will be painted the same silver as the body and engine compartment. It will be removable thus allowing keeping the area under the battery shelf cleaner. I plan on using a rubber liner for the new battery and tie the battery down pretty much the same way as originally designed. If any one has some good ideas here, I would appreciate. Attached is a pic of the newly fabricated battery shelf before painting.

I will forward a photo of of the painted installed shelf when completed.

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Nice looking project you have-that's quite a striking color and should really stand out. I look forward to updates and seeing it come together.

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Thanks, a lot of sweat equity and hard cash. Going to Mike Hewitt's tomorrow in Palmdale to do a final inspection and then pick up the car next week. It's fun keeping a record of the restoration on the JHPS Forum. Encouragement is accepted and tips and ideas are also appreciated.

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Went to Palmdale and inspected the car at Mike Hewitt's shop and just a couple of items still left to complete. Trunk lid needs to be buffed out and a couple of rough spots in the engine compartment need more attention. The new battery shelf needs come cosmetic work and then painted and fastened in place. It will be removable.

I decided to go ahead and paint the bumpers the same color of the car (silver). I have removed the rubber trim and will reattach after I get the car back. I need to get some slight wrinkles out of the stainless top cover and use new hardware to reattach the rubber trim and stainless tops.

Still plan on keeping the rear bumper off the car. I need to come up with a couple of covers for the openings left from the rear bumper brackets that were also remover. See previous photo of the rear of the car. Give me some ideas please.

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