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 Posted: 04-10-2018 07:52 pm
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First course of action on the 2.0 build is to give her a diet, and to bring back some of that J-H styling I have been missing. over 350lbs is plate and tube steel and 1-2" thick bondo was removed. The fenders came from the donor car.






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 Posted: 04-14-2018 05:17 pm
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The crate motor coming out nice and smooth.



I was never really happy with the way the motor sat in the car so after I pulled the crate motor I went ahead and reworked the Motor mounts slightly to lower the engine down some.







The new motor sits down a pretty good bit compared to the first attempt.



It looks like with some work I can get the hood patched up and back to looking normal-ish.




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 Posted: 04-14-2018 05:26 pm
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Just for those that are curious.

The new motor is a 406ci Small block Chevy stroker. Should push close to 400-450hp respectfully.

The transmission is a TCI performance rebuild.

I have taken a couple drives down the drive way with the car and the brakes are not even close to adequate to stop the car any longer. The 4 piston caliper kit is on order to replace the stock calipers now.

Quick walk around with the new motor running:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWHK4mZJ898

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 Posted: 06-01-2018 04:15 am
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New Brakes are in, on, and bled. Perfect stopping power... only thing left to do is take it to the track and have some test and Tune time.





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Fascinating what you have done. I'm really curious about the brakes. Are they simply a "bolt on" set or did you have to modify anything...and where did you get them?

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Frank

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Apparently these brake calipers are available as a bolt-on. Not cheap, tho.
http://3d1e61.36.ekmpowershop.net/jensen-healey-brake-caliper-kit-6578-p.asp

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You are right...quite pricey...
I bought a set for my Jensen Interceptor from another manufacturer over in the UK and they were about 800 dollars.
Now, I wonder if you can tell me how much improvement those you bought have made.
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 Posted: 06-04-2018 08:52 pm
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Frank Schwartz wrote: You are right...quite pricey...
I bought a set for my Jensen Interceptor from another manufacturer over in the UK and they were about 800 dollars.
Now, I wonder if you can tell me how much improvement those you bought have made.
Thanks

The link Tom provided are the ones I bought. BCC- British Classic Cars, It's a bolt on kit with minor modification to the backing plate, Had to shave 1/4" off the bottom. They are not cheap by any means, but with the stock brakes I wasn't stopping so I needed something.

My entire brake system was new when I put the car together, hoses, lines, calipers rebuilt with new pistons, new master and booster ect. With the 250hp 350ci running at 98mph in the 1/4 I didn't slow down enough to exit the track till the last exit (3rd exit), nearly an 1/8 of a mile to slow safely enough to make a turn. Normal every day driving they worked great without a single issue. With the 406ci motor everyday driving the brakes would grip and would have been fairly adequate as long as I didn't find myself in a heavy braking situation. But under power the brakes would cause the car to spin (one side would heat up so bad it released).

With the BCC brakes (3hr install including bleeding the brakes), at the track I can make the first exit off the strip after a 102mph 1/4 mile pass. Everyday driving is smooth as glass on the braking. I did some power and fast stop tests and my 5pt harness nearly bruised my shoulders, the braking is as near instant as anyone would want them.

So long winded, but I wanted to give an honest overlook on what my findings with them are. Could a hopped up J-H with the Lotus 4 get by with the stock brakes and a Dot4 synthetic fluid, I would think comfortably so. But if your really putting major power to the pavement the BCC caliper kit is a phenomenal bang for the buck.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YtpUWEEre4

The J-H Vs some Dodge SRT... Not sure it was even a fair deal.

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 Posted: 06-05-2018 03:57 am
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Decided to throw some color on the car for the season.




Then off to the test and tune.



The test and tune went pretty well, it was around 100F outside and on the track I'm sure it was hotter than that. Perfect conditions for a test and tune to see what the car is really going to do. While it ran the speed and number I wanted it did get much hotter than I would have liked. Without the big hole in the hood the hot air is just sitting in the engine bay and the car won't start to cool until the hood is opened. Time to do some clever modifications.

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First order of business was to get some cooler air into the carb. Due to the low hood clearance I needed to make an aircleaner myself. Not pretty but it is very functional and draws air from outside the engine compartment. I'll clean it up after the races next weekend if it performs well.


Next was to address the heat not flowing out of the engine compartment fast enough until the hood is opened. Fairly simple fix to this was a few 1" holes.


The holes really wont be effective enough unless I can draw more outside air into the radiator and engine compartment to keep the flow going in the first place. Unfortunately the air dam from Delta isn't currently available. So I needed to make something myself. Again not very pretty, but if it functions well I'll dress it up.

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