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 Posted: 10-11-2019 02:00 pm
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I have an odd situation. I am trying to purchase a 1974 Jensen Healey, but the current owner can't find the key to the car. Any suggestions?
Ray

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 Posted: 10-15-2019 06:04 pm
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Ray,
Don't accept the problem as 'yours'. The seller needs to find the keys, or pay a locksmith to resolve the problem before the sale. He could also look into purchasing a lock & key set from a J-H that is being parted out.

Or, buy a J-H that has keys. There's a 1974 J-H for sale near me (Minnesota), 'Tangerine', clean, equipped with Dellorto DHLA 45E carbs, metal bumpers with chrome caps... and it comes with keys. I saw it at a show last Saturday (Oct 12th), and the only 'problem' I noticed was that the bonnet's rear edge sits high when closed. Something in the hinge probably needs to be adjusted.

Act soon before the snow flies (any day now), or wait until spring.

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Tim Engel

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 Posted: 10-15-2019 07:25 pm
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Thanks Tim, do you happen to have any contact for the seller?

Ray

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 Posted: 10-16-2019 12:15 am
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wow--only the "bonnet's rear edge high"!! one of the easiest fixes(we did that on Jim & Marsha Benya's green J-H in St. Louis.)
FIX: the front hinge bolt goes AS HIGH AS POSSIBLE and the REAR HINGE BOLT AS LOW AS POSSIBLE.
Forget about any "in-between points" as that will not help.
Don't know the asking price but check it out
good luck, bruce

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Rdinstel wrote:
Thanks Tim, do you happen to have any contact for the seller?Ray,
I saw the car at an open house/ car show at BMCAutos in Isanti, MN. It was a customer's car, and she was not in attendance. Her son is handling the sale for her, and I 'just now' got his phone number. I'd like to get his approval before I pass it on, so I'll call him this evening after he gets home from work.

Stay tuned,
Tim Engel

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 Posted: 10-17-2019 02:45 am
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Okay, I've got some info. The owner/ seller is an older lady who is selling out of Minnesota and heading for Arizona. The house is gone, the car has to go. It was a restoration when they bought it, and it has literally been driven sparingly by a little old lady since then. Gramma snortin' Dellortos... picture that.

Her son-in-law, Tim Lynch is handling the sale of the car for her. It's late in the season to be selling a car in Minnesota (snow is around the corner). If a quick sale happens, great! But he's thinking it might, by default, be a wait until Spring deal.

If you're interested, contact him PDQ, (Pretty Damned Quick) and there's still time to do a deal before it goes into Winter storage.

He doesn't really have a price in mind, but as much as we talked, he's very realistic. No blue sky dreams about an ultimate high price.

The car is an older restoration, rust free, nice interior, with a new top. The engine has Dellorto DHLA 45E carbs, but "I think" it is otherwise mostly stock. It has had a recent head rebuild and new timing belt. I've hand-touched the belt, and I think it's too tight, but that's probably the worst of the engine.

If you're interested, don't delay, the car is on the brink of going into Winter storage. It 'might' make one appearance on eBay soon.

The seller is Tim Lynch (the owner's son-in-law):
LynchKJ@comcast.net

I'm not associated with the car or it's sale, but I've seen it, and I know the guys at the shop that have serviced it most recently. Not Lotus or J-H specialists, but good guys.

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Tim Engel

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Thanks so much Tim, I will email Tim L.
Ray

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 Posted: 10-17-2019 02:59 pm
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My email came back to me as "not our customer."

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 Posted: 10-17-2019 04:26 pm
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Ray,
I just PM'd you. Check your Inbox.
Tim

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 Posted: 10-17-2019 06:02 pm
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The seller's correct email address is:
LynchKJ@comcast.net
y... not i

Tim Lynch, the owner's son-in-law.

I've edited the message above.

Regards,
Tim Engel

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 Posted: 10-25-2019 07:39 pm
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Tim, thanks so much for the lead on the car! I made a deal with the owner and am now working to get the car to Virginia.
My wife is over the moon as she owned sports cars in her younger days. Not implying she is old now.
I really appreciate your help.
Ray

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 Posted: 10-26-2019 04:53 pm
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That's the first time I've of losing out on a sale due to a lack of an ignition key. I'm just curious Ray, was he able to start it without the key or were you just expected to take the seller's word that it ran great.

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Did not start it. I was not going to purchase unless they were able to find key.
Ray

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 Posted: 10-27-2019 04:16 pm
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Ray,

Glad you were able to find a good substitute, and welcome to the "What's wrong with you people!" club. Please post progress reports, remember misery loves company.

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Tim, I completed the transaction with Tim Lynch and am in the process of getting the car titled here in Virginia. There are not a lot of people who can work on a Jensen Healey here, so I was thinking of working with Brian at BMC, where the car is currently located. He is really busy, but seems very honest and helpful. The car actually needs a little more than we first thought - brakes, ignition/electrical work as the car runs rough, oil leak, and some other minor stuff. I knew all this before completing the transaction, so am not complaining at all, just need to get the items taken care of. Any thoughts on using BMC?
Then comes the real pain in the neck, getting the car from MN to VA.

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