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 Posted: 02-19-2007 02:20 am
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Okay, I found this website while browsing for information on the Jensen Healey, which, before today, I knew practically nothing about. I thought someone may be interested in the car, and would rather see someone get use out of it, rather than it be crushed.

Here is the story:

I went to look at a VW Beetle parts car with a friend of mine on Saturday. The seller also had this sitting in his back yard. From a distance, looking at just the rear end, I thought it was a Triumph TR-6, and walked over to look at it. I quite fancy TR-6s, and so I just had to have a look. But, as I got closer, I realized it was something different. THIS is what it was. The guy selling the Beetle told me that his dad used to do some mechanic work on the side in the 70s and 80s, and in 1980 had taken this in to be worked on. I don't know what was wrong with it, but the engine was pulled, and disassembled. When he told the owner what it would take to fix it, he must have run away screaming and was never heard from again. So, there it sat...for twenty six years, until the first non-redneck (me) walked into the back yard and showed some interest in it.

So, my plan was to buy it, and maybe turn it into a track day car...but after some research, I don't think that would be very cost effective or feasible for that matter.

From what I saw, its pretty much complete, and the interior doesn't seem too bad off. Most of the rust was on the surface, and I couldn't find any big holes. I couldn't see much of the bottom side though. Its probably a nightmare under there.

If anyone is interested in this, let me know. The guy is going to make sure his father doesn't want it for any reason (which is highly doubtful) and judging by the price of the Beetle my friend picked up, it will be dirt cheap. If you aren't quite local, I can go back and take a lot more pictures (and also get the VIN, but I believe this is an MK2) and I may even be willing do deliver...for a fee. But, all this can be discussed when the time comes.

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 Posted: 02-19-2007 01:20 pm
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Do you have contact information for the seller? Location? If you saw the other thread on my JH race car that tried to self-destruct this weekend then you know I might need some parts....

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Ron

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 Posted: 02-19-2007 03:28 pm
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Hehe, yeah, I saw that.  That car is really cool.

I don't personally know the seller; he works with my friend. He was going to let me know today what it would cost to get the car. I will get all the info from him too.

The car is about 5 miles south of High Point/Trinity/Archdale area down I-85. I couldn't tell you how to get there, as I don't know the area, but I can get specific directions from my friend.  Regretably, I didn't pay a lot of attention when we were driving there, because I guess I figured that I would never be going back there again...until I found the Healey.

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 Posted: 02-19-2007 07:16 pm
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Ron,

If you buy the thing for parts, I'll take the top if it is in fair shape.

Joey

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 Posted: 02-19-2007 07:41 pm
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Top might be the only thing worth having. If it has been sitting that long I imagine the rear end is a rust pile inside, as would be the gear box. Bumpers indicate an early JH so it wouldn't have the five speed I would need. Looks like the top might have a, holy smokes, sun roof cut into it!!!!!

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 Posted: 02-19-2007 07:56 pm
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Yeah, there is a sunroof there. I inspected it very shortly, but couldn't tell if it was original or home-made. It looked very odd to me...sat at least an inch higher than the rest of the roof. Very odd indeed.

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 Posted: 02-19-2007 08:08 pm
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That ain't original by any stretch!

R

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 Posted: 02-19-2007 10:31 pm
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Sam and Cindy Marble here in Atlanta recently bought a factory hard-top that had a sunroof installed.  During the cold months it's not all that bad at providing ventilation!

 

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 Posted: 02-19-2007 10:44 pm
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Personally, I hate sunroofs. They are pointless, and you forget they even exist after a month.

Its too bad that practically every new car on the market has an option for a sunroof. It seems as though every model exept base models have a sunroof....and the only way to get desirable options is to tack on a mandatory sunroof.

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 Posted: 02-19-2007 11:17 pm
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I competely concur with your analysis on sunroofs and new cars. I hate them too, but every car that my wife and I have ever bought or looked at requires that option to get the other cool stuff you want. Not so in Europe where you can put together some cool BMW, Audis, Fords etc. on their websites and get exactly what you want sans roof.

What's up with the car, how much does that fellow want? I might could use some parts for the race car for sure and am interest, and live in NC.

Ron

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 Posted: 02-20-2007 12:04 am
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I haven't heard from him yet. He was supposed to call me after work (around 5 or 6). I will try calling my friend to see what he said at work today.

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Okay, I called my buddy. The guy that has the car hasn't seen his father since saturday, so he didn't have a price yet. Hopefully tomorrow... but my friend is going to get his phone number for you tomorrow at the very least.

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 Posted: 02-20-2007 01:11 am
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That is kind of you, I and I'm sure a lot of other Jensen folks appreciate it. There will be parts on the car that someone is looking for I'm certain. I need a couple of things, and I'm sure others will need more than I. I have a trailer so as long as it rolls I could get it.  However, I'm not looking to restore it, but part it. It might be another Jensen person would want to save it. In any event, I could have a look and report back so folks could make a decision.

Ron

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 Posted: 02-20-2007 06:52 am
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Yeah, it seems like you need quite a bit of stuff for that race car. I don't know if its really worth restoring.

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Ron, sorry about the delays; my friend has been somewhat unreliable with producing a contact phone number for you.

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Any more information on that car or a good location?

Best,
Ron

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Ron, sorry, still no news from my friend. I will call him again tonight when he gets off work. Sorry this is going so slowly, its embarrasing.

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