Update on Nige’s cars

So, the blog has been somewhat neglected. Needless to say, Jensen Interceptor 128/4633 is now on the road again, and has been since July 2014. There is still a bit of sorting out to do with the car – there is runout on the back right wheel hub which causes a ticking noise that disappears when you put your foot on the brake, and the new radiator seems to leak from various places at times. The power steering is still leaking it seems, and the car has blown another exhaust manifold gasket (that one only lasted a year!). Apart from these issues it is running well. The bodywork will be needing some work at some stage.

Jensen Interceptor

December 2014 I also bought a 1995 Mazda MX-5 (Miata), the classic one with the pop-up headlights. Great fun little car. Also giving radiator problems… needs a new one sooner than later.

1995 Mazda MX-5 Miata

I will blog about this car on this page as regularly as I do the Jensen I guess (I really should do more!) but most stuff gets covered on the forum anyhow…

Forum broke itself

Working on fixing… sorry. Hope to have it back up within 24 hours or so.

EDIT: So the forum software automatically updated to the latest version. Trouble is for some reason I can not get the database to update correctly. So I rolled back to a backup, and disabled the auto update. I am still trailing different methods to get us to successfully update to the latest version of the forum software which gives many improvements most notably being mobile friendly. Once I can work out a way to update it without it breaking (something seems corrupt) I will give the site a new coat of paint and make it look pretty. Otherwise, it should now be working as it was.

Jensen Interceptor 17″ Wheels and more.

So, it would seem it has been some time since I made a post on this site. Nearly as long since I have done any real work to the car. This is not to say I have done nothing though.

 I have started stripping the old rotten insulation from the firewall and made access to the passenger side windscreen washer nozzle so I can get that replaced. It is often said that the car is built around this part, and I agree. It was a major pain to get to, involving removing of insulating trim and then drilling a hole in a fibreglass cover, then hacksawing that open to gain access. At least now I have access and as soon as I find some suitable nozzles, I can get the windscreen washer system fitted.

I am not sure what I will replace the insulation with. The car had been fitted with some sort of rubber foam that has a layer of a dense material, I think lead, and then a reflective foil on top of that. The foam had mostly disintegrated and the lead/foil layer virtually falls off when you touch it. Easy to remove, but getting the layer of foam that remains glued to the car off is going to be a challenge, especially with the motor and gearbox in place. It won’t be easy to put new stuff on either.

Maybe the motor should come out. But what would go back in?

I have been toying with the idea of fitting an LS3 motor and modern gearbox, as fitted to the Interceptor R. The benefits are many, but I can not imagine it would be a particularly easy job.


Jensen Interceptor S

The good news is that the Jensen Interceptor S project has been saved.  Jensen International Automotive LRD was formed in April 2010 and are developing the Jensen Interceptor S.

The Board is managed by Tony Banham with support from one of Britan’s most successful businessmen, Charles Dunstone of Carphone Warehouse who also happened to be one of the first to buy an Interceptor S.

The Jensen Interceptor S is built around a donor Interceptor, so it is technically not  a new Interceptor.  The donor car is stripped to a bare shell, restored, rustproofed, resprayed and re-engineered .

And what a job they do too, out goes the old Chrysler lump which is replaced with a GM LS3 V8, putting out a healthy 429bhp.  Transmission is improved as well, gone is the old Torqueflite 727 and in comes either a 4-speed self shifter, or a 6-speed manual.

Handling is improved with a new independent rear end, and a big 6-pot AP brake system under new 17″ wheels.  The wheels are basically the same design as the original Mk3 GKN alloys, only with a larger diameter and a bit less webbing around the spokes, which is real testament to the nearly 40 year old design of the wheels.

The new car is considerably lighter than the original, apparently around 400kg lighter!  That along with the more powerful motor, far better transmission and gearing, sees 0-60mph in under 4.5 seconds, compared to around 7 seconds for the original car.  Top speed is now over 160mph (130-140mph for the original) and fuel consumption better than 20mpg (compared to about 10mpg!).  Impressive numbers to say the least.

JIA plan to build 18 Interceptor S a year, with about a 4 month build time per car.  Prices start at ₤105,000.

All photos in this article are from the Jensen International Automotive website.

More Early History

After seeing the episode of Wheeler Dealers where they fixed up a Jensen Interceptor, I was inspired to contact Martin Robey to get the production files for the two Jensens, along with certificates of origin.

Along with the production records I received a number of warranty claims and letters between Douglas Marriot (the original owner), Charles Follett (the dealership), and Jensen themselves.  I now have a lot more to add into the History of Jensen Interceptor 128/4633 page, which will be up very soon.

Douglas was an architect, who designed the iconic Millbank Tower in London prior to setting up his own practice, which is still running today.  Douglas passed away some time in the late 90’s.