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1972 Series III - 4397

by dgmurray » Thu Nov 21, 2013 7:39 am

OK... so I'm going to detail some of the saga of getting 4397 back on the road.
She's a 1972 Jensen Interceptor - one of the early series III cars with a 383 engine rather than the later 440's.

I purchased her in 1994 and ran her for a couple of years, before putting her in the garage pending restoration. Bad mistake. To cut a long story short I eventually got tired of my own excuses and handed her over to professionals to get her back on the road. She is now in the care of Restored Classics in Brisbane, where a (hopefully) tasteful restomod is taking place.

Proposed restoration:
stripped back to bare metal (and rust), and bodywork essentially to factory (with the addition of a front spoiler)
Heidts IRS
rebuilt 383 with edelbrock go faster bits and an MSD EFI system
rebuilt 727 transmission etc
nice paint, and probably a completely renewed interior.

Simple, No?

- Duncan
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by Interceptor3 » Thu Nov 21, 2013 10:09 am

Sounds excellent. Keen to see how this one progresses. Have not seen the MSD EFI yet. Will check it out.
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by dgmurray » Fri Nov 29, 2013 7:04 am

OK, I'm not sure what the best way is to post photo's here... so I'll post the URL's from Picassa.

Here's the old girl getting pulled to pieces. Much rust, we wonder???

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by dgmurray » Fri Nov 29, 2013 7:24 am

Now the horror that lay beneath:
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I could go on, but it's painful.

Image - where's the floor?

Fortunately, all that is metal can be fixed:
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Needless to say, it was new floors, new sills, and quite a few inches of new panels.
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by Interceptor3 » Fri Nov 29, 2013 1:22 pm

Looking good!!
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by dinofritz » Sun Dec 01, 2013 1:01 pm

Duncan,

Thanks for the photos - I love it when people keep an online diary of their restoration, and may I make a suggestion? Keep us all informed of your recent progress (including any troublesome issues), as I'm sure that some of us have gone through similar problems and would be willing to throw you some ideas if needed.

All the best,

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by dgmurray » Tue Dec 03, 2013 4:48 am

Snapshot of the engine + current goodies. Just need the body to put it in :(
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by dgmurray » Mon Dec 16, 2013 5:58 am

I've had a few questions about the IRS setup.

Here's a sneak peak of the Heidts setup, out of the car:
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and with the trial fit under way (pre bodywork)....
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How well does it work? Not sure, but it looks pretty. I'll find out next year!
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by Interceptor3 » Mon Dec 16, 2013 11:22 am

Very impressed. Dare I ask, what does such a setup cost?
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by dgmurray » Wed Dec 18, 2013 8:34 am

One should never try to total up costs in a restoration project... but the IRS setup would have been about 8K. "Restored Classics" in Brisbane have been doing the work. Perfectionists in all details!
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