MK11 Interceptor engine bay painted

The MK11 we have had in the workshop has now had the new bodycolour in the engine bay and underneath the car.

It is now ready for collection by its owner who will be carrying on with the work but it will return as he was so impressed with the engine bay paintwork he would like it to come back for the bodywork to be painted at a later date.

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MK2 Interceptor Arrives

A MK2 Interceptor has arrived and the present owner has had this car for 30 years. The owner usually likes to carry out work himself but has decided that he wants us to make a start on it as he is very busy.

We will clean and protect the underneath of the car and rebuild the steering and front suspension for him, then he will hopefully be able to carry on with the project himself. He already has a rebuilt engine and manual gearbox for the car and the rear end has been modified for independent rear suspension.

MK2 Interceptor body-shell arrives
MK2 Interceptor with 541R in background having cylinder head repaired
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541R Tuneup & Test Drive

The recommissioning works are now complete on the Jensen 541R and the car is running well after a quick tune up.

With a nice sunny day and the Atlantic highway 2 miles from the workshop a test drive was required.

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New Arrival & Updates

A nice 541 has arrived for a little recommissioning work. Meanwhile progress continues on all other projects.

The Brown MK111 Interceptor now has all the rusty metalwork replaced and is being prepped for paint.

FF133 now has a new rear n/s quarter, rear valances and sill covers fitted. I believe the old rear quarter was cut off about 20 years ago so its nice to see the metalwork nearly finished on this car.

FF029 is now running with the engine started for the first time in 30 years, and briefly moved under its own power. This car has had extensive mechanical work including fully rebuild steering and suspension, brakes and fuel system including S/S fuel tank, new pipework and carb. The old radiator has been replaced with a new aluminium radiator powder coated Black to keep the car looking original and a new engine bay wiring loom. Along with lots of other small jobs this car will be mechanically sound for years to come.

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Obsolete parts

FF133 came to me in bits like many cars do, the problem is parts are often broken or missing. I have been slowly buying the missing pieces but as the search for some parts was not successful I decided to make them myself.

I have machined a few missing pieces but had left the most difficult part until last, originally a cast piece of aluminium to support the steering column under the dash. As casting a single piece would take longer than machining it, I bought a section of aluminium square bar and machined it with a final bit of finishing by hand with a file.

Although not a 100% replica I wanted to keep the basic shape even though it will not be seen once the steering wheel cowl is fitted.

Finished part against original
The starting point
Test fit
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