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This blog is a record of running a 50 year old classic car as essential transport and for road trips.

It is here to prepare those who might be tempted to do the same, they require mental and physical stamina, tenacity and transportational back up (not necessarily in that order). It has been challenging, time consuming, frustrating, nerve wracking but very rewarding and enjoyable.

My Jensen CV8 is being driven, not stuck in a garage collecting dust, it is not a concours condition car, and in a lot of respects is showing its age, but it creates interest where ever I go and is great fun to drive.

This blog is dedicated to my family and friends who have to put up with the sweet(?) smell of oil and leather, car seats that only reach half way up your back, front seat belts that attempt to garrotte you every time you turn a corner at speed, and the need for ear defenders at any speed above 50 mph.

Saturday, 31 July 2010

Current Status:

Mileage: 181,301

Alternator: Fixed, new from Cropredy £411

Offside Front Brake: leaking caliper fixed.
Tyres: Four new tyres £594 from Huntingdon Performance Tyres
Oil: Changed filter and oil £41
Carpets: attempted refit but failed miserably, double sided tape and Velcro don't work
Core Plug: failed on Thursday, 10 yards from home, dumped the contents of the cooling system in about 2 minutes, fortunately I have a set in my spare parts box.
Track Rod Ends: £43 changed with tyres

To do:
Leak between exhaust manifold and exhaust pipe (again!)
Temp Gauge: still showing high, have concluded it's the gauge as I've changed everything else. (Although strangely enough for the first 30 miles after changing the alternator it was showing normal but has since reverted to type)

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