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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.

Sunday, 20 July 2014


My apologies but I've been a bit scarce on the old blog recently, I'll post a detailed update shortly..but the highlight is I finally got fed up with oil burning and blow back causing oil to leak from the filler cap onto the exhaust (fortunately on the passenger side only). So the engine is out and away being rebuilt. The good news is the engine is the original one for the car, the bad news is there are a couple of cracks in the block. More news next week.

In the meantime..... if you are at a loose end, my sister has a very interesting blog about life in Japan: http://louozinjapan.blogspot.com.au/

latest: the cracks in the block are repairable, when I return from my holiday in New Zealand the car will be ready to collect. I am also getting the garage to look into new exhaust manifolds so I can finally get rid of the perpetual small leaks that take the edge off the V8 burble .... after a summer without the car I am looking forward to getting her back.

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