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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.

Monday, 8 September 2014

I was in Cambridge passing near to the garage last Friday so I popped in to see the progress. The reconditioned engine is back, sat menacingly next to the car, the cavernous engine bay eagerly awaiting the new arrival.

We are waiting for new camshaft covers, I've plumped for the slightly more expensive machined aluminium ones over pressed steel for aesthetic reasons.

The rad has been sent away to be flushed and pressure tested, last done more than 10 years ago.

The guys at Ely are currently looking for alternative exhaust manifolds, the old cast iron ones have always given me problems at the join between the manifold and the exhaust, even the tiniest leak making the car sound like a tractor.

Latest finish is likely end of September.

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