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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, 6 April 2015

First Road Trip after Engine Recon

3 day trip up north to Nottingham and the Derbyshire peak district. The car performed flawlessly, acceleration far better than before, lovely engine burble (no longer drowned out by a leaking exhaust manifold), everything working well, temperature stable, oil pressure healthy, even the wipers managed to cope with some fine drizzle. 

The round trip was 430 miles, the good news is that the mpg is up from below 12 to 16.6, and I wasn't sparing the horses! I'm looking forward to the summer :).

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