Jensen Interceptor Mk III
This is a lovely Interceptor that has only done 18000 miles from new. The fit of all the panels is exactly as it left the factory in 1974. Amongst the many jobs the owner has asked us to do, one of them is to remove the engine and concours the engine bay. This is no small undertaking but the end result will be worth all the hard work.
A Jensen Interceptor engine is quite a tight fit in the engine bay. Along with the physical size is the sheer weight of a 7.2 litre V8, our heavy duty engine crane was more than up to the task.
Part way through the cleaning process. The original engine bay underseal finish is incredibly difficult to remove and we are now down to the original 'red lead' finish on the chassis tubes and crossmember. Steering rack and suspension off next to allow us to get to those awkward areas.
The front crossmember and tubes receive their first coating of POR15 chassis paint. The tubes and engine bay sides will be then covered in a "Shultz" type underseal. The crossmember will receive a coat of matt black paint and a top coat of clear lacquer to a) tone it down a bit, and b) allow it to be cleaned by a simple water hose in the future.
We like powder-coated suspension, especially when we start to refit bushes. I suppose they will never look this clean again. For the front suspension on Interceptors, we use "Super-Pro" blue silicone bushes. They transform the ride and handling without being too overtly sporty.
The engine bay being fitted back up. The correct heat resistant material is on the bulkhead and the fuse box, brake master cylinder and servo have been attended to. The bonnet catches have been nickel plated along with the vast majority of nuts and bolts.
The 7.2 litre V8 engine, waiting to go back into the car