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mods & upgrades for Healey (Nash, Austin, or Jensen) cars, including engine swaps

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HealeyRick
Rick Neville

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Registered:
12/19/2007 05:01PM

Main British Car:
1963 Austin-Healey 3000 Ford 5.0L

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Re: For Roverman - JH "Special" Rendering - finished composite
Posted by: HealeyRick
Date: October 15, 2011 08:49PM

Art,

Did I read somewhere that you're going to use a new 6.1 SRT8 Hemi in the JH? Forget the 'chute, you'll need a G-suit for the acceleration. I have a 300C SRT8 and that 4200 lb. car flies with that motor. Can't imagine what it would be like in the JH. If you need any measurements, let me know.


roverman
Art Gertz
Winchester, CA.
(2862 posts)

Registered:
04/24/2009 11:02AM

Main British Car:
74' Jensen Healy, 79 Huff. GT 1, 74 MGB Lotus 907,2L

- JH "Special" aka Hemi Healey Monster
Posted by: roverman
Date: October 15, 2011 09:09PM

Rick buddy, why bother it's not a "real" Healey ,lol. "If" I do this right, car should weigh about 2,400. I want about 500 hp...out-back.I've been on the "forabodiesonly" site, but my ideas are a little too "out-there", for mainstream mopar. Things like Edelbrock dual quad/dual plane with (2) Thermoquads converted to tbi's, etc. My w.a.g. is 170 mph+, with closed nose, on the car. Huffaker fenders should add approx 5" more track, much needed. Trans is turbo Supra 5 speed,(direct bolt), to hemi. RX7 diff and suspension clip. Belly pan and "maybe" diffusers leading to rear radiator/grille, may allow no wing necessary. Many more questions than answers, but it is exciting and fresh. Thanks, roverman.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 10/15/2011 09:15PM by roverman.


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
(3212 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
79 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: For Roverman - JH "Special" Rendering - finished composite
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: November 06, 2011 11:55AM

David,

Great job. That is the best looking Jensen Healey I have ever seen!


DC Townsend
David Townsend
Vermont
(406 posts)

Registered:
11/21/2007 12:22PM

Main British Car:
'78 B (almost done) 30-over SBF, dry sump

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Re: For Roverman - JH "Special" Rendering - finished composite
Posted by: DC Townsend
Date: November 06, 2011 04:35PM

Thanks Carl but the credit really goes to the Art's imagination. He's the one who came up with the idea, I merely reduced it to a rendering.


roverman
Art Gertz
Winchester, CA.
(2862 posts)

Registered:
04/24/2009 11:02AM

Main British Car:
74' Jensen Healy, 79 Huff. GT 1, 74 MGB Lotus 907,2L

Re: For Roverman - JH "Special" Rendering - finished composite
Posted by: roverman
Date: November 07, 2011 02:45PM

It's not too hard to improve the looks of a JH. Being the "Edsels" of British cars, nobody bothers, unlike MGB,s, Triumphs, etc. I must because of the overall performance, I'm going for. At 170+ mph potential, the car will definately need aero and suspension upgrades. Cheers, roverman.



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DC Townsend
David Townsend
Vermont
(406 posts)

Registered:
11/21/2007 12:22PM

Main British Car:
'78 B (almost done) 30-over SBF, dry sump

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Re: For Roverman - JH "Special" Rendering - finished composite
Posted by: DC Townsend
Date: November 07, 2011 03:52PM

Art,

I just popped a disc in the mail with the PhotoShop files for you. Keep me posted. I'm happy to make "adjustments" to the rendering if you'd like. Just let me know.

DT


roverman
Art Gertz
Winchester, CA.
(2862 posts)

Registered:
04/24/2009 11:02AM

Main British Car:
74' Jensen Healy, 79 Huff. GT 1, 74 MGB Lotus 907,2L

Re: For Roverman - JH "Special" Rendering - finished composite
Posted by: roverman
Date: November 07, 2011 06:35PM

Good ! "If" i can get the head room, I may lay that windshield back(bolts on). Huffaker fenders will alter the look,(buffed). I'm considering a genuine "Hemi Shaker" scoop, perhaps backwards. Car will be black with silver accents. Thanks, roverman.



mtnrek@yahoo.com
Chris Buckaloo
Jacksonville, fl
(67 posts)

Registered:
02/06/2009 12:33PM

Main British Car:
1962 Austin Healey 3000 BT7 Ford 289 Smallblock V8

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Re: For Roverman - JH "Special" Rendering - finished composite
Posted by: mtnrek@yahoo.com
Date: November 09, 2011 08:50AM

Sharp lookin car! can't wait to see pics of the real thing!


roverman
Art Gertz
Winchester, CA.
(2862 posts)

Registered:
04/24/2009 11:02AM

Main British Car:
74' Jensen Healy, 79 Huff. GT 1, 74 MGB Lotus 907,2L

Re: For Roverman - JH "Special" Rendering - finished composite
Posted by: roverman
Date: November 09, 2011 12:10PM

Thanks Chris, I consider that a genuine compliment from a "real" Healey owner. I think the word is synergism ? In other words, in this case, the photoshop talent of David T. and my wild and crazy ideas(vision). The real test is living up to the dream. To be continued, roverman.


theonlyiceman53
Bill Russell
Florda
(80 posts)

Registered:
11/18/2008 06:01AM

Main British Car:
77MGB 350 Chevy with LT1 heads

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Re: For Roverman - JH "Special" Rendering - finished composite
Posted by: theonlyiceman53
Date: December 18, 2011 12:30PM

That is a great rendering! I'm sure it will be a awesome car! I was stumbling across the internet and found a picture that looked very familiar and can't help but think it was influencial on the design of the Jensen. I'm sure the "The Avengers" was even bigger in the UK than it was in the States.

It's influenced me to order some new spring perches for the back of my Jensen GT so shorter normal springs can be installed to replace the pigtails without cutting them. This GT only has 6800 miles so don't want to change anything too much but lowering it can only be good! I'm afraid the engine will remain stock for the same reason. It's very strange to work on this car because the only issue is surface rust on the bits that weren't fully painted. All of the rubber parts are like new. The car was so rust proofed from the factory that it's surprising that more didn't survive. It has a bunch more than the Jensen Healey that I used to have.

Bill
ac_428_conv_red_1966.jpg
IMG_4736.JPG


roverman
Art Gertz
Winchester, CA.
(2862 posts)

Registered:
04/24/2009 11:02AM

Main British Car:
74' Jensen Healy, 79 Huff. GT 1, 74 MGB Lotus 907,2L

Re: For Roverman - JH "Special" Rendering - finished composite
Posted by: roverman
Date: December 18, 2011 12:48PM

Bill, Thanks for the pic's. Is that a full custom JH done-up for the "Avengers" ? It looks quite different from the (production) models. I do not remember it. Wow, 1 got by me. I'm almost suprised we haven't seen a JHiccup GT,(Jensenmino). Cheers, roverman.



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theonlyiceman53
Bill Russell
Florda
(80 posts)

Registered:
11/18/2008 06:01AM

Main British Car:
77MGB 350 Chevy with LT1 heads

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Re: For Roverman - JH "Special" Rendering - finished composite
Posted by: theonlyiceman53
Date: December 18, 2011 09:04PM

Sorry, forgot to mention it was a AC428! There is a bunch of information on the internet about it. I'd never seen one or even heard of one before. Sure looks like a JH to me. I haven't started the motor in my GT and almost hoping it blows up so I can put something with a little more power in it! ( not really )

Bill


djw090
David Witham
Warwick UK
(115 posts)

Registered:
06/12/2008 11:20AM

Main British Car:
MGB 1974 and MG ZT 160 turbo 2005

Re: For Roverman - JH "Special" Rendering - finished composite
Posted by: djw090
Date: December 19, 2011 03:03AM

I love your Jensen GT. Back in the 1980s I bought one in a bad state and after adding a wife followed by a baby I later sold it unfinished.
What are the shut lines round the bonnet like? On mine it was impossible to adjust it to line up with the wings properly.


theonlyiceman53
Bill Russell
Florda
(80 posts)

Registered:
11/18/2008 06:01AM

Main British Car:
77MGB 350 Chevy with LT1 heads

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Re: For Roverman - JH "Special" Rendering - finished composite
Posted by: theonlyiceman53
Date: December 19, 2011 05:05PM

Thanks David,
I consider myself very lucky to have found a GT in such great shape after so many years. Other than surface rust on mechanical components and a lot of dirt outside the car is amazing! On this car the bonnet fits really good but as far as I can tell it is just like it left the factory with no crashes or body rot. With the way it is built I can't imagine trying to start from scratch lining up the body parts after time and rust has attacked it. The bonnet is truly a massive piece of sheetmetal!

Does anyone know if the AC428 was an influence on the design of the Jensen Healey? It's hard not to notice the similarity.
I realize this question is probably better posed at JHPS website but I can't help but think that it might be of interest on this website and frankly I have more cars with V8's in them then with 4 cylinders!

Cheers,
Bill
IMG_4954 Bonnet fit from front.JPG


roverman
Art Gertz
Winchester, CA.
(2862 posts)

Registered:
04/24/2009 11:02AM

Main British Car:
74' Jensen Healy, 79 Huff. GT 1, 74 MGB Lotus 907,2L

Re: For Roverman - JH "Special" Rendering - finished composite
Posted by: roverman
Date: December 19, 2011 07:15PM

Is it possible Jensen reps were shopping the Italian design studios(over the shoulder), so to speak and spied such a design ? As we know the Intercepter was designed there and somewhat similar in spec to the AC 428. This has little to compare with a current JH project,code named AC 6.1. Cheers, roverman.



dbeliveau
Daniel Beliveau
Manchester NH
(33 posts)

Registered:
07/18/2015 07:41PM

Main British Car:
1972 Triumph Stag, 1972 Ford 302 1974 Jensen Healey, Lotus 907 stroked to 2.2 Ltr,

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Re: For Roverman - JH "Special" Rendering - finished composite sketch
Posted by: dbeliveau
Date: December 05, 2016 12:48AM

Hey Roverman,
Any update on the JH Special?
I've been looking at all the JH mods out there and been trying some of my own. I've even thought about trying a prototype tribute of one I saw in an old issue of the JHPS newletter
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My 74 JH, 217 HP at the wheels 2.2 L lotus twin cam. this would have made the old Healey guys sit up and take notice!!
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Cheers,
Dan



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roverman
Art Gertz
Winchester, CA.
(2862 posts)

Registered:
04/24/2009 11:02AM

Main British Car:
74' Jensen Healy, 79 Huff. GT 1, 74 MGB Lotus 907,2L

Re: For Roverman - JH "Special" Rendering - finished composite sketch
Posted by: roverman
Date: December 05, 2016 07:21PM

Hi Dan, nice little-known insider info ! Nothing real exciting to report. I'm still gathering parts and services for "Jensen Jackal", listed in this forum. Had the 340" Mopar V8 bored, steel crank, aluminum "Eddy" heads. Got the correct bell housing to direct bolt to Turbo Supra 5 speed. Rabbit steel flares, all around and a glass hood. Weight maybe 2,300 ? Cheers, Art.
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