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

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roverman
Art Gertz
Winchester, CA.
(3006 posts)

Registered:
04/24/2009 11:02AM

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

Jensen GT, is it for me ?
Posted by: roverman
Date: November 16, 2012 04:15PM

Wikipedia says 509 total produced. It will be a little slow at 2,436 lbs and maybe 130 smogged hp. ? As I recall, "Fred Key" built a hot turbo motor. Fred ? Things I should watch-out for ? Thanks, roverman.


HealeyRick
Rick Neville

(468 posts)

Registered:
12/19/2007 05:01PM

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

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Re: Jensen GT, is it for me ?
Posted by: HealeyRick
Date: November 17, 2012 07:42AM

One word to watch out for ... rust. maybe not a problem in california, but out here the GT seemed to rust like a Fiat. I always found them attractive, though.


roverman
Art Gertz
Winchester, CA.
(3006 posts)

Registered:
04/24/2009 11:02AM

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

Re: Jensen GT, is it for me ?
Posted by: roverman
Date: November 17, 2012 01:35PM

Reportedly , the GT's were rust and sound proofed much better than the roadsters. They sold for about double $'s. You should get more than a useless rear seat and a small wagon-right ? Cheers, roverman.


HealeyRick
Rick Neville

(468 posts)

Registered:
12/19/2007 05:01PM

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

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Re: Jensen GT, is it for me ?
Posted by: HealeyRick
Date: November 19, 2012 11:55AM

I looked at one in the early 80s with the idea of using it as a daily driver. It had a reported 20,000 miles on it. When I saw it, the entire lower 1/4 of the car was rusty and bondoed over. New England winters are tough on LBCs. I still am strangely attracted to them. Probably not much different than those that prefer the MGB-GT over the roadster. Of course, the Jensen GT didn't carry the "Healey" name on them, so that should make it less valuable :-)



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roverman
Art Gertz
Winchester, CA.
(3006 posts)

Registered:
04/24/2009 11:02AM

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

Re: Jensen GT, is it for me ?
Posted by: roverman
Date: November 19, 2012 07:44PM

Owner is claiming .5" x 2" rust problem, in floor. A problem snow belt people only dream about ? He's asking 1K, now I "halft" to see it. Onward, roverman.


HealeyRick
Rick Neville

(468 posts)

Registered:
12/19/2007 05:01PM

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

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Re: Jensen GT, is it for me ?
Posted by: HealeyRick
Date: November 19, 2012 08:44PM

Thank God it's on your side, otherwise I'd be dragging it home and living in the back when I got kicked out of the house.


theonlyiceman53
Bill Russell
Florda
(81 posts)

Registered:
11/18/2008 06:01AM

Main British Car:
77MGB 350 Chevy with LT1 heads

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Re: Jensen GT, is it for me ?
Posted by: theonlyiceman53
Date: December 05, 2012 08:05PM

So did you drag it home or not? Suspense is killing me! I've got my eye on a really odd little car but it's close to home and I'm stuck in Canada and then Missouri for another week. If it's still there when I get back it will be a sign that I should get it and add to my to do list. Anyone know when is a good time to retire? With taxes going up and real income going down it almost seems like it might be the right time.
Bill



roverman
Art Gertz
Winchester, CA.
(3006 posts)

Registered:
04/24/2009 11:02AM

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

Re: Jensen GT, is it for me ?
Posted by: roverman
Date: December 07, 2012 03:03PM

Bill and clan, I suffered an agonizing bout of "sanity" at the sight of the forelorn GT. I had to pass. It might go for $500. ? Anybody out there, need some "dog house time-out" ? In a desperate bid, to break with tradition... I sold some JH parts, last night. Am I loosin- it ? Cheers, roverman.


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