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1954 Jensen Interceptor | Front Body Removal

1954 Jensen Interceptor | Front Body Removal

One of the many secrets of the so-called early Jensen Interceptor, is the fact the entire front body has to be removed to allow removal of the radiator. On more than one occasion, a garage charged with changing a leaking radiator, has started cutting away inner panels to try and gain access to the radiator’s fixings. And, to some degree one has sympathy with a non-specialist garage, that has been confronted with this job. Who would think the entire front body had to be removed to take out the radiator. The Museum needed to remove the leaking radiator from their 1954 Interceptor, and to undertake other work. The Museum gives a step-by-step account of this unusual job.

Removal of The Front Body

Step 1

Step 1 is very straight forward. The bonnet needs to be removed. This involves disconnecting the bonnet stay, and undoing four  bolts which attaches the bonnet to the hinges.

1954 Jensen Interceptor | Front Body Removal

Removing the bonnet.

 

Step 2

Removal of the front bumper from the bumper irons.

1954 Jensen Interceptor | Front Body Removal

Bumper unbolted from the irons.

 

1954 Jensen Interceptor | Front Body Removal

Bumper removed.

Step 3

Removal of four bolts from  the lower angle each sides on the on the firewall.

1954 Jensen Interceptor | Front Body Removal

The angle piece to the driver-side. There are four bolts into the wing-wall, and four bolts into the bulkhead. You can take either set of four bolts off, which either leaves the angle piece still attached to the bulkhead, are still attached to the wall.

 

1954 Jensen Interceptor | Front Body Removal

The angle piece to the passenger-side.

Step 4

Removal of two bolts either side below drip tray. On our car three of the bolt heads snapped off before the bolt released (despite generous squirts of plus-gas). The passenger-side top bolt wouldn’t give at all. Eventually we had no option than to remove the drip tray and cut the head off.

1954 Jensen Interceptor | Front Body Removal

The two bolts which fit the wing at the top of the bulkhead (drip tray still in place).

 

1954 Jensen Interceptor | Front Body Removal

With the drip tray now removed the top bolt is easier to access. In our case , this bolt was particularly stubborn. Eventually we tied a piece of steel over the top of the wiper motor bar, and cut the head off with an angle grinder.

Step 5

Jack up car and remove front wheels. Then removal of one bolt either side on stay. This bolt is directly behind the wheel, and goes through to the inside. It is either a two man job with one man holding a spanner to the head on the inside of the engine-bay, while the other works within the wheel arch. Other than that one would need to jam the spanner is place within the engine-bay.

1954 Jensen Interceptor | Front Body Removal

Driver-side metal bracket welded to the chassis. The front body wall bolts to this.

 

1954 Jensen Interceptor | Front Body Removal

Passenger-side metal bracket welded to the chassis. The front body wall bolts to this.

Step 6

Removal of plate from bottom of wing in front of door, where it is attached to the front of the tube.

 

Step 7

 

Removal of the bolt each side towards the centre of the panel by the doors.

1954 Jensen Interceptor | Front Body Removal

The centre bolt just wouldn’t budge, and access is difficult. The method we used to remove the bolt looks quite scary but was effective, and incredibly did not cause any damage. The doors were opened and a wooden wedge placed at the base. An angle grinder was used to grind the head off. Someone else might find a more appropriate way to get these bolts off.

 

1954 Jensen Interceptor | Front Body Removal

The half-way stage, with most of the head ground off. A little more careful grinding would take it off completely. See the image in Step 12, showing the hole where the bolt was.

Step 8

Removal of two bolts from radiator frame behind top of radiator.

1954 Jensen Interceptor | Front Body Removal

A small angular piece of metal comes out towards the radiator each side. The two bolts have to be removed to free the front body from the bar immediately behind the radiator. The top bar forms a part of a square metal bar surround which the radiator bolts to.

Step 9

Removal of two bolts from under front grille, where it is attached to the angle iron.

1954 Jensen Interceptor | Front Body Removal

Two bolts run through an aluminium angle piece. Both of these have to be removed.

 

1954 Jensen Interceptor | Front Body Removal

The front cross bar. The two body fixing points can be clearly seen. Typical of Jensen, neatly finished wooden spacers are used between the bar and the body.

Step 10

Disconnect all wiring to the lights. Also unscrew the clips holding the temperature lead from the radiator to the bulkhead running along the driver-side inner wall. Also unscrew the clips holding the bonnet release cable to the passenger-side inner wall. If an aerial is fitted, this also has to be removed.

1954 Jensen Interceptor | Front Body Removal

Unscrewing the clips holding the bonnet release cable. Typical of most fastenings on the car, the screws were rusted. The heads needed to be cleaned off to allow the screwdriver to get a proper fixing. Some ‘gentle’ tapping with a hammer, and Plusgas eventually released the screws.

 

1954 Jensen Interceptor | Front Body Removal

The temperature sensor cable needs to be unscrewed from the wall.

Step 11

Removal of air-ducts

 

Step 12

Lifting off the entire front body. One needs to come up horizontally first, so the radiator isn’t fouled, then one can move it completely off. The entire front body assembly isn’t actually that heavy, and two people can easily lift it off and position it in storage until it goes back on again.

1954 Jensen Interceptor | Front Body Removal

With the front body being removed, the fixings by the doors can be clearly seen. The two top holes are where the front body is attached to the bulkhead (step 4). Then there is a single bolt half way down, and two towards the bottom.

 

1954 Jensen Interceptor | Front Body Removal

The front body free from the car.

 

1954 Jensen Interceptor | Front Body Removal

Front body removed.

Early Interceptor specialist, Mick Barnett, told the Museum that the entire process from start to finish can be achieved in approximately 1 and 1/2  hours. But, that is for a vehicle in good condition, and where the procedure has already been achieved on previous times before. With the Museum Interceptor, nothing had fundamentally been touched since the vehicle was built in 1954. The complete procedure took the Museum 3 and 1/2 hours.

1954 Jensen Interceptor | Front Body Removal

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: Mick Barnett | Adrian Longstaff.

COPYRIGHTS: The Jensen Museum | Mick Barnett

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: If you have any additional information about this car, please contact us at archive@jensenmuseum.org or telephone on: +1694-781354