Conservation and Restoration
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 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.
Removal of the front bumper from the bumper irons.
Removal of four bolts from the lower angle each sides on the on the firewall.
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.
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.
Removal of plate from bottom of wing in front of door, where it is attached to the front of the tube.
Removal of the bolt each side towards the centre of the panel by the doors.
Removal of two bolts from radiator frame behind top of radiator.
Removal of two bolts from under front grille, where it is attached to the angle iron.
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.
Removal of air-ducts
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.
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
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