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Where have all the Passats gone…

Well, another Passat has moved on form my possession. This TDI 4spd Auto had a bad torque converter so I fit a second-hand gearbox and tidied up a few other little things. VCDS actually showed a mechanical fault in the torque converter as a gearbox error code which made confirming what I'd suspected that little bit easier. The non-tiptronic gearboxes (4spd as opposed to 5spd) are

Bye Bye B5

This is one of the best cars I've ever owned, and I'm sad to see it go. Nothing special, it's a 1.9 TDi 5speed B5 Passat - common car - common motor - common everything. I'd got it from a friend of mine for doing an engine swap and it was tatty but useable. In went a half-leather interior from another B5 Passat I had


You know what one of the best movies of all time is? Absolute classic. I digress. Hemi in again to check how many issues the radiator is going to give me and I don't think it's going to be too bad. The condenser will need a little bit of relocating, but the width is just fine and the height will work too. It's thrown up a

I’m a fan of fans…

I want to use the fan that came as part of the original 300 climate control, and I've been working on getting the condenser for the A/C and the heater core to work with the spaces and holes I already have in the Jensen. Here you can see a basic mock-up of what I think will work. I've made the 300 system fit (I still

Using brute force and ignorance…

The entire Jensen is covered in black 1/2" think foam which was glued to all the metal. Over time, what it has been very effective at is trapping moisture against the metal (and degrading). It's a mess, falling off, and falling apart, and the only thing for it was to attack it with the good old wire wheel. Luckily the steel underneath is okay in most

Fiberglass? Surely not.

When you're sitting really close to a driveshaft, the last thing you want to really be thinking about is how little protection you have from that shaft you know, taking out your legs. When they built the Jensen Interceptor they moulded the tunnel inside the passenger compartment from fiberglass. It's actually been made fairly well, but it won't quite work with the new transmission - so out

In and out, in and out…

The process of getting an engine to work in something it was never intended to work in is tedious. I guess you could say it's easy and all you have to do is make mounts, and that anybody with a welder and a grinder could do it - and you'd be right. To a point. What I'm interested in is getting things not only to

Ahh! It’s another Ford!

I can't say I'm a huge fan of Fords, because I'm not. Before you start going on about GT40s, Fastback Mustangs and such, let me be clear, I'm not a fan of boring Fords, and there are quite a few of them around! So I'm in two minds about this Ford Explorer I picked up for a customer the other day. On the one hand,

Blowing hot and cold…

The goal with the Jensen is to make a car that just 'works' so with that brief in mind I'm keen to see if I can reuse as much of the HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) system from the 300c as possible. This will mean that there is climate control and all the other things we just take for granted in cars these days. To

All in the timing…

The Audi A8 4.2 is a great motor, and this example has over 220,000 miles on it. It needs some attention and TLC for sure. So first up was a full set of front brakes and huge rotors. They had to dust off the boxes at the parts store when I picked them up, I guess there aren't much of a call for these parts!

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