Our 1971 Jensen FF MKII has been with classic car technician John after returning to the workshop for a few issues to be resolved. John began his work on the car by removing the old sill covers that needed to be replaced.
Once the sill covers were removed, John cleaned and filled the old screw holes before drilling and fitting new clips to both sides. As the covers didn’t align correctly with the jacking points, a modification was needed to correct this.
Another issue that the owner of our FF was experiencing was that the fuel flap wasn’t working. John investigated this by checking the switch and connections. He found that there was power to and from the switch so, after removing, cleaning and refitting the solenoid at the fuel flap, he tested it and everything was working fine.
The offside inner main beam was dim so John removed it and found that it had a poor earth and a bad bulb. The earth was cleaned and a new bulb fitted before John tested the light and made sure it was working.
John went on to repair the slightly damaged exhaust tips – making them round again before cleaning and polishing them.
The fuel filler neck pipe was tightened as the owner of the car reported that this was weeping. Once John resolved this, he fitted the new sill covers, including the modified jacking point covers.
An oil leak had also been reported to us, so John investigated this too. He used PTFE tape to make a better seal on the oil tank and, during a road test, the problem looked to be resolved.
We have recently welcomed our 1971 Jensen FF MKII back into the Bridge Classic Cars workshop.
After leaving us back in January, it has returned to us so we can investigate and resolve a few issues that the owner has been experiencing since getting the car back. These minor issues include the fuel flap not working, and one of the doors not closing properly.
Our team of classic car technicians will look to make any repairs needed to get our FF back out onto the road in the very near future.
Our 1971 Jensen FF MKII has been getting new fans and a new wiring loom thanks to classic car technician John. Before the new fans were fitted, modifications had to be made to the brackets of the fans as they wouldn’t fit the vehicle in their current state.
After John had successfully completed the modifications, he fitted the loom, secured everything in place, and tested the fans.
John went on to check the draw on the fans as the 10 amp fuse blew when the fans cut in. Initially, both fans peaked at 11.5 amps. As there was only the 10 amp fuse fitted in the car, John changed this to a 20 amp fuse and retested everything.
During testing, the fans cut in and out 10 times without any issues.
Having to modify components is a regular occurrence for our team of classic car technicians and the new fans for our 1971 Jensen FF MKII are a prime example of this.
Our FF has made great progress over recent weeks as it continues to move towards the day when it drives out of the workshop and back to its owner.
Classic car technician John has once again been working on our 1971 Jensen FF MKII.
He stripped and removed the tachometer and clock from the car as the tachometer needs to be converted to electronic ignition and the clock needs to be repaired.
John went on to polish the chrome window trims at the rear of the vehicle as this was something the customer had requested.
An investigation was needed into why the fuel flap was not opening via the switch on the dash. John was able to trace the fault back to a sticky solenoid which he freed off, tested, and reassembled.
John has spent a lot of time with our 1971 Jensen FF MKII lately but, with good progress being made, his time, effort, and skill have been put to good use.
Our 1971 Jensen FF MKII has been in the hands of classic car technician John lately. He has spent quite a bit of time working on this beautiful classic car replacing all of the interior switches with new ones.
As well as his work on the interior switches, John also replaced both headlights. The sidelights were rewired to the new bulb holders John installed too. These were tested after they were fitted and everything worked exactly as it should.
John polished the chrome bezels to make sure they looked as good as possible when refitted to our FF MKII.
A new adjuster was made for the offside before the same was done for the nearside too. These were also tested and worked perfectly.
After his work on the lights was complete, John then went on to rewire a new air-con fan and refit the grill of the car with a new bolt being used on one side.
The time then came for the switch panel to be reinstalled in our Jensen FF. While doing this, John replaced the voltage gauge from the glovebox area, replaced a fuse, and fitted a new stop screw to prevent the glovebox from opening too far, before securing the switch panel and trim.
All the switches were tested and John was satisfied they were all working as they should.
The electric window switches were next to be replaced. John needed to modify the switches and bond them in place before reconnecting and testing. John then modified the panel so that the gear lever locks in the park position freely.
Finally, John fitted the correct volt meter to the car and tested to make sure it was working correctly. The cigarette lighter was cleaned, tested, and seen to be working as expected too.
Our 1971 Jensen FF MKII is now even closer to being ready to leave us and be returned to its owner. With these jobs completed, this eye-catching classic car continues to make good progress on its restoration journey.
After noticing a minor fuel leak on our 1971 Jensen FF MKII, classic car technician John replaced the fuel pipe and clips. This stopped the leak and resolved the issue.
However, when John started the car, the oil pressure gauge showed low pressure. After speaking with the owner of the car, it was confirmed that the gauge normally displays a pressure of around 60 psi. John wanted to know if the issue was a faulty pressure gauge or if there was a bigger issue causing a drop in pressure.
The oil filter was removed and John ran a test using a gauge that he knew was working correctly. Without the oil filter fitted, the gauge showed 50 psi. After John put the oil filter back in and ran the test again, the working gauge again displayed 50 psi.
This was enough to tell John that the gauge in the car was the issue rather than a more serious issue which was the best outcome in this situation.
Work continues on our 1971 Jensen FF MKII and it won’t be too much longer before it is returned to its owner to enjoy again.
Our 1971 Jensen FF MKII recently had a new fuel tank installed. Workshop manager John has been modifying the breather pipes on the new fuel tank.
While he was working on this, he found that the reason why the tank sender was not working was that the metal strip had corroded away.
Our 1971 Jensen FF MKII is a beautiful car that certainly holds the attention of everyone here at Bridge Classic Cars. Work will continue on our FF until the workshop team is completely satisfied that it is ready to be returned to its owner and get back out on the road.
Our 1971 Jensen FF MKII has had the attention of classic car technician Jon recently.
The first job Jon completed was to remove the old distributor and replace it with a new one. He also re-routed the speedo cable and fitted a new fuel filter too.
Jon went on to strip, clean, and inspect the brakes of this very impressive-looking classic car.
The cooling system of our Jensen FF was drained by Jon too. So he could gain access to the water pump and thermostat, he had to remove some of the components surrounding them. This gave Jon the opportunity to thoroughly inspect each component and replace any that were no longer in full working order.
All hoses were removed and all mating surfaces were cleaned.
Jon continued his work on our 1971 Jensen FF MKII by making a new gasket for the thermo housing. The cooling system was flushed and blown out too.
The grill was removed so Jon could access and remove the a/c fan.
The coolant pipe was found to be badly corroded so this needed to be cut and modified to resolve this issue. Once the new pipe was cut and painted, the whole system was refitted to the car.
Jon’s work on the cooling system of our 1971 Jensen FF MKII carried on with a new fan switch being fitted, rewiring the fans, and filling the system vacuum with the old coolant that was saved earlier in the process.
Work on the car wasn’t done yet though as Jon went on to remove the fuel tank. He did this to investigate the leak that the owner of the car says happens when the tank is full. Jon’s investigation began by pressure testing the fuel tank. A hole was found in the tank seam once the rust was removed.
Classic car technician Jon cleaned and prepared the new parts that will be needed to fit the new fuel tank. The tank straps were sanded and painted and a new filler neck hose was shaped ready to be fitted.
A new electric fuel pump was installed in our 1971 FF MKII. For this to happen, Jon prepped the area by removing the rear seat so he could secure the new mounts through the floor. The mechanical fuel pump was removed and a blanking plate and gasket were made, painted, and fitted.
Jon’s attention then turned to the wiring that leads to the new fuel pump. The fuel pipes were replaced and joined at the front while armouring was used in places to make sure the wiring was properly protected.
Jon has put a lot of time, effort, and skill into our 1971 Jensen FF MKII lately. Lots of progress has been made and work will continue until this beautiful classic car is ready to drive out of the workshop and get back on the road with its owner.
Our 1971 Jensen FF MKII hasn’t been in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop very long but it has already had classic car technician Jon’s attention this week.
The first thing he wanted to do was to get the engine up and running. As Jon was working on making this happen, he discovered that the battery was flat and the starter motor was no longer in working order.
The battery was charged and the old starter motor was removed with a new one being installed in its place.
Once the new starter motor was installed, Jon modified the 4×4 front prop mount to clear the starter. Once this was done, he was able to reassemble everything.
When Jon removed the spark plugs of this rare classic car, it was obvious that they had not been changed for a while. New spark plugs were installed so this should certainly help our Jensen FF get back onto the road.
Another issue noted was that the driver’s door was not closing properly. Jon also managed to resolve this issue by making new spacers for the striker that he fitted and adjusted to make everything fit nicely.
We may not have had our 1971 Jensen FF MKII with us for very long but Jon has already investigated, assessed, and resolved some of the issues identified.
Only 320 Jensen FFs were made and only 110 MKII versions like this were produced. With so few being in existence, it’s really important that we keep as many on the road as possible. Everyone at Bridge Classic Cars enjoys working on rare vehicles and we are certainly excited to have a car as rare (and as beautiful) as this in our workshop.
Work will continue on our 1971 Jensen FF and we look forward to seeing what the future holds for it.
Another rare car has recently arrived at Bridge Classic Cars in the form of our 1971 Jensen FF MKII. With only 320 of these beautiful classic cars being made, we are very excited to have one in our workshop.
After not being used for a while, the car is experiencing some issues that we will be looking to resolve.
While our 1971 Jensen FF MKII is with us, we will be replacing the original ignition with an electronic kit, replacing all spark plugs, investigating a suspected hole in the fuel tank, overhauling the cooling system, looking at some of the switches on the front console, and other investigative tasks too.
The FF (Ferguson Formula) is a rare four-wheel-drive variant of the Jensen Interceptor. At the time of its release, the FF cost around 30% more than the Interceptor and was owned by those who wanted more luxury from their car. Jensen only made the FF with an automatic gearbox to further increase the feeling of comfort and luxury the car provided its driver.
This is a beautiful example of a very rare classic car and we look forward to seeing it progress through its restoration journey with us.