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This Jensen Has The Strangest And Maybe Most Complex Hood Release I’ve Seen: Cold Start

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As you can imagine, the cars of Monterey Car Week were stunning, and, yes, full of mysteries, just as all good cars should be. One of which had to do with this Jensen C-V8, a powerful and elegant GT car built from 1962 to 1968, and a car that may have one of the most complex hood opening systems ever crafted by human hands. Well, maybe it’s not exactly, terribly complex, but it is very confusing and odd. In fact, we were so puzzled by the outward appearance of it, we included it in this little reel of four questions, but not like the four Passover questions, four car questions:

 

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That little flap – it’s tricky to know what that is, exactly. It could be a strange oil or coolant or even washer fluid filler flap, or all three. It certainly looks more like a fuel filler flap than anything else, but it’s in very much the wrong place for that.

I did de-bone my arm and tentacle up under and behind there to snap this picture, which pretty much revealed what’s going on:

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Looks like a locking mechanism. So, that’s how you open the hood? You unlock and lift a tiny hood to get access to the latch for the main hood? Seems like it! Look:

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That’s it! The hood latch is in its own little lockbox, so the valet can’t get in there and caress your air cleaner or spit in your oil or do depraved things with the dipstick or whatever sorts of things valets like to do.

I’m not sure I know of another car that has a tiny hood for its hood release? And was engine molesting such an issue then? Fascinating!

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Instagr.am/JakobKsGarage
Instagr.am/JakobKsGarage
29 days ago

Weren’t the notchback just built because they had too many roadster bodies, so they just put an ugly hard top on (also explains how) There, job done.

Makes you almost think the Karmann factory was in Great Britain… 😉

PlatinumZJ
PlatinumZJ
29 days ago

…so the valet can’t get in there and caress your air cleaner or spit in your oil or do depraved things with the dipstick…

Like I didn’t have enough to worry about already. >:|

Instagr.am/JakobKsGarage
Instagr.am/JakobKsGarage
29 days ago

That reminds me of the “pony” small gasoline engines used as starter motors for big diesel engines, from back when people didn’t really know how to build powerful electric starter motors. Or the pilot light in a gas heater…

BTW have you ever tried the hood release on a Citroën DS? The aluminium (yes I’m from Europe) hood on those is so flimsy it has TWO releases, one in each side.
As the front fenders are quite easy to dismount, the cables are also. Which means that if you reassemble your DS front end and forget to attach the cables again (there is a LOT going on down there with the cooling duct and spare wheel and cross bar and horns) you are quite up “because french” creek, if you close the hood…

Luckily french panel gaps is measured in centimeters and not milimeters, so you CAN get a long stick in there – in both sides… – to push the latches, if they are well oiled. And after half an hour you can be back to square one.

Last edited 29 days ago by Instagr.am/JakobKsGarage
Slow Joe Crow
Slow Joe Crow
30 days ago

The Jensen’s mini hood may be the inspiration for the Nissan Leaf’s charging port lid. Would it have killed them to use a cable operated latch like everyone else, including later Jensens?
Other answers, the 356 has what looks like Lloyd 400 rear quarter windows so it was a custom fabricated top. Iso made fridges, as did Crosley and Nash-Kelvinator. The Sunbeam Tiger used a Ford Windsor V8 like many Mustangs.

Phil Layshio
Phil Layshio
30 days ago

I’m pretty sure I saw a writeup on that notchback Porsche, maybe on the old site, and as I recall they cut up a convertible and grafted the roof in.

PaysOutAllNight
PaysOutAllNight
30 days ago

Answers?

Welded a hardtop onto a convertible tub.ISO made refrigerators.Sunbeam and Ford used the same Ford 260 and 289 V8 engines Locked cover for the bonnet (NOT hood) release.

Last edited 30 days ago by PaysOutAllNight
Parsko
Parsko
30 days ago

ISO makes standards, not cars, dummy.

Rusty S Trusty
Rusty S Trusty
30 days ago
Reply to  Parsko

Iso (not the acronym) was an Italian car company best known for the Grifo in the late 60’s and early 70’s. Before you call someone a dummy you should at least make sure you’re right.

Phil Layshio
Phil Layshio
30 days ago
Reply to  Rusty S Trusty

Am I the only one that picked up on his sarcasm?

Axel Portillo
Axel Portillo
29 days ago
Reply to  Rusty S Trusty

Before you correct someone on the internet, you should at least make sure they’re not being sarcastic.

Canopysaurus
Canopysaurus
30 days ago

British men who would have been most likely to purchase a Jensen in that era were so staid and repressed they actually needed some extra locks and doors to build excitement before they could achieve release. That’s what I heard anyway.

Crash Cargo
Crash Cargo
30 days ago

Jason is clearly not the youngest child in his family, or he’d be sufficiently traumatized to remember that The Four Questions are Passover, not Hanukkah…

Lokki
Lokki
30 days ago

I think it’s fair to say that Jason is an Unorthodox Jew….

LTDScott
LTDScott
30 days ago

Ha, reminds me of the latest episode of Wheeler Dealers I watched last night where they fixed up an ’80s Rolls Silver Spirit and showed the mechanism to retract the Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament – there’s a friggin oil filled hydraulic damper mounted to the back of the grille to make sure it retracts smoothly. Count “bleeding your hood ornament damper” as an automotive repair that I didn’t know existed until yesterday.

TOSSABL
TOSSABL
30 days ago
Reply to  LTDScott

Ok, I think that tops trying to purge the air bubbles out of my Mercedes 300SD’s fan clutch. Iirc (it’s been 20 years), that took an entire Saturday, 3 separate bake-at-150° sessions, and involved a magical fluid costing $20-something per ounce.

Amberturnsignalsarebetter
Amberturnsignalsarebetter
30 days ago

That Jensen looks seriously pissed off!

Everyone complains about how angry and aggressive car design has become, with the creased squinty frown face that has been the standard for almost every manufacturer over the last decade,.

That scowling Jensen is not happy about seeing his signature look slapped onto a 2019 Toyota Camry.

Jesus Chrysler drives a Dodge
Jesus Chrysler drives a Dodge
30 days ago

My dudes. Is it really that hard to find a suit that fits and flatters?

10001010
10001010
30 days ago

I know I’ve never managed to find one

Taargus Taargus
Taargus Taargus
30 days ago

I find it awfully hard to find one that merely fits. Flatters? I’m not so sure I have the cash for whatever dark magic would be necessary for a suit to do that for me.

In all seriousness, I hate wearing a suit.

Drew
Drew
30 days ago

It is hard to find one. You absolutely cannot just buy a suit off the rack and expect it to fit and flatter. You need to go to a competent tailor and get it fitted properly.

That tends to be a major reason so many people have ill-fitting suits. They get something in their size and figure that’s as good as it is going to fit.

Flat6Fever
Flat6Fever
30 days ago

How is it even possible to look frumpy when you have the impressive physiques of David and Jason?

Jesus Chrysler drives a Dodge
Jesus Chrysler drives a Dodge
30 days ago
Reply to  Flat6Fever

Indoorsmen?

Flat6Fever
Flat6Fever
30 days ago

The most British design ever. “Nigel, we need a locking bonnet”.

Nigel the junior engineer proceeds to:

  • change the bonnet design (requiring large die stamp retooling)
  • create a goofy looking door (requiring whole new parts for door, hinge, and well)
  • put a lock on the door (requiring key cylinder, lever, and unique keys)
  • destroy the smooth lines the designer intended
Mr. Canoehead
Mr. Canoehead
30 days ago
Reply to  Flat6Fever

Meanwhile, a thief can just reach underneath and operate the entirely exposed mechanism by hand.

Trust Doesn't Rust
Trust Doesn't Rust
30 days ago

Meanwhile, a lock for the trunk was a dealer-installed option.

Dar Khorse
Dar Khorse
30 days ago

Man that Jensen is sweeeet! And it’s from a very good year 🙂
Mustang and Sunbeam have Carroll Shelby in common. I’m not sure what you’re asking about the Porsche – hydro-forming, maybe?

Flat6Fever
Flat6Fever
30 days ago
Reply to  Dar Khorse

Hydro-forming would be really advanced for the time.
I was thinking maybe they welded in a VW back window?

Dar Khorse
Dar Khorse
30 days ago
Reply to  Flat6Fever

I kinda thought that might be the case, so I looked it up after your comment and the Wikipedia machine says this:

Sheet hydroformingThis process is based on the 1950s patent for hydramolding by Fred Leuthesser, Jr. and John Fox of the Schaible Company of Cincinnati, Ohio in the United States.[2] 

So, maybe? I mean Porsche is often quite innovative, so I wouldn’t be surprised, but your guess is probably more likely to be true.

Last edited 30 days ago by Dar Khorse
Wagen Volk
Wagen Volk
30 days ago
Reply to  Dar Khorse

They took a convertible version and welded a hardtop on. It was produced at Karmann in Osnabrück, Germany. Oscar, drück (German for Oscar, push!) small joke about the city’s name. https://www.cargold-collection.com/sold/porsche-356-notchback-schiebedach-neuwertig-1961-blue/index.html

Last edited 30 days ago by Wagen Volk
Drew
Drew
30 days ago

I’m going to need a protective cover for the hood release cover. I don’t want anyone messing with that flap without my say-so.

Man With A Reliable Jeep
Man With A Reliable Jeep
30 days ago

If you think that’s wild, there’s a pretty complex (expensive) hood release setup on the XJ Cherokee. I don’t think I fully appreciated it until I had to repair it to reliably get into the engine bay.

Max Headbolts
Max Headbolts
30 days ago

Yeah, only fix I ever found was to smash on the corner that didn’t release until it did. Probably wasn’t the best option, but it made me feel better.

Man With A Reliable Jeep
Man With A Reliable Jeep
30 days ago
Reply to  Max Headbolts

Yeah, that checks out. I was trying to generate some Torch+Tracy synergy here, but I figured at a minimum Torch would be in it, if only for the term “bellcrank.”

Thomas Metcalf
Thomas Metcalf
30 days ago

It is super annoying when one of those damn latches gets stuck. On our farm beater XJ, my brother and I just mounted some bolts that came up through the hood and held it down with wingnuts.

Mark Tucker
Mark Tucker
30 days ago

“I say, my dear sir, we heard you like bonnets. So we put a bonnet in your bonnet!”

Taargus Taargus
Taargus Taargus
30 days ago
Reply to  Mark Tucker

The image of Xzibit with a top hat and monocle is now burnt into mind.

Lew Schiller
Lew Schiller
30 days ago

ISO made refrigerators..That’s all I have

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