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JBA Models 1982-2000.
The JBA Models
This page is to help anyone interested in buying a second hand JBA Falcon.
The first part deals with all the different models from 1982 to the present day and how to spot the differences.
The second part tells you how to read the chassis number and check the year it was manufactured.
The third part deals with buying a second hand JBA.
1982 The Roadster.
The first JBA Falcon was a two seater named The Roadster, which had an all aluminium body, including the doors and a rear sloping section to enclose the petrol tank, reminiscent of the 1930's style. The car was fitted with a vertical windscreen and fiberglass wings. The sidescreens were clip on far larger than the doors. Many people call this the Original Falcon. The car pictured above is a 1985 model.
1985 The JBA Javelin
The JBA Javelin was introduced at the start of 1985 The car was based on the Ford Capri MKII and MKIII. Production run 1985 till 1989 The chassis no. did not have an end tag, instead it was given the prefix FJ
1985 The Plus 2.
Photo courtesy of Ceri Williams JBA Owners Club.
A new model was introduced and was called a Plus
Two (Plus 2). This was much larger than the Roadster. The car was
fitted with a rear bench seat, able to accommodate two children, up to the
approximate age of eight, hence Plus 2.
1988 The Sports.
Photo courtesy of John Skillen ex-JBA Owners Club.
Re-introduction of a two seater named The
Sports 12feet 6inches long. This was smaller, lower and more sporty
looking than the Plus 2 and had a smaller sloping windscreen bolted to the
side of the scuttle. The Sports did not
have a rear opening boot at this stage. However, a new central body unit
was introduced made of glass reinforced fibre. This was the first JBA
Falcon to have the cockpit made of Glassfibre called the central boy unit.
The boot area housed the fuel tank
which was closed in using aluminium panels.
The Cortina version has
remained in production from 1988 to the present time, year 2001.
1990 The Tourer.
Photo courtesy of Mike Cushley.
The Tourer Cortina based 13feet 9inches
long, was a direct replacement for the Plus 2. Owners had the option of
having a larger two seater touring car or adding a rear bench seat same as
the Plus 2. It can be identified by the sloping windscreen bolted to the side of the scuttle.
1991 The Sports SR.
JBA continued development of their cars using
Ford components. Now they turned their attention to the Ford Sierra. The
first Sierra based model The Sports was made in 1991.This was same shape as the Sports
Cortina version, but involved designing a new chassis and central body unit.
The windscreen is bolted to the side of the scuttle. Many improvements have been made
to this model in the last nine years, these include a lockable boot, similar
but slightly smaller, than the Tourer boot. A sloping radiator grill.
Interior and exterior refinements to comply with the latest regulations.
1994 Falcon TSR
Photo courtesy of Phil Whittaker. JBAOC.
The Tourer TSR The correct model name
is " Falcon TSR". Had the same treatment as the
Sports SR. A choice of a large two seater touring car or with an
additional bench seat in the rear.
Shown below are two 1993 models a Tourer (Cortina based) and a Sports (Sierra based) These kits left the JBA Factory in 1993 and were built by their owners. The Tourer was on the road in April 1995 and the Sports in July 1995. These were fitted with the new stainless steel hood retaining bar, instead of studs.
Photo courtesy of Mike Cushley.
This photo shows the difference in height between the Sports & Tourer. The Tourer on the left is longer and higher with wider doors, than the Sports on the right. Both models and the TSR have a sloping windscreen bolted to the side of the scuttle.
Cortina or Sierra Based.
Sports or Tourer including TSR.
Other Indicators. The front tray butts against radiator shell on the Sports, but on the Tourer it slides underneath.
Remember Models given the SR tag,
denotes that the car is Sierra based.
SRi denotes sports fitted with fuel injection engine. Retains model tag (SR).
All the models could be fitted with various types of engines. It was the owners builders choice.
A vehicle identification plate bearing the chassis number is supplied by JBA and fixed by the builder in prominent position, usually in the engine bay. However this number is also stamped on the chassis.
How to read a chassis number.
Above is how a chassis number is stamped by JBA Engineering Ltd. The number above is an actual chassis number and belongs to the JBA Factory Demonstrator Sports SRi. Below is how to interpret it.
Normally a JBA takes from 1 - 2 years to build. However builders can take a lot longer, through a variety of personal reasons.
A chassis number depicting 1993 might not be on the road till 1995 or even longer.
JBA Retaining Donor Car Registration Number
The registration document (log book DVLC), although changed to show JBA Falcon takes its year of manufacture from the original donor. In my own case I used a 1983 Sierra and bought my kit in 1993. The log book states JBA Falcon year of first registration 1983. This is the date the Sierra was first registered. The JBA kit was purchased ten years later.
Q Plate JBA
A Q registered car takes it date from the second Registration. For example A 1975 registered Cortina is used as the donor car. The builder uses this car to build a JBA in 1985. The build is completed by 1987 and when presented for registration it is given a Q plate. The log book will show JBA date of first registration 1987.
Remember to allow for the build time when buying one. The advertised date given, could be the date the chassis was made, or the date when the car was finally built and first on the road. The chassis number will tell you this.
There are no rust problems with the JBA. The chassis is separate and is four inch by two inch steel section. The body is constructed of aluminium and glassfibre.
Check that the chassis has not received accident damage.
If buying from a dealer check the chassis number using the guide above. Dealers do not know a lot about these models and confuse the models, even to such an extent as saying it is Sierra based, when in fact it is Cortina based.
There are very few problems with the body and
those that do appear are easily rectified. The main problems that you may
find are the glassfibre CBU flexing round the door areas at the door
hinges or the door lock striker plate. This sometimes happens if the
builder forgets to use mild steel plates or brackets in these areas, but
they are easily made up.
Spare Wheel & Boot.
On some builds the spare wheel can be a bit wobbly, but once again all it needs is mild steel brackets fitted behind on aluminium booted models and wooden backing on the glassfibre opening boots. Aluminium edging trim can be purchased from people such as Woolies.
The interior can suffer from normal wear and tear, but as the panels are individual they can be recovered with material of your choice.
The Dashboard can also be rejuvenated using the existing instruments, by making up a new dash out of Marine Plywood or your great aunt's favourite wardrobe. Veneer and imitation veneer like on modern cars is available from outlets such as Europa.
Carpets can be changed quite easily.
A normal check, as with any car, to make sure it is roadworthy.
Check the engine for wear and change the cambelt for a new one. Same with the fanbelt, oil & filters, fuel filters etc.
All JBA models are based on Ford cars and spares can be obtained quite cheaply from local motor factors and other outlets. Things like ball joints, steering parts, water pumps, hoses and belts etc.
Below is a list of dates of registration prefixes showing the year they were issued.
My Thanks to JBA Engineering Ltd. for their help in explaining all the different models and pointing out quick ways to Identify them, as with the chassis numbers. Also to the JBA Owners Club Members for Photographs of their beautiful cars. Not forgetting my mate Mike Cushley.
Safe Driving All the Best Regards Robbie.
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