Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Mark 2 Triumph Spitfire Finished

The Mark 2 Spitfire which we had in with paintwork issues, welding work to structural areas and driveline repairs needed has now been finished and is back with its owner who is busily refitting all the equipment he removed for the body restoration to be carried out.

We have now had the first few ‘early birds’ in, three with TR6s all at the same time, for putting their pride and joy back on the road after the winter lay-up. One required a replacement fuel pump shut off inertia switch to be fitted and a relay fitted for the pump itself as it is a Bosch unit which will draw rather more current than the original Lucas one. Funnily enough one of the other two had the same upgrade this time last year.
The third one was in for some additional work to the rear brakes and rear suspension, with Superflex trailing arm, damper drop link and spring seat insulator bushes being fitted along with a new driveshaft UJ and grease up of the splines. We also fitted a spin on oil filter conversion to prevent that awful death rattle which some cars suffer from with the standard oil filter and an oil cooler with thermostat to help stop it from getting all hot and bothered in the summer.

We also had to reinforce the boot floor where the twin box exhaust system had been fitted as it was tearing through the boot floor which had become a little thinner over the years and there were no ‘penny’ washers fitted to spread the load. Luckily we had some paint to finish off with which was a reasonable match.

We are now attempting to resurrect a 2000 Mk1, a Dolomite Sprint and a poor little Spitfire 1500 which has seen better days and has 21 owners on the V5 – it looks like one of them was careful, but only one!