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Introduction

Complete log of my Spitfire restoration.

Diary of Project

 

01-08-07: Purchased car and drove home.

 

08-09-07: TSSC Insurance valuation arrives.

 

15-11-07: Full service and tune up, sump off and re-sealed.

 

28-02-08: New water pump, radiator with stat and electric fan fitted.

 

16-05-08: Carbs re-furbished and fitted with new filters. Old rusty sports exhaust removed and original manifold fitted for ss semi-sports.

 

02-06-08: Spare rear spring refurbished with new rubber spacers and polybushes.

 

08-06-08: Front offside suspension stripped and chassis cleaned and locally painted. 

 

26-08-08: Offside front suspension re-built on bench.

 

27-08-08: Offside front suspension back on car.

 

31-08-08: Nearside front suspension removed from car. Many problems here! Anti-roll bar link failed as well as poor joints and trunnion.

 

02-09-08: Steering rack and anti-roll bar removed - small hole in rack gaiter - more new parts on order!. Parts and chassis area cleaned and prepared for re-fitting.

 

05-09-08: Anti-roll bar partially re-fitted with new links.

 

08-09-08: Steering rack refurbished and ready to re-fit.

 

09-09-08: Rack re-fitted, Nearside suspension parts cleaned and painted.

 

10-09-08: '98 Black MX5 seats collected - these look the part.

 

11-09-08: Nearside hub re-built and suspension back on car.

 

22-09-08: Brake calliper stripped

and cleaned.

 

24-09-08: Front suspension, steering and brakes complete.

 

25/26-09-08: Bulkhead cleaned, treated and painted - ok for now.

 

28-09-08: Passenger seat removed and mx5 seat trial fitted, brackets to make.

 

02-10-08: MX5 seat runner brackets made and passenger seat fitted.

 

06-10-08: Passenger floor treated and painted.

 

07-10-08: Passenger sill structure and rear wheel arch cavity fully waxoyled.

 

10-10-08: Working on drivers side floor.

 

15-10-08: Welding at top of drivers footwell above sill.

 

17-10-08: Drivers floor treated and painted. Sills and rear arch cavities fully waxoyled.

 

11-01-09: Finally able to get back to the car. Checked over and started OK, makes a lot of noise without the exhaust! Rear, raised, supported and wheels removed to start strip of rear end.

 

12-01-09: Rear drivers side suspension and drive shaft removed.

 

13-01-09: Rear spring removed and drivers side wheel arch cleaned and prepared for paint / sealing.

 

15-01-09: Rear passenger side suspension and drive shaft removed. Wheel arch cleaned and prepared for paint / sealing.

 

18-01-09: Diff removed, drained, cleaned and painted. Rear wheel arches and rear bulkhead sprayed with metal ready and painted with POR15 rust preventative paint.

 

19-01-09: Rear arches and bulkhead sprayed with stone chip resistant paint and undersealed (Waxoyl).

 

22-01-09: Rear underside of boot floor cleaned and sprayed with underseal (waxoyl). Propshaft rear UJ replaced.

 

25-01-09: Rear suspension assemblies stripped, cleaned and prepared for painting.

 

27-01-09: One side rear drive shaft and hub re-built and diff fitted.

 

03-02-09: Rear spring re-fitted with studs and nuts loose.

 

05-02-09: Drivers side rear drive shaft and hub re-fitted to car.

 

08-02-09: Passenger side rear drive shaft re-built ready to re-fit.

 

09-02-09: Passenger side rear drive shaft and hub re-fitted to car. Rear spring tightened to diff.

 

12-02-09: Drivers side rear brakes re-connected, drive shafts connected to diff, wheel on, suspension loaded and bolts tightened.

 

15-02-09: Passengers side rear brakes re-connected, wheel on, suspension loaded and bolts tightened. Exhaust fitted.

 

18-02-09: Seats finally in properly.

 

24-02-09: Drivers door trim , window seals and glass removed for frame rustproofing.

 

02-03-09: Drivers door internals cleaned, sprayed with POR15 metal ready, then Dinitrol ML and finally re-built.

 

17-03-09: Drivers door trim and seals re-fitted.

 

22-03-09: New fluid in braking system and bled through. Carbs adjusted so car now runs and stops!

 

31-03-09: New sports front springs fitted.

 

23-04-09: Failed MOT on emissions, lights (connection fell off!) and insufficient reserve movement on brakes.

 

28-04-09: Waxstats removed and sloppy linkages / springs sorted on carbs - was running rich at tickover (jets gradually slid down) 

 

30-04-09: New uprated master cylinder fitted, brakes bled and wow what a difference.

 

04-05-09: Lights checked and double checked as OK, carbs balanced and  tuned hopefully now ready for re-test.

 

06-05-09: MOT passed with low emissions, now taxed and bring on the summer!

 

12-05-09: Wire wheels given new tubes and boots, fitted and tracking done - looks good.

 

31-05-09: Wire wheel started clicking and one wire broke, now on alloys.

 

21-06-09: Great day out to Knebworth cars in the park - pictures in 'events'

 

05-07-09: TSSC Northants meet at Wicksteed park

 

16-08-09: TSSC International at Stafford

 

24-08-09: Yellow springs and AAT needles fitted to carbs

 

25-08-09: Carbs re-balanced and tuned. Car runs well.

 

01-09-09: SS Boot Rack fitted - excellent supplier.

 

03-10-09: Baffles fitted to exhaust - test & retune tomorrow.

 

25-11-09: AAL needles fitted and tuned, so far better performance.

 

30-12-09: Started work on Burr Walnut dash panels.

 

06-01-10: Dash panels veneered and trimmed to shape.

 

31-01-10: Dash panels progressing well with sanding and lacquering.

 

25-02-10: Started to re-wire and fit new dash panels.

 

28-02-10: Dash re-fitted. Boot area clean-up started.

 

01-03-10: Inside boot area sprayed.

 

02-03-10: Waxoyl applied to inside of rear wings and arches.

 

07-03-10: Triumph Show at Stoneleigh - won a pride of ownership award.

 

09-03-10: Car on stands for clutch slave cylinder change and full service.

 

14-03-10: Ordered carpet set to tidy up interior whilst carpets out and gearbox cover off.

 

20-03-10: New clutch master cylinder fitted - all OK now.

 

23-04-10: New carpets fully fitted, seats going back in tomorrow.

 

25-04-10: National Drive it Day - club run out to TSSC HQ

 

28-04-10: Fixed erratic Rev Counter, no wipers or washers and intermittent failure of side lights. 4 way connection at rear of dash had started to fall apart and light switch connection was loose.

 

01-05-10: MOT passed without any advisories!

 

23-05-10: Prescott Standard Triumph Day was awesome - great to see all the cars in action rather than parked up.

 

28-05-10: Excellent SS windscreen trim set arrived - found one at last!

 

06-06-10: Wicksteed Park TSSC Northants area rally - great day out.

 

20-06-10: Knebworth House - Cars in the park - Fathers day out!

 

31-07-10: Stanford Hall Firework Champions - fantastic evening with the club.

 

22-08-10: TSSC International at Stafford

 

19-09-10: Duxford - All Triumph Day

 

10-10-10: Dave and Angies Breakfast run - great breakfast and superb well planned run around Bedfordshire

 

14-11-10: NEC Classic Show

 

12-12-10: Northants area run to TSSC HQ Christmas Open Day

 

20-02-11: Northants area run to Stondon Transport Museum

 

06-03-11: Triumph Show at Stoneleigh

 

06-03-11: Hard top off

 

17-04-11: National Drive it day - Waddesdon, Mustang meet (for a change!).

 

03/04-05-11: Diff rebuilt, now not losing all the oil!

 

06-05-11: MOT passed with only an adjustment of handbrake req'd.

 

29-05-11: Standard Triumph Marque Day at Duxford.

 

05-06-11: Stony Stratford Classic Car Festival

 

10-07-11: Kimbolton Country Fayre 

 

17-07-11: TSSC - Wicksteed

 

21-08-11: TSSC - Stafford

 

02-10-11: TSSC - Churnet Valley

 

16-10-11: Donington -  Triumph Show

 

19-10-11: Electronic Ignition fitted

 

13-11-11: NEC Classic Show