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Where to start - Triumph Spitfire
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Dan_Rossi



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2021 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://i.postimg.cc/JhKX3tT9/Whats-App-Image-2021-04-18-at-20-46-39-1.jpg

There she is!
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Rick
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2021 10:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good choice, my first spannerings were on a Mk3 Spit in the dim and distant past.

RJ
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Various 1920s-1960s - Austin, Morris, Commer, Dodge etc.
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mikeC



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2021 8:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done; now the fun begins!
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Dan_Rossi



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2021 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks a lot people,

I'm so excited!! Very Happy

will post more photos soon

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Dan_Rossi



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PostPosted: Wed May 05, 2021 12:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello! so, as I promised few more images of the beast! Loads of rust everywhere, I'm still taking it apart but also started to putting some parts back together and waiting for the new parts to arrive. Brakes, steering and shocks all need complete redoing but it really is so easy to work on this little thing!!

The only trouble I'm having is to find a new bonnet... any good advice?

Thanks a lot people!
cheers

D

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mikeC



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PostPosted: Wed May 05, 2021 8:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bonnets are always a problem on the Herald/Vitesse/Spitfire range; you can hunt around and maybe pick up a better bonnet, only to find it still needs the same repairs.

Complete brand-new bonnets are available at a price, but you are probably better off getting replacement wings and arches and repairing your existing bonnet.

https://rimmerbros.com/Item--i-GRID005862
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PostPosted: Wed May 05, 2021 8:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember having the same bonnet dilemma in the late 1980s, I went with a fibreglass replacement as a temporary fix but it wasn't the best fit. If I were to do the same thing now, I think I'd look out a better original steel bonnet than I had at the time, then have it repaired as necessary.

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Dan_Rossi



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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2021 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mikeC wrote:
Bonnets are always a problem on the Herald/Vitesse/Spitfire range; you can hunt around and maybe pick up a better bonnet, only to find it still needs the same repairs.

Complete brand-new bonnets are available at a price, but you are probably better off getting replacement wings and arches and repairing your existing bonnet.

https://rimmerbros.com/Item--i-GRID005862


Thanks for your answers.

The brand new replacement bonnets are a bit out of my budget....

Best idea as you said is probably replacement panels, but it is going to be a very hard, nasty job and not crazy cheap either. Think I'll wait a bit more see if I find any bargain on ebay...

I'll carry on with the rest in the meantime!

thanks al lot

D
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