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  1. Blimey. The dealer says he works on "small margins" 🤣 Prefer the later cars too - my ideal was an X reg 1500
  2. Absolutely. You've got the camera out already, and take good pics, so not much extra work really. Anyway, this looks reasonably priced for a pretty Mk3: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/877490200244551/
  3. I like LR products, but with the exception of the FL2 most of their stuff in the past 20yrs has had a crap reputation for reliability and problems. Major stuff like broken cranks and stuffed Ingenium engines, and minor things like electrical glitches and air suspension naughtiness. FL2 aside, the Disco 1 is probably as late as I'd go. Selling it used and giving any kind of warranty as a dealer would have to must be a nightmare. Why not specialise in something less likely to come back?
  4. Hands off mine! 😉 Seriously nice work going on, and thanks for being brave enough to show your crap welding as well as your good - makes I feel better about my disasters. That door looks to fit really well, and shows what a good job you've done. Great to see the car being properly restored 👍
  5. Winner!!! I've heard from the owner who did (ie paid for) the restoration in the late 90's that it's Aston Martin metallic green. Which looks to be what they call 'racing green'. Currently mulling over what the exact paint code would be 🤔
  6. Great to meet you too @Matty My daughter is now envious of your accent! Maybe we need to move to Haslingden 😉
  7. Jaguars just seem to attract naughtiness for some reason. Nice one getting it sorted. I'd have set fire to it.
  8. Good call. Did all the same to my Series 3 a year or so ago, having had the previous Shitpart exhaust rot faster than a tuna sarnie. I like the sharper sound the stainless exhaust gives it, although sadly it's no faster
  9. No, we ended up cannibalising the poorer houndstooth seat base for its fabric. Looks like Newton can find the stuff: https://newtoncomm.co.uk/products/austin-mini-city-houndstooth-cloth-front-seat-covers-1
  10. Time for an update! The aim with this car has always been to make it a reasonably comfortable daily driver, or at least something you could use as one. It's hardly been on the road in the last 12 years or so (maybe more) and this is partly because niggly faults haven't been sorted and jobs haven't been done right. It's also suffered from some shit modifications - to my eyes, anyway - and one of things I couldn't live with was this: No, not the swingball. The daft exhaust which some people refer to as 'wheelbarrow handle' type. When I was 17 I would have thought it was ace. It's really loud and snarly, but I'm 52 and just feel like even more of twat than normal making a noise like a bomber. Plus it's as boomy as you'd imagine on the motorway. Now sold on FB and replaced with this much more civilised stainless 'Stag' style jobbie: Still makes a decent growl but much quieter and uses the original exhaust mountings. I had to weld a bit more 2" pipe to the centre section so that it met my front pipe, but seems like you can MIG stainless perfectly happily. One of the original rear mount straps was still attached and usable. I made the other out of a piece of Land Rover axle check strap I had in stock. No pics, but the OS front overrider was falling off. Found it was cracked and broken so glued it back together and bolted the bumper, overrider and quarter panel back to the car properly, as it was hanging on by two bolts and a cable tie. Bodging twats. Gotta love em. The interior was a problem for me with this car from the start. The dash support, tunnel cover and knee pads were missing. The original seats were junked in 1998 for a hideous pair of what looked like cream leather ones, then changed again for vinyl buckets a couple of years ago. The buckets were OK, comfy enough but without much back support. They also wouldn't slide back and forth properly, probably because they'd been badly fitted. I decided to go back to original, and picked up these locally for too much money: They were as rank as they look. The driver's side frame had rotted through at the front right and the recline mechanism was seized, so I bought another two knackered black vinyl recliners for not much ££. The base foams were OKish, but the driver's seat had to be stripped completely anyway so I set to it and reduced it to the knackered frame on the left: Scrap, really. Luckily I had a good drivers' side frame from the black vinyl pair. I cleaned it up and welded the fabric tensioner bar back on: Meanwhile me and Mrs D set about restoring the houndstooth covers. Yes, those really manky knackered ones. New ones are about £500, so it's a good job Mrs D is handy with a needle and thread. I found a pretty good passenger side houndstooth seat base locally for a fiver, so replaced my own houndstooth base with that one and used the fabric to repair a mess like this: The seat back foam on the drivers seat was shagged: so I spent £50 on a new back foam from http://www.parklaneclassics.co.uk/index.htm and we got on with rebuilding the seats. The passenger seat back had been attacked by a cat which had used the base as its bed, but it started to respond to cleaning: Mrs D used some fabric to match and recover the damaged upper panel, and eventually we had it ready to fit: Getting the bucket out was a total cunt. It wouldn't slide, so I couldn't get at the bolt heads and had to grip them with moles and gradually loosen the nylocs. Filled the four superfluous holes in the floorpan with rubber grommets and worked out where the original seat would have mounted. Now slides and reclines as Triumph intended. Drivers' side took half the time once I knew what I was wrestling with: As you can see, they ain't perfect, but they're usable and comfy which is what matters to me. And they didn't cost £500... Here's how things used to look: Next exciting post - replacing the missing bits of interior
  11. Not seen one of these for ages: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/683313569943182/ My grandma made her final journey in a rather gorgeous metallic dark brown one of these, although I think it was a slightly earlier Granada.
  12. Impressive commitment! I'd have been tempted to grinder flap disc that inner sill and then go over with a coat of but I guess with welds as shitty as what you found that option had to be ruled out. Having looked at a few old cars lately, I didn't see anything that wasn't far, far worse in the metal than it seemed in the pics apart from the one I ended up buying. But maybe my expectations were so low by that point I wasn't surprised 😉
  13. That engine looks fantastic. Top skillz! 😎
  14. It's amazing how smart this car looked when you bought it, given all the horrors you've found underneath. Great to see it being fixed properly. Given how far you've gone with it, I'd be tempted to have it blasted and return it to its original colour. The blue is nice, but the original yellow would suit it well, too. It's noticeable how much more complex the monocoque structure of the Midget is than the separate chassis Spitfire, with so many more built-in rust traps and assemblies of different panels relying on each other for strength. Makes me think about the bullets I probably unconsciously dodged looking at rough Midgets a couple of months ago!
  15. It's back! https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/385305208124?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&mkrid=711-127632-2357-0&ssspo=nmPCYxvMS_e&sssrc=2047675&ssuid=3fVYaSNwS9a&widget_ver=artemis&media=COPY
  16. This looks smart: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/385303628851?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&mkrid=711-127632-2357-0&ssspo=nmPCYxvMS_e&sssrc=2047675&ssuid=3fVYaSNwS9a&widget_ver=artemis&media=COPY No O/D, but that can be retro-fitted and wouldn't put me off it otherwise
  17. So, today's thrillz: Made sure we had adequate potions in stock: I usually try for 50:50 in cars, but this one will be much weaker than that. Started by removing the world's most accessible bottom hose: What came out looked like mostly rusty coloured water, which is why I've kept it in the garage for the past week. An optimist would say it was longlife antifreeze, but I say bollocks. Orange antifreeze doesn't leave orange deposits all over the top of the radiator core. It got a really good flush through, including removing the 'cold' hose from the heater matrix and back flushing that. Must have been a fair bit left in the block and matrix as it only took 2.5l or so of the 4.5l it's supposed to - that'll bring the antifreeze concentration down a bit so I'll be topping up with neat for the foreseeable. Ran up to temp, stat opened and fan kicked in and all is good. Happy days. Whilst I was doing this, Pat and Jess arrived with a parcel. It was the bits I'd ordered on Nov 23! Packhorse would have been quicker. So, I set to replacing the sexy little rubber boots on the clutch and brake levers: sprayed up and fitted the original battery clamp (no pics, it's just too exciting), and then replaced the missing (why? WTF?) nice chrome door pull escutcheons: This is the passenger door, which also needed a hinge pin for the release handle making from a suitably sized nail. The gibbon had used rivets to attach the handle top and bottom rather than a pin, and only one was gamely hanging on in there. With the trim removed, I also freed up the locking mechanism and adjusted it so the door can be locked from the inside. If you're sharp eyed you'll have spotted the only MoT worthy rust on this car - the tiny localised hole in front of the tread plate. The sills are otherwise sound, so the plan is to carefully chop out that matchbox sized piece, let in some new metal and then fill the whole thing with waxoyl.
  18. I'm guessing they're the same as the Midget I tried. Fab drive once you're in, but I really had to origami myself to get my legs in. And I'm 5'11'' and 15 stone, so not massive. The Spit is slightly easier, and noticeably less snug once you're installed.
  19. Sprint prices are crazy. You'd get a fantastic Spitfire for Sprint money. It's also why I went for one that's not a project - too many already. Tinkering and gradual improvement is fine, but it's not coming off the road for anything.
  20. I found there were very few 1500's around. Mk 4's seem much more common. I know not many Spits are going to be advertised at this time of year anyway, but maybe the later full-on BL cars like mine rotted especially badly? Who knows
  21. Tracking feels good - light, direct steering so you can flick between lanes like a bike. Plus the advantage of being able to identify by feel anything you run over 😉 I forgot to mention the best thing about this car. Driving can be such a misery these days. People are so grumpy and aggressive, with mucho competitivo attitude. Riding a motorbike takes you out of that particular rat race / willy waving contest, but I'm normally reminded of what cunts some people are when I drive a car again. The Spitfire is different: everyone lets you out, no-one gets angry with you when you fuck up or pull out on them, folks seem to allow you room. I've been really pleasantly surprised how easy getting in and out of Bristol is in this car, and how nice it is to drive something utterly uncompetitive with modern cars but which is such a laugh to drive. Should be available on prescription.
  22. Brilliant - thank you! I'm pretty sure mine is missing this bit. Given that the installing gibbon couldn't figure out how to wire the fan up properly, I'm not that surprised. Current top hose is one of those hardish canvas type ones rather than the squishy rubber black bellows type original. I'll be generous with the silicone sealant.
  23. That's cheap - thanks. However, I'm going to resist hardtop thoughts. I'd like to get the hood down when I can, which thanks to climate change might be sooner than we'd think. And a hardtop is another thing to have to store somewhere. I'm really a biker, remember 😉 Something like this in canvas / mohair is probably what I'll go for in time for next winter: https://prestigeautotrim.com/uk/triumph-spitfire-carhoods-1971-1980-aftermarket.html £350 at the moment! Tempting.
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