Triumph Spitfire Engine Bay Restoration

Triumph Spitfire

FRONT END RESTORATION


What Car: 1971 Triumph Spitfire

Under the Bonnet: Currently it has no bonnet or engine!

The Lowdown:

Some of you may recall the 1979 British racing green Triumph Spitfire project we had booked in for an engine bay restoration  earlier this year, well having seen our coverage of the project on our blog, Ian booked his 1971 Triumph Spitfire for the same restoration treatment and for us to finish the car off by sandblasting and painting the suspension parts and detailing the engine.

The plan:

Suspension: Springs and roll bars sandblasted and powder coated in black,
Bodywork: Engine bay and front half of the chassis sanded back , rust treated and coated in British racing green coloured Raptor.
Detailing: New brake lines, new nuts and bolts, new electric wires.
Work started with us stripping the front end down, removing the engine, gearbox, wires pipes and parts.
Al and Kyle then stripped off all the old paint and rust off of the chassis and shell leaving bare metal
With the worst of the rust removed Al fabricated and welded in some new sheet metal over a number of the holes left by rust.
Kyle has now coated the chassis in rust proofing and green Raptor to match the colour of the body, providing the surfaces with a protective barrier that can withstand the toughest situations, in other words it’s tough as F*%k
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The Spitfire has headed over to the garage where the brakes and suspension components have been stripped, sandblasted and painted and have started to be fitted. The strut towers have also been chrome plated and fitted. The project is really starting to come together now, with the engine soon to go back in.
The expansion tanks, wipper motor, and break lines have all been fitted to the Spitfire
A new engine has been bough in and the guys in the body have given it a protective coating of raptor to match the engine bay.
We have started to fit the engine auxiliaries with either new parts or parts we have cleaned up like new.
Rich has fitted the new engine in and has started to connect everything up.
The carbs and battery in and Rich has continued to connect everything up. The underside of the bonnet has been given a durable coating of black Raptor and has now been fitted.
Ian the owner dropped off a pair of Mazda MX5 front seats that Rich has modified to fit nicely into the Spitfire. Rich as also fitted the front carpets that Ian Supplied.
To finish things off we ordered in and fitted a pair of replacement K&N air filters for the carbs, which really do set the engine bay off and give the spitfire a bit more poke. We have also swapped out the distributors points for an electronic ignition.
We then gave the whole car a clean and polish and it was ready for Ian to pick up, who loved it.
A before and after!
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