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    Spitfire Restoration

    Hello chaps!

    been a while because I'm ultra busy with keeping the company oiled... been a tough few years in Seasland!!

    So... this is fun....

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    Look ! ... She's flying !

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    Once that's all done i'm swapping the engine out too....



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    Re: Spitfire Restoration

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    Soon my pretty....

    Soon.....


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    Re: Spitfire Restoration

    The colors are wrong.

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    Re: Spitfire Restoration

    Quote Originally Posted by ATAG_Colander View Post
    The colors are wrong.
    They haven't finished the map yet.

    And I've asked them to look at the runway again as it does look slightly too light.


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    Re: Spitfire Restoration

    Strange - from those angles it looks more like a car than a plane.
    ... which is exactly what I thought when someone posted pictures of their Mustang.
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    Re: Spitfire Restoration

    Last edited by ATAG_Highseas; Jun-15-2022 at 12:54.


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    Re: Spitfire Restoration

    Quote Originally Posted by ATAG_Highseas View Post
    I didn't think Spitfires had spats.
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    Re: Spitfire Restoration

    But it's not about those other thingies.

    It's all about my Spitfire!


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    Re: Spitfire Restoration

    Saw this Spitty in 2018. Was having a real good look and this bloke comes up, and asks if I'd like a photo. Never one to miss an opportunity I said sure, then he gets in it! But hey I got to sit in the cockpit. I must have dirtied it given you have had to do a full strip and paint job shortly there after Seas

    Looking good mate! When you putting it on the boat to the Colonies mate?

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    Re: Spitfire Restoration

    This is making me very nostalgic.

    Had a 1973 Spit as student in the 1980s. Think it was “French blue” so pretty similar.
    Sussex to Scotland up and down the A1.
    My eyes would be on stalks after seven hours.

    Wish I had kept it.
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    Re: Spitfire Restoration

    Helped restore one of these in the late 1980's, a 1974 Spitfire IV in Magenta (purple)

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    Re: Spitfire Restoration

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    SWhen you putting it on the boat to the Colonies mate?
    When you stop being so damn tall !!


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    Re: Spitfire Restoration

    Quote Originally Posted by ATAG_Slot View Post

    Wish I had kept it.
    Bought this one 25 years ago. 'Pageant Blue'

    when the kids came along it was bike or car... so i rode the 7R and the spit went into the garage at my mums place...

    Wow.... the amonut of times I was on the verge of selling her... and my wife said NO!!... you cannot sell the spitfire!!

    Seriously!

    Through all the super hard times (and there were many). It was her who stopped me every time.

    awww!!!!


    Almost sold her again to get a Lotus Elise. Right before i decided to say sod it... let's just go for a rebuild.

    My eldest had her third driving lesson 2 days ago... and my youngest has decided the spit is her birth right

    she is probably right to be fair...

    But I'm a long way from done yet !!


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    Re: Spitfire Restoration

    Quote Originally Posted by ATAG_Slot View Post
    Sussex to Scotland up and down the A1.
    My eyes would be on stalks after seven hours.

    Yeah...

    Its a driving experience that requires you to be alert. and frankly... able to drive !!!

    I did Brighton to Edinburgh about 18 years ago... stopped off at Sheffield overnight.

    It's along drive in one hit. Especially in a Spitfire.

    I've also done Brighton to Penzance over night a few times... but Bodmin Moor... even with halogen headlight upgrades... man... !!

    1970's wind screen wipers have zero chance to clear that kind of being inside a cloud!!!

    will post shots when i get her back !


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    Re: Spitfire Restoration

    Quote Originally Posted by ATAG_Highseas View Post
    Yeah...

    I've also done Brighton to Penzance over night a few times...
    In a Triumph Spitfire?

    I can only presume the reward for arriving in West Cornwall with a concrete backside was a welcoming young lady......

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    Re: Spitfire Restoration

    Quote Originally Posted by ATAG_Highseas View Post

    It's along drive in one hit. Especially in a Spitfire.
    Heck what a fantastic community, CLOD and Triumph Spitfires!
    Match made in heaven.

    Used to stop once for fuel and comfort around Newark. No idea how I did it but was late teens, early twenty’s so had the stamina then. Remember one occasion when I really did start hallucinating and not sure how I made it.

    Lovely job you have done there and so jealous you kept it.
    My then girlfriend (now wife) didn’t manage to persuade me to keep it.
    Nice MkIV with overdrive and bonnet was perfect.
    My two lads would have loved tinkering with it.

    @Laser , I got a Magenta hard top for mine that gave it a two tone look when fitted!

    No digital cameras back then and not even sure where any old photos are. Will need to ask my better half.
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    Re: Spitfire Restoration

    Quote Originally Posted by Arthursmedley View Post
    In a Triumph Spitfire?

    I can only presume the reward for arriving in West Cornwall with a concrete backside was a welcoming young lady......
    She had nice pasties.

    It's as comfy as can be the spit. The stock seats are really good.... if you rebuild them once every 30-40 years.

    I should.make a note of that as it goes or i will forget. Repair seats when 80-90.

    There.

    Definitely wont forget to check this post when that time comes around.

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    Re: Spitfire Restoration

    Quote Originally Posted by ATAG_Slot View Post
    My two lads would have loved tinkering with it.

    My dad showed me how to keep my mini in good health when I was in my teens. Invaluable !

    This is essentially the same, It's just a bigger A series engine with 2 SU carbs instead of one and it has disc brakes up front instead of drums !!!! WOW !!!



    I love this car.

    It's almost as cool as I am.


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