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  1. Good evening Peter, My hardtop is suspended from my garage rafters and I'm sure it weighs less than 125lbs as I can carry and fit it to the car on my own. Adrian
  2. Welcome Pablo, What a gorgeous car! One thing to check is the age of the tyres. The advice is to change them if they are more than 7 years old, regardless of tread depth, condition etc (the date of manufacture is marked on the tyre) Beyond 7 years the rubber tends to harden and grip is significantly reduced, and the fact that the car has sat in one position between one MOT and the next could have created 'flat spots' that may cause a vibration when you are driving. If it were my car I would change the brake seals, fluid and flexible hoses too. I agree with the opinions of my learned
  3. Hello Roger, I replaced the original fusebox with 2x 12 way modern blade fuse boxes and put relays on everything; it took me weeks. I'm very glad I did it but if I were doing it again I would use something like this, where all the hard work is already done for you https://www.carbuilder.com/uk/cbs-12-circuit-wiring-module. Adrian
  4. Gully, can you say more about your sticking pushrod theory? You may just have found the explanation to the mystery noise that has had me baffled for nearly 20 years! Adrian
  5. Welcome to the Forum Hugh. I presume that you have spotted these Ebay sun visor bits? https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Assortment-of-Sun-Visor-Brackets-for-1960s-Triumphs-Spitfire-MkI-II-TR4/303695458731?hash=item46b5a8f1ab:g:EKgAAOSwcgdfZIrQ Adrian
  6. Hi Lance, I had this problem and I sorted it myself by fitting a smaller diameter copper pipe inside the perforated pipe. I did this more than 30 years ago and I'm afraid I can't remember the pipe dimension but it probably was 15mm. I thought about using a heat transfer compound (the sort of stuff used between computer processors and heat sinks) but it was a very tight fit and it didn't seem necessary. It's been fine ever since. Adrian
  7. That is a really lovely example of a MK2 with everything original and just like it came from the factory. I'm really glad that it exists and that somebody has spent so much effort to make such a perfect example, but I wouldn't buy it, or even want to own it and I can't imagine why anybody would. I'll explain myself by relating how I spent today. I got up early and was on the road to Brands Hatch, in my Mk 2 Spitfire, before 8am for a day of watching mixed club racing. From Eastbourne that's a drive of about 90 minutes and I really enjoyed keeping up with the pace of the moderns on the A and B
  8. The conventional wisdom, started by the great John Kipping and found to be true by many others, is that differentials don't knock or vibrate. The diff on my Spitfire has quite a few degrees of rotation before making the half-shafts move too and it is still very quiet in operation. You can't really tell how worn the UJs are until you have unbolted them and removed the spring loading. I really would urge you to change the joints before spending huge amounts on a reconditioned diff, especially as you have the new UJs already. You'll find all the encouragement and moral support you could wish
  9. Crikey! That pump top has broken off! Did that happen on the car, whilst driving? That's a new low in crap replacement parts. Horrified. Adrian
  10. And excellent stuff it is too, thoroughly recommended. Adrian
  11. In the same way that the French, Italians, Spanish etc do; probably from the Latin 'Milia' meaning Thousand. Although the exact route is one for your legendary Googling skills John. Adrian
  12. Good morning Colin, This problem with replacement fuel pumps providing too much pressure is not new. I bought a new pump from John Kipping, just before a drive to Paris with the lady who is now my wife, so that must have been more than 20 years ago, and it made my carburettors flood. I bought another pump from Moss (or TRGB, I can't remember) and it was even worse. The solution was to fit a Malpassi Filter King pressure regulator and filter combined. It solved the problem and it is still on my car all these years later. Demon Tweeks has them on special offer at the moment https://www.demo
  13. This is a great idea Paul, please include it in the write-up. Just thinking about what could have caused this in the first place (nothing to do with the filter, I'm sure). The oil has obviously drained out of the pump and I wonder if leaving the old filter in place until all the oil has drained from the sump might stop the outflowing oil from sucking air into the pump from the open filter mounting? Probably total nonsense but I can't think of any other reason for this situation. Anyway, next oil change I will drain the sump before changing the filter and use Pauls modified filter to appl
  14. Good morning Ian, I chose a different approach as I wanted to use a switch that matched the fan switch on my Spitfire. I ran a fused, permanently live supply to a new 4x21w flasher unit and connected the output via the switch to the Green/white & Green/Red wires at the base of the steering column to feed the 4 indicators plus a tell tale light next to the switch. There have to be diodes between these connections and the wires that run back to the column indicator switch and another diode between the original flasher and the column switch, Light Green/Brown wire (otherwise power would
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