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Adrian Cooper

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  1. Hi BW, I'm pretty sure I used black 'Sticks All' but the solvent based one not the water based. I also used it to stick on home made rubber mud flaps on the sill closing panel and these have stayed on too despite being in the line of fire from spray and road muck. I did buy and try to use the correct clips (and tool) for the window rubbers but I gave up in fury after failing to fit a single one in half an hour of tugging, levering and pleading. It felt like a bodge at the time but now I can't think of any reason why it isn't a perfectly good solution. Still enjoying your restoration thread. Regards Adrian
  2. That's exactly what I did. 2 years on and no problems.
  3. Hi John, On my Spitfire at least the bolt heads do sit on the frame feet and are bolted directly to the chassis through cutout slots in the carpet. I do sympathise, removing the h frame and the gearbox tunnel is my least favourite task on the car (maybe on a par with swapping the differential) and I have cut trap doors for checking the gearbox oil level and changing the speedometer angle drive, and I have also fitted a remote bleeding tube for the clutch slave cylinder just to reduce the number of times I have to tackle this fiddly task. The holes in the chassis do fill up with carpet fibres, fluff and general crud and this can make the bolts hard to do up fully. If in doubt, do have a dig around with a thin screwdriver or blow it out with a straw. Good luck! Adrian
  4. That's what I was thinking too, or stick one in a scanner with a ruler or coin for scale.
  5. That looks easy enough to reproduce. I could laser cut one in acrylic, plywood or MDF if you think any of those materials would be suitable. Adrian
  6. Good morning Tux, My Mk2 has the same twisty door handles and the passenger door does not lock on mine either. I presume it must have done originally but the lock mechanism in the door is unobtainable, and has been for many years. I say it must have locked originally as the drivers side locks from the inside by turning the lever the other way. However, I have always worked on the principle that it is better to leave the doors unlocked; if somebody wants to get into your car they will. The twisty door handles give way and break under a moderate leaning-on and they are unobtainable too. Or the hood just unclips or can be easily slashed. Perhaps better to make sure that there is nothing valuable in the car and that it can't be driven away easily. I use one of the Diskloc steering wheel covers and one that goes over the handbrake (so that some oik cannot let the handbrake off and roll the car down the hill, not that anybody can work out how to release the 'fly off' handbrake) I also have a fuel tap in the boot. BTW, I'm also 6'4" (or at least I used to be) but after 34 years of driving my Spitfire I'm not sure that my spine fully straightens anymore. Can we see some more pictures of your gorgeous car? Adrian
  7. This seems to be a good point to thank you for all your help and advice, marked by you gaining your first thousand 'reputation points', an amazing achievement. You lead the way in making this forum the brilliant resource it is. Adrian
  8. Welcome to the forum Tux. Well done on your choice of car, the mk1s and 2s are certainly the best looking Spitfires and yours looks superb. You will find all the help and advice you need, from the many experts on here, to get it running as you want it to be, so ask away. Adrian
  9. This could turn into a marathon...
  10. I avoid lunchtime drinking as it makes me drowsy or randy, and either way the afternoon is wasted.
  11. Adrian, That seems like a very good starting point. If you have the seat fitted in your car could you measure the angle between the seat back and the step to clear the top of the trim piece? You have this as a right angle in your model, and the pictures do seem to suggest this too, but logic would suggest that the seat back should be raked back a bit. Just a thought. Adrian
  12. Welcome Mat, There are many of us with less-than-perfect cars who use them all year round and accept that this means an endless list of maintenance tasks. But whatever fails or falls off you'll find everything you want to know on here (and maybe some things you didn't want to know!) Take comfort from the fact that you can blame your car's dodgy paintwork on a previous owner, my Spitfire's collection of runs, sags, blisters, orange peel and overspray is entirely my own work. Go on, show us a picture, we love pictures. Adrian
  13. Another vote for Miele here. We bought ours second hand 15 years ago and it's still going strong. We've had 5 fridges in that time..... Adrian
  14. John, have a close look at Tom's avatar picture, I think he has a story to tell! Adrian
  15. I think that the 'fly off' handbrake lever was only fitted to the GT6 Mk1 and the Mk1 & 2 Spitfires, and it has the round hand grip. My Spitfire has a 'fly off' handbrake and I have to keep a card with operating instructions in the car to instruct MOT testers, and tyre fitters etc. how to operate it. I learnt this the hard way whenI I left the car to have some new tyres fitted and I returned to see a burly, sweaty and plainly furious tyre fitter standing on the seats, tugging on the lever with all his might; the verbal instructions that I had left with his colleagues had not got to him it seemed. They had to use bolt cutters on the handbrake cable to release it! For those of you who have not encountered this type of handbrake I should explain that you press the button to lock the lever in place and you release it by lifting the lever without touching the button. Most have been replaced with the conventional version, for good reason. Adrian
  16. Too late for me! I have bullet mirrors on the wings of my '66 Mk2 Spitfire and I'm really happy with them. However I have fitted them with convex glass as the standard flat glass gave a field of view that was just too narrow. Adrian
  17. Thank you for organising this Richard, Caroline and I really enjoyed the route.
  18. And to you too Pete, and thank you for all your posts and sound advice. Adrian
  19. I've just got back from a very long run round the coast roads and lanes of my corner of Sussex. It has been the most glorious, crisp and sunny day but I do drive my Spitfire frequently throughout the year. I try not to worry about it getting wet or salty as I know it is rust free and well protected at the moment and it is unlikely to corrode much before I am either too old to drive it or emissions/safety legislation or the limited availability of petrol restricts my using it anyway. I know our cars are getting valuable and that they may be the product of hundreds of hours of careful restoration work but they were meant to be driven, and driven by young men and women who all believed that they were Stirling Moss. Today, on the roads round Sussex, Stirling was having a ball.
  20. Would it be possible to cut the legs down to 2mm? Say if you held a clip of staples in a vice and used a Dremel or similar cutting tool?
  21. John, You are, of course, correct and you explained more tightly than I did. I had assumed that Iain's question referred to tyre width not pad width. One of the downsides of thread drift perhaps (4 wheel drift in this instance) Adrian
  22. As I understand it, friction is proportional to the force of the road surface acting on the tyres and this is stated as Pressure X Area This is equal to the weight which is distributed to each tyre, assuming a smooth, uniform and level surface. Therefore the friction is the same regardless of the width of the tyre; for a wide tyre the area is large but the force is small and for a small tyre the area is small but the force is large. In the real world, the road surface is not smooth and a wider tyre has more chance of making contact with more high spots on any given patch of tarmac, but the advantage may be minimal. Adrian
  23. John, you learnt this speech when you played King Henry V on stage? I do hope so. I have this vision of you astride a horse (with dark green armour and a contrasting light green noseband) leading a band of cheering medical students, scalpels in hand, to noble deeds at Agincourt. Or perhaps just at the local Bistro.... Adrian
  24. 1 vote from me for the braided pipe. And while you have it all apart, why not add a second flexible pipe for remote bleeding of the clutch slave cylinder? If you do, and have a cutout door in the gearbox tunnel for checking the gearbox oil level too, it might be years before you need to take the blasted thing off again. Adrian
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