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Tanky

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  1. Is Duxford on this year? I haven't heard anything. It was fantastic two years ago. My Mrs and I spent two days travelling up in the Spit. It was our first long trip fraught with little mishaps.... First thing I did when I got there was to visit the club shop and buy a new dizzy, leads and plugs! Oh and most importantly, two Triumph baseball caps...... Charlie
  2. Brill, thanks Doug. Club shop it is as I need another shed loads of kit......... Charlie
  3. Hi all, I need to change the gearbox cover (the one onside the cab). I currently have the cardboard/fibreboard on in place but it's a bit knackered. I see Rimmers have a plastic one and fibreglass one. Does anyone have experience of both or either of these, which should I go for? Is there that much difference and do I need to sound/heat proof the new one when it arrives? Many thanks Triumphers. Charlie
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    Seat belts

    I knew I could rely on you guys.... It makes more sense to have static 3 pointers which I hadn't thought of.......trust me, I won't be going fast enough to injure myself in my Spit. I'm into it for FAR more ££££££'s than it's worth or ever will be! Cheers all, have a good one. Charlie
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    Seat belts

    Hi guys, Sorry, to be clear. I have a 1976 1500 Spit. The current seatbelts are 3 point type and I want to replace them with lap belts as the current ones I have in place strangle me! I am also changing the interior to Tan, so black belts won't match. Is it just a case of drilling a hole in an appropriate place, reinforcing with a plate underneath and bolting through? Does anyone know when I replace them will the seatbelt warning light still work? and lastly, where can I get Tan coloured belts? Cheers all, hoping to see you all in the summer at a meet! Charlie
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    Seat belts

    Hiya all, It's been a while.......Has anyone swapped out lap belts instead of three point type. Is it an easy swap, where do you anchor them to? Cheers Charlie
  7. Thanks for that Colin. A new wiring loom is £384.00! I think I'll have the ebay one....No offence Rimmee Brothers!
  8. Hi all again, I'm sorry I haven't been on for a while. Good! I hear you say..... So, I have the square windscreen wiper switch and behind the dash is a multi-spade switch connector thing. As I was replacing my throttle cable I noticed a spade connector hanging loose. I saw an empty spade on said thing and connected it to it as I thought I had knocked off the spade. Unfortunately, It had no business being connected and it melted the wiring out nearly causing a fire and melting the plastic so badly the spade connectors came adrift. So, I spoke to Rimmers and they don't sell the said melted plastic thing. It comes as part of a full wiring loom. Does anyone have spare one or a donor car they can cut it out of for me please? I'm willing to pay for it of course..... Many thanks all...... Best Charlie WSW 5WSW 4WSW 3WSW 2WSW 1
  9. Hi Colin, I bought everything to refurb my Spit seats from the club except for the webbing and clips. I had mine refurbed by Wayne Springer (Springers) in Cardiff. He charged me £200.00 for the job and the result was amazing. He's got a waiting list, generally of Bentley drivers wanting personalised seats........but he's worth a call as he loves classics and may let you jump the queue.... best Charlie
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    Head

    Hello all, Just a quick update....So engine came back from South Wales Pistons, all shiny and new. Bernie has done a fantastic job of rebuilding the engine and it is now back in the Spit. It turns over beautifully but I'm not getting a spark to the plugs, fear not though as I haven't had time to mess about with it. I suspect I have wired up the coil incorrectly, but I will have a look this weekend. Will post a video when she is running. In the meantime, I have been getting her ready for paint.... More soon... Cheers all Charlie
  11. P7rider, do you have a photo of the stick on version on your car and also can anyone tell me where to get the individual letters please? I hate the numberplate stuck on the front of my 1500 Spit... Cheers tanky
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    Head

    Hello all. Firstly, can I say a huge thanks for all your advice. I really appreciate it. So, due to the ongoing problems with my engine and haven spoken to Alan Gourley (TSSC South Wales) I have decided that the best thing for me to do is to pull my lump out again and give it to Bernie Littlewood (TSSC South Wales) who is our local engine guru, to completely strip it down and sort it out, as this is way past my skill levels. Thanks Bernie! I am looking forward to posting a video of my engine running beautifully sometime soon. In the meantime, look out for my questions on how to re-fit everything else! Thanks again you lovely lot. Charlie
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    Head

    Hi all, as promised, here's pics of my head. It's recessed. So have ordered one from Paddock. Thoughts? Charlie
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    Head

    Hi Nigel. Absolutely will do. Photos tomorrow. Thanks mate. Charlie
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    Head

    Hi all again, My engine is stamped FM and ends with a CU I'll take a photo tomorrow but looking on the web this marking is for a USA engine, does that make a difference? Cheers Charlie
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    Head

    Hmmmm, I'll check tomorrow but I don't think so. Fire rings Pete? Charlie
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    Head

    Hi Dick, Yes all done in sequence with new studs and nuts. Started at 20 then 40 then to 52 as the first 9ne failed at the stated 46 in the book. Why even if it wasn't torqued down correctly would it fail to start? Do I need to get a thicker gasket? I don't know if the head has been previously skimmed. Should I get it skimmed and have the engineering firm supply a gasket? Thanks Charlie
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    Head

    Hi Pete. Yes the gasket has a tab. I got it from Rimmers. I was getting compression figures of about 80 across the board. I changed the head gasket and she fired up but with a lot of blue smoke after about 15 minutes of running. Then the oil was milky when I checked it. So head off again this time with stem seals, new gasket again, torqued down and she wouldn't start. Fettled with the timing and got all that right with help from Alan Gourley and a proper mechanic friend of mine. Like I said we spent hours trying to get her started, then she started for about 15 minutes running at 1600 revs. Then she stalled as we were setting up the timing gun and she just would not start again. She then started for a few seconds then died. After that there was a note change and she turned over really quickly...figured out it was loss of compression, did a compression check and absolutely no compression across the board. I can only think that the gaskets from Rimmers are poor quality (both?) and they keep blowing but when they come back off there is no sign of damage on them. Or my head is warped or the valve guides are shot... I've lapped in the valves, I've changed all the head studs and nuts I've taken off the electronic ignition and gone back to the original dizzy and coil. It's getting fuel and a decent spark from a fully charged battery... Thoughts? Cheers Charlie
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    Head

    Great, thanks...
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    Head

    Long story but gone through two head gaskets (lots of blue smoke) plus impossible to start....now lost all compression....
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    Head

    Hi all, any idea where I can get a reconditioned head for my 1978 1500 spitfire? Thanks Charlie
  22. You guys Rock! Thanks. Charlie
  23. Hi again, I can turn it left and right with a travel of about an inch.... Thanks Charlie
  24. Hi, thanks, by lock it, do you mean put it in gear? Should there be play when in neutral? Thanks Charlie
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