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    Triumph Spitfire, MG TF, Vauxhall Vivaro

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  1. There were 2 x 2600 engines on eBay this morning, one has been bought, I think there is a 2300 on there too. I was reading about SD1's in general and it got me thinking.
  2. Just mulling over period engines that would be good in a Spitfire. Everyone one seems to say GT6, Vitesse 2L, Rover V8 but what about Rover 2600 straight 6 found in the SD1 why is that not a popular conversion?
  3. Found out why the adaptor plate would not seat. the reverse idler spindle was not fully home. Unfortunately with all my messing a couple of needle rollers escaped and the spindle is not running as freely as it should. My assumption is the only way of getting the needle rollers back in is to completely remove all the gubbings from the gearbox to get to the idler gear. If I have to do that I might as well replace all the bearings and refurbed the gearbox.
  4. Struggling fitting the o/d adaptor plate to the single rail gearbox. There is a dowel type rod that sits in the adaptor plate (marked in the picture) but it seems to be hanging on it and stopping the plate going down even after tapping with a rawhide hammer. I have cleaned up the dowel and its nice and smooth, does it require some force to get it to fit. The bolts that connect the adaptor plate to the gearbox will span the gap and I could slowly use the bolts to pull the plate to the gearbox if required but that feels like a last resort.
  5. Ordered the whole lot including the inner steel bowl, lets see if I can make something out of both sets
  6. At that point trying to make everything fit and inline before paint. Its quite satisfying connecting all the bits back together. I also ordered a different headlight bowl set from Paddocks to see if that sorts out the spinning headlight issue.
  7. Still continuing on the fitting P700 lights to a spitfire. I know it can be done as I have seen a spitty with them fitted. I took the units apart to see the nodules people mentions which stops the sealed units spinning under the beauty ring but these units don't have them. They do have 3 clips on the unit which tie with 3 gaps in the adjuster ring but the units are too shallow for the clips to tie into the adjuster ring gaps. I have seen these clips on the back of old brit sealed units when restoring old triumph bikes and they tie into W clips, would W clips work here? Any other advice?
  8. Ill have a gander on the one I haven't fitted
  9. Struggling fitting these light bowls/ lights to the spitfire. When I stick them all together I can't find where the seal shown on the top fits (the bottom fits behind the bowls and the bonnet. Once the beauty ring is fitted doesn't clamp the the lamp and it spins in the bowl. Any ideas anyone? VID_20210424_163524.mp4
  10. Sorry another question when fitting the overdrive adaptor plate to the gearbox should this pin be pointing towards the centre of the gearbox or away from the gearbox (opposite direction).
  11. So this is a strange one, I think I have 2 starter solenoids and I dumbly didnt take a picture of the solenoids when I took them apart. I have the standard Lucas solenoid like so..... but there are some strange wiring going on and not wired like the manual. And I have this..... Which is connected to the starter motor. The one in the first picture is a replacement for the one I got in the car as that was generally falling apart. The previous owner has extended the white with red tracer wire and yellow with white tracer wire down to what I assume is a
  12. Decided to start to put the overdrive back together for testing, I dug out my build jig for long pointy objects commonly known as a crate and got to cleaning of the gaskets. I got the gearbox and adaptor plates nicely cleaned off and opened the gasket kit to find it didn't include that gasket, doh! Ordered with some other bits I found were missing (nothing serious) and wait, photo is prior to cleaning the gaskets) So I found something else to do. I grabbed the box marked shocks and dug out the doo-hickory I bought off the internet to compress them and got to work. The doo-
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