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  1. Bit of an update ordered some burnishing cream to polish up but the dash now looks like this.
  2. A job I had been putting off finally needed to be done. At the start of the build I fitted a new rear inner wing section and not very successfully. I transferred the old threaded bumper iron fittings from the rotted panel to the good but on one side I hadn't drilled the hole anything like big enough and the other side I managed to weld part of the thread. I had probably walked away in disgust at this point as I hadn't drilled the floor for the lower bumper irons either (I must had replaced some of the boot floor too, forgotten that bit). So I stepped drilled the smaller hole into the right size but scratching up the first threads of the fitting then tapped very slowly both fittings and by some miracle it worked. Once I had one bumper iron in it was easy to mark the correct points and drill the holes for the lower ones. after a thoroughly good cleanup, its amazing the amount of crud a boot attracts I did a bit of painting in 2K.
  3. Custom hel braided line between master cylinder and servo fitted looks factory to me (anyway I like it)
  4. Got a trunnion rebuild kit sitting in a box waiting to go on
  5. Grabbed a couple of hours in the garage tonight. Fitted braided lines from Hel (yes I know about the bracket, waiting for a new one).
  6. Finished both sides of the front end suspension last Saturday with Spax shocks, poly bushes, tie rod ends with grease nipples, top ball joints and fancy adjustable droplinks.
  7. I have used braided on quite a few track and race bikes without an issue. Deffo doesn't balloon under pressure as they wouldn't use them extensively on race cars. Its expensive but doesn't limit the performance. The ends are 3/8 unf aren't they?
  8. Where can I get custom length braided brake hose (72cm) with the male ends to go into the brake Girling master cylinder and servo (same fitment as master cylinder) for a spitfire 1500?
  9. The passenger side hinge box is completely rotted and I have a replacement on order.... While I was poking around I found some holes in the front of the chassis that needs some attention.
  10. Bit of a frustrating day with poly bushes causing issues fitting the swingarms. I had planned to do both sides today but only managed to do most of one. I found that the drop links are dead and the track rod ends the same so they are now ordered.
  11. Thanks @Matthew unfortunately you are the other end of the country from me. I'll keep searching........
  12. Thanks @Matthew, might need a drivers side too.
  13. Anyone got a passenger side hinge box for a 1500 spitty, I dont think this is fixable.
  14. 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.
  15. 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?
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. Ordered the whole lot including the inner steel bowl, lets see if I can make something out of both sets
  19. 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.
  20. 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?
  21. Ill have a gander on the one I haven't fitted
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