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Radiation Man

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  1. I just put a hidden Bluetooth amplifier in the boot of my spitfire. Kept the old stereo that doesn’t work well as a nod to the pre Bluetooth days of old. Works a treat streaming music from a phone.
  2. Pretty sure the originals are 40mm long overall. I am in process of swapping over to 12mm Freelander studs and have just knocked a few of the old ones out.
  3. Have heard a lot of good stuff about them in the past.
  4. Will have to check that, it was getting pretty cold so wheels on, quick picture and back in the garage for now. got a couple more jobs on the front to do, want to rebuild the front brake callipers for piece of mind as much as anything else. The car has really not done many miles at all over the last five years.
  5. Not really a restoration project as ongoing maintenance and tinkering. Bought my 1500 Spitfire at the end of the summer and its not a bad car at all from what I can see but hasn't been driven much over the last years/ Looking forwards to changing that in 2021 but springtime feels a long way off yet. As bought. I wanted to lower the car, I felt like the rear was sitting a fair bit higher than the front so a 3/4" lowering block was fitted. In reality perhaps the front was lower than it should have been, the coils looked pretty tight and the compressed height measured about 7 inches. Rubber bushes were looking a little tired on the dampers. So some new GAZ adjustable dampers and shorter heavier duty springs courtesy of Father Christmas. Will help to start tidying up the front of the car as well. Always fancied some of these style of dampers and thought why not treat myself. I think the lower ride height at the back and sortign the front out has made a difference. Looks more sorted to me at least. I managed to get hold of a set of Cosmic 2 alloy wheels from Ebay, had to rescue them from the guys front hedge! He advertised them as 5 1/2 inch wide, turns out two are 6" wide. I am not going to complain about that, his fault for not bothering to check what he was selling. Spent some time polishing and painting. Tyres fitted today and on the car at last. I am very happy with the result. Plenty more little jobs to do in January, February, March to hopefully keep me out of trouble.
  6. I like this, a variation of the tube and jam jar... but less agro than asking my wife to pump the pedal https://www.halfords.com/tools/hand-tools/automotive-tools/europat-vizibleed-brake-and-clutch-bleeding-kit-321141.html?utm_medium=affiliate&utm_source=adgoal_eu&utm_campaign=phgreferral
  7. Hi Roger It sounds like the offset on yours is different to mine so wouldn’t match. Thanks for getting back to me and good luck getting the wheels you want. Kind regards Iab
  8. Hi Roger I am looking for a set of 5.5 x 13 wheels for my Spit 1500, are they something you would consider selling? I appreciate you were looking for a swap potentially against some 5" wheels. Kind regards Ian
  9. I am looking for 3 or 4 steel wheels 5.5j to make up a set for my Spitfire. The one I have is stamped 5.5 x 13 x 16 so they need to be 16mm offset. If you have one tucked away that's not needed or know where there may be one then please let me know. Thanks in anticipation. Thanks Ian
  10. Those new wheels look pretty decent, nice to see something other than minilights!
  11. Exactly, if you want top dollar then its got to be absolutley bang on and who knows what shortcuts or gremlins are under the skin.
  12. If I was paying that much for a GT6 I think I would want it to be finished! Things like the centre of the steering wheel boss missing is pretty poor... and overspray on the door seal are a couple of things that you would not think to see at that price point.
  13. I dont think Mohair will be on the Christmas list that would cost me double... new hood and an expectation of enhanced christmas presents from Mrs Radiation!
  14. It feels like it’s shrunk to be honest, they all feel like it needs a bit of force to pull the poppers to the right location. That one popper doesn’t really feel like it pops when you do attach it compared to the others. It’s perhaps easiest to try a new popper first as that’s the cheapest place to start. Many thanks for the advice. Ian
  15. Try as I might there is one popper on the hood of my spitfire that defies me. It feels like the hood is a little too small. tried clipping this one first, last every combination but it refuses to stay fixed when the last popper is attached. It looks to me like the hood is a little too small. I did wonder if I could stretch the vinyl that last little bit with heat from a hair dryer or similar. Any ideas on what I can do to sort this? Thanks Ian
  16. I can’t think my front springs are good as there is so little distance between the coils. The car doesn’t feel like it has hard springs on so it must be hitting the bump stops a lot. Doesn’t feel like it drives badly but it cannot be right.
  17. That’s a helpful link, thank you. There are some paint marks on the spring that could be purple and white as per the table... so perhaps they are old and tired standard front springs that have lost about 3/4 of an inch length.
  18. Just working through making the list of winter jobs on my mew to me Spitfire. When I bought it one of the things I noticed was it looks like the front springs are past there best. The rear of the car looks to me to be about an inch higher, certainly the rear of the sills are higher than the front by about 1.75 inches. Assuming they should be parallel to the ground? Front springs look really compressed, about 7.25 inches long and not much space between the coils. I dont think they are uprated springs. Think I might be putting new springs on over the winter months. Car has had a new rear spring in the past. Not sure if the back sits a little high. What sort of length would standard normal springs be when on the car? Any advice welcome!
  19. Thanks for that info, probably will pull things apart again in the future so will look to change the wires in the future to something more robust.
  20. Fresh oil and a new solenoid appears to have fixed things. Found a wire on the gear knob switch with damaged insulation so fixed that with a bit of heat shrink. Managed to run out of petrol this evening while giving it a run out to test the overdrive. My mistake😂 Thanks for all the advice.
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