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Awww... nice!! I just love the early cars.

I'm jealous as mine are also covered up at present due to my house move, and although the new garage has passed planning and may be started on Monday coming it'll still be a few months before I get back to work on them. 

Having said that I've been approached concerning the sale of an early Spitfire and might just show an interest myself... yours has certainly sparked my interest again!

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Hi guys,

yes she doesn't look too bad on top, its what lies beneath that will need some attending to. I bought her back in 1985 and joined the club in 1986. Sometime around then the courier ran some articles on welding with a SIP Migmate. Spurred on I got to work replacing wings and sills but only patched up the floor. On her last MOT in 1997 the tester told me he didn't think the passenger floor make it through the next test, so that is where I will start. May go all the way and take the body off the chassis, lets see how I go. More snaps to come.

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  • 4 years later...

Well life jumped up and got right in the way not long after these posts putting a halt to things until the end of 2020. Since then a lot has been replaced. Both floor sides, boot floor, inner sills, bottom of A posts……Most recently I have been busy with the oily bits and finally am about to put the body back on to the chassis. Here are some snaps:

 

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I do like that Spitfire, especially in white..  I wonder if I'd still fit in one ?   I did have a lot of fun in my MkII.  I wonder if I'll ever have the same enjoyment in driving the TR. Seems like all work and no play right now  :huh:

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  • 1 month later...

Yes it is just an alloy rear diff casing on the normal unit. I was hoping with the three silencer units it would not be too loud, fingers crossed…I am a couple of weeks away from starting it but will take some cine film when I do, pardon.

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I have got to the point of linking up the Weber DCOE 40 carb to the mk1 linkage. I am a bit stuck on how best or easiest to do it. I have read that I should convert to cable operating? Can I just fit a pedal unit from a 1500? Will the cable fit through the bulkhead with the early spitfire wiper motor? Then where do I go for the cable to carb bit? Help please..

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9 hours ago, Straker said:

I have got to the point of linking up the Weber DCOE 40 carb to the mk1 linkage. I am a bit stuck on how best or easiest to do it. I have read that I should convert to cable operating? Can I just fit a pedal unit from a 1500? Will the cable fit through the bulkhead with the early spitfire wiper motor? Then where do I go for the cable to carb bit? Help please..

I fitted a 1500 throttle assembly to the daughters Mk2 Spit with std carbs just to get rid of that oorible heavy rod n lever system which jerked the throttle every time I went over a speed hump!

As Pete says use a bike cable as there stainless cables you cannot solder the nipple on need a solderless nipple on the carb end.

Re mounting the 1500 pedal assembly it was easy can’t remember where the bracket was mounted on the vertical I think, after sorting out where I wanted the hole in the horiz part of the bulkhead for the cable to pass thro it works smoothly and has been there 20 years.

keep thinking of converting the Mk2 Vitesse to get rid of the organ pedal!

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Thanks Josef and Peter, much appreciated. I have a cable type pedal unit on the way to me and will try to fit  it up as you did Peter. Then I have been looking at an LP1000 linkage system on carparts.eu to join to carb. Thanks again.

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So not quite as plug and play as I would have wanted but all done now. The later pedal needs new holes drilling in the bulkhead just off to the right and requires a little bend in the shaft. The wiper motet base plate needed a little fettle to allow the cable to go through perpendicular to the bulkhead and then the throttle linkage can fitted, simples.

 

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The mod to the wiper motor mount looks nice and neat there. I think I might’ve confused myself with the Herald bulkhead before when saying the holes were the same (the Herald, at least the later bulkhead, does have blanked holes where a top hinge throttle could go for some reason). I’ll have a look at my Mk3 and Herald tomorrow, mostly for my own curiosity!

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18 minutes ago, Josef said:

The mod to the wiper motor mount looks nice and neat there. I think I might’ve confused myself with the Herald bulkhead before when saying the holes were the same (the Herald, at least the later bulkhead, does have blanked holes where a top hinge throttle could go for some reason). I’ll have a look at my Mk3 and Herald tomorrow, mostly for my own curiosity!

Mk1 Vitesse has them undrilled on the 2Litre. Early 1600's had a rod operated throttle which used them for Solex Carbs.

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12 hours ago, Wagger said:

Mk1 Vitesse has them undrilled on the 2Litre. Early 1600's had a rod operated throttle which used them for Solex Carbs.

Actually most 1600 and some early 2L had the rod linkage, including on Stromberg carbs. Mine does.

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