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Hi all.

Just bought my first classic car, a Mk3 Spitfire as the title infers.

I love it and driving around the Leicestershire countryside in the recent sunshine is great for the soul!

Can anyone recommend a triumph specialist local to me in the Loughborough area? I'd like to book it in for a once over and see if I need to change anything and to confirm it's a good buy!

Thanks in advance!

 

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Please don't take this as a criticism, but you need to look up the instructions for folding the roof down correctly. And I would be buying a good afternoon if you don't have one.

Looks a very good car. It may well be worth getting a club valuation. If as good as it looks in the pics it should be north of 10k. And club valuations are not transferrable between owners...

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Yes, you're correct. I bought the car from a dealer and I knew the roof wasn't right so looked up how to fold it away properly and it's now as it should be!

Not sure what you meant by 'buying a good afternoon' but I think that may be a misprint!

I've had it valued via Lancaster insurance and it is indeed north of £10k.

It is a lovely car, every time I see it I smile!

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if this was a self valuation  i   would recommend you take out a valuation with the clubs scheme if theres ever a need they will back up your valuation , and as lancaster is a club approved Co it ties it all up nicely 

you may have done this if so well done and ignore this 

Pete

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Pete I'm not sure what you mean? Yes it was a self valuation in that I accurately described the condition and sent detailed pics of the current condition and evidence of previous work. I now have a certified valuation so thought this would be enough in the event of a claim?

Could you elaborate on the 'club valuation' please? I'm a sponge and want to learn everything there is to know!

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you can download the form on the main web page ........scroll down  

 the club holds your certificate it is agreed value following an  valuation   the certificate is sent to your club insurer and a copy to you

the service costs £15 and it lasts two years  similar you send photos  or have the car examined by an official 

if there is any accident or what ever the club will back up your valuation and take on any mediation to achieve it  if there is is a shortfall

 best to  see page 35 of the june Courier 

Pete

 

 

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Maff,

The Courier, the club magazine, publishes a page every month with car valuations. These are divided into classes. The person who values your car will decide which class your car is in. Classes are Concours, A1+, A1, A2 and Project.  Concours for a mk3 Spitfire is currently £18k, Project £2.5k. Difficult to tell from your pictures which class yours is in, but nearer Concours than Project I think.

Doug

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Can someone knowledgeable please pass judgement on the way I've folded the roof in the pics?

Also, I'm filling up later, how much of the additive do I add to a full tank and what does it do?

Many thanks for your experience and patience!

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2 minutes ago, Maff said:

Also, I'm filling up later, how much of the additive do I add to a full tank and what does it do?

Many thanks for your experience and patience!

 

 

 

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On the top section of the bottle there are markings, before taking the bottle cap off, squeeze the bottle until it fills up in the top section, until the correct the level at the marking for how many litres of fuel you are putting in,

Hope this makes sense! 

Matt  

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Maff,

I think there are directions on the bottle. I used it for a while, a cap full a tank,  but it turned my plugs pink and I couldn't see if I was running weak or rich. Then I heard about the "memory of lead" theory. Our engines ran for thousands of miles on leaded fuel and there will be a heavy deposit of lead still on the valves. This will last for 10s of thousands of miles and see most of us out!  The generally received wisdom is do nothing until you start to have problems then go for an unleaded head. 

Doug

 

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you dont need any addatives  there is much lead memory left in the head casting it will run for years and thousands of miles  save money just   buy decent 97+ron fuel be it supermarket or branded 

a  void these mythical must haves 

when the head does need some work then is the time to have exhaust inserts added   till then drive enjoy save the wallet

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