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Big list of parts ordered, its amazing how many bits you need! Not big bits but the things that wear out that can't be put back. I have just got my new windscreen seal and a few other rubber seals from bains, the one i got from them before went into the red spitfire. Very good fit and has been tested in two heavy rainy journeys,  no leaks inside! Anyway had to rescue the parcel as it was addressed wrong by Baines. I have a named house and there is a similar name on my street, so i guess they selected the wrong one when scrolling down the post code! Lots of emails and pictures of doors!

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I oftain wondered about photographing a parcel on a doorstep as proof. When it gets nicked, surely the liability is still with the courier for leaving it lying around. Saw a parcel on the doorstep of a terraced house over winter. No one would want to nick it. It was soaking wet and the box had collapsed. Must have been there for hours in the rain. Probably looked great in the photo?

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The picture of the door helped track it down, lucky the owner was in and let us have the package, no apology for the inconvenience and letting them know i received it from the supplier , just a statement of what i already knew. My wife waited in all day for that! Dare not tell her all the ebay deliveries expected for the rest of the week! 

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Hi

Ref; Stuff left on doorways. There have not been very many "upsides" to CV19. However one minor one has been that due to the extreme level of lockdowns we have had to endure (herself, was very Immune supressed at one point). We have been all but permanently "IN"? for the last 2+years. I have a Small Trailer with a "lid" which can be handy as a "drop" point on occasion.

Pete

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All day to get this done!!!!!!!!!

1 hour and 20 mins actual work that worked!

1 hour to fit the rubber to screen and 20 mins to fit.

The other 7 hours today were spent trying to fit the stainless trim!!!!! Not just me, the wife did not realise the small print in the marriage certificate that said you had to help putting the screen in. 

We tried it on the rubber off screen, on screen and in the car, sealant everywhere!!!!!!

Given up and the wife said it looks much better without!

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2 hours ago, Mathew said:

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All day to get this done!!!!!!!!!

1 hour and 20 mins actual work that worked!

1 hour to fit the rubber to screen and 20 mins to fit.

The other 7 hours today were spent trying to fit the stainless trim!!!!! Not just me, the wife did not realise the small print in the marriage certificate that said you had to help putting the screen in. 

We tried it on the rubber off screen, on screen and in the car, sealant everywhere!!!!!!

Given up and the wife said it looks much better without!

You know there is tool for this Mathew.  https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/363289634289?hash=item5495bfe5f1:g:uUYAAOSwVLRaXwRS   It works very well, though not tried it on a Spitfire.

Tony.

 

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14 minutes ago, poppyman said:

You know there is tool for this Mathew.  https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/363289634289?hash=item5495bfe5f1:g:uUYAAOSwVLRaXwRS   It works very well, though not tried it on a Spitfire.

Tony.

 

Knew gunson would do something. Anyone going to Duxford can fit the trim on the car ! Will carry on without for now and go back to it one day!

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Isn't the fitting tool shown with dimensions in the Haynes manual or even the WSM?. Not got mine to hand at the moment to check, but I'm sure that I have seen one somewhere. Must agree that it looks better without...well that's my excuse.

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  • Mathew changed the title to Yellow spitfire , going in the right direction.

Carried on after dinner.

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The corners are loosely bolted on as they will need to be adjusted after the bonnet is fitted.

Now im out tomorrow, then back at work for 3 nights, off for the show on sunday. The mrs might even come along!!! Then off to see my mum on the isle of white for a couple of days, then dorset for four more . So looking like the brakes will have to wait till I'm back! 

Going through the jobs to do and making lists of the parts im missing. Must be more careful in my ordering, have already ordered a couple of bits only to find i already had some! Luckily only small bits. I do however have lots of doubles and triples of stuff! Pete said only a boots worth (spitfire not 2500s 😪) for the show! I don't want to take anything that won't sell so pm me if there is something your after, very very good price! And if i have it and can fit it in i will bring along. Sorry if that last bit broke any rules.

 

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Still waiting on some brake parts to arrive so this morning i thought to get on with the wiring. 

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Joining the front to rear, second rear section! Seem to have bits from four different wiring looms.

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Lights and covers are all on. The wiring poked through to the engine bay in all the right places (i hope) and under the dash.

Next i am going to weld some nuts on the boot rack to try and remove the rusted studs and a captive nut on the front bumper. I'm afraid the bumpers are going to be sprayed black as new stainless are not in the budget and getting recromed will be as well, being a yellow car luckily black looks quite good.

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Goodies in the post today!

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Specially for the wheels 

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Now i have the bits for the brakes, clutch, fuel,  battery, washers and a tool to put the window clips on. Full speed ahead! Still need to paint the handles and bumpers.

So the plan is to fit brakes, fuel, and bits , then dig out the engine and mate it to the gearbox, fit to car ,test! If ok bonnet on and bits. Bit more testing of bits, then trim in with gearbox tunnel. 

Still have no seats thought!

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  • Mathew changed the title to Yellow spitfire , i have a plan

Hi Mathew, I don't know why so many people don't fit the window rubber trim, the tool as on Ebay is very handy but you make this tool easy yourself with an old screwdriver handle in wood and a stronger iron thread you bend yourself, you have to put some dish wash soap like Dreft of another mark to the rubber before going round with the tool, done it a few times and works good but do it slowly, I know it takes time but worth doing it, later you'll be asked 'how do you do it'...and there's always a first time... Nice wheels by the way!! greetz  Henk

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Thanks for the encouraging words. It will be fitted one day but after trying to fit twice, with all sorts of tools and methods spending probably 12 hours on it in total, there is alot more important jobs to do on the car that i can get on with!

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