1974 Triumph Spitfire

A very seized engine

Work is now underway on the recommissioning of our 19741 Triumph Spitfire. It has been sitting in a garden in Ipswich for many years and

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Mr Jankowski – Cornwall

“Just a note to let you know the car has arrived safely in Cornwall and thank you for sorting out my mothers car. My mother would be delighted with what you have done, it was her pride and joy. “It’s for me and my handbag” was her claim, but her grandchildren loved to ride in it, squashing into the back.”

Triumph Spitfire all finished

Our 1974 Triumph Spitfire recommissioning project is now complete and safely through it’s MOT.

Having been sitting around for over 15 years our task was to bring her back to life and get her back on the road.

The engine needed a full rebuild but rather than a full restoration the customer wanted her, aesthetically to remain the same.

She’s now running beautifully and has sailed through the MOT so now she’s ready to head back to Cornwall.

And taking her down to Cornwall this morning is Official Aston Martin Racing Partners Academy Motorsport. Owner Harry happens to be great friends with our Triumph Spitfire owner Erik so it’s travelling in good company this morning.

 

 

Running up the Spitfire engine

After 15 years sitting in the bottom of a garden here in Ipswich our 1974 Triumph Spitfire is now up and running and will soon be ready for a full MOT inspection.

Refitting our rebuilt 1974 engine

Having recently rebuilt the engine of our 1974 Spitfire, we are now refitting it as part of the re-commissioning process.

Once the engine has been fitted back up and tested once again we will be close to being able to put her through an MOT.

After careful consideration we decided to fit a brand new radiator to the re-commissioning project as the cost of refurbishing the old one was not the most viable of options.

And whilst the engine was being rebuilt we had time to strip, clean and rebuild the braking system to ensure it is fit for the road.

Triumph Spitfire Refurbished Brakes

We have now stripped, cleaned and rebuilt the brake system of our 1974 Triumph Spitfire.

We’ve also blackened underneath the engine bay now that the engine is fully removed as well as the wheel arches. Unfortunately, in places, we’ve discovered a reaction so his task will need to be re-addressed.

Engine is now removed

We have now successfully removed the engine from our 1974 Triumph Spitfire ready for the rebuild to commence.

Working on the Triumph Spitfire brakes

With the engine out and being stripped and rebuilt we could now concentrate our efforts on stripping and correcting the seized brakes.

The brake shoes are totally seized from years of sitting around so we have removed them and are in the process of unseizing and stripping them to assess what work needs to be carried out on them.

Removing our Triumph Spitfire engine

We are currently in the process of removing the engine and gearbox from our 1974 Triumph Spitfire.

Once removed, the engine and gearbox will completely stripped back before we start on a full engine rebuild of both.

Our intentions, initially, are to get the car safely through an MOT. Then once the key components are as we want them, we will then look to discuss the next stages on the rebuild.

Our objective is to hand the car back to the customer as a usable classic. It has been off the road for some time and they  simply want to have her back up and running.

A very seized engine

Work is now underway on the recommissioning of our 19741 Triumph Spitfire. It has been sitting in a garden in Ipswich for many years and as always, the engine is the first department to concentrate our efforts on.

Upon close inspection it is evident that the engine is very much seized so this will require a lot of work to get up and running.

Recommissioning our 1974 Triumph Spitfire

Having been overlooked in a garden in Ipswich for many years, we have just been to collect our latest project, a 1974 Triumph Spitfire.

Now ready to be brought back to life for a family member she is in with us for a full health check and assessment. The car will be recommissioned to MOT standard before we look at future works and a possible sympathetic restoration.

This will be a stage restoration and strict budgets will be adhered to. A very exciting project and we can’t wait to get her back on the road.