Hello welcome to the sale of this triumph spitfire 1500 1981 making it one of the last to come off the production line. I have been restoring this on my dads behalf for the last couple of years when, basically bringing her up to a good solid condition and replacing parts where needed. now its in a good sound state for the road it turns out that he would like to sell it as he is getting on a bit and has two other classic cars now also. So its currently sitting in my garage where my next project needs to be. To my surprise the car was very solid when I first started work on it only needing a couple of patches welded in the boot and little work to the rear arches that is now done making the car structurally sound, I then went on to clean and paint and wax oil the underside of car to help prevent any future rust from showing.
I have then went on to replacing.
New head lamps now h4 units to update the older ones (old units in box as spares)
Replaced all bushes throughout the car with poly units
Replaced front ball joints and/ tie rod ends/ antiroll bar links etc and black hammarite painted while arms and other components were off the car.
Clutch cylinder replaced.
Rebuilt front brake callipers and painted accordantly
Cleaned and rebuilt carbs also replacing the std wax jets for solid type for a smoother idle, fully serviced engine new filters oil etc/ compression tested engine but as it was showing very close good compression over all 4clys I decided to not go into the engine.
Replaced all uj joints on prop and rear axels (turns out to be a massive pain trying to get the correct c- clips but that’s another story)
Rebuilt the rear brakes replaced brake lines where necessary
Replaced the gearbox plus rear diff oil for new.
The cars previous owner upgraded a few parts :-
3 row oil cooler / wire wheels (only 4 does not have a spare) / kenlow fan and controller/ k&n air filters / manifold and twin exit exhaust pipe / roll bar / lowered springs front and shocks all round. It is also has the overdrive unit on gearbox.
Also comes with hard top/ working soft top and a tonneau cover but don’t think this will fit around the roll bar.
The paint on the car looks nice from a distance but when you get up close you can start to notice some previous paint repair as its slight miscolour and where I have done the repairs the colour match is not the best as this is a skill I just don’t have but none the less does not look to bad overall for a almost 40yr old car
The interior is all present but is as old as the car its self the drivers seat has a bit of a tare on a seam line and feels like its been used, but the again I only set out to make this car back to a good solid safe state.
The car would benefit from a rolling road tune as runs rich and I am no master of carbs I have booked it in twice but finding it hard to predict my time off work around the covid 19 times there for having to cancel this twice, being said this it didn’t run too badly last time I drove it.