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the rarely updated Bobyspit Spitfire Blog

Bobbyspit.

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I must read and update soon.

wow an update. Well its been years!

Update on the Triumph Spitfire Zetec Conversion

This blog needs to be re named the rarely updated Spitfire Blog!!

Long Time No update.

Problem Found

RBRR OUT

RBRR fundraising starts

International Auto Ecosse 2010

A bit of wood work.

Injectors

Putting it all back together

Finally.

Megasquirt/ Mega Stimulator

Injection.

P&P Not the Xmas meal.

RBRR 2010.

BRUM BRUM

Knackered Gasket.

All stickered up!!

New MOT and Stafford.

Heat Sheild!

Northern Camping Weekend and more work on the car.

Thanks

Horrible wining noise.


I must read and update soon.

Well I must start with an apology, I have been busy.
I moved to a house which was not finished and as such have been very busy building.

My first big project was a new garage for the Spitfire, Yes a purpose built stone garage built to help me upkeep and upgrade the Spitfire (or Spitford as its been nicknamed.)

Well Pic attached of the  new garage and I must add that I have been busy with the car also.

The rear differential was weak, 130bhp at the wheels did cause some issues with the Differential causing the bearings to give up about 2 years ago, leaving a horrible noise when driving so I have decided to give it a BIG upgrade , that being a Subaru LSD . Good for 250bhp.

More to come regarding the Subaru Diff upgrade.

I will say that if you have any questions please mail me on bobyspit@sky.com as I don't always get notifications from here with messages.

Well pic of Garage attached and welcome back to the blog.

Rob


posted by Bobbyspithttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11642216837522346634noreply@blogger.com 27th October 2016 10:52pm gmt



wow an update. Well its been years!

Well this is my first post in a very long time. I have been busy!

First the car! It was finished in 2013. (if it can ever be called finshed) This was a great year for doing too much with so very little time. I moved jobs, moved to Scotland and travelled to Manchester on 5 or so occassions to work and complete the Spitfire prior to completing the 2013 10 Countries run.


The car was MOT'd in July with a seriously hot running engine which I had mapped with a basic set up on the megasquirt. I returned to Manchester in the end of July and drove the car to a Rolling Road in Maclesfield Cheshire. A great rolling road set up was done producing 150bhp at the crank and an indicated 130+ at the wheels. This was a new engine and should loosen up and give a few extra horses.


With the car set up on the rolling road, I headed to my new home in Scotland, 325 mile journey was great, is shook my alternator bracket to pieces and threw up a few other little niggles. Well with the trip back to Manchester the day before the 10CR, to my Well the 10CR was superb, the car had one minor issue with the set up and I had set the EDIS to cut out when the engine got too hot and it only went above my setting once in the hills of Italy, which required a stop and wait whilst the engine cooled down. This has now been increased and is now not an issue.

The 10CR was a superb test of the new set up, in total with the return trip to Scotland I managed 3000 pain free miles with superb fuel economy, at one point 50+mpg.

The car looks and sounds all things Triumph , but has the go the car was meant to have.



The car returned with me to Scotland in 2014 where I was to take part in the Auto Ecosse however the event was cancelled and the car was mothballed as I am now in the process of building a garage in the grounds of my new home near Crieff in Perthshire. The car is in need of a new Differential as my last one went POP I suspect too much power. The plan is to go LSD in the near future, I have a replacement diff ready to fit, lets see what 2015 brings.

With the garage build in progress and the list of things to do ever increasing I see no real movement on the Spitfire until 2016 where I plan to return the car to its original finish and upgrade the brakes and diff. More to come.

I promise I will update this Blog a few more times this year.

posted by Bobbyspithttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11642216837522346634noreply@blogger.com 02nd March 2015 3:57pm gmt



Update on the Triumph Spitfire Zetec Conversion

Been Busy with the conversion so far. All adjustments have been made to the chassis and the engine and gearbox are fitted and the body has been put back on with the help of a few friends the other week.



Chassis has been treated to new front shocks and springs which are fully adjustable and the springs are more uprated than the ones fitted prior to the conversion, new vented discs have been purchaced and the GT6  bigger calipers and spacer kit ready to fit.



Really motoring now but there is still some way to go.

New stainless 2.25 inch pipes were collected today and hopfully in the next few weeks Ill have the exhaust fabricated and fitted.



Pipe WerX near Ormskirk provided the stainless pipes bent and they will also provide me the water rail once I have the spec required.



Really looking forward to getting the car on the road now.

All for now

Rob

posted by Bobbyspithttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11642216837522346634noreply@blogger.com 01st July 2012 00:39am gmt



This blog needs to be re named the rarely updated Spitfire Blog!!


This blog needs to be re named the rarely updated Spitfire Blog!!





After a very successful 2011 10CR (TEN COUNTRIES RUN) with Club Triumph which was a superb event taking me and my co-driver Neil through England, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg, Belgium, Lichtenstein, and Netherlands.


I picked Neil up from Warrington, before making our way across the Pennines to meet up with Mike Charlton in his lovely MK3 Spitfire.

After meeting up with Mike we headed down the RBRR route, also meeting up with Steve and Gaz who’s turn it was to take up the mantle of Team Shorts.

We headed towards our B&B which was about 10 minutes from the Plough where we would be starting the run on the next day.



As we pulled up at the B&B, we were met by Tim and Louise Ward in Tim’s uber GT6 mk3  and Roy and Julia Lacy in Roy’s classic looking white Gt6 they arrived as we were waiting for the electric gate to open now how’s that for timing!



Well 5 days later and some 2300 miles the 10CR (2800 in total) was complete, photos always speak a thousand words and I have attached some for you.



The Spitfire ran like a dream, one big issue I had was with the sparkplugs sooting up and making the car run like crap, replacement sparkplugs were the cure, so altitude and carb run cars do not mix! So having a look on my return was to inject the car sooner than later, so I stated my homework on the inlet and on pricing everything up and after long deliberation, I decided to convert the Spitfire to Zetec powered injection.




Some may ask why! The main reason would be reliability and service intervals, the spitfire really could have done with a service mid 10CR, the tappets needed adjusting and the oil would have benefited from a change. With a Zetec engine the service intervals would be every 12000 miles or 12 months, oil would be cheaper as would service parts, so Ebay provided a new 2.0ltr Zetec crate engine.


So it begins.




Engine and gearbox, chassis body all removed and engine was fitted  to my type 9 gearbox by means of a RS2000 alloy bell-housing, the bell-housing had to be altered to fit between the chassis rails. (Thanks Tim) Fabrication on the engine mounts have started and within the next month I plan to have the engine fitted and the body back in.



The Megasquirt ™  has now been fully tested on the Stim and my throttle body hooked up and the Idle valve calibrated. Really looking forward to getting this in the car and running.




posted by Bobbyspithttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11642216837522346634noreply@blogger.com 09th April 2012 6:17pm gmt



Long Time No update.



Pic 1 taken prior to the run, yes lots of polishing.






Ok, sorry for the lack of updating of this blog, passing of exams at work and recent change of job has left me with little time.

I have not attended many meetings this year at the Pendle and Pennine near Barnsoldwick, and I think this is going to get worse before it gets better.


The positive news I can bring you is the car is fixed and has completed the Auto Acosse in the beginning of June with Steve Thompson (Tiggrr on the Forum) We had tho great days low flying around Scotland on a great event. I am looking forward to next years event as I hope the run will take in a different area of Scotland. The roads were superb if the weather was not. We did have sun but we also had rain and cold weather, I can report that the roof did not go up until after the event!! It was great Pics attached.





Pic 2 again after a good polish.


I had put the new clutch plate in the car and this was its first run (in anger) and the car ran great, no issues and with a recent upgrade to the brakes performed superbly. The front brakes lock up at will now and are very predictable.


Interior back in at long last.