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Couple of jobs done... 10CR getting scary close!

Oil Cooler fitting.... 2 years later than planned

Still not sure about the ride height.

Not sure about the ride height

Reassembled.

Boing!

Steering in the right direction.

Rear brake overhaul and stuff

All the cooler kids are doing it...

Worry Gauge is worrying

Illuminating experience

New toys

Things I learned last night.

MOT quiz

Getting ready for Spring.

Frustration - not even on the Spitfire.

Most annoying.

Since the 10CR

10cr all done!

10cr so far....

10CR day -1

A quick catch up.

Tracking test

Thanks Mik!

Nasty Paintwork


Couple of jobs done... 10CR getting scary close!

I finally got around to re-fitting the cover plate for the diff/spring. Since I now have the longer studs and the lowering block the plate needed modification - thanks Jon!

The interior really needs a clean... so I took the trim board out and cleaned it with soapy water. It's made a massive difference.

After what seems like an epic amount of time the oil cooler is finally plumbed in. The bottom edge of it is just above the bottom edge of the front spoiler. I'll look into the possibility of adding some mesh in front of it to provide some protection.

I swapped the straight hose unions for 45 degree ones, so the clearance on the suspension tower and the engine mounting is better.

posted by yorkshire_spitfirenoreply@blogger.com 17th July 2017 9:04pm gmt



Oil Cooler fitting.... 2 years later than planned

I bought an oil cooler before the 2015 10CR with the intention of having it fitted in time for the run... that didn't happen.
I've made some progress recently welding the mounting I made to the chassis.
Last night I FINALLY painted the brackets and gave them a second coat this evening so it's close to being done from that point of view. So I started to look at the plumbing!


It all fits, just but the hoses are too close to the suspension tower for comfort, so I've added a piece of rubber along the edge just in case.

As soon as the paint on the mountings is dry I'll re-fit and try and finish the plumbing.

posted by yorkshire_spitfirenoreply@blogger.com 11th July 2017 8:09pm gmt



Still not sure about the ride height.


I'm happy with the rear rider height, but I just feel that from a "look of it" point of view the front is slightly too low. I've tried jacking the front up very slightly and around 10mm makes it look "right" to me. I've ordered some spacers, but they are currently out of stock :-(

After a really enjoyable run out to Skipton this afternoon I've spent a bit of time in the garage looking at the steering column related rattles.
I took the clamp off the column and replaced the lower section with a new one and added a thin rubber packer. That seems to have eliminated the vertical movement in the column.
I've sourced a new top cover for the column as well (Thanks Spitfire Graveyard) so when I can find the screws I'll swap that over. The one I have has a hole in it for the alarm/immobiliser LED that has long since been removed AND somebody in the past has over-tightened the fixings and pulled the threaded insert out of the plastic.

Hoping to get a few more miles on the car over the next few weeks in preparation for the 10CR.

posted by yorkshire_spitfirenoreply@blogger.com 02nd July 2017 10:20pm gmt



Not sure about the ride height

I'm very happy with the handling at the front end with the new springs (back end still too bouncey, when I can afford it new shocks will be ordered!)
But I think the front end now sits too low:


posted by yorkshire_spitfirenoreply@blogger.com 05th June 2017 10:02am gmt



Reassembled.


What with one thing and another it's taken a long time to get back to this point.



 With a bit of luck I'll get a run out this evening to see how it handles with the new springs.

No photo, but last night I also managed to get the brackets for the oil cooler welded to the chassis. A little bit of fettling and some paint should see it ready for piping in.
I'm really interested to see what difference it makes to the oil pressure, I've noticed a significant difference between "engine warmed up" (ie. water temp showing normal) and "oil hot" (usually about 20 minutes or so after the water is up to temp) in terms of the idle oil pressure.
I think there's an oil temp gauge somewhere in the box of bits - I may fit this before I plumb the cooler in just to get some quantitative measure of how much it affects things.


posted by yorkshire_spitfirenoreply@blogger.com 02nd June 2017 08:34am gmt



Boing!


I've finally made a start on fitting the springs that I got for my birthday last year! Slow going as I'm trying to give a few bits a lick of paint while I'm at it.


The shocks seem to be in nice condition, just a little surface rust. As well as the paint I'm replacing a few bushes along the way, poly (SuperFlex) for suspension and plain rubber for the shock absorber top bushes. (I plan to fit Koni's all round at some point in the future when money permits.)

posted by yorkshire_spitfirenoreply@blogger.com 16th May 2017 09:29am gmt



Steering in the right direction.

I had intended to remove and rebuild the steering "knuckle" joint when I sorted out the steering (it's always bugged me that to go in a straight line you had to have the steering wheel positioned as if you were going round a left hand bend!)

However, once I removed the joint I found that the one I had fitted had cross-head bolts holding it together that had been peened out at the back - making them virtually impossible to take out without wrecking them.

I asked about on the Club Triumph forum and although it seems the bolts are a standard thread size they are shouldered - and hence made of unobtainium. Thanks a lot for the warning Clive Senior! Had I not heeded the warning I could have been in big trouble as the Spitfire is my daily driver at the moment (Freelander out of MOT!)

Happily Spitfire Graveyard were able to supply an older type joint with the wire used to fix the bolts - easy to strip and rebuild and they kindly sent it to me next day delivery at reasonable cost! Not only did I get it next day, they sent 2!  In Dave's words: "I just felt happier sending two to make sure you got a good". That's what I call good service. 

So last night I stripped it down, cleaned it (a bit) and rebuilt it with new polybush bushes. (SuperFlex from Chris Witor)


posted by yorkshire_spitfirenoreply@blogger.com 04th May 2017 09:37am gmt



Rear brake overhaul and stuff

New drums obtained and coated with satin black high temp painted and then heat cured.

Stripping the OSR revealed that the adjuster was stuck, so that was removed, freed up and refitted.
New shoes and drums both sides.
After (finally) getting the brakes nicely adjusted, I free'd off the control for the heater valve. Then it was time to fit new engine mountings, let's see if the new ones last any better than the old ones.

I've also treated the spitfire to a new Mann filter and some Penrite classic light 20/60.
A nice run out this morning up to Shipley and I remembered how much I enjoy driving the Spitfire in the sunshine!


posted by yorkshire_spitfirenoreply@blogger.com 22nd April 2017 8:38pm gmt



All the cooler kids are doing it...

One day I may finally fit the oil cooler that I bought with the intention of fitting before the 2015 10CR.
That day took a step closer this evening, I made up some brackets to fit it to the chassis rails just in front of the radiator.

Still to do:

  • Weld captive nuts into OS (left above) bracket.
  • Slightly shorten the plates to be welded to chassis and bend bottom edge over
  • Paint
  • Weld to chassis
Then I just need to:
  • Make up the hoses
  • Make retaining brackets for the hoses
  • Fit the (thermostatic) sandwich plate and plumb it all in!
Oh man has the Spitfire suffered for being laid up, lots of rusty looking bits that need a clean and a paint!

posted by yorkshire_spitfirenoreply@blogger.com 18th December 2016 10:13pm gmt



Worry Gauge is worrying

On Thursday morning I noticed the tick-over pressure on the gauge was LOW.
Once warmed up and with tick-over dipped (clutch biting and lots of load on the alternator) the warning light didn't come on, but the gauge dipped right down to 0
If it hadn't been for the light staying off I'd have been VERY worried.
So I brought the car home at low RPM (no nasty noises!)

This evening I fitted the 2 spare gauges I have and compared cold tick-over pressure.
The left gauge didn't seal very well, the fibre washer perished. But based on the 3 gauges and the sound of the engine I'm less worried about the pressure now!
I'll stop panicking now.

What is really annoying is that the "needle points upwards" gauges in the right style (white needle) are really hard to come by at a decent price. Better to have an accurate gauge that doesn't match than one that's random, wrong and the right style thought.

posted by yorkshire_spitfirenoreply@blogger.com 16th December 2016 9:44pm gmt



Illuminating experience

The additional worry gauges I fitted to the "radio" space in the Spitfire were invisible at night


So I made up a small loom and added gauge illumination.


Not so happy with the contrast between the standard green illumination, the greenish on the volt meter and the plain white on the oil pressure, so I switched to green LEDs...



Clearly the oil is a brighter green than the others, so I'll either add a filter to that one, or remove the filters from the others (and fit green bulbs to the 2 original gauges). Haven't made my mind up yet though.


posted by yorkshire_spitfirenoreply@blogger.com 05th December 2016 2:33pm gmt



New toys

For some reason I got presents today. (Something to do with me being older? I prefer the term "Level up!")
So for the occasional time I want to properly crimp BIG terminals, a nice shiny new hydraulic crimper. (Thanks to the inlaws!)


And in vague attempts to improve Spitfire handling, some harder, slightly shorter springs. (Thanks Andie! How did you know what I wanted? ;-) )

posted by yorkshire_spitfirenoreply@blogger.com 29th November 2016 5:12pm gmt



Things I learned last night.

1. Even when there is NO PETROL at all in the Spitfire the gauge currently reads about 1/4.
This has the unfortunate consequence of convincing me not to put petrol in even though I really need to.
(Resulting in me pushing the bloody car through Keighley in the middle of the sodding night)

2. For some bizarre and unknown reason my headlights suddenly stopped working on the unlit road just outside Keighley. It's not actually possible to drive a car along an unlit section of road in the dead of night safely on JUST sidelights. It's VERY DARK!
So I found some wire in the boot and ran a feed to the headlamps just to get me home.
Relays are fine, so it must be something on the live feed side for the circuit.

On the other hand it was nice to see the usual suspects over at the Old Stone Trough for the monthly Pendle and Pennine meeting.


posted by yorkshire_spitfirenoreply@blogger.com 05th November 2016 3:42pm gmt



MOT quiz

I wonder which of these 2 ball joints meets the requirements for an MOT pass?


I have to admit a certain level of disappointment, I fitted the one on the right in March 2015, so that's 19 months for it to perish completely.

posted by yorkshire_spitfirenoreply@blogger.com 31st October 2016 9:15pm gmt



Getting ready for Spring.

I removed the rear leaf spring from the Spitfire, was a bit disappointed to find most of the graphite grease I covered it in has vanished at the outer ends. Still plenty in the middle of the spring anyway.



So, removed, re-greased, re-fitted with the lowering block. (With a short break in the middle for a trip down to Bapp in Brighouse to buy some new nylocs)


Not much chance of the cover plate fitting with the longer studs though, which is a bit sad as it was missing when I got the car and I went to all the trouble of getting one, cleaning it, painting it and even made a rubber gasket for it. I don't want to shorted the studs as almost all the length was needed to draw down the spring box when I was fitting it.

Slightly shocked to find when I removed the spring that the original suppliers sticker is visible under the grease.

Jobs to do before MOT:

  • Welding 
  • Bleed brakes
  • Check lights
  • Check carbs
  • Drive to testing station.

posted by yorkshire_spitfirenoreply@blogger.com 24th October 2016 5:56pm gmt



Frustration - not even on the Spitfire.

Well today I managed the first "real" mechanic-ing in about 12 months.
The last serious work I did was just before the 2015 10CR. Today I changed the rear driveshaft on the Freelander and it knackered me out.
With a bit of luck I'll get myself some welding gas and make a start on the Spitfire soon. I really want to see it back on the road soon.
A bit of welding and bleed the brakes and the Spitfire should be fit for an MOT, here's hoping.

posted by yorkshire_spitfirenoreply@blogger.com 24th September 2016 10:50pm gmt



Most annoying.

I've found a hole in the Spitfire steel work that's going to need welding up BEFORE it goes for the MOT.
Oh well, the best laid plans and all that.
In the mean time I'm making new brake pipes for it to replace the steel ones that are currently going rusty.
9 months of sitting idle have not been kind to the car even though it's been garaged.

posted by yorkshire_spitfirenoreply@blogger.com 30th July 2016 4:45pm gmt



Since the 10CR

It's all been very quiet on the Triumph front since the 10CR.
Lot's of "real life" stuff going on, but not much classic car time.
The Spitfire is currently off the road with no tax or MOT and has been sitting in the garage since January. I made a start on "re-commissioning" but found a nasty petrol leak near the NSR wheel... on further inspection/testing I couldn't find the leak, but found clear signs of where the petrol had been flowing down the chassis.
I also noticed that the electrical connection to the tank sender had been damaged, an attempt to straighten it resulted in it snapping off, so a replacement sender unit has been fitted.
Replacement pipes/hoses obtained I set about trying to fix the leak, but quickly found that the olive/pipe nut on the tank top had been damaged (over tightened) so I've ended up removing the tank to rectify that issue while I'm at it.
When a replacement olive/pipe nut are obtained I'll put it all back together, test/adjust the brakes and get it in for the MOT - hopefully back on the road for July.

posted by yorkshire_spitfirenoreply@blogger.com 13th June 2016 1:52pm gmt



10cr all done!

We made it home at about 21:30 this evening (Monday) after another long day's driving.

Day 1 started great, we really enjoyed the wonderful countryside:
Netherlands-Germany-Czech Republic
The second part of day 1, not so good. The driving through Czech Republic was tough and we were tired. At about 11pm we decided enough was enough and we stopped at a hotel we found that still had rooms:
Czech Republic

As a result of the un-planned hotel stop in the Czech Republic we had some catching up to do on day 2, so we cut the route and headed for Cortina:
Czech Republic-Germany-Austria-Italy

On day 3 we went "off-piste" again and picked up a few extra countries:
Italy-Austria-Liechtenstien-Switzerland-Austria-Germany

Here's the track for the last day of the event (Sunday):
Germany-France-Luxemburg-Belgium-Germany-Netherlands

Today saw us drive back to Dunkirk:
Netherlands-Belgium-France
And then home from Dover:
Dover-Bradford

I know pride comes before a fall and all that, but I'm really pleased with how the car has done, particularly the engine (it's the first time I've built an engine and it was done in a bit of a hurry to get the car fit for the event after the problems on the Border Raiders)
Some minor niggles...
It was running hot on the trip to the the point that I removed the thermostat on the run up to Cortina. I suspect the stat is faulty as we got some pretty unpredictable temperature issues.
The vibrating noises turned out to be the dash brace bolt being lose and a screwdriver in the boot tapping on the petrol tank.
There's a whine from the diff, a little on overrun, more in the sweet spot between pulling and overrun, not noticeable on pull though. Needs looking at.
The overdrive blew it's fuse when we stopped on the M11 today on the way home. Not sure why, but replacing the fuse cured the issue. Might end up playing "find the frayed wire" over the next few days.


posted by yorkshire_spitfirenoreply@blogger.com 14th September 2015 10:48pm gmt



10cr so far....

Day 0 (Wednesday): UK, France, Belgium, Netherlands,  Germany.
Overnight stay in Germany
Day 1 (Thursday): Germany,  Netherlands (official start of event),  Germany (again), Czech Republic. 
Overnight stay in Czech Republic
Day 2 (Friday): Czech Republic (for about 0.5 miles), Germany,  Austria,  Italy
Overnight stay in Italy
Day 3 (Saturday): Italy,  Austria, Lichtenstein, Switzerland, Austria (again), Germany.

Let's see what tomorrow brings!

posted by yorkshire_spitfirenoreply@blogger.com 12th September 2015 5:34pm gmt



10CR day -1

So we made it to Dover in time for the ferry!
Bradford to Dover
The ferry was slightly late leaving, but then got stuck outside Dunkirk harbour waiting for another ship to leave.
Then we drove across a bit of France, a lot of Belgium, a small amount of the Netherlands and finally into Germany to our hotel in Aachen
Dunkirk to Aachen
Tired but relieved to be here.

posted by yorkshire_spitfirenoreply@blogger.com 09th September 2015 9:32pm gmt



A quick catch up.

  Some weeks ago we were having a great time on the "Border Raiders" (aka Club Triumph Northern Tour) when the "spare" engine I was using to tide me over while I did a rebuild on the original engine went "pop"

This is where we broke down:
This rather made the decision for me on the question of "which engine shall we use for the 10CR?"
(Not the spare one!)

Original engine on the stand for strip down:
Spot what's missing? (Dead engine at the road side)

Only light damage to the piston top, but we'll replace it anyway when I finally rebuild this engine:
So there was a quick rebuild and refit (new bearings etc, but didn't have the time to have crank machined/block sent to engineers etc!)

With a lot of help from Mik D. and some luck the Spitfire is back on the road and set for the 10CR.

A few last minute odds and sods over the lasts few nights:

  • Engine oil+filter changed
  • Gearbox oil changed
  • Rear brakes adjusted
  • Exhaust "adjusted" and tightened up

And I think we are just about ready to go! (touch wood)

posted by yorkshire_spitfirenoreply@blogger.com 08th September 2015 09:24am gmt



Tracking test

I tested a tracking app on my android phone: https://drive.google.com/a/the-claytons.me/file/d/0B6ldWKbJFaNYb0RkNEdsTnhVOW8/view?usp=drivesdk

Let's hope it works on the 10CR and I'll post day-by-day tracks.

posted by yorkshire_spitfirenoreply@blogger.com 07th September 2015 08:59am gmt



Thanks Mik!

A big thanks to Michael Davis for helping me get the Spitfire back on the road today!
After the engine issues on the Border Raiders a swift re-assembly of the other engine and re-fit was required to get us ready for the 10CR.
Really appreciate all the help which went well beyond the promised "help lift the bonnet back on" !!!

posted by yorkshire_spitfirenoreply@blogger.com 31st August 2015 8:59pm gmt



Nasty Paintwork

Both the boot lid and the bonnet on the Spitfire are so badly faded that in places they look more pink/white than red. Last night I tried some compound on part of the boot lid to see if it can be improved....


Guess which side I treated and which I haven't?
;-)
Going to get an electric or air polisher though! Even doing that bit (and it still needs doing some more) made my arms ache!

posted by yorkshire_spitfirenoreply@blogger.com 15th April 2015 7:00pm gmt


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