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On 21/04/2021 at 19:45, Tim Bancroft said:

Must admit I am thinking of now using the TR6, I have done 6 RBRRs in my GT6 and would like to do one in a convertible.

If so, I need to do the following:

Fit recon injectors and pipes that Jason is doing for me.

Change the road springs for some that are slightly lower.

Tim, if you do fit lower springs, pack some spacers for the rear ones so you can lift it back up after you get fed up with it scraping its arse on the tarmac over every bump.

BTDT, Triumph got the ride height about right. Especially if you have an after market exhaust.

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With the help of my father in law and my wifes awe inspiring ability to fabricate I have the passenger side sills refreshed, nice new steel, primered up... might need a little tidy up and a lick of paint now.

Drivers side is next...

Eric Sill 1.jpg

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Currently replacing the UJ's on the half shafts as well as the rear brake cylinders and shoes and currently contemplating the prop shaft UJ's next. Better to be safe than sorry... 

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Off to Pirtek this afternoon to get hoses for the oil cooler fitment (the ones I had are too long), then I need to replace the leaky top hose, check everything's tightened up right (some UJ bolts managed to work loose for the MOT a couple of years back and one of the manifold clamps fell off on holiday recently), check / refill the diff oil, adjust the handbrake... drive it to Duxford, then Gaydon, then to the Lakes with the Cambridge group. Then fix anything that breaks on those trips.

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1 hour ago, RobPearce said:

Off to Pirtek this afternoon to get hoses for the oil cooler fitment (the ones I had are too long), then I need to replace the leaky top hose, check everything's tightened up right (some UJ bolts managed to work loose for the MOT a couple of years back and one of the manifold clamps fell off on holiday recently), check / refill the diff oil, adjust the handbrake... drive it to Duxford, then Gaydon, then to the Lakes with the Cambridge group. Then fix anything that breaks on those trips.

Lets hope its nothing serious that lets go on your trips and its just the basic running repairs.

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1 hour ago, Bradison said:

Lets hope its nothing serious that lets go on your trips

There's a bit of a tradition of something fairly significant failing on someone's car whenever the Crash Test Dummies Cambridge Triumph Drivers do a trip. Usually it's Toby's Hurricane or Tom's Herald, although my Vitesse did a "refuse to carry on at that speed!" when we did the NC500. So far, since getting its new fuel tank last year, the Spitfire has only shown non-terminal niggles, but I haven't subjected it to more than four hours near-continuous driving yet.

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Fitted new front EBC brake discs and pads to the Spit yesterday which I’m really pleased with as it has solved a pulsating brake pedal that I’ve had for a while. 🙂 

However I noticed that the rubber seal on both brake callipers have gone so another job to do before the RBRR! 

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Found a leak from one of the oil cooler unions, so I need to fix that. Also need to fix the slow coolant leak, which I think is the top hose. And I have discovered one of the new engine mounts I had to fit a few years back has failed already, so that's another job needed.

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Currently trying to diagnose a fuel issue.

 

I'm hoping it's the cheap regulator I fitted a few year ago and not the rather expensive pump! 

 

If you floor and and get boost it's fine, but then runs so lean it bunny hops. Says to me the regulator is sticking. 

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My spitfire is alive! Full road test on Sunday (what a corking day for a test drive), covered 350 miles. Overdrive works perfectly. Engine oil pressure wasn't great but i'll reserve judgement for now as it was running-in oil.

Slight concern about chattering clutch release bearing though, I'm not sure how worried I should be about that... any thoughts anyone?

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2 hours ago, PeteStupps said:

My spitfire is alive! Full road test on Sunday (what a corking day for a test drive), covered 350 miles. Overdrive works perfectly. Engine oil pressure wasn't great but i'll reserve judgement for now as it was running-in oil.

Slight concern about chattering clutch release bearing though, I'm not sure how worried I should be about that... any thoughts anyone?

Engine oil pressure on my recently built engine was terrible on the running in oil, as soon as it'd bedded in and I switched to decent oil the pressure was fine. 

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My Vitesse (Team 93)  is up and running after being taken off the road in 1982 = trying to get enough miles on her to see what breaks/perishes  - stranded on the A31 on Monday luckily I had plenty of spares - quick change of a condenser and I was on my way - decision to be made do I fit electronic ignition???  

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51 minutes ago, Lemon Hell said:

 - quick change of a condenser and I was on my way - decision to be made do I fit electronic ignition???  

Possibly. Or get a condenser and rotor from Distributor Doctor, i've had no issues since fitting them on 3 classics over the last 10 years.

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3 hours ago, Lemon Hell said:

My Vitesse (Team 93)  is up and running after being taken off the road in 1982

Hurrah! That's even longer than my Spitfire took (was taken off the road in 1988 and almost made it back for the 2018 RBRR but had a fuel tank problem).

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15 hours ago, Lemon Hell said:

decision to be made do I fit electronic ignition???  

Yes. I have a cheapy power spark or whatever it is, fitted in 2013 after a nearly new points/condensor set let me down and I had to get recovered from the roadside (oh the shame of not carrying a spare!) - it's done the RBRR and 2 10CR and load of other miles utterly trouble free. I carry a spare points/condensor set in the boot with a screwdriver and feeler gauge set "just in case" but have never needed them. 

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Spitfire went for an MOT this afternoon. Only one issue (which they ignored as they know I'll fix it) - no brake lights! The switch has fallen apart. I was toying with replacing it anyway as I've got what I believe to be a suitable much better quality switch in my collection of electronic components.

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