May 7, 2014
I hate to do it but I have 3 other MG's and no room to restore any of them.
I doubly hate to do it because I now have about $3500 in the car, a big chunk of that being new parts.
But the Spit is really not that far from being on the road again and I hate to see her go to waste by just sitting covered with a tarp.
These cars should be driven and enjoyed so I've decided to find her a new home.
November 25, 2012
My wife decided that we really didn't need to be married anymore...no comment.
So the practical reality is that I had to move while only working about 2 days a week.
What a coincidence that the marriage crashed after my loss of full-time employment.
Also, no comment.
To the point. I started selling stuff.
I got rid of the 95 Corvette :(
And now I'm thinking of selling the Spitfire as well.
The problem is that it is not running.
It's very close to running. All that needs to be done is the carb reinstalled and she should fire up.
She ran fine before but the carb was rough so she should be a runner when put back together.
The bigger problem is that winter is rolling in and I have no place to work on the car (along with the MGB GT and the MG roadster.
The biggest problem is that I have about $3500.00 in the car, just about all of the parts needed to make her like new but I just don't have the time or space to finish her.
I have the chrome bumper conversion nearly done, the complete interior ready to go in, just about all of the rust repairs are done. I even have the paint to make her a pretty dark pearl blue.
So If I try to sell her now I won't get anywhere near what I have in her. I know you never do when you restore a British car but I don't want to get bent over by selling her.
June 7, 2012
Unfortunately, a lot means scavenging parts to get my 67 GT back on the road.
I spun a bearing in the GT engine just driving down the road so I decided to scavenge the roadster engine and gearbox to get it running again.
I hate doing it but my wife and I are separating and I have 3 British cars and a Corvette that need to be finihsed and the GT is closest to completion so it wins.
You can follow my work on the GT blog. It is updated more frequently (as you can tell) than this one is.
Thanks for stopping by, see you at the link below :)
|The 67 GT with the roadster engine installed|
February 26, 2011
I fucked up a bit. When I installed the cockpit acoustic and thermal insulation I neglected to account for the removable center tunnel…which means I sealed it to the body tub with the butyl acoustic sheeting.
No I’m going to have to cut it off so that I can remove the tunnel to get to the clutch slave cylinder. I’ll lose the tunnel piece in the process. But I applied the butyl sheeting the way I did in the first place because the cardboard tunnel was disintegrating anyway so no great loss. Moss and VB both sell the replacement plastic tunnel covers for a somewhat reasonable price thought the shipping is what kills on big items like that.
Speaking of fucking up, the piston on my air compressor decided that it didn’t like the cylinder head so it pushed it right off, shattering the entire cylinder head in the process. It was covered under warranty at Northern Tools but when I took it back, I was told they no longer had that air compressor and was asked if I would like to buy the one that cost twice as much? I answered that I did not.
So I tried buying one from Sears but, sadly, that was a great illustration for me of why people don’t shop at Sears anymore. I’ll probably wind up getting a Craftsman anyway; it’s just a huge pain in the ass to deal with Sears anymore.
I cleaned up one of the tail light assemblies for the Spit. It turned out pretty nice and the chrome was surprisingly pit-free. I replaced the inner lens gasket with one I made myself from thin closed-cell black foam that I bought at a craft store. I’ll be replacing the lamps in the assemblies with the replacement LED units for 1157 and 1156 lamps. I’ll also have to swap out the flasher unit with an electronic flasher unit for the LED’s to work but that unit only costs a few dollars.
February 24, 2011
Well it got warm here for a bit and that got me out and working. I cleaned up the garage and got the Spit down off the jack sands and back on her own wheels. I then moved her sideways into the back of the garage so my Wifey can finally get her Mini Cooper into the garage.
The Spit is small enough to fit in with the Mini and the MG roadster in there and still allow me to work on them.
THE BIG NEWS:
I picked up a 1967 MGB GT. I paid way to much for it and it has more rust than the Titanic but it looks good and it is drivable...if you don;t mind the Flintstone floorboards, leaking rear axle seals, intermittent brakes, bad starter and utterly inadequate charging system.
So I'm doing a rolling resto on that now...uggggggghhhh!
Back to the Spitfire.
I pulled the carb off and sent it off to get rebuilt. A local guy who is a NASCAR mechanic is doing the work...maybe the Spit will go fast when he's done...nah. I also have just about all the parts I need to finish the restoration so I may actually have the thing running in a week or two.
I started de-rusting the lower front apron area beneath the bumper. I'll also have to fab up some brackets to get the front bolt holes on the bumper to line up with the bumper brackets on the frame.
The Wifey says it will never run. I can't blame her, the damned car was supposed to be done last summer.
It WILL be on the road and finished by spring. The GT will also be finished in the next few weeks so I'll go from zero LBC's on the road at the begininning of the year to two finished ones. Then it's just the 74 MG roadster and 95 Corvette and all my cars will be done.
I think I may do an all-electric Spitfire or MG next...
December 13, 2010
Actually, I have done work on the Spit, aside from ordering complete brakes rebuild kits and clutch master cylinder.
The seats are completely rebuilt and recovered---total cost, less than $100.00
the interior and door panels are all finished except for the outboard footwell panels I was considering making.
All of the interior sound-proofing and insulation is done and the wood dash fascia has been sanded and refinished-though a few more coats of clear are probably needed.
I replaced the ignition switch--the $100.00+ ignition switch!!! I also replaced the starter relay. The car turns over now.
I got a rebuild kit for the carb and a new metering needle (?) You cant replace the jet in this ZS model carb, just the needle.
I had the car running before, now it just turns over. But it will run for a few seconds if you shoot starter fluid into it.
Quite frankly, I know more about nuclear thermal rocket engines than I do about British carbs.
I emailed Butch, my British car shop owner friend out in Burlington to see if he can do the engine and carb tuning work for me. I'll have to trailer the car out to him but it's worth the time and effort. I'm going to finish up rebuilding all of the braking systems so when the car comes back (barring any major surprises) I can start on the paint and boy work. The Spit will be on the road come spring though that will be about 8 months behind schedule.
then I can get my ass in high gear and get the MGB restoration finished.
God, I hate working on cars in the cold.
I'll keep y'all posted.