The Quest to restore 1978 Triumph Spitfire
The story begins with finding a car on ebay, all looked good and so a bid was made which we won and a price of £2,400 was agreed. The car was described as having TAX & MOT, so we thought great, except that it's in Newcastle and we are in Guildford some 300 miles away. We decided that this just added to the fun. We had one of our engineers (from Vale Communications Ltd) in the area and the seller said that the hard top roof was fitted on the car so therefore, as the soft top roof was not on the vehicle I asked the engineer to pop over, collect the soft top and bring it back in his van and also take a quick look at the car to really see what I had bought. The engineer picked up the soft top and said that the car looked quite good but as the roof was left out for him he did not see it actually run. So the weekend came and we booked a one way flight to Newcastle. We arrived,met the seller, handed over the money and took the keys. We got into the car and turned the key, she did not start! It was on about my 12th attempt before she fired and with most of the cylinders firing, we pulled away. Once we got it on the motorway we thought it should be plain sailing, however the car would not go over 50 mph; not helped by the fact that when I attempted to engage the overdrive I found that it was not functioning, so four gears only or so I thought until I changed down into third and the gear lever got stuck in third gear. So, now only one gear. It was going to be a very long drive home. In fact it took 9 hours to make the 300 miles and despite the smell of oil and the other mentioned problems the old Triumph made it home, arriving in an oily black cloud.
There are many more pictures and processes involved before you get to the next picture however I wanted to keep this site sensible so I have only covered the main points.
The Triumph was stripped back in most areas to bare metal and then treated with stabilizing chemicals to help prevent rust the re-spray work took approximately 3 months.
The car is back in the work shop after paint many thanks to ALL IN ONE AUTOS.
Internal wiring looms including standard seat belt warning light system wiring.
Engine and gear box finally me in preparation for installation back in to the Spitfire.