View Full Version : Nikolaus.Conrad's 1964 Triumph Spitfire - Rear-ended :(

10-18-2011, 12:31 PM
This is my first car, the car that started everything I know and love about them. My father bought the car when I was a month old, back in May of 1991 as a gift to my Mom because she was born in 1964, and my father had his 1968 Spitfire. Sort of like a His and Hers sort of thing. Well long story short, my parents got divorced and the last thing my Mother needed was a banged up, rusty, broke down sports car. So it sat in our garage until I started tinkering on it when I was 15 years old, and my father told me if I could get it running could have it. Well, I did :smt025 And I learned to drive Manual on it :smt023

When I was driving it a few years ago, I drove it everyday and autocrossed it. Even though it really looked like it needed to be scraped, I didn't care. I even drove it to high school when we got a foot of snow.

Fall 2006

Summer 2007
Like Father, Like son. Dad's red 1968 Spitfire Mk3 and my white 1964 Spitfire Mk1

Summer/Fall 2008

Christmas Eve 2008

Factory Specs from the Triumph-Standard Motor Company of Coventry England back in 1964 are as follows:

Inline 4 cylinder engine
Dual carburetors
Engine size- 1147cc (1.2 Litre)
Peak engine horsepower- 63hp at 5750 rpm
Peak engine torque- 67ft. lbs at 3500 rpm
4 speed gearbox
Syncromesh on gears 2, 3, and 4 (meaning you can't shift into 1 when the car is rolling)
Fully independent suspension (Revolutionary in 1959 thanks to the Triumph Herald)
Disc brakes on the front (Also revolutionary)
Steel Body on steel frame design
10 gallon tank
up to 35 miles per gallon (Achieved :grin: )
over 300 miles per tank
24 Ft turning circle (The tightest of any production car ever)
Length- 145in
Wheelbase- 83in
Width- 57in
Height- 48in
Top Speed- 93 MPH
0-60 in 16 seconds
Weight- A meer 1600lbs

Grand total back in 1964 = $2199
Today that would be about $16,500

For that sort of money, your car came with a radio, a heater, vinyl seats, a convertible top with frame, a black and white checkered carpet, a tachometer, manual windows, and a door lock.

Options for the Spitfire Mark 1:
A removable steel hardtop
Luggage rack
Wire Wheels
Fog Lamps
Mud flaps

The Spitfire was Triumph's answer to the MG Midget and Austin Healey Sprite. The Triumph Motor Company was infamously known for not having any sort of a budget, it's the same story when Triumph was developing the Spitfire. They used the 1147cc engine (With added Dual carburetors) from the Herald (a small 2 door family sedan) and fitted it to a modified Herald steel frame. The Spitfire was most famous for it's independent rear suspension, a swing axle setup with a transversely mounted leaf spring bolted to the differential, which would make the car oversteer and jack knife under hard cornering. The body was styled by an Italian man named Giovanni Michelotti, who also styled the Herald, TR-4, 2000, Dolomite, And Stag. It was developed under the name "Bomb" and was a hit the first years of sales, a few years in production and Triumph was bought up by British Leyland. The Spitfire was a pretty reliable car despite being fit with Lucas electronics and British Leyland as a parent company. Production ended in 1980 as the car never really saw any major updates, the car was still using technology from when it was first developed (Steel body with a bolt on frame and no fuel injection set up). In 1980 Triumph stopped production of the Spitfire and withdrew from the American Market, a year later production of the TR8 stopped. The last Triumph made was was the Acclaim, which was a rebadged Honda Civic. In 1984 Triumph was 99 years old and closed it's doors, British Leyland was broken up by the government and the rights were sold to BMW, who owns them until today. All in all, over 314,000 Spitfires were made and during it's production, the Spitfire out sold the MG Midget and Austin Healey Sprite every year except one.

Production figures:
Mark 1 (1962-1964): 45,753 made
Mark 2 (1965-1967): 37,409 made
Mark 3 (1968-1970): 65,320 made
Mark 4 (1971-1974): 70,021 made
1500 (1975-1980): 95,829 made

Total: 314,332 Spitfires made

On Christmas eve of 2008 we took it to get body work done, we got the car back in August of 2009.

This is what it looked like in May 2010 going to get finished

September 2011 (Remember, this was the side that was smashed in the pictures above)

June 2012

Reassembly with Outback fogs, still thinking of how to mount them!

July 2012

August 2012

-Alternator conversion. AC Delco alternator from 1985 V8 Camaro
-Starter Solenoid from 1975 Triumph Spitfire
-Rebuilt starter
-Negative battery strap from Tractor Supply
-New air filters
-Castrol 20W50 motor oil

-AM/FM radio with cassette (Soon)

-New rear shock absorbers
-New front shock absorbers with rear honda civic hatch springs (Soon)
-155/80R13 Douglas Xtra tracII tires (Soon)

It's not powerful, it's not fast, and I don't care. It's old, smells like grease and gas, and may break down occasionally but I love every second of it. In order to understand, I believe one must own a British sports car sometime in their life. I have a list of thing I need and want to do to this car, It was my first and I plan to keep it until the day I die. Thank you for reading!

10-18-2011, 02:13 PM
That is some serious TLC!! Really cool ride to have in ones garage!


10-18-2011, 06:01 PM
Thats cool! I got my 66 Volvo when I was 7 years old by default from my big sister...

Dont see many Spitfires around any more :smt023

10-19-2011, 11:07 PM
Thank you very much you two!
Chuck- They are super fun cars. being a very light car makes up for the lack of power so they are pretty peppy cars. My dad and I have two, my uncle has a white one he's been working on for a few years and a parts car also =]
Dead- I've seen your Volvo! Very cool project! Never something I'd do though :smt016 Anything made my the British from the 1960s to the late 1970s rusted out in a few short years, I'm very lucky to have a one in such good shape, even being a New York car it's entire life.

10-24-2011, 11:45 AM
These pictures are from when I went to sand my car. Paint should be thrown on soon! GET EXCITED.


11-26-2011, 03:17 AM
Old and odd Vintage Euro cars are in a category all by them selves. I used to be a hardcore Vintage Volvo nut! I have a buddy with a late 60's Alfa spider and a friend with a vintage Mini Cooper. There is something to be said for these old little cars. They are not big, heavy, fast, but they are fun to drive!

My restored 1970 Volvo 142 I had was a blast! My '66 122 was fun also! My dad gets looks every time he drives his '67 Volvo 122. It's slow as hell, an auto, but it's British Racing green and you never see them on the road anymore! Just something about driving a vintage car not many people have.

11-26-2011, 04:26 AM
Just something about driving a vintage car not many people have.
I know what you mean. Well to the extent of being a passenger in a '54 Nash Metropolitan convertable. 42hp, small, heavy as hell, orange(not factory), and only a three speed. That car gets so many looks its almost not even funny.
You can somewhat see my dads '69(yeah yeah 69) Ford in the background too. That truck has some of a story behind it, was bought new in Port Angeles by my grandpa and its never been outside of the family. Its quite the truck to ride in, gets lots of looks(mot as many as the Nash), lots of get up and go, and only like 150k on it.
Sorry for the thread jack Nick.

12-02-2011, 12:17 AM
Old and odd Vintage Euro cars are in a category all by them selves.

Definitely! They have a very unique style and sound you don't get with any other automobile from that era from around the world. I was looking for an old 122 a while ago lol, I think I may have my sights on an old Peugeot 504 turbo in the next few years :smt023

Sorry for the thread jack Nick.

Haha it's cool dude, Those Metropolitans were pretty funky looking cars, I just realized they don't have a trunk lid lol. Was that one yours?

01-23-2012, 08:45 PM
Sooooooooooooooooooooo my rear diff is leaking oil, I'm thinking about replacing it with one that has a lower ratio like 3.89:1 (right now it's 4.11:1) but I'm thinking maybe I can find a Subaru LSD for this :smt029 That'd be awesome in Solo races, especially since all I do is spin one tire when cornering hard. Only a thought right now :smt016

03-18-2012, 11:52 PM
Much has happened, this is the current state of the Spitfire


It's in primer, ready to be pained in British Motor Corporation Pure White. I should have it back in less than 2 weeks and will immediately start to reassemble the car. And I'll be driving this when the Outback goes under the knife later in spring.

03-19-2012, 12:00 AM
Sweet... subscribed.

Love the positive camber you've got going on in the autocross pic, looks like the wheel's about to fall off!

I would have been temped to keep the exterior looking as it was and just fixing up everything underneath, so much character. I have a feeling this car will be with you for a long time.

03-19-2012, 09:55 AM
Thank you, I hope it will be too. My father still has his Mark 3 and it was his first car =]

The mechanics of the car are pretty solid, it just leaks some oil here and there. Sometimes I do wish I could have kept the body the same but I feel it's getting a new life with the bodywork all taken care of. It should look close to new by the time it's done :grin:

03-19-2012, 10:25 AM
Love the positive camber you've got going on in the autocross pic, looks like the wheel's about to fall off!

Hahahaha that's why they won't let us autocross anymore, until we do something to take care of the rear wheels. I'm planning on`retrofitting a swing spring setup to take care of the problem: http://www.carcentric.com/BWswingspring.jpg The Spitfire 1500s had this setup, it's very similar to the original the only difference is the rear spring pivots on a bolt to relieve the stress so the wheels won't do this:


That's my father autocrossing his Spitfire, and the reason we were banished hahaha. The Spitfire, Herald, and Vitesse were famous for this.

03-19-2012, 02:50 PM
Wow! Thats some crazy wheels movement! My Volvo is getting ether a 140 Volvo or a Ford 9inch rear axle.

Love how the car is coming right along!

03-19-2012, 07:32 PM
Looks like your car is happy though...


03-25-2012, 10:17 PM
It does!!

Ok so Bump-date. I've been saving up, and since the Outback will be going on the back burner soon, this car will be the focus of my time and effort for now. Here's a break down of the parts I need:

Spitfire 1500 Rear leaf spring:
-To make the rear wheels not fold up and to give better ride comfort. About $150

Overdrive Mainshaft:
-I bought an OD Mainshaft from a 1500 but it won't work (F***) About $300

Rear axle shafts from a 1500:
-These rear axle shafts are only about 1/2 inch longer than the ones already on the car but make the rear end behave properly and are required to make the wheels line up. Hoping to score some off a junked car. $Unknown

gearbox internals from a Mark 4:
-Full syncro gearbox mean Autocross fun. Hoping to scoop a whole gearbox from a junked car but will buy piece by piece if need be. $Unknown

Headers from a Mark 2:
-In 1965, Triumph Motors gave the Spitfire 4-2-1 headers from the factory to make more power. I know a guy who professionally races Mark 1 Spitfires who will sell me a set. Around $100

Convertible frame from a Mark 3:
-My convertible top right now is a PITA to put up. Unlike traditional tops which fold, The mark 1 and mark 2 came with a bow you shove in some holes and throw a piece of cloth over. The Mark 3 top frame will make it much easier for me when it rains. About $50 for the frame and $300 for the convertible top, However the rear window will be able to unzip!

Of all these things, I think the OD mainshaft will be the first thing I get since I'm having difficulties finding 1500 rear axles. A friend of mine who owns a red Mark 1 did the swing spring swap with 1500 axles and has no problem with the car jack knifing under hard cornering.

Comments and questions are welcome :smt025

03-25-2012, 10:33 PM
more pics!!!

03-26-2012, 12:24 AM
Moar pics soon!! Hopefully, It gets painted this week!

03-26-2012, 03:44 PM
Overdrive project, pics taken today.

Stock Spitfire gearbox, out of my father's Mark 3. Compared to a cylinder of Quaker Oats lolz

The Overdrive and adapter plate. The overdrive is off a Volvo M41 gearbox from a Volvo P1800.

Assembled, sort of. No internals but I'm getting there.

05-01-2012, 11:33 AM
Update, not so much of an update but the car is STILL in primer, we were going to have a shop spray the car but that deal fell through so now nothing is going to get done until school is over. UGH I just want this car back in my driveway so I can rack up some miles on it and swap my Legacy. klswrjgbsdrkjb!

05-01-2012, 11:38 AM
Update, not so much of an update but the car is STILL in primer, we were going to have a shop spray the car but that deal fell through so now nothing is going to get done until school is over. UGH I just want this car back in my driveway so I can rack up some miles on it and swap my Legacy. klswrjgbsdrkjb!

Sorry to hear that Nick. If I lived closer to you I would paint it. :-(

05-01-2012, 11:51 AM
Thank you Chad, you'd do a much better job than I could. I just need to remember to be patient; It seems ridiculous that it has taken this long, but I will have it back soon. This is my last week of classes and finals are next week so I just need to hold on a little longer.

05-18-2012, 02:01 PM
Update: Last weekend the Spitfire was suppose to be painted. It was, but it came out messed up. So this weekend we're gonna try and paint it again. I keep saying this and I hope it's true this time, but in a week and a half it'll hopefully be home finally!

05-18-2012, 02:09 PM
messed up? hmmmm.. detail required.

05-18-2012, 04:31 PM
I didn't see it get painted or else I would have gotten pics, that's all the guy helping us out said. Seems legit lol

05-18-2012, 06:36 PM
If it's still primered by next month, I'm driving up for a weekend and painting it! Hope you have a shop and materials for me to use. haha

05-18-2012, 08:38 PM
take chad's offer :-D

05-19-2012, 09:11 AM
I have all the materials for paint, just not a paint booth. If this does happen, I can take out everything in my garage and make a paint booth :smt027

05-19-2012, 09:58 AM
I have all the materials for paint, just not a paint booth. If this does happen, I can take out everything in my garage and make a paint booth :smt027

That works too! lol

05-19-2012, 09:48 PM
plastic wrap. tape. fans and water is all you need.

05-19-2012, 10:26 PM
And Paint :smt023

06-01-2012, 12:04 PM
Bit of an update, I went to the local yard and to my amazement, there was a Mark 3 Spitfire in my yard! So I grabbed a lot of little things that I've been looking for.


I spent $46 and got the following:
New windshield (Old one had huge scratch in the center)
A seatbelt I made into a regular belt
A cable to control the heater
Factory dash switch
convertible top latches
Tow hook loops the double as sway bar mounts
and random nuts and bolts

My "new" belt all finished up!


As you can see, there really aren't any salvagable body panels. Although I might take the bonnet and trunk lid if they're still there next time I go!


06-01-2012, 02:50 PM
My "new" belt all finished up!


I want to make one! haha

06-02-2012, 11:08 AM
Do it up!! It's super easy to make!

06-03-2012, 06:16 AM
Do it up!! It's super easy to make!

maybe you should make a DIY. :smt002

06-03-2012, 11:03 AM
Hmmmmm, Maybe I will if I come across another one :grin:

06-06-2012, 12:38 PM
I have a Subaru Timing Belt I'm making into a belt... haha...

So how far are you from paint?

Also, I saw one of these a few months ago in one of the yards. It's gone now, but I'll let you know if I see any more...

06-08-2012, 11:57 AM
How does one make a timing belt into a belt :smt017 lol

Well, we have fresh paint, so hopefully today or tomorrow it will get sprayed and next week we'll pick it up. I got a text from the guy painting it yesterday and hopefully this will happen this time!

I need my Spitty back because the Scoob is on it's last legs. The headgaskets finally went a few days ago but it's only noticeable when driving on the highway for more than 30 miles. It happened on Route 15 going to Williamsport to see a good friend of mine.

06-15-2012, 12:55 PM


06-15-2012, 01:14 PM
what type and who painted it for u?

06-15-2012, 02:12 PM
I think it was MAE/PPG? There's a photo of the paint can on my facebook album 64Restore. The color is British Motor Corporation Pure White. It's kind of funny because that was the color MGs and Austin Healeys were painted, which was the direct competition against Triumph.

06-15-2012, 10:02 PM
MAE if I remember right in Omni, and yes it is part of the PPG company. I use it on my budget jobs.

Looks nice! Now hurry up and put it together! I wanna go for a ride! HAHA! You have 6 weeks! :smt005

06-15-2012, 10:10 PM
MAE if I remember right in Omni, and yes it is part of the PPG company. I use it on my budget jobs.

Looks nice! Now hurry up and put it together! I wanna go for a ride! HAHA! You have 6 weeks! :smt005

Thank you Robin, have you painted your Volvo yet? I can't remember. Reassembly will be happening as soon as it's home. Just dropping a hint but it's not staying in that garage for too much longer (hint hint hint)

06-16-2012, 01:06 PM
IT'S HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! After three and 1/2 years it's finally home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


06-18-2012, 03:59 PM
Reassembly has been chugging right along so far, I have all the lights working in the front, doors adjusted and close nicely, seats installed, and it ever fired up on the third try! That especially surprised me because the last time we put gas in it was before it was cut up, which was Christmas eve of 2008. Since I started working on this, there have been a few things I have noticed I dislike about the Spitfire. I wish it were just a tiny bit bigger, when compared to the trucks and SUVs rolling out today I feel like I'm driving a gocart, and on the highway I'm looking directly at the hubs of semi trucks. I don't like how I have to turn on the highbeams with my left foot, seriously there is a button next to the clutch I to turn them on. This will change soon since I'm more know more about automotive wiring thanks to the Subaru community :grin: Time hasn't been kind to my seats or any sort of upholstery, I may have to get new kits but it's a hell of a lot of money, which I don't have. But I think the biggest problem of them all is how lightweight the car is, or rather the weight balance. In the front I have a cast iron engine block (granted it's only a 1.2 litre but still!) and in the back I have a gas tank and sheet metal. My driveway is a stone drive and I dug a freaking hole trying to back it up, the slightest touch of the pedal of gravel or any sort of dirt and you've got wheel spin. This also doesn't help with autocrossing because the rear of the car just slides everywhere. Other that this small list the car seems to fit all of my needs and is a pretty fun way to get from point A to point B. I do have a list of things I need and want to take care of (as well as mods) in order to make drivability more user friendly and enjoyable.

To Do:
New exhaust
New suspension
New tires with TR7 rims (TR7 rims are wider by an inch :twisted: )
Get the Horn to work (Lucas electrics are a bitch)
tune up with new plugs, wires, points, condenser, and air filters

3rd brake light
Spitfire 1500 rear swing spring
1" lowering block
Lucas Sport coil
Some sort of custom intake

Will update with pics tonight

06-19-2012, 08:48 AM
A few pics of what I got done yesterday


06-19-2012, 10:52 AM

06-20-2012, 11:54 AM
The exterior is almost 100% finished, now to work on the interior. I just need to put on the bonnet latches if I can find them :smt017 Yesterday, a cat with muddy paws walked all over the hood (I was pissed), so I moved the car to the mouth of the driveway to wash it off, and it wouldn't start. It would almost pop over but then sputter and stall. I think I know what might be wrong so I'm going to head out soon here to take a look and see what I can do to fix it. I also borrowed a power washer from my stepfather's parents so I'm going to spray off the engine and under the car a bit. Just one picture for right now, progress to come...


06-20-2012, 03:50 PM
Got it running! It needs a new ignition coil, come to find out it still had the original coil from the factory! It's a Bosch 12 volt coil that was made in Germany, I love finding old stuff like this working on cars. I power washed the engine and what a difference! The block still has the original paint and most of the frame was still white! Here are some more pics plus a video, running a bit rough but it should smoothen out after a bit of driving. I'd like to rebuild the carbs this year also but I'm not sure if I want to do that or make my own fuel injection setup :twisted:


Digging a hole because the rear is so light, probably sticky brakes also. Driving should take care of that.

https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2012/06/th_P6200051-1.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/albums/xx226/Dittler47/?action=view&current=P6200051.mp4)

The video doesn't do any sort of justice, it's a beat up 4 year old Olympus FE-230 I got my junior year of High School. I need new cameras! lol

06-20-2012, 03:58 PM
Are you blasting and powder coating those rims or do you have something else in mind?

06-20-2012, 04:16 PM
I have a few ideas in my head:

The wheels on the car now are the original rims from the factory with snow tires mounted to them. The original tires were 30+years old and dry rotted and those were free. I have a new set of tires I plan to mount to these rims, I just need to sand and spray them, I don't have money for sand blasting and powdercoating, which would be nice but oh well.

I also have a set of TR7 rims which are steel and wider by an inch, I'm thinking about using these for autocross and the skinnys for daily driving. The TR7 wheels also need the tires taken off, sanded/sandblasted and paint.

My third choice would be alloy Mililites, I have coveted these since I was 16 (http://www.classicsportscars.eu/spitfir ... re-mk3.JPG (http://www.classicsportscars.eu/spitfire/PICTURES/mk3/blue-triumph-spitfire-mk3.JPG)). They're not that expensive but still out of my reach at the moment. Maybe next year I'll scoop some up.

06-20-2012, 09:08 PM
:D I can't wait to see it!

06-20-2012, 10:27 PM
:D I can't wait to see it!
Spoiler alert: July 7th if everything goes according to plan.

06-21-2012, 10:47 AM
I know where a set of MG wires wheels are...

06-21-2012, 04:15 PM
Wire wheels are nice to look at but a pain in the ass to use everyday and flex terrible when cornering hard. My uncle has a pair and it's not like traditional wheels that have lug nuts, it's just one big wing nut you have to hit with a hammer. Maybe not right not but sometime down the road I'd like a set! Maybe after a frame off restoration eventually :grin:

06-26-2012, 05:44 PM
Update! The interior is almost 100% back together, I just need to glue some vinyl to the rear wheel wells and I'll call it good. I also made two new panels out of sheet aluminum to hold speakers, they're from my old Legacy :grin:


Some updated pics, nothing has really changed


Then yesterday I started to clean the gauges, they were filthy. So I busted out some steal wool and elbow grease and cleaned up the chrome on the car!


Then finally today I got the cluster re-painted and assembled back together!


I'd like to paint a red stripe around the edge of the cluster or paint something to resemble/pay homage to the Spitfire fighter plane. More details to come soon!

06-28-2012, 12:51 PM
Ive heard you talk about this build before and I finally came to look at it. This car looks very nice and good job on the restoration

07-07-2012, 11:21 AM
You got 2 weeks!

07-07-2012, 08:51 PM
Thank you Chris!

You got 2 weeks!

07-11-2012, 05:33 PM
Get it done! I bet it's begging to go on a long trip :wink:

07-13-2012, 01:24 PM


The Diamond in the Rough

07-13-2012, 01:36 PM
Pollish up those wheels and bring her to RI!

So is it registered now?

07-13-2012, 01:40 PM
Registered, Insured, and tagged. I'm going to sand them down more and paint them, I don't know which colour to go with, black or Charcoal metallic? (the colour of the Outback two tone gray)

07-13-2012, 01:56 PM
I really like white. I might like balck or charcoal metallic but I can't picture it right now.

07-13-2012, 02:00 PM
I would paint the wheels back to white but I can't color match the British Motor Corporation white the car is painted, and I think it would look weird. So that's why I want to go with black or charcoal metallic.

Also, I drove to the NY/PA boarder today to get cheap gas (ha) and at 55 it feels like I'm going 70, this is not a highway car at all! lol It may help if I get my new tires mounted and balanced (wider TR7 tires will feel much better), and since I've gotten used to newer cars, I forgot how the ride is in this. SO stiff! You feel every single crack and bump in the road. But what do you expect from a 50 year old car? I imagine our kids and grandkids will be saying the same thing about the cars we drive today. :wink: I'm SO happy to be driving this again. Nothing on the road sounds like a Spitfire, I've missed how it sounds when driving, apart from the CV joint that needs replacing :lol:

07-15-2012, 01:20 PM
I found a critical component to my gearbox overdrive build, a local guy is selling a 4 speed, 4 syncro gearbox out of a 1972 Spitfire for $150. I'm debating if I should buy that or save it for the Rhode Island meet, I've been looking for a 4 syncro gearbox now for a few years with no luck :-?

Also, chopped one of the better pics I took the other day on CS2.


07-15-2012, 05:08 PM
We must have a classic car photoshoot!

07-15-2012, 05:35 PM
I agree!

07-15-2012, 06:14 PM
That's a great location for that car, really suits it.

I'm also having a hard time picturing black or charcoal wheels and like the white, interested to see how it turns out.

07-15-2012, 07:24 PM
Thank you! Urban Decay is my favorite type of photography, and it's everywhere in the northeast of the United States. More pictures like this to come!

Here's a picture of black wheels on a Mark 3 Spitfire, it's red but the best picture I could find.

07-16-2012, 01:47 AM
I'm going to tweak with some of the photos above with photoshop to see what I can do with them. I want to go back to all the places I'm shooting at with a good DSLR and reshoot these in better quality. In the meantime, another small photoshoot.

Urban Playground






07-20-2012, 03:31 PM

This picture reminds me of the Top Gear episode where they take some Russian car to the factory in Russia...

07-20-2012, 11:32 PM

This picture reminds me of the Top Gear episode where they take some Russian car to the factory in Russia...
Haha it does! And that's exactly why I named that group of pictures Urban Playground :wink: The pictures were taken at the Holding Point in Horseheads NY, pretty much just a lot of HUGE abandoned warehouses. People street race there all the time haha

07-21-2012, 04:58 AM
People street race there all the time haha

so it's like "fast and the furious" but real? Sounds like the place to have a car meet every month. lol

07-21-2012, 12:13 PM
People street race there all the time haha

so it's like "fast and the furious" but real? Sounds like the place to have a car meet every month. lol
Pretty much hahahaha

07-24-2012, 05:05 AM
Took a drive today and got the Spitfire inspected, I stopped by Espirit Motorsports in Horseheads to see a few friends of mine but they weren't around. So I snapped a pic with a few beauties they had there! :smt023


08-14-2012, 02:40 PM
Update! I've put 1125 miles on the Spitfire since July 13th, nothing really different with the exterior. The engine seems to run better and my gas mileage has seemed to go up a bit. I still need to get the new tires on but I need money for the Outback GT (5 speed swap), it's tough having two cars!

08-20-2012, 01:24 AM
It seems the Leyland curse is creeping up on me, I've been having issues with the highbeam switch, it will click then unclick it's self from high beam to low beam then get stuck in high beam and I can't switch it back for on-coming traffic. Then, tonight driving home the car died. My ignition light is on in the dash indicating the battery isn't getting charged properly. So it looks like a need a new generator, but I'm thinking of throwing my money at an alternator conversion! Research is happening tonight and hopefully tomorrow I'll find what I need at my local wrecking yard. :smt024

08-20-2012, 01:22 PM
After a few hours hunting on the internet for an alternator from a specific GM car, I've found that most site recommend units from late 1970s Camaros and Lesabres, 1980 to 1987 GM cars, Mustangs, Nissan 300ZX???? I know that none of these cars exist in my local yard, apart from the mustang. So I've decided to retrofit a Subaru alternator instead of a GM one, partly since I already have one laying around the house. I did some more reading and you can use any alternator that you like as long as you can get it to fit. It may take some more work, but I'm eager to see what I can do.

Some sites I've been using as references:
http://64spitfire.wordpress.com/major-p ... onversion/ (http://64spitfire.wordpress.com/major-projects/generator-to-alternator-conversion/)
http://www.zetecinside.com/xr2/pictures ... ctions.jpg (http://www.zetecinside.com/xr2/pictures/electrics/pmasterconnections.jpg)

08-22-2012, 07:05 PM
Update!! I went to the junkyard and found a 1985 Camaro with an alternator that appears to have been rebuilt, I'm going to Autozone to have it tested later tonight hopefully. The yard was completely out of Subaru alternators, the one I have was (I'm assuming) the original from the Outback and was giving my problem earlier this year. So I've decided not to use it. So I got the Camaro alternator, a mounting bracket from a 1972 Cadillac Deville, and some wiring from a Subaru. All for $30.

All I need to do is mock everything up now, so far it looks like it will fit without much modification!

The land barge I got the bracket from, can you believe this has a 7.7 liter engine? If I had the money I'd scoop it up and restore it! It was nearly complete!! What a pimp machine!

08-23-2012, 02:49 PM
I went to Advanced Auto last night and had the alternator tested, and it's good! So it's going it! I was talking to an employee and he was telling me a bit about the AC Delco Alternators and he said this was more than likely an original alternator but they are very good units and are pretty much bulletproof. We'll see how it goes from here :smile:

08-27-2012, 04:27 PM
Update! I swapped the 50 year old generator out today for the 27 year old alternator! AND IT WORKS!!!! Updated with bigger pictures!

The new alternator is friggen massive, especially compared to the generator it replaced. Maybe it's normal sized and everything else is small? It's funny how when you drive a car this small for an amount of time, you get used to the scale of the car, and when you drive or ride in another car everything else seems huge.

The rubber boot on the back should look familiar to everyone on here, it's from a Legacy as is the white wire leading from the alternator. I only needed to connect one wire to the existing harness and it has the red connecter in between the two sparkplugs kind of in the center of the picture.

The same white wire (as pictured above) connects to the starter solenoid and charges the battery. The black wire is also from a Legacy :wink:

These wire were originally connected to the voltage regulator, since I needed to remove it they needed to be connected. I didn't want to cut up the original 50 year old harness I simply made new wires. The two that aren't connected are taped off with electrical tape, don't need them :smt025

08-27-2012, 10:25 PM
^ super sweet. gotta love old wiring systems. such a PITA!! lol

this makes me miss my 65 MGB sooo bad. Love the car.

08-28-2012, 01:39 AM
Nice! We did this conversion on my dads 122 Volvo... I would do it on my Volvo, but everything under the hood is Nissan.... haha

Just wondering Nick, why didnt you do a newer GM 1 wire? The conversion is really easy.

08-28-2012, 01:54 AM
Thank you!

Chance- The harness is pretty clean for a car so old, apart from some wiring I did when I was 15, which I've been ironing out. How long ago did you have your MGB?

Dead- Yeah, if you did a GM alternator you'd kind of be going a step backwards! lol. Some people have done the GM 1 wire on these cars but from what I've read it requires more work, and they're kind of pricey. I went this route because more people have done it, so there are more write ups. And it was about $40 :grin:

Also, I edited the post with pictures to describe a little on what I did, I'll try tomorrow to get the pictures a bit bigger :smt013 Stupid EnV Touch lol

08-29-2012, 12:16 AM
Well, I can see that it might be easier with the wiring. But it was extremely easy to do on my 67 Chev truck. It had an external voltage regulator also. I cant for the life of me remember how I did it, but I did and I remember it being easy! :grin:

This is making me want to work on my Volvo more! I just dont have the time with getting all the other cars ready for the show coming up! :-(

08-29-2012, 01:19 AM
I sold the mg in 2001 i think. Biggest mistake of my life lol. Take it from me don't sell the triumph! Ever! Lol

08-29-2012, 12:11 PM
This is making me want to work on my Volvo more! I just dont have the time with getting all the other cars ready for the show coming up! :-(
What else do you need to do to it? I'd help you button it up if you didn't line in Washington!

I sold the mg in 2001 i think. Biggest mistake of my life lol. Take it from me don't sell the triumph! Ever! Lol
I'm never going to sell it! I've had a few people make offers the past few months, but it's not going anywhere. :grin:

08-29-2012, 12:39 PM
Larger pictures of the alternator conversion have been posted, and it's funny because when I first drove the car after the swap I thought I was getting better MPGs, and it proved to be true! I took a small roadtrip yesterday to visit a friend, I drove about 300 miles I got 32mpg going there and 30mpg going back! I didn't go above 65mph because at that speed the engine is at 4000rpm, but even at 4000rpms I managed to get stellar mileage and somewhat keep up with traffic. With the generator it really felt like I was getting about 15mpgs on the highway, maybe it's the higher amps of the alternator? :smt017

Before I left yesterday, I added two things to the car. The first being the bracket from the 1972 Deville, I had to modify it a bit but it does it's job.

And the second being a new ground strap for the battery. I picked it up at Tractor Supply! :grin:

I found a photo of the engine compartment with the generator, here's a comparison from Summer of 2006 to Summer 2012:

Summer 2006

Summer 2012

08-30-2012, 10:23 PM
i didn't like the galvanized plating my air filters had, so I painted them. Since everyone seems to be painting Japan's rising sun on their filters, I had some inspiration. It looks better in real life than in a picture, I used a cheap brush from a watercolor set I had from when I was a kid, it was the only thing laying around lol

I ordered a set of spark plug wires, they should be at my house by Tuesday, hopefully. I also changed my spark plugs today, the plugs that were in the car were a set of Champion plugs I'm assuming my father installed in the early 1990s. I replaced them with a set of Autolite platinum plugs, all I can say is HOLY COW!! I've probably gained at least 15 ponies! It much smoother at idle and when letting off the clutch, it runs like a brand new car. I roughly estimated my 0 to 60 time and it's right around 11 seconds, which is 5 seconds quicker than it was in 1964. And it pulls pretty hard at any RPM range, at 45mph I can put the pedal down and easily get to 65, 70, 75, and 80 without hesitation at all. Changing the plugs have also completely changed the exhaust note of the car, I've lost a lot of burbles but it now sounds like a racing prepped Spit. I think my gas milage isn't going to drop because this is going to be a lot of fun to drive! :grin:

08-30-2012, 10:32 PM
Even if it does look 5 yr oldish i still dig it lol. Nice job!

08-30-2012, 10:35 PM
Thanks lol I need to touch it up a bit

09-17-2012, 02:50 PM
Updates! I've put over 5,000 miles on this car since I first started working on it 6 years ago. I drove down to Williamsport on Wednesday (Like I usually do) for a car meet and to hang out with some friends (GTDrifter). I measured my mileage down and achieved 39mpg!! I also have some exciting news because this wednesday a friend hooked me up and the Spitfire is going on a dyno! The numbers won't be too impressive but I'm interested to see how much the little engine in the Spit puts down to the road.

I put some appropriate stickers on the back, these can be easily removed at any time. I'm also looking for another SCCA to put on the other side of the license plate.

More pictures to come from the Vintage Grand Prix at Watkins Glen earlier this month!

09-17-2012, 05:44 PM
Man that thing seems very reliable.....And that looks pretty cool on the air filters

09-17-2012, 10:50 PM
HA! I wanna see the dyno numbers!

09-18-2012, 12:59 AM
Man that thing seems very reliable.....And that looks pretty cool on the air filters
For a British car it's been extremely reliable, and I'm very thankful for it. The only serious problems I've had so far is a starter (which was rebuilt) and a generator (which was replaced). I wish I had done a better job on the filters, but thank you! I'm hoping that with a few years of dirt and grease it'll give them some more character :smt023

09-18-2012, 01:00 AM
HA! I wanna see the dyno numbers!
I do too! I'm extremely anxious!

09-19-2012, 11:28 AM
Some pics from the Vintage Grand Prix in Watkins Glen, on Friday they kick off the races at the track by flooding downtown with antique cars that drive the original race track, which is some roads in the country and a strip through downtown. Tons of fun that GTDrifter missed because he "Didn't have enough gas" Sure :smt019 :wink: Every year they have a featured car to show the history that car or brand of car has displayed at the glen. A few years ago the have BMW, and Triumph. This year it was the Mustang.

1969 Shelby GT500 K/R OHMAHGAWWD
The dash of this GT350 was signed by Carol Shelby
There was also a BRAND NEW MG ZZT V8. It was RHD and sexy.

09-19-2012, 11:57 AM
:shock: Those Cobras.... :smt026 Thats my dream car, a 427 cobra!

Some nice rides for sure! Love the Gull Wing and the 53 Vette! So many sweet cars though! I see the Shelby's all the time around here, have a friend with a 67 GT500. Any Vintage Volvo's?! :grin:

09-20-2012, 01:33 PM
There were a few! I'll have to look through my shots to see if I got a pic of any. I took like 150 pics.

The Dyno went excellent! There were a few problems though, because the computer they had didn't have data for my engine size, they set it up for an MG Midget, the direct competition for the Spitfire. So the results should have been somewhat accurate. I even got to drive the car on the Dyno, so I can't complain at all. Much thanks to everyone in the automotive lab at the Pennsylvania College of Technology!!

Test run to make sure everything was working fine. Results Unknown.
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First real run, 40whp!!!!!!! :twisted: I didn't push it too hard because my clutch has been slipping lately. And I shifted at about 4,000 rpm.
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The last run, 45whp and 45tq!!! Shifts were at 5,000 rpm and I think I only got to 3rd gear when he wanted me to stop. I'm pretty sure that if I had done 4th gear it would have been a bit more power.
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Because the Dyno was programmed at the time for a 1300cc engine from an MG, I'm granting myself at least 50whp. Like I said in my original post, it isn't fast but I don't care. After 48 years and 36,000 miles it still should have the same amount of power as it did when it came from the factory. And that's good enough for me :grin:

09-20-2012, 10:04 PM
Very nice. That doesnt seem like a lot of power but for the weight of the car, I bet it gets up and goes pretty well

09-20-2012, 10:34 PM
Hey nik, I didn't have the gas to go up to ny, college, wellsboro, and easton (for my engine) so ha lol

also you hit 4th for about a second or two but it was at the end of the trial so no dice

09-21-2012, 10:40 AM
Very nice. That doesnt seem like a lot of power but for the weight of the car, I bet it gets up and goes pretty well
It's a very snappy little car since it weighs less than 1600lbs. I'm thinking about someday adding a supercharger to give it a bit more oomph :twisted:

09-21-2012, 10:42 AM
also you hit 4th for about a second or two but it was at the end of the trial so no dice
Yeah but not enough to see how much power I would have been making. lol I need the graphs from Mike to throw on here

09-25-2012, 07:15 PM
Because Rallycar


09-26-2012, 02:30 AM
Night shot


09-26-2012, 10:45 AM
Because Rallycar

You should run the wires throught the grill so you cant see them. Thats still pretty cool though! I have an extra set of grills I'm cutting up for the Volvo so I can run Hella Black Magics flush to the grill like they did in Trans Am and Rally. :grin:

09-26-2012, 11:10 AM
^ Awesome!! I want to see it! I would have ran the wires through the grill but it the wiring harness was all one piece since it came off the Outback GT lol Didn't want to modify it too much since they'll be going back on the Subaru here in a few months

09-30-2012, 03:44 PM
It's seemed like the curse of British Leyland has been creeping on me ever since I got the car running and now it's finally bit. I discovered a few days ago my fuel gauge stopped working, then the turn signals stopped working, then the heater, followed by the wipers, then the horn, then the fogs, and now the brake lights :smt010 ALL DON'T WORK :smt013 All of my fuses are in good shape, and have been replaced. It was rainging pretty hard the day all of this happened so maybe that has something to do with it, I'm guessing I have a massive short somewhere which will be fun tracking down. However, the performance of the car isn't hindered at all, It still pulls nice and I still get 35mpg. On a better note, the meet at Wellsboro was a blast, I'm just a bit sad I couldn't bring my Outback but whatever :smile:

09-30-2012, 06:21 PM
I'm kinda glad you didn't bring the outback, then we wouldn't have had the fun of watching you try and fit that fender in there...lol

09-30-2012, 11:25 PM
we wouldn't have had the fun of watching you try and fit that fender in there...lol
Folded that fender like Subaru origami! :smt005

I think I may have fixed my wiring problems, I hardwired the connection and everything works now :smt017 It made sparks when I used two female connectors to bridge the connection, so it's safe to say that was the problem. I'm going to add a fuse in the line tomorrow and go that route, and I'll throw some pics on here to show what I'm talking about. Gotta love 50 year old technology.

10-07-2012, 03:46 PM
I can't seem to keep this Shitfire running, I drove to my Mother's house Friday and Saturday I needed to go to work and it wouldn't start. I drained the battery hoping it would but no such luck, so I pulled the Outback GT up and tried jumping it, still no luck. I switched out batteries and drained the one that was in the Subaru. STILL NOTHING :smt021 . I'm thinking something must have gotten wet in the distributer because there is spark at the points and it's getting fuel. So What the flying eff could this be. I even charged a battery overnight and tried to start it this morning for work and was late because I had to hitch a ride. :smt010

10-07-2012, 06:21 PM
I cleaned the plugs and it fired right up, needless to say I'll be keeping sandpaper in my car!

10-11-2012, 03:47 PM
I've come to the conclusion that it wasn't the plugs that were acting up, but it was my choke. I need a new one because the one I have right now doesn't seem to be doing it's job. The cable won't pull out properly and go back in at all, so I haven't even bothered using it this summer, but now that it's colder out I'll be needing it. So when it wouldn't start a few posts ago, it was because I wasn't using the choke and drained the battery from cranking it too much :oops: This will be fixed soon.

12-12-2012, 02:29 AM
I put the car up for winter about a month ago, I took some pics from the last drive for the year. Took them from my iPhone, I have more from my old phone. Sorry if the size is huge, I can't check it from my computer at the moment.





And some great Instagram shots lol




12-12-2012, 02:56 AM
Nice pics Nick! Size is just fine...

You really need to get those wheels painted though...

12-12-2012, 10:31 AM
Thank you Robin!

That never happened this year lol, hopefully over winter when I won't be dependent on the car I can change the tires and paint the rims. I'm crossing my fingers lol

02-19-2013, 12:17 AM
I have a real itch for driving this car, as soon as the salt is off the roads plates are getting slapped on and I'm driving it. I'm thinking about custom plates, so far I've though of MK1SPIT or NT4SALE but will probably regular plates will go on for the time being lol

03-06-2013, 12:14 PM
Really nice car. I wish I had stuck with some of the older cars I had owned in the past but life got in the way. Its good to see someone keeping your not so popular (ie generic muscle cars) alive. I always love going to the big car shows in carlise and york and seeing the lesser known gems.

03-06-2013, 03:38 PM
Really nice car. I wish I had stuck with some of the older cars I had owned in the past but life got in the way. Its good to see someone keeping your not so popular (ie generic muscle cars) alive. I always love going to the big car shows in carlise and york and seeing the lesser known gems.
Thank you! There's definitely more sentimental value to the car than what's it's really worth, but I don't plan to get rid of it anytime soon, if life will let me, that is :wink: I'd like to take the Spitfire to Carlisle this year, but everything is still up in the air lol

03-12-2013, 03:46 PM
It's nice outside today, so I'll be firing up the Spitfire for the first time this year! And maybe a drive down the street or something as well :smt023 I want to make sure everything is up to par so next week (hopefully) I can slap some plates on it! Videos are to follow as well! :smt023

03-12-2013, 11:48 PM
A few videos, let me know if they work!


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03-13-2013, 08:50 AM
The video of it in the garage made it sound like it had a sweet lope from a crazy cam. haha

03-14-2013, 09:16 PM
What's that? Like an antelope??? Lol

03-23-2013, 10:38 PM
This happened


03-24-2013, 07:25 PM
you turned your lights on? lol

03-24-2013, 09:19 PM
you turned your lights on? lol
The lever to turn them on is broken but that's not why this picture was taken

03-26-2013, 12:49 PM
you turned your lights on? lol
The lever to turn them on is broken but that's not why this picture was taken
drive that puppy down and help with the justy :smt023

03-26-2013, 07:05 PM
Let me know when!

03-26-2013, 08:41 PM
you turned your lights on? lol
The lever to turn them on is broken but that's not why this picture was taken
drive that puppy down and help with the justy :smt023


03-26-2013, 08:52 PM
Get that beast going!!

03-26-2013, 10:31 PM
Let me know when!
I'll be out all day Friday but its too far of a cold drive for you

03-26-2013, 10:49 PM
Let me know when!
I'll be out all day Friday but its too far of a cold drive for you
Plus I work all day Friday

03-27-2013, 12:54 AM


This picture looks like it could be 40 years old lol

Let me know what you think!

03-27-2013, 01:17 PM
The last picture that has the vintage feel looks amazing. It truly looks how old pictures should!

03-27-2013, 01:21 PM
Thanks Chris! I'll be experimenting with more pics soon!

04-05-2013, 05:36 PM
Some new hipster-grams.





04-05-2013, 05:55 PM
Also, some things that need to be taken care of on the Spitfire this year. The U-joints, have to be replaced! There's a clunking noise whenever I decelerate or coast down a hill. The brakes need to be checked over and probably bled. New front shocks this year, have a set of springs and struts I need to put on as the ones on the car are the original springs and dampers. New full exhaust system as that's original also. New 155/80R13 tires I got as a gift a few years ago for the factory rims. And I'm thinking about getting wheel adapters from eBay so I can slap some 4x100 lug wheels on... So much on the to do/get done list.

04-10-2013, 10:13 PM
Dunkin in Williamsport with GTDrifter


04-10-2013, 11:09 PM
Dunkin in Williamsport with GTDrifter

We need a like button haha

04-11-2013, 11:58 AM
We do! Now you see why I had to take that picture :wink:

No filter btw, straight from the camera on my iPhone lol

04-11-2013, 02:52 PM
Oh yeah. Who flipped my license plate upside down?

04-16-2013, 10:51 AM
Whoa. That's funny!

04-17-2013, 07:14 PM
Oh yeah. Who flipped my license plate upside down?

......gulty! lol

05-06-2013, 12:07 PM
Oh yeah. Who flipped my license plate upside down?

......gulty! lol
Lmao seriously??

05-06-2013, 12:15 PM
Some pictures I haven't posted








The cars behind the last shot

And since yesterday was so nice, I was topless :wink:

08-02-2013, 12:38 PM
The spitfire is about to roll over 42,000 miles. It needs the CV joints changed still but it's still getting me where I need to go.

This guy parked next to me

And we had a heat wave a few weeks ago, upper 90s with lots of humidity. The spitfire was a far better choice than a black subaru with leather seats and no AC. So I parked in the shade every chance I got.


This is a brand new STOCK silverado 1500. No mods what so ever LOL

05-21-2014, 06:40 PM
This update is more for Yama an anyone else who checks the Spitfire thread. I scooped up a rear differential and leaf spring for a spitfire 1500, the 3.89 gearing vs the 4.11 gearing has helped bring down the RPMs some but the overdrive is still on the list once I get a shaft for the gearbox. A friend of mine helped me build it, we needed to use the mk1 spider gears in the 1500 housing with the 1500 gear and pinion, it was custom as f-ck. an some spider gears needed grinding to mesh better but it turned out to work well! I've put 500 miles on it so far with no issues, other than leaking a little oil. It's British so that's bound to happen.

Scooped this up for $40!!!
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All back together waiting to be mounted in
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Had to drill holes for the driveshaft flange
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Custom washer spacers to seat the splines from the spider gears to the axle flanges
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All together!!
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05-21-2014, 07:14 PM
So you have taller gears now? That sounds great. I hope the acceleration doesn't suffer too much though. Although I doubt it would, considering the low weight of the car.

05-21-2014, 10:26 PM
The transmission gearing is the same, just the final drive is taller, honestly it's not that noticeable taking off from a stop. Having peak torque at 3500 rpm also helps too I guess :wink:

05-22-2014, 12:47 AM
nice work! Good to see it back on the road!

05-22-2014, 06:20 PM
Thanks! It's good to have it back on the road!

06-19-2014, 02:18 PM
Small update, just some cool photos

With Zeppy's WRX
https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2014/06/B44068B2DC394153BD171DA1195D1B68-1.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/user/Dittler47/media/B44068B2-DC39-4153-BD17-1DA1195D1B68.jpg.html)

Harris Hill in Big Flats Ny
https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2014/06/912D97B72B1F4217B8D2936DCC92B080-1.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/user/Dittler47/media/912D97B7-2B1F-4217-B8D2-936DCC92B080.jpg.html)

Found an Audi R8
https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2014/06/2DD95C2C02814335ACC7BBB8062ADE10-1.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/user/Dittler47/media/2DD95C2C-0281-4335-ACC7-BBB8062ADE10.jpg.html)

And this Cowboy F250
https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2014/06/F8B64410AE0D4CC5901707888B41A219-1.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/user/Dittler47/media/F8B64410-AE0D-4CC5-9017-07888B41A219.jpg.html)

06-19-2014, 03:45 PM
Sad update, shortly after I uploaded the previous photos, I went for a drive with a good friend and got rear ended. An unfortunate situation but it could have been worse, it happened at a stop light which I stalled out and the driver behind me saw the truck in front of me go and didn't see I wasn't moving. She was driving a Chrysler 200 and had only a scratch on her grill.

https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2014/06/797ADDAD217C483BA41A646E1FED4276-1.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/user/Dittler47/media/797ADDAD-217C-483B-A41A-646E1FED4276.jpg.html)

https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2014/06/F1075C77AF9340AFBB6E35012F0A2A2F-1.jpg (http://s758.photobucket.com/user/Dittler47/media/F1075C77-AF93-40AF-BB6E-35012F0A2A2F.jpg.html)

It looks worse than it actually is, it's just bent sheet metal. No lenses were broken, the lisence plate light wasn't damaged, only the bumpers were bent, and the metal. Unfortunate situation but could have been worse, still not happy about it.

06-19-2014, 07:26 PM
Dude... her insurance is picking it up, right?
Speaking of insurance, what do you pay per month on this? And what is it valued at?

06-19-2014, 07:30 PM
Anyone still on this forum without a wrecked car should delete their account immediately!

Sorry to hear about that, but at least it's pretty superficial.

06-19-2014, 10:04 PM
Muse- yeah her insurance should cover the cost to get it fixed. I think it's valued around $8,000 and I pay $35 a month on Allstate.

Hans- LOL! It's just the rear panel mostly, a bit of the quarter and trunk lid are bent but not too bad. Tomorrow I'm going to my insurance to get it figured out

06-20-2014, 11:58 PM
That sucks dude! Looks like a somewhat light hit, looks worse then it is. I'm sure she will be back in tip top shape in no time! :smt023

06-23-2014, 10:12 PM

06-24-2014, 06:42 AM
https://sl-i.net/FORUM/images/imported/2014/06/DSCN0488_zpse80c0d46-1.jpg (http://s1345.photobucket.com/user/oldsubie/media/DSCN0488_zpse80c0d46.jpg.html)
Here's your sign-just glad that F350 (in one of your pics) is not the car that rear ended you!

06-24-2014, 07:35 AM
That sucks dude! Looks like a somewhat light hit, looks worse then it is. I'm sure she will be back in tip top shape in no time! :smt023
I hope so! It's roadster season and I don't want to miss the nice weather being topless and all lol. Itll give me some time with the Legacy though, it's been almost two months since I've driven it haha

06-24-2014, 07:39 AM
http://i1345.photobucket.com/albums/p662/oldsubie/DSCN0511_zpsd8dfcad4.jpg (http://s1345.photobucket.com/user/oldsubie/media/DSCN0511_zpsd8dfcad4.jpg.html) Tried to rotate it-but, here's your sign-just glad that F350 (in one of your pics) is not the car that rear ended you!
I want this sign! Haha! I do my best to stray from over sized pickups, especially semi trucks, I'm looking at the tops on their tires when they pass me on the highway

07-08-2014, 04:29 PM
Noooo that sucks man. at least she wasn't totaled! That would have been a major bummer!

07-08-2014, 04:39 PM
Still runs and drives great, I would have bought it back and fixed it lol I had the damage on the car assessed by State Farm, they quoted almost $4500 in damage. Ive been waiting for them to get the police report because now the person that rear ended me says I rolled back into her, and she didn't hit me or something to that effect. Such anxiety. Much frustration.

07-08-2014, 04:55 PM
Ah man, that sucks... Esp when the person isn't owning up to it.

07-08-2014, 10:46 PM
Still runs and drives great, I would have bought it back and fixed it lol I had the damage on the car assessed by State Farm, they quoted almost $4500 in damage. Ive been waiting for them to get the police report because now the person that rear ended me says I rolled back into her, and she didn't hit me or something to that effect. Such anxiety. Much frustration.

There is no way rolling back into her would cause that much damage. Sounds like it might be settled in court. I know in PA law it doesn't matter what the situation is if you rear end someone its automatically your fault.

07-09-2014, 11:24 AM
Nick, give me a buzz if you need help with the claim. Hate it when they try and jack you around. Took me 2 months to settle on my Toyota when it was rear ended. I'm good at this kinda stuff with insurance companies. :smt023

07-17-2014, 01:52 PM
I just saw these comments guys sorry lol and I just got off the phone with State Farm, they have the police report from the accident and the other driver isn't agreeing to it, and she's is trying to get it amended. She has until next Friday.

Chad- thats what I'm saying, even if I rolled back into her, there's no way I could have done that much damage to my own car. It's so frustrating because it's only getting delayed being fixed.

Robin- shoot me a message because I've lost your number.

07-17-2014, 07:56 PM
I was thinking there is NO WAY you can do that much damage just rolling back into something/someone. Hope it works out for you. Karma will catch up to her.

07-31-2014, 07:30 PM
Update, she did not get the ticket amended and State Farm accepted full liability for the collision. I should get a check from them sometime in the next week or so. I'm taking the Spitfire to an autobody shop I used to work for and they'll fix it up =] more on this when the time comes so stay tuned!

08-01-2014, 12:17 AM
Update, she did not get the ticket amended and State Farm accepted full liability for the collision. I should get a check from them sometime in the next week or so. I'm taking the Spitfire to an autobody shop I used to work for and they'll fix it up =] more on this when the time comes so stay tuned!

THIS makes me happy! :smt023

08-01-2014, 07:29 AM

08-01-2014, 08:51 AM
Glad to hear it.

02-18-2016, 09:55 AM
Soooo, this has been fixed now, right? I haven't seen an update in, like, a bazillion years (okay, one and a half).

02-19-2016, 04:11 AM
I agree, Nick, we need an update!