Now seems like a good time to do a write-up of the work I've been doing on my spitfire over the last 2 years as it's major repair and restoration is just beginning, meaning progress should be reasonably quick by build thread standards (He says).
I always wanted a Spitfire after I saw 1 parked up at my high school in 2013, I just fell in love with the way it looked and the noise it made as it sped off down the road. Over the following 2 and a bit years I saved every little bit of money I had to turn my dream into a reality. In June 2016 I stumbled across an advert listed on Gumtree for a 1500 Spitfire that had been off of the road since 1984! in dire need of major restoration work to get it back on the road. Although the pictures weren't the clearest the description was fantastic and after a few phone calls a deal was done and the car was mine.
And here it is as it arrived in all its yellow rusty glory!
The interior was damp but was all complete with a lovely period correct cassette player.
Like the rest of the car, the bonnet was in a bad way and under it was a tired looking engine with a surprisingly solid bulkhead and chassis,
A nice surprise was that according to the chassis number, its the 60th Spitfire 1500 off of the production line making it quite an early example even if its totally knackered. Plans are to complete a full nut & bolt rebuild, paint it red (like all spitfires) and carry out general improvements to make the car a more usable classic that I can enjoy on a nice summers evening and take it to a car show here and there.
Many thanks for reading,