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 bought this early 1500 Spitfire at the end of June 2016 as a restoration project to keep me busy over the following few years and with the aim of turning it into a car that I can enjoy down the back roads and take for tours on the mountain roads in Wales. I always wanted a Spitfire after I saw 1 parked up at my high school in 2013, I just fell in love with the design and the sound. Over the next 2 and a half years I every little bit of money I had to turn my dream into a reality. In June 2016, I had not long turned 16, and I had stumbled across an add on Gumtree for a Spitfire that had been off of the road since 1984! and in need of major restoration work to get it back on the road. From the advert a few things made me want to buy it. It has a 5 digit registration plate, matching numbers car with a genuine 66,394 miles from new. I called the seller and made a deal for it to be delivered to my house on the following Tuesday. On Tuesday the 28th of June 2016 I had a text from the recovery driver saying that hell be at my house in Redditch for about 13:30. The car arrived, we unloaded it, pushed it on to the drive and I just couldn't stop looking at the car I had dreamt of owning for a few years.
Heres the car after we pushed on to the drive,
The interior smelled really damp but it was complete with a lovely cassette player dating back to the late 70s,
The bonnet was in really bad condition and under it was a very tired engine bay with a surprisingly solid bulkhead *Cough Cough* and chassis,
A nice surprise was that according to the chassis number, its the 60th Spitfire 1500 off of the production line which is a bonus!
Anyway, sorry for the long introduction to this thread but I thought it would be nice to share my story about buying this car and part 2 will probably be uploaded tomorrow.
many thanks for reading,