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General Information

Year
1979
Make
Triumph
Model
Spitfire
Color
White
Packages
"Spit6" Conversion
History
Purchased it from Jeff, who restored it with 5 years of labor. He loves building English sports cars and completed this one and wanted to sell it to someone with English car and old car experience. His next project - a TVR. Jeff started out making this a normal Spitfire but after building the engine, realized it was not fast enough. He then took a Triumph GT6 parts car, rebuilt the engine and moved it and key suspension parts to the Spitfire.
1979 Triumph Spitfire (White)

Modifications

Drivetrain
block professionally dipped, magnafluxed, decked, bored .030 over NOS Hepolite pistons, turn crank, new timing chain and sprocket, new oil pump. HEAD: professionally rebuilt with hardened valve seats, stainless steel valves, new guides and stem seals, Payen head gasket. COOLING: custom aluminum radiator and mounts from Wizard, SPAL fan, new water pump. CARBS: Rebuilt 150CD-2S (pre-emission) sourced from UK without temp compensator, overrun valve, etc...original Ramflo air cleaners from Australia, custom Venhill cable-operated linkage, new fuel pump with genuine Italian Redline pressure regulator (set at 2.5) TRANSMISSION: professionally rebuilt non/OD gearbox, Borg and Beck clutch assembly, flywheel professionally resurfaced, new master and slave cylinder (DOT 5), new driveshaft, professionally rebuilt differential with NOS 3.27 ring/pinion set. EXHAUST: professionally applied ceramic coating on pre-emissions manifold, Remflex gasket, stainless steel sports exhaust from UK.
Interior
Full restoration with custom 1 piece wooden dash replacing the stock 3 piece.
Exterior
Original White color. Only modification is the fiberglass hood scoop which covers the hole cut in the hood to accommodate the 6 cylinder engine.
Audio
None - no heat, no defroster, no stereo, no power plug. Only the engine.
Suspension
The entire front suspension/rotors/calipers/motor mounts,etc are GT6, nothing Spitfire up front. Of course, all new bearings/seals. New stock GT6 springs over KYB shocks. The rear suspension/brakes are the stock '79 set-up...no rotoflex. (drums turned, new shoes, wheel cylinders, bushes, etc). 1/2" lowering block and individually adjustable air shocks to fine tune the ride height. rear camber at 2* neg and the front at 1.5* pos. The differential is GT6, professionally rebuilt with NOS 3.27 ring/pinion.

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