Featured Owner's Journals

Follow the TRExp Journals RSS Feed to stay up to date on the latest posts.

Eric O USA

Up on jackstands and getting the wheels off and ac
I got quite abit of time today. I installed the front running/turn signal lights and dressed the wiring. I jacked the car up and put it on stands. I pulled the wheels off and took them and the spare to my local car shop and had them take the tires off. They are all rotten so I wasn't able to get a spare out of them so it looks like I'll be ordering 5 tires. I am going to try to sand blast the rims and paint them before I have new tires mounted. I disassembled the front axles. It looks like the bearings are still good, but the rotors and pads will need to be replaced. The calipers...

. Hide banner ads & support this website by becoming a > Supporting Member <

David P Silver Member USA

I'm in the middle of rebuilding my carbs and wanted to also refinish the accelerator bracket. But unfortunately the top screw holding it into the intake manifold was not coming out. So I bought a shake-n-break which all the kids say is the cat's meow, and tried it out today. Check out the results here: (Spoiler: not good...)

. Hide banner ads & support this website by becoming a > Supporting Member <

Hazen Wardle USA

I set out today with the intention of getting my car licensed. Thankfully the DOT is literally right across the street, but I didn't get that far. I've had troubles with my turn signals, primarily that of the right ones, and not flashing or even turning on. It's not the flasher, because the left side works on the flasher clicks. So, I removed the cowls from around the steering column and loosened the switch. With the repairs I recently made I was hoping it would be something simple... Not so. See the culprit? Not gonna be able to fix it without removing it.

. Hide banner ads & support this website by becoming a > Supporting Member <

Jim Dwyer CAN

Did a brake service on all four wheels, rotated the tires, packed the front bearings with grease, new oil and filter. 81857 miles on the odometer.

Stuart Siegler Silver Member USA

After the Weber conversion, I developed a pretty bad oil leak that I had read was due to the Weber's not handling the crankcase pressure. Dunno Its not from the dipstick (where others have indicated), but from the crankcase spinner, and what I believe is the seal and oil catcher on the timing chain. Ordered the kit and a couple of hoses and we'll see

Leon Guyot USA

13th-14th July 2017 Working on radiator brackets for hidden LED driving lights 15th-20th July 2017 I did some more work on the water expansion tank bracket, not quite finished but very close now. There is precious little space left down there!

carl g CAN

Mini Accord on the left TR7 on the right bracket
Bit of an odd one, this. But here we have Mini Cooper 11in slotted/ drilled/ vented front rotors mated to 2003-2007 V6 Accord front calipers. All I had to do was get some 6mm plate and strategically drill it to make brackets. The finished brackets were not a single plane. Rather one plane of 6mm, with two extensions of 16mm each to make 22mm altogether. Not easy to explain. I provide a diagram. Local machine shop (MacLellans, in Truro NS) drilled the rotors to fit the stock TR7 hubs. I provide here 2 pics. Pic1 is the old and new side by side with rotors, calipers and br...

Dave Cutter Silver Member USA

Hold on
The Pacific NW Porsche Club of America put on a great session on Sunday. Angus performed admirably and we all learned a bit about our cars and ourselves!

Willy Grueber CAN

Interior pic from above
This is what the interior looks like missing the seats.(Next project) Still need to install new top on frame too.

Peter Evans Silver Member USA

2017 05 26 15 58 26
Arrived - now just need some 90 degree AN8 to 5/16th fittings and to manufacture some straps out of alloy and I am good to go. What do you think $150 delivered.

Larry Gray Silver Member USA

Pulled Out Stake
Well, the weathers getting better, but I'm on hold until I can re-erect my enclosure. About 4-weeks ago, we had high straight line winds that blew my enclosure over. It pulled the trainer stakes right our of the ground. Yesterday and today I used a post hole digger and rock breaker spike to dig holes. I buried the spikes in 150 lb. of concrete. Hopefully this will hold the enclosure down. If the weather holds I can start re-construction as I ordered and received pipes tp replace those too bent to re-use.

Gregg Pederson USA

20161125 094529
I had to modify the frame, tunnel and exhaust. I had to remove the front muffler and make clearance under the new trans mount. The exhaust is 2", I used a piece of 2 1/2" tube that I "oval-ized" to clears the mount. The exhaust is a bit louder and I may replace the rear "glass-packs" with "turbo" style mufflers.

Anthony Kurilla USA

New hood installed by a local upholstery shop looks fantastic. Wiggles lost power again and looks be the sediment in the fuel tank. Finally pulled the tank and cleaned it out real well by filtering the fuel repeatedly and swishing it around in the tank. Painted the tank and ordered some new parts for the gasket around the fuel filler neck and a new neck. Once I get those parts back in I can get some new snaps on the tonneau cover and maybe pull the carb to check the float level per my colortune guide for mixture adjustment.

Eugene Villaluz USA

Cover off
A few months ago I barely passed safety inspection because the passenger side reverse light didn't work. I jiggled the connections and it came back on so the Jiffy Lube tech passed me. But now the reverse light appears to have failed completely. I inspected the assembly. Bulb seemed fine, but found that the socket had some previous soldering. It's the likely cause of the failure. I'll need to verify with a little testing, which I'll do another day as I simply ran out of time. Meanwhile, I can pass the time by sourcing a replacement socket. Just need to remind myself not to reverse ...

Matthew Taylor Silver Member USA

Cutting the outside
Cole's job was to cut the old rubber off the old wheel, and get the rim cleaned up. He did some cutting alright. And got a reminder about the knife rule - always cut away from your self. We are calling him "Leftey" for the next little bit... After 2 hexagons were cut, and glued together, I made 3 cuts with the router. Outside, the grove in the center, and the inside. Next, I cut the relieves for the rim to sit flush - on both the top and bottom. I used a 3/8 round over bit to soften the edges. It still didn't fit my hand "just right", so I took some strong 100, ripped it into strips, ...

Jamie Richardson CAN

Trans cover mount plate with nutserts and studs
Just a few mods and parts getting cleaned up.


Well, I've now played out the classic newbie narrative. I got overly excited, jumped in over my head, doggy paddled for a bit and then decided to get out while I could. After a year of working on my 240z, I realized that a full restoration on the GT-6 would take much much more time, energy and money then I want to commit. So the GT-6 has just been sold to a Triumph fanatic in CO, where it will get the knowledgable attention it deserves. I look forward to owning a nice driver someday that I can tinker on as I go, but for now I'm pursuing other avenues. Thanks for all the help and encou...

Doug Johns USA

Arrival of the spring and shocks
A rear spring install on a Spitfire is really a simple process; after installing the centering pin in the lower leaf, install the spring box and plate from the original spring, insert into the car. Using the studs removed from the original spring, reinstall the same studs through the spring box and into the top of the differential, and then insert the 7/16” bolts through the vertical links and spring bushings. Torque to specs and you’re done. Funny how things rarely go as planned. After getting the spring box mounted on the spring and installing the spring into my Spit, I went to put...

Steve McCarthy USA

581960 10201208619394644 597854118 n
Road Trippin’ with Steve McCarthy What’s two hours worth? Lot’s of answers to that. Time with a newborn? Priceless. At the higher minimum wage that people are screaming for? About $30. Before taxes. On a Road Trip? It’s the difference between a mind stultifying endless slog up the I-5 and the FAR more pleasant cruise up the 101. Two whole freakin’ hours longer. That’s it. It’s the difference between eating McKing Jr. and a Bison Burger in Atascadero. It’s the difference between a Denny’s pancake and waffles at the Worker Bee in Carpinteria. It’s the difference between ...

Dave B Silver Member CAN

first attemp
Well even though some think its risky to have wood visors incase of an accident I think if I wipe out in my spitty I have bigger things to worry about. My old visors are completly wrotten so made some of oak. I re used the old brackets cutting off the outer rod just keeping the mounting and pivot part of the frame. I used a die grinder to put a slice up the new oak part then glued and slipped the flat part of the bracket into the crack.

Eric dit Meo CAN

Some other pic of the work made on the rear....

Geoff Kearley CAN

Well. It's been a week, or two. The weather has been great and the TR7 has been performing perfectly. Well, really good. The top comes down and stows away easily. The car starts first try, every time. And, all you naysayers, it is a TR7. The clutch ran dry and needed refilling and bleeding. The carbs ran low on oil and needed to be topped up. I checked these in March but should have checked them again as I have been using the car quite a lot lately. I haven't checked the differential or gearbox and, based on recent experience, guess I should soon. Those things are hard to do on an ...

Marcos Rodriguez USA

Finale view with wheel mounted

Loren Welch USA

Air tunnel 66pc
I fabricated an air tunnel to force air up into my lay-down radiator.

Greg Deyo USA

I have always wanted to go to a Minnesota Triumph Sports Car Club meeting, but it meets at Fort Snelling's Officer's Club, and when I was unemployed last summer I couldn't afford the drive. Now I work five miles away and decided to go. They meet the second Thursday of the month. The meeting itself was boring, conducted as it was by classic rules, but I met some interesting people. It seems that almost everyone who drives a Spitfire is an insanely tall or large person. I thought I was big at 6'2" and 250 lbs., but I was average or even on the small side compared to most of these guys! After the...

. Hide banner ads & support this website by becoming a > Supporting Member <

Join The Club

Sign in to ask questions, share photos, and access all website features

Your Cars

1976 Triumph Spitfire 1500

Text Size

Larger Smaller
Reset Save

Sponsor Links