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Dave Gutknecht

Member ID: TheFlash300
Status: Free Member
Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA   USA
Member Since: 2016-06-29
Home Site: The Triumph Experience
Last Login: 2017-11-23 22:10
Forum Activity: 2017-11-23 22:16
Forum Posts: 97

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1979 Triumph Spitfire 1500 British Racing Green Dave Gutknecht

1979 Triumph Spitfire 1500
FM101404U
"Lil Spit"


1 Vehicles — Total mileage: 91,700 mi (147,577 km) — Average age: 1979

Member Journal – Preparation To Travel To 2017 Kastner Cup

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Touring At Blackhawk Farms Raceway

Posted on: Tuesday June 20, 2017

Speed log from my best lap time on Blackhawk Farms

During the lunch breaks over the race weekend I was able to take the Lil Spit on the track. Max speed of 70mph and passing only on the main straight. There were probably 20+ cars on the track of varying vintage. The Spitfire was a blast to drive, good acceleration, great handling in the turns. I was held up behind a AC Cobra through the turns, but he easily pulled away from me on the front straight where I was allowed to pass. I was a bit harder on the car while touring as I did shift se...

Engine Timing And Carb Adjustments

Posted on: Wednesday June 21, 2017

After the carb rebuild I knew I needed to take a look at the valve clearances and the engine timing. 7 out of 8 of the valves had no clearance and 1 was correct at 0.010" I set all the valve clearances to 0.010" and moved to engine timing. I have and electronic ignition so I first started with all vacuum capped on the carb and distributor and checked the timing at idle. Idle was high at 1000rpm and I just at or below 24* BTDC. I reconnected the vacuum line between the carb and the distr...

ZS CD150 Carb Rebuild

Posted on: Tuesday June 13, 2017

Carb before rebuild

I have a '79 Spitfire with a carb from a MK1 GT6. The Previous Owner also owned a GT6 and swapped out the original Spitfire Carb for a Rear Carb from the GT6. It is setup with the manual choke which is nice to have. The distributor was connected to top port of the carb for vacuum advance (?). The bypass valve has an external vacuum port that is not connected. The carb always ran lean, could not adjust rich enough. Also on deceleration I would have trouble keeping the engine idling. ...


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