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Mail From: Charles Reid <(email redacted)>

I haven't seen any messages yet, but I thought I might introduce myself.

I am working on a 1980 Triumph Spitfire, doing a frame off restoration. I am
currently in the process of putting the rear suspension back in place, and

I noticed that the rear shocks seem a tad short. I have double checked the
part numbers on the shocks. The instruction say that the car must be
supported by the tires in order to replace the rear shocks. With the car
suspended, and the wheels hanging unsupported, it looks like the weight of the
half shaft, hub, brakes, wheel and tire are suspended by the shock. Is this
correct?



Charles Reid
1980 Triumph Spitfire



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On 8 Jun 2010 at 19:07, Charles Reid wrote:

> I haven't seen any messages yet, but I thought I might introduce
> myself.

Welcome to the club! Many of us post to (email redacted)
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Sometime we post to both.



> I noticed that the rear shocks seem a tad short...
> The instruction say that the car must be supported by the
> tires in order to replace the rear shocks. With the car
> suspended, and the wheels hanging unsupported, it looks like
> the weight of the half shaft, hub, brakes, wheel and tire
> are suspended by the shock. Is this correct?

Well, if the instructions say so it must be correct, right? ;-)

The combined weight of whee, halfshaft, brake, etc, really isn't so
much. When the car is sitting on the wheels it won't be pulling on
the shock sat all, of course. The difficult with those instructions
is that if you support the car in the wheels you first have to
install the wheel, and then you can't get to the shock mount! So if
the car is on jackstands you just prop up or jack up the suspension
components enough to let you get the shock on. It really doesn't
take much force.

Just curious, what part of the country are you in? You don't have to
answer if you'd rather not.

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Jim Muller
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'80 Spitfire, '70 GT6+
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Mail From: Charles Reid <(email redacted)>

Jim,



Thanks for the reply. I'm in Richmond VA.

Charles Reid
1980 Triumph Spitfire





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> Date: Tue, 8 Jun 2010 20:44:31 -0400
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> On 8 Jun 2010 at 19:07, Charles Reid wrote:
>
> > I haven't seen any messages yet, but I thought I might introduce
> > myself.
>
> Welcome to the club! Many of us post to (email redacted)
> instead of Spitfires when the subject isn't spitfire-specific.
> Sometime we post to both.
>
>
>
> > I noticed that the rear shocks seem a tad short...
> > The instruction say that the car must be supported by the
> > tires in order to replace the rear shocks. With the car
> > suspended, and the wheels hanging unsupported, it looks like
> > the weight of the half shaft, hub, brakes, wheel and tire
> > are suspended by the shock. Is this correct?
>
> Well, if the instructions say so it must be correct, right? ;-)
>
> The combined weight of whee, halfshaft, brake, etc, really isn't so
> much. When the car is sitting on the wheels it won't be pulling on
> the shock sat all, of course. The difficult with those instructions
> is that if you support the car in the wheels you first have to
> install the wheel, and then you can't get to the shock mount! So if
> the car is on jackstands you just prop up or jack up the suspension
> components enough to let you get the shock on. It really doesn't
> take much force.
>
> Just curious, what part of the country are you in? You don't have to
> answer if you'd rather not.
>
> --
> Jim Muller
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> Thanks for the reply. I'm in Richmond VA.

Cool! My hometown! Haven't lived there since '75 though.

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Mail From: Charles Reid <(email redacted)>

I am replacing the brake pipes on my 1980 Spitfire. I need a picture of the
short brake pipe on the back side of the brake backing plate on the drivers
side.

Can anyone help?

Charles Reid
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Front or rear? I can supply either.


Dan Parrott
Savannah, Ga
1980 Triumph Spitfire "PJ"
1972/1978 Spit Six Project car "Joseph"
1957 Chevy Bel Air "Mayflower"



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I am replacing the brake pipes on my 1980 Spitfire. I need a picture of the
short brake pipe on the back side of the brake backing plate on the drivers
side.

Can anyone help?

Charles Reid
1980 Triumph Spitfire



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On 18 Jun 2010 at 18:59, Charles Reid wrote:

> I am replacing the brake pipes on my 1980 Spitfire. I need a picture of the
> short brake pipe on the back side of the brake backing plate on the drivers
> side.
>
> Can anyone help?

I did this very thing a few years ago. I'll try to remember not to
forget to take a pic. Driver's side. Front or rear? What are you
hoping to learn?

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Mail From: Mark J Bradakis <(email redacted)>

Backing plates are found on drum brakes.

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chuck them in the bit bucket.

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Mail From: Matthew Milkevitch <(email redacted)>

I replaced this very same brake pipe a few weeks ago. I purchased the pipe
from TRF, and it came with all correct fittings. I had to bend it to fit, but
with a lot a patience (and reference to the old pipe) I was able to
successfully do it. I would advise purchasing a pliers-type brake pipe bender
from Eastwood (or perhaps you can get it elsewhere) and I also used a pipe
bender that enabled 180 degree smooth bends (purchased from McMaster-Carr) to
be made.
Matt M.'77 SpitfireWillow Grove, PA

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Date: Friday, June 18, 2010, 8:50 PM

On 18 Jun 2010 at 18:59, Charles Reid wrote:

> I am replacing the brake pipes on my 1980 Spitfire. I need a picture of
the
> short brake pipe on the back side of the brake backing plate on the drivers
> side.
>
> Can anyone help?

I did this very thing a few years ago. I'll try to remember not to
forget to take a pic. Driver's side. Front or rear? What are you
hoping to learn?

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Jim Muller
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'80 Spitfire, '70 GT6+
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