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stricklen Richard S
leona valley ca, CA, USA   USA
Fabricating a replacement dash for my spitfire. Used veneered plywood similar to factory but changed up the layout to add an oil pressure gauge and USB port.
Measured up then drafted the parts in CAD then cut the dash on my CNC. Next is fixing the cracked dash pad ans cardboard glove box.

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JohnW63 John Williamson
Apple Valley, CA, USA   USA
^ Can I get one of THOSE for Christmas ?!



Home of the 1969 GT6+ MK II resurrection project
and a sorry looking 1968 GT6+ parts car trying to stay whole.

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JohnW63 John Williamson
Apple Valley, CA, USA   USA
Nothing big, again. Installed the exhaust on the GT6 chassis. While I had the little brackets that attach to the gearbox and diff support, I didn't want to bolt the exhaust to something that would LEAK gearbox fluid if I had to adjust it or remove it and I thought a steal bracket from the pipe to the chassis at the back would transfer vibration. So, I cobbled something together out of generic exhaust straps and attached to things with bolts and washers. The last part, the silencer, will go on, when there is a body to attach it to.



Home of the 1969 GT6+ MK II resurrection project
and a sorry looking 1968 GT6+ parts car trying to stay whole.

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mtnwings Silver Member Greg B
Ellenville, NY, USA   USA
You do really nice work, beautiful.

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stricklen Richard S
leona valley ca, CA, USA   USA
Thanks for the compliment!

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stricklen Richard S
leona valley ca, CA, USA   USA
How would you like that wrapped?

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poppabear Poppa B
Briceville, TN, USA   USA
I cut a stack of Shim Stock on a water jet sizes, 0.001", 0.002", 0.003", and 0.005" cut into squares and put into many layers, for shims that fit both the Pinion head and tail (the tail can also be used for the GT6 rear bearing spacers,
since they are the same size), and lastly some carrier bearing shims. I also, drilled and tapped for a 1/4"
diff oil drain plug.

















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davetalbert Dave Talbert
Fort Wayne, IN, USA   USA
I'm off work tomorrow and it's supposed to be reasonably warm out, so I pushed the Spitfire out from it's corner of the garage. The plan was to drop the battery in, verify that it needed a charge, and then take it over to my brother-in-laws to charge it. That way I'd be ready to get her out and see what I'm dealing with (it's been my first Winter with this car) tomorrow.

But after spending the Winter in my kitchen (find the bachelor in this post), the battery had held it's charge quite well. Well then … let's take a minute to check out the fluids, hoses, filters, tires, etc., and go ahead and turn her over. It started within seconds. Eyeing the exhaust for black or white smoke, I let it come up in temperature, presuming there would be some carb synchronization/adjustments to address tomorrow. But it wasn't terribly long before it was idling pretty comfortably. Clutch and brake pedals felt firm … slides into all gears easily. Let's just take her down the driveway. Ok … around the block. Maybe over to the girlfriend's real quick.

It's Springtime, folks.

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Doug in Vegas Douglas D
Las Vegas, NV, USA   USA
I don't know why people are surprised their Spitfire runs.

They're so simple.

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davetalbert Dave Talbert
Fort Wayne, IN, USA   USA
It's been a long time, but experience tells me that they don't always.

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Doug in Vegas Douglas D
Las Vegas, NV, USA   USA
In reply to # 1601706 by davetalbert It's been a long time, but experience tells me that they don't always.

Too many Spitfires are treated like the family lawn mower.

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davetalbert Dave Talbert
Fort Wayne, IN, USA   USA
I brought the battery and the tonneau in the house for the Winter, but getting the car, itself, inside is a pretty big ask. So yeah, it did spend the winter in the garage with the lawnmower. No offense intended.

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Doug in Vegas Douglas D
Las Vegas, NV, USA   USA
In reply to # 1601742 by davetalbert I brought the battery and the tonneau in the house for the Winter, but getting the car, itself, inside is a pretty big ask. So yeah, it did spend the winter in the garage with the lawnmower. No offense intended.

Weird considering the mower corners better.

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davetalbert Dave Talbert
Fort Wayne, IN, USA   USA
Well, now that I've put a camber compensator on it, yeah. Installing one of those on a push-mower's not easy, but the first time you take it around the rose bushes … worth it.

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cmfisher4 Gold Member Chris Fisher
Mystic, CT, USA   USA
Four days since anyone's done anything!? Gotta change that...

I re-drilled the hole after repairing it some time ago and put my old bonnet stay back on. I found that the strut kit, while I love it, is just stressing the bonnet and wheel arches too much and I cannot get good, consistent gaps. No stress without those and it's much easier.

Cheers,
Chris



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