Registry: 1971 Triumph Spitfire MkIV

William Merone's 1971 Triumph Spitfire MkIV
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An early 1971 MkIV (even though for some unknown reason it was originally titled as a 1970). The previous owner did a full restore, rebuilding the car from pieces.

The frame was completely disassembled and sandblasted down to bare metal, with rusted parts replaced with new metal welded in. It was then primed, painted, and clear coated the same color as the car (Mazda Velocity Red Mica). The underside of the body was sprayed with Raptor bed liner tinted the same color as the car.

All suspension components were either restored or replaced. The car features polyurethane bushings, KYB shocks, performance springs, and new hardware, ball joints, rod ends, rear leaf spring, etc. Brakes are EBC green brake pads.

The drivetrain was completely gone over. The engine is original (1296 cc) and has not yet been rebuilt, although the gaskets, water pump, thermostat, fuel pump, filters, hoses, alternator, plugs, ignition wires, valve cover, timing chain, sprockets, and clutch are all new, and the cylinder head has been replaced. The rear differential has a new front seal and gasket, and all universal joints in the drive shafts and axle shafts were replaced. Also, the original single ZS carburetor was replaced with a Mikuni HSR series carburetor fed through a permanent K&N air filter, and a Pertronix electronic ignition system was added. The radiator is aluminum and will soon sport a pusher electric fan, replacing the mechanical one.

The exhaust header is the original 4-1, although it now flows into a Monza Pacesetter exhaust. Future plans call for replacing the header with a powder-coated 4-2-1.

The interior is a mix of new and original. The seats and interior panels are original; the carpets and most the trim are new. The original black plastic dash was replaced with solid walnut. It has a Moto-Lita steering wheel and a matching wood shift knob. A center armrest and knee pads were added from a later-model Spit for comfort. The glass and windshield are original, although the gaskets and weather stripping are new.

The body was restored on a rotisserie, with the floors, rockers, and other various bits of rotted metal replaced. The floor wells and center console are insulated. The soft top is in good shape and appears also to be new.

Plan for the future include the aforementioned fan and exhaust header, a tan leather interior, and a radio and speakers. I will also likely have the bumpers (which are original) and a few other metal parts re-chromed, and may think about either adding overdrive or converting to a five-speed if the transmission ever needs to be rebuilt.

Fun to drive and just a few tweaks short of "done" (for now). Member of the Shenandoah Valley British Car Club.

Vehicle Information

Owner: William Merone   [wmerone]
Location: Charlottesville, VA, USA USA
Status: Running

Model Year:1971
Build Date:1971-05-01
Original Colour:Valencia Blue (66)
Current Colour:Velocity Red Mica
Odometer:73,000 miles
Body Code:FC194188
Engine Type:1.3L Inline 4
Engine Code:FK8031HE
Last Updated:2018-06-19 18:00:23


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Member Comments on Registry: 1971 Triumph Spitfire MkIV   ↵
Rated 10 out of 10 based on 2 ratings
2016-03-09 18:15:12 # 32735
Comment by Thomas Nelson
Rating: 10/10
Nice job Dale! Be proud!

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Vehicle History

This vehicle's information was last updated on 2018-06-19 18:00:23

Changes from 2018-06-18 23:18:07 to previous 2016-03-15 10:45:11
Mileage 70,000 → 73,000
Body Code added   FC194188
Engine Type 1.3L → 1.3L Inline 4
Engine Code added   FK8031HE

Ownership History

Date Owner ID Notes
Jun 13, 2018 William Merone  USA Owner Transfer
May 23, 2011 Dale B  USA Added to Registry (ID 32924)

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