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Registry: 1979 Triumph Spitfire 1500

Don McHale's 1979 Triumph Spitfire 1500 – “The Orange One”
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“The Orange One”
I bought this car for $200. It was sitting for 10 years on someone's driveway. I was able to get it going again in less than 3 weeks. I rebuilt the carb, brake master cylinder, clutch master cyl, fixed the key ignition, trunk lock, rear brake pistons shoes and hoses, front brake pads and hoses, timing, vacuum routing, rubber hood cones, replaced top, fixed all switches and all lights inside (except fasten seat belt light) put new speakers in (behind the seats is the best spot), fixed radiator fan, cleaned interior, fixed leaky brake warning switch, put newer used seats in, put a armrest in, put the maplight in, fixed speedo, I sewed blue vinyl front bumper covers, replaced headlight farring. I still want to replace suspension and steering rubber, drop that dusty O/D tranny in which is in the garage, paint the wheels and light faring, put in the dual SU's and manifold which I have coming in a couple days. One picture below was taken on the first day of ownership. The others were taken 3- 4 weeks later.

Vehicle Information

Owner: Don McHale   [itsdonaldo]
Location: orange county CA, USA USA
Status: Running

Model Year:1979
Original Colour:orange
Current Colour:Orange
Odometer:84,400 miles
Engine Type:1.5L 4 cyl stock
Last Updated:2010-05-18 19:28:08


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Member Comments on Registry: 1979 Triumph Spitfire 1500   ↵
2009-01-05 12:12:10 # 1242
Comment by Don McHale
I rebuilt the wiper motor, fixed the ground on the washer motor, and removed the front spoiler.
2010-05-18 19:28:52 # 1981
Comment by Don McHale
engine thre a piston am rebuilding another currently.
2010-05-19 00:42:00 # 1983
Comment by Skye Nott
$200?? Nice buy!

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Vehicle History

This vehicle's information was last updated on 2010-05-18 19:28:08

Changes from 2010-05-18 19:28:08 to previous 2009-04-20 12:25:20
Nickname Mustache → The Orange One

Ownership History

Date Owner ID Notes
Nov 1, 2008 Don McHale  USA Added to Registry (ID 5294)

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