Registry: 1980 Triumph Spitfire 1500

Mike Japp's 1980 Triumph Spitfire 1500 – “Blue”
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  • After getting it home in March 2016

  • Photo before rear bumper replaced with chrome

  • Switched rear bumper to older Spitfire's chrome bumper (planning to swap front also)

  • Out for a drive

I just bought this in April 2016 as a rolling restoration. Needs replacing: Top, tires, front bumper, carpet, dashboard, and much of the wiring. Has no muffler so it's louder than my yellow Spitfire!

Notice that the hood (bonnet) has an unusual design stripe with the Triumph laurel wreath logo. I have not seen that anywhere else.

I replaced the seat belts and the fuel pump to electric. I removed the bumper sticker, but both bumpers are in sad shape and replacements don't seem to be available. Then I did chrome bumper conversion on the rear and will do the front later. I have the old bumper and hardware.

Some time ago, the seats were replaced with older 1960's Spitfire or other seats, so it needs the 1500 seats with the upper head rest part.

UPDATE: I've decided to sell in order to focus on restoration of my yellow Spitfire which I have owned since I was 16. Willing to sell this blue Spitfire to a buyer with more free time and work space.

More Recent repairs:
1. Tested electric fan, it works on the battery but does not start up when car is running and gets hot. So thermostat may be bad.
2. Rebuilt rear brakes. Wheel cylinders were seized. Replaced cylinders, springs, clips, pins, and shoes.
3. Replaced electric fuel pump back to manual. Installed a new manual fuel pump.
4. Installed switch for radiator fan, temporary until it's thermostat is replaced.
5. Re-installed convertable top frame with old vinyl, but a new top is needed.

Vehicle Information

Owner: Mike Japp   [mikejapp]
Location: Pensacola, FL, USA USA
Status: Running

Model Year:1980
Build Date:1980-01-04
Current Colour:Pagent Blue
Odometer:55,570 miles
Engine Type:1493
Transmission:4-speed no overdrive
Last Updated:2018-05-25 09:57:23


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Member Comments on Registry: 1980 Triumph Spitfire 1500   ↵
2017-02-16 20:19:14 # 40384
Comment by Curt A
your bumpers are messed up too. The front rubber bumper is from a 1980 Spit, the rear bumper is from a pre-1973 Spitfire. That's why they call many of these cars SPITS-Bits, because so many people mix and match.
2017-02-18 00:40:48 # 40406
Comment by Mike Japp
If you read my description then you would see that I, not somebody else, I replaced the rear bumper with a older Spitfire's chrome bumper because the original bumpers are in bad shape AND that I plan on replacing the original front bumper also when I can. Several rubber bumper Spitfires (79 and 80) have had chrome bumper conversion and there is an article on this site about that. The '73 bumper I used is one that I had available from a parts car. Now if you know where I can get new rubber bumpers, then please share that info as well because I looked for them first. BTW, Weber DGV carbs, which both my Spitfires have, are not original either. :-)
2018-03-14 14:46:52 # 49069
Comment by Enric Zierleyn
Hello, do you know the chassis number?

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Vehicle History

This vehicle's information was last updated on 2018-05-25 09:57:23

Changes from 2018-05-25 09:57:23 to previous 2017-11-10 08:49:19
Nickname Blue Lighting → Blue
Changes from 2017-11-10 08:49:19 to previous 2017-11-10 08:39:56
Nickname Blue → Blue Lighting
Changes from 2017-07-13 11:57:20 to previous 2017-04-25 11:13:40
Mileage 55,520 → 55,570
Changes from 2017-04-25 11:13:40 to previous 2017-02-10 15:44:40
Nickname added   Blue
Changes from 2016-07-05 09:48:07 to previous 2016-07-05 09:45:32
Trans Type added   4-speed no overdrive
Changes from 2016-04-28 15:12:02 to previous 2016-04-27 21:13:03
Vin LATER1980 → TFVDW2AT0036XX

Ownership History

Date Owner ID Notes
Apr 7, 2016 Mike Japp  USA Added to Registry (ID 33608)

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