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Spitfire Total Rebuild!

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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,403 ✭✭✭ SpitfireIV


    Bye bye underseal, HELLO relatively clean metal! :D


    Well, the body tub has been mounted on the spinny jig and she does indeed spin 360, albeit a bit tight, but, its workable.

    Next job with the underseal gone is to tidy up the welds, straighten out a few dings and knocks and sort a few very minor little repairs that the removal of the the underseal highlighted. We're going good!



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    ^ She spins! (stupid fog getting into the workshop lastnight!)


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    ^ Shiney metal is good metal! :o


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    ^ Underside of the boot panel, needs a bit of cleaning up still.


    With the underside pretty clean now I can spin her round and remove the heavy end of the paint/rust primer that I previously applied to the inside surface of the floorpan. I'd sooner tackle that now and get it off instead of treating the underside, then generating heat on the inside which may affect the protective coating underneath.


    I'll be back......


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,003 ✭✭✭ Zoo4m8


    This is a terrific thread and real encouragement to the likes of me, just finished the spit for my TR7, a collection of holes held together with the odd piece of sound steel, lifted the shell up with the help of a tractor and loader, slotted the spit on and it works a treat!
    Unfortunately don't know how to post pics but will sort that out at some stage probably with the help of a 10 year old!


  • Registered Users Posts: 314 ✭✭ Darraghmh91.


    Really goin balls out on this project full restoration .. Wish I had a garage to do this kinda stuff


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,403 ✭✭✭ SpitfireIV


    Got another update for you lot! :D

    The chipping, grinding and sanding goes on. There's a lot to be done and a heck of a lot already done, hence the lack of images as of late, there's only so many images of rust and old paint one can show!

    Been trying out my Bilt Hamber 'Deox Gel' on some of the rust and, yeah, it seems to work. Its a water based (how ironic) rust killer and remover. See the pics for more info....

    Also been squeezing the upper half of me in and out of the gearbox tunnel opening and trying to work at scraping off a rough textured (almost like stonechip) black paint off the inside face of the firewall/bulkhead and the underside of the dash, battery box etc.



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    ^ A little test with the rust killer/remover 'Deox Gel'. Both sides of the tunnel were equally rusted (approx half way across the diff window is where I worked to. The prep process takes a bit of time but after 45 mins or so it does lift a fair bit of rust as can be seen by the shiney metal!


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    ^ A rusty floorpan, ready for some treatment! Had to be degreased first, then washed with hot soapy water, then rinsed with clean water before being dried, and then...


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    ^ The deox gel gets slopped on good and thick and left for 30-60 mins or so to do its work.


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    ^ After about an hour and before the stuff starts drying out you work it with a wire brush and then wash it away and dry up! The rust turns black and the cleaner metal turns shiney.


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    ^ Then the floorpan got a liberal coating of rust primer! The first of two. Feels good to be seeing nice fresh paint go down on a properly prepped surface. This wont be coming off again for many a year I hope!!


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    ^ Cleaned off the back panel and guess what I found? Yeah! More filler, big splodge of it in fact! Damn. It'll probably knock back into shape.



    I also got the frame erected for the 6x3 metre poly tunnel, so, hope to get that finished soon too and at least I'll have a place to store the car and hopefully put on the primer. :o


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,259 ✭✭✭ sogood


    I'm getting towards the end of a boat resto before I move onto the MG and even with the luxury of a big dry garage, it can be hard, but every time I read your posts, I stop complaining and take encouragement. Major kudos to you, especially at this time of year, dodging the cold and rain.

    Maybe I'm just getting soft in my old age!

    keep up the great work!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,403 ✭✭✭ SpitfireIV


    Zoo4m8 wrote: »
    This is a terrific thread and real encouragement to the likes of me, just finished the spit for my TR7, a collection of holes held together with the odd piece of sound steel, lifted the shell up with the help of a tractor and loader, slotted the spit on and it works a treat!
    Unfortunately don't know how to post pics but will sort that out at some stage probably with the help of a 10 year old!

    Sounds like an interesting project! Make sure and start a thread when you get the pics figured out! :D I'm copying mine from Facebook, I keep updates on the Spitfire page so its easy to copy the URL and drop it on here.


    Really goin balls out on this project full restoration .. Wish I had a garage to do this kinda stuff

    Cheers! :) Wish I had a garage too, hah, well, a half decent sized one. Working room is quite limited, but, I've set up a poly tunnel off site where I can store and assemble the car when the time comes.
    sogood wrote: »
    I'm getting towards the end of a boat resto before I move onto the MG and even with the luxury of a big dry garage, it can be hard, but every time I read your posts, I stop complaining and take encouragement. Major kudos to you, especially at this time of year, dodging the cold and rain.

    Maybe I'm just getting soft in my old age!

    keep up the great work!


    The only thing keeping me going at times is the thought of the end product and the (hopefully) fun I'll get from it and the head turns!! :D It'll be all worth it, plus, I'll have a car that I know every square inch of!! :o

    'Till all be worth it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,358 ✭✭✭ kev1.3s


    I would be a little apprehensive of the poly tunnel, I'm open to correction but my lancia was stored for decades in a Polly tunnel and it didn't exactly stop her from rusting. I assumed that the humidity and condensation were not ideal for storing an Italian classic, or a BL classic for that matter.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,403 ✭✭✭ SpitfireIV


    kev1.3s wrote: »
    I would be a little apprehensive of the poly tunnel, I'm open to correction but my lancia was stored for decades in a Polly tunnel and it didn't exactly stop her from rusting. I assumed that the humidity and condensation were not ideal for storing an Italian classic, or a BL classic for that matter.

    The poly tunnel I hope will just be a temporary measure to store the body on chassis while I work on the bonnet and also to prep the car and prime, perhaps, when the weather picks up closer to summer, to spray it in. There are 12 mesh windows in it so I hope the air flow might cut down on the damp/condensation, but, we'll see.


    Happy new year all! Been a busy enough Christmas/New Year so have many updates to share! :)


    Now, I left off with getting the underside cleaned up ready to be treated. It was a long, hard, messy job to remove every mm of underseal, paint, gunk and junk and then tidy up any last little weld/tidy up jobs before the treatments could begin.


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    ^ Almost forgot to make and fit this little guy! Wouldnt have done to have treated the underside then realised I had to weld this in!


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    ^ Lot of rust, but, thankfully just light surface rust/staining.


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    ^ Original floorpan with replacement 1.6mm section down the left had side. Rear section of the floorpan aint so bad, there was a number of pin hole in the footwell that were welded.




    After taking the heavy end of any rust off with the wire brush and tidying up any little jobs the whole underside was washed cleaned and then was treated with Deox Gel which removes any active rust and restores metal back to nice shiney stuff! Its messy, gloopy stuff. Instructions say to apply the gel and leave to sit for 30-60mins before scrubbing with a wire brush and washing clean, however, an internet search recommends that its left on for 12 hours plus, possibly 24.


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    ^ Gel was applied and wrapped with cling film to prevent it drying out. Now we wait.....



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    ^ The next day revealed a lot of removed rust in the form of a orange sludge, green gunk and like a white fungus.....nice!


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    ^ Cling film will have to be removed, the metal scrubbed with a brush to remove any loose stuff and then the underside washed clean. Here we go!



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    ^ All washed and clean, and not looking too bad. A bit shiner than when I began for sure. I could do this process again to clean it further but I made the decision that it was clean enough and ready to move onto the next stage.....


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    ;)


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,403 ✭✭✭ SpitfireIV


    So now, lots of shiney clean metal on show and time for it to be treated!

    As above, the next product to be applied was the Hydrate 80. This is a water based, chemical rust killer and metal protector that apparently turns the metal black!! We'll see......

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    Before I began I made sure to give the car a final FINAL grinding and clean up both inside and out because once this stuff goes on I dont want to damage it but grinding or welding on the inside and burning it off underneath! So, satisfied all the tidying up was done the underside was degreased twice, washed, wiped down and dry, ready for the Hydrate 80 to be applied.


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    ^ Strange color stuff, has the consistency of milk almost and has a kind of PVA smell from it.


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    ^ Boot floor done. Goes on an odd color but gradually turns darker, until........


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    ^ .....it goes almost black! Looks a bit patchy too, I guess this is because of the different levels of pitting, staining on the bodywork. But, hopefully a second coat will sort all of that out.


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    ^ Second coat applied and it looks something like this :)


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    ^ Really pleased with how it turned out! Great to see the whole underside looking fresh an' clean and all the one color; great moral boost!

    After this it was onto the next stage which would involve laying down two coats of rust primer on the underside; coming along nicely!! ;)


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 891 Falcon L


    That's a fantastic job on the underside. It must be very rewarding getting the metal back to (better than?) original.

    I would love to do a Stag to this level, but unfortunately, I'm well past being able to.

    Good luck with the rest of the restoration. I'll be watching with great interest.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 9,624 toastedpickles


    I was actually gona use that combo on my 900 raging i didnt now!


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,403 ✭✭✭ SpitfireIV


    Falcon L wrote: »
    That's a fantastic job on the underside. It must be very rewarding getting the metal back to (better than?) original.

    I would love to do a Stag to this level, but unfortunately, I'm well past being able to.

    Good luck with the rest of the restoration. I'll be watching with great interest.

    Its very rewarding indeed, does take a lot of work and hardship though, but, while I have it at this stage I might as well do it right and be done with it.
    I was actually gona use that combo on my 900 raging i didnt now!

    What did you use instead?




    The hydrate 80 was given a few days to cure and then it was time to crack open the Lowe Rust Primer, of which it would recieve two coats which turned it from black to grey! :)

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    That stuff is like very sticky gloss paint! Not the easiest to apply, but its supposedly good stuff (and if the price is any indication then it is!). These two coats will be allowed a few days to fully cure (it does tend to stay a bit rubbery for a while) and then the seams will be sealed with Tec7 before it gets another coating, this time of epoxy resin.

    Now, to the inside......


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 9,624 toastedpickles


    I used a 2 in 1 sorta thing, por 15 i think it was, its out in the shed, It turned the rust white and then you just painted over it! The shell looks amazing though i gotta say! Looking forward to getting stuck into mine again soon


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,774 ✭✭✭ dball


    The only thing i know about cars is driving them, Ive been watching this thread with interest for a few months now - Amazing work, well done to date. I hope the next few months are good to you with the weather and all that and shes up and running for the summer months.

    best of luck


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,403 ✭✭✭ SpitfireIV


    I used a 2 in 1 sorta thing, por 15 i think it was, its out in the shed, It turned the rust white and then you just painted over it! The shell looks amazing though i gotta say! Looking forward to getting stuck into mine again soon

    I've heard good reports on the POR15, so, I wouldnt worry, once you prepped it correctly then it should be grand :)
    dball wrote: »
    The only thing i know about cars is driving them, Ive been watching this thread with interest for a few months now - Amazing work, well done to date. I hope the next few months are good to you with the weather and all that and shes up and running for the summer months.

    best of luck

    Cheers mate, glad youre enjoying. Its not enticing you to pick up a little project of your wn no?? ;):D


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,403 ✭✭✭ SpitfireIV


    I figured I'd leave the underside for a number of days and let it harden fully and so started work on the inside of the car. The plan now is to take it in steps, the first area to tackle was the floorpans and inner sills. These were cleaned back to fresh metal with a wire brush, washed and treated with Hydrate 80. After a couple of days and another bit of a cleaning the rust primer came out once more.


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    And that my friends is me up to date. The above is just the first coat of two, but, I reckon the underside has been left long enough so I'll seam seal that in the coming days and seal up the internal joints before giving it a second coat.

    I'll be back....


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,403 ✭✭✭ SpitfireIV


    Another bit of progress from yesterday evening.....

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    ^ Bit of seam sealing using Tec7, should keep the moisture, dust and dirt out. Happy enough with the job, looks clean enough, especially when compared to how it looked when I got the car......


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    Started on the boot area then. Took off the rear stand for the rotisserie and propped it up so I could remove the rotisserie bracket and also the bumper mounting brackets; with no obsticles its easier to access, clean and do a proper job!

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    ^ The plan is to clean this are up and treat the boot floor with Hydrate 80 before it gets a coat of rust primer.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,403 ✭✭✭ SpitfireIV


    Been tipping away at it on and off.

    Got the boot floor cleaned up, washed and treated the bottom section of it with the Hydrate 80 and then watched it go blackkkk.......

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    ^Set about cleaning up the rear end then, particularly around the little nooks and crannies of the light panel; taking care of most of the dust and dirt before I painted the boot floor, which has been done since but I dont have a pic to hand. At this stage the frame and jig at the rear of the car to allow it to spin was removed to allow access and the car propped up on kegs :D




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    ^ After that, the disorientation set in again so I had to grab a few parts and put them in place to remind (and reassure?!) myself of what she may look like someday, soon :(

    Stuck the doors on after this for a test fit and got a little issue with the passenger door sorted, so, happy with that.




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    ^ My job for the weekend? To sort this tunnel out! Get the cover on her and secure it. Theres a pile of parts here but the only parts that will be used are the chassis and bonnet, the latter needing a good bit of work. Hardtop is rotten to the core and bootlid under it is not much better! I hope, once I have the cover on the tunnel to strip down the chassis, clean and repaint it, at least it'll be dry.


  • Registered Users Posts: 314 ✭✭ Darraghmh91.


    Done more great work goin into this car .. It's a long hard stressful project but it's well worth it when you start to see results like you gave been gettin

    That rust killer gel done some job didn't it .. Will you bring the car to the previous owner and show him what you have done since you bought it off him


  • Registered Users Posts: 502 ✭✭ adrianshanahan


    I've just read this thread start to finish, amazing work done so far. Look forward to the further updates.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 61 ✭✭✭ ben9195


    One of the most enjoyable and interesting projects I have followed. Great pictures etc. and I look forward to seeing how things are progressing. Thanks for sharing.


  • Registered Users Posts: 47 ✭✭✭ dante2015


    looking fantasitc so far cant wait to see more


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,403 ✭✭✭ SpitfireIV


    Cheers for the interest guys! :) Daragh, I might take it for a spin, they might not recognise it though! :p


    Well, some more work has been done as you can see below.....


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    ^ Got the cover on the poly tunnel; finally somewhere to keep the odds and ends dry and a place to work on the chassis.....


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    ....which I began to strip down. More on this to follow :(


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    ^ Weird ass leaf spring, non one seems to know what it came off. Although it fits its certainly not a standard spring!




    Purists turn away NOW!! It gets controversial!! :eek:

    After seeing a digital image created by a member of the Triumph Spitfire Facebook page that I really liked I decided to take the modifications to the rear a little further than the round lights.


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    ^ The digital image with dropped rear plate, modified bumper and TRIUMPH lettering. I loved it!


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    ^ So, I got sketching and came up with my own ideas which the facebook member converted for me to this.....


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    .... me likey!! But, this would mean having to chop the rear bumper!! Now, as you might imagine, sourcing another rear bumper, or a Spit that was being broken is gonna be very very tough in this country, so, after some soul searching, contemplation and a Mars Bar I thought, LETS DO THIS!!! :D


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,403 ✭✭✭ SpitfireIV


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    ^ Thinking out loud! I decided I'd drop the Triumph logo off the rear panel and just go with the lettering which, will be raised chrome.


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    Cut and shut! Almost. The cut ends of the bumper were rounded over but are still round and need a bit more peening over and welding, but, it turned out really well and I'm happy with the look! Cant wait to get the chrome lettering, which, is the same size as I have it marked out with pernament marker.


    So yeah, all was going super until I got a message to say this had happened....

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    Bullocks! :mad:


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 891 Falcon L


    Oh bollox! Bad news about the poly tunnel. Still, at least it didn't decide to do it when it could have ruined some of your work.

    Loving the bumpers and the Triumph lettering! Looks fantastic. Not so sure about the round lights though. :o The ones on the white car in the digital image look the part. A bit like a mini Stag.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,358 ✭✭✭ kev1.3s


    Yeah I agree, love the lower number plate and split bumpers, I'll sit on the fence regarding the lights until I see it painted.


  • Registered Users Posts: 314 ✭✭ Darraghmh91.


    Looks good man I do like that sketch tho pretty Cool if Love to be able to draw like that and do one of my starlet ha

    Yeah take it up ha make him see that if he had of done the work he would of had a lovly mint car ha hel Probly make you an offer to buy back haha


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,403 ✭✭✭ SpitfireIV


    Cheers guys! :D

    I should mention that the lights will be altered, so the inside red lights will be replaced for two clear reverse lenses.


    Apart from that just be cleaning up the bulkhead. I had lashed on some rust primer to keep it from deteriorating whilst it was being worked out outdoors, so, it was a nightmare to get back off; combination of nitromors and wire brush in the drill seemed to take care of it.


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    Next job is to tackle the poly tunnel and get that up again! Scaffold tubing, plastic piping and galvanise sheeting on the way......


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,403 ✭✭✭ SpitfireIV


    I'm still working on it, honest! :o


    Well, as you seen above the bulkhead was rather rusty, but, thankfully nothing major that couldnt be sorted. So, it was onto the next stage.



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    ^ The bulkhead was washed and dried then the Deox Gel was applied, wrapped up in cling film and left for 24 hours + to do its work. The results, well.....



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    ^ This is how it appeared after all the orange, black and green gunk and gunge was washed away. Bit cleaned, but still needing more rust removed. So, out with the wire brushes for the drill.....



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    ^ Not looking too bad now. Dug out most of the rust. So, after a final sanding and wipe down it was time to get out the rust primer once more!



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    ^ Looking nice and clean :)


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,403 ✭✭✭ SpitfireIV


    Cleaned up, wiped down, out with the spray gun and rust primer and this is the result.....


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    ....simples :)


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