1976 Triumph Spitfire

The Rebuild Continues

Technician Rob has continued his work rebuilding our 1976 Triumph Spitfire. The starter and alternator have been fitted, as have the exhaust manifold, inlet manifold,

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Spitfire Engine

The engine of our 1976 Triumph Spitfire has been making great progress in the hands of technician Rob. The rods and pistons were fitted, and

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Spitfire Engine

The engine has been the centre of attention for Mauro and Rob lately. Mauro painted some of the engine components in black satin dtm while

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Last Bit Of Paint

Alan has been adding colour to the wheel arches of our 1976 Triumph Spitfire after it had raptor applied. As well as the arches, the

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The Rebuild Continues

Classic car technician Rob has continued making good progress putting our 1976 Triumph Spitfire back together. He has now fit the left-hand door, the windscreen

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More Progress

Our 1976 Triumph Spitfire has continued to make progress through the Bridge Classic Cars workshop. Rob has fitted the vinyl trim around the screen frame

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More Paint And Trim

The reassembly of our 1976 Triumph Spitfire is making good progress. Rob has now fitted the rear seat pan sound deadening aswell as fitting new

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Paint And Reassembly

Our 1976 Triumph Spitfire has made a lot of progress recently. After having its body painted in Java Green, it left the Bridge Classic Cars

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Ready for Colour

The paint team here at Bridge Classic Cars have been preparing the body of our 1976 Triumph Spitfire for the next phase of its restoration

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Priming Our Spitfire

Bridge Classic Cars paint technician Alan has been working on our 1976 Triumph Spitfire. He prepped the polyester primer ready for high-build primer before applying

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Wheel Arches

Rob has welded the inner wheel arches back onto the bonnet of our 1976 Triumph Spitfire. He did this before the outside of the bonnet

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Springs And Differential

Our 1976 Triumph Spitfire has continued to make good progress at the hands of technician Rob. Rob has built up both front spring/shock absorber assemblies

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Rear driveshafts

Classic car technician Rob has built up the left-hand front disc/hub with new bearings and fitted it to our 1976 Triumph Spitfire. He has also

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Polyester Priming

Our 1976 Triumph Spitfire has been in the Bridge Classic Cars paint shop with technician Alan. Alan has been applying polyester primer to the doors,

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Spitfire Bulkhead

Our 1976 Triumph Spitfire bulkhead has been modified by classic car technician Rob, to ensure the bonnet gaps are correct. Rob then finalised the door

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Spitfire Progress

Our 1976 Triumph Spitfire has made some great progress in its restoration journey lately. The American spec chassis extensions have been removed and the lower

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Stripping Spitfire Parts

Classic car technician Rob has been stripping parts from our 1976 Triumph Spitfire 1500. This is in preparation for them to be sandblasted before being

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Restoring A Spitfire

Another classic car will soon be arriving at the Bridge Classic Cars workshop. Our 1976 Triumph Spitfire 1500 is coming to us for a full

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The Rebuild Continues

Technician Rob has continued his work rebuilding our 1976 Triumph Spitfire. The starter and alternator have been fitted, as have the exhaust manifold, inlet manifold, and exhaust system.

Spitfire Engine

The engine of our 1976 Triumph Spitfire has been making great progress in the hands of technician Rob.

The rods and pistons were fitted, and the camshaft timing was checked and adjusted to bring it to the manufacturer’s specifications. Rob also fitted the cylinder head and rocker ger before setting the valve clearances.

Once the assembly of the engine was complete, the gearbox was bolted to the engine before it was fitted to the car. The radiator was also fitted.

Spitfire Engine

The engine has been the centre of attention for Mauro and Rob lately.

Mauro painted some of the engine components in black satin dtm while Rob unmasked the engine block and thoroughly cleaned it. The crankshaft and rear seal plate were fitted and the steering column was built up with new bushes, switches and reconditioned hardware before being fitted to the car.

The door handles were fitted with new lock barrels and keys and fitted to the car.

Rob then made the dashboard mounting plates and fitted them to the rear of the dashboard.

Last Bit Of Paint

Alan has been adding colour to the wheel arches of our 1976 Triumph Spitfire after it had raptor applied. As well as the arches, the last few small components were painted too along with the headlight bowls and bonnet corners.

Alan then flatted and polished both sides of the bonnet.

Technician Rob has also been working on our Spitfire. He has fitted the boot lid and the lid stay was blasted and painted before being fitted to the car too.

The front side lamps were fitted to the quarter valances before these were also fitted to the car. Rob then made the brake pipes and fitted them to the brake master cylinder and pressure valve.

The Rebuild Continues

Classic car technician Rob has continued making good progress putting our 1976 Triumph Spitfire back together.

He has now fit the left-hand door, the windscreen chrome insert, and the door weather strips and top cappings.

Rob also painted the brake callipers and rebuilt them with new pistons and seals before refitting them to the car. He then blasted, painted and refitted the window guide channels before stripping the brake pressure valve to clean and paint it.

More Progress

Our 1976 Triumph Spitfire has continued to make progress through the Bridge Classic Cars workshop.

Rob has fitted the vinyl trim around the screen frame and fitted the windscreen and top capping. He then fitted the lower steering column and the RH door.

While Rob was doing that, Alan was prepping, sealing and raptoring the bonnet, wheel arches, and lower bonnet panels ready for colour.

More Paint And Trim

The reassembly of our 1976 Triumph Spitfire is making good progress. Rob has now fitted the rear seat pan sound deadening aswell as fitting new trim in the rear of the cockpit area.

While Rob was doing this, Alan was prepping the doors and bonnet for colour. He then applied colour and lacquer.

Paint And Reassembly

Our 1976 Triumph Spitfire has made a lot of progress recently. After having its body painted in Java Green, it left the Bridge Classic Cars paintshop and went back to Rob in the main workshop.

Rob has now begun the process of reassembling the car. After reassembling the rear brakes with new and reconditioned parts, the bodyshell was refitted and bolted down.

The new and reconditioned parts have also started to be fitted as the restoration of our classic Spitfire continues.

Ready for Colour

The paint team here at Bridge Classic Cars have been preparing the body of our 1976 Triumph Spitfire for the next phase of its restoration journey.

Al has been working on getting the body ready to be finished in its bright vibrant Green colour – with the whole body having every inch poured over so it has perfect surfaces ready to have its paint laid down.

Priming Our Spitfire

Bridge Classic Cars paint technician Alan has been working on our 1976 Triumph Spitfire.

He prepped the polyester primer ready for high-build primer before applying the high-build primer to the doors and boot lid.

Alan then masked and primed the body of the car.

Wheel Arches

Rob has welded the inner wheel arches back onto the bonnet of our 1976 Triumph Spitfire. He did this before the outside of the bonnet was painted.

More parts are being cleaned and blasted before Rob electroplated them.

Springs And Differential

Our 1976 Triumph Spitfire has continued to make good progress at the hands of technician Rob.

Rob has built up both front spring/shock absorber assemblies and fitted them to the car. He also fitted the poly bushes to the rear trailing arms.

He then went on to fit the poly bushes to the differential rear case and fit the differential to the chassis with poly front mounts. The rear spring and rear driveshaft assemblies were fitted before Rob built up the heater box and water control valve. He then built up the right-hand front disc/hub assembly with a new wheel bearing and fitted it to the chassis.

Rear driveshafts

Classic car technician Rob has built up the left-hand front disc/hub with new bearings and fitted it to our 1976 Triumph Spitfire.

He has also fitted the steering rack before he built up both rear driveshafts. The rear spring bushes were changed for poly ones and the spring mounting box was assembled.

Triumph Spitfire mask and paint

Alan is busy masking up the body of our Triumph Spitfire ready for the new Java green colour.

Wet on wet primer to cover over the seam sealer. He has painted inside the boot, cabin area and bulkhead.

Spitfire Seam Seal and DTM

Alan has applied a DTM gloss black to some of the suspension parts. DTM or Direct To Metal paints are created to provide your metal substrate with protection from corrosion, yet provide a good cosmetic finish at the same time.


The internal joints have also been seam sealed and are now ready for colour.

A New Look – Priming and Painting Pieces for the Java Green 1976 Triumph Spitfire

Alan has been busy in the Bridge Classic Cars paint shop getting some of the pieces ready for the next stage of the restoration of our Java Green 1976 Triumph Spitfire.

After each part had been careful worked, cleaned and readied to go into the booth, Alan could then begin with the coats of epoxy primer on areas like the wheel arches and the underside of the front bonnet.

Giving each part the correct amount of time to flash off, he could then go back into our in-house spraybooth/oven to lay on several coats of the Java Green paintwork to the parts.

Triumph Spitfire Polyester Primer

Alan is refitting the rear lights to check the fit. He is masking up for polyester primer preparation.

Body was first epoxy primed then polyester primed.

Polyester Priming

Our 1976 Triumph Spitfire has been in the Bridge Classic Cars paint shop with technician Alan.

Alan has been applying polyester primer to the doors, boot lid, and bonnet. The first stage of this was to reapply epoxy primer to give them corrosion protection. Then all of the parts were sprayed with polyester primer.

Preparing the Spitfire for Raptor

Alan has been busy prepping the underside of our 1976 Triumph Spitfire ready for the Raptor treatment. He has applied an epoxy primer then seam sealed all of joints before covering in raptured.

Firing up the paint gun for our Spitfire

Alan is now on the exciting stage of preparing the car with epoxy primer. The doors, bonnet, boot lid and body of car are now all primed and ready for the Java Green finished to be applied.

Spitfire Bulkhead

Our 1976 Triumph Spitfire bulkhead has been modified by classic car technician Rob, to ensure the bonnet gaps are correct. Rob then finalised the door gaps before repairing the anti-roll bar brackets on the chassis.

The boot lid was repaired and trial fitted before the front wheel arches were removed from the bonnet to allow the paint shop to paint the underside of the bonnet.

Alan from the Bridge Classic Cars paintshop then stripped the panels back to bare metal ready for epoxy primer to be applied. The chassis has been epoxy primed and painted in java green.