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Last month we introduced you to Mrs King’s pride a joy, her 1971 Triumph Spitfire. It was brought in to Bridge Classic Cars to have work done on the driver’s seat. Over time, the base had started to sag (technical word) and was becoming a little uncomfortable to use.

1971 Triumph Spitfire

As with everything that is used regularly, these things do happen but it’s great that it does. It means this little beauty is being used for what she was built for. She’s not being stored away for years on end not enjoying the Suffolk roads.

This is a relatively simple task to carry out, if you have the skills and tools to hand that is. We re-upholstered the seat so she was once again as good as new.

1971 Triumph Spitfire Driver's Seat

But the story doesn’t end there.

When Mrs King popped in to our workshops on Deben Road to collect her car and discuss some future works that may need to be carried out she noticed the work that was being carried out on our 1966 MG Midget and that got her thinking!

A month later, our 1971 Triumph Spitfire returns for the extra work we discussed but also a few special alterations…

  • The fuel pipe clips are missing so replacements will be required.
  • Inlet manifold hose is believed to be incorrect and most likely not to be up to standard so a replacement will be required.
  • There is an engine oil leak and diff oil leak, these will need to be thoroughly cleaned up to assess the area and investigate where the leaks are coming from before we can fully commit to the work and parts that will be required.
  • The tappets need to be adjusted. A new rocker cover gasket will be fitted which MAY resolve one or all of your oil leaks.
  • Off-side and near side front chassis members, the rear boot floor and the off-side rear chassis itself all show signs of corrosion so these will need welding repairs to be carried out.
  • Finally, the off-side front track rod end gaiter has split and will require two new track rod ends.

But it doesn’t end there, we are very pleased to be taking the project that one step further and…

  • To strip car of components
  • Replace rotten areas of wheel arch, weld in new where necessary
  • Paint
  • Refit
  • Chrome-work including new bumpers
  • Sundries
  • New Hood
  • Replace carpets throughout

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