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Tribute Automotive 18th August 2016 19:43

Denmark A352
 
We have been asked to build an A352 with D Type features, reverse engineering if you will, on a Spitfire base for a customer in Denmark. He has already delivered his LHD 1500 Spitfire to Gary's "Mid Century" workshop for conversion to 6 cylinder power and RHD, with the modified body shell following from the Tribute workshop next week.

The body will be changed to a flip front in place of the normal A352 bonnet opening and the large boot lid closed back up to a D Type style spare wheel cover.

Work in progress, with shell fitted to our rather scrappy Spitfire "workshop jig" shell:

http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/...psnbptx3g3.jpg

http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/...pslsbdult9.jpg

http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/...psvdutn4yk.jpg

http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/...psl4j1bfpa.jpg

The old GRP Spitfire/GT6 bonnet has been canibalised for its inner structure to mount the new flip front to.

obr 18th August 2016 21:10

Great to see another car progressing, especially a D Type.

WorldClassAccident 18th August 2016 21:22

Might want to reduce the front spacers in the first pictures though

Paul L 19th August 2016 05:28

Another interesting project. :cool:

Is the switch from LHD to RHD to make it look more "British"?

Good luck, Paul. :)

Mick O'Malley 19th August 2016 09:04

Another Deefire
 
Call that a scrappy (Spitfire!) shell? It looks better than mine!

Good to see another A352 D Type evocation under construction with the same mods as mine - letter box boot, flip front and six pot engine.

Mine also has the cockpit divider and fin, will this?

Regards, Mick

p.s. Is that red shell going to have a white cross over it................................................


lancelot link 19th August 2016 09:54

I have the Donor at my workshop and the transformation is under way ...

The customer drove the car to me a week and a half ago and it looked like this ...

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y18...tlink/spit.jpg

The fuel tank has been moved forward to give it a better line for the fuel cap location and a harness bar incorporated into this framework too ...

The RHD conversion is about 90% done also ...when I receive the D type dash , I can finish the wiring , but pedals , steering , battery box etc are all swapped around ...

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y18...tlink/bulk.jpg

As you rightly say , Paul , the owner wants a more British feel to his car but wanted to start with a car thats already in the Danish system rather than the expense and aggro of buying a British car and trying to establish its paperwork in Denmark after the conversion ....

The GT6 engine and gearbox I got earlier in the year from Adam is destined to go in this car ...Its pretty much back together , just a couple of missing parts to locate and a new thrust bearing carrier on its way to replace the damaged one and she should be going in the car ...

Triumph Special 19th August 2016 10:17

I might be interested in the Slotmags if the chap decides to sell them, Gary.

IanA 19th August 2016 10:24

What a shape !!!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by WorldClassAccident (Post 82008)
Might want to reduce the front spacers in the first pictures though

Probably won't MOT on those tyres either...

PS: Next Thursday is the 25th- we're round to another Bikes & Cars on the Esplanade evening at Weymouth.

WorldClassAccident 19th August 2016 11:00

Hmm.. I might try to get to Weymouth but might be a bit busy with this : www.BigBikeBash.co.uk which starts the next day

Tribute Automotive 19th August 2016 20:00

Bonnet and boot lids bonded in, glassed from both sides and filled

http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/...psmw5gct73.jpg

http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/...ps3tkmggf9.jpg

Tribute Automotive 19th August 2016 20:04

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mick O'Malley (Post 82024)
Call that a scrappy shell? It looks better than mine!

Good to see another A352 D Type evocation under construction with the same mods as mine - letter box boot, flip front and six pot engine.

Mine also has the cockpit divider and fin, will this?

Regards, Mick

p.s. Is that red shell going to have a white cross over it................................................


It will have a removable rigid cover over the passenger area that will incorporate the central cockpit divider. Rather than the classic D Type rear "wing" it will have a head fairing with fuel filler accessed via a flap.

The car will be painted green I believe, once it gets back to Denmark.

Mick O'Malley 20th August 2016 07:10

Oops!
 
I've amended my post above as it was open to misinterpretation, shell we say. No offence intended, of course.

Pedantic Regards, Mick

p.s. White cross, Denmark, geddit?

deggsy 20th August 2016 10:33

Hmmm I like the idea of a removable rigid cover I'll have to give it some thought? can you show some photos when it's fitted please.

lancelot link 20th August 2016 18:16

Quote:

Originally Posted by Triumph Special (Post 82026)
I might be interested in the Slotmags if the chap decides to sell them, Gary.

Sorry mate but someone bought them... I put them on a facebook Spitfire page and they were snapped up ... The customer has asked me to offload a few bits that can put a few quid in the pot towards the build .....
They were secured about 4 days ago and collected today ....Sorry ..

lancelot link 20th August 2016 18:20

Body looks very good Chris , I am looking forward to seeing it finished ...

I think this car has the potential to be a very pretty little Special ....The D type styling is gorgeous and so very much 'of that period'

Nearly as pretty as a Sammio Spyder .... :-)

Paul L 22nd August 2016 06:50

Quote:

Originally Posted by lancelot link (Post 82025)
... the owner ... wanted to start with a car thats already in the Danish system rather than the expense and aggro of buying a British car and trying to establish its paperwork in Denmark after the conversion ....

That sounds like a very clever way of doing it. :cool:

lancelot link 22nd August 2016 19:08

Bit of progress today ....Engine and gearbox in , slight mod on the gearbox mount , bit of bulkhead and floor trimming to clear the starter motor and overdrive unit and she's in place !

Plumbing and wiring underway ....

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y18...otlink/eng.jpg

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y18...otlink/box.jpg

Tribute Automotive 24th August 2016 19:46

Returns added to scuttle area:

http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/...psynrz1uld.jpg

http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/...psg4shyth4.jpg

Just the front section to bond to its inner frame and then off it goes to be built up on the donor Spitfire.

Tribute Automotive 28th August 2016 10:55

http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/...psv9iey01j.jpg

http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/...pse3piihdd.jpg

http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/...psbmsnnjjl.jpg

http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/...pskcwxldse.jpg

http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/...psdymvqqgm.jpg

Ollie 28th August 2016 20:09

Coming together very nicely / quickly....:)


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