Still waiting for the Pilot/Spyder moulds to be dispatched from the old Ribble HQ so in the mean time the A1 Alpha has been moved forward.
Last week I delivered a Spitfire to Chris and Dan @ Tribute Automotive to be used as a dummy for the A1 Alpha.
To my surprize they email me today with a whole bunch of photos.
I wanted it to be built in the same way as there A352 for several reasons
1, it's a quick simple build
2, it uses most of the cars original body work so less effort required by the builder.
3, as the new body is placed over the top of the original body/floor pan so every thing should line up better.
4, all the original seats, wiring, clocks ect are left undisturbed and all fit as they should.
5, at no time during the build is the car disabled, so it can be driven in and out of the garage while it's being built.
Here's a few photos
The original Spitfire ( keep your eye off the "D" type in the back ground it's mine)
The cut down body
Where the cuts where made
The body in place
Where it fits
Not a bad fit at all
Looks pretty good in my opinion.
This is what Chris had to say about it.
First batch of pics attached. The A1 looks the dogs doodahs on the
spitfire!! The front edge of the bonnet opening will need enlarging to
access rad and raising to clear six pot, but everything else fits a
treat. Have moved the petrol tank down and back to get the rear end
down. The seating position vs the side depth of body means you are sat
right down inside, not sat on top like the Sammio's. I almost want one
myself, but maybe on a Reliant SS1, with a bigger engine.....
Note it's built to run with 14" wire wheels running 175/70/14" tyres right from the start so no nasty surprizes later.
All-in-all we think it's coming along nicely