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Old 17th November 2017, 08:16
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Nice work Paul.

MGF space-saver spare is the same PCD as the Spitfire hubs. Cheap as anything on ebay and come with a 175/65/14 tyre which is usually unused.
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Old 17th November 2017, 17:12
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Mr T - Cheers.

Unfortunately, I am running 13" wheels, so I don't think the 14" MGF space-saver would work.

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Frosty Friday:
The sun no longer reaches my front driveway, so this was not a good sign.



So I tried to get on with a few little jobs while I waited for the temperature to rise a little.

Stuck the front number plate on.



Tightened up the wheel nuts and checked the tyre pressures.



Refitted the wheel centres.



Finished tidying up the rear wiring loom, with a variation on Jag's zip tie tip.



Got some petrol...



Which was enough to confirm that the fuel gauge is still working.



When I was tidying up the Summerhouse the other day I found a fresh tube of Tiger Seal.



So I thought that would make a neater job of holding the grille in place.



I then left the grille weighted down until this was set.



With the bonnet up, I cleaned out the holes for the bonnet locating cones.



But I may still need to shave a bit off the rubber cones too in order to get the bonnet sitting right.

However, that will be a job for another day, as I still need to check/fit the rubber bonnet edge seal.

End of Part 1…
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Friday - Part 2:
When I was preparing the extra plywood panels for inside the boot, I discovered one of the original ones was loose.
( Yet another piece of damage I caused when the car fell off the stands. )

So i removed it completely and then rather than fit two panels, I cut a new larger panel instead.



Every time I've used bonding paste it seems to get everywhere, so I was not taking any chances.



It has been a while since I last messed about with cut down milk cartons and catalyst.



The job was as messy as I expected, but at least the little and large panels are now in.





Just as the sun was setting, I removed the weights from the grille.



And this is the view from the front.



Which leaves me with just a few small jobs left before I can book my MOT appointment.

Until next time, take care, Paul.
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Old 18th November 2017, 14:10
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Saturday - Damp, but happy:
First job of the day was to fix the rubber seal along the bonnet lip on the body shell.





Note:
I have kept the seal in the centre to allow the outside corners to act as 'vents' to let air pass out from inside the bonnet.
( Which I hope will reduce the bonnet's tendency to lift at speed, but I still need to test this idea in practise. )

Then it was time to park the car on the road, so I could check the oil level with the car flat(ish).



I thought the final job was going to be giving the engine bay a very basic wash and brush up.



So I booked the MOT, so i was able to legally drive to the test centre and got all my paperwork together.

Jumped in the car and indicated to pull out and the warning light on the dash was not flashing.

After a prolonged bout of F'ing and Blinding, I dashed back inside, found a spare bulb and replaced the front driver's side.

Success.

The MOT centre is only 4 miles away, which was enough distance to scrub off any surface rust on the front discs.

It was also long enough for the clutch to stop sticking, but not to blow all of the cobwebs out of the engine.

As I turned into the centre, I noticed some rain drops on the aero screens as it was a bit misty out.

Until that point I was too busy enjoying the drive to notice the weather.

MOT time.



The fact the car has only driven 10 miles in the last 6 months meant it failed its first emissions test.

I did explain it had been standing for months, so the tester basically held the throttle wide open for a while.

Apart from initially filling the garage with clouds of smoke, this cleaned out the tail pipes just enough to scrape a pass.

There was just one advisory due to very slight play in the front wheel bearings.

The rain was still coming down for the drive home, so there was no long detour on the way back for photo shoots today.



Instead, I just wiped the rain off and got the covers back on ASAP.

There still a few little jobs to do, like touching up the yellow nose band and making a MkII fuse box cover.

But the car was still turning heads and spreading joy as it currently stands even without shiny paint.

Therefore I think is time to start an 'On the road' thread and cover those jobs there.

So I will sign off my EPIC build thread with a simple "Thank you" to everyone who has posted a message here.

As I really feel this has been a collaborative effort as my ideas have zig-zagged along the way over the years.

But, as I said the other day, the end result is beyond my wildest dreams.

Take care & cheers, Paul.
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Old 18th November 2017, 15:10
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Congratulations Paul all done and looking super I am looking forward to seeing it at Stoneleigh next year?
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Old 18th November 2017, 15:22
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Sorry Paul I have been distracted and all over the country with my new job.
Im away for little while and it takes me 4 pages to catch up on everything.

Great Job Paul looks great and its no longer a chore.
Im still waiting for the 7 rondels before I consider it finished but it looks like the action cams will be in use again soon.
Owen has his own now so we can get the shots in half the time

Look forward to seeing you and the swordfish soon
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Paul, it has been an epic journey, and one similarly trod by the Dammit and related builds. It has been a great read. Kept posting On the Road updates.
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I, too, look forward to your posts Paul!
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Old 18th November 2017, 20:52
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GREAT NEWS ....I do really like the look of your car Paul ...It would look perfectly at home amongst the pages of this new book ...

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Special-Obs...ial+obsessions

Which , as far as I am concerned , is A JOB VERY WELL DONE ...

PART OF ME IS SAYING DON'T PUT THE ROUNDALLS ON HER ..But it's your car ..

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Old 18th November 2017, 23:21
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Paul,

Well done matey.

Really enjoyed your thread and looking forward to next one.

I have stolen your rear reflector/fog light idea and intend putting them on my Kobra. Especially now you have proven them through another MOT

Good luck

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Cheers everyone.

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Deggsy – If not at Stoneleigh, I will definitely be arranging a forum gathering in 2018.

Roadster – I will be putting the numbers on this morning.

Looking forward to filming the sequel to The Harrow Job, but may wait until the warm weather returns.

Barber & Molleur – I hope to start my ‘On The Road’ thread later today.

Lancelot – My car certainly looks related to the one of the cars on the cover of that book.

As the roundels are not self-adhesive, it will be easy to remove them again if they don’t work.
( But I’m hoping the yellow background will work well with the nose band. )

Dave – The LED reflectors are actually ‘Stop/Tail’ lights, so I wired both together to get ‘Fog’.

Here is a photo I took at night when the rear lights had blown and I limped home with the fog lights on.



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Finally, I realised I should have ended this build thread with some statistics…

Build – Part 1
From Spitfire 1500 donor car arriving to 1st MOT for a Triumph Swordfish on the road.
22nd April 2012 to 31st August 2016
4 years, 4 months, 9 days

Build – Part 2
From last drive on the road in primer to 2nd MOT in paint and back on the road.
14th May 2017 to 18th November 2017
6 months, 4 days

Total Build
4 years, 10 months, 13 days

Take care, Paul.
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Good effort Paul and congratulations on the fresh MOT. Look forward to seeing the shakedown/on the road thread.
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Congratulations Paul!
The car looks great.I will miss the nearly daily updates
Looking forward to your new tread.

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PaulL Great job and well done.
But you have to remember, it's said, a kit car is never finished it's just waiting for the next *up-grade*!!

With that in mind I have a little *up-grade* you might like to work-on so I'll post them to you!


PS, what are you going to do with all your spare time!!!!!!!!
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what are you going to do with all your spare time!!!!!!!!
DRIVE IT ...With all this mild weather , there's no excuses ...only severe rain has ever stopped me driving these cars , you can put hats , gloves , coats etc on and they are quite cosy with a bit of warmth coming through the bulkhead generally .....
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Many many congratulations Paul. An epic build. Your dedication is truly inspirational.

I look forward to seeing it in the flesh one day.

Regards, Mick
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Not keen on the LED numberplate bulb, too modern.
You want a nice warm yellowish glow, preferably the "Lucas, Prince of Darkness" type that will flicker when you go over a bump!

In that last picture, dare I say it? It looks as if it has been painted in grey primer DOH!
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In that last picture, dare I say it? It looks as if it has been painted in grey primer DOH!
That is a picture of it when it was in primer .....
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He is just trying to trick me!
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Mister Towed – Thanks and I’m looking forward to your new build thread too.

Jerome – Cheers Rob and your build inspired my wind deflector lip in front of the aero screens.

Micky1Mo – There is definitely more work to do, but that can all wait for a while now.

Lancelot – I was able to test the heater today, good in traffic, but on motorways “Not so much”.

Mick O’Malley – At some point I will start planning a 2018 forum get together.

Jag – I agree the LED number plate light is a bit too neon, so will add that to the list.

And my apologies, that was an old photo with the car in primer just to just the fog light working in the dark.

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Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

This build thread is now officially closed.

But you are all more that welcome to join me in my new thread, which will be opening shortly.

Cheers, Paul.
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