My car a looooong term project

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Project by jollygreengiant posted 10-21-2014 09:47 PM 3041 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built my car 25 years ago on a Triumph Spitfire chassis. It was made from 18 mm waterproof ply skinned in 20 gauge ally. It had a dummy slab tank and looked kinda like an old MG (J2 K3 T series). I used it all year round, 2 years as my only car with no hood (roof) or heater. About 4 years ago on the way back from visiting a car show changing gear became like stirring a pudding, the body had started to look more than a little careworn so I took the plunge and decided to build a new Ash frame complete with boat tail, photos show the car as it was in its original incarnation + plus one of me with lots more hair and the Ash frame so far. I have just painted the engine finally having got it back after 4 so-called engine builders had had a go at it! New carburettor arrived today. I will post more pics as I go. All the best to all LJ’s from JGG aka Pete

-- If at first you do succeed try not to look surprised

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#1 posted 10-21-2014 10:10 PM

You Have great skills hope to see more updates!

-- "The secret of getting ahead is getting started" Mark Twain

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#2 posted 10-21-2014 11:02 PM

Look forward to the updates.

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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#3 posted 10-22-2014 03:54 AM

Nice progress, just keep on with it.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 10-22-2014 09:44 AM

Frame looks good so far. I like the updates as you go.

-- DonB

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#5 posted 10-22-2014 02:38 PM

That is really cool. Look forward to following your progress as you go. Welcome to LJs

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#6 posted 10-22-2014 11:13 PM

I agree with all of them!

Was a little enthusiasm added to the engine? I hope so!


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#7 posted 10-23-2014 03:26 AM

Interesting project, keep this updated.

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#8 posted 10-23-2014 06:00 PM

Your first rendition looks wonderful to me. It’ll be interesting to see how it will look after the make-over. I’ll bet it’s lots of fun to drive. Why don’t do the rebuild as a blog so we can follow your work on it?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 10-23-2014 06:17 PM

Looking forward to the progress!

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#10 posted 10-23-2014 06:34 PM

Looks good so far ,you have a ways to go, but it’s going to be a project you can be super proud of.

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#11 posted 10-23-2014 09:12 PM

Yep, your “Spitfire” DOES look more like an MG :-)

In 1970 I bought a ‘64 Spitfire. LOVED that car… HATED those downdraft carbs! It was light blue (like the one pictured) and I also had that neat full zip-in tonneau cover that could be unzipped so that it covered everything but the drivers seat. It was pretty cool to drive it that way! I wouldn’t mind having it now!

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