Don't forget to take the long-term
Captions 1/02-4/02 quiz
"Dad, How come you never take me for
a ride in this car?"
"Where does a 100lb dog sit.....?"
"Dog-car-restorers often become confused
as to how to proceed after the teardown
"Never give a concours GT6 to a dog as a
"But, you promised me a ride!"
"Now just put your foot on the middle
peddle and then we'll be done bleeding the
"Dad, ya done yet?"
"Your laughing now, it'll be complete
"I'll go to the Vet but only in this
"I tried, but there were all these extra
"Ooops, I did it again! "
"My dog loves his new kennel, I think
"And he says I make a mess!!"
"After 2 years, let go man"
"So after she found out how much he's
spent on the rebuild, he sleeps in the
doghouse and I get to bed down in here."
"Man, when me and 20 of my buds hit the
Iditerod in this baby, we are gonna be the
team from hell!"
"Come on dad you said I could drive it
"This is proof that the world has gone to
"Luckily, Bob was a small man, so when it
came time to set up his suspension his dog
filled the driver's seat perfectly!"
"Your only saying I can't drive this
'cause I'm a dog aren't ya?"
"Man, after 3 years or 21 dog years, lets
"Dedicated Triumph Fan ready for the open
road, if only he could make his owner hurry
up with that small modification of the light
switch that he started 5 years ago."
"Some guard dog."
"Not yet triumphed"
"Some dogs are born with fleas, others are
destined to acquire them!"
"What a strange way to test the strength
"Will it ever be finished?"
"My name is Revere and it looks like my
ride will be a little late."
"Are we there yet?"
"Just look at that-MAN'S BEST FRIEND FIXED
"Are we ever gonna get to go for a
"Anyone seen my bone?"
"Where will we be going today then?"
"Hurry up and finish this thing so I can
pick up the poodle down the street!"
"No horses just dog power for now"
"Spitfire wiv a woof!!"
"Look! What can possibly take this long??
I want to go for a ride NOW!!"
"A new meaning to mans best friend. "
"Junkyard dog school didn't cover
"My owner said he was coming back to take
me for a ride"
"Welcome to my PAD"
"After many failed attempts using the
"Self-Brake-Bleed" kit, Harold recruits the
help of a willing paw."
"I didn't do it"
"You don't drive it, so I thought I
"And you said if I ate that brake hose you
where gonna take me to the vet."
"I knew we shouldn't have parked in
"One dog will always be a dog. The other
could become a tiger one day"
"He usually just chews my slippers!!"
"When the little car heard itself being
described as a 'baby E-type', it just fell to
"Some dogs like to fetch a ball or chase
cars, this one likes to restore
"Crikey, I piss on his tire ONCE and this
is what he does??? "
"I'm sorry... I know you told me to guard
the car, but I only fell asleep for a
"I was just a pup when he started on this
Well, at least I didn't chew the seats
Bring back the "push buttons" This ain't
easy with no thumbs!
"well you have to admit, the other word
sounds like 'sit'"
When their owners go out...
the dumbest question asked about your Spitfire?
"When do you get to drive it if you
have to work on it all the time?"
I used to drive my car with it's hardtop,
but one day I took it out just "open"... Then
a friend said: "why did you cut your car?"
(He hadn't noticed my car was a
"Sure is a small car isn't it?"
"Does it have an electric top?"
"A Triumph eh. Who made that?"
"Did you make that yourself?"
"so... who made that?... Dodge?"
"Do you still drive your MG?"
"Where do you put the batteries?"
I was asked several times "DOES IT
"What the **** is that thang?"
"Is it fast?"
"Do you use your car to deliver mail?"
(right hand drive car)
Someone commented "look at that Jaguar"
"That's a nice MG; is it new?" (69
"Did they steal that design from the
Pontiac Fiero?" (TR-7)
"What year Vet is that?"
Mans wife asked me "Is that an old
Her husband answered for me "No stupid
that's a Mini Cooper" (68 GT6)
"Y'know they don't make them like that any
more, why did they stop making the E-Type?"
"Did you make that style of car up
"Is that a MG?!!!"
"Is that a Porsche?"
"Is that a Fiat?"
"How many people can fit in that two
"Where do you pop the hood?"
"why do the rear wheels tilt in?"
"I guess they're pretty trouble free,
"How do you get out of it?"
"Is that an Electric car?"
"I have always liked Fiats, how long have
you had yours?"
"I had an MG just like that one"
Him: "That car is German isn't it?"
Me: "No, it's British"
Him: "No it's not. It's German."
Me: "No, it's British"
Him: "No, it's gotta be German."
Me: "No, British."
Him: "You sure?"
Me: "Pretty sure."
"Is that a kit car?"
Whoa! Cool car! Can you smoke the
Why did you buy that?
And the dumbest: "Are you a
ever show your car? 7/01-9/30
No - 25%
Yes, occasionally - 39%
Yes, as often as I can - 36%
one change that you made to your car made the
biggest difference? 4/01-6/30
Carb (non-Weber related: swap to SU's, larger
SU's, Rebuilds, etc.) -14%
K&N air filters
Raising carb needles
Went to electronic fuel pump
Complete suspension rebuild
poly bushes on rear, transformed rear
68 corvette air shocks (rear)
I put an alternator instead of the dynamo
New ball joints at track rod ends
brake servo - what a difference, it stops
Upgrades to the braking system.
Rear anti-sway bar on GT6
Finding a *really good* restoration-and a
previous owner/builder who still loves 'his'
Swapped in a 2 liter GT6 engine
Fitting Halogen H4 headlights with 100/80
watt bulbs. I can finally see where I am
Electric fuel pump
Solid steering rack mounts
Upgraded the tires
Tires: 175-70 R13's
Corvette air shocks
GM 7127 alternator conversion
Changed 4.11 to 3.27 differential
So far, the Pertronix electronic ignition
conversion. Smoothed out the powerband all
the way to redline. Great investment.
Water choke to manual choke conversion! (she
floods no more)
I replaced the worn master cylinder with a
new one for a Datsun 510, replaced the rubber
lines with braided steel and replaced the
rotors with cross-drilled rotors. The pedal
is very firm and the car stops on a dime.
Installed a Weber downdraft card in place of
the twin side drafts. Amazing difference!
Lost the Stromberg carb and bolted on a Weber
Car Magazines (other than Spitfire & GT6) do
you read? 2/02-3/30 quiz
British Car (newsstand)-28
Practical Classics (newsstand)-24
British Car (subscribe)-22
Triumph World (subscribe)-16
Practical Classics (subscribe)-10
Car & Car Conversions
Car & Driver
Classic Car Mart
Classics & Sports Car
Spitfire & GT6
Thoroughbred & Classic Car
shop manual do you own and how do you rate it?
Leyland Repair Operations
Triumph Owners Manual
Triumph Official Workshop
(Haynes) I like the troubleshooting section,
and the price is cheap!
(Leyland Repair Operation Manual Mk IV)
Factory better for electrical wiring
diagrams, switch trouble shooting. More model
specific. Diagrams in Moss and TRF Catalogs
(Haynes & Brooklands) Good to have both
(Haynes) Not much info on the
(Vitesse, Herald, Spitfire Workshop Manual)
Best manual I ever had for any car. Does
require you to know how to do many things -
no "hand-holding" in this book.
(Haynes) The wiring diagram was WRONG, WRONG,
WRONG. I recently obtained a copy of the
original owners manual for my '77 Spit and
found the correct wiring diagram...big
(Haynes) Could cover a bit more detail
(Haynes) They totally ignore the early
(Haynes) Not enough diagrams
(Bentley) I have found a few errors in
specifications. These are probably right from
Triumph. But they have caused me
(Bentley GT-6 Wrk Shp.Man.) I've read this
cvr. to cvr. many times
(Bentley & Haynes) Buy 'em both!
Different info in each.
Bentley's manual is a copy of the factory
manual with a copy of the drivers manual
bound together in one book..
(113) A LITTLE BIT INCOMPLETE
Haynes for the everyday stuff; Bentley for
'when failure ain't an option'
(Haynes) I have a 1978 spit and manual has
very little info on cars after 1970 plus very
little in way of specs or detail as relates
to specific models.
No one book can do all. That's why we have
The Clymer Manual has more info. on my early
To get real intricate details a factory
manual is a must
I can usually figure out things from it-much
to Dave's (my mechanic) consideration! He's
done quite a few modifications on the car, so
with the Haynes, I'm usually close, but no
(Haynes) helpful for specs and as a
checklist, but often oversimplified and/or
(Haynes) sometimes it's directions say to do
something but not "how" to do it, but overall
Read all & learn on your own
HELPS TO HAVE PARTS MANUAL
(Intereurope) good electrical diagrams
the Best Color Combination for Spitfires/GT6's?
dusky pink/lime green
Preferably Metallic Red
black leather w/red piping
pageant blue w/black/pageant blue piping
(cobra classic seats)
BRG/Tan: classic color combo for classic
Dodge Sublime Green/Black (2 "hockey stick"
style stripes on the sides like the 340
trying to come up with the color of paint to
use with tan leather interior
mimosa yellow/black (these colors are
sky blue or maybe baby blue/tan
White piping on seats
i think the best color for a GT6 is inca
yellow with a black interior
BRG with red or wine leather, classic "man
original is your Spitfire/GT6?
30%-As original as I can make it to
the day it left the assembly line.
52%-Minor upgrades for
18%-Originality does not matter. The only
thing original is the title.
A spit, is a spit, is a
spit. What else could be more fun to
drive, no matter what's been done to
My 1969 GT6+ is
completely original and is the 2000 VTR
Nat'l Convention Best in Class winner. It
is also my daily driver!
added 5 speed
3TC Toyota engine with
a 2TC 5 speed for guts and reliability.
What about rear end upgrades? Spits
No concern for
originality, only for best possible
performance, comfort, safety etc. 1974
spitfire with GT6 drivetrain..
I am keeping as
original as possible, but the color was
changed from Carmine Red to Bright Yellow
years ago and when I repaint, I will keep
the yellow. I like the HIGH VISIBILITY
factor that yellow provides!
minor upgrades can make
the spitfire much more fun and
It looks good and
how can i see how much
I admire those that
spend the time, money and effort to keep
their cars as original as possible. If
Spitfires/GT6's were very rare cars I
would say that is the only way to do it.
However since there are still plenty of
them on the road, I spend my time, money
and effort on making my cars the way I
enjoy driving them. That doesn't mean
anything radical. Just small details and
upgrades (rustproofing, leather
upholstery, carburation, exhaust, etc.)
that the factory could not do without
pricing the car out of the range that they
were trying to sell it at.
i hate when people
screw up GT6's and spitfires by not
keeping them as original as
I want tot get it as
original as possible
tires(175/70-13), K&N air filter, will
add header and big bore exhaust,
Changed the steering
wheel to a smaller size and converted it
to a no-lead head but other than that,
it's pretty much stock.
I feel the car looks
best the way it was originally designed.
Extensive modifications look out of place
on such a classic design.
currently restoring my
1971 MK IV and trying to keep it as
original as possible. The Spit sat for at
least 12 years, I think it sat for longer
than the owner I purchased it from. Taking
it down to the frame and hoping to have it
roadworthy in two years.
'80 Blue Spitfire
Different tires, CD
player. 1973 GT6, owned since
lowback seats. electric
fuel pump. later model radiator
Radio changed and smog
pump was removed.
The person who owned it
before me really messed it up!
I have a spitfire
donated by a parent, but I don't have the
know-how to fix it, or the time, what
should I do?
73 GT6 MkIII restored
to original condition over a 15 year
period. Owned since 1976.
and Wheels Do You Have on Your Car?
Because this quiz was very indepth, the results
will not fit on this page. Visit the Aftermarket
Tire/wheel page for details.
Spitfire or GT6, what other British Car do you
own? 8/2-9/1 quiz
(this quiz was not done in percents because many
owners owned more than one British Car)
None - 36
MGB/MGBGT - 8
TR6 - 8
Jaguar - 6
Mini - 5
Hillman - 4
Triumph Herald - 4
Sunbeam Tiger/Alpine - 4
Spridget - 3
Triumph 2500 - 3
Austin (Taxi, Sedan, etc) - 3
Triumph Stag - 3
Rover - 3
Ford (Counsul, Zephyr, etc.) - 3
TR4/TR5/TR250 - 2
TR7/TR8 - 2
TR3 - 1
Morris - 1
Riley - 1
Daimler - 1
Landrover - 1
TVR - 1
MGA - 1
Standard 10 - 1
Triumph Motorcycle - 1
should we paint the Contest Car?
British Racing Green - 24.6%
Original Color (Sienna Brown) - 20.3%
Signal Red - 15.9%
"Dark" Blue (navy, midnight, etc.) - 13%
other colors suggested (in order of
Corvette Competition Yellow
were a contest to win a car, which would you
rather win? 6/2-7/1 quiz
stories would you like to see in the next
Spitfire Magazine? 5/2-6/1 quiz
The predominant themes seems to
be carbs and bodywork (the list below is in
body prep and paint tips
Spitfires driving across America,
Weber DCOE Rebuilds
aftermarket carburetor options w/ testing
Do it yourself body repair
A Tech tip section for the beginner like
checking valve clearance, timing, etc.
restoring and adjusting Weber dcoe
spitfire options and original equipment
How to tune dual SU Carbs!!
owners poll on likes and any dislikes with
lady's with their Spitfires =0)
hardtops for spitfires especially
installation and hardware
paint jobs: what to do and expect to pay
A series with photos of a complete
restoration either professional or
dollar values of Spitfires depending on the
level of restoration
In depth information on modifications made to
suite these cars
Super Chargers for Spits
drive train related stories to match high
power engine mods
More Engine conversions
how to sell a spitfire
Customizing an everyday driver
More how-to articles
of car is your daily driver? 3/15-5/1
Triumph (excluding Spitfire)-4%
European (excluding Triumph)-23%
1979 spitfire...1996 Ford
Contour...triumph spitfire...1973 Triumph
Spitfire...Range Rover...Triumph Spitfire MK
II, 1966...corvette...99 BMW 540i sport...78
spitfire gt6...Ford Ranger...1979
Spitfire...Triumph Spitfire 1500...1969 VW
Campmobile...97 T-BIRD...Ford Mustang...76
spitfire 1500...triumph spitfire mk3
9000...Renault clio...1964 Triumph
Spitfire4...T-BIRD...1970 Opel GT...vw
golf...BMW 528i...78 spitfire 1500...1951
Packard 200 Ultramatic...Chevy
Cavalier...spitfire 1500...73 Spitfire
1500...My spitfire naturally!...Holden
Camira...1966 Fiat 850...Ford...1993 GMC
Typhoon...Alfa Romeo Milano Verde...Nissan
Sentra wagon- Cause that's what the ladies
like...sunbird...Manuel Silva...1969 Spitfire
spitfire...Triumph Spitfire...AMC Spirit
(1983)...454ss truck...triumph tr-6...Ford
Escort...Saab 9-5...Subaru Forester...SAAB
9000 cse...'89 Ford Ranger 4X4...Prefer my
'79 1500, but suzuki swift GT when I have
to...1973 mg bgt...1968 GT6...ford
mustang...dodge intrepid...1979 Triumph
spitfire...Triumph Spitfire 1979...79
spitfire...it depends on the weather...Nissan
200SX (Australian)...GMC Typhoon...Holden
Commodore 3.8V6...GT6 Mark III...FORD
PICKUP...Volvo 940...Honda Accord...MGB
Roadster...76 mg midget...Isuzu Trooper...'90
cavalier...Peugeot 806...1999 Lexus
LS400...Volkswagen Golf...cadillac, 1966 Fiat
have you done to increase the power of your
Spitfire? 1/1-3/14 quiz
Surprisingly, the most submissions
are for the most expensive modifications.
Either there are no inexpensive options or
people didn't submit any.
17% Engine Swap
8% Hot Cam
6% High Compression Pistons
6% Electronic Ignition/Hot Coil
4% K&N Air Filter
4% Other (Added Overdrive, Supercharger,
Disconnected Intake Manifold Heating)
3% Tune Up
3% Mill Heads
1% Electric Fan
Listed below are some of the humorous
entries submitted in jest:
feed the rat that powers the
Push it downhill with two people instead
cut out the tree branch that grew into
put it together
added 2000 more horsepower
added foot peddles
had two people push it
full tank of petrol
lost the 7lbs put on over the holidays
try and get it to run
unload mother in law
Went on the Quick Weight loss diet
BOUGHT A TOYOTA
bought a tr6
Still trying to get it to run
you choose a Spitfire over other cars?
It appears that the Spitfire's
styling won most owners over, followed
by size and cost of
Here are a few of the responses:
I turned 16 in 1976 and always wanted one
but my parents said NO, So now I am
getting my dream car.
Spitfires were the first cars I drove.
Years later while working for BMW I would
service one of the salesmen's MkII. I
moved on and he eventually parked it in
the back for a couple of years. When the
weeds got tall enough thh through the
floor I offered to buy it. I restored it
and have had it ever since.
It looked great
the size and ease I find it is to work
Have no clue
because I failed my driving test and
wanted to cheer myself up. I'm happy
Cause I like to hitch hike
fun to drive, handling &
Because they are cool
the longest trip you have taken in your
I test drove it after I changed the shocks,
the springs, and all the fittings in the
wheel well. then I was pull over by the local
PD for not having my tags. I informed the PD
that this was a test drive to make sure I did
the job right.
to Carpi, Mantova
Orange County, CA to San Francisco
50 miles from where i bought it to home,
(almost) I had to push the last mile
WA to Los Angles, CA via the Coast
18 miles from Kelly AFB to Cibilo Texas
have a special nickname for your Spitfire?
Spitty was the most popular
name with 5 respondents
HardWay, Kermit, Baby Blue, Katie, Nigel,
Penny, Tatiana, Big Penis, Midge, Jenny,
Shorty, Mello Yellow or Miss Daisy,
Putterson, Judas, Stapo 74, Toy, P-51, Rusty,
Dog, Sandy, Algy, Skate, Lloyd, Fox, 76,
Colours, Ol' Spit, Spit Wad, the Go-Cart,
Hoick, Overdrive, One day, Charity (named
after one of the Glouster Gladiator aircraft
from Malta, as both are made from parts from
you have a special license plate on your
Spitfire? 9/23-10/5 quiz
Most people who responded did not
have a "vanity" licenses plate on their
Some of the ones that did were:
Visit this link to "Vanity
License Plates" website
Do you let
your spouse drive your Spitfire?
Any time she/he wants, 11%
"Always, cos we've one each!"
"What do you mean, my car's my
" Always, however, she hates it, and won't
ride in it."
"she looks better in it then I"
your Spitfire get
I do everything, 71%
I do everything except major bodywork or
engine work, 21%
I only do minor repairs, 8%
I let someone else do it all, None!%
How do you
drive your Spitfire? 8/4-8/11
Touring with an occasional autocross, 25%
Autocross only, 10%
Race only, 5%
Other, 5% (daily transportation, doesn't run)
is your Spitfire?
"its been very fun car, owned for
15 yrs '78 continuous repairs. A true
"1966 MarkII, just turned 50000 miles"
Primer Gray/Red, Tahiati Blue, Damson Red,
Orange, Metallic Green
miles per year do you drive your Spitfire?
less than 100, 24%
greater than 8000, 3%
"have three, we rotate"
"The Best Car in the World to drive!!"
Quiz 8/11/99-? quiz
Results as of 11/1/00: All the suppliers
earned either good or great ratings. The
majority of the negative ratings seemed to be
related to shipping which is most likely the
shipping company's, not the supplier's
Where do you buy your
How would you rate their
How would you rate the
quality of parts?
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