1973 Triumph Spitfire

Started on July 1, 2006, 10:09 a.m.

We introduce a new project and a new author as 2012-10-14er Tim Suddard’s son, Tommy, tackles the restoration of the 1973 Triumph Spitfire on a teenagers budget.

1973 Triumph Spitfire

Specs

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Body type:Convertible
Country of origin:England
Original price: $3000
Purchase price:>$200
0-60 time:13.0 seconds
Displacement:1296cc
Stock horsepower:75 bhp @ 6000 rpm
Torque:48 lb.-ft @ 5500 rpm
Engine configuration:Inline-4
Transmission:4-speed manual
Drivetrain configuration:Rear-wheel drive
Suspension:independent A-arms, coil springs, telescopic shocks (front)
independent, swing axle, transverse leaf spring w/radius rods and pivoting-spring location (rear)
Brakes:disc/drum
Bolt pattern:4 X 3.75
Body width:57.0 in.
Curb weight:1717 lbs.
Wheelbase:83.0 in.
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Latest Project Updates

Apr 26, 2011

Spitfire Surgery

Apr 26, 2011

We install new rocker panels and quarter patch panels to prep for paint.

Nov 19, 2010

Spicy Spitfire

Nov 19, 2010

More power for our Spitfire.

Feb 9, 2010

Slick as Spit

Feb 9, 2010

All right, we’re going to take the plunge and properly restore our Spitfire.

Feb 9, 2010

Carburetor Corrections

Feb 9, 2010

We install freshened carburetors on the cheap.

Oct 27, 2008

Sleeping Spitfire

Oct 27, 2008

Tommy’s Spitfire gets some temporary rest.

Jun 16, 2008

Seating Arrangements

Jun 16, 2008

We settle into some new seat foam in the Spitfire.

Apr 30, 2008

Fixin' a Hole

Apr 30, 2008

Tommy fixes a hole (or 10) where the rain comes in the Spitfire’s top.

Feb 24, 2008

Installing a Radio

Feb 24, 2008

The Spitfire gets a new radio.

Dec 11, 2007

First Event in the Spitfire

Dec 11, 2007

Just hours after being finished, the Spitfire competes in a car show and autocross.

Nov 13, 2007

Tommy Gets His Spitfire Going

Nov 13, 2007

Tommy takes care of some underhood cleanup, gets the Spitfire running, and more…

Oct 28, 2007

Starting on the Spitfire Brakes

Oct 28, 2007

Tommy learns the ugly truth about brake parts that sit for 20 years.

Jul 20, 2007

School's Out!

Jul 20, 2007

As summer starts, so does more work on the Spitfire.

Aug 10, 2006

Cleaning out the fuel tank

Aug 10, 2006

We cleaned out the gas tank.

Jul 28, 2006

Wash it Off

Jul 28, 2006

Any project should start with a good cleaning

Jul 1, 2006

A New Project, a New Author

Jul 1, 2006

We introduce a new project and a new author to the world of restoration.

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1973 Triumph Spitfire Specs

Body type:Convertible
Country of origin:England
Original price: $3000
Purchase price:$200
0-60 time:13.0 seconds
Displacement:1296cc
Stock horsepower:75 bhp @ 6000 rpm
Torque:48 lb.-ft @ 5500 rpm
Engine configuration:Inline-4
Transmission:4-speed manual
Drivetrain configuration:Rear-wheel drive
Suspension:independent A-arms, coil springs, telescopic shocks (front)
independent, swing axle, transverse leaf spring w/radius rods and pivoting-spring location (rear)
Brakes:disc/drum
Bolt pattern:4 X 3.75
Body width:57.0 in.
Curb weight:1717 lbs.
Wheelbase:83.0 in.

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