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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:04 am 
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Hi I'm asking for a friend. Maybe someone knows about a Spitfire Mk3 windscreen frame for sale.

He's been searching high and low but no luck so far.

Let me know if you know of an available one - it would make him a very happy chap!

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:45 am 
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Spitfire Graveyard in Sheffield might have what he needs. I think they're still going.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2018 12:58 pm 
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Spitfire Graveyard in Sheffield might have what he needs. I think they're still going.
Will check, thanks

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:43 pm 
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unfortunately the graveyard is out of stock

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:42 am 
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chic doig?
there will be 2 types for a mk3, the early type with the herald type roof catches, and the later type with the twisty handles.
However, the frame is essentially the same as earlier spitfires, TR4-6 and GT6 mk1+2 but a bit of adaptation would be required.

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Just rec'd word from my friend that he has sourced one from the US. Will probably cost a bit!

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:38 am 
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chic doig?
there will be 2 types for a mk3, the early type with the herald type roof catches, and the later type with the twisty handles.
However, the frame is essentially the same as earlier spitfires, TR4-6 and GT6 mk1+2 but a bit of adaptation would be required.
MKI and II Spits had a different hood frame that didn't fold down, just pushed in and the cover laid over and fastened down. I'm not sure if the screen frame itself was different, memories of a MKII from years back suggest the hood was actually secured to the screen with a bar in the cover that fitted under a lip in the bright ally top rail and a couple of poppers! As far as I can recall, all mark IIIs had the Herald type latches and MKIV and 1500 had the twist handles. But the later twist handle cars had a completely different screen frame that was integral to the shell.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2018 5:40 am 
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Steve, I have a late mk3 in my garage with twisty handles, and my old one (sold when Gill was too pregnant o use the car for work, 24 years ago!)also had twisty handles. Not sure when the changeover happened, around 68 I reckon?

The earlier cars indeed used hoodsticks, but the screen frames are the same, the capping was different with the lip bit. And obviously no holes for any clips/handles etc, but they can be transferred across with the aid of a mig to make good. Likewise GT6/TR.

25 years ago mint imported frames were £60-80..... rather different now!

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:42 pm 
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Steve, I have a late mk3 in my garage with twisty handles, and my old one (sold when Gill was too pregnant o use the car for work, 24 years ago!)also had twisty handles. Not sure when the changeover happened, around 68 I reckon?

The earlier cars indeed used hoodsticks, but the screen frames are the same, the capping was different with the lip bit. And obviously no holes for any clips/handles etc, but they can be transferred across with the aid of a mig to make good. Likewise GT6/TR.

25 years ago mint imported frames were £60-80..... rather different now!
The daft thing is, I HAD a couple of screen frames, one from a mkIII and one from a GT6mkI and I can't, for the life of me, remember where they went, i'm sure they weren't sold and they were much too good to scrap SO WHERE ARE THEY????? I do still have a badly twisted, accident damaged TR6 one which might yeild a few repair sections, but the 2 complete ones would see me sitting on a goldmine! I think the change would have been later than 68, more like 1970. I had a 68 MkIII with the old style latches SPA 632F It's theoretically possible to fit a MKIV frame to a mk III and again, transfer the latch striker plates, the holes would be in the screen frame for them because they are, IIRC, the holes the hardtop bolts go through! Or am I talking cobblers again?

I also still have a GC MKII hoodstick in wedgewood blue if anyone is interested! I really should have a good clearout and get some of this stuff moved on to where it can do more good!

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2018 9:28 pm 
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I was comparing our 2 spits, a mk3 and mk4, a couple of weeks ago. The rear decks are quite different lengths, I am not sure a mkIV hoodframe would work on a mk3....Not only that the twisty handles are the same but fitted on opposite sides on the mk3 and 4. And the top of the screen are different shapes I think. All subtle but when you directly compare them.
I shall zip up my anorak.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2018 11:57 pm 
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I was comparing our 2 spits, a mk3 and mk4, a couple of weeks ago. The rear decks are quite different lengths, I am not sure a mkIV hoodframe would work on a mk3....Not only that the twisty handles are the same but fitted on opposite sides on the mk3 and 4. And the top of the screen are different shapes I think. All subtle but when you directly compare them.
I shall zip up my anorak.
The MkIII and MkIV cant be THAT different a shape, as I once grafted the roof and the top of a MkII GT6 screen frame onto a MkIII GT6 that had terminally corroded in this area, the doors and screen still fitted OK, even though the build method was completely different between the 2 models (bolted on the II, welded on the III) I have a few old fashioned photos still, i'll scan them and post them!

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:34 pm 
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Just rec'd word from my friend that he has sourced one from the US. Will probably cost a bit!
Did he get the frame?

I have one and I’m 8n Belgium, a bit closer than us. :D


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:17 pm 
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Thank you.

I'll ask him

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