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PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2010 8:12 pm 
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Finally completed all the bits I now need for this car:

Front seats. Yes, they are in "new tan", and one has a hole in the side, but they are perfect other than that! Unlike my current 1500 seats that have massively disintegrating foams, these are perfect. And at £21 the pair, much cheaper than £140 for new foams. They are also the correct non-headrest non-recline seats for a 1970-1972 MKIV. They also smell how proper Triumph seats should :mrgreen: I quite like the New Tan colour, my plan is to eventually fix the hole by stitching in a new section, then using Vinylkote to dye them black. They're good as they are for now though!

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Secondly, a new gearbox tunnel - I bought a massively expensive fibreglass one, which is absolutely shite. So a good secondhand one was located instead. Unlike the fibreglass one, this original should actually fit :lol:

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Finally, the plasticy vinyl windscreen surrounds and an original radio surround.

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It has a modern radio fitted, but as you can't actually hear anything on it at speeds above 20mph, I'm going to fit a period Radiomobile I've had kicking around at home for years :D

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2010 8:42 pm 
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Most of the interior is now complete. I have recovered one of the rear quarter panels (still got the other one to do) - the vinyl was from the badly home-made rear cockpit panels, at least that home-made interior was good for something :mrgreen:

Note the original rubber seal that is often missing on repro panels. I even riveted on the little stud for the hood cover. I'm proud of those little details :mrgreen:

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The cardboard boot panel that covers the petrol tank has been cleaned up and sprayed in "vinyl and rubber paint".

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The glove boxes have had the original vinyl on the support bars stuck back down and fixed to my Stoneleigh bargain gloveboxes :D

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To give you (another) example of the muppet who "restored" this car, this is his handiwork on the brand new rear quarter panels (compared here to an original).

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The lower sections had been nastily hacked away. Why? Well, on the B-pillar, there should be a 1" vinyl strip fitted, then this panel. These panels had been fitted right up to the door seal, so these sections were hacked off to get them to fit. It looks stupid, as now the panel didn't follow the correct curvature of the inner wheelarch :roll:

To be honest, if they had been fitted properly, I would have kept them, speakers and all. Now they've been replaced, there's no way I can take a knife to them! Not sure where the speakers are going to go yet. Originally Triumph dealers fitted one in the passenger glovebox compartment, but that seems a rubbish idea.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 23, 2010 8:46 pm 
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When a floorpan is a collander like this Ive had good mediun term bodge results by first of all wire brushing as much as possible and on both sides, then giving it a coat of bilt hamber hydrate 80 or somesuch then when dry covering the whole lot with P40...the stuff with fiberglass in it.

This gives quite a strong "ceramic" floor. It will last a couple of years at least...:-)

You can get a full floorpan and stick it in when funds allow. Unless of course this is a seller soon then it ought really to be done properly.

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Funny you should say that Jonners, I've just come back from Halfords with some fibreglass matting :mrgreen:

But don't worry, it will definitely get fixed in the near future.. I just want it to be watertight for now. I've roped in a friend to help me get the hardtop on tomorrow. It's green.. so on a red car it's going to look rather festive :lol:

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 24, 2010 4:45 pm 
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Funny you should say that Jonners, I've just come back from Halfords with some fibreglass matting :mrgreen:
Good plan, that floor pan is too far gone to be worth attempting a hot metal bodge. If it was just the big rectangle I'd have a crack at it, or rather help you to. Where better to practice after all?

Coming along well.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 1:42 am 
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It is mainly just the big section outlined in yellow. The green section along the sill is to show where someone has welded on an L-shaped section to create a new lip to weld the outer sill on. It seems solid, except in one small area shown (small yellow box).

I'm back in Poole now, so I might fire up the welder and have a practice on some scrap :D

Fitted the hardtop this morning.. As I was busying myself putting the hood down, it was about two seconds away from being nicked by a pikey with a truck full of scrap :evil: Not overly sure green suits it, but it will do for now :lol:

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 8:00 pm 
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Dug out my stash of classic radios today, and narrowed my choice down to a Radiomobile Model 80, or a Motorola Model 124. Any thoughts?

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Or I have a Brand New 1969 Blaupunkt Hildesheim tucked away.. :-k

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 10:19 pm 
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Motorola

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 10:35 pm 
Both sets are too new to be strictly correct in the Spitfire, break out that Bosch! :D


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 11:20 pm 
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My car was registered in March 1971, and was a demonstator in a Triumph dealer in Birmingham for a year. What years was the 80 produced? I can see a couple if components inside the Radiomobile dated November and December 1972, so it's not far off!

The Motorola has components dated 1976/1977, which explains why the circuitry inside is about half that of the Radiomobile!

Hmm.. I'll have to dig out the others I have..

What were the 'official' dealer-fit radios for Triumphs in 1971? Anyone got a 1971 accessory brochure? :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2010 3:01 pm 
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Managed to get the area around the tunnel rust treated, primed and topcoated. I'm only using red Hammerite Smooth, but as it's going to be hidden under the carpets I don't mind. With this done, I can put the tunnel cover back in!

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Also has a poke around the floor.. Which doesn't look good.. Thankfully the other side seems ok, so will just get treated and painted.

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All ready for tomorrow afternoon then H?

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2010 3:32 pm 
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Providing I don't fall through the floor on the way over :lol:

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2010 11:29 am 
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Hmmm...single rail non o/d box in there...

Overdrive would transform it. Nickable from a dolly 1500...:-)

You need to be careful about the strength of the seat belt mounting and the support for the rear radius arm too. That floor is a delight.....

clear proof that spits need a garage or hard top in winter.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2010 5:00 pm 
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.....What years was the 80 produced? I can see a couple if components inside the Radiomobile dated November and December 1972....
I might have this slightly off....
I was thinking that you were referring to the 80X, the X standing for silicon in the I/F stages, but the 80 was earlier. The 80X was made from around February, 1973 as far as I can gather.

I have seen an 80 (Ge I/F devices) with that cap dated as late as July, 1972, which would put the eventual build date of that example almost into 1973. Perhaps 80s and 80Xs were sold alongside each other for a while?

I recently restored an 80X for a member of a Practical forum for Classic car owners and that set had been bought new by the chap in April, 1973 yet that big orange electrolytic in the audio stage was dated August, 1972. Perhaps some 80 chassis were left hanging around and were fitted up with silicon in place of the earlier Germanium on an otherwise identical board?

Is your set an 80 or is there an X in the number? If it's the Germanium-equipped 80, then it could indeed be older. Me not reading the original post properly you see.... :oops:


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2010 11:38 pm 
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Saw Spitty today. That floor will be done soon enough :D Think Howard was quite taken with Flipper too.

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