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Jim Maness

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04/16/2017 02:08AM

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Re: Introduce Yourself Here!
Posted by: jimi
Date: April 16, 2017 02:52AM

Hey everyone. Jim from Illinois. Found you guys while doing some research on modifications I want to make on my 65 Spitfire. I acquired this car because I was looking for a cheap (and by cheap I mean initial investment) project. I knew this car has some rust issues, but was not prepared for what I found when I tore it apart. I wont be posting any pics with this post, but will be adding in the project section.

This is the first major project of this magnitude that I have ever done. I am not a "Body Man" but apparently I am going to be learning new skills. Seeing as how I work in a Hot Rod shop, I have access to metal shaping and fab equipment so I dont feel entirely overwhelmed by all that needs to be done haha. I pretty much know I want this to be a v8 car, but not opposed to a V6 either. I'm planning on making it an automatic so the wifey can drive it some too. The rest of the details have not yet manifested.

And so this is my beginning into the world of modified British Cars. And what a journey this will be!!

kelly stevenson
Southern Middle Tennessee
(764 posts)

10/25/2007 09:37AM

Main British Car:
2003 Jaguar XK8 Coupe 4.2L DOHC/ VVT

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Re: Introduce Yourself Here!
Posted by: kstevusa
Date: April 16, 2017 07:11AM

Welcome Jim, come down and visit with us in W.V for our annual meet in June!

Matt Horick

(1 posts)

04/28/2017 09:21AM

Main British Car:
1966? Triumph Spitfire Mk2 Chevy 327

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Re: Introduce Yourself Here!
Posted by: margot_mk2
Date: April 28, 2017 05:37PM

Hello everyone,

This is Matt, and I am super excited that this site exists, complete with a forum! I am about to start on a very big project for me, and I hope I can find guidance from folks who have done something similar before. My background is sculpture and metal fabrication, so in exchange for technical advice, if anyone needs help metal forming/welding related, I will gladly add my two cents.

My project is Margot, a forgotten Mk2 spitfire I pulled out of a field.. literally pulled with a tractor. There is practically nothing left from the sills down, the motor/trans/diff were still intact, but most of the suspension, all axles, hubs, interior, gas tank and other bits are missing. It was a parts car for I assume other spits and GT6's that were in better shape. My goal is to return it to the road one day.

After much debate and pricing genuine Triumph parts, and my distaste for the original rear suspension design, I've decided to go with a Chevy small block as the basis for the build, and piece together something from what ever I can find thats "good and cheap" to learn how to build a car from the frame up.

My ultimate goal is to shift my career into custom coach building / legacy vehicle restoration, so I figured starting with an existing car instead of a total blank piece of paper was a smart place to start. I know it's a huge leap and a big learning curve, but I'm up for it.

I'll post pictures of the Triumph soon as I can figure out how.

Also, I have a 1969 Morris Mini 1000, Helena, which I love dearly.

Thanks, and hopefully I can find some help with my rabbit hole of a build, and hopefully I can help add some info for other folks.


Rob Ficalora
Cypress, TX
(2305 posts)

10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: Introduce Yourself Here!
Posted by: rficalora
Date: April 30, 2017 08:10PM

Welcome Matt. You'll find lots of help here. You should start a project thread in the Triumph section. Be prepared for input on engine choice. Whether its a good choice or not depends heavily on what you want out of the car when its done.
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