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Spitfire Mark IV Restoration

The project

I´m based in Uppsala, Sweden. i have a very small garage. Luckily the 1971 Triumph Spitfire Mark IV I will restore is also quite small. I will here document the work I do. mainly for my self but you are welcome to follow my work.

16/10 -17 fuel gauge

Electronics Posted on Mon, October 16, 2017 22:15:03

Ok. One more thing today. I dismantled the fuel gauge. The second picture show all the parts in order they were taken off. The hardest part was the rim. I guess there was a better way when it was new but I had to use some brute force basically. The rim holds the glass. Behind that was some kind of now totally hardened gasket. I wonder if I can find a substitute. Otherwise I will just use some silicone when I mount it.
Here are all the parts lined up. In center starting from the right are all the small things; the round nuts, contacts, insulators, washer, gasket etc. Then the rim and the glass. Bottom is the two clock-faces and the actual gauge. And on top the rusty casing and retainer.
The rusty backside of the gauge. The big hole is for the bulb.



16/10 tank & interior

Very many things Posted on Mon, October 16, 2017 20:38:11

I don’t have much time during weekdays. Today I emptied and tested the tank for leaks. The only I could find was where I supposed it was. By the fuel meter sender unit. That means I will use this tank, just clean it up and get a new gasket for the sender unit.
Also removed the safety belts and the handbrake lever.
And then into the brain of the thing. Started by removing the central panel on the dash. Always exciting what you will find!
Not to bad though. It is amazing that these rusty old instruments still are working. Perhaps I will just restore them. I also think of just sanding down the dash panels and line them with new veneer. The hazard light lamp was not connected to anything.
The same goes for the red (to the left of the radio) and the blue (to the right) I have no clue at all to what they were supposed to indicate from the beginning. I am not sure I will want to have a radio in the car whatsoever. Radio in an open sports car is kind of a waste of space.
That was it for tonight!