I spent from June 1987 until April of 1998 restoring this car. Of course
there was a period of about seven years that I couldn't work on the car since I was working
overseas. This particular car was a good example of what kind of car NOT to buy for restoration!
When I went to look at the car it was out on a farm close to Boulder Colorado on a saturday night,
at midnight, sitting in a field and there was no moon. Couldn't really see the car at all.
The PO told me that the person he bought it from said the motor had just been rebuilt. He
couldn't prove it to me though because he couldn't get it started. Because of that I got him
down some more in price! Turns out one of the reasons it wouldn't start was because of all the
sand in the gas tank. I think about 1/3 tank was filled with sand and other
miscellaneous items such as a childs little plastic shovel. So I have pretty good idea
of where the sand came from.....
Another option that I have yet to install is the original factory hardtop. All the rubber seals on mine are shot and I'm waiting for them to reproduce the rest of them before I tackle that project. As is typical for a restoration like this I spent far more than the car is worth, but I enjoyed it at the time!!
I have added a cruise control to the car and it sure does make a huge difference when driving on the highway! Add to that the D-type overdrive and it makes for a pretty decent highway car now. That is if I ever get a chance to change out the noisey rear end which is definitely showing signs of wear.
One other intersting feature about this particular spitfire is that it originated in Belgium. It
appears to have been a CKD car that was assembled in Belgium. I would have to guess that some
service man must have purchased the car while stationed there and then brought it with him when
he returned to the United States.
Needless to say I'm quite
happy with this find! One thing however, it isn't really a "no drill" luggage rack. I did have
to drill two 1/4" holes along the bottom edge of the boot lid. But I think thats a small price
pay to have a "period" style of luggage rack on the car.