Monday, 2 March 2015
First the car! It was finished in 2013. (if it can ever be called finshed) This was a great year for doing too much with so very little time. I moved jobs, moved to Scotland and travelled to Manchester on 5 or so occassions to work and complete the Spitfire prior to completing the 2013 10 Countries run.
The car was MOT'd in July with a seriously hot running engine which I had mapped with a basic set up on the megasquirt. I returned to Manchester in the end of July and drove the car to a Rolling Road in Maclesfield Cheshire. A great rolling road set up was done producing 150bhp at the crank and an indicated 130+ at the wheels. This was a new engine and should loosen up and give a few extra horses.
With the car set up on the rolling road, I headed to my new home in Scotland, 325 mile journey was great, is shook my alternator bracket to pieces and threw up a few other little niggles. Well with the trip back to Manchester the day before the 10CR, to my Well the 10CR was superb, the car had one minor issue with the set up and I had set the EDIS to cut out when the engine got too hot and it only went above my setting once in the hills of Italy, which required a stop and wait whilst the engine cooled down. This has now been increased and is now not an issue.
The 10CR was a superb test of the new set up, in total with the return trip to Scotland I managed 3000 pain free miles with superb fuel economy, at one point 50+mpg.
The car looks and sounds all things Triumph , but has the go the car was meant to have.
The car returned with me to Scotland in 2014 where I was to take part in the Auto Ecosse however the event was cancelled and the car was mothballed as I am now in the process of building a garage in the grounds of my new home near Crieff in Perthshire. The car is in need of a new Differential as my last one went POP I suspect too much power. The plan is to go LSD in the near future, I have a replacement diff ready to fit, lets see what 2015 brings.
With the garage build in progress and the list of things to do ever increasing I see no real movement on the Spitfire until 2016 where I plan to return the car to its original finish and upgrade the brakes and diff. More to come.
I promise I will update this Blog a few more times this year.
Sunday, 1 July 2012
Chassis has been treated to new front shocks and springs which are fully adjustable and the springs are more uprated than the ones fitted prior to the conversion, new vented discs have been purchaced and the GT6 bigger calipers and spacer kit ready to fit.
Really motoring now but there is still some way to go.
New stainless 2.25 inch pipes were collected today and hopfully in the next few weeks Ill have the exhaust fabricated and fitted.
Pipe WerX near Ormskirk provided the stainless pipes bent and they will also provide me the water rail once I have the spec required.
Really looking forward to getting the car on the road now.
All for now
Monday, 9 April 2012
Sunday, 10 July 2011
A veery wet run round Loch Long.
The next run is Club Triumph's 10CR.
10 Countries run. 10 Countries in 5 days.
The last time I attempted this event I failed dramaticly in Country 2 (France).
I hope to complete the event this year and enjoy the roads and company. Cannot Wait!
Monday, 1 November 2010
ITS NOT THE GEARBOX.
Its the Clutch plate. Bought from a supplier 2 years ago, I see this as a premature failure, I will be contacting the supplier tomorrow, I hope they see it as I do.
Monday, 4 October 2010
Well the RBRR was an interesting experience.
I arrived with the car which was running great at Steve’s in Bury / Bolton area at 9:15am where we fitted the relay for the driving lamps before setting off to meet up with Neil McDonnell and his brother at Lymm services on the M6. A good but wet run to the Plough to find very low oil pressure on the M25.
On getting to the Plough we checked the engine to find a rocker cover gasket was askew that fixed and new oil in the engine Oil pressure back to 60-70psi.
A good meal and we started the run waved off by everyone and the girls from the charity Mind. We had not long got going and I think we had just caught up Jason and Dave in the Courier when I noticed low oil pressure again. Pulling over at a petrol station we checked the engine only to find a hole in a oil take off for the oil cooler. Pulling the sandwich plate off the cooler we removed the problem and re filled the car with Castrol GTX (only oil available at the garage) as we had used all the classic oil I had come on the run with.
With great oil pressure we pushed onto Blythe and then Edinburgh airport. All was going well and on the next leg I decided to get some sleep so I would be fresh for the Skiah to John O’Groats leg.
A few miles above Pitlockery on the A9 heading for Skiah Services, I was asleep (well sort of) and the car was burbling rather well at about 65mph. Steve said he was trying to overtake a wagon as he pulled out beside the wagon he said the car just jumped out of gear. The car rolled to a halt with Steve making attempts to select a gear. In Steve's words we had a box full of neutrals.
Team Shorts were no more as it was blood freezing so the long trousers and fleeces were put on. A big thanks to the two guys in the V8 Herald who pulled over and gave us a hand with the car.
Well we waited for about an hour for the recovery service before a relay home to Manchester some many hours later. Me and Steve did discuss continuing on in his GT6 but we were not sure about if this would upset the MSA or the club so it was decided to call it a day. Steve said he was going to the Lancaster stop to cheer on the rest of the entrants but I said I did not have it in me. To say Gutted would not come close, especially after last years exit from the 10CR. It seems I have got my name back Bobby Broken Spit!
Well after a pint at home and some hot food I decided I was being a big girls blouse and phoned Steve at about a quarter to eight and asked him if it was too late to come to Lancaster, Steve being the great guy that he is said no problem and picked me up and we attended Lancaster to say hello to the rest. I was again really gutted to see everyone continue on without us in tow.
The car is in the garage until I can take a “be arsed” pill. To say I don’t want to look at it would be a fair comment but I will wait until Neil is back and speak to him about getting my engine lift to whip the engine and gearbox out and take a look at the box. I guess a full strip and inspection before I know what went wrong.
The Megasquirt will have to wait until the gearbox is sorted.
I just hope not all the people want their sponsorship money back.
Saturday, 21 August 2010
The link to my personal fundraising page is www.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=car59clubtriumphrbrr&isTeam=true
I am asking for people to donate what ever they can, however small. I have linked this through my Facebook page to try and generate interest and donations.
The car has been fully prepared for the run, passing the MOT last week, I just need to replace the rear differential with the 3.27 ratio one to give me better long distance capabilities.
Good luck to all co-entrants and lets hope we raise a good amount for this years charity.
All the best