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Triumph Spitfire EV Conversion: Early Restoration Work

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As far as Spitfires go, the Mark-IV and 1500s aren’t as special as the 1960s models, so I never felt obligated to stick to an all-original and pure restoration project for this car. I wanted to make some aesthetic and functional modifications.

I started by replacing the old, rotting seats with bucket seats from a Mazda Miata, removing the heavy chrome bumpers, and replacing the rotten fiberboard transmission cover with a modern plastic one.

 

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Out with the old seats and in with Miata seats. Ultimately these ended up being too tall and I would revert to original seats, but was a nice idea in theory.
Out with the old seats and in with Miata seats
Picked up a new soft top and removed the rear chrome bumper. It was bent, heavy, and seemed generally ineffective for protection, and I really prefer the lines of the car without the protruding bumper.
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Removed the bent, rusted front chrome bumper as well. Not immediately as clean as the rear, but should eventually look better with a little work.
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The Spit’s original, rotting, 40-year-old fiberboard transmission cover
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The Spit’s new plastic transmission cover installed, but still a lot of work to be done to clean up the cockpit.

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