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corby_baby
corby_baby New Reader
2/1/11 10:34 p.m.

After not making it out to the 2010 challenge, we decided it was in our best interests to move each car to a 2 year build. This was due to a combination of school, availability, and the quality we wanted our cars to be at. It was just not possible to finish in a year. With that being said, the miata is still underway and we have every intention of bringing it to the 2011 challenge this year. The idea behind doing a 2 year build is that we will bring a different car every year instead of every other year so we should have some build overlap between two cars.

One of our goals for the 2012 build was to do something completely different but still be overall competitive. After throwing some ideas around we finally came up with something that fit into our criteria. Below are pictures of our 1974 Spitfire Triumph that is soon to be Honda powered to replace its current 91 cubic inches of fury!!

unevolved
unevolved HalfDork
2/1/11 10:56 p.m.

Man, that's a good looking truck. Look at that sticker in the bottom right corner. Damn.

Corbin and I were sitting in Thermo this morning, and decided to text this guy. The guy had already had another offer, and since my professor let me skip Mechanical Design, I was able to get to the seller faster than the other guy and hauled the car away 6 hours later.

CarKid1989
CarKid1989 Dork
2/1/11 11:06 p.m.

honda powered? meaning s2000 or motorcycle?

unevolved
unevolved HalfDork
2/1/11 11:19 p.m.

There's a clue in one of the pictures.

AngryCorvair
AngryCorvair SuperDork
2/2/11 9:03 a.m.

Sweet!

Curmudgeon
Curmudgeon SuperDork
2/2/11 9:58 a.m.

As a fellow Challenge Spitfire guy, let me say: it ain't gonna be easy!

itsarebuild
itsarebuild Reader
2/2/11 3:22 p.m.

i like the engine placement!

Kendall_Jones
Kendall_Jones Reader
2/2/11 3:28 p.m.

Damn you southern states. That thing looks solid. Also, that weber carb & intake is worth some $$ on ebay :)

KJ

Karl La Follette
Karl La Follette Dork
2/2/11 4:13 p.m.

I have a fibreglass hood with hood bump in it

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard SonDork
2/2/11 4:26 p.m.

All I'll say is you should be expecting some fellow Spitfire competition.

unevolved
unevolved HalfDork
2/2/11 5:32 p.m.
Tom Suddard wrote: All I'll say is you should be expecting some fellow Spitfire competition.

I saw your thread, and I think it's safe to assume that while we're using the same chassis, we're taking it in completely different directions.

Oh, and Corbin forgot to mention the guy threw in a hardtop! SEXY

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard SonDork
2/2/11 5:44 p.m.

I've got that same hardtop...

I call flat black. You can't have it.

unevolved
unevolved HalfDork
2/2/11 5:50 p.m.

No, we already called that. We called it a while back. I've got a whole team that will back me up.

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard SonDork
2/2/11 5:54 p.m.

Spitfire squadron? We could have yellow stripes and harass Hongs...

corby_baby
corby_baby New Reader
2/2/11 6:57 p.m.

You can see the hardtop in the second picture. We should get some vinyls made for the spitfire squadron hahaha.

alfadriver
alfadriver SuperDork
2/2/11 7:00 p.m.
corby_baby wrote: You can see the hardtop in the second picture. We should get some vinyls made for the spitfire squadron hahaha.

So if you both use an Axis engine, the irony would be pretty massive.

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard SonDork
2/2/11 7:22 p.m.

That's what I thought. I briefly considered a "BMW Power" windshield banner, but now I think I'm just going to get little stickers to replace the stock emblems that say "SpitHigher"

ArthurDent
ArthurDent Reader
2/2/11 8:37 p.m.

Very nice. You can sell those hard tops for a decent price too. Probably the hardest part about a Spitfire engine swap is having to swapping out the rear axle.

MrJoshua
MrJoshua SuperDork
2/2/11 10:28 p.m.
ArthurDent wrote: Very nice. You can sell those hard tops for a decent price too. Probably the hardest part about a Spitfire engine swap is having to swapping out the rear axle.

Are they worth much? I have a scraped up metal one I want to sell but have no idea where or how much.

midknight
midknight Reader
2/2/11 10:55 p.m.

Ah, that's going to be sweet with the S2000 motor. A Contendah!!

corby_baby
corby_baby New Reader
2/2/11 11:45 p.m.
midknight wrote: Ah, that's going to be sweet with the S2000 motor. A Contendah!!

im afraid there isnt a single s2000 setup that would fit into the $2012 dollar budget alone (unless its stolen ).

AngryCorvair
AngryCorvair SuperDork
2/3/11 9:09 a.m.
unevolved wrote: No, we already called that. We called it a while back. I've got a whole team that will back me up.

No way, dudes. You've gotta keep that funktastic purple!

Scott Lear
Scott Lear Production Editor
2/3/11 9:19 a.m.

Can't wait to see it in action, glad you guys are planning so far ahead!

purplepeopleeater
purplepeopleeater Reader
2/3/11 9:24 a.m.

There used to be a guy with a S2000 powered Spit, I forget his name but he marketed camber compensators & a sticker that read "SPIT HAPPENS"

unevolved
unevolved HalfDork
2/3/11 10:13 a.m.
Scott Lear wrote: Can't wait to see it in action, glad you guys are planning so far ahead!

Yeah, we kinda had to after our logistical issues last year. But now we're in a new shop, have some money in our pockets, and things are looking much brighter for the 2011 build.

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