Triumph Spitfire (much molested)

Started on May 27 by Curmudgeon

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1980 Triumph Spitfire with Mazda 12A rotary, RX7 limited slip diff, Miata brakes, Yamaha R1 motorcycle shocks. It was a $2006 Challenge car.

The 12A is stock except for a Racing Beat 2 piece intake with a 48mm Dellorto. I had to make a spacer plate to raise the carb off the engine, it was getting way too hot.

The transmission is a 1979 RX7 unit, the clutch and flywheel are stock RX7 pieces as well.

I built the roll bar myself, along with the custom rear control arms and hybrid Triumph/Miata fronts. The suspension uprights and brakes are from a 1.6 Miata, the brake and clutch master cylinders are 1st gen RX7 pieces. I recently narrowed and repositioned the steering rack to correct the bump steer and Ackerman problems from the original suspension build. I also added a 16" Ultrashield Spec Miata seat and a removeable steering wheel, along with extra roll bar bracing for TT and hillclimb use.

The exhaust is a self built header from a Racing Beat kit which feeds into a home built 2 1/2" exhaust and a Flowmaster muffler raided from the Dumpster behind the dealership where I work. ignorant and I did the aluminum interior work, all that was made from a 18 wheeler aluminum panel I bought at the local metal recyclers.

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May 28, 2008 6:16 p.m.
Greg Smith (Forum Supporter):
+1 for this neat ride!! I got to be in it at the 2006 Chalenge. Well executed...
Aug 31, 2009 1:27 p.m.
I sold the Abomination to another board member, Toyman. Look for it at an AX or HC in the Southeast soon!

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