Well, with these lovely summer nights, I've regained my mo-jo, managed to stay out the pub a bit and crack on with the Vitesse. To celebrate this I thought I'd share a little progress with you.
After mashing the gearbox at Santa Pod last year the old gal has been layed up and quietly disolving as only BL tin does.
So, old gearbox stripped out (in anticipation of the type 9 conversion), I ripped out the carpets (won't be needing them again !) and attacked the floorpans with a wirebrush and found them to be in remarkable good nick !
A coat of paint later;
Then onto the bonnet. Last year I managed to find a very rare fibreglass front end for the Triumph, but it was a bit rough round the edges. (Legend has it they were made in very small numbers by Honeybourne but they never admitted it !), so out with the 'glass and filler.
That should save a shed load of weight and no more tin-worm !
The engine is due to be replaced with this one which I have been working on for over 12 months now. Block is bored +0.020". New flat top pistons. Crank, flywheel and front pulley have been lightened and balanced. Final spec will also include flowed late spec 2500 head, lightened/balanced 'rods, flowed inlet manifold and 6-2-1 exhaust manifold. Carbs will be either HS6's or the pair of HS8's I have lying about, along with a fairly lairy camshaft which I have yet to aquire ! Oil cooler will also be fitted, possibly front mounted.
p.s. it's actually painted RED not pink, it just looks that way on the photo !
Hi MrSpeedy, why are you welding the Vitesse bell housing to the adaptor plate? Would it not be better to bolt them together? I am looking at a similar conversion for my MK2 as well. I have a Sierra 2 litre Type 9 gearbox to do the conversion and am buying the adaptor plate from Canley Classics. It works out cheaper including shipping than sourcing aluminium locally and getting it machined.
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ahebron; there's 2 reasons why i'm welding the plate to the bellhousing. My initial thought was indeed to bolt the two together but after lining them up the top 2 holes partially overlap and I can't see a reliable way to overcome this. The second reason is simply because I can ! lol. It's all being done by myself and on a budget. I did look at the conversions available ( frontline/jigsaw etc ) but couldn't justify the cost considering so far it has cost me 50 quid for the material and the gearbox !
You can move the T9 shift forward about 65mm without getting too technical. Not really enough - still interferes with the handbrake. Used a Toyota W58 in mine - which caused a different set of challenges...
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Post by DutyFreeSaviour on Aug 6, 2009 9:55:31 GMT
Missed this earlier - excelletn stuff. One of the few Trumps I love but haven't snagged yet. You're doing a quality job there too. Type 9 on the list of 'after MoT' for the shed. Watching with interest.
You got the top coats on the bonnet setup yet? Top find in 'glass.
Cheers. Yh, bonnet finish painted now. Not brill, but will polish up. Not looking for an A1 paint job, just clean it up at bit ! So far, she seems very solid underneath, altho i have found a tiny bit needs doin on the front outrigger by the bulkhead
Are fibre bonnets so rare for a Vitesse? Or is it just that well made fibre bonnets are rare? I'm curious.
Back in the day the fibre front end was the standard solution to terminal bonnet rot on Herald/Vitesse series cars, there used to be plenty of companies who'd supply you with one. OK, some of them were pretty awful copies, but rare? Not the way I remember it.
I've got a fibre 1200 bonnet in my pile of tatty Herald bonnets. Pile of poo, or pile of dollars?
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