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I joined the MGOC as one of the initial 100 founder members back in the early 1970's, attending the first meet at Flitwick, Beds Roche Bentley was the Chairman, I was on my second MGB GT by then and in my early 20's and I loved being a club member. I bought a sad Mk 3 Triumph Spitfire a few years later a did a body off rebuild so joined the Triumph club for info and spares moving on to RS & XR Owners in the 1980's. 1991 I joined the new Ford Cabriolet Club but sadly the Founder/ Co-ordinator collected all our subs then "did one"! so....I founded the "Escort Cabriolet Club" 1992 running it for some 4.5 years before having to hand over to my mate Yogi when redundancy struck, No money and went self employed. So why am I telling you all this?.....Maybe, just maybe some of our old club members have joined 124Spider.org because they love open top sports cars and they know a "Special One" when they see it and the Fiat 124 Spider is Special.

As you can guess that young lad is now an "Old Codger", however, I still have the passion and having owned two 2001 Mazda MX5 Jasper Conran editions over a 5 year period and only having to fit a k & N, Iridium plugs and swapping out 5 mm leads for 8 mm to make those cars perform better. March 2018 and I was back in the market for a soft top following a 3 year love affair with a 2006 R53 Cooper S. I couldn't take to the Mk 4 ND MX 5 but on seeing a low mileage Passion Red 124Spider Classica demonstrator I fell in love again.... I researched Classica, Lusso & Abarth reading "everything" and decided that the Abarth was out at £30000 + I didn't like the noddy car paint scheme, red speedo or the 22 lb each alloys. The Lusso and Plus yes but did I need Sat Nav, Fogs, Reversing and parking extras...No so this Passionate Red demonstrator seemed perfect so a 30 mile test drive was agreed with with dealership, taking in dual carriageway, "B" roads with lots of "Biking" twists and Turns and a couple of huge hills, the handling "floated" and suffered "Understeer" and the brakes felt soft but other than that.........YES! So I bought it and started googling for ideas and came across Brian Goodwin of Good-Win Racing in a youtube video and you guys sharing your ideas and advice's, some of which I have taken and acted upon during these last 6 months, so Thanks for that Folks and should you be interested in reading about my updates then I am about to post them under "Brexit Mods" (I hope), Cheers
 

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am with you. I grew up with the "Brit" cars. Had Spitfires and Tr4, Tr 250. My stepbrother had spitfires and a brand new GT6 that i fell in love with
 

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am with you. I grew up with the "Brit" cars. Had Spitfires and Tr4, Tr 250. My stepbrother had spitfires and a brand new GT6 that i fell in love with
Hi Jetlag and Thanks for your response.....Yes, I used to pass a parked up highly polished pale blue TR4A with hard top daily in my first MGB GT and drool over owning that car one day, I also went on a 90 mph tour of RNAS Yeovilton (Somerset) Airfield in a white TR2 owned by a Fleet Air Arm Leading hand as a 16 year old Junior Naval Air Mechanic after pestering the owner with questions, but alas, TR's were always out of my financial reach those days.
The Mk 3 Spitfire was an interesting project and one I would recommend to anyone as a first rebuild as it was quite easy....Remove interior & bonnet, disconnect steering and suspension points from body, brakes and remove 8 bolts through floor to chassis, have your mate one end bumper you the other and lift away. The mechanicals are sat there awaiting your attention and parts were plentiful as most Triumphs of the day (1968 model) shared components.
Owning and driving the 124 Spider takes me back with a grin but without the rust,earthing problems and grease nipples. I thought that I would hate the push start but actually love it, I considered an LSD (Limited Slip Diff) but as I do not track or drive like a loony tunes, just spirited, thought better of it, Cheers
 

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Hi Jetlag and Thanks for your response.....Yes, I used to pass a parked up highly polished pale blue TR4A with hard top daily in my first MGB GT and drool over owning that car one day, I also went on a 90 mph tour of RNAS Yeovilton (Somerset) Airfield in a white TR2 owned by a Fleet Air Arm Leading hand as a 16 year old Junior Naval Air Mechanic after pestering the owner with questions, but alas, TR's were always out of my financial reach those days.
The Mk 3 Spitfire was an interesting project and one I would recommend to anyone as a first rebuild as it was quite easy....Remove interior & bonnet, disconnect steering and suspension points from body, brakes and remove 8 bolts through floor to chassis, have your mate one end bumper you the other and lift away. The mechanicals are sat there awaiting your attention and parts were plentiful as most Triumphs of the day (1968 model) shared components.
Owning and driving the 124 Spider takes me back with a grin but without the rust,earthing problems and grease nipples. I thought that I would hate the push start but actually love it, I considered an LSD (Limited Slip Diff) but as I do not track or drive like a loony tunes, just spirited, thought better of it, Cheers
My dad and I have a 1973 Triumph Spitfire 1500 we are restomodding.
We started the project over 10 years ago and getting the spider has sparked interest in it again.
We are installing Toyota 4age with a 5 speed trans and a Subaru R160 differential to handle the newly found power.
Its funny because this is the one case where installing a 4age actually increases the displacement.
Output of the 4age should be around 160 HP which should be a little peppier than the 65 hp it originally came with.

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Hi Plillip33 and thanks for the info and pics.....the Triumphs lend themselves well to modifying and updating, engineering was much simpler those days to understand...I wonder...will you be bracing the Spitty as the chassis and body will, as you say, be hosting "a little peppier 95 hp extra" ? I particularly like the idea of "You and your Dad" working together, well done, Cheers
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Hi Plillip33 and thanks for the info and pics.....the Triumphs lend themselves well to modifying and updating, engineering was much simpler those days to understand...I wonder...will you be bracing the Spitty as the chassis and body will, as you say, be hosting "a little peppier 95 hp extra" ? I particularly like the idea of "You and your Dad" working together, well done, Cheers
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Just modifications to the frame for the new engine and a custom twin hoop roll bar tying into the chassis mounts similar to what used to be available from PRIRace.
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  1. Hi Plillip33 and thanks for the info and pics.....the Triumphs lend themselves well to modifying and updating, engineering was much simpler those days to understand...I wonder...will you be bracing the Spitty as the chassis and body will, as you say, be hosting "a little peppier 95 hp extra" ? I particularly like the idea of "You and your Dad" working together, well done, Cheers
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    Hi Ron. I’m Phillip’s dad. We currently have his Mini R61, my Mini R53 and my A124 in active modification stage in addition to the Spitfire project. What’s cool is we can still speak to each other after a modification day. We have our head banging times, but always work it out.

    Cheers, Dan


 

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  1. Hi Ron. I’m Phillip’s dad. We currently have his Mini R61, my Mini R53 and my A124 in active modification stage in addition to the Spitfire project. What’s cool is we can still speak to each other after a modification day. We have our head banging times, but always work it out.

    Cheers, Dan

Very small world Dan.........But it is nice to read father and Son sharing like this. I taught my two (Boy and a Girl) how to check systems, jacking and servicing cars when i was teaching them to drive as part of the deal, the boy hated it and once having had a puncture asked an old man in his eighties to change the wheel for him!!! The old boy loved being relied on and I gave up hope of having what you and Phillip have, meanwhile....the daughter ended up living abroad (Mallorca) so every time I visited her I spent hours and days on occasions chasing parts, replacing bald tyres or servicing / repairing her cars and although I speak some Spanish, Mallorcian is regional to them so attempting to discuss diffs, couplings and ignition parts was challenging to say the least..... Cheers
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