The body-off restoration of a Triumph Spitfire Mk2 (1965)

These photos are taken while performing a body-off restauration on my Triumph Spitfire Mk2.
(The first 14 photos are taken before the actual restoration.)

My Spitfire before the restoration
This is me modifying a Mk3 exhaust to fit my Mk2
This is me modifying a Mk3 exhaust to fit my Mk2
This is me modifying a Mk3 exhaust to fit my Mk2
Picture of the front suspension
Picture of the front suspension
Picture of the front suspension
The front suspension with parts missing..
The front suspension with parts missing..
The front suspension with parts missing..
The parts..
No suspension..
Picture of the left side (two years before the restoration)
Picture of the right side (two years before the restoration)
The actual restoration! Stripping the interior.
You can see the rotten floorboards.
Rust (and some sort of primer?)
The boot is also rusty (and there's the primer again..)
A popular place for rust
Inside the boot
There's some metal missing.. (right-side of the boot)
You can see some welding
Rust..
The rear valance is rusty at the bottom and dent
The stripping continues..
The stripping continues..
The stripping continues..
The stripping continues..
The doors. They look OK but are dent and "fixed" with body filler
The stripped car on transport to my welder
The stripped car on transport to my welder
The rust was brushed away and the bare metal is treated with a rust eater
My gearbox and starter engine
The engine. You can see that it's a little oily..
The engine
The gearbox will be revised
The engine
The engine
The sump
The body. You can see the replaced rear valance.
The rear wings are fixed with replacement parts
The inside of the body is spray painted with etching primer
The front floor pans have been replaced
The feet of the floor!
The body
The inside
The old doors. You can see the drilled holes used to pull the dents out. It needs to be replaced..
The window frame without any paint
The doorskins have been replaced, and the doors are attached to the body
The doorskins have been replaced, and the doors are attached to the body
The doorskins have been replaced, and the doors are attached to the body
The front of the body is spray painted with etching primer
The chassis as it was
The chassis as it was
There's paint missing and a lot of dirt and grease
The chassis as it was
The chassis as it was
The body
The rear spring and drive shafts
Cleaned and spray painted
The engine with it's timing chain exposed. It needs to be replaced.
The engine with it's timing chain exposed. It needs to be replaced.
The sump is also removed so it can be cleaned, painted and new gaskets can be fitted
The engine is spray painted with a heat resistant paint
The cleaned and re-painted chassis. I used 4 layers of special paint to protect it. The front of the chassis is still bare metal, it will be treated later on
The Chasis
The revised rear suspension is attached. I also renewed the differential seals
The rear suspension
The chassis
On transport
On transport
On transport
The spray painted body returns!
The spray painted body returns!
The spray painted body returns!
The spray painted body returns!
The petrol tank wiring
The tail light wiring
The body above the chassis
The front brake lines
The chassis from another perspective
You can see the teflon spacers I used to give the central spring more stiffness
The brake lines and the gas line
The rack-and-pinion steering is in place
The front suspension will also be revised
The front suspension will also be revised
The front suspension will also be revised
The engine is back in place
The engine is back in place
The revised gearbox
The wheels
The springs (cleaned and repainted), the shock absorbers were only 1 year old, so I didn't change them
What will it be?
An attached body!
The body and chassis attached
The body and chassis attached
The body and chassis attached
The body and chassis attached
The underbody coating
The underbody coating
The doors are removed, to easily access the dashboard and the interior
The car without doors
The first replaced part!
A photo of the new / revised parts that will be fitted to the car
A photo of the new / revised parts that will be fitted to the car
The dashboard cleaned
The revised front suspension. The most parts are powder coated.
The revised front suspension. The most parts are powder coated.
The boot with carpeting
Tail lights
The fuel tank panel
The fuel tank installed
Builing the car!
Builing the car!
The rear panel with chrome speaker grill
Builing the car!
Builing the car!
The master brake cylinder in place
The internal wiring (and brake pedal)
The new stainless steel exhaust system is in place
The new stainless steel exhaust system is in place
The new stainless steel exhaust system is in place
Builing the car!
Builing the car!
The window frame is in place
The DR-11-96 from behind
Builing the car!
The DR-11-96 from behind
The cooling fan in place
The master clutch cylinder in place
You can see the revised carburetors
The revised carburetors
The DR-11-96 from behind
The DR-11-96 from the front
The engine bay
The engine bay
The boot lid
The DR-11-96 from the front
The engine bay
The DR-11-96 from the front
The engine bay
The engine bay
The steering column
The grill
The cleaned and spray painted radiator
Building the car!
The DR-11-96 from behind
The inside
The radiator installed
The engine bay
Overview
The new carpeting
The new carpeting
The dash
The engine
The interior
The dashboard
The dashboard
The interior
The bucket seats
The bucket seats
The glove compartments
The interior complete! (only the seats are missing)
Spray painting the bonnet
Spray painting the bonnet
Spray painting the bonnet
The seat frames and the soft top frame in place
The doors (with the locks and windshields) in place
The doors (with the locks and windshields) in place
The soft top
The soft top
Almost done!
The bonnet in place with head lamps, grills and the TRIUMPH badge
All we need are the bumpers!
As good as new!
As good as new!
As good as new!
As good as new!
As good as new!
As good as new!
As good as new!
As good as new!
As good as new!
As good as new!
As good as new!
As good as new!
As good as new!
As good as new!
As good as new!
As good as new!
As good as new!

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