FIVE WAYS TO MAKE IT BET­TER

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying & Selling -

OIL FIL­TER 1

Only the 1500 got a spin-on oil fil­ter with a non-re­turn valve. All other Spit­fires were fit­ted with a car­tridge-type fil­ter which leads to the big-end bear­ings be­ing starved of oil on start up. This is a must-do.

OVER­DRIVE 2

Not all Spit­fires came with over­drive but it’s well worth hav­ing as it makes long-dis­tance drives so much more re­laxed. You’ll need to fit an over­drive gear­box (not just an over­drive) and a shorter prop­shaft.

BRAKES 3

The GT6 and Vitesse came with big­ger front discs and rear drums but this up­grade re­quires re­place­ment calipers, up­rights and hubs; use grooved discs and you’ll no­tice the ben­e­fit acutely.

EN­GINE 4

Smooth and torquey, the Tri­umph 2.0- or 2.5-litre straight-six (with gear­box) slots in to cre­ate a GT6 con­vert­ible. The GT6’s sus­pen­sion, brakes and humped bon­net must also be used, but this all trans­forms the driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, so they’re worth­while ad­di­tions.

IG­NI­TION 5

A lot of Spit­fires are fit­ted with a dis­trib­u­tor that’s seen bet­ter days. In­stead of fit­ting a new one, many own­ers just fit elec­tronic ig­ni­tion for eas­ier start­ing and smoother run­ning. Fit a de­cent dis­trib­u­tor while you’re at it.

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