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Carb Rebuild

After many seasons of a carb that is just horrible, both age and design, it was time for a carb rebuild. A few years back, the large diaphragm at the top of the carb split 5 miles from home. I nursed it home with a combination of choke and pedal fiddling. Luckily, I had a spare junk carb in the trunk. The rubber was still in great shape. That’s lasted me the last...

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Spitfire Updates – June 25th, 2012

I finally was able to get brakes completely bled, full of new fluid and a nice firm pedal.  I also fixed the brake light switch that was damaged when I pulled off the original master cylinder.  So, short of now needing to replace the front calipers (front left pulls harder than right) We are pretty much set. I've gone over both front brakes in the past, honed the cylinders, and I think after nearly 40 years,...

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Spitfire Updates – May 20, 2011

After attempting to rebuild the master cylinder, it seems that the bore of the cylinder is just tired, as the seals didn't fix the slow leak.  In fact, new seals sped up the leak.  So, I broke down and ordered a replacement last week.  Hoping it will arrive this week so I can give the old G-RAFFE a spin around the block. Once that is done, I'll be tackling the valve cover gasket and the tranny...

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Spitfire Updates, May 1 – 2012

Last night I started digging into the brake cylinder, it needs to be pulled and have the seals replaced.  I have one brake line left to free, and then I'll be able to get it out.  I'm also considering as long as I have it off now, that I should clean it up, and put it back on nice and shiny.  Less to do when I actually do the frame cut-over is how I see...

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Spitfire Updates, April 26 – 2012

After a winter of sleeping in the garage, I uncovered the Spit this month, and summarized my plans for this year. First off, I spotted my brake cylinder decided to drip all over my floor mat (old rubber Volvo mat, no biggie). So, I ordered a seal kit for that, and decided I would finally replace the fuel pump, which liked to drop on the starter on and off. I also picked up a new...

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Out with the old, in with the new

2011 has been laid to rest, and 2012 has begun. Overall, 2011 had some ups and downs, but in the end I was still on the right side of the semi-frozen Minnesota turf when the ball dropped last night. Here's a recap from 2011 for anyone that gives a rats hind end.. January - February: It was pretty dang cold, so we didn't do all that much.  I worked out, edited some videos and worked on some websites.. March:...

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