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Old 09-06-2006, 02:28 PM
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hello

I am getting close to retirement and have decided to try restoration/projects of the mechanical type.(pre computer models). Currently I have a 76 triumph spitfire in pieces beginning to replace rust problems.

Was also looking into doing a T-bucket type body on this frame.

any info about the t-bucket body kits would be appreciated.

If this turns out okay, I hope to find an early 65 or 66 mustang, 66 or 67 chevelle or 69 camaro to restore.

hope to hear from yall soon.

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T-buckets are real narrow and I am not at all sure woudl work on th spitfire frame..Myself I think the spitfire woudl make a nice "fun car" and would be a good learning experience..

Don't know how the drive train is in yours but if it is toast then a 4cyl engine swap might be good..

Myself I would reccomend doing something that can get done in some reasonable amount of time..

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Yep, onemoretime is absolutely correct. Frames from other donor cars just never work out in a T bucket build. Look at the kits offered by Speedway and Total Performance. Both companies,especially Total have worked out a complete system where you can keep adding parts, piece by piece, or buy a pretty much finished car.

Get one of each companies catalogs to give you some insight.


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thanks for the information. everthing is operable on the spitfire. frame is less than 16" wide for the most. I have been trying to find a place to purchase the floor pans for this vehicle and am having no luck as of yet. floors are pretty much gone. an info on this woudl be appreciated.
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Look into www.metalmeet.com and so some searches on metal fabrication and floor pans here on this site..

Lot of guys are doing resto's on cars that the parts are not available for so we wind up making our own so to speak..if you do some looking at the wrecking yards you can find some floor pan pieces which can be trimmed and welded in in place of the rotted ones..Not exactly what one would do in a 110 point resto but hey it works just fine if one's objective is to build a good fun car and say "Yup I done that"

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thanks. have registered on the metalmeet website. who knows maybe i will learn how to do something besides turn wrenches.

thanks again.
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