...I finally have a FHC Spitfire!
Serves me right for buying a hardtop for £20 when they’re normally £100, but every seam and enclosed box section was thoroughly rusty. I can definitely see how cars made before the take-up of paint dipping/galvanising could rust so quickly!
As I’ll be re-making most of the internals, boxing in the lips for the windows and door seals to the roof skin to make a rigid structure, I just stripped it back to the outer skin and the window frames. I then spent bloody ages trying to get it to align as best I could and welded it to the body :)
Over the next few weeks I’ll make a box-frame around the perimeter of the roof, re-make the rusted leading edge and weld it to the windscreen frame and finish seam-welding it to the body (very slowly to minimise warping). Then, the body will get welded to the chassis a la Big Healey and I’ll have what I think is the world’s first unibody Triumph Spitfire!