Steve & Cheryl Carver's 1976 Spitfire
Except for its first couple of years, the car has been somewhere in the family. Like many classics, it spent part of its life garaged in non-working condition. In 2005, my wife's uncle obtained the car from his brother-in-law in Washington State (where it rode out the Mount St. Helens eruption in 1980), transported the car to Missouri and proceeded to get it back in working condition. It was in excellent shape when we purchased it in 2010. We tend to drive it to dinner and a few close events with the Kansas City Triumphs Sports Car Club. Like all classics, it needs a bit of TLC from time to time.
Over the years, we have replaced the gas tank and fuel lines, leaf spring, rear shocks, alternator, brake master cylinder, dash pot diaphragm and O-rings and performed other general maintenance. Nothing too significant, as a lot of the difficult restoration work had already been done. Planned work includes a tune-up, front shocks, fuse box and possibly a radiator replacement. We are sure other work, both necessary and aesthetic, will be undertaken.
The hardtop is an original but not to the car. We acquired it from another club member who rescued it from a Western Missouri barn still mounted on a car that had been cut-up with a cutting torch.
Fortunately, the top avoided a similar fate. Restoration parts were purchased from Victoria British, except those not available through their catalog. Some parts were only available from suppliers in England. The top was in surprisingly good condition. A local classic car body shop in Lee's Summit, Missouri did the repair and paint work and helped with first install on the car earlier this year. We like the car both as a convertible and with the hardtop coupe profile.