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    Looks freaking awesome, dude. Huge improvement over the Spitfire original body.

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    Triumph Swordfish 1500

    Belated thanks for the nice comments.

    I've been on the road for just over 5 weeks now and have driven just over 400 miles.
    ( Mainly due to spending a lot of time stuck in London traffic & avoiding the rain. )

    Can't believe the hugely positive reaction the car gets whenever I am out it in.

    After the MOT I was able to swap my "V" reg. over to a "C" reg. I'd previously bought.

    I did think about buying an ageless plate, but figured 1965 was old enough to throw people off the scent.
    ( After all, how many people try to make their car look "just" 15 years older. )

    I've ordered a 70s style plate for the rear, yellow with raised black plastic letters, & another white stick on plate for the front.
    ( I couldn't order the rear until the V5C had been returned, so that is on its way. )

    I will have to wait until 2020 before I can legally use "classic" black and white/silver plates.

    Next job is to remove the lowering block I fitted to the rear, as I occasionally scrape the twin silencers.

    Cheers, Paul.

    PS
    Here are a few more photos, from the beauty of St.Pancras to my local run down industrial estate.

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    I like it

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    "I will have to wait until 2020 before I can legally use "classic" black and white/silver plates."

    you sure about that

    black n silver plates have nothing to do with being historic , or thats how it has always been

    the DVLA leaflet is also a bit confusing







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    West - Cheers.

    Scottie - Thanks for the reply.

    My donor was one of the later model Spitfires, with a first registered date in early April 1980.

    So after re-reading the extract you printed, I would have to wait another year until 2021.

    As April 2020 would only be for vehicles before 1st Jan.1980 and I would actually need before 1st Jan.1981.

    Cheers, Paul.

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    Triumph Swordfish 1500

    Quick update...

    With an MOT under my belt, I was able to change the registration number from the donor's 1980 V reg to a 1965 C reg.

    As discussed above, I have to wait a few years before I can legally fit black and white/silver plates.

    So I went for raised plastic digits on the back to at least give a hint of an older car.



    With another stick on number plate at the front.



    I've also removed the lowering block fitted under the rear spring, which has made a big improvement.

    From 'slammed' at the back, where the tail pipes kept getting scraped on speed bumps / angled driveways...



    To a much more level stance that looks more period (I hope).



    I'll leave you with one more autumn photo.



    Cheers, Paul.

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    My neighbour started one similar but gave up, well done you for getting it finished off properly and looking so period, any plans to go 'shiny' ?



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    28Chevy - Thanks Bernard.

    My plan is to rack up 1,000 miles to let the fibreglass / filler work settle / crack and then do the final body work preparation.
    ( Currently close to 600 miles, so getting there. )

    Then I will be hand painting it British Racing Green with a Signal Yellow band around the bonnet nose/grille opening.

    As this thread was a great inspiration for giving it a go.
    https://www.rodsnsods.co.uk/forum/tec...ting-car-98714

    The fact that old racing cars didn't alway have high quality paint is also a big advantage.

    Cheers, Paul.

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    Very nice to see an old spit given new life. well done

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    Excellent! The new stance is spot on
    Nuttier than squirrel shit

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