I doubt that there is much original Spitfire there but rebuilds have been done with less. All you need is the data plate off the firewall. A CAA approved company on the Isle of Wight can build the airframe from scratch.[/QUOTE
Ahh the elusive data plate, I wouldn't want to try and get a newbuild airframe passed the CAA nowdays, if there isn't a substantial amount of original structure attached to the firewall plate.
Most newly " restored" Spitfires are cloaked in mystery, from ownership, right down to exactly how much original material exists,; remember new build Spitfires cant fly in this country, as the lengthy (and prohibitively expensive) type approval hasn't been done. (excluding home build replicas")
Better that she sells it to finance a (cheaper) non runner - or perhaps for some clever bugger to use all parts for 'bucks' and mould-up 'glass replicas!We have had a working Merlin engine from a Spitfire in our work shop for a while now. The lady who bought it wants me to make it into a bar feature for her house. Such a waist.