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Old 11-16-2008, 10:43 PM
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Default Bumblebee Triumph Spitfire Build Thread

I haven't really had a build thread, but figured I've got some good progress so might as well start one! My wife has come up a good name for the car, Bumblebee ("transformed" from gas to electric...).

This past weekend I cut out my adapter plate. (With lots of help from xrotaryguy, thanks man!) WD-40 is definitely your friend when cutting metal.

I still need to drill the mounting holes in the plate for the motor and transmission but that will be pretty easy. I'll hopefully get my first (very low speed) test drive in the next couple weeks!
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Old 11-19-2008, 08:38 PM
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Looks great Clint! I've been following your progress on your blog, and I'm impressed! You're really making headway.

I'm still looking for my donor. I've been looking for an MG nearby, but the few I've found are all rusted to hell. I'm working a lead on a 76 Triumph TR6 that is here in New Orleans, probably go check that out later this week.
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Old 11-19-2008, 09:16 PM
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Looks great Clint! I've been following your progress on your blog, and I'm impressed! You're really making headway.

I'm still looking for my donor. I've been looking for an MG nearby, but the few I've found are all rusted to hell. I'm working a lead on a 76 Triumph TR6 that is here in New Orleans, probably go check that out later this week.
Thanks!
I was checking out a MG just a couple days before I bought my Spit - they are good looking cars. I'm very happy with the Spitfire though, it's ridiculously easy to work on. Car shopping is definitely easier in Phoenix - rust isn't nearly as much of an issue.
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Old 11-23-2008, 08:42 PM
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Only 50% done with the conversion, but I've had my first test drive with the Spitfire!



No motor controller, but I did rig up my contactor to the Pot Box so I had power on / off with a single 12V battery. Even at 5 mph, it was really freaking sweet!
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congradulations for following thru on your vision, looks good.
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Looking good! Did you cut the center hole with the jig saw? How well does it fit the motor or did you just cut it for clearance? I'm to the point I need to start making my adapter plate.

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Bumblebee...hmm...

Sure wish Vista supported my old Photoshop program.



A couple of black stripes and it can be a Superbee...

Or at least a BumbleBEV




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Default Re: Bumblebee Triumph Spitfire Build Thread

Just a quick note to say great project.

I've just had to sell my 1977 MG Midget as I didn't have a garage to store it in. But my plan for the future is an MG/Spitfire electric conversion very similar to the one you are doing.

I'll spend some time running through your Blog and see what you've got, but I may be stealing your ideas..

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Old 12-05-2008, 03:14 PM
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Thanks all!

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Looking good! Did you cut the center hole with the jig saw? How well does it fit the motor or did you just cut it for clearance? I'm to the point I need to start making my adapter plate.
I cut the center hole of my adapter plate with a jig saw. I oversized the hole so clearance with the shaft/coupler wasn't an issue. The coupler needs more exact dimensions and you need some good machining equipment for it, but I think anyone can make their own adapter plate.

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I've just had to sell my 1977 MG Midget as I didn't have a garage to store it in. But my plan for the future is an MG/Spitfire electric conversion very similar to the one you are doing.

I'll spend some time running through your Blog and see what you've got, but I may be stealing your ideas..
I highly recommend the Spitfire! (Do anything I did with extreme caution .)

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Bumblebee...hmm...
Sure wish Vista supported my old Photoshop program.
A couple of black stripes and it can be a Superbee...
Or at least a BumbleBEV
The car is 'close' to this... right?

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Old 12-08-2008, 05:35 AM
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Default Re: Bumblebee Triumph Spitfire Build Thread

if I remember correctly the "Spitfire" has a very lightweight chassis, so the acceleration could be quite "mind-blowing" at first. Power/weight ratios are the "name of the game sir, good luck with your conversion!!!
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