" There are still plenty of jobs to do to a little classic Spitfire. We've got a noisy diff in the rear, the shock absorbers, and let's not forget the engine. The head is now back from the engineers. Now, it's got to be reinstalled. And that is all what we've done before I can hopefully sell it on for a profit."
" Mike was complaining about, it's kind of really soggy back end, and this car has got a really simple suspension. This has got 1 leaf spring that goes from one side to the other. Essentially, there's a loads of, sort of bars of metals, sprung metal, held together with bolts. There's really very little that can be wrong with that. The only thing they can be, probably, is the shock absorbers. Now, what you're normally looking for is 1Â½ bounces when you're gonna give it some. So let's have a look. We'll, it's kind of really going on and on and on. So I think, basically, it's very, very fair to say that the shock absorbers are gone on this vehicle. It's gonna be very easy thing to take off. What to do is get the car up on the ramp and take the wheel off. Now, a problem that will come across in a minute is basically these shock absorbers and the tension because it's actually supporting some of the weight of the outside of this axle, this wheel basically. So, what I'm gonna have to do is get a trolley jackhammer here just to take a little bit of the strain, because if it gets too much pressure and that's gonna get a little bit dangerous. Now, the next thing is to try and get this shock off. There you go. Okay. So, whereas offending article looking pretty ropey, pretty unpleasant, especially when you compare it to the new one, because I've also got some new rubber mounts to go in there as well. So it should take away all of that horrible squidginess that Mike was talking about. It's a little bit fiddly but then I've got really big hands. So what do I expect? It's nice to find a simple job like this on the car because it's cheap, simple; it is easy to do."
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Wheeler Dealers Triumph Spitfire 1500 Part 1/5
" Hey! Look at this. Well done [unk]."
" As you can see, I delicately squeezed myself out of the car. Ed! Look what I've bought. I bought a spitfire."
" It's the Tomy toys of smallest cars. This is the beginner's sports car. If anyone can work on it, you can, sunshine. I would reckon."
" Well, it's pretty cool, but I am worried a little bit 'cause they're quite renowned for rust. What tends to happen is they rust away and then you saw a fracture and they've fallen off. So,"
" Don't you think I've done my checks, Edward?"
" Have you looked"
Wheeler Dealers - Selling the Triumph Spitfire 1500 Part 5/5
" Well, I said spring was the time to be selling a ragtop, and I wasn't wrong. We had a good response from potential buyers when I put the car out for sale. But, will anyone be prepared to part with the right amount of cash for this fantastic little sports car?"
" Probably, I have more budget."
" You don't wanna do deals today?"
" Maybe, so tomorrow [unk]--"
" Okay, we don't hang around because when they're [unk], they don't hang around for long."
" 2 down, 1 to go."
" I think he likes what he sees so far. Wish me luck 'cause I'll try to close him down, and finally, get rid of this Spitfire. "
" And you get along with it?"
" Ah, it's a lovely condition, isn't it?"
" Jeez, yeah. I mean, when I got the car, to be honest with you, we've done no paint work to it. So, the blue car bolted off, Edd repainted it. When I got the car, I had this annoying little misfire so I got my mechanic, Edd, to have a look at it, and he does not want to be doing things by half. He stripped the whole engine down, and he changed what I called the hard-seated valves. We've replaced the rear shock absorbers. And now, you can see, it handles nice and tight out on the road. In fact, the suspension should rise and fall 1-1/2 times, and that's exactly what it does. But the real work is done on the bumpers. Just look at them. Look at that, how shiny they are. So, great little car; I'm very pleased with it. All it needs Joe is a new owner. I'm gonna advertise it for 5 thousand pounds. I think it's a fair price for such a tiny little motor. Are you interested?"
" I would be more than happy to spend 4-1/2 on this."
" How much? 4-1/2 grand? No mate. After all the work we've put into this, it's worth a lot more. So what do you feel though? I'll let you have a 4,800 quid, cash."
" 4,600 quid."
" 4,600 quid, ey? Hold that in your hand. You got yourself a cracking British sports car, well done."
" Well, it didn't sell for quite as much as I would have hoped but we still made 1,168 pounds profit on a little Spitfire proving that buying the right car at the right time can put money in your pocket."
Some essential advice before buying a used car according to Mike Brewer Wheeler Dealers
" If you're in a market for a used car you might want this old Ferrari 308. They aren't just folding. There are a few things that you should do if we set off to go and buy a car. The first of which is to use your phone, maybe your landline or your mobile phone, and phone with data service. Somebody like HPI or the AA, and they can give you all the information you would need to know whether the car is pretty involved in any accidents, whether the police have got an interest, but more importantly, if it's got any finance outstanding. Now, the only information you need to give him is a registration number of a car. And if you can, get the chassis number of the owner as well. That way, you can find out that the car you're buying is genuine rather than setting off to go [unk] in the first place. All it cost is the same price as a tanker fuel, and it's the best money you'll ever spend. Secondly, when you arrive to go and see the car, make sure that the car has not been previously rammed before you got there. What I mean by that is put your hand on the body, although dirty on this Ferrari, or look can be stupid because the engine on this car is down the back. So, when I do get to the car, I can put the key in ignition and see if there's any nasty fumes or black smoke coming out the Exhaust pipe. Now, the other thing to do is when you do go and see a vehicle, make sure that the paperwork tallies to the place where you're actually standing. You'd be amazed of the amount of people who buy a car from the petrol station or from a pump carpark. What you should do, is when you go and see a vehicle, make sure that the paperwork says you'll stand in the barn any town. Make sure you all stand in at the barn any town to come and see the car. That way, you know that you're buying a genuine car of a genuine owner. Now, when you do finally get there, and you've checked that it's not been previously rammed, you're standing in the right place, and you've done your days check, don't let your heart rule your head because you can't get carried away, especially with something as evocative as this lovely 308 GT4. You want to make sure that you've got yourself a price and stick to it. Don't go above it; otherwise, you could end up to shell your money out forever in a day to keep that thing on the road. If the car has got any outstanding finance, then make sure you speak to the finance company before you go to see the vehicle and find out what that settlement figure should be. That way, you can give the owner the balance of the vehicle that you've agreed to purchase it from, and send the settlement figure directly to the finance company. That way, you know it's been paid. Other than that, happy motoring."
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