Ric Gibson's 1979 Triumph Spitfire w/ Turbo Rotary Part I
This is Ric Gibson's custom built (from the ground up) 1979 Triumph
Spitfire powered by a BDC-built street-ported Mazda 13BT Rotary engine. A
turbonetics 60-1 provides Boost in the high-altitude, Denver CO area.
Video taken in summer '05. Tuned by BDC Motorsports.
For more pictures of this gorgeous car, check these links:
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."
Triumph GT6 MK3 vintage race car part 1
A tour of the GT6 race car engine bay , part 1. Visit
http://www.austinhealeywood.com/brakelines.html for information on the
copper nickel brake line kits that I mentioned in the video. I will be
adding part 2 of this video next week.
My friend and I built this vintage race car over the course of several
years. It may have been raced in Canada when it was new, but I have very
little information about it's history.
The engine was built to be reliable so that we could sort out the car on
track. It could certainly make more power by increasing the compression
ratio and doing a few other things. It has been very reliable so far. I
drive a street GT6 and I can tell you that there is no comparison between
the stock engine and this one. This engine revs very freely and is still
making power up to the rev limiter (7000 RPM). This is due to all of the
work done on the head, the Exhaust
header and the weber carb setup.
V8 Triumph Spitfire on Rolling Road
Triumph spitfire with chevy 350CI V8 putting out 337BHP with 376 Ib/Ft of
torque. For more detail have a look at the website -