View Full Version : Garage find, started 1st time after 20 years

04-19-2005, 11:00 PM
I'll try and keep this short. Three years ago I found a 67 Spitfire in the back of a auto mechanics garage, it had been sitting there since 1984, when the mechanic had rebuilt the engine and the owner couldn't pay for the repair. At that time(3 years ago) I asked him if he wanted to sell it, he said No. I left him my number and forgot about it. Last week he called me and said the business was closing it's doors and the city was going to demo the building in 2 days. Come and get this Spitfire for $200.00 with a title. My son and I got it home and I started some major cleaning of the engine and body. I changed the oil, added WD40 to the pistons, used the original plugs, took apart and removed 20 years of gummy fuel from the carbs with carb cleaner and put a new battery in. Tonight, with the help of a little starting fluid, this car started right up after about 40 seconds of cranking the starter. All the fluids have dried up in the car, but it runs like new. Life is good. The body is basiclly rust free, but it's going to need some restoration. I just had to tell you about this find. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/savewave.gif

04-19-2005, 11:32 PM
What a deal! I know the feeling-- I've dragged, pushed old heaps home with little expectation (but some shred of hope)-- and when they fire with just a little attention, it's like winning the grand prize!
Congrats and have fun!

04-19-2005, 11:56 PM
Congrats on a wonderful find! It's amazing how things like this can happen... both the find and the car's starting!

04-20-2005, 04:13 AM
Grats - that must be so nice a feeling )

Ab Crevoiserat
04-20-2005, 08:44 AM
Congrats on your find, enjoy

Geo Hahn
04-20-2005, 11:12 AM
A real Colin Clive moment... "It's alive!".

What a sweet sound.

04-20-2005, 11:40 AM
Pulling them back from the dead, that got to be the coolest feeling in the world. Congratulations!

04-20-2005, 12:01 PM
Thanks for the replies, without a doubt, having it start after 20 years of storage and very little work was a great feeling. Thanks again

04-20-2005, 11:14 PM
Excellent, party on! Congratulation on a great find.

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