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The Shropshire Spitfire
The Shropshire Spitfire
The Spitfire emerging from the garage after 25 years with (left to right) David Embery, Steve Cureton, Karen Miller & Chris Ray.
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This is a charitable project that has always belonged to the whole TSSC Shropshire Triumph Group rather than any one particular individual. Countless volunteers and sponsors have by now given their free time to help with the project and pledged their support via donations of parts and/or cash.

The project has an overriding primary aim to raise funds for the local Severn Hospice, not just in memory of the previous owner of the car, but also for everyone, their family and friends who have been touched over the years by tragedy and yet had their lives made just that little bit easier by all that they do at the hospice.

The story began when David Embery, received a call out of the blue from Karen Miller whose late father was a Triumph enthusiast and had bought her a Triumph Spitfire for her 18th Birthday. The car was to satisfy Karen's desire for a sports car. However, despite loving the car, Karen could not drive it easily due to having no synchro on 1st gear and also having to 'double de-clutch' when changing gear. No matter, Karen's father was a ‘Triumph Nut’ like ourselves and was undeterred. He decided to keep the car and gradually restore it to 'mint' condition for his own benefit.

The Spitfire went into the garage at the back of his house to be worked upon as and when time permitted. Sadly, approximately 25 years later, Karen lost her father when he died at the Severn Hospice in Shrewsbury. It was then that the Spitfire was re-discovered.

Karen asked the Shropshire Triumph group if they could help her do something with the Spitfire. She knew that her father loved the car and so she wanted to respect his memory and ensure that the Spitfire went to someone who would appreciate it. Karen thought that by contacting the Shropshire Triumph group that they would help her find that someone.

David went along for an initial viewing of the car, expecting to help put the car up for sale etc. However, what was found in the garage was not just any old Spitfire but a C registration early Mark 2 with an original hard 'bubble' top. The car had not moved out of the garage for over 20 years. David discussed with Karen that there had been a recent local car rally in June 2010 that had not only raised some money for the Seven Hospice but also raised many smiles on the faces of the patients who had been moved outside to watch and admire all the cars at the start of the rally. The feeling was that it would be great if lots of people could enjoy the Spitfire, respect Karen's father's memory and, at the same time, do something charitable for the hospice that had cared for him. Karen very much agreed and stated that she would be prepared to donate the car to the TSSC Shropshire group providing that it could restored to how her father had envisaged and, in addition to raising vital funds, used to bring smiles to the faces of those people in Shropshire who, through no fault of their own, are helped by the Hospice when life has dealt them a hand where they don't have much to smile about.

The restoration began with much enthusiasm. So much so that after only a few sessions, confidence was high about passing an MOT. However, it would be something of an understatement to say that things did not go according to plan! As many Triumph owners can relate to, one patch of rot led to the discovering of many more patches of rot and a full body off restoration ended up being the the only sensible way forward.

The engine was re-bored, re-ground, and rebuilt. The drive train, chassis, brakes etc were all refurbished with the aid of sponsorship from TD Fitchetts, Mike Papworth and Jigsaw to name but a few of our willing sponsors. The project was gaining pace until we came to trying to sort the bodywork. Despite having received a very generous donation of many body panels for the car by TD Fitchetts, things ground to a halt as we struggled to find anyone with the required welding skills. Therefore, back into long term storage went the Shropshire Spitfire.

In October 2020, the project gained a very much need injection of enthusiasm in that we became aware of an early Spitfire body that was available for purchase. However, initially things did not seem too encouraging as it had spent 25+ years within a ‘Pig-Pen’ in the middle of a field in Reading. It was decided to give it a chance, so a viewing was arranged. Incredibly, the body had survived better than many cars that are regularly garaged! A deal was done and the body brought back to Telford so that the project could then come back from its long-term hibernation.

We therefore arrive at the current position. The body is now being taken back to metal by Soda Blasting Ltd in Wolverhampton. It will soon be returned and as we have now acquired the appropriate welding skills within our group, we should be able to bring the body shell up to the standard we all want to see. Once that is done, painting of the body will happen and then fitting back to the running chassis can commence.

We now want to get to the finish line with the project and achieve the original aims. Hence the focus we are giving the Shropshire Spitfire at our group’s 11th anniversary party. Donations of any kind are most welcome and people can also use the web-site to donate cash online should they prefer.

More updates will follow as progress is made with the project. In the meantime, if anyone can offer help in any form, please let us know as we would be delighted to talk.
 
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The TSSC Shropshire Spitfire project to raise money for The Severn Hospice.
 
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CMC - painting the bodywork for our car.

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Autosparks Ltd.
Autosparks Ltd.
Autosparks: suppliers of our wiring loom.

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Mike Papworth Triumph Parts
Mike Papworth Triumph Parts
The Triumph Greabox, Overdrive, Differential extpert. Mike very kindly refurbished our grearbox and differential for the Shropshire Spitfire.

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Off Lady Lane
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TD Fitchett Ltd.
TD Fitchett Ltd.
Since the early Sixties when TD Fitchett or (Tony to those who know him well), launched in the accident repair market, fixing cars that have become today’s classics.

The firm produces gearboxes, overdrives, final drives and many small panels. Larger panels are manufactured off-site using original Triumph tooling, some of which has been improved to ensure a better-than-new fit. Many parts are hand-built by Tony to ensure build quality remains high – an early Triumph Herald with only 248 miles on the clock was kept as one of many reference items.

Today, TD Fitchett is one of the largest suppliers to the classic trade. If you’re in the market for Triumph parts TD Fitchett will come as a pleasant surprise.

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TD Fitchett, Redland Industrial Estate, Telford, Shropshire TF2 9JX.

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Classic & Vintage Dynamos Ltd
Classic & Vintage Dynamos Ltd
Dynamos, starters, alternators, wiper motors for all classic, veteran & vintage cars at very reasonable prices.

Very kindly donated a dynamo, starter, wiper motor & voltage regulator at the Stafford International in 2012.

Units 3 -4 Vernon Street Industrial Estate,
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NG20 8SS

Tel: 01623 747666

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I met this guy at the Triumph Spares day today, and bought a starter motor for my Herald. He said I could pay by card (£30) or £25 cash ... I had a total of £23.40 on me and asked if he would accept that. He said he would, and then took pity on me and let me have it for £20! What a nice guy!   Click for more ...
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Andrew Turner
We recondition carburettors for many classic cars, as well as stocking new and used parts for those brave enough to tackle the rebuild themselves.  Click for more ...
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