When we moved from Suffolk to the New Forest 13 years go, we gave our spitfire 1500 to our neighbouring farmer, who had ideas of doing it up (just like we had!). We have just had said farmer to stay, and I asked after the spitfire. It turns out that he has never got round to doing anything with it (just like we hadn't!!), so I asked him if he would like me to get rid of it for him. The end result is, that I am going to collect it on a trailer and bring it down here. The last time I saw it was when Ben drove it round to the farm, so it was a runner; sound but starting to get tatty. I've just found some old photos of it from the time it went to the farm, and it really didn't look too bad. It has been dry stored in the back of his insulated barn, so whilst the rust worm has probably had a good munch, hopefully it hasn't bred too much and gone completely rampant!
I'm now feeling very excited about getting a project and have always fancied the Vincent hurricane body, but does anyone here know whether they are still available? If they are, I think (hope) I may have the perfect donor car! Of course, it may be that the original panels are easily repairable and it would be silly to do a body swap.
Plan A is to strip the whole car down and go through everything thoroughly, so hints and tips from those of you who have done such a project would be gratefully received. Is there anything that you didn't do which with hindsight you wish you had done? Now is also the sensible time to think about any modifications/improvements to make it an enjoyable and safe road car, so again, what would be a good idea? Plan B, (which is very boring and not my preferred option) is I will take one look at it and think 'sh*t.....this is way beyond me!' and I will just get rid of it as it is.
So, as I start dreaming...………. I mean planning, my final question is, if you were in my position, what would you choose to do to it?