Thanks for your input.
If I make it out of aluminum, Whats the best procedure for finishing it? (a
black finish would be nice, but might the paint not chip easily?)
Also, as to availability: Is a good place to get sheet aluminum at a heating
&cooling business, for air ducts?
> I would reinstall or replace it with thin aluminum. The designers at
> Coventry actually did a little research on those and they are functional,
> training all the air gleaned from this area up to the fins of the radiator
> core. Without the valence, you lose quite a bit of air flow back down under
> the motor, not thru the rad. Just my opinion (shared by many)....
> Chris Prugh
> 72 Spitfar
> Morgan Hill, CA
> From: Atwell Haines[SMTP:Carbuff@scooter.net]
> Sent: Sunday, June 22, 1997 11:42 PM
> To: Triumph Mailing List
> Subject: Spitfire Lower Radiator Shroud
> Hello All,
> My '79 Spit came with a fiberboard shield that attached to the bottom of the
> front spoiler and to the frame just below the radiator. Needless to say,
> after 12 years of use (and 6 years sitting in the dirt being dis-used), it's
> pretty well shot.
> So is it really necessary? I've seen several threads about hot-running Spits
> where The Wise Ones say to have all "valences" installed. This thing, if in
> place, would seem to limit cooling air to that small amount which would flow
> thru the front bumper (and that 25LB reinforcement that US Spec cars have).
> Atwell Haines
> '79 Spitfire FM96062
> '88 Lotus Esprit
> '88 Mustang 5.0