My Spit is 1980 build First reg 1981
Thanks for the info, the 1/16 inch is about what I remembered, I would have
to remove my spacers to achieve that sort of fit, my spacers stand out of
the screen frame a long way, as far as I can make out I have everything in
line,the spacers right down in the hole and if I try to tighten any more
there are three possible outcomes!
1 Snapped bolt
2 Stripped thread
3 Collapsible spacer
I was missing one spacer and the new one I bought (repro I think) was
fractionally longer than the original (by which I mean the one we got with
I met someone locally and he said he does not use the spacers, "what
Spacers?" His top is tight down and water tight.
Any down side to not using the spacers, my worry is the bolts marking the
roof skin from the inside, I guess I need to lift the roof off and spin the
bolt in and see how far it goes before it bottoms and then make sure it is
not going to go in that far when in place!
----- Original Message -----
From: "John Innis"
Subject: RE: Spitfire Hard Top, further questions!
> I don't remember exactly what year your spit is, but I have the hard
> top on my '76, and I'd be happy to take some measurements to try and
> help you out. But I am not exactly sure what you were asking for. I
> think you asked how much of a gap there was between the hard top and
> the windshield cap. Is that right? On my spit, there is very little
> gap at all. It's a visible gap, but less than 1/16. If it would be
> helpful, I can put the calipers on it and take a digital photo of the
> gap. I did have to turn the attachment bolts in quite a bit, but
> the top did pull itself into position nicely. When I bought my spit,
> it was missing the spacers. I bought new ones from Vic Brit, as well
> as new attachment bolts (all missing). At first the top didn't want
> to seat on the spacers, but eventually I figured out exactly how it
> was all supposed to fit together. I'm probably not going to have the
> top off anytime soon, but if I do, I'll send you a picture of how
> mine fits up.
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