A Guide to Racing Your Triumph Spitfire or GT6
(Fourth Edition - 2012) 

A great 106 page book about racing Triumph Spitfires and GT6s

Only available direct from me at 9.50 (plus delivery)

Delivery cost: 2.20 UK, 5.20 Mainland Europe,
7.50 rest of the world  (sorry it's so much Royal Mail have increased to postage price by 125% between 2010 and 2014)

 
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UK including delivery 11.70:
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Contents of the book (4th Edition)

1          Introduction     

2          The Four Cylinder Small Triumph Engine          

2.1       Which four cylinder engine is best?       

2.2       Where from?   

2.3       Watch out       

3          The Six Cylinder Triumph GT6 Engine 

4          Building a Race Engine 

4.1       How much will it cost? 

4.2       Watch out for bullshit   

4.3       Block  

4.4       Crankshaft

4.5       Bearings          

4.6       Sizing main and big end bearings          

4.7       Front pulley: 4 cylinder 

4.8       Crankshaft damper      

4.9       Flywheel          

4.10     Connecting rods          

4.11     Pistons

4.12     Oil pump         

4.13     Camshaft         

4.14     Timing gear      

4.15     Cam followers 

4.16     Cylinder head  

4.17     A note on compression

4.18     Cylinder head studs or bolts?   

4.19     Rocker box

4.20     Valves 

4.21     Valve guides    

4.22     Valve caps      

4.23     Valve springs   

4.24     Valve collets    

4.25     Rocker gear    

4.26     Push rods        

4.27     Engine plates   

4.28     Oil       

4.29     Sump pan        

4.30     Exhaust system

4.31     Exhaust wrap   

5          Fuel Delivery   

5.1       Modifying SU carburettors       

5.2       Twin-choke carburettors          

5.3       Alternative carburettors

5.4       6 Cylinder inlet manifolds & linkages    

5.5       Carburettor linkage      

5.6       6 Cylinder twin choke carburettor sizing           

5.7       Weber matching          

5.8       Air filters         

5.9       Forced induction          

5.10     Fuel pump and filter (carburettors)       

5.11     Petrol tank       

5.12     Fuel     

5.13     Fuel injection   

6          Engine Cooling

6.1       Water radiator 

6.2       Radiator fan     

6.3       Oil cooler        

6.4       Water pump - mechanical        

6.5       Water pump - electric  

6.6       Thermostat      

6.7       Cylinder head cooling  

7          The Electrical System   

7.1       Electrical basics

7.2       Electrical connections   

7.3       Relays 

7.4       Dynamo or Alternator?

7.5       Lights or no lights?       

7.6       Switches          

7.7       Ignition

7.8       Ignition advance mechanical and vacuum       

7.9       Electronic ignition         

7.10     Distributor (general)     

7.11     Rotor arm        

7.12     Distributor cap 

7.13     Plug leads        

7.14     Spark plugs     

7.15     Spark plug fouling        

8          Instrumentation

8.1       Oil pressure warning

8.2       Gauges

8.3       Tachometer

8.4       Data logging    

8.5       Shift lights

8.6       Speedometer

9          Gearbox, Clutch & Propshaft

9.1       Gearbox types - original

9.2       Which gearbox fits into what?  

9.3       Uprated Spitfire gearboxes      

9.4       The Ford Type 9 gearbox        

9.5       Oil retention     

9.6       Gearbox oil     

9.7       Remote change

9.8       Overdrive        

9.9       Bellhousing 4 cylinder           

9.10     Propshaft         

9.11     Clutch master and slave cylinders         

9.12     Clutch 4 cylinder       

9.13     Clutch 6 cylinder       

10        Final Drive       

10.1     Ratio summary 

10.2     Casings and shafts       

10.3     Crown wheel and pinion (CWP)          

10.4     Mechanical traction control devices      

10.5     Gear oil           

10.6     Electronic traction control        

11        Brakes

11.1     Factory brakes

11.2     The hand brake (aka parking brake)    

11.3     Improving the standard brakes

11.4     Brake pad compound  

11.5     GT6 front brakes on a Spitfire  

11.6     Vented front disks       

11.7     Four pot brake calipers - Princess        

11.8     Racing brake calipers   

11.9     Braking folkore

11.10   Twin brake master systems      

11.11   More on brake cooling

11.12   Brake Feel      

12        Front Suspension & Steering    

12.1     Steering rack and column         

12.2     Bump steer      

12.3     Steering wheel 

12.4     Front hubs       

12.5     Wishbones (upper and lower)  

12.6     Front anti-roll (sway) bar         

12.7     Camber angles 

12.8     Front and rear toe in    

12.9     Caster angle    

12.10   Front springs   

12.11   Shock absorbers         

12.12   Corner weights

12.13   Summary of possible front suspension modifications      

13        Rear Suspension          

13.1     The rear suspension types        

13.2     Swing spring Vs fixed spring    

13.3     Shock absorbers

13.4     Rear anti-roll (sway) bar

13.5     Rear half-shafts (swing axle)

13.6     Rear spring spacers

13.7     Rear uprights (swing axle)

13.8     Radius arms (swing axle)          

13.9     Rotoflex          

13.10   The Rotoflex upgrade  

13.11   Rear uprights and wishbone (Rotoflex) 

13.12   Rear suspension modification   

14        Bodytub and Chassis   

14.1     Roll cage         

14.2     Roll-cage. Buy or fabricate?     

14.3     Headroom       

14.4     The boot (trunk)          

15        Safety  

15.1     Suggested basic safety requirements     

15.2     Clothing           

15.3     Optional safety features

16        Weight Saving 

17        A note on Rules           

18        Wheels and Tyres        

18.1     Steel vs. alloy wheels   

18.2     Fouling

18.3     After market alloy wheels         

18.4     Wheel studs (lugs)       

18.5     Buying second-hand wheels     

18.6     What are 'Mags' ?       

18.7     Wheel size       

18.8     Wheel spacers 

18.9     Tread patterns and grip

18.10   Tyre size          

18.11   Slick tyres       

18.12   Tyre wear        

18.13   Tyre pressure and temperature 

18.14   A note concerning 'Road holding' and 'Handling'           

18.15   Set-up 

18.16   Recommendations       

19        Practising and Testing  

19.1     Practising         

19.2     Heel-and-toe   

19.3     What does heel-and-toe do?    

19.4     Testing

19.5     Instructors

20        Circuit Notes   

20.1     Cadwell Park  

20.2     Snetterton        

20.3     Mallory Park   

20.4     Oulton Park     

20.5     Silverstone (National Circuit)   

20.6     Silverstone (Stowe)     

20.7     Thruxton          

20.8     Lydden Hill      

20.9     Croft   

20.10   Pembrey          

20.11   Brands Hatch  

20.12   Castle Combe 

20.13   Donington Park           

20.14   Rockingham    

20.15   Anglesey         

21        Suppliers and Contacts

22        Bibliography    

23        Rough breakdown of costs      

24        Things to keep you going         

25        Where did I go wrong?

26        About the Author         



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