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Triumph Repair/Spitfire Rear Axle Re-assembly


cokerart wrote at 2014-04-05 19:14:31
Having just done this job on both rear axles of a 1980 Spitfire, I came upon this very question with mixed results. With one side being reassembled, I decided to measure the distance from the outer (towards to outside of the car) face of the axle yoke that was still mounted on the car. I got 13" and set my axle and hub accordingly and got an exact fit.

When reassembling the other side (the one I had taken my measurements from,) I again set the length at 13" exactly. For reasons I cannot fathom, the entire reassembled axle/hub/brake assembly now protrudes 3/8" too far outward, causing the tire to interfere with the fender.  

I am forced to take it all apart and rebuild again.

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My area of specialty is the Triumph Spitfire 1500 (1973-1980) although I have some technical experience with the GT6 and TR6 models also. I can cover questions on all areas of the Spitfire, from basic mechanical questions to where to find original style seat covers and soft tops. I am not an expert on the TR2/3/4 models. If you need specific detailed help with these models I first recommend obtaining a good repair manual such as the Robert Bentley manual for your particular model.


I have been a Spitfire owner for 20 years and have done all my own repair work. On the Spitfire I've done just about everything except mount and balance tires.

In addition to street use I have been autocrossing a Spitfire with the SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) in Modified class since 1997.

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