Unique parts

The first Spartans were produced in 1973, here is the cover of the first sales brochure :
Spartan Cars' first sales brochure
1973 Brochure Spartan Cars

It is difficult but very pleasant today to give them lustre that they deserve.

For aesthetics above all, but also for technical reasons, or simply because some pieces no longer exist, a few pieces have been custom-made for The French Spartan and will remain unique copies.


Cylinder head cover

Originally on the Ford Sierra 2.0i DOHC EFI engine, the rocker cover is made of plastic. 

We will have to find a solution to give this engine a beautiful look. 

The engine of the Ford Galaxy 2.0i DOHC is equipped with an aluminum rocker cover. 

It does not have exactly the same shape, it would have to be cut to make a part that will allow the head of the camshaft to come out towards ignition, weld this part, and machine the groove that will receive the seal of the upper engine. 

 Ford Sierra 2.0i DOHC engine cylinder head cover before replacement
The hardest thing will be to find a Ford Galaxy 2.0i rocker cache, it can't be found !

 

I will look for this piece, for months, in many countries where this model was commercialised, to finally find it in France.

 Ford Galaxy 2.0i DOHC rocker cover before conversion for Ford Sierra 2.0i DOHC engine

We will now have to have this rocker cover modified, and give it another rendering.

 

Back from the precision mechanics workshop, the cylinder head cover is tested on the engine.
 Converted rocker cover for Ford Sierra before polishing
About 25 hours of hand polishing will be needed to make the piece beautiful.
FORD SPARTAN rocker cover preparation
A touch of red to sublimate the part...
Cache culbuteurs de The French Spartan

It will be most likely the only Spartan to be equipped with a polished aluminium rocker cover on a Ford 2.0i DOHC engine.

Couvre culasse de The French Spartan

At the bottom left is the modification made.

 

With its placement on the engine, the final appearance of the latter begins to emerge.
Ford Sierra prepared engine for  The French Spartan

An aluminum oil filling cap will replace the original plastic cap.

The thread has the right step, but the diameter is 2mm too much, it must be reduced with a lathe to fit perfectly, and become, too, an unique part.

 Ford Spartan Roadster Oil Filler Cap

Tachometer

The car will receive new Smiths metres.
Problem : the news lap counter is analogue, but Ford 2.0i DOHC engine is designed to receive a digital lap counter. 

An automotive watchmaker will be in charge of removing the mechanism of the analogue rev counter, to keep only the chassis, dial and needle, and to insert the electronics of tachometer. 

Again, a Smiths rpm count on a Ford 2.0i DOHC engine is probably unique.
SPARTAN watchmaker
 Smiths speedometer and rev counter for the Spartan

Exhaust

2 chromed side exhaust outlets will take place behind a custom-made stainless steel line.

 Chrome side exhaust outlets for the Spartan
Realisation and upcoming pictures

The seats

On the first Spartans (Triumph based), the most frequently mounted seats were from the British manufacturer Billover, whose Carrera model (left in the photo) was a great success.
 Billover seats frequently fitted to early Spartans
Of course, other models were subsequently mounted, and, on The French Spartan, seats from the manufacturer MG had been installed.

The leather of these original seats is damaged, the seams are cracked in places, the fixing rails are oxidised...
Old Spartan Leather Seats
To the question, should they be renovated or replaced, the answer is that above all they are black, and therefore far from allowing a resemblance to the model presented in the Spartan Cars salesbrochure of 1983, which, as it is said at the beginning of the renovation, remains the objective.
Spartan Cars brochure from 1983
Excerpt from the 1983 SPARTAN sales brochure
At first, I found beautiful beige leather seats to come and replace them.
Unfortunately, their fixing system is incompatible with a mounting on the Spartan, error of appreciation....

It was necessary to (re)put ourselves in search of new seats.

I found some superb, down to one detail..., the leather of the driver's seat is damaged!
It doesn't matter, they are beautiful and go too well with the Spartan, we will change the leather of this seat.
Spartan leather seats

 

The SPARTAN logo will be embroidered on the headrests.

Here is the model of this embroidery before completion :

Spartan Logo Embroidery Mockup
And here is the first embroidered headrest.
(Yes, it must be cleaned...)
Spartan headrest

The interior

None of the parts still exist today, and the interior must be entirely custom-made.

It is Laurie, Saddler at BRM, whose work you may have been able to appreciate if you followed Les Reines de la Mécanique on RMC Découverte, on french TV, who will take care of the carpets, trims, seats and the hood.

Here she begins the design of the carpets :
 Spartan carpet design
 Spartan trunk carpet

And here is the design of the back seat.

The location of the seams it will make to harmonise this tailor-made interior has been marked.

 design of the Spartan rear seat
Here it is :
Spartan interior trim and seat belts

The hood

The hood is also custom-made.
Manufacturing the Spartan hood
Creation of the Spartan hood

The steering wheel

The wooden steering wheel, an english one of course, has been prepared and the Spartan enamelled logo has been integrated in its center.
The French Spartan steering wheel