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Old 30-04-2010   #16
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Panel beater humour .....

Hopefully gets painted next week

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much better than the first photos you posted! I wanted to see a photo of the wind-up key they attached to the back...
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Panel beater humour .....

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I know this is a bit like pulling teeth, but the guys are slowly getting on with the job. The interior is finished, the bonnet, rear hatch and transom are also painted. All that seems left to do is the undersealing and then the exterior paint.

The guy who did the painting is about 6'4" tall and when he was all dressed in his protective gear in the paint booth he looked like some kind of Darth Vader looming over my little car.

The panelbeaters have been taking lots of photos as well and hopefully I'll get them on a memory stick. It will be an important set of images if I ever decide to sell the car, which I think will be very unlikely.

I'm chasing the picture of it fitted with the big key

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Usual Friday visit revealed a painted car

All that is left to do is underseal and polish it. This will happen next week and hopefully I'll pick it up the week after that as I'm away next week.

As promised, I've attached the 'windup' photo. The panel shop has the car parked in their forecourt and it receives a lot of looks and comments from passing traffic. I guess it would make a good promotional vehicle - it is certainly unique enough nowadays. I often wonder how many of the 3.5 million or so are still out there .....

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Chris,

Doing the same thing as you are and I am also Down Under (and East).

You have progressed more than I have, I have just started on a car I have had for just on 24 years but has been off the road for the last 10.

As everyone else with a Classic 500 I look forward to watching your progress.

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Joe,

Nice to hear from a local kindred spirit. I'm on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, though with all of the rain we've had this year, that is a bit of a misnomer.

With regard to my progress, I'm no expert by any means, though I've been around cars for a long time and I enjoy the challenge of restoration.

You should start a thread as well and post a few photos.

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Chris,

How are you progressing? One bolt at a time will see you done in no time.

Are you replacing your wiring loom? Mine is not the best for a number of reasons but I can only find a RHD replacement for an 'L'. Looks like it will work, the main differece looks like the wire to the instrument cluster via a couple of connectors.

These will have to be split out to go to the dash warning lights (indicators and high beam indicator) instead. Have not looked at the steering column but I would say it would be OK as well.

Wiring colors will be different but I won't tell anyone.

Your two cents please?

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I've had the car back for about a week but haven't done anything yet as I've been tied up with work. I intend to get into it this weekend and I'll post photos as I go along. I'm very happy with the body work and restoration - they did a great job, albiet over a considerable length of time.

My wiring loom was basically OK and all I've done is rerouted some of the wiring that had been cut and poorly repaired with same colour-coded wire and also replaced most of the dodgy connectors. I then tested the loom with a multimeter. I thought about replacing the entire loom, but it is so simple and as I was born with a soldering iron in my hand, this is no big deal for me. I did this some months ago and when I get the loom out on the weekend I'll recheck it. This will be the first job in my rebuild. Once the wiring is in and secured, I'll tackle everything else in sequence.

I've got some wrap around conduit that I'll route the wiring through to offer it better protection. As far as I can see, the factory just laid it along the floor near the LHS door. Also, there was no grommet where the wiring went through the front 'firewall' - maybe it had just rotted away over the years. I've got new grommets for the entire car and wherever wires exit through a hole in metal they will go through a grommet - standard, safe practice.

I'll post some photos as I go.

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I've attached a couple of photos of the beast in my garage at home and hopefully over the ensuing months I'll post updates as it gets reassembled. Prepare to get inundated - if it gets too boring, let me know and I'll post some centrefolds instead
Sorry about the quality of the photos, I covered the other car but should have closed the garage door - I'm sure you get the idea though.
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thats a great looking wee Bambina!
Come across to the mainland and you will see plenty of 500's still gracing the streets of Auckland!

Love the paper trail from start to finish, good job!
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Chris, It looks great. Is that the stock color Coral Red, paint code 102?

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Yeah fiatdownunder, you don't see many of these here on the West Island. Hopefully mine will bolster the numbers of an ever dwindling classic.

The paint code was 102 (red coral). I believe that it was one of the original colours for this model and this was one of the reasons I chose it. The other was that red cars go faster, and these little weapons need all the help they can get

Tomorrow I'll start on the wiring loom.

I'll post some photos Sunday afternoon.

Best wishes to all and thanks for your ongoing support, encouragement and humour,
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