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Re: Project Little Blue - an introduction (and cry for help)

Nice old car.


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Re: Project Little Blue - an introduction (and cry for help)

Wow, someone painted the car to match the ignition leads....

I see new fuel hose and shiny clamps, Good job.

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Re: Project Little Blue - an introduction (and cry for help)

Coil fitted on left-hand side is to eliminate overheating from the exhaust.
Loose distributor cap = poor running.
A new cap should be your first purchase.
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Thanks for adding the pics!
Feels good to have done something properly and those clamps and hoses should last a while.

Did some running around today in it.
It's giving the odd pop / backfire, but runs ok.
Cleaned the spark plugs which were black and sooty - mixture too rich?

Should the distributor cap have a gasket or something? Seems like there should be a rubber rim or something to hold it more securely.

There's also some knocking at the back that increases with speed which is a bit concerning.

And when the brakes are applied a knocking at one of the front wheels!

If anyone has any ideas how I can trouble shoot these things it would be great!
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Re: Project Little Blue - an introduction (and cry for help)

First please tell me that you've bought some jack stands - jacking the car the way you have done in the picture and then getting under it could prove very dangerous.

Recommissioning any car that has been sitting for quite a while involves looking carefully at every subsystem - electrics, fuel, brakes, clutch, suspension, cooling etc. - and working your way methodically through them.

As for the knocking, I'd be checking the brakes first.

Otherwise, a RHD 500D - nice one, congratulations

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Re: Project Little Blue - an introduction (and cry for help)

All good! It just sat on the jack while the tyre was getting done. I'm a long way from getting underneath (productively)!

Brakes seem like a good place to start, thanks. I'll find that Hayes manual and see if I can learn while doing.
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Argh. Poking around and...
Well this could be the cause of the putt putt at idle / roaring sound at speed. I assume this would have a definite impact on performance.
A pretty significant crack there, clearly a weak point as the muffler seems to hang at that point and cause stress on the join when bouncing.

I could get it welded perhaps but I'm wondering if anyone in Aus knows a good supplier for the exhaust locally and I should try for a new one? I fear that shipping an exhaust from one of the European suppliers would cost a mint.
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Quote Originally Posted by BambinoClassic View Post
Argh. Poking around and...
Well this could be the cause of the putt putt at idle / roaring sound at speed. I assume this would have a definite impact on performance.
A pretty significant crack there, clearly a weak point as the muffler seems to hang at that point and cause stress on the join when bouncing.

I could get it welded perhaps but I'm wondering if anyone in Aus knows a good supplier for the exhaust locally and I should try for a new one? I fear that shipping an exhaust from one of the European suppliers would cost a mint.
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The cheapest way to get an exhaust would be through axel gerstl in Germany

You also need the mounts that attach to the side of the engine.

Postage is only about 10 days and very good value

You can also pick up some other odds and ends and they can come in the same box

The webshop is easy to use

Look around the car make a list and then put in an order

If the total including shipping is less than 1000 you don't have to pay tax.

Cheers

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Re: Project Little Blue - an introduction (and cry for help)

Thanks Geoff I hadn't come across axel gerst.
I'd been looking at passione.

I'm slowly making a list and seeing what's required.
I'll have to seek some shopping advice from the forum at some point I think! It's hard to know what could be missing or needs replacement. Plus the question as to how far you take the resto - can't afford much!
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Re: Project Little Blue - an introduction (and cry for help)

When I replaced my original engine with a 650(695) I kept all of the parts. I still have the exhaust which I think is OK. I don't know for sure because the original engine was basically worn out and never ran.

My car is a 500F and if someone can tell me whether the exhaust is the same as a 500D, you can have it.

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My car is a 500F and if someone can tell me whether the exhaust is the same as a 500D, you can have it.
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Chris that's stupendously kind.
I was digging into the forums trying to recall where I'd seen them compared and based on this thread it seems it might fit?
http://www.fiatforum.com/500-classic...6=#post3504632

Just as I get into the swing of the project I'm going away but perhaps if you're not in a rush we could work something out when I get back to see if it might fit. It would be amazing if so!
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Re: Project Little Blue - an introduction (and cry for help)

Happy to help.

Over the years I've restored quite a few cars and received a lot of help from all over the world. As they say 'what goes around, comes around' but in a good way this time.

I'll also be away - from early August until late September.

In the meantime I'll try to find out if the D & F exhausts are interchangeable.

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I'll send a PM!
Hard to tell as Ricambio sells them as interchangeable between the models, as does Axel, but passione sells a D/N specific one. Though it looks like they might still fit in the same spots where it matters.
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Re: Project Little Blue - an introduction (and cry for help)

This is it.

Needs a bit of a clean, but looks OK.

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Re: Project Little Blue - an introduction (and cry for help)

D&F exhausts are interchangeable....
if you wanted to be picky N&D exhausts are different, the main box is actually cylindrical rather than the later pressed design, it makes little difference to performance...

does your d have the Original engine?
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