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

Thanks guys. That exhaust looks mint! Good to know it should fit.
I'm pretty sure I have the original D engine. I'll add some more pics, or is there another way to tell?
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engine number stamped into block near front pulley
will be
Fiat 110.000 for an N engine
Fiat 10D.000 for a D engine
Fiat 110F.000 for F/L/R
126 something for 126 engines
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Hi again Jeremy,

I am glad that it arrived safely and in one piece.

Yep, you do have a D engine.

When I took it for its test drive here in NZ for you, I only got about 50 yards down the road before it ran out of petrol, so there probably wasn't enough fuel in it to leak out of the fuel lines. I can tell you that is is quite easy to push!

I am happy that it found a good home and I am sure that you will have many happy miles in it and hours under it!

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Thanks folks again, for all the help. Just amazed how helpful people are and enjoying sharing my car and seeing what others are doing.

Hope no one minds me adding some pics as she is now, in the hope that a transformation occurs somewhere along this thread. There's a few things to do!
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What a bit of elbow grease can do!
First pic is as she arrived. My wife was a little concerned at what I'd bought into... "soooo, how much did you pay for this?"

A solid afternoon and she looks a world better. Thanks to bigvtwin96 for convincing me that the chrome work wasn't a lost cause.

Managed to knock the bumper back into shape and some metal polish and a couple of hours later all the chrome on the back looks great. Not new but pretty tidy.

Plan is now to do the same to all the door handles and the chrome strips down the side and bonnet - I could replace them with new pretty cheaply but then they would clash with the patina I've got going on with the paint! ...question is are they easily removed for polishing?
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all we ask is that someone over there (or under) fills a container with this old little RHD rust buckets and ships them here..
Sean (Fiat500) has a nice jig and can make good work of them....
so we can have a few more of these early cars here...

You guys down under seem to have far toooo many for my liking.

Now take the plunge and whip that roof off......
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Re: Project Little Blue - an introduction (and cry for help)

Hi

I think strips and door handles tail light surrounds and number plate light are aluminium so if you buy autosol aluminium polish they will come up like new. You might get away with not removing them. I didn't need to. They go black while the polish is going on but a buff with a clean cloth brings out the shine.

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Sean (Franko500) has a nice jig and can make good work of them....
so we can have a few more of these early cars here...


PS. Leave the roof on...I've had a cabriolet Austin in the past and the number of times it's really appropriate to use an open-topped car are limited.....Oh....I see you're in Australia....whip it off then!
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You guys down under seem to have far toooo many for my liking.

Now take the plunge and whip that roof off......

Aha well my little one arrived on a crate too! with thanks to the forum for pointing me in the direction of trademe NZ and looigi for his inspection from afar. I've never managed to spot one on the road here, even the old 2CVs or minis outstrip them. And so I feel v lucky!

As for the roof, it sure is tempting! I read somewhere on here someone's de-roofing project. Got a long way to go from replacing brake hoses and polishing metal to that though!

Next step is to see if I can change out the exhaust myself, and trouble shoot the knocking while running ?bearings and tapping when brakes applied ?brakes.
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I am sure that a few members would be more than willing to travel to assist you for a week or two (obviously when it is your summer ) in exchange for a few of these old cars to try to redress the balance of the location of these cars......

roof removal is a bit of unbolting, removing a cross brace and relocating or adding some other mount points.... Sean is doing this.... ok a new roof and a few extras has to be purchased... but I doubt many are daily drivers (ok Peter "Murph" uses his more than most). But then you will get to see the nice sunshade you can use...
I will try to post a pic at some point.. (I'm not in the UK to post a pic)... very rare accessory... that allows you to drive the car roof open but protects you from the scorching heat (obviously not designed for the uk.
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I will try to post a pic at some point.. .. very rare accessory... that allows you to drive the car roof open but protects you from the scorching heat
...want one, want one!!!!
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...want one, want one!!!!
Unfortunately you need to be a member of the "Early 500" club to have one of those sun shades...
But there is an accessory that allows you to open the sunroof about 3-4cm and lock it so it does not blow open...
I'm sure they made one for these more modern 500s....

If this D has not been restored (other than the interior that looks toooooo unworn) it does look a nice unmolested car..
nice dash with no extra holes... Original chrome switches...
as per other thread on hot engines etc.. you should try to get the exhaust shield that fits above the exhaust in the engine bay
and some alloy wheel covers and two original rear wheels (although the covers would suffice to cover up the later wheels)
can't believe it as 73k on the clock....

I do like a nice un molested car....(other than the arghhh bolt throughs for the seat belts in the upper pillars)
I would drive this D without doing much.. perhaps new bumpers and tidy the door cards.. and a basic mechanical overhaul...
perhaps try to get any chips or scabs touched in....
Interesting to see how the paint had burnt in the rear on the engine cover!!!!
and that for a 65 or earlier car it does not seem to have an extra fuel filter.. my how it has gone this long and still seems to have the original engine :-)

It does seem to be missing the Alloy id plate (located where the two holes are above the chassis number)..
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This roof thing is sounding more and more tempting, though may be a bit sinful given she is largely untouched. Was sitting for 15 years with the last owner and thought to be sitting mostly still for quite a while before that.

The interior was touched up but not particularly well and I am tempted by the avio blue cotton interior covers. Just a nice classic car colour there.

I'll have to look into this exhaust heat shield from the other thread. Once the new old exhaust is in of course.

I think I must still have the original hubcaps too. They were off as I was meaning to polish them, as they look to have a good 50 years or so of patina on them!

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perhaps try to get any chips or scabs touched in....
Interesting to see how the paint had burnt in the rear on the engine cover!!!!
and that for a 65 or earlier car it does not seem to have an extra fuel filter.. my how it has gone this long and still seems to have the original engine :-)
Yes I'm wondering if it just got so hot that the old matting / cover on the inside of the engine lid just melted?!

Someone did kindly put a pic up of their online fuel filter. So far it hasn't seemed necessary so hoping I can get away with leaving it alone!
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Aha well my little one arrived on a crate too! with thanks to the forum for pointing me in the direction of trademe NZ and looigi for his inspection from afar. I've never managed to spot one on the road here, even the old 2CVs or minis outstrip them. And so I feel v lucky!

As for the roof, it sure is tempting! I read somewhere on here someone's de-roofing project. Got a long way to go from replacing brake hoses and polishing metal to that though!

Next step is to see if I can change out the exhaust myself, and trouble shoot the knocking while running ?bearings and tapping when brakes applied ?brakes.
My car had a knock knock sound that was a lack of grease on the splines of the drive shafts.
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My car had a knock knock sound that was a lack of grease on the splines of the drive shafts.
That shall be something I look into thank you!
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