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It seems like around every corner in Scotland there may not be sunshine but there is a stunning scene, your photos are great.

Once mine is on the road I plan some coastal drives so I'll be showing off some sun and open roof driving
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It seems like around every corner in Scotland there may not be sunshine but there is a stunning scene, your photos are great.

Once mine is on the road I plan some coastal drives so I'll be showing off some sun and open roof driving
....and there are a lot of corners!!!!

I look forward to the photos; they're in short supply round here. But despite there being lots of photo-opportunities around me, I was lazy and took one of Murf on the half-finished driveway.

IMG_20170929_171424 by Peter Thompson, on Flickr

It's to celebrate us getting our fourth and final MOT. The number plate is temporarily stuck on the bumper because I wanted to avoid the tester saying that I it was now obscured by the bumper-bar.

Before the test, my own inspection suggested to me that the driver's side kingpin was worn beyond limit so I changed the whole assembly for a brand new one I had in stock. Does anyone have facilities for reaming the bushes as I now have several worn stub axles siting around? I had also scraped all loose paint from under the floor and after derusting any suspect surface corrosion it was painted with epoxy primer. This stuff really works in a way that all the wonder products I have used don't. There are areas from last year, where I had done the same treatment, and there is no sign of rust whatsoever.

There was an advisory notice of a "minor"! engine oil leak and that the brake pipes had some paint on them. Last year the tester warned me that the three-year old pipes at the front were rusty; he suggested that they were the originals from 1969! The rust was genuinely just on the surface, so I de-rusted them completely until they were shiny and then gave a light coat of epoxy paint; now he thinks I'm hiding something. Modern pipes are all plastic coated so old-fashioned stuff comes as a surprise to the tester.

Having said that, the MOT man was genuinely delighted with the experience and did a couple of celebratory laps around the building. At the discounted price of 20 at Kwikfit this was a perfect way to celebrate the last time Murf will ever be visiting the MOT station.

It's good to have that out of the way because we have around 500 miles to do next week.
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If you get the later king pin kits that were made for the 126 , but same as the 500 , they come with precision steel backed bushes that are a press fit into the axles and give you the right fit on the king pin without any reaming. If you get the old bronze type bush then you will need a reamer.
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He obviously has never worked on a 500 before if he gave a minor for an oil leak on the engine. I thought that was a statuary requirement!!!!!!
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He obviously has never worked on a 500 before if he gave a minor for an oil leak on the engine. I thought that was a statuary requirement!!!!!!
He'd never seen one before, being a mere slip of a youth as they all are at Kwikfit, couldn't find the "VIN" number and as he said, he thought Citroen 2CV's were insane but this was unbelievable! He thought the sunroof handy as he was quite a tall chap. Good job he was a youth though; no way I could have read the chassis number and he couldn't proceed without it.

For a Fiat 500 the oil leak is almost non-existent so he should actually have been complimenting me.
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I've asked this before....

What's that MOT that you keep going on about.. it seems by all accounts they are getting rarer if you won't have any left so I want one for my collection
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Good job he was a youth though; no way I could have read the chassis number and he couldn't proceed without it.
Oh the joys of getting older 👓!

Fortunately I only have to wear them for reading. If I go to work and forget them I am stuffed.
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Oh the joys of getting older 👓!

Fortunately I only have to wear them for reading. If I go to work and forget them I am stuffed.
I need them for welding....and that's under a very dark mask with hot metal as bright as the sun.
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I need them for welding....and that's under a very dark mask with hot metal as bright as the sun.
I use these for work. Well worth it for 12. You can get them in different diopter to suit.

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Peter,
I just received a new king pin set from Passion500
its the bronze bush type.


They have now improved it since the last set I used on Franko.


The pin is far better quality with a really good ground finish where as the previous one was a machined finished and needed polishing in the lathe.
It also has the hole down the centre where as the other one didn't.
The bushes were a great fit on the pin.
However they are slightly oversize outside diameter and will need to be pulled into the holes and probably reamed out.
However this was the old fashioned way of doing things with an interference fit.
My Dad turned a piece of wood to a slightly larger diameter than the internal diameter of the bush. Then pushed the bush onto the wood, then turned the outside diameter of the bush to a couple of thou under the inside diameter of the hole.
Then stuck them in with locktight.
No reaming needed.
They wont go anywhere as the pins just turn in them.


But if you have a reamer then I suppose the old way is perfectly ok
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Congrats to Peter and Murphio for getting voted Fiat of the month on Axel Gerstl's site


https://webshop.fiat500126.com/?content=sites&id=201&nlayer=0&&utm_source=Newlett er67&utm_medium=Newsletter&utm_term=Fiat500&utm_ca mpaign=Burkhard?content=sites&id=201&nlayer=0&&utm _source=Newletter67&utm_medium=Newsletter&utm_term =Fiat500&utm_campaign=Burkhard
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Congrats to Peter and Murphio for getting voted Fiat of the month on Axel Gerstl's site


https://webshop.fiat500126.com/?cont...paign=Burkhard

Thanks for that....I didn't know and in fact I had forgottten that I'd sent a few images after a prompt by the infamous "Hugh Jarce" , whose picture has been there before.
Nice to know that a scruffy northern tyke of a 500 can be up there with the big boys.
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Love it! Now I have an actual goal.
Stay tuned... sometime in 2018 ;P
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Thanks for that....I didn't know and in fact I had forgottten that I'd sent a few images after a prompt by the infamous "Hugh Jarce" , whose picture has been there before.
Nice to know that a scruffy northern tyke of a 500 can be up there with the big boys.
Yeah but more to the point did you get a voucher from them to spend?
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Yes, well done Peter--and I bet that you do far more mileage in your car than most of those on the continent!
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