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Re: Enzo the Cinquecento - RestoMod

It's been a while since I updated this thread. I've just spent 10-minutes trying to figure out how to 'edit' my original post to update it, however I just cannot figure it out.

So here's a list of things either completed, or in progress.

I've done quite a few short stints on the car, but I've also had to build a workspace to work on the car properly, so that took up a bit of my limited spare time.

Currently the car is at a workshop for some fabrication work, as I need my garage space to move my furniture into for a full renovation of my unit - my timing is impeccable

I've been updating a basic Facebook and instagram feed for the car as it's easier for me to upload from my phone than it is to update this thread, but if anyone has any questions about work in progress, please feel free to ask.

Motor
  • 780cc IL Motore competition motor - Completed, ready for install
  • ELX ignition - installed on the engine

Exterior
  • Install Abarth badging - all badging found and received
  • Install raised engine cover - fabricated the bars off own measurements of Abarth
  • Abarth Corse mirrors - chrome bullet mirrors received and test fit done
  • Abarth wipers - received, ready for install
  • Bonnet catches front and rear - received (I just can't bring myself to drill into the panels yet...)

Interior
  • Strip all existing carpet - Done, and inspected the floor etc for rust. Better than I thought it would be!
  • Replace with new carpet or alu/composite floor plates - received new carpet, slight modification required for new seat setup
  • Remove original seats, replace with 2 fixed composite SPARCO bucket seats - fabrication in progress
  • Remove rear seat entirely, create replacement panel over firewall with sound and heat insulation - seat removed, need to make final measurements once harness rails are complete
  • Replace steering wheel with SPARCO 3-spoke, small dish suede wheel - Sparco Volante wheel test install, modifying the steering column drop-link for better ergonomics with new seat position
  • Modify gear shifter to allow for shorter mechanical throw but with more clearance of seats with SPARCO gear knob - original Abarth lightweight shifter received, minor fabrication in progress
  • Replace dash with custom layout, composite wrapped in alcantara - Alcantara DONE

Chassis
  • replace current (lowered) leaf spring suspension with adjustable 2 or 3-way coil-overs - received custom inTrax 1K2 coil overs with 2 sets of custom spring rates
  • need to establish rigidity in rear frame and asses if brace required in rear - fabrication in progress

Brakes
  • 4-wheel disc brakes - received, test fit with wheels complete. Modifying braided brake lines for correct Banjo fittings
  • hydraulic handbrake - no longer going to use hydraulic due to issue with Australian regulations for regular registration

Electronics
  • Strip and re-wire the entire car with a custom mil spec loom - started laying out the new loom

Fuel
  • Remove small fuel tank and replace with larger capacity rated fuel cell - fabrication in progress
  • Electric fuel pump - using a manual pump to save complexities around fuel tank system and regulations for road use
Wheels and Tyres
  • Yokohama A048 165/55,12 - ordered, waiting on supply out of Japan
  • Competition wheels (Wheeltech 5.5x12 +18) received, at powdercoaters
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Re: Enzo the Cinquecento - 500L 110F RestoMod

I'm following on here and instagram. That engine looks cool
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I'm following on here and instagram. That engine looks cool
Thanks Paolo! Yeah it's a work of art. ilMotore is an absolute craftsman and takes the details of each build very seriously. And we went back and forward quite a bit to decide on the final spec that will suit the things I'm after in an engine.

I'm really looking forward to taking it for it's first drive (but so much work to do until then!)
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Wow, what a project.. i'll be following with interest!
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Re: Enzo the Cinquecento - 500L 110F RestoMod

The engine cleared customs this week, and was finally delivered.

Had 30 minutes of spare time this weekend, so I uncreated the motor, transferred it onto a dolly-board, and took a couple of quick pics showing some of the details.

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The engine looks fantastic. Any chance the car will be heading to AutoItalia Canberra or the Fiat Nationals next year?
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The engine looks fantastic. Any chance the car will be heading to AutoItalia Canberra or the Fiat Nationals next year?

Yes, I hope for both. My goal is to have the car finished by this December for use on my wedding day, and then afterwards just enjoy the car and attend club events and shows etc, to meet other owners and learn more about these great little cars.
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Yes, I hope for both. My goal is to have the car finished by this December for use on my wedding day, and then afterwards just enjoy the car and attend club events and shows etc, to meet other owners and learn more about these great little cars.
That's good to know. I look forward to seeing it, and also watching the progress. It's also nice to see your planning for the wedding includes the need to get a bigger engine for the 500. 🙂
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That's good to know. I look forward to seeing it, and also watching the progress. It's also nice to see your planning for the wedding includes the need to get a bigger engine for the 500.

Haha, yes, I wouldn't want to be late to the ceremony now would I?
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I like the way they redo the tin work, without the need for a filtered carb feed.

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The engine cleared customs this week, and was finally delivered.

Had 30 minutes of spare time this weekend, so I uncreated the motor, transferred it onto a dolly-board, and took a couple of quick pics showing some of the details.

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Really good looking engine---but I noticed that there is no 'under-carb' support?
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Really good looking engine---but I noticed that there is no 'under-carb' support?

Yes, he builds very solid engines. Both he and I don't feel the need for the support. With the 5-bolt manifold, it's very strong and there's no evident deflection. This is nearly his 200th competition FIAT motor, so if he's happy to run without it, I'll take his recommendation; but I do see a lot of people putting support brackets on between the cooling tins and the lower side of the Weber body.

If I have concerns, I will look at laying up some carbon-Kevlar that mounts to the lower screw for the trumpet, and the tin. As a lot of the aluminum ones I've seen look very bulky and quite over-engineered.
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Did the motor builder run the engine up before sending it out to you?
What power output his he stating for the build spec. you have ?


From the information I discovered its recommended to change the rear panel for a 500R and use a gearbox support bracket - have you carried this out?


I've upgraded the driveshaft's and couplings in preparation for some swift get-aways !!!
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Did the motor builder run the engine up before sending it out to you?
What power output his he stating for the build spec. you have ?


From the information I discovered its recommended to change the rear panel for a 500R and use a gearbox support bracket - have you carried this out?


I've upgraded the driveshaft's and couplings in preparation for some swift get-aways !!!

Yes, dyno and bench test was done at his workshop. 55hp at 7,000 as a safe tune, based on normal 98RON bowser/pump Premium unleaded petrol. It will be good for over 60 no problem, but I have no need to push beyond 7,000rpm; it's been built to have plenty of head-room so that I have a motor that will last.

Yes, the car already had the 500R rear clip, as the previous owner already did a hatchet job of putting a 126/650cc engine in it. I expect some fitment issues with the rear mount (as everyone I see has some sort of clearance issues etc) but I have a couple of springs and some lowering plates/spacers I've made up so I have a few options to play with.

I have not bothered with the extra mount on the gearbox (yet), as I'm not at the install phase, however from the assessments I've done prior, I feel an engine torque-damper is far better as a preventative measure, than putting a lot of stress on the gearbox case with a brace it wasn't designed to take the load of.
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