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Re: Enzo the Cinquecento - 500L 110F RestoMod

Sounds like some wise ideas there!
I have kept with the 500L rear panel but with an 18mm lowering block and uprated Spring. I have fitted the 126 gearbox support which bolts through the gearbox support cradle and a new fixing through the floor in the internally mounted removable panel. It prevents the box twisting...but it's not connected directly to the gearbox casing.
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Re: Enzo the Cinquecento - 500L 110F RestoMod

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Sounds like some wise ideas there!
I have kept with the 500L rear panel but with an 18mm lowering block and uprated Spring. I have fitted the 126 gearbox support which bolts through the gearbox support cradle and a new fixing through the floor in the internally mounted removable panel. It prevents the box twisting...but it's not connected directly to the gearbox casing.

I don't think I've seen that mount. If you get a chance to get a basic pic of the part, or of it installed, I'd like to see how it looks.

I'm still going to go with the torque-damper though, I prefer the preventive approach to dealing with stresses and loads
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Sure thing - have you any images of the damper you have in mind?
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Quote Originally Posted by AndrewHarvey View Post
Sure thing - have you any images of the damper you have in mind?

Here's a couple from a FIAT I've found online. Very common in many race cars as a method of protecting engine/gearbox mounts

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Re: Enzo the Cinquecento - 500L 110F RestoMod

Here's a quick update of some of the fabrication work I have underway.

Original seat rails removed with spotweld drill bit, profiled and honeycombed rails fabricated to optimise fixed seat rail position. This will rust coated and left in primer as I plan to put a carpet back in (got to have some creature comforts, right?!)

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Unstitched and fabricated a replica steering shaft clamp that is lowered 25mm to straighten steering column and optimise steering ergonomics for new seat position. This will be rust coated and left as is for now. It will be concealed by a carbon fiber shroud I will lay up.

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Rear bar-work mocked-up for racing harness shoulder strap attachment points. This bolts into the original shoulder strap anchorage points and then three points across the rear bulkhead, with backing plates with captive nuts, allowing removal of the whole bar assembly in less than 5-minutes. The bar assembly will be finished with a powdercoat satin black. This is also built to a spec to allow for continued road car registration in Australia. I didn't want a full cage (illegal) or half-cage in the car.

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Do you have a supplier of the stabilizer bar for the engine unit?
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Does anyone know where I can buy one of the aforementioned engine dampers ?
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Does anyone know where I can buy one of the aforementioned engine dampers ?

I was going to make my own, so light-gauge alloy for the brace on left, and then a single valve damper off a lightweight car; like an old Formula Ford damper or hillclimb special etc. the valve will give me a little range for adjustment, and I was going to have 3 or 4 holes to adjust the leverage on the chassis end, so I can find a sweet spot.
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Having looked into it - there are many universal engine dampers available for under 30.
The clever bit will be the design and security of the bracket to the inner wing
The connection to the engine block will be where the engine lift hook is bolted to the cylinder head and so a straight forward fabricated bracket is all that's needed - engine end.
My thanks for inspiring a solution.
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Having looked into it - there are many universal engine dampers available for under 30.
The clever bit will be the design and security of the bracket to the inner wing
The connection to the engine block will be where the engine lift hook is bolted to the cylinder head and so a straight forward fabricated bracket is all that's needed - engine end.
My thanks for inspiring a solution.

If you find one of those kits that looks well made, I'd appreciate if you could share a link, as even paying in Australian dollars, 30 is a lot less than I was thinking I'd have to spend!
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The dampers are under 30
I'm in conversation with my fabricator regarding the bracket required to mount to inner wing.
When I have a design - I will have several brackets made and I will put together a kit for sale at a reasonable cost as there appears to be none available to buy.
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The dampers are under 30
I'm in conversation with my fabricator regarding the bracket required to mount to inner wing.
When I have a design - I will have several brackets made and I will put together a kit for sale at a reasonable cost as there appears to be none available to buy.
Are you interested ?

Thanks for the offer, but as with pretty much anything for me, the cost of freight on a small part like that is usually far more than it would cost me to make it locally.

I've got free access to a water-jet cutter, so I will likely CAD something up and get a prototype made. Plus I'm consering the option of making one out of Carbon-Aramid, but that will take a bit more of my time. Let me know how you get on though, as I'm keen to see what you come up with!
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Re: Enzo the Cinquecento - 500L 110F RestoMod

Short update, working on a custom fuel tank with my fabricator. Not fussed about losing front boot space, as without back seats I'll have plenty of space for overnight bags etc.

Test profile to get a feel of free space etc. I will keep about 100-150mm gap on the side nearest to left wheel arch to allow space for better placement of fluid reservoirs, additional fuse box etc.

I need to relocate the standard fittings to make room for the adjuster on the new dampers.

With this profile and the target width, we should be able to get 35-36 liters, which will allow me to cover a little more ground on the highway without having to stop at every petrol station I drive past.

Tank will be aluminum, internally baffled, with 5 zones, and modern fuel sender unit, rollover valve, and foam-packed.

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Fuel tank body is nearly done. Will need to do a proper fill-test for exact volume, but on my high-school maths we're looking at 35/36 litres. Now just trying to source a suitable filler spout, flange, spill tray etc

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