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Re: Thoughts on this thoroughly mistreated N

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Plenty of spare 500 N parts on ebay.it

Use google chrome web browser and it's translate tool and job done.

Deep pockets needed !

https://www.ebay.it/sch/i.html?_odkw=fiat+500&_sop=10&_osacat=18323&_from= R40&_trksid=p2045573.m570.l1313.TR11.TRC1.A0.H0.Xf iat+500n.TRS0&_nkw=fiat+500n&_sacat=18323
funny thing is I know most of the people selling N parts in Italy....
They know the value so hike the prices.... France, Germany and the USA are good places to look, especially the US as 500 didn't take off after they launched them in the late 50s, so if you think about it... they would have shipped a load of parts to dealers..... so lots are hanging about... somewhere... with people having no idea what they are....
I brought a NOS N voltage regulator far cheaper than anything in Europe..
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Any welders here? I wonder if that dash can have the gauges removed and holes filled without too much anguish...
...the least of your problems. Very easy to achieve, even with mig-welding.
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...the least of your problems. Very easy to achieve, even with mig-welding.
That’s good to hear- to me the classic 500 dash is one of the most appealing there is in the classic car range. Aesthetically and for its simplicity. Filling it with holes and gauges makes me sad
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That’s good to hear- to me the classic 500 dash is one of the most appealing there is in the classic car range. Aesthetically and for its simplicity. Filling it with holes and gauges makes me sad
as I said.. the holes won't be a problem....
you know the size... as they a std instruments so not tooo difficult to cut a bit of metal to shape.... just needs someone to hammer them into the correct curvature..

don't worry about the big bits like engine etc...
the only other pain is the map pocket under the dash...
you need to find a scrap D to cut one from.. perhaps put out a call to the guys in NZ
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BC, I’ve just been taking another look at the photos of the car and in particular the steering column and switches. It looks to me like that set up is from a 126, or Niki as I believe you know them, so given all the other mods to the mechanicals it could possibly have r/p steering conversion.
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Quote Originally Posted by IanEmery View Post
BC, I’ve just been taking another look at the photos of the car and in particular the steering column and switches. It looks to me like that set up is from a 126, or Niki as I believe you know them, so given all the other mods to the mechanicals it could possibly have r/p steering conversion.
Thanks for the further detective work Ian! I was wondering f how that setup ended in there - I’m guessing they had a donor Niki and put whatever they could in it. Can I ask what the r/p steering conversion is and it’s sognificance?
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r/p steering is shorthand for 'rack and pinion' steering. It does away with the normal steering box and is a much more precise----practically all sport cars and a lot of modern cars have this style of steering fitted.The 126 BIS had this style of steering, and the 500 can be modified to allow it to be fitted. It is not a 'unbolt the old and bolt on the new' conversion as new mounts for the 'rack have to be fitted and the steering column has to be changed to suit.
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Can I ask what the r/p steering conversion is
Apologies for the shorthand
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Apologies for the shorthand
Ha I should be apologising for my lack of mechanical knowledge!
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Ha I should be apologising for my lack of mechanical knowledge!
So, are you going to go ahead and buy it?
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Quote Originally Posted by IanEmery View Post
So, are you going to go ahead and buy it?
Maybe! 50% out of curiosity at what’s underneath
The other 50 out of desire to with the amazing knowledge of this forum bring it closer to its origins
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Maybe! 50% out of curiosity at what’s underneath
The other 50 out of desire to with the amazing knowledge of this forum bring it closer to its origins
If you re stuck for some bits I an has an old D sitting in his garage he won't mind sacrificing to save an N....

Get under the bonnet and find the alloy plate and send me the chassis number...
You really need a pic of the front and of the under bonnet...

It is a possibility that someone had a barn find stripped N and had access later scrap car or two and realised the N was more desirable so did a complete mechanical swap over..

So you may have a newer car that looks like an N nothing wrong with that ...
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