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Re: Rauksternīs 500F -65 rebuild

Thanks for the response guys,

Iīll talk to him and inquire about the reasons. I feel like you do, Iīd like it to be bare metal all he way īround.

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Got my fullt blasted body back, I got the coming winters work cut out for me 😜💪
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Could be a loooong winter Sebastien!
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I think it Will be many winters Tom 😊
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Re: Rauksternīs 500F -65 rebuild

Hi guys,
Long time between posts this summer, but now Iīm back. As seen earlier in this thread I got shell back from the blasters just before summer. Now Iīm ready to dive in, but where to start?
I went around to take stock of what needs to be done last night... and its a lot!
First Iīm trying to determine what is repairable/weldable and what is just easier to just buy the panels. And its gonna be a lot of new panels

Below Iīll show you the pics of the damage.
This is the lower side of the rear window, some half baked repairs to the rear quarter panel (might be slavageble), rear of the roof and C-pillar.
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Re: Rauksternīs 500F -65 rebuild

This is anong my biggest fears, the A-pillar. Seems to be no parts to buy for this, so fabrication might be inevitable.


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Re: Rauksternīs 500F -65 rebuild

Some other troublesome areas. Especially where many panels meet.

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And some easy fixes

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Re: Rauksternīs 500F -65 rebuild

When the front of my 500 was being rebuilt, we found that the previous 'repairer' had just pop-rivetted bits together to make an 'A' piller. My bodyshop, as you have found, were not able to find 'A' pillars as an after-market item, so also ended up making them
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Quote Originally Posted by the hobbler View Post
When the front of my 500 was being rebuilt, we found that the previous 'repairer' had just pop-rivetted bits together to make an 'A' piller. My bodyshop, as you have found, were not able to find 'A' pillars as an after-market item, so also ended up making them
Hi Tom.

Yes, I looked through the pictures you sent over as late as yesterday. Good inspiration But those guys are proīs

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Re: Rauksternīs 500F -65 rebuild

One of the advantages of restoring a small italian car thatīs stipped down, is that you turn it over to enable wort underneith without help in about 3― minutes

Time to get the new floor pan into place.


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Re: Rauksternīs 500F -65 rebuild

On my way with the floor pan.

Has anyone done this replacement and have some experience?
I wonder if the pan is ment to be incerted from inside entirely or if any part is ment to be attached from undernetith.
Looking att the design och the original floor, it looks line the rear part och the pan is welded from beneith, but the front from inside.

There are offcourse more than one way to do this, just qurious if any has some knowlage


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On my way with the floor pan.

Has anyone done this replacement and have some experience?
I wonder if the pan is ment to be incerted from inside entirely or if any part is ment to be attached from undernetith.
Looking att the design och the original floor, it looks line the rear part och the pan is welded from beneith, but the front from inside.

There are offcourse more than one way to do this, just qurious if any has some knowlage


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In my most recent effort it looks like I put most of the new floor under the existing flanges. But the front part is over the footboard metal.
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In my most recent effort it looks like I put most of the new floor under the existing flanges. But the front part is over the footboard metal.
Thanks for responding 👍
Do you remember why you chose to do it that way? Was for the way it looks underneith, more like original look, or something els?
Seems to be the easiest to just drop it in from above.
Is it an all original restoration?

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Thanks for responding 👍
Do you remember why you chose to do it that way? Was for the way it looks underneith, more like original look, or something els?
Seems to be the easiest to just drop it in from above.
Is it an all original restoration?

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Hi Seb. The floor was originally welded in underneath the thick reinforcement brackets at the rear and under the rear cross member of the floor.

It was originally placed on top of the front footboard. It was originally under the sills.

I think it was originally a one-piece floor which would include under the central spine. The floor would have been under the thicker metal of the tunnel. So I fitted it all like that. When welded in it is perfectly strong and stable.

Take your time and get every last scrap of rust, grease and underseal away from the weld area; even tiny specks or amounts of grease will make it a poor job. Your welder also needs to be a bit higher setting than normal.

Good luck.
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