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Re: 900t Restoration (Connie)

Rear electrics wired...



The 4 relays are for the fuel pump, rear demister, rear fog and reversing light.

Only the tow bar to wire up and the 'first fix' is finished - all main circuits working

When looking at the tow bar the plate shows some interesting information.



The 50KG nose weight (vert. load) probably means that I won't be able to use my 3-bike carrier (that attaches to the tow ball).

More interestingly, the max trailer weight is 900KG. I'm sure that the maximum towing weight for the 900T is only 350KG. I'm not sure where I heard that from - I can't find it listed in the Haynes manual. (I may have posted the 350KG on the forum previously but I can't find that either ). Any one able to confirm the max towing weight for the 900T?
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Re: 900t Restoration (Connie)

Found the link to the towing information on the forum from 2015 (via Google):

https://www.fiatforum.com/850t-900/4...t-tow-bar.html (forgot it was me that started the thread )

Still not sure where I've put the documents I found the 350KG weight limit in ... but I'll stick to that.

Just checked the spec's for my Thule tow ball mounted cycle carrier... 12KG for the unit and 45KG max load (15KG per bike) - 57KG all up. I'll need to weigh the bikes but I suspect that I should have a reasonable margin under the 50KG limit (although I'd prefer to be nearer the 40KG mark).
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Re: 900t Restoration (Connie)

New wheels and tyres fitted...



In the side-by-side comparison photo above the blue ring is the 12" wheel rim and the red is the new 14" rims.

Original tyres were 155/80 r12 the new ones are 155/65 r14.

According to the Car Bibles website (and others) the size difference will mean I'm actually doing 70.55mph when the speedo reads 70mph... giddy heights to aspire to.



The 123 electronic ignition conversion includes a GPS speed indicator - it will be interesting to see what the comparison to the speedo is.

I have now much more choice of tyres (compared to the 12" ones) and room to fit disc brakes in the future (should I manage to get hold of some).
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Re: 900t Restoration (Connie)

It's been a busy few days since my last post...
  • Main electrics finished and working, including tow bar electrics
  • Brakes adjusted
  • Headlight beams adjusted
And...

Huge milestone reached...

First time on the road in over 14 years!

Three times around the block and short blast on the bypass - reached the giddy heights of 50MPH with plenty in reserve (didn't want to push it too far as loads of new parts need to settle in).

Results of road test:
  • Everything appears to work
  • Breaks are a little soft but pull up nicely without any pulling to one side (need a bit more adjusting and probably re-bleeding)
  • Steering is really light - not sure if this is due to new wheels & tyre combination or bad memory
  • Steering wheel not true, not sure why as there have been no changes to the steering set up
  • Oil light comes on at low rev's, need to investigate
  • Electric fan and ducting is not quite working as hoped, running a bit hot. However, there is no under-tray around the exhaust so this may be contributing to the problem. (I will need to make up a new under-tray as 4-branch exhaust manifold totally different to the old single pipe manifold.)
  • Glad I bought some extra filter elements for the in-line fuel filter. Even though I cleaned the tank out there has been a lot of gunge come out of it
  • Remembered how awful the driving position is
Also great to find out that as Connie is over 40 years old she is exempt from requiring an MOT (as long as she is road worthy) and also exempt from paying road tax - just needed to pop down to the local Post Office with my Insurance certificate and MOT exemption form and that's it

Although technically Connie doesn't need an MOT I'll get her put through a test once I've sorted out the hot running - best to be safe.

Once the MOT is done it's on to the interior - can't wait.
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Re: 900t Restoration (Connie)

All brilliant news and great to have another van on the road.


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Once the MOT is done it's on to the interior - can't wait.
...me in reverse......busy inside and up top and then onto the mechanicals.
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Re: 900t Restoration (Connie)

I must admit that I've had an added incentive to get Connie running under her own power/road worthy as soon as possible - we are relocating (Hampshire to Somerset). Or at least we will be once the housing market starts up again.

Being able to drive Connie to our new home and being (relatively) water tight takes a lot of pressure off. I expect once we move the DIY spectre will surface and I won't get much spare time to work on Connie for sometime... the more I can get done now the better.
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