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Old 19-12-2010   #16
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Blimey looks like its had a hard life. I notice all the bolts and dowels have snapped off on the flywheel, is the clutch the right one or where the dowels ground off to fit it?

Im enjoying the pics
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The more pics the better!

Will keep watching this with interest!
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Looking forward to seeing what you do with this mate
Cheers! I'm looking foreward to what else is out of the ordinary on this car

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Blimey looks like its had a hard life. I notice all the bolts and dowels have snapped off on the flywheel, is the clutch the right one or where the dowels ground off to fit it?

Im enjoying the pics
And there was me thinking this car had it handy, online pictures can be deceiving!! What we think happened was the clutch needed replacing (that is a new clutch btw, even if it is unusable) so they got someone to do it that overtightened the bolts, along with some hard driving (the bushes and ball joints are in bits) and to set it all off the common diff failure, which when goes causes an unholy mess in the bell housing (been there twice ). The release bearing actually had been crushed into a grey paste in some parts... Just goes to show, I thought I'd seen it all!!


Time for more pics
A daylight pic with no engine to begin with

Now I knew that the exhaust was rotten but come on how could anyone not notice the racket inside?! A closer look at the subframe....

Oh dear, rust

These cars are rust proofed, how did this happen???
Now onto the well maintained engine
Scuffed power steering pump pully probably explains why this one has packed up

The worst oil that came out of an engine was in a 1987 Fiat Regatta, which went into tar and cruds when it hit the pan this isnt too far behind

What quality oil I thought, perfect for mending the roads Now this got me curious on the plugs, what would I find? Would it be too much to expect the twin electrode plugs these cars take? Only one way to find out

And after alot of screeching I find these

They were so tight I twisted my shoulder trying to get them out Although not the worst I've ever had to take out... When I'm slightly better I'll be out to attack it again
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Bit of an update, couldnt do much due to that cursed snow

Had a poke round one night and found more rust


And a true quality repair job

Needless to say, they were duly ripped off there and then just have to fill in the holes now


I was slightly better earlier toady and I had the weather so I had another shot at the car

Rust treatment, die rust die



The interior is nearly ready, just need the door cards out and the roof lining out


Which leads onto the back bumper, or lack of one I hope to have my jap style bumper finished in time for this car...


And 30 mins after that photo was taken...


Then my shoulder went again Because its gone again, changing the subframe will be put on hold for a little while. Wonder what I'll have done for the next update...
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Re: Van with a difference!!!

wooow the pictures make it look like a fun job, but doing it, im sure is alot different feeling.

and some of those pictures take me back, when i took my car to pieces.. glad i aint going back there again.

ill look forward to more updates!!
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wooow the pictures make it look like a fun job, but doing it, im sure is alot different feeling.

and some of those pictures take me back, when i took my car to pieces.. glad i aint going back there again.

ill look forward to more updates!!
It is a fun job, reminds me of my first full stripdown and rebuild this is more thorough and time consuming mind you

Now for yet another quick update
Shoulder feeling better, I went and attacked the inside of the car


So now it looks like:


Hang on, that deserves a closer look...





Daylight didnt help, the other side was symmetrical


Not to worry, always take it on the chin with a drill and wire brush...


Just need to push it out with the dozer and spotweld, job done

Those pesky door cards were going mouldy so out they came


Now for the halfway point on the interior: The roof lining Simple, just undo the handle grips, plastic trim, sun visors, interior lights and a few push clips. It should come out handy as its only CLIPPED in position. But as usual, nothing is simple with this car


Thats right, it was glued back on, not with glue but davids fast resin and the worst fibre glass effort ive seen in ages


Who seriously does that... I would like to meet the person who worked on this car and show them how to maintain a car properly

So here it is as it stands: All the bits needing to be taken off are off (except for the door components). Just some welding, body dozing and bonding to do. Then we can start with putting the engine in

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This makes me want to do a rebuild of my own lol! I will do it eventually but I have no space or time at the moment. I'll keep watching!

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Im definately gonna keep an eye on this one, its interesting what else your gonna find and looking forward to how its gonna turn out in the end
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Update time

First of all, I havnt been able to do much but all will be explained why further down

Remember this nasty dent?


Good ridance!!


It was time for the engine swap. The thoughts of butchering my old car...


It is only temporary though Now I didnt get many pictures of fitting the engine as it got very dark, very quick.
So well move onto this, Im painting my speedo clocks with a white surround, more pics of that when its done


Time for the interior. Ill be retrimming the cards and roof lining in white leather, to match the seats this means hacking up the door cards

All was going well untill one moulding decided to be stubborn. So I put all my effort into cutting it, big mistake. The knife slipped and the knife went into my finger, lacerating it quite badly Ive lost the use of it for the moment, it will heal but it needs lots of time. Its still very sore as I type this Todays lesson, be careful with knives

Earlier today, I decided to try get this car going
Front painted with hammerite

6 speed box
And a quick clean


If you have a 1.2 please check this pipe going into the injectors, they go brittle with age and leak, causing a strong "odeur" in the cabin and a potential fire hazard


Once again, it got too dark too quick so no decent pics of the engine ready to go plugged in the battery, in with the key, double checked everything! Turned the key and.... Failed to start Tried again, still nothing, boo earns so Ive put up this thread:
https://www.fiatforum.com/bravo-brav...ml#post2660368

I hope for the next update the car will be at least going!!
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we'll youve certainly van-dalised that

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Im definately gonna keep an eye on this one, its interesting what else your gonna find and looking forward to how its gonna turn out in the end
same here,i like before and after pics

keep it up look forward to the end result
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same here,i like before and after pics

keep it up look forward to the end result
A new way of putting it!!

Small update, Ive just got it going a few mins ago seems to idle too high, I think its time for some washers on the tb... Not going to wait for daylight, in with the shafts, slave cylinder, exhaust and radiator. Time to get it mobile. Hope to have more pics tomorrow!
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have you got a garage or doing it all on the driveway?
if i had a garage or even a car port my engine change wouldnt have took the time it did lol

fair play to ya doing it late

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have you got a garage or doing it all on the driveway?
if i had a garage or even a car port my engine change wouldnt have took the time it did lol

fair play to ya doing it late

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We have a garage but it has an X1/9 and a big Mercedes in it at the mo The ground is good so Im not complaining All the work is being done outside except for the eventual paintjob, which is an indoors only job
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Small update, nothing major!

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We have a garage but it has an X1/9 and a big Mercedes in it at the mo
The 2 longtimers I did say it was a big Merc


Now common sense kicked in last night after it read -2 degrees out So instead I decided to try finish the back bumper. 2 years too long in the making


And I managed to route out this badboy


I have plans for that later....

I got my speedo finished


And assembled


So now it has a nice blue milometer and hopefully yellow backlights

Ive got nothing done in daylight as Ive been away leather hunting
As she stands:


Interior almost ready


And the van pannels


Maybe ill have it painted for the next update....!!
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wow you have been busy!

did the speedos annoy you a little ? in the temp and fuel parts you have those so called 'stoppers' they are proper fiddly, my temp moves up and down when its likes now..

look forward to some more updates
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