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Old 06-01-2011   #31
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Wow! This was one seriously unloved Fiat, how on earth can anyone treat a car like that is beyond me.

Anyway, it's good to see all your hard work, keep it up, looking forward to seeing the finished product, so get snapping .
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Right update time

First of all due to college exams and miserable weather (if its not raining its freezing) I've did naff all with the car I've been collecting various bits and pieces for it though so not a total waste of time

As of next thursday (and this friday to a certain extent) I'll have much much more time to get this car sorted

Lets start with a running theme. Having multiple copies of the same car (a minimum of 3 at the very least) is very very handy....


Hold on, where did the wings go?




They need painting though, prefably with this stuff


You know its good stuff when it says for industrial use only on the side

Now due to the complexity I had in fabricating custom brackets, lift up mechanism and the right diameter collar on the other car it wont be going on this one
However I am making up my own push start system


Need more time to fit and test it though...

Better brakes are a must


And new tyres


And a new shut panel for the bonnet


Those are 40mm lowering springs with sachs super touring shockers for this car btw

This steel floor and exhaust...


...needs reworking to fit these


and this backbox if you can call it that


The final job for the moment was to put the plates up



Back to college stuff, untill the weekend!
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Re: Van with a difference!!!.

483a thats my colour code too according to my boot
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hereldic blue is it not ?
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Yeah so I been told.mine looks pearl due to the respray when the kit got fitted,but according to the lad he did it standard colour.
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looking good, its nice to see some hard work go into a car for once lol!
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looking good, its nice to see some hard work go into a van for once lol!
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Cheers for the comments!!!

A one picture update this time.........

After a horrible wet day, I've put in the driveshafts, new track rod ends, customised "service" box (modified bottom half of air box), vented disks and calipers, new shut panel and shocks in one evening, not a difficult job anyway. Only one pic as it was still raining


Oh and the K&N 57i making the right sound...!

If anyone out there wants a guide on any of the stuff I've done so far or has a request, leave a comment and I'll see what I can do!
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Small update time

Still doing college work so not much time to do much however last exam is on thursday, leaving me untill the end of the month to do whatever I want...

First of all, time to get the car on the ground


Fairly low now just the back needs sorting....
Connected all the cables up


The K&N was custom made by me for a different application so it took a bit of time to get it to fit there

Time to move the car but I'm trapped


Golden tip, a W126 is a very very heavy car... Got it moved though and in its original place still looks a right mess though!!!


And then the window refused to wind up so I've started this thread

Hope to have the window sorted for the next update!!
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sweet,i will be keeping an eye on this thread

you should have left the air filter sticking up,how it was in the last update
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Re: Van with a difference!!!.

Whats with the Rice Crispies box?

nice project, i'll be watching this one
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nice project, good to see some people are saving cars instead of scrapping them
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Re: Van with a difference!!!.

exactly

i saved mine from the scrap heap when my engine blew.Took me a year and a half to find an engine,find someone to fit ,get it mot'd, ins and taxed the long wait was worth it tho
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Update time!!

First things first, due to bad muscle fatigue (trust me the reason is, er.... yeah that'll do!!!) I haven't got as much done as I wanted to but I have a week to go cuckoo bananas on this car before college hols are up

The rice krispies box is a mean solution to keep the damp out of the car when it rains or you'll end up with a very soggy carpet...

Lets start with this. If the exhaust wont come off...


The consaw cures all


It also allows you to cut lumps out of the car. Dressed down with a grinder for the desired effect


And to measure up. All ready to be welded


Then it got too dark

The next day I decided the fuel pump was beyond its sell by date as it was making a horrendous racket not to worry I have a selection of 3 of these pumps

As you can see, discoloured


Mmmm new secondhand pump on yet another rice krispies box


Better fill her up a bit first!


Clever biscuits disguised as tissues Add some of this stuff


As seen on tv...? Screw it all in. Stand back and admire handiwork


Then I realised I have to take the rear axle out due to wonkey rear arms, which means emptying and dropping the tank, D'OH!!! Oh well...

Roll on the next day and I get this


Hold on wheres the water pump?


Ah thats better The thermostat was an original part, or was it... Note the hose clip




As its a standard t-belt change, naturally I'm going to change the belt, tensioner, pump, steering pump....


And pump resivoir


What use is a level indicator on the back??!!! Its no fun if an Italian car has no quirks The old pump on the right was squeeking at an annoying frequency. It was also losing fluid...

30 minutes later...


I also noticed that injector no 1 was discoloured compared to the rest of the injectors at least I have 16 to play with...!!!


45 mins later...


Job done, time for a coffee I also needed a horn. So out of the inventory I got...


My old car had 10 novelty horns (imagine the messy wiring!!!) I'll just keep 2 this time

Suddenly, new tool kit


And the door cards are ready for leather


Now its too dark, boo earns

For the next update I hope to transfer this...


(Yes that Mercedes wheel ) This


And have this ready for paint


So as she stands


That Seicento is photobombing every chance it gets

Until the next update, I'll need plenty of ...!
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Wow when you update you really go all out dont you! Im loving the work so far. and you eat way too many rice krispies haha
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