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Old 08-03-2014   #1
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Chris's 1994 Panda Colour Resto Mod Pic Heavy update 19/6/19

hey, im chris from south wales been lurking on here for a while but now seeing as ive started work on the Panda i though id let you in on it ,The cars a 1994 panda 1000 fire Colour , my grandad bought it from new (my nan chose the colour) , it spend most of its life in a garage although it spent a year in my brother ownership so theres the odd dent , but apart from that , rust is minimal and its got an immaculate interior.
my aim is to do a resto mod as the americans would say, restore the whole car , Standard interior,respray, cleaned bay, lowered suspension and nice,possibly widish wheels, possibility by widening the body,maybe
atm heres how it stood up untill last week , only real issues are that its been off the road for two years ,at the time the front caliper was sticking and the rear beam center bush was knocking its balls off. apart from that its a solid , unwelded , one owner car with 66k on the clock.
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Hi Chris, welcome to the forum

Great to see another Panda in good nick, and even nicer to know its been in the family from new - can't beat knowing the full history of a car from original purchase to date Something thats rare with most Pandas
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thanks for the welcome, yeah, its been well looked after,(with the exception of when my brother owned it)
well it currently looks like this , dropped the rear beam off , ready new brake lines bushes and ill be replacing the brakes too.
also got a few pictures of the underneath to show how solid it is .any idea where i can get a replacement centre rear beam bush , like the last one attached?
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Hi Chris, nice looking car you have there
As far as I know the official line from Fiat was always that the bush on the beam was integral and replacement means a whole new axle. The good news is that Partsworld are knocking out the whole axle at 100 on ebay which is waaaay cheaper than list. It's a massive bush so I suspect a real challenge to fit a new one even if you can get one separately, and it's a lovely shiny new bit to start your resto
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Welcome! Nice car with nice history!
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Hi Chris, nice looking car you have there
As far as I know the official line from Fiat was always that the bush on the beam was integral and replacement means a whole new axle. The good news is that Partsworld are knocking out the whole axle at 100 on ebay which is waaaay cheaper than list. It's a massive bush so I suspect a real challenge to fit a new one even if you can get one separately, and it's a lovely shiny new bit to start your resto
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2310108457...84.m1423.l2649



Hi Chris, welcome to the Forum. Will watch progress with interest.
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Hi Chris, nice looking car you have there
As far as I know the official line from Fiat was always that the bush on the beam was integral and replacement means a whole new axle. The good news is that Partsworld are knocking out the whole axle at 100 on ebay which is waaaay cheaper than list. It's a massive bush so I suspect a real challenge to fit a new one even if you can get one separately, and it's a lovely shiny new bit to start your resto

Thanks for the advice , I've got a press so fitting a new one wouldn't be a major issue but I've made an offer on the axle on ebay anyway as it's a lot less hassle and it seems way too cheap to ignore.
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Welcome you can't beat a twin sunnie panda! Especially now the weather is on our side. Looking forward to seeing your progress, particularly if you do a wide body conversion
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Thanks for the advice , I've got a press so fitting a new one wouldn't be a major issue but I've made an offer on the axle on ebay anyway as it's a lot less hassle and it seems way too cheap to ignore.

Welcome to the forum

Usually it's the spring cups which rot through - I guess you just had to be different!
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Welcome you can't beat a twin sunnie panda! Especially now the weather is on our side. Looking forward to seeing your progress, particularly if you do a wide body conversion
yeah hopefully it'll be back on the road ready for some sun soon. once i buy the new wheels i'll know if it needs widening as ill make the car fit the wheels.

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Usually it's the spring cups which rot through - I guess you just had to be different!
yeah spring cups are solid on mine , tbh the bush looks pretty solid from what i can tell but from the knocking it seemed to be making when it was on the road i'd rather change it , as once it goes back on i dont wanna have to remove it again....ever! haha
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well seeing as the weather was good again i got busy,

fuel tank out! , ill be getting these made up in stainless steel to avoid them looking like this again.

removed the rear bumper , exhaust and heat shield

then got busy cleaning the wheel arches and the underside


found a little bit of a whole too , only seems to be on the drivers side so the welder will be out next weekend to get that patched up!

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Wow, looks healthy underneath
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yeah spring cups are solid on mine , tbh the bush looks pretty solid from what i can tell but from the knocking it seemed to be making when it was on the road i'd rather change it , as once it goes back on i dont wanna have to remove it again....ever! haha
Seems odd to me that the bush would be gone at such a low mileage, especially since it is solid now you have it off the car. Are you sure it was not something else making the noise? Exhaust? Or a dodgy damper maybe?
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Seems odd to me that the bush would be gone at such a low mileage, especially since it is solid now you have it off the car. Are you sure it was not something else making the noise? Exhaust? Or a dodgy damper maybe?
yeah i think it must have been something else as all the other bushes are in a right state but this one actually doesnt look too bad and doesnt have any obvious play, and seeing as the offer i made on the one on ebay was declined ,( put in a cheeky offer of 75) i think ill just refurb the old beam and try my luck with the old bush.
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