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Old 16-02-2009   #31
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Just got round to reading this all and thought I'd say congrats on the find! I've never seen a panda 30, although I do recognise the engine You thinking of getting the correct grill and headlights for it eventually? The mk2 headlights and grille do fit better than I would have thought though tbh.

Looks fantastic in that colour too, and you have the winter device!!!(grill cover). If you ever think of selling that, then let me know. i will pay good money for it

I hope its got a nice garage or shelter to sit in though. My car is deteriorating rapidly out in the harsh winter conditions but I am stuck with my other mk1 project in the garage and have started working on it frantically before I have a pile of iron ore with a stainless steel exhaust lying on top sitting on my driveway

Would love to see it at a upcoming meet

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Well, after a false start last weekend (forgot to sort the insurance out the Friday before the test), I finally took it for its MOT today.

It wasn't straightforward, as the horn played up again. Last week, when I pushed the horn button various lights on the dashboard lit up instead of the horn going off. It started working again after I took the indicator/wiper/lighting switch unit off the steering column.

It had stopped working again this morning, but the garage did pretty much the same as me and it worked- that was enough to do the MOT test. Had to stick some black tape on the near side headlight lense to get the beam pattern flat. I'll have to get a new indicator switch unit though, as it must be the cause of the problems with the horn.

So the end result is....a glorious pass and no advisories!

That means it is just a case of sending all the paperwork off to DVLA next week to get a registration number, a V5 and a tax disc, then I can get number plates made and hit the roads!
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Congrats on getting it all home safe and mot'd! Enoy!
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Great news Stephen.

Are you sure it's the indicator stalk causing the problems and not a dodgy earth which Fiat's in general are renowned for?

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Great news....cant wait to see it..

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The garage man traced it back to the washer/wiper lever- it shares an earth with the horn and it also smoked a bit at one point when on! I have to laugh as within minutes of leaving the garage the horn had stopped working again- it is moving the steering wheel that makes the fault occur.

I cleaned up the earths last weekend and that didn't make any difference- it's only when you remove and refit the column stalk unit that the horn works. He did also suggest I remove all trace of that odd burglar alarm from the wiring loom- not a problem as I have to take the dash off to fit the mph speedo at some point.

I got a metal grille panel the other week, so will eventually fit that- not sure how that will look with these headlights though?
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Was it that metal grille off of eBay that went for about 13?

Should look when fitted
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Just got round to reading this all and thought I'd say congrats on the find! I've never seen a panda 30, although I do recognise the engine You thinking of getting the correct grill and headlights for it eventually? The mk2 headlights and grille do fit better than I would have thought though tbh.

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Very nice example.

That is the correct grill if it was a 30 SUPER. Exterior has the grey though and interior doesn't look super spec.

When you fit the metal grill though don't forget that it goes the opposite way round on the air cooled models.

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Very nice example.

That is the correct grill if it was a 30 SUPER. Exterior has the grey though and interior doesn't look super spec.

When you fit the metal grill though don't forget that it goes the opposite way round on the air cooled models.

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Wasn't the plastic slatted grill first introduced on the panda 4x4 and 45 S in 1984?

Either way, the grill is a mk2. Shame about the headlights though, as finding mk1 headlights makes rocking horse poo seem as common as muck!!
Have you had any luck in sourcing a pair? Took me a while after my accident damage to source just the passenger side one.

Hope it continues to go smoothly for you!
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Hi all

It's time for my beige Panda 30 to find a new owner who wants to get it back on the road.

The rust that was starting when I bought the car got worse so I took it off the road in early 2012. It needs full sills, the lower outer windscreen panel, plus other bits.

The interior is still in excellent condition and is still delightfully beige, brown and sludgy green.

The brakes are in need of a rebuild, but it still starts and runs, especially since I had to fully rebuild the fuel tank and filler neck!

I've got a new set of pistons and barrels plus various other bits, even an original dealer manual.

If anyone is interested, please get in touch, and in the mean time, here are some photos from yesterday.















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