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Old 19-08-2017   #16
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Re: Restoring an 82 X1/9

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Fresh shiny clean new gas tank is now fully in place. New fuel filter is in place as well. I need to get a couple spade connectors to hook up the sending unit. 35 year old wires.

Old broken speedometer cable has been removed. Too hot and sweaty to run the new one.

Targa top latches are completed, and targa top sits back on the car, HOWEVER, I found a couple spots that need touch up. Easy Peasy!

Sunday morning (tomorrow) I plan on running the new speedo cable, patching the spots on the targa top, and getting the rusty area around the brake reservoirs de-rusted, and primed. That's all for this weekend...

(Billy Mays voice) But Wait! There's More!

Red found me a steering wheel adapter. So I will likely work on that tomorrow as well. New steering wheel joy!
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Old 19-08-2017   #17
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Re: Restoring an 82 X1/9

Good progress.

Wow that fuel tank was quite bad! I fitted a new tank to my 2001 fiat seicento recently. I looked under the car recently and was dismayed to find paint was no use and its covered in surface rust! Hope your new x tank is better.
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Re: Restoring an 82 X1/9

Using a steering adapter from a 124 Spyder, was able to get the new steering wheel in place. Need to do some mods to get the 124 adapter to work with the horn button conductors.

The 124 Spyder mid-cycle models used a Momo 6 bolt pattern.

Wheel was $35 on EBay, and is approx 1.5" smaller diameter than the stock wheel. Feels nice and looks pretty good.
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Re: Restoring an 82 X1/9

I have a 124 spider wheel on my X1/9 - its a bit bigger than the stock steering wheel though. Le Mans style
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Re: Restoring an 82 X1/9

Not sure what the textured coating is that they use on the underside of the engine cover on my Fiat X1/9. However, it is nearly impossible to sand off, and almost impervious to aircraft grade paint remover. Man, they should cover tanks in that stuff!

So, another day or two more until I get the rear decklid completed.
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Re: Restoring an 82 X1/9

They put amazing paint on them but they still rust!
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Old 03-09-2017   #22
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Re: Restoring an 82 X1/9

New gas tank? Check!
New fuel filter? Check!
New Battery? Check!
Battery Installed? Not Yet.
New intake? Check!
Gas on-hand for new tank? Not yet?
Closer to starting? Ya, you betcha!

May be in position to start the engine next weekend.

Also have new speedo cable 50% installed, and will be wailing away on the engine cover tomorrow! Spectre intake components and air filter. Blue = good!
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Re: Restoring an 82 X1/9

In Northeastern FL, we have had heat, hurricanes, and humidity. (FL has has 119 significant hurricanes since 1850).

I have not been able to spend any truly productive time in the garage, and probably won't until the weather cools down in a few weeks.

I did get my new radiator, and it is a thing of beauty.
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Re: Restoring an 82 X1/9

Fiat Update - Got the new speedo cable run completely. Got most of the front trunk area cleaned up and sanded and primered.

Verified that the HID headlights make light, and that the license plate lights are going to work (and are cool, to boot).

The license plate arrived, and I mounted it just to see it in place.

I did some more work on the rust area under the fluid reservoirs, and started taking care of the largest dent. Also continued working on the interior.

Made sure the gas tank will hold fuel, with no leaks. Should just be a couple more weekends until I get it running. The fuse panel is downright SCARY! After I get done, there will be a TON of wires and relays that can be moved aside.
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Re: Restoring an 82 X1/9

Front trunk area now completely rust free, and once the paint dries, it will be a smooth satin black. Then the battery goes in, and then carpet.

Next up: Area behind radiator - sand to remove rust, rust reformer primer to STOP rust, and then repaint. It will NOT be painted satin black, it WILL be painted a purple. After that dries, I will be adding a couple connectors for the dual fans, and installing the new radiator and then filling the engine with coolant.

And, if Fiat ever comes up with the replacement for the X1/9, sign me up!
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Re: Restoring an 82 X1/9

Battery is in, but not hooked up yet. Bought a new battery tray, and had to do the mods to make it work right. Now, nice and solid, and looking good.

Radiator next weekend!
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Re: Restoring an 82 X1/9

Good stuff. What color will the car be painted?
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Re: Restoring an 82 X1/9

Working on satin black interior with black and gray seats with purple seat belts, satin black for trunks, satin black for engine cover, yellow calipers, gunmetal/polished wheels, and high gloss deep purple metallic for outside.
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Re: Restoring an 82 X1/9

New seats for the X1/9 arrived. They are actually quite comfortable. Really strange how you can buy two seats and mounting brackets for about the same price as a single office chair.

About the only thing I don't have yet is a new windshield. Probably wait until I get the painting done.

Today I am working on finishing the new brake and clutch fluid reservoir lines, disassembling the brakes, and rebuilding the calipers, cleaning them, and prepping them for the YELLOW caliper paint.

Tomorrow will be brake caliper painting, then reassembly, and work on the radiator area.
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Re: Restoring an 82 X1/9

Before and After brake parts. Left front corner ready to reassemble, after I paint the dust shield black.

Got the copper replacement reservoir lines completed (FINALLY), so when I get the brakes back together, it's time to BLEED! (bleed the air out of the brake lines, anyway).

Hooked up the new battery, and nothing happened. Turned the key, and the fuel pump didn't even run. Bummer. Oh well, I knew this was a one-way trip when I started it. We'll figure it out.
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