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Justice777
11-24-2017, 08:12 AM
Hi all, and thanks for having me.
Car purchased back in Sept. and very thankful for the wonderfully warm October we had in So. Maine, so I got to iron out a couple electrical gremlins and drive more than I anticipated. Cleaned out attached 2 car garage and still setting up shop, finished insulating and a couple more lights to install. Compressor ordered, looking at heat options. Before starting on stripping I will change out clutch, T.O. bearing, and figure I might as well change trans pilot bearing and ... why not install an 8# flywheel as opposed to keeping the 18# orig one.
Orig. TX car, 47k+ miles. No structural rot and little panel rust, floors excellent. Going for the "muscle roadster" look, so def. lower and larger / wider wheels and tires.
I'm pretty mechanically inclined and have experience at many things but very little in body work and hardly any in painting (real automotive spraying) but have enough faith in my ability to learn processes and techniques and in my attention to detail to do this myself. Seeing the other projects posted on this forum is very encouraging and inspiring.
Feel as though I've already gained quite a bit of knowledge from time spent here browsing and searching. Thought I'd introduce myself and post a few pictures of what I'm getting myself in to. First pic is the day it arrived:

https://i.imgur.com/pqvKEGC.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/iV0mnf4.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/fm4ksbd.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/dptEpYN.jpg

bmarler
11-24-2017, 12:33 PM
looks like a great starting point, kind of a blank slate. i've always liked that body style. there's great marquee support for those as well.(https://www.fiatclubamerica.com/)
those look great in a variety of colors, but i like darker colors on them. my sister had one in dark green with tan interior that was just beautiful.
keep us posted on the progress.

Justice777
11-24-2017, 12:50 PM
I've liked this body style since I was about 13 -14 y.o. Been actively looking for one for about 4 years and now at 52 I finally have one. The lines are pretty awesome, esp that shoulder aft of above door handle back and how it runs all the way to front, and the line / slight spine on top of fenders. My guess is these would show up even more in a darker color. I also notice along entire sides is a parabolic curve. Very cool design.

bmarler
11-24-2017, 01:03 PM
there's been a lot more of these coming to market lately. check the bat website, you may find some inspiration there.

Justice777
05-30-2018, 06:53 AM
https://i.imgur.com/yZRSKfI.jpg

Short album:
https://imgur.com/a/7MoyQLe

Justice777
06-23-2018, 09:55 AM
Took these at around 8pm when light was much more subtle and better reflects what car looks like, + better b.g. than driveway. You can see how the tone of green shifts with light and angle. I think this helps show off style lines.

https://i.imgur.com/e2OcSTZ.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/zA7oS4g.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/Q7bVOeL.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/6UJeDQc.jpg

bmarler
06-25-2018, 10:45 AM
nice job! it's looking fantastic. i love the wheel choice too. are you planning any mods to the engine? those twin cam lampredi motors respond nicely to tweaking...

Justice777
06-25-2018, 12:43 PM
Thank you! Will eventually do some engine mods but for now happy w. 2.25" stainless exhaust. The note is deep, kind of loud over 3000 - 3500 (I like that), and has an awesome burble when decelerating - music to my ears. Maybe over winter convert to dual Webbers and high energy ignition. For now will dub with steering and suspension. I know kind of going at this backwards but my #1 priority is to drive. I really didn't want a 2, or 3 year project right away. I want it drive-able during the nice weather months. Our So. Maine winters are long enough to do projects.

OldFatBald
06-25-2018, 01:34 PM
Wow! I feel lazy!

Six months or so after the first post of the car and your done with the paint!!

Looks awesome. I agree, drive it for the summer, then lower it during the winter.

Again, looks great, what a fun car.

bmarler
06-26-2018, 10:26 AM
Thank you! Will eventually do some engine mods but for now happy w. 2.25" stainless exhaust. The note is deep, kind of loud over 3000 - 3500 (I like that), and has an awesome burble when decelerating - music to my ears. Maybe over winter convert to dual Webbers and high energy ignition. For now will dub with steering and suspension. I know kind of going at this backwards but my #1 priority is to drive. I really didn't want a 2, or 3 year project right away. I want it drive-able during the nice weather months. Our So. Maine winters are long enough to do projects.

by all means, drive it as much as possible. i didn't do enough tinkering during the winter on my fulvia, and now i'm trying to catch up so i don't miss all of the driving season.
one of the biggest challenges i seem to have is actually driving these cars. they need to be exercised to stay in shape, just like us!

Henry
06-26-2018, 12:20 PM
Thank you! Will eventually do some engine mods but for now happy w. 2.25" stainless exhaust. The note is deep, kind of loud over 3000 - 3500 (I like that), and has an awesome burble when decelerating - music to my ears. Maybe over winter convert to dual Webbers and high energy ignition. For now will dub with steering and suspension. I know kind of going at this backwards but my #1 priority is to drive. I really didn't want a 2, or 3 year project right away. I want it drive-able during the nice weather months. Our So. Maine winters are long enough to do projects.

WOW, that sure came out really nice. I found your link, https://imgur.com/a/7MoyQLe very well photo documented.

How long have you done this work?

Henry

Justice777
06-27-2018, 04:20 PM
Wow! I feel lazy!

Six months or so after the first post of the car and your done with the paint!!

Looks awesome. I agree, drive it for the summer, then lower it during the winter.

Again, looks great, what a fun car.

Thanks man! Don't feel lazy. This took me around 400 hrs. which was virtually every Sat. and Sun. since late Nov. last year. What shocked me was the 80+ hrs it took to wet sand, cut and polish, but it needed to be done as I've never painted a car before and that was evident in the clear coat.

Justice777
06-27-2018, 04:25 PM
by all means, drive it as much as possible. i didn't do enough tinkering during the winter on my fulvia, and now i'm trying to catch up so i don't miss all of the driving season.
one of the biggest challenges i seem to have is actually driving these cars. they need to be exercised to stay in shape, just like us!

Lol... I drove it 9 days straight, then not at all over last rainy weekend. Yesterday took it out for no reason what-so-ever, other than it was nice out, then to work meeting today. I really like driving this!

Justice777
06-27-2018, 04:37 PM
WOW, that sure came out really nice. I found your link, https://imgur.com/a/7MoyQLe very well photo documented.

How long have you done this work?

Henry

Thank you Henry. This is my first time restoring a car, so... around 7 mos. to answer your question. I'm a Jack-of-all-trades type and friends know me for attention to detail. Add a bit of confidence to that and I just jumped in with both feet. In the end it was more work than I imagined, especially the wet sanding phase. I ended up sanding 8 different grits in at least 2 different directions so effectively sanding the clear coat on this entire car 16 times. I am glad I did 2 rounds of surfacing primer / guide coating as it did come out pretty straight. Now I know why restoration shops charge as much as they do.