DIY Fiat 600D restorodding

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hi guys, I'm restoring/modding a fiat 600D at the moment, shell is having a full rebuild with factory panels where possible and hand made repairs in other areas, the shell is almost done, and now the decision is to with fiat 903 with abarth tuning parts (ready to fit in my workshop) or change direction and go daihatsu L2 or L5. Here are a few pictures of the shell build up, at the moment I have it as a rolling shell to set up the Abarth wheels arch kit and the front fender cuts, after this, its back on the rollers to finish the welding. I need to make some new contacts regarding these L engines, as I dont know much about them at all, first thing is to find a scrap block and crank to do some trial fitting to the fiat transaxle. This is all DIY with some outsourced machine work etc as needed.
 

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David! You're finally here! Haha! Your restoration never fails to impress
 

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hahaha, yea, fb is dead, they all on watsapp secret groups, thought I'd try here, pretty quiet also though eh?
 

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oh wow.... looks like a major restoration project

*grabs lawn chair and popcorn
 

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hahaha, yea, fb is dead, they all on watsapp secret groups, thought I'd try here, pretty quiet also though eh?
ZTH isn't as happening as it used to be. Social media kinda took away some of its glam and glory.

But keep posting here, at least it'll be immortalized in a place where it's open access and easily googled.
 
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oh wow.... looks like a major restoration project

*grabs lawn chair and popcorn
yea, all the 600's here have suffered years of abuse, and have had patch work repairs, so I decided to do a full shell rebuild as I could not find a good one. I did the same for my 850 coupe...
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hahaha, yea, fb is dead, they all on watsapp secret groups, thought I'd try here, pretty quiet also though eh?
Nice work done bro.
Agreed on Izso, ZTH not the same as before.
Back then this the only famous internet hang out for car enthusiast.
Talk about anything (basically anything ... :)

Furthermore, most the people in here kinda tua-tua already.
Or some Cuci Tangan already.

For me, I still enjoying car life (probably reducing by the end of this year)
 

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Nice work done bro.
Agreed on Izso, ZTH not the same as before.
Back then this the only famous internet hang out for car enthusiast.
Talk about anything (basically anything ... :)

Furthermore, most the people in here kinda tua-tua already.
Or some Cuci Tangan already.

For me, I still enjoying car life (probably reducing by the end of this year)
That is the problem, as age catch up, some goes in family life mode, some in business mode, some older ones fade away and not many young ones comes in. Modding screen also quite different as car technology changes......:driver:
 

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This may look a bit odd as I have yet to finish the welding under the car, but as usual, to do one thing you need to be a few steps ahead to make sure its all going to plan. so, in order to finish off the front fender welding, including the fender cuts for the 13'' rims. 175-70 tyres (period 1960's style) and abarth style straight fender flares I needed to check my ride height, that means fitting suspension that I did not have, so, the last few weeks I have been making a lowered stiffened suspension set up for the car, pictures before were with mocked up suspension, this time I had to make it for real. this involved reversing the main eye leaf, de cambering the other leaves, and fitting an 850 style cross member instead of using the soft rubber 600 clamps... here are a few pictures of the process and one of the with the car weighted with water drums to simulate kerb weight. end result was perfect ride height (stance?) with 15 mm to bump stop which can be trimmed if needed later---- the leaves were de cambered cold using an old hot rodding trick. please ignore the shitty hardware as i just used what I had to hand, new high tensile stuff will be fitted later at final assembly
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The amount of technical knowledge you have regarding the Fiat cars is incredible
 

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of course if you want to blast around and up frasers etc in a tuned up 600 at some point the weak drive shafts are going to give up, i went through a few of these cast drive cups before I got fed up changing them. so here is what a friend and I came up with, half fiat, half daihatsu, easy enough to make, I pre fabricated it all and just got a machine shop to weld and machine for me, the drive shafts are cut, machined down, then a tube is pressed on, 3 slots are then cut into the tube and into the shafts, these are then filled with weld, then the whole lot is turned on a lathe to the exac
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t dimension of the oil seal boot to slip over. the drive end is made of fiat and diahatsu parts, with a custom collar fitted to join it all up. result is a super strong drive shaft that can be easily removed, and is 'fit and forget' with its tri-poid drive bathed in u/j grease.
 

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Damn! Does your friend do longshaft cutting and welding too? (Plus balancing)
 

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hi mate...

keep up the good work...

i wish i was closer to your place....so i lend some helping hand on the project...
 

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fb ruined the forums, now watsapp has ruined the fb pages, most clubs have reduced to invitation only watsapp cliques.

exactly....
 

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so today was just a paint and bondo removal day actually, but then I got the vibe on, and decided to make the drivers side abarth style flat fender flare, here's a few pics of number one and and the second one, pretty good match, and all seems to work well with the other mods.
 
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What type of chemical u used to kill the rust and treat the metal?
i cut out as much as possible, but for steel that's still ok but rusting a bit i use a rust eating acid, gell type from ace is good, and general hardware got the watery type you can spray.........
 

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cant wait for it to be installed :driver:
 

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The piece looks wide but on that picture of yours it looks small. I was thinking it would jut out in the front more
 

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I'm going too, I'm halfway on the front fender flares, and need the front box to finish correctly, if you look at my earlier pictures you can see I have added more metal at the front bottom, I think this grey car was built for the earlier front box with 'whiskers' and had the later wide body box fitted later............ heres one done how I like it.
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earlier 'whiskers' type small box, Abarth just exploited the rule book, the 600's started with small chin rads onnt e 750TC, then went to this type on the 850TC, and finally to the big wide body one for the 1000TC and 1000TCR
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........ I'm building my car as a cross over model from 1000TC to 1000TCR
 
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todays work was finishing front fender flares as far as they can go without the front box as pattern, also finished welding the rear window frame and check fitted the glass.
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Out of curiosity, how tall are you @noripsni ? Cuz the Fiat looks kinda small, wondering how someone your height could fit comfortably inside? Or are you going to modify the seat position too?
 

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Out of curiosity, how tall are you @noripsni ? Cuz the Fiat looks kinda small, wondering how someone your height could fit comfortably inside? Or are you going to modify the seat position too?
there is loads of room in these cars........... even with stock seats, 6ft can fit easily.. on my car i have cobra classics, sitting lower and further back. 500 also has lots of space, actually better than a mini
 
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there is loads of room in these cars........... even with stock seats, 6ft can fit easily.. on my car i have cobra classics, sitting lower and further back. 500 also has lots of space, actually better than a mini
the main issue is peddle space, as the wheel arches on both 600 and 500 intrude, so slim shoes are needed for quick driving, cheap sandles are no use
 

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there is loads of room in these cars........... even with stock seats, 6ft can fit easily.. on my car i have cobra classics, sitting lower and further back. 500 also has lots of space, actually better than a mini
The car looks small but it does have a high roof....

the main issue is peddle space, as the wheel arches on both 600 and 500 intrude, so slim shoes are needed for quick driving, cheap sandles are no use
Understand what you mean. I am big size myself and have driven car with closely fitted pedals before, keep stepping on 2 pedals......lol
 

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its not just high roof, the fact is there is no engine or gearbox in the front, so the front floors go way forward...... almost to the front leaf spring
 

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Hey man, can I ask how is this car registered to be on the road once you're done rebuilding?
 

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Good luck bro. Your restoration skills are amazing. Most of the time, restoration job like this would take years, but the finished product is worth all the time, money and effort that you spend.
 

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there is loads of room in these cars........... even with stock seats, 6ft can fit easily.. on my car i have cobra classics, sitting lower and further back. 500 also has lots of space, actually better than a mini

i laughed at one australian haltech guy vid in youtube...

coz he is over 6ft tall if not mistaken...

and driving the mini, his knee is touching his elbow... :driver: :biggrin:


 

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yep, minis are cramped compared with 600's, I'm 5/11 and fi well in stock 600 and 850