DIY Fiat 600D restorodding

noripsni

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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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few more pics
 

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David! You're finally here! Haha! Your restoration never fails to impress
 
hahaha, yea, fb is dead, they all on watsapp secret groups, thought I'd try here, pretty quiet also though eh?
 
this is the aim of the project, Abarth 1000TC 600D.
 

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

*grabs lawn chair and popcorn
 
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.
 
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)
 
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:
 
the younger fellas, mostly on whatsapp and fb groups i believe
 
fb ruined the forums, now watsapp has ruined the fb pages, most clubs have reduced to invitation only watsapp cliques.
this is true. And that's not saying the cliques are all active too
 
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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