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Old 05-11-2018, 12:02 AM   #231
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Oh wow! Congrats and wow, well done!
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Old 05-11-2018, 12:44 AM   #232
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Great stuff and well done with the MOT.
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Old 05-11-2018, 07:15 AM   #233
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Wow, back on the road, what an awesome end. Brilliant


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An awful lot of effort that’s come good in the end - fantastic job.

Can’t believe how much of a mess the body shop made of the interior, I hope they offered some compensation for their shoddy work methods.

Centre console might be worth a refurb with plastidip, a few other threads here have shown good results on trim parts
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Old 05-11-2018, 08:32 AM   #235
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Bringing a Fiat Coupé 20V Turbo Plus Back to Life

Cracking write up and congratulations on getting back on the road
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Old 05-11-2018, 07:00 PM   #236
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Great thread, very interesting and really happy to see the car roadworthy again.

Hope you enjoy driving it!
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Old 05-11-2018, 09:17 PM   #237
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So what’s on the agenda next........? Fiat 124 maybe?
Not sure yet, a more pressing issue is the fact I’ll be unemployed as of mid-December so need to get on the job hunt!
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Great to see it back on the road. Totally love these cars and glad to see one being restored to such great lengths.
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Evening, one week on from the MOT and a few bits to update on

I managed to source a replacement handbrake console in decent nick courtesy of a plea on a couple of Facebook Coupé groups:



It's easy to fit, the front tucks under the gearstick portion of the centre console then there's two M6 screws at the rear. Fitted:


Some pics of the interior as promised:







Just before the MOT last weekend the gas struts in the bonnet decided they had given up the fight against the weight they support...just as my head was under the bonnet Early production Coupés had a locking strut on one side to prevent the inevitable concussion but with mine being a late model it simply has two conventional struts that lose their pressure/strength over time. You can buy cheapo versions on eBay but they're known for not being up to the job. A spot of research revealed the OE Fiat part number and that Stabilus was the OE supplier. A pair was sourced on eBay.de for £90 delivered. Took 4 days to arrive, can't complain at that!




It's very easy to pop the old ones off with a small flat-blade screwdriver, but it does require a little dexterity and an additional wooden prop to act as a safety stop!

Old (top] vs. new (bottom):


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Initially they seem a little too strong and one has to be careful closing the bonnet but I guess they'll 'soften' a little in the next few weeks. Even if not I'd rather have them slightly too strong than take another blow to the back of my head!!

This morning I took the car for the tracking to be done as I figured it would be miles off, if the 30 degree rotation on the steering wheel to keep her in a straight line was anything to go by! Sure enough, once on the ramp at the garage the readings were off the scale! 5 mins and it was sorted, and she drives straight as an arrow now

While out I needed to take some photos of the car for the agreed value on the insurance:








Looking good in the sunshine

However, not good enough! Which brings me onto the next area of attack - the paintwork. From a few feet away it looks ok but close up there's a fair amount of sanding marks in the paint. Not on every panel but on most to a varying degree and enough to bother me. I feared they were 'under' the base coat hence I wouldn't be able to do anything about them but a session with 1500/2000/2500 wet & dry paper then a hit with Farecla G6 (yes it needed some horsepower!) on the boot lid showed that they will cut/polish out - phew! It would seem the base and lacquer has 'sunk' into the sanding marks in the 11 months or so since she was painted.

I tried to take 'before' photos but my rather basic Samsung digital camera just isn't up to it Suffice to say they're lots of little circular squiggles, as you would expect from insufficient sanding prior to base and lacquer. Here's a shot after wet sanding though:


After the G6 I refined with Sonus SFX-1, 2 and 3...but by then it was too dark to take photos so I packed up to head indoors for F1 qualifying. Will take photos and post in another update

Just doing the boot lid to my standards took 3 hours though so doing the whole car will take a while!!
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There needs to be a drool button for your thread Jas_racing.
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