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Old 11th November 2011, 11:40   #16
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Kudos for the restoration of your brownie beauty. What you need the most is "patience" as it is not so easy to source different spares.

My small piece of advice " If you could not get the original spare, just move on and replace with the next available one". This is mainly to avoid delay. Have seen old cars standing for many months due to non availability of the originals. After some months owners loose interest and go for the available spare.
Since Mumbai is the hometown of Fiat, there should not be any problem.

Good luck and waiting for more updates from your side.
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WEEKLY UPDATE:
The sheet metal work is finished around 75%.
The fuel filling point, the door sills, the wheel arches correction, Rear glass edging etc are just completed. The trunk lid was getting re-inforced.
The engine is yet to go on the Operation Table & so is the suspensions work etc.
Since there is not much to write about, I'll let the photos do the talking:
Brownie - The restoration of my '56 Fiat Millecento-12112011281.jpg
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Comments/Suggestion/Criticism is welcome.

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FANTASTIC! This surely is gonna be a stunner. The tinkering work is just superb IMO.

Don't worry too much about the originality. But make her a good runner.
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Old 14th November 2011, 13:06   #19
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Tinkering mechanic seems to be a professional guy.The welding is good. Rubbing and scratching after the tinkering paste will tell the exact finish of the car. Waiting for your updates.
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I've waited for a restoration thread on the Fiat 1000. Do keep all of us posted (with pictures) on how "Brownie" goes through her resto. Would like to see the progression from the rust bucket finally to a lovely lady. Good luck on the resto!
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Now that you asked for it, how come the horn-button is still not taken off??

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I've waited for a restoration thread on the Fiat 1000.
I guess you meant Fiat 1100. A Fiat 1000 would be quite rare over here, although tis not really a car:



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Karthik: Thanks buddy.

RGK: Yup the tinkering guys is very very good & since the other cars are awaiting some important parts he is devoting complete attention to BROWNIE. Now lets wait for the end product.

Motorguy: I presume you actually meant Fiat 1100. I'll keep the updates weekly till we come closer to finish product.

[quote=Stanher;2577601]Now that you asked for it, how come the horn-button is still not taken off??

Hi Shyam, The LAST pic is speacilly posted for you.
We did try to pry it out but the plastic on the rim started crumbling so we didn't try any further. The main guy was not there. I have left the instructions for same.

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3rd weekly update:

The fab work in the rear half of car is almost completed.
The wheel wells were completed.
The next is engine chasis work, that will begin from Monday then we'll go 'under' the car.


Brownie - The restoration of my '56 Fiat Millecento-19112011299.jpg
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Suspension, soon to be worked upon:
Brownie - The restoration of my '56 Fiat Millecento-19112011307.jpg

Dedicated to Shyam (StanHer) Horn button opened up for cleaning
Brownie - The restoration of my '56 Fiat Millecento-19112011315.jpg
Rear plate with markings (SEPIA CPA 100)
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Its time for another update: Not much work has been done in last one week due to unavailability of few fabrication parts.
As all know that the headlights had been modified, we were looking for ORIGINAL 3/4th of the upper cowls so that the lines tapering towards headlights are clean. We decided to look for cowls from some original car & got them just yesterday. Our TINKERMAN started the work today.
This guy can work on Dukkars with his eyes closed. Many on TBHP know him well.
Brownie - The restoration of my '56 Fiat Millecento-01122011373.jpg
Brownie - The restoration of my '56 Fiat Millecento-01122011374.jpg

The front chasis also need replacement and we are hunting for same. Some leads would be helpful.
Towards front
Brownie - The restoration of my '56 Fiat Millecento-01122011370.jpg

Towards rear
Brownie - The restoration of my '56 Fiat Millecento-01122011369.jpg

I am bit confused about the final color as BROWN actually does not do proper justification to the lines of this car. Initially I thought of doing the exact color as Amol's but now I am looking at this shade. Please advise.
Brownie - The restoration of my '56 Fiat Millecento-ct-407-2.jpg

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The front chasis also need replacement and we are hunting for same. Some leads would be helpful.
Towards front
Attachment 850333

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Sonu, Nice to see some updates. How many mounting points does your radiator have at the bottom. original should have two.

As for the chassis there is no major difference between the Premier padmani and your chassis. I have used the same, however you have to weld the mountings of bumper and radiator on to new chassis.
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I am bit confused about the final color as BROWN actually does not do proper justification to the lines of this car. Initially I thought of doing the exact color as Amol's but now I am looking at this shade. Please advise.
If you wish to paint your car blue the correct colour would be the one on Sameer Kadam's car. My car colour was typical to 57's with centre light. There were some very nice greens available which would make your car uncommon and stand out. i am attaching some pics. I think V16 has already painted his Millecento a similar green. I am also attaching pics of the interior scheme for a green car.
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There were some very nice greens available which would make your car uncommon and stand out. i am attaching some pics. I think V16 has already painted his Millecento a similar green. I am also attaching pics of the interior scheme for a green car.
I like this COLOR. Green is my favorite color.
I'll ask V16 for some more intimate pics. Is this color one of the ORIGINAL colors & available on ICI paint shade card?

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Sonu, Nice to see some updates. How many mounting points does your radiator have at the bottom. original should have two.
I think it has TWO points for radiator. Have a look at third pic again. It shows the cross member of the front chasis.
I'll follow you advise of PP chasis.

Any pointers on headlights? I'm still short of them.

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the mole;2598127 There were some very nice greens available which would make your car uncommon and stand out. i am attaching some pics. I think V16 has already painted his Millecento a similar green. I am also attaching pics of the interior scheme for a green car.
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http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/post-w...ml#post1036064 (Restoration of MTP 8389 a 1956 Fiat 1100)
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I like this COLOR. Green is my favorite color.
I'll ask V16 for some more intimate pics. Is this color one of the ORIGINAL colors & available on ICI paint shade card?


I think it has TWO points for radiator. Have a look at third pic again. It shows the cross member of the front chasis.
I'll follow you advise of PP chasis.

Any pointers on headlights? I'm still short of them.

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Infact I am also going for a green, Almond green from the Duco shade card. (may not use duco) but shade will be similar.

Mine chassis is mated to the bosy, only mountings need to be welded.

Lights are hard to be find, you online source will be a better bet.
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I am bit confused about the final color as BROWN actually does not do proper justification to the lines of this car. Initially I thought of doing the exact color as Amol's but now I am looking at this shade. Please advise.
Actually, IMHO the brown colour also would look good on this car, a bit different from 'conventional' colours used. As for this one, looks a bit too bland and almost like white!
Amol's fiat colour is awesome too, but as he said, it came only on the '57. The Millecento also came in a dark metallic blue but cant find pics. of one in that particular colour at the moment.

Reg. headlights, Karl had once suggested that Swaraj Mazda ones would be a good alternative fit?

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