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Old 20th March 2014, 18:59   #16
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I have been quite busy in other assignments. So took a little late than usual in updating the thread. The work on the car has progressed significantly.
Some of the pics after the completion of tinkering are:
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It was also decided to give an antirust coating to the underbody, mudguards, floor and engine bay. Some snaps after the anti rust treatment:

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After the completion of tinkering, PU & NC putty(filler) were used to ensure a smooth surface.

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It was decided to go for a dual tone paint job: Pastel blue + white.
Some of the pics after the painting.

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The upholstery work will probably begin tomorrow. Velvet and fake leather have been selected. The car will also get a new front windscreen as the old one was scratched and made visibility pathetic.
Stay tuned.
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It was decided to go for a dual tone paint job: Pastel blue + white.
Some of the pics after the painting.
Nice to see the car taking up shape. The new colour combo looks nice too. But if I might point out- the engine bay, especially the bulkhead area where the chassis no. plate is fitted, should be painted in the body colour only in Fiats.
Do try and point this out to your painter, if it can be corrected.
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Woww...Thats interesting...Waiting for the work to get over
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The upholstery work will probably begin tomorrow. Velvet and fake leather have been selected. The car will also get a new front windscreen as the old one was scratched and made visibility pathetic.
Stay tuned.
Okay. I must say, the quality of work can be improved. The painter has been a bit careless. Note the spray onto the keyholes, onto the fan-belt, engine block.

Is the replacement glass of "Securit" make? OR of "Atultuf"?

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especially the bulkhead area where the chassis no. plate is fitted, should be painted in the body colour only in Fiats.
Do try and point this out to your painter, if it can be corrected
Better late than never!

A little effort, presentation work now, will help a lot later. A properly colour matching engine bay will help a lot!

He must also ensure that the spraywork, does not hide the chassis/body numbers.

What is the story on the Lucas 700 Headlamps?

Lastly, what sort of anti-rust/rust prevention materials were used? 3M? Wurth? OR even used engine oil?

Cheerio!

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Nice to see the car taking up shape. The new colour combo looks nice too. But if I might point out- the engine bay, especially the bulkhead area where the chassis no. plate is fitted, should be painted in the body colour only in Fiats.
Do try and point this out to your painter, if it can be corrected.
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Okay. I must say, the quality of work can be improved. The painter has been a bit careless. Note the spray onto the keyholes, onto the fan-belt, engine block.

Is the replacement glass of "Securit" make? OR of "Atultuf"?



Better late than never!

A little effort, presentation work now, will help a lot later. A properly colour matching engine bay will help a lot!

He must also ensure that the spraywork, does not hide the chassis/body numbers.

What is the story on the Lucas 700 Headlamps?

Lastly, what sort of anti-rust/rust prevention materials were used? 3M? Wurth? OR even used engine oil?

Cheerio!
Thanks for the replies.
I have already told the mechanic to tell his painter to paint the engine bay in body colour. He was a bit hesitant at first but later agreed. The anti rust is definitely not used engine oil. I am not sure of the brand because this was bought by the garage owner himself.
As for the Lucas 700 headlamps - the left side was allowing water to get inside. The reflector has also shown some signs of rusting. I have told the mechanic to bring the Lucas 700 if possible.
Also I have told the painter to paint the tappet cover and the oil catridge in red.
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Also I have told the painter to paint the tappet cover and the oil catridge in red.
Oil Cartridge in red is okay. But how about this-

Chroming the tappet cover? OR using Chrome paint to achieve the result!


You may have a look at MRY/3112's engine bay. The results are there-Excellence Personified! Have a look at Behram Dhabhars cars on this forum.

MRY/3112, SuperSelect, with a Select grile is a masterpiece! Particularly, the engine bay.

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Used Engine oil is quite effective, as an anti-rust treatment. My grandfather once installed a drain-hole like fixture on his MHP or MHX registered (I do not know the regn) SuperSelect, in the Sixties. As he was a part of the DIY brigade those days-

He used to take out the oil from the sump, open up the door cards, and lavishly apply all this on the innards of the doors.

Inshort, the car was indirectly protecting itself!

Before applying, he used to pressure wash the doors and the running boards. This oil related ritual used to take place, every 3-4 oil changes, as an when fesable. The used oil was used properly, as well.

I constantly crib about the fact, that all this cannot be done on modern cars so easily. Pity!


Cheers!

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I had been quite busy with exams and all. So I could not update the thread for quite a long period.
Now some of the fittings to the car:
The velvet roof which was pasted with flexible thermocool inbetween.
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The old door handles were retained and put in place except for the rear RHS in which one of the retaining bolts gave away due to age.
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Some of the fittings :

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Mr. Hussain the proprietor of the workshop himself laying his hands on the fitting of the ultra delicate aluminium door beadings:

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The side view after installation of the beadings:

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The front windshield was of 'Gold Turf' make. Seems to be PAL OEM. The non-availability of the windshield delayed the work by atleast a week.

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The salvage front bumper from the scrapyard being installed in the below picture. The front and the rear salvage bumpers cost only 800 rupees. The icing on the cake was that that the scrap dealer provided three bumper over-riders as gratis.

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Luckily, the indicator lenses were intact on both sides even after that nasty accident and they found their old mate albeit with a new panel on the LHS.

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Some picture of the seats:

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The forward and backward sliding mechanism was brought to its former glory. The ratchet was jammed due to years of non-usage.
The glass beading of the front and rear windshields was replaced. Luckily the careful upholsterer had removed the aluminium beadings carefully so that they could be refitted. That was one characteristic feature of the early delights. Padminis came with the matte-black type cover.
The sun visors for Padmini/Delight is almost impossible to find brand new. So we resorted to Ambassador sunvisors which are very similar. Only some changes to the mounting holes were made. Not to forget the sunvisors were dirt cheap for just 80 rupees. The shop had only one piece of that. And that too looked like if it was a decade or a two old. The name of the shop was Bombay Motor Accessories.
Also ambassador armrests were bought for 470 bucks a pair. They blend in perfectly once the rexine matching with the door cards is wrapped over them. The shop was Taj furnishings. He also had a sunshade for fiat but I decided against it as it may cause rust on the A-pillars.
The mechanic suggested to make the door cards of aluminium so that they would not swell or bend on exposure to rain or moisture. The aluminium was a bit costly at 1050 rupees plus 500 extra for cutting them. Cardboard ones are available for around 650 rupees which includes four door cards, a parcel tray and two pieces for the front footwell area.
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loved the restoration!
it would be great if you could give us a cost break up as well...
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The sun visors for Padmini/Delight is almost impossible to find brand new. So we resorted to Ambassador sunvisors which are very similar. Only some changes to the mounting holes were made.
Sorry just came across this page- I think I have a pair of good used Fiat sunvisors lying with me!
But I think you should be able to find good used ones from scrapyards even there.
Also your replacement bumpers are of Padmini and not 1100D. But I guess you find it difficult to find the latter over there.
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Could we get pictures of the finished product please? Think of it, black would've been an excellent colour as well.

Also, any evidence of the original upholstery was found? And what was her original colour?

I don't really know why, but my dream 1100D, would be a 1964/65ish, and in black. With the thin whitewalls, and the squarish grille if you will. Now to set PYS/5775 right. I've got the car, I just need to set it right!

But, time....it is never there when you need it. Oh well.....

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I don't really know why, but my dream 1100D, would be a 1964/65ish, and in black. With the thin whitewalls, and the squarish grille if you will. Now to set PYS/5775 right. I've got the car, I just need to set it right!

But, time....it is never there when you need it. Oh well.....
Many times before, you have mentioned that you have a 1100D. I ask, post some pics too!!!
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Many times before, you have mentioned that you have a 1100D. I ask, post some pics too!!!
The thread has been languishing in the shifting gears section for quite a while.
Just a wee bit of time, might I ask?

A trailer, as they say. "PYS/5775" aka "MMU/5234", mid '72 1100D, photographed on a very sunny day, on her 40th birthday. It has been 42 years since the 10th of November 1972, and exactly three decades since the car has been with us.

40 years, three registrations. (2 Bombay, & one Pondicherry.) Three caring owners. Partially in original (?) paint. Note the Lucas 700 headlamps.

Of course, I would really like the car in a full black, built to 1966 specifications, but if that means destroying original paint.....Heck, we shall see...!
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Restoration of 1966 Fiat 1100D-img_20140417_133544.jpgA teaser for now. Rest pics to follow soon.
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