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Old 2nd October 2009, 20:42   #46
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The huge hole on the transmission tunnel is for filling up the gearbox oil (The funnel pipe is routed through it while filling). Regards,
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Thanks Marcus, The car when I purchased was with a PAL engine , now looking all over the place for a Fiat engine
BTW guys, does the elegant share the same engine with the selects / superselects ? That may make the job of sourcing an engine just a wee bit easier !!
Nice to see this thread moving at a super fast pace, all the best .
And should I say, welcome to the blue brigade ?
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BTW guys, does the elegant share the same engine with the selects / superselects ? That may make the job of sourcing an engine just a wee bit easier !!
Well ravi, as he mentioned, he already did manage to procure an "old" fiat engine recently at the scrap market (not from a 1100 but from a '73 fiat- so would've been a President. BUT my mech. who got the engine says the car didn't have anything else original on it! So no regrets)

As for similarity, AFAIK, they are similar on all the models, even the early padminis.
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And should I say, welcome to the blue brigade ?
Yes that's the plan, blacks are very very common in Hyderabad and I don't want 2 elegents (mine and suren's) side by side shod in black. Since blue happens to be my favorite color, I would love to go for an original blue shade with the necessary inputs from the Bhp'ians

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I believe that the design of the manifold is slightly different. I am not sure whether there are any subtle differences in the design of the head etc

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blacks are very very common in Hyderabad and I don't want 2 elegents (mine and suren's) side by side shod in black.
Blacks are very very common?? I think it should be in past tense- ie. blacks were very very common...!
OK ok..no more english education from me!

Nearly all the fiats I've seen that were originally black have been repainted to white (which is very very common now) or lighter colours! This would be because of the high maintenance that black requires, difficult especially if you don't have a fully covered parking and in our dusty conditions.

What is the blue shade you have in mind btw? Same as amol's car? That should be cool!

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Blacks are very very common?? I think it should be in past tense- ie. blacks were very very common...!
OK ok..no more english education from me!

What is the blue shade you have in mind btw? Same as amol's car? That should be cool!
Arey baba, I meant, Blacks are common in Hyderabad. Yes that's the blue shade I am looking at
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Arey baba, I meant, Blacks are common in Hyderabad.
Yes and even I was referring to apna hyderabad, yaaru!

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SuperSelect's car with a light blue body and a white roof looks fantastic.
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shiva,

any updates on your Parts finding mission?
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any updates on your Parts finding mission?
Still going on, but finding parts is like finding a needle in a haystack. Anyways with Bhpian's around, I don't think it might pose a big problem. Let's see how it goes. I will keep you guys posted.

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Hillram's red and white SS looks awesome. Mine is an Elegant so no dual tone's to be inline with Originality
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Hillram's red and white SS looks awesome. Mine is an Elegant so no dual tone's to be inline with Originality
True Shiva.Your Elegant must come out something like this.
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I am quite surprised that nobody is looking at period greens for their project. If i am not mistaken there was a sort of metallic green also available. Maybe Prabal or someone can confirm! I am not sure Powder blue was offered in India for Elegants. Till date I have found no record of Fiat paintcodes to confirm exact colours offered.

Maybe thats the reason everyone at one point painted their car Black just to be on the safer side

Shiva does your car still retain the footrest behind the front seat?
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I am quite surprised that nobody is looking at period greens for their project. If i am not mistaken there was a sort of metallic green also available. Maybe Prabal or someone can confirm! I am not sure Powder blue was offered in India for Elegants. Till date I have found no record of Fiat paintcodes to confirm exact colours offered.

Maybe thats the reason everyone at one point painted their car Black just to be on the safer side

Shiva does your car still retain the footrest behind the front seat?
I do have the original Fiat Paintcodes...will try and scan the same and post it on this forum.
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Dear all - the "big hole" is for accessing the speedometer cable. In Padminis, it was covered by using a round sort of a plug made by stitching two rubber mat pieces together. This stitching was done inhouse in Kurla plant by a worker everybody knew as "mama". Nobody knew his real name. If you block this hole, you won't be able to access the speedometer cable which needs to be disconnected if you have to remove the gearbox for any work. I have seen some technicians drop the gearbox and then remove the speedometer drive from below the car but it is not the correct practice as the speedometer cable gets unduly stretched in doing so.

Dear Adheesh - in Fiat transmission, the oil filler plug is on the right hand side of the transmission. You can see this plug just in front of the body panel when you look for it from behind the front right tyre. You use a 17 mm spanner to open this plug. Go below the car more and more, yaar!

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Shiva does your car still retain the footrest behind the front seat?
Yes Amol, it does

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I do have the original Fiat Paintcodes...will try and scan the same and post it on this forum.
67Bug it would be great if you could scan and post the color codes on the forum . We can then select a different color

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Congratulations! The car looks pretty good with lot of orignals still there like the ivory window winders, aluminum door operation lever, meters etc. Why dont you post some better pics maybe outside in the light. We will be in a better position to then tell you how to go ahead with the restoration.

Again congratulations and all the best. I know you will enjoy the car. She is truly elegant
Hi Mole, i have just joint in this club n was pleasantly surprised seeing ur FIAT 1100 and the way u have maintained its originality as for me i am also a die hard fan of these FIATs n have an old 1963 Fiat which belonged to my mother from the start n i still like to maintain it. Now i was woundering if u could help me finding some of its original parts. To start with the stearing wheel just like ur white one but in black and the plastic meter cover like your white one but in black. See if you can help in any way. Thanks.
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