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Old 26th September 2013, 17:30   #46
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26-Sep-

A few more pictures showing work done till date.

The front suspension spiders along with all bushings were replaced.

One of the pins connecting the lower arm to the bracket attached to the subframe was damaged and had to be replaced. Threads on the bracket had to be machined afresh.

Some paint damage was incurred during the installation process and would be touched up later. Greasing nipples are yet to be fitted & final tightening is still pending.

The entire rear suspension, anti-roll bar & differential assembly were removed from the vehicle.

The leaf springs and shackles were scraped clean. The differential housing was cleaned and painted in glossy black.

The shackles would be undergoing the same treatment soon.

The leaf springs would be sprayed with gear-oil before final assembly

U bolts would be replaced during fitment.

The floor-pans & body tub have also been sprayed in black.

The fuel tank is being spruced up and would be undergoing the same treatment.

The gearbox housing has also been cleaned up and is awaiting fitment.

The interior of the car is being painted as in installments, eg. dasboard has already been sprayed
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Old 26th September 2013, 19:02   #47
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@Bikertillidie, Good Evening. First of all the body work done till date is very good. I think the painter has the eye for fine detailing. For how much did you buy this car? I too owned a Premier Padmini till October 2006. I too kept it top notch in every respect. From past few months as i joined this forum my desire to re-own a Premier Padmini has again sparked so I am following Dr Kannan, a fellow bhpian with a older model of fiat in restoration. I wish the car comes out very well and are you planning to keep the color white? Really mate, restoration of Premier Padmini gives me a nostalgic feel. All the best for the car. Hope to the final result soon. Keep us updated mate.

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Old 26th September 2013, 21:05   #48
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For how much did you buy this car?
I paid a pittance for the car. Please PM me and I will share the whole story.

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I too owned a Premier Padmini till October 2006. I too kept it top notch in every respect. From past few months as i joined this forum my desire to re-own a Premier Padmini has again sparked?
I do hope you will take the plunge soon

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I wish the car comes out very well and are you planning to keep the color white? Really mate, restoration of Premier Padmini gives me a nostalgic feel. All the best for the car.
Thanks for the wishes ! Yes, I intend to re-paint the car in it's original colour barring a few minor deviations in the underbody area (in order to minimise the possibility of rusting)
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Old 27th September 2013, 14:44   #49
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27-Sep -

A few more pics from this morning ...

The fuel tank, tank guard has been painted in matte black.

The rocker cover, alternator bracket and a few other items have also been painted in black.

The engine is presently being scraped clean and the cast iron block would be painted in heat resistant black paint.

The tappet cover & a few other items would be galvanized.
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Old 1st October 2013, 23:11   #50
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01-Oct -

Sharing a few pics of the progress made till date.

Engine block has been painted in heat resistant black paint. As evident from the photos, the paint is yet to fully dry out. Alternator bracket has also been attached. Engine mounts have also been replaced with new ones as the existing ones were damaged.
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A few items were received after electroplating.

The gear-box, propeller shaft, rear suspension, fuel tank have also been mounted on the car.

The steering linkages, tie-rods, relay lever & brake master cylinder have also been fitted. New rubber boots were used at every ball-joint, tie-rod end.

As the felt lining attached to the fuel tank had been damaged during removal/painting, PVC sheets were used to achieve a tight fit. Excess material would be later removed with a razor blade.

New U bolts were used while attaching the rear axle housing to the leaf springs.

The trunk lid support had to be replaced as the existing one proved too weak.

Minor paint damage would be touched up later.
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Old 2nd October 2013, 22:04   #52
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02-Oct-

The interiors have been painted.

Today, the steering gear was fitted. The engine has also been mounted.

Hope everyone enjoys the photos from this afternoon/evening.
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Old 3rd October 2013, 23:07   #53
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A few more pics follow.

The exhaust pipe, radiator, wiper motor has been fitted.

The vehicle is finally back on four wheels after a long time.
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Old 5th October 2013, 10:56   #54
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bikertillidie: Feels good to see the detailed restoration work going on. Can't wait to see the final result! Posts with good write up along with good number of pictures is what makes folks like me glued to threads like these. All the best!

Regards and Keep Revving,

Rahul Waghmare.
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Old 5th October 2013, 23:11   #55
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bikertillidie: Feels good to see the detailed restoration work going on. Can't wait to see the final result! Posts with good write up along with good number of pictures is what makes folks like me glued to threads like these. All the best!

Regards and Keep Revving,

Rahul Waghmare.
Many thanks Rahul !

05-Oct - Today's updates ...

The alternator finally came back after an overhaul and has been bolted on. The voltage regulator and one bearing needed replacement.

Accelerator linkages were connected.

Choke & bonnet release cables were fitted.

The starter and the solenoid switch have also been fitted. The battery was connected and an attempt to start up the engine was made with petrol being fed from a bottle.

It fired up after a couple of cranks.

Tuning would be handled later.

Parking brake works now. Final adjustments would be made later.

Existing Lucas TVS horns were cleaned and refitted.

Custom brackets were fabricated for coolant expansion reservoir, fuel filter & the windshield washer fluid reservoir. They will be fitted after being painted.

Hopefully, the exteriors of the car would be painted next week ...

Next,

(a) A new wiring harness would be fitted to the car (along with some minor customization). Unfortunately, it is for a newer model with the Concorde type instrument cluster, hence portions of the existing harness would be reused

(b) Bleeding of brakes

(c) Upholstery

to name a few ...
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Minor correction -

The existing horns were manufactured by Mico Bosch and not Lucas TVS as mentioned in my earlier post.
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Old 7th October 2013, 09:29   #57
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Congrats and awesome work! I would love to own a FIAT padmini one day. Good to see so much space under the hood. Cars these days are packed under the hood.
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Old 11th October 2013, 20:34   #58
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11-Oct -

The exteriors were sanded down and a thin coat of filler applied wherever needed.

After carefully masking all areas to avoid unwanted over-sprays, our painter Hazrat bhai has done a really good job of painting the car.

Three coats of PPG PU paint was followed by a dash of clear-coat to provide a glossy finish.

Hope it stands the test of time.
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12-Oct -

Fitment of door handles, window glasses have begun.

Aluminium strips have also been clipped on.

Hella headlamp assemblies were fitted today as my search for Lucas TVS ones in Pune drew a blank. The bulb holders were discarded in favour of ceramic holders manufactured by Roots. Philips H4 100/90 W bulbs were duly installed.

SweetTrade parking lamp assemblies have also been fitted at the front.

I also attach a few photos showing the custom brackets prepared for the windshield washer tank, the coolant expansion tank & fuel filter.

Have tried to seal the areas around the brake & clutch pedals using PVC sheets to minimize unwanted splashes inside the passenger compartment. Slits have been left in place to allow free pedal movement.

The interiors & engine bay of the car have become filthy again. Once all fitment is complete, the dirty areas woulds be scrubbed with mild detergent and rinsed with diesel.
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The paint job seems really very nice & the various fittings are complementing it very well.
The brackets for holding surge tank, washer fluid & fuel filter look neatly fabricated & don't seem out of place, another great job done.

BTW Looking at the 8th pic (from top) there are 2 fuel pipes visible, one from Mech. fuel pump & other from fuel filter, am kind of confused, have you got the electronic pump fitted on the car or am I missing something ?

PS: Thanks for sharing that PVC idea for sealing the pedal surround I plan to do a similar setup on mine too as heatlon isn't holding well.

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