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Old 11th July 2010, 16:24   #106
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Hey Pavan

The one i saw was in royepettah. where and Which workshop did you visit?

BTW was Dr Selvaraj a Ex racer or something? There is a selvaraj near Days Inn Deccan Hotel in Royapettah again

I found some thing strange in the APX !!! The radiator is fixed to the firewall of the engine bay and the fan is at back . This is how all older car were produced ??
dude, that was how the car came out of the factory after production
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Old 11th July 2010, 22:58   #107
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I found some thing strange in the APX !!! The radiator is fixed to the firewall of the engine bay and the fan is at back . This is how all older car were produced ??
This is how, as pavan said, all the older 'bug' Fiat 500 were produced atleast.

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This is how, as pavan said, all the older 'bug' Fiat 500 were produced atleast.
Yeah Got it !

It was so strange and i am seeing such thing for a first time.

So how does the radiator gets cooled ? Only with the help of fan,in that case it would only blow hot air from engine making it more difficult
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The tyre size on MSX 1604, 1936 Fiat 500A, are absolutely correct. Imported from UK.
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Yeah Got it !

It was so strange and i am seeing such thing for a first time.

So how does the radiator gets cooled ? Only with the help of fan,in that case it would only blow hot air from engine making it more difficult
Hi joshguy,
The real reason the radiator was placed where it is, was to achieve a perfect 'rounded' low profile for the bonnet. This is such a typically Italian approach to design - beauty above all else !!
The presence of the radiator close to the firewall, actually helped things in those days. Fiat's engineers had (in one of the topolino models) actually devised a clever way to draw air, now naturally heated, into the cabin. This acted as a heater for the car.
Being Europe, cooling was not much of a problem I guess.. Also, overheating may never have been an issue, with the weather the way it is in Italy for most months of the year.
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Hi guys, Time for some update.

We are now through with the bodywork, Almost all panels that needs replacement is done

Now is the time where the Mouse takes its final shape. The tinker has started work from the RHS of the car.

1) Front Fender aligned
2) Rear Fender aligned
3) Side Running board set
4) Engine bay tinkered
5) Engine mountings aligned
6) Front bumper tinkered
7) RH door sills and door tinkered

The bumper was so badly damaged, it took 2 days to get its correct shape. Will update its pic tomorrow.
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Nice going pavan! Car's getting better and better........BUT why have the OHH REE GEE NAL rims, all painted etc. with the BRAND NEW WW tyres been fitted onto the car already??!!!

'hope its only for the photos?? Because the car has all the tinkering going on, plus it is yet to be painted! So they are bound to get all messed up!
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Nice going pavan! Car's getting better and better........BUT why have the OHH REE GEE NAL rims, all painted etc. with the BRAND NEW WW tyres been fitted onto the car already??!!!

'hope its only for the photos?? Because the car has all the tinkering going on, plus it is yet to be painted! So they are bound to get all messed up!
Shyambhai....!

Earlier the car had 12 inch Alto rims, and the fenders were designed to hold them, now with the 14 inch rims, the tyres tend to touch the fenders during turning.

We are reworking on the fender lines and setting them to original specs. During painting, we will go back to those alto rims .

Presently the latest development is not too good. the tinker is leaving the country for better prospects,. Though he has promised to finish all the tinkering work, which is just 3-4 days of his work, but getting him to do the fittings after paint is now remote.

So the next 4 days are going to be a humdinger for me.
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That really is bad news. Hope he does finish all that he has promised before he goes. And again we have to be happy for him.
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Earlier the car had 12 inch Alto rims, and the fenders were designed to hold them, now with the 14 inch rims, the tyres tend to touch the fenders during turning.

We are reworking on the fender lines and setting them to original specs. During painting, we will go back to those alto rims .
Phew! That's a relief to know!

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Presently the latest development is not too good. the tinker is leaving the country for better prospects,. Though he has promised to finish all the tinkering work, which is just 3-4 days of his work, but getting him to do the fittings after paint is now remote.
Aw man, what a bummer! But atleast most of the work seems completed. 'hope he finishes it in time.
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That really is bad news. Hope he does finish all that he has promised before he goes. And again we have to be happy for him.
I am happy for him, But there is still doubts over his travel, hope he stays.



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Phew! That's a relief to know!


Aw man, what a bummer! But atleast most of the work seems completed. 'hope he finishes it in time.
Yes Shyam, i know this guy since 9 yrs, he's just great at his work. He did my Beetle when he was 20 yrs of age, and he offered great help with my Bus during its last stages of tinkering. At his age, he's great for his kind of work. Anyways, its a part and parcel of the game

Pending work from his side

1) Complete the alignment for the LHS
2) Get the body off the Chassis and re-fit it
3) Set the Door locks and complete the door adjustments
4) Set the door sliding glasses
5) Do the roof folding mechanism
6) Do the spare tyre cover as per original specs

If he does all the above, i dont mind releasing him. He's promised me dedicated 4 days on the car, and has also promised that he's gonna finish all the above work. And i know he'll do it.
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Presently the latest development is not too good. the tinker is leaving the country for better prospects,.
Tinker getting to work abroad ? He must be lucky and should have a good workmanship.Wish all the luck
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Tinker getting to work abroad ? He must be lucky and should have a good workmanship.Wish all the luck
All adding to my woes.

As promised, he started work early, today's aim was to finish aligning the front Bonnet, though it looks like a small job, but requires lots and lots of attention.

End of the day, Work Done

Have few things lined up for tomorrow, hope things go as per plan.
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So finally the RHS is completely ready

The tinker has another 6 days before he takes off Today he began repairing the door locks, by tomorrow morning, the door locks will be ready, hopefully RHS door will be set.

Rain playing spoil sport and had little success today.

We start work on the car the coming Monday

Plan of action:

Monday :
a) Complete the door lock setting
b) Align the LHS fenders and running board

Tuesday:
a) Fix the new headlights
b) Complete work on the battery compartment.

Wednesday:
a) Finish off with whatever little bit of tinkering is left
b) Start work on the spare tyre cover

Thursday:
a) Start work on the folding roof assembly

Friday:
a) Start work on chassis and body mounting points

I really hope it all works as per planned
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Tinker not available today

Getting a bit worried right now, this is the stage where everything has to be organised and lots of components to be in working condition.

He's promised to work extra time tomorrow.

Will bunk office, sit on his head and get work done.
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