1978 Restoration

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mohle
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Your car is a: 1978 124 Spider

Re: 1978 Restoration

Postby mohle » Thu Aug 18, 2016 11:22 pm

I read in some other articles that lapped or flanged joints can trap water, so I am butt welding. Where there were spot welds, I am drilling the new panel in the same spots and filling the holes. Still learning as I go. When I do the drivers sill/rocker it will go a lot quicker as I will do it in one big section. Just having fun with it.

Have you ever used crushed glass as a blasting media?
1978 Fiat Spider 1800
2010 F350 6.4 Lariat 4x4
2012 Gulfstream 35qbh
2003 Ford Focus
2003 Pontiac Montana
2015 Jeep Wrangler Willys Unlimited
2014 Bayliner 175

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chrisg
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Your car is a: 1971 FIAT
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Re: 1978 Restoration

Postby chrisg » Fri Aug 19, 2016 8:53 am

thanks for sharing the great blow-by-blow on this & good luck. That's a serious project and it's kind of refreshing to see someone actually tackling it & having a good time/learning with it vs. tossing the car in favor of a California import. Sometimes the process is the best part. I went through a similar process during which I learned a lot about metal work & the construction of a 124 when I purchased a 124 coupe that basically had the entire interior held in place by the carpet...so I did a LOT of metal work (in my case, surprisingly it was mostly clean above the lower 8" of the car, so that was a bonus). By most practical estimates, it was a ridiculous endeavor, but driving the car with a running engine & complete floors & rockers was a real treat. Keep up the good work!

fast-forward (for me) about 16-17 years later & I've re-acquired one of my 124 Coupes and will be doing a good fraction of the same work again soon.

I did the first project all with a Lincoln 110 flux core always-hot-gun welder & an ancient helmet & a crazy configuration of spot lamps to see my work. one thing I've learned since then is argon is a wonderful thing!
Chris Granju
Knoxville, TN
'71 FIAT Spider, '72 FIAT 124 Coupe,'76 FIAT 128 Wagon,'85 Bertone X 1/9, (major project) '70 124 Coupe, 79 X1/9

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seabeelt
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Your car is a: Fiat Spider - 1971 BS1
Location: Tiverton, RI
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Re: 1978 Restoration

Postby seabeelt » Fri Aug 19, 2016 10:08 am

Definitely plus one for the argon
Michael and Deborah Williamson
1971 Spider - Vesper
1979 Spider - Seraphina - our son's car
2003 Dodge Dakota Club Cab - sadly traded
2005 Audi Allroad
2010 Dodge Ram 1500 Hemi (replaced the Dakota)

mohle
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Your car is a: 1978 124 Spider

Re: 1978 Restoration

Postby mohle » Fri Aug 19, 2016 2:14 pm

I would definitely agree on that. Got a big Miller mig welder at work. It does a real nice job. Now if I could only stretch the cables and put 480V in my shop at home. Best money spent was on an auto darkening helmet.

It is a great way of learning though. And yes, it is one of those inexplicable irrational projects. I could never justify it to my accountant. Having enough of a problem explaining it to my wife.
1978 Fiat Spider 1800
2010 F350 6.4 Lariat 4x4
2012 Gulfstream 35qbh
2003 Ford Focus
2003 Pontiac Montana
2015 Jeep Wrangler Willys Unlimited
2014 Bayliner 175

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chrisg
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Re: 1978 Restoration

Postby chrisg » Fri Aug 19, 2016 3:26 pm

it is the experience. one would assume you are not doing it to become rich after selling the car on Bring a Trailer. People chose at what point they want to make the rebirth of their car their own experience (everything from what you're doing to simply applying your own type of wax & brand of fuel). Early on, younger & poorer, the long-shot cars were affordable in the sense that a project like that created a self-defined payment plan (often offset by the numerous parts cars/donor cars/fix & flips of less interesting to me stuff to fund them) for building & owning the ideal car that I wanted. The fact that it keeps you out of the bars at night should be a benefit with the significant other!
Chris Granju
Knoxville, TN
'71 FIAT Spider, '72 FIAT 124 Coupe,'76 FIAT 128 Wagon,'85 Bertone X 1/9, (major project) '70 124 Coupe, 79 X1/9

mohle
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Your car is a: 1978 124 Spider

Re: 1978 Restoration

Postby mohle » Fri Aug 19, 2016 4:13 pm

I always loved cars. That's why I apprenticed as a mechanic. Life ended up taking me down a different road, but I always had that appreciation of cars.
1978 Fiat Spider 1800
2010 F350 6.4 Lariat 4x4
2012 Gulfstream 35qbh
2003 Ford Focus
2003 Pontiac Montana
2015 Jeep Wrangler Willys Unlimited
2014 Bayliner 175

mohle
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Joined: Mon Feb 01, 2016 12:31 pm
Your car is a: 1978 124 Spider

Re: 1978 Restoration

Postby mohle » Wed Jan 04, 2017 12:46 pm

Got a little cold in the fall. Given my shop is not heated and it's -30 C out, I haven't really had a chance to work on her a lot. Here are the last progress pictures though.

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1978 Fiat Spider 1800
2010 F350 6.4 Lariat 4x4
2012 Gulfstream 35qbh
2003 Ford Focus
2003 Pontiac Montana
2015 Jeep Wrangler Willys Unlimited
2014 Bayliner 175

mohle
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Joined: Mon Feb 01, 2016 12:31 pm
Your car is a: 1978 124 Spider

Re: 1978 Restoration

Postby mohle » Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:54 am

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Starting to fix the rusted rear spring mounts. Have to drill out all the spot welds to remove the thick steel plate piece. Then fix what's left behind it. Actually rusted through at the rear seatbelt mount.
1978 Fiat Spider 1800
2010 F350 6.4 Lariat 4x4
2012 Gulfstream 35qbh
2003 Ford Focus
2003 Pontiac Montana
2015 Jeep Wrangler Willys Unlimited
2014 Bayliner 175

mohle
Posts: 54
Joined: Mon Feb 01, 2016 12:31 pm
Your car is a: 1978 124 Spider

Re: 1978 Restoration

Postby mohle » Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:20 pm

Finally getting some more time to work on her.

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1978 Fiat Spider 1800
2010 F350 6.4 Lariat 4x4
2012 Gulfstream 35qbh
2003 Ford Focus
2003 Pontiac Montana
2015 Jeep Wrangler Willys Unlimited
2014 Bayliner 175


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