1980 spider Restoration phase 2

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Jimb
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Re: 1980 spider Restoration phase 2

Postby Jimb » Mon Jun 12, 2017 1:04 am

She's a beauty.
Is red going to be the final colour for the undercarriage?

Jim

DRUMMOND
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Your car is a: Fiat Spyder 2000 1980 Pininfarina

Re: 1980 spider Restoration phase 2

Postby DRUMMOND » Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:59 pm

Hi Jimb

Yes, Red is the final color. it's Italian has to be red somewhere?

Finally Transmission and engine are back where they belong. Next is the front suspension.
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Re: 1980 spider Restoration phase 2

Postby DRUMMOND » Sun Jul 02, 2017 11:59 pm

Engine & bay coming along slowly
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Re: 1980 spider Restoration phase 2

Postby DRUMMOND » Tue Jul 11, 2017 10:00 pm

Front suspension installed
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klweimer
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Your car is a: 1982 Spider 2000
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Re: 1980 spider Restoration phase 2

Postby klweimer » Tue Jul 11, 2017 10:53 pm

A thing of beauty. What else can you say?

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RRoller123
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Re: 1980 spider Restoration phase 2

Postby RRoller123 » Wed Jul 12, 2017 5:52 am

Nice!!
'80 FI Spider 2000 (rolling "resto")
'74 X1/9 (many years ago)
'79 X1/9 (fewer years ago)
'86 Jaguar XJ6 (2nd Hobby Car)
2011 Chevy Malibu (daily driver)
2010 Chevy Silverado 2500HD Ext Cab 4WD/SB
2015 Keystone Montana High Country 343RL

familyman
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Re: 1980 spider Restoration phase 2

Postby familyman » Wed Jul 12, 2017 12:15 pm

I just found this thread! Love your work!

The restoration on my 80 Spider is just beginning and I am trying to decide whether to restore or just make it a nice daily driver. I do all my own mechanical work, but have no experience welding. I've heard its not that hard if you get the right equipment. What do you use for your welder, and how long did it take for you to become proficient at it?

DRUMMOND
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Re: 1980 spider Restoration phase 2

Postby DRUMMOND » Tue Jul 25, 2017 12:18 am

Hi Familyman
Here is my welder. Practiced for a week on scrap metal went through 1 spool of wire for practice. also tried to strength test all welds(big Hammer and a engine hoist) to make sure penetration was correct and held. Make sure no rust in metal. fiat steel easy to melt thru, modern steel is better but watch match up with old steel. Its not too hard to learn. good luck
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Front Brakes and Steering complete
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riverdadd
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Re: 1980 spider Restoration phase 2

Postby riverdadd » Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:26 pm

I too, am late to this party!......I am in awe of the scope of the rebuild and the attention to detail. not to mention the quality of the work. I noticed the shaved door handles.... what are the plans to open the doors? electro poppers?

DRUMMOND
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Re: 1980 spider Restoration phase 2

Postby DRUMMOND » Wed Jul 26, 2017 11:22 pm

Hi Riverdadd

Thanks for Your Kind words. Yes, poppers and electric levers

Some of the Toys :D
Remote control for doors & trunk, Auto lights, Push button start, Bluetooth hidden pre amp, Bower & Wilkens speakers, Precision Pyramid amps.

DRUMMOND
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Re: 1980 spider Restoration phase 2

Postby DRUMMOND » Sun Aug 06, 2017 11:49 pm

Engine bay assembly continues

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Nanonevol
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Your car is a: 1977 Fiat 124 Spider
Location: Medway, Massachusetts

Re: 1980 spider Restoration phase 2

Postby Nanonevol » Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:44 am

You work so fast! It looks like you'll be driving soon. Beautiful. We all want to know about the red piece between your cam covers.
1977 Fiat Spider
1967 Triumph Bonneville (hardtail chopper)

DRUMMOND
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Re: 1980 spider Restoration phase 2

Postby DRUMMOND » Sun Aug 13, 2017 11:35 pm

Nanonevol
Its a baseboard heater mesh painted red :D

Engine bay 90% complete
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familyman
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Re: 1980 spider Restoration phase 2

Postby familyman » Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:09 pm

I was not aware the vinegar could remove rust. Is this any vinegar, and if not, where do you get it?

DRUMMOND
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Re: 1980 spider Restoration phase 2

Postby DRUMMOND » Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:25 pm

Hi Familyman
Yes, regular vinegar @Target $1.15 per gal. Totally dissolves rust, depending on how rusty the part is, could take up to 5 days to completely dissolve. Part has to be totally immersed into the vinegar. Then just wash under tap water with a stiff brush. You must treat the bare metal right away or wire wheel it to stop it from reforming rust. some example photos
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