1980 spider Restoration phase 2

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DRUMMOND
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Your car is a: Fiat Spyder 2000 1980 Pininfarina

1980 spider Restoration phase 2

Postby DRUMMOND » Mon Jul 04, 2016 7:38 pm

I cant believe I am still working on this?

After I found some disturbing problems with the braking system of this car, I decided to take a break and really think this project through.

Was I going to piece meal this project or do it from scratch?

Anyway as I am sure a lot of you know, once you have been bitten by a spider its not going to let you go !!!

So here is my restoration story I will share my journey.
To begin with I completely stripped every nut, bolt, wire, paint and rubber things from the body. I wanted to start from well basically base metal.
I also wanted to see how much I could restore from the original parts.

If you want you can follow the link as I can't post 1500 pictures. I will however post some interesting things I found :?

Lets start with the Hood or Bonnet
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lots of hidden rust

DRUMMOND
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Re: 1980 spider Restoration phase 2

Postby DRUMMOND » Mon Jul 04, 2016 8:19 pm

more pictures
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As you can see a big valley of body filler = front crunch
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Only way to beat it out was to separate the skins
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DRUMMOND
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Re: 1980 spider Restoration phase 2

Postby DRUMMOND » Mon Jul 04, 2016 8:28 pm

Except for final paint finish product
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BEEK
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Your car is a: 1975 Spider
Location: clermont fl

Re: 1980 spider Restoration phase 2

Postby BEEK » Mon Jul 04, 2016 9:38 pm

very nice work, alot of time invested
Automotive Service Technology Instructor (34 year Fiat mechanic)
75 spider
, (5)and # 6 is on the way. 76 scorpions New Scorpion 24k original miles (Silver)
2014 500L Daily driver

DRUMMOND
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Re: 1980 spider Restoration phase 2

Postby DRUMMOND » Mon Jul 04, 2016 10:16 pm

Thanks Beek! 4 years so far enjoying most of it. It has taken me a year to fix all the rust! I just can't stand the idea of putting new paint on and then it bubbling after a few years.
I have discovered that Fiat (or somebody in the early years of the car) places rust prevention fluid in some places and not others? Case in point the trunk Lid
What started off as small bubbles led me to this
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Some rust prevention, some not? the holes for the luggage rack were dry rotted and leaking water into the skin. No seam sealer on the joints just hold mastic for vibration
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Highlighted for panel beating
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Finished product except for paint. Xtra strength for luggage racks as tightening up too much warps the thin metal
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DRUMMOND
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Re: 1980 spider Restoration phase 2

Postby DRUMMOND » Mon Jul 04, 2016 11:10 pm

Here is the car in progressive undercarriage states
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All welding and rust removal done, Por15, Seam sealer
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Red Primer Insurance
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Red red Epoxy Final Coat
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klweimer
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Your car is a: 1982 Spider 2000
Location: Arvada, Colorado

Re: 1980 spider Restoration phase 2

Postby klweimer » Tue Jul 05, 2016 8:08 am

That's a TON of nice work. When should I bring mine over? :D
Kirk

DRUMMOND
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Re: 1980 spider Restoration phase 2

Postby DRUMMOND » Tue Jul 05, 2016 8:52 pm

Thanks Kirk. year 2020. I might be finished by then :shock:

AriK
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Re: 1980 spider Restoration phase 2

Postby AriK » Tue Jul 05, 2016 9:42 pm

Enjoying reading this topic. Great progress! Keep on truckin!

DRUMMOND
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Re: 1980 spider Restoration phase 2

Postby DRUMMOND » Tue Jul 05, 2016 10:00 pm

rear fender resto pics
Wonder where these little bubbles will lead?
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I wondered why radio had such bad reception!
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RRoller123
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Re: 1980 spider Restoration phase 2

Postby RRoller123 » Wed Jul 06, 2016 7:15 am

Amazing! Great work. Such dedication.
'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

DRUMMOND
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Re: 1980 spider Restoration phase 2

Postby DRUMMOND » Fri Jul 08, 2016 11:47 pm

This is how the front end looked when I first saw the car. New something was not right
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Had to cut and realign both front fender noses
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Thin coat of body filler to finish
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Space and gap to fender once hood was beaten back into proper shape
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And so it continuous this weekend :D

DRUMMOND
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Re: 1980 spider Restoration phase 2

Postby DRUMMOND » Mon Jul 18, 2016 11:15 pm

This is my starting point for the interior
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All new metal welded in and Seam sealed, por15, primer, paint , tar &f oil to waterproof.
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DRUMMOND
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Re: 1980 spider Restoration phase 2

Postby DRUMMOND » Mon Jul 18, 2016 11:44 pm

Driver door restoration pics
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inside door
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Akgriffith
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Re: 1980 spider Restoration phase 2

Postby Akgriffith » Tue Jul 19, 2016 12:18 am

Incredible work! You've come a long way, your car will be top notch once you finish it. Keep the pictures coming, love to watch the progress.
Alex Griffith
1977 Spider - runs and drives, needs paint
1970 Spider - RUSTY parts car


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