Discussion in 'Classic and Retro FIAT's' started by ariesonu, Feb 22, 2013.
Wow.... and you know I love that "Poo Brown" colour. it goes very well with these classics.
BROWNIE as I fondly call her was my first FIAT project and left me much wiser than any other projects that I had taken before her.
Sombre and flat tyred is how I had found her at a garage in Jamshedpur on 14/11/2010. The deal was simple, swift and little over the market price.
Then she lay at our house for almost 6 months as I arranged her transportation from Jsr to Mumbai.
The transporter agreed to drop her as close as Lonavala and after that she was on her own.
So on a cool monsoon morning (28th June 2011) my friend & myself set out in my M800 to bring her to the city of dreams.
We TOWED, Yes we towed her behind M800 up to Powai, where we parked her at my friend's garage & let her hibernate till the monsoons were over.
NEXT: Her RESTORATION to ORIGINALITY: Short & Sweet.
Thats quite a story, @ariesonu , a passionate one at that. Like others, I, too, am following your "modestoration" story.
The body work on BROWNIE was done an excellent tin-man. Everything that he touched and put new material at was better than what company would have fitted.
The motor & GB were to sent for refurbished ground up and hence we put in new pistons, rings, rods, CS bearings, New improved DELCO and other assortments. Front chassis was changed.
Here she is getting new skin:
I was quite cost conscious while doing my first FIAT and thus followed the core rule of RESTORATION by book, that was to get the car on road first & then go for cosmetic add-ons. Hence no parts were chromed or plated etc. I opted for simple buffing at my own little workshop.
Even the new tyres were added after almost 2 years of ownership: Must say that those once FLAT tyres served me well and without any punctures for those two years.
The add-ons that were merely buffed and put back. I am not much into chrome etc.
She drives like a dream but takes some cajoling during cold start after a month time of hibernation. But once on road she is over excited to lunge at traffic signals.
16th April 2012: The garage informed me that she is ready for delivery. I had purposely avoided going to garage in final day; for I wanted to be swept off my feet when I see her gleaming & polished waiting for me.
As I laid my eyes on her, my legs went weak & it took me few moments to realize that this was fruit of my one & half year wait.
Final upholstery work in progress. After this day, I stopped going to garage:
Her first pictures in my home parking: Note that the side beading (patti's) are missing. I waited for aluminum ones to come my way but later when TOI wanted her for MIMS 2013, I had to buy the steel ones & fit them for the car without side patties looked in completed.
The engine was restored to originality with only one exception: Carb. I found KPACCO carb which is 99% copy of original SOLEX carb. The original SOLEX carb's inlet pipe was fixed with m-seal so we could not use it. Now its cleaned and adorns the display shelf in my house.
She has new FIAT steering wheel now
I was at fag end of my funds for her and resorted to non-chromed bumpers as this could be done any time later. Unfortunately never got around to doing it, till now.
Here she is in all her glory on first day:
I have removed bonnet adornments as they got damaged once. Now restored and will be put back whenever I take her for some joint drive or show.
Still looking for hubcaps to complete the story.
Love it... & I'm sure Ive seen your car being driven on WEH a few times on the weekend OR there's probably another brown 1100.
@kk27 : Don't know of any other IVORY CREME car in this part of town. Yes I do drive her between Kandivali - Airport or sometimes up to Sea-link on weekends.
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