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Meeting a long-lost friend : The Fiat Siena. Restoration on the cards.

Discussion in 'Classic and Retro FIAT's' started by Sagz, Oct 15, 2014.

  1. Bala

    Bala Esperto

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    The car is lucky to have a family member in you.
    After restoration please do not leave the car back with them,they would bring back the car to the same condition.
    May God bless you with a Merc:)
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  2. asimpleson

    asimpleson Esperto

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    :D The list does not end there. I forgot a few more mentions.
    p) Starter service
    q) Brake oil, Brake Disc Skimming and checking brake pads. (though may not be urgent, Siena brakes are superb), rear drums service.
    r) Battery check, a din over-sized battery if possible, the 1.7 takes power to crank, also the engine timing and glow plugs should be perfect for a quick self, else it will drain battery too often. The engine is not CRDI type therefore. ;)
    s) Fuel indicator, check/repair/replace fuel gauge if faulty. (also not urgent and could be done anytime)
    t) A short engine flush could help in your case. Also cleaning the oil sump is highly recommended. Also needed will be a new packings for sump, or head gasket etc.
    u) All belts will need inspection and any after-market belts of same spec or type will work. Timing belt will need replacement for sure and highly recommended in this case irrespective of last change.
    v) Gear lever kit (service replace), gear shifter cables need inspection, two bowden type cables like in racer cars etc.
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    w) Clutch check / replace, clutch master and slave cylinder check.

    The objective of mentioning all this before hand is that if you are prepared for all the eventualities, you could save time and money later and avoid frustration sourcing things or getting them fixed. I am assuming you have someone expert who has worked on Fiat Palio/Sienas before. This will help prepare a spare list and look for available spares with suppliers in case some of them are desperately needed. Hoping to see the work begin on this tank ASAP. :)
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  3. Bala

    Bala Esperto

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    Looks like it will cost Rs.1.5 lakhs
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  4. asimpleson

    asimpleson Esperto

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    Haha, Bala if only all these things are needed at one go. Maybe it could or maybe it could cost much lesser :), given that most things are repairable, except Turbo (which needs specialist to refurbish or may need full replacement) or Fuel Pump service also a specialist job, engine timing setting needs experienced and skilled person who knows this engine. Its the AC system that could be troublesome and cost dearly if say compressor is a goner. Yes the body works will need quite some time and effort. The rusting has started and needs urgent attention. The welding and denting painting could be started, along with mechanical work, the coloring/fitting/finishing could be done in the end.

    @Sagz, here's healthy 1.7TD for some inspiration..


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  5. Sagz

    Sagz Amatore

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    Kochi
    Retro / Classic FIAT
    I would like to keep it in stock condition as much as possible, but with minor changes like fiat's new logo,a set of alloys etc. I'm also considering repainting it to magnesio grey.

    Like all Fiats, this car too connects well with our emotions. The car is never again going for official uses in TN.Thats decided:D
    :D
    Thank you once again :D The work will begin soon.

    The AC system was once fully repaired before the car was abandoned. Don't know what is the condition now.
    Rust? no way!! The body panels are totally rust-free except at one or two tiny spots. What you see in the pictures is just brown colored dust.Remember the car is lying in a coir factory's godown :D
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  6. MakeTheMove

    MakeTheMove Regolare

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    Added to the watch list. This is going to be a exciting journey during restoration process.
    Keep this thread updated as and when you make progress.

    All the best buddy!
  7. asimpleson

    asimpleson Esperto

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    Magnesio Grey will look awesome..! No doubts.. Good colour choice, will even help it blend in the modern cars and could turn heads out of curiosity :D

    Glad to know. But if there is even a tiny possibility make sure the patch is removed welded and ground with healthy sheet metal. Your choice of a metallic colour will give it better protection for sure. Make sure the denter-painter uses best quality material. Quality material hardly makes a difference in costing. Its mainly labour intensive.
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  8. 5u3zEr0

    5u3zEr0 Regolare

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    Great! Changing the colour and the alloy's is itself customising :). Magnesio grey should be good.
  9. Sagz

    Sagz Amatore

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    The car will need a new radiator. I found the radiator and fittings for Siena 1.7D listed in 99rpm. Does that ensure that the part will be available?
  10. asimpleson

    asimpleson Esperto

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    That depends, brand new inventory is depleting on these things. If you find some who stock please report here. Meanwhile you could also try Kava Automobiles, Mumbai. Phone no. on justdial or on TFI also.

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