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Palio 1.6 Restoration!!!

Discussion in 'Classic and Retro FIAT's' started by kk27, Dec 8, 2015.

  1. kk27

    kk27 Amatore

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    Pics not uploading Some server error

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  2. kk27

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  3. Navneet

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    awesome detail work. They are really working honestly on it.
  4. kk27

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    well have been a little silent on this thread since the work detail increased & I too didn't get much time.

    Here are some updates I clicked last week.

    Right side Frame repair
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    Bottom Part
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    Wiper motor bay which was rusted
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    Here there was a gaping hole! now ...

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    Preventive repair
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    the work is going on a bit slow paced compared to my expectations but I'm not complaining. There's just one guy who's great at this job & many times he has to tend to accident cases. And I'd rather wait one more month than have someone else work on my car. The guy named Mahesh, he's super concentrated in his work & super detailed. His work is almost factory spec quality & that's what I want.

    Last what I saw was the rear inner door edges were being repaired since it also had quite a bit of rust. I must say RS Motors work is through & they're leaving no stone unturned, Mr. Deshmukh & Rajendran both are totally involved in this & accept that it's going slow, but I'm equally harping on the point that I'm in no hurry to get the car back.

    Honestly this is almost like a dream coming true... I'm most of the time on Discovery Turbo & Always felt I should also have one of those beautiful restorations done as shown on many programs :).
  5. kedarbendre

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    Good to see the progress. Lots of work is still pending and I am pretty sure that it will take another month or 2 to complete the restoration.

    Good luck bro. Cheers.
  6. kk27

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    Hehe... well they say it's almost done with body work. & post that it'll be swiftly done. Let's hope.

    I'm almost forgetting driving :)
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  7. Vidhyashankar Kannan

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    I'm glad that you have someone like RS motors to do work at this level of intricacy. I've always wanted a red GTX but landed up with a yellow one. Great work coming there.

    And it is good to see that parts are still available, atleast the mechanical spares. Good luck on the restoration. I keep looking at this post for more.
  8. kk27

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    Thanks @Vidhyashankar Trying to keep updating & logging as much as possible between tight work schedule.

    So some more updates are here....
    #MaheshBhai working on the minutest of dents.

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    Right Side Rear Door inside... the metal is rusted. The technique is to rub off rusted material & replace it with melting more in place & then hammering it with a hammer & shaping tool while hot. Real Meticulous work.
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    Right Rear Door hinge brackets
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    Left side rear door - pic taken from the inside. Just have a look at the finishing
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    Right side Front door bottom.. finished work.
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    Right side front door Top part
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    Front dash panel finished.
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    Compare to the earlier uploaded image where the finishing was not complete only metal work was done... look at the difference.
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    Entire front & Windshield area is done & finished.
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    Rear Hatch door is almost done.
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    The donor Bonnet being prepared & checked for rust.
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    Those wondering why so much time is being taken in this work... here's the culprit
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    This is is the bottom edge of the dickey - where you'll have a rubber strip running along! It is this type of rust which is hardest to deal with, as you cannot cut out that part. instead as explained earlier the rusted part has to be rubbed out & new metal melted in place & then shaped accordingly. Very very tedious & methodical work.

    Till date I'm really very satisfied with the work in progress Though it would have been nicer if the car was painted by now but I couldn't be happier that they chose to do a through job instead of just slap paint over it & then hand me something which will last not more than 2-3yrs. Honestly the level of work going on here is clearly gonna save this car another 7-8yrs if not longer.
  9. kk27

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    BTW Sometimes I wonder... should have I gone for buying a completely rust free donor car & saved so much work instead :)
  10. Vidhyashankar Kannan

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    Well @kk27 you have such a superb team at RS who are actually able to restore this car like a Phoenix from the ashes. Yes, you could have saved a lot of work by getting a rust free car. But look on the bright side, you are in a place where you have a team still able to restore it. So have fun! Besides, you're too far into the project now.

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