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    The Restoration of Chassis No. 818.630 009717

    Well it took a little more than a week for me to go flying off the deep end. I have now commissioned the restoration of 1971 Series 2 1.3s no 818.630 009717. The car is being done in Italy and it will take about 6 months, a bare metal nuts-and-bolts restoration that will render up a car to about as personal a specification as I can afford. This car was selected over several others because the shell itself is very, very sound (Sicilian car) which will require little to no welding of any kind.

    I started this venture out as an opportunity to restore/refurbish one myself but soon realised that I wanted to be able to drive the car within the next 3-5 years. It is therefore reassuring to have the build performed by experts, and gratifying to know that the car's systems will be taken apart and replaced or refreshed as need be. I know it's a 45-year old car, but it should be as close to new as they can make it.

    I am invited to go down as often as possible to enjoy the process, but it will be at least a month before I am able to do so, so I will provide pictures to share as much as I can. Here is the raw candidate:
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    Re: The Restoration of Chassis No. 818.630 009717

    While I appreciate you want the car up to your own standard, but does it really need a nut and bolt restoration? I know photos can be mislesding but it looks in a good condition.
    A original car is only original once, and a total restoration will remove its 'History and Patina.'
    Id like to meet up and have a look once you have it home" as I'm only about 15 miles from you, and perhaps you'd care to join us in Hitchin for our Lancia. Motor club, local monthly meeting,
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    Re: The Restoration of Chassis No. 818.630 009717

    Well done on making your decision David. Its always difficult to know what to do. Will be good to see progress

    Brian, I might like to make that trip too now I have my Fulvia going. Are the details in the LMC club magazine?

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    Re: The Restoration of Chassis No. 818.630 009717

    When and where? in other words

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    Re: The Restoration of Chassis No. 818.630 009717

    Quote Originally Posted by simon down View Post
    When and where? in other words
    My thoughts exactly! If it's alright to attend prior to the delivery of my Lancia, I'd love to come meet people and their cars.

    I think the work on the car will evolve. I am not going to stick with that colour, even if it is original. I've always wanted a car with a red interior so I'm pretty sure this car is going to have one; it was a factory colour at the time. As far as the level of restoration, I think we chose this car because it would not require traumatic levels of structural work, but it will get what it needs. Mostly, I want to be able to drive it, and with some confidence.

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    Re: The Restoration of Chassis No. 818.630 009717

    Quote Originally Posted by dafeller View Post
    we chose this car because it would not require traumatic levels of structural work, but it will get what it needs. Mostly, I want to be able to drive it, and with some confidence.
    If you want a strong Fulviaa good modification to the structure is to put a central steel membrane between the inner and outer cill. If your car is not going to have the cills changed you may end up with a car you cannot fully trust..... I have seen recently some dubious restorations (and some excellent ones too) coming out of Italy. It would be good for you to plan to visit frequently to stay on top of the work performed. At least that is how I would execute such a project.

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    Re: The Restoration of Chassis No. 818.630 009717

    Quote Originally Posted by dafeller View Post
    My thoughts exactly! If it's alright to attend prior to the delivery of my Lancia, I'd love to come meet people and their cars.
    Essex LMC members meet at The Chequers Matching Green (close to Stansted) 3rd Wednesday in the month from 7ish. Non members are welcome. We will try to persuade you to join (you dont have to have a Lancia).

    The Hertfordshire meeting is at Three Moorhens Hitchin Hill Hitchin 1st Tuesday in the month or so I think (Brian please correct....)

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    Re: The Restoration of Chassis No. 818.630 009717

    This sound exciting however I am get bit confused with theFulvia range
    I thought that series3 were the only cars to have front seats with built in head restraints?
    Also is the chassis number correct?
    See http://www.viva-lancia.com/specials/cd/vin.php

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    Re: The Restoration of Chassis No. 818.630 009717

    Quote Originally Posted by eog View Post
    I thought that series3 were the only cars to have front seats with built in head restraints?

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    I think the car has non standard seats. The front grill should be chrome (plastic) for Series 2 or black for Fulvia 3 (not series 3)

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    Re: The Restoration of Chassis No. 818.630 009717

    Quote Originally Posted by lancialulu View Post
    I think the car has non standard seats. The front grill should be chrome (plastic) for Series 2 or black for Fulvia 3 (not series 3)
    I think all of that is correct. The car appears to have some changes. The number ID plate is what it is, and the records say that's an early 1971, or series 2, car. That being said, it has what appear to be modified front seats. Here's a better view:Click image for larger version. 

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    The headrests seem to be part of a larger 'clamped on' sort of centre section. Weird. Also the passenger seat is a different colour. It will have an original interior when it is done.

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