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    Re: The Restoration of Chassis No. 818.630 009717

    Quote Originally Posted by bernt View Post
    it looks like pretty normal aftermarket headrests that were likely added in the late eighties. They just slide over the backrest, typically without any further fixings.


    Obviously. There are some Fulvia 3 parts added. the black grille has already been commented on, then there is the the blanking panel for the radio cutout. I'd be interested that, my Fulvia 3 is missing the panel, which is the only reason I'm currently keeping the radio . Not sure what's the value, but if you might be willing to part with it, PM me!

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    I have asked about the blanking panel. The just started taking it apart so I imagine they may have it and if so, you want to PM me with some mailing instructions.

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    Re: The Restoration of Chassis No. 818.630 009717

    [QUOTE=fay66;74527]
    Quote Originally Posted by lancialulu View Post
    those are series 2 seats under the strange head rest contraption.... Brian Cates can redo your seats....[/QUOTE
    If you wish to move the headrests on, if you're no going to keep them yourself when you have your seats redone, please let me know.
    Brian
    I have asked about the headrest things. I'll let you know.

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    Re: The Restoration of Chassis No. 818.630 009717

    So the de-construction of the car has begun. Under the interior the car appears to be more or less unblemished: no structural damage or rust, original undercoating all intact, no repairs, etc. A very good starting point for the project says my guy.

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    We knew that the green colour was not OEM, so it was fun to learn that the car came from the factory in Saratoga White. That is one of my preferred colours (or one of the blue shades), as I can totally see going here with it:
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    Re: The Restoration of Chassis No. 818.630 009717

    The dismantling of the car continues. At the moment the entire interior, electrics and fuel tank have been removed, along with most of the trim and glass. The car looks like this now:

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    Into every life a little rain must fall, of course. While the shell and all of the external panels are remarkably rust- and rot-free, there has been revealed a small hole in the floor pan under the accelerator pedal:

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    The hole is small and in a popular position where water and wear accumulate. It seems to be the sole incident on the pan though, so were just going to introduce a bit of new metal there after excising the hole and surrounding metal. The rest of the pan is clean and intact. My man likes to keep the original pan as often as he can and such is the case with the car here.

    The big news is that I am going down to Italy in the second week of October to meet the crew and work on the car! I have a bunch of questions and small specifications I want to discuss with them and the chance to work on the car seems a great part of the adventure.

    Speaking of adventure, I am urged by every sentient being in my circle to drive the car back to the UK in the Spring. I have been reading up on various routes to take and reviewing navigators' CVs . . . While it seems safer to have the car brought up by lorry, it is the sort of punctuation the story demands. We shall see.

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    Re: The Restoration of Chassis No. 818.630 009717

    Assuming that everything is sorted properly after the resto, I vote for driving it home - I’m sure it would be a wonderful way to celebrate.

    You are lucky to have a variety of countries and terrain in your part of the world. Where I am located in the central USA, I would have to go a 1000 miles to find such an interesting drive. So I say take advantage of it.

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    Re: The Restoration of Chassis No. 818.630 009717

    I've driven my 2c to Turin and back to the Uk twice, with no problems apart from a puncture and a broken bonnet cable.
    The 2c has the heaviest body and the smallest engine and it was great fun with memorable driving, and wonderful memories, just make sure you have recovery back to the UK if by any chance you did have a problem, that way you and your Fulvia will get home.
    And don't forget to take lots of photos.
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    Re: The Restoration of Chassis No. 818.630 009717

    Quote Originally Posted by mpcart View Post
    Assuming that everything is sorted properly after the resto, I vote for driving it home - I’m sure it would be a wonderful way to celebrate.

    You are lucky to have a variety of countries and terrain in your part of the world. Where I am located in the central USA, I would have to go a 1000 miles to find such an interesting drive. So I say take advantage of it.

    -Mike
    you got that right mike,
    i've been out there in you're part of the country and it's flat. roads are straight. whenever someone would give me directions to a small town nearby they'd say "oh it's just a mile or so" but it seemed like it took forever to get there. my wife and i started using the term "country mile" as i believe each country mile is ten miles long...
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    Re: The Restoration of Chassis No. 818.630 009717

    Quote Originally Posted by fay66 View Post
    I've driven my 2c to Turin and back to the Uk twice, with no problems apart from a puncture and a broken bonnet cable.
    The 2c has the heaviest body and the smallest engine and it was great fun with memorable driving, and wonderful memories, just make sure you have recovery back to the UK if by any chance you did have a problem, that way you and your Fulvia will get home.
    And don't forget to take lots of photos.
    Brian

    Thanks for this. I am hoping that the car, after a total restoration, will make the trip without assistance but I do have recovery in the EU. More importantly, tell me about your preferred route! I have been reading and it seems that there is some preference given to the easterly route via Zurich and Luxembourg, but seemingly only because of the better toll situation. I would have thought coming through France via Geneva would be a nicer route, but I really haven't looked too carefully yet. Which routes have you used?

    Thanks again. And btw, let's not be too hard on the mid-West US. I've driven across twice and if you plan it right there is a load to see and do. Except Kansas; I'd avoid Kansas at all costs.

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    Re: The Restoration of Chassis No. 818.630 009717

    Quote Originally Posted by dafeller View Post
    Thanks for this. I am hoping that the car, after a total restoration, will make the trip without assistance but I do have recovery in the EU. More importantly, tell me about your preferred route! I have been reading and it seems that there is some preference given to the easterly route via Zurich and Luxembourg, but seemingly only because of the better toll situation. I would have thought coming through France via Geneva would be a nicer route, but I really haven't looked too carefully yet. Which routes have you used?

    Thanks again. And btw, let's not be too hard on the mid-West US. I've driven across twice and if you plan it right there is a load to see and do. Except Kansas; I'd avoid Kansas at all costs.
    We left Turin Via Moncalieri on the S23 to Pinerolo, staying on the S23 to Sestriere, Then to Briancon on the N94.
    At Briancon take the N91 up the col du Lautaret for a further 116 Kms to Vizille just outside Grenoble, from Grenoble to Lyon, if you have the time using the old road that shadows the Autoroute.
    Just North of Lyon is the Musee Henri Martlett at Rochtaillee Sur Saone in a Chateau, and not to be missed.
    From there To Macon to Chalon Sur Saone and onto Beaune using old or new roads.
    From Beaune you can take the autoroute to Paris, or carry straight on from Beaune to Dijon then to Reims, heading for the Channel Ports.
    Obviously depending on your time and budget there are some very interesting places enroute, and while it's not the best environment for a Fulvia using the Autoroutes, a Fulvia has no problem coping with motorway speeds and above.
    In 2013 when we went to Turin for the Fulvia 50th I was running with 3 1600 HFs, and while they lost me on hills on the upside, I soon caught them up and stayed with them at a steady 75mph.
    The journey is what you want to make it, but if you have the time make it a leisurely journey. from Pinarolo right through to Grenoble it's great driving and scenery. with a lovely run downhill to Grenoble with many sweeping bends. Brilliant
    Brian

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    Re: The Restoration of Chassis No. 818.630 009717

    Quote Originally Posted by fay66 View Post
    The journey is what you want to make it, but if you have the time make it a leisurely journey. from Pinarolo right through to Grenoble it's great driving and scenery. with a lovely run downhill to Grenoble with many sweeping bends. BrilliantBrian
    Now that's the sort of specialist information that I joined up for! Excellent advice, I'm plotting it on a map tomorrow. We should have a week to make the trip so should be able to make it a good time.

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