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    Working on a ‘71 Fulvia Coupé

    The last few weeks I spend ‘some’ time working on my Fulvia. This forum is really a great help when you’re working on your car. I’d like to share my experiences in this thread, so other Lancisti can enjoy, correct or help whenever they feel like it.
    Thanks for everything I learned from your posts!
    I don't think (actually I'm pretty sure) my work will be as thoroughly and interesting as some other Lancisti here , like Taddraughn's or others. Anyway, it's a way to keep myself motivated and stay working on this beauty, My Dama Bianca!

    Johan
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    Re: Working on a ‘71 Fulvia Coupé

    part 1 - Tactility and the steering wheel
    The first thing I worked on, about 4 weeks ago.
    I started with the steering wheel because of all parts of the Fulvia, it's the part I'll be touching the most.
    Besides that it wasn't very good looking: I guess after 97.000 km and more then 45 years of different people holding and rubbing the wood that's not a surprise.
    The dirty and blackened Nardi wheel definitely needed a refurbishment. I sanded it down to the bare wood.
    I used four or five layers of Epifanes Boat Varnish. The shininess of this varnish is amazing, even after one layer!
    On boats people use 8-10 layers. I reckoned 4 should do for 'indoor' use.







    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails epifanes-bootlak-blank.jpg  
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    Re: Working on a ‘71 Fulvia Coupé

    If you are going to make everything in your car to that high standard, it will be factory new!

    Keep the good work going.
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    Re: Working on a ‘71 Fulvia Coupé

    The wood on that wheel is looking good as new; Looking forward to seeing more!

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    Re: Working on a ‘71 Fulvia Coupé

    My wife gave me these for christmass, I think they will match perfectly:


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    Re: Working on a ‘71 Fulvia Coupé

    something went wrong with the pictures in your latest post. maybe try again?
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    Re: Working on a ‘71 Fulvia Coupé

    Quote Originally Posted by bmarler View Post
    something went wrong with the pictures in your latest post. maybe try again?
    Should be ok now. Thx!
    Johan - Berchem Belgium
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    Re: Working on a ‘71 Fulvia Coupé

    part 2 - the back-window shelf
    Three weeks ago I wanted to do some cleaning on the inside of my car.
    The white vinyl on the back-window shelf wasn't cleanable anymore:


    I decided to recover it with some new black dashboard-vinyl. The black isn't original but will stay clean for a longer time.


    To get the shelf out of the car I had to remove the back seats, which is a very simple job: just take them out, no screws or other fasteners.
    Underneath the shelf and the seats the old acoustic material showed up. The material used in these early seventy car is probably containing asbestos. I decided to order some new sound deadening coverings so I could start with the back seat and the shelf.


    Two weeks ago this intention lead to a domino of work. To be continued...
    Johan - Berchem Belgium
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    Re: Working on a ‘71 Fulvia Coupé

    part 3 - from the shelf to the floor pan
    As I mentioned earlier, the window-shelf was the start of a bigger 'adventure'. Especially for someone who's restoring a car for the very first time.
    I took out all of the old sound deadening material.



    After that it was a quite time consuming job removing the old glue and paint and the joint fillers. Eventually 'shiny' bare metal was the result. I had to use every tool and product imaginable to get it this far:



    At the driver and passenger foot parts some welding had been done in the past by a previous owner.




    But I was quite happy to notice only two or three small holes. Like in a lot of Fulvia's they were all in the left sill, were normally the electrical wires sit. I fixed them with an epoxy repair kit. A pro or better restorer than me would probably weld those things...



    I decided to paint the floor with POR15.
    I did this according the directions of POR15.
    This is done in three steps:
    - cleaning/degreasing (+rinsing)
    - Metal Prep (+rinsing)
    - painting (2 layers)



    Next week part 4: I will install the new sound deadening material.

    greetings,
    Johan
    Johan - Berchem Belgium
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    Re: Working on a ‘71 Fulvia Coupé

    Looks great! Good to see no rust in your floors. Super time consuming to get all the old insulation and glue out. I found that paint stripper would dissolve it, but it's a very messy job.

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