The odd couple?

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bassman71
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The odd couple?

Post by bassman71 » May 26th, 2013, 11:19 am

A few pictures of my babies.

A '99 barchetta Riviera in midnight blue 426/A, which I took two years ago and is finally in great shape.

Before the restoration:
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During the restoration process:
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Finally home...and with optional hard top!
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Here on the road with 16" alloy rims:
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The latest finding, a '95 Coupé in Chamonix Green 370/A. It's a basic 2.0 16V non turbo and the restoration process is still in progress. The frame had been painted in several different shades of green over the years and lots of putty were under the coats. Definitely a poor job. The car has been stripped down to metal and bumps and scuffs have been properly repaired, filled and sanded. Here is some picture after the first coat of primer:
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More pictures as the work goes on!
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Re: The odd couple?

Post by Guy Croft » May 26th, 2013, 11:22 am

our first Barchetta I think?

Welcome!

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Re: The odd couple?

Post by bassman71 » May 26th, 2013, 11:36 am

Thank you!

I will post some more picture of the cockpit, where I've added some optional part. And the work is still in progress...
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Re: The odd couple?

Post by Steve H » May 26th, 2013, 10:49 pm

I prefer it with the hard top.

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Re: The odd couple?

Post by bassman71 » May 27th, 2013, 6:27 pm

Yes...me too, to tell the truth. I like the way it looks with the hard top on. Sorta classy little coupé from the good old times...
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Re: The odd couple?

Post by bassman71 » May 30th, 2013, 6:17 pm

A greenish aluminium base before spraying the final finish in Chamonix Green 370:

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wow...not bad this colour!
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Re: The odd couple?

Post by Nobby » May 31st, 2013, 9:27 am

Really like the Chamonix Green (having owned a Scotts Green 20vt Coupe)
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Re: The odd couple?

Post by bassman71 » June 3rd, 2013, 7:39 pm

Final finish for the frame:

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Next step bumpers, doors, wings and bonnet.

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In the meanwhile, the inside of the cockpit will be reassembled with new floor carpet and roof cover. The sticky compound will be removed from the central dashboard and the plastic will be restored and painted in mat black.
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Re: The odd couple?

Post by bassman71 » August 14th, 2013, 10:28 am

A few pictures of the work done till now.

Front bumper (LE type) painted in installed:
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Note the plastic parts in the engine hood renewed and the LE radiator grill:
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Fuel cap polished and installed:
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Leather interiors cleaned and installed. A new gear shift knob will replace the non original one, as well as a steering wheel in better condition. The woofers in the doors, which had broken rims, have been replaced by an original set of loudspeakers fully working. New floor and roof carpets:
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New leverage to unlock the boot bonnet. The original one was broken, as well as the one to unlock the engine bonnet. Both replaced:
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Here is the knew original leather knob and the new Fiat badges. The "16V" logos with green slash are not available anymore at Fiat, therefore I'm trying to repaint the first couple I've found around:
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Rear bumper installed. That's a touch of "new" in the car look, as I've opted for a non original design drilled for twin exhaust. A touch of LE grey (trek grey) in the low end makes the look of the bumper more pleasant (and lighter) than a full green finish, imho. Don't you think? New middle and final exhaust installed, of course:
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Note the rear beams polished, as well as all of the black parts outside the cockpit (windows rubbers and metal pillars):
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Another touch of newness comes from the vented wings:
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LE front bumper calls LE skirts, that's obvious:
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Finally, the front beams have been cleaned and polished inside out (clear plastics and optics). The broken black cap inside one of them has been fixed placing large washers under the screws. A touch of black paint has finally been added to hide them:
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Beam on the left of the picture after the cleaning process inside out, while the right one is clean outside only (note the foggy veil in comparison with the other):
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Next step the HUGE bonnet!
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Re: The odd couple?

Post by Guy Croft » August 14th, 2013, 10:32 am

How nice to see a Coupe. In my opinion one of the most beautiful Coupes ever designed.

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Re: The odd couple?

Post by bassman71 » August 14th, 2013, 10:37 am

Thank you!

mmmm...there must be a problem with the second picture, although it comes from the same hosting site as the other ones...
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Re: The odd couple?

Post by Slim » August 14th, 2013, 8:39 pm

Liking the Coupe! Nicely done.

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