Part 3: Restoring the undercarriage

Previously on My Fiat 600D
Part 1: The Car – Before I Bought It
Part 2: The First Six Months

And now, I restore the undercarriage of My Fiat 600D.

In Part 2, where I crawled all around my car, I discovered that, while fairly rust free on the exterior, it had some rust I needed to take care of underneath. The plan was originally to get this all done over the winter, but that didn’t happen. News flash to me – winter is cold and not very enjoyable to work in. So, it took longer than I thought it would, but that’s OK. That’s part of what keeps a project car from becoming a chore – no deadlines. If I’m not enjoying my work on it, I’ll put my tools down and come back to it later.

At the end of Part 2, you can see that I had removed the interior and drive-train. This was done to make the car as light as possible, in order to roll it over without causing any damage, hopefully. I bought a bunch of baby crib bumpers at Goodwill and placed them in the places I thought the car would need them the most. My brother and I then rolled it over on it’s passenger side. I had to prop it up with a couple of green, plastic rain gutters.
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Part 2: The First Six Months

Previously on My Fiat 600D
Part 1: The Car – Before I Bought It

And now, it’s time to get to know the car I just bought over the internet.

Work on the 600D started on April 11th, 2008.  The first thing I did was take out all the four or five USPS mail boxes that the interior and trim bits came in.  Then I crawled all over it, to getting familiar with my new car.  🙂

Over the next couple of days I put the coil and voltage regulator back in their proper place and performed the usual maintenance procedures people do after purchasing an old, used car with unknown maintenance history:  changed the oil, cleaned out the centrifugal oil filter, checked the spark plugs, flushed and changed the coolant, put new gas in the tank, bled the brakes, checked the transaxle fluid level, and checked to see if the lights worked.  All especially important when buying a car over the internet sight unseen.

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Part 1: The car – before I bought it

I bought the car from a guy down in SoCal.  He had a car business called Italian Precious Metals where he sold interesting, usually restored cars online and presumably locally.  I first saw the 600D in the background of an eBay auction he had going for a nicely restored Fiat 500 that he called Guido.

I contacted him about the 600D and he sent me a bunch of pictures of it.  Below are some of the pictures he sent me.

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