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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