It has been a little while since the last time I worked on my 500. I’d like to blame that on my graduation internship that needed my full attention, but the non-stop sanding took away some of the excitement as well. My graduation internship period has ended and it was therefore time to continue working on the little Fiat.
“That only took this soon-to-be engineer half an hour to discover.”
Ten days ago it finally happened, the little Fiat got her replacement panel welded in! I trial fitted the panel many times with and without the nose, and was finally sure that everything was ready.
1970 Fiat 500 – Battery tray panel patch panel
Before I brought home the Fiat 500, I had already forgotten about the dent in the rocker panel on the passenger’s side. It looks like someone drove up against a curb or something and it runs almost the entire length of the panel. In their defence, the rocker panel is very short so almost every dent would run the entire length of it.
1970 Fiat 500 – Rocker panel dent removal
After cutting the front end off of the little Fiat, I started on preparing the remaining panels. I got the two replacement panels in and started on cutting the battery tray panel out of the car. It’s my first time doing such a project and every cut was measured four times.
“The inner fenders are convex when looking at them from inside the luggage compartment, the replacement panel was shaped concave on those two corners. “
The garage that I’d been waiting for finally became available last week and I immediately moved in the little Fiat. I am now renting my father in law’s old garage while he moved to a larger one on the same premises. This means that apart from still being stuck with some of his stuff (as we haven’t properly moved into the new one yet), I also have all his tools laying about in my garage.
“The little Fiat however didn’t fit, it was too narrow.”
Near the end of december of 2012 I found the perfect car. Perfect in my eyes that is. The Volkswagen Beetle had many shades of yellow, quite a bit of rust and a gearbox only happy when going forward.
1972 Volkswagen Beetle – Maasvlakte beach
Last week monday I was running late for a school exam. So when I cycled (yes, cycled, I’m Dutch) passed someone unloading this little Fiat from a van I just had to stop for a little chat.
1970 Fiat 500 – Still in storage