Bob Martin's Abarth Swap

Discussion in 'Nuova 500' started by TonyK, Apr 14, 2019 at 2:43 AM.

  1. TonyK

    TonyK True Classic

    Location:
    Grimsby Ont Canada
    April 13/2019 Bob arrived yesterday and we have been working in the shop most of the day preparing for the installation of the engine. My nephew Mike stopped by to help and see what was going on. Here are a few pictures of what we have been doing and where we are. End of day one.


    TonyK.
    Grimsby Ontario Canada,
    With Bob Martin from Radcliff Kentucky.
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  2. kmead

    kmead Old enough to know better

    Location:
    Michigan
    Nice template, made of aluminum sheet I assume?
     
  3. TonyK

    TonyK True Classic

    Location:
    Grimsby Ont Canada
    Karl all of the templates and jigs are made of steel sheet or tube. Although I can weld aluminum, welding steel is much easier.

    TonyK.
    Grimsby Ontario Canada
    With Bob Martin from Radcliff Kentucky.
     
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  4. TonyK

    TonyK True Classic

    Location:
    Grimsby Ont Canada
    Day 2 continuing on.

    Completed the cuts and started to do some welding. Weather here has been 37 degrees with heavy rain and thunder storms.

    See pictures.

    TonyK.

    Grimsby Ontario Canada
    With Bob Martin from Radcliff Kentucky.

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    Also See this Video.

    https://youtu.be/vXEE9Mmx2AQ
     
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2019 at 3:18 AM
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  5. TonyK

    TonyK True Classic

    Location:
    Grimsby Ont Canada
    Did some more welding but we focused on strut cap/mounts although the mounts seem good and appeared to be part of a lowering kit that used recessed upper rubber bushings. Since the springs were cut Bob just removed the nuts and changed the bushings. The upper bearings were smashed and I turned new ones form delerin. I think this is due to the fact that the springs do not keep a constant pressure on the upper bearing. We are hoping to be done the welding today and sand blast, but things being what they are take more time than we would like it to.

    TonyK.

    Grimsby Ontario Canada
    With Bob Martin from Radcliff Kentucky.
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  6. TonyK

    TonyK True Classic

    Location:
    Grimsby Ont Canada
    Day 4.

    Well as we worked we found sections of the body that was rusted through. Something in my car that never happened, but takes a fair bit of time to fit and weld in panels. We are just about finished all of the welding and fitting. Hoping tomorrow to prepare to sand blast, but that too will require a fair bit of masking then on to seam sealing and painting the engine bay. See Bob modifying the fuel tank for the bit we need for the turbo charger exhaust.

    TonyK.

    Grimsby Ontario Canada
    With Bob Martin from Radcliff Kentucky.

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  7. JimD

    JimD Waiting for Godot... Moderator

    Location:
    Missouri, USA
    Hi Bob! Swing that hammer! :)

    Looks like you guys are making progress. Keep up the good work and the updates.
     
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