Thanks Jeff for the kind words. I bet there is a bunch of Fiat and Abarth stuff that you wish you still had stashed away.
**Sigh**...And how! The stash is getting pretty thin these days.
That pipe really sounds great, it would be great to try and reproduce something like it for another car.
Yeah, I didn't realize until later that it was a 95% likely to be a REAL period Abarth stinger exhaust. If you do
decide to repro the lower half, I'd be interested in one! Assuming it sounds the same...
Like all of my projects it seems as though the momentum stalls out for months at a time.
Not to worry, I find myself doing the same
thing. My biggest concern (priority) lately has been to correctly consolidate the cars & parts (almost done!) & to get the shop/workspace set up appropriately so I can better work on the car(s) like I want to. My current project is reinforcing the pallet-racks-based "mezzanine" that serves to house all of my parts & the shelving units, bins, etc.. There's going to be a lot
of weight up there, & I want to make sure they don't collapse onto all of my cars parked underneath them! Oh, and making the shelving units a little more earthquake-friendly. And building a railing so I don't accidentally walk backwards & fall off the edge of the mezzanine (almost did it twice
, now). And, and...
I got the car running again a couple weeks ago and it no longer smokes. It did however get pretty hot so I am thinking about putting a front radiator on the car. I have a later front shroud and a radiator that needs a new core but it should work ok; just not look right since it has suicide doors. Good thing I am not too much of a purist.
Maybe split the difference & find a Series 1 type shroud? It's a little less "obtrusive" to the eye, & different than most others out there. Or just build/run it with the later shroud like John T's white car or Kane Brechlin's old black car?
Good to see current photos of the "hot rod" 600. That's a great stance on the car, btw.
You definitely want to get that engine mount put rightside up, as Grant noted! (ie: the center cone goes on the bottom, inverted 180° & below the main bracket that bolts to the block). With that "beastly" engine installed, you might also consider fabricating/installing a reinforcing plate to keep the engine mount perch secured to the rear body panel (they flex & tear off). If you don't have the pattern, I think I have a copy somewhere in my files that I could Xerox for you? Let me know...
Are you running this on the street with no air filter? (Tsk, tsk)