OK, so the engine is in.
Next was the wiring.
I expected that to be pretty easy, I got the "good loom, it came with a wiring diagram, etc.
But the closest to A Nuova I could get was for a D, which one model newer.
So there were differences, specially where it routes through the car.
Also, the supplied diagram was worthless ( tiny print in Italian, printed with a machine that must have been running out of ink )
I had other diagrams in my own workshop manuals, but not all the wire colors matched to those of the loom.
Plus the mods I had to make for the electric oil and fuel pumps, the full dash with tach temp gauge, etc, and the Alt instead of a Generator.
So I cut the loom apart where it goes through the front bulkhead, and redid it one wire at a time.
So that's done ( forgot to take an After pic, I'll post that later )
Hooked up the starter, which is a cool cable operated deal with a little lever on the center tunnel.
The cable pulls the bendix into the flywheel, and at the end of the stroke an electrical contact is made to turn the starter.
I cranked it over without sparkplugs in it to see if it would build oilpressure quickly.
Tried to feed some oil into the oil pressure sender hole.
Ok, I screwed up.
The oilpump is in line with the cam, so its placed high.
No way was it going to prime itself, I should have packed it with grease when I switched cams.
But then I realised I have the Electrical oilpump already plumbed in and hooked up.
All I had to do was make a little adaptor to go from -8 to a small size that could screw onto the oil pressure sender hole.
That worked so perfectly that I'm thinking about buying another one of those pumps to pressurise any new engine, so it doesn't get a kick in the teeth on first startup.
Did a rough baseline alignment on the suspension, bled the brakes, ran it trough the gears.
Pops out of 3rd and wont go into 4th.
I ran this gearbox in the yellow 500, and I don't remember a problem...
So box back out.
I have another Fiat 126 box, but its not as nice as the one in the car.
Just a grubby old used one, but that will do for now.
Halfshafts are custom length, so they have to be swapped.
Which means splitting the case.
I open up the gearbox I had in the car, and to my surprise, the near NOS latemodel Gearbox wasnt.
It was a lot better than that.
It is a near new latemodel case, but it has a close ratio straight cut dogbox gearset in it...
And the gears look like they are brand new.
( how did I not know that?
Yeah, they can be loud enough to drown out straight cut gears...
OK, totally crazy and overkill for the street, and yeah, we're repairing that one...
Found a problem with the shift fork rails ( specially the 3rd-4th one ), and some crucial nuts on the in and output shafts were not torqued right ( if it wasnt for cotterpins they would have made a bid for freedom... )
So thats where its at.
It gets all gears on the bench, ready to go back in and try again...