Really nice project and the craftsmanship is excellent as always. Really different project from what we usually see (Abarth replicas and etc).
Are you going to strengthen the chassis in any way? I think it would be a good idea since the car is so low to the ground, you might be putting a lot of stress in the chassis. Just my opinion personally.
I'm waiting for parts to arrive here from Germany, so I thought I'd do a couple of quick little things that needed to be taken care of.
I have a couple of stock Fiat 500 seats. They are out of a later version, and they come with the opulent luxury of adjustable backrests.
I checked id they'd fit the rails on the repro floors I put in the car.
When I bought the new roof I got a mounting kit too, which came with a new air intake panel.
I didn't like the way it fit at all.
I could have corrected it, but instead of spending at of time on the repro panel I decided to adapt the lower part of the 1/2 roof panel that cape with the car.
The quality is a lot nicer, and the Patina ( Rust )matches the rest.
It is not original to the car ( mine is a very early car that doesn't have the 2nd set of hingepoints the 1/2 roof needs to work ), so I don't mind cutting it up...
To do it right, I had to match the top holes with the aluminum strip that will clamp the canvas of the soft top in place. And since I hate self tappers for something that will see a lot of force I drilled the holes oversize and welded in M5 nuts.
When I got the car, it didn't have an engine cover.
The correct ones are available ( there are some differences to a later version, but because they probably sell a lot less of then, they are a lot more expensive) So I decided to use the one that was on my Yellow racer, in one of its earlier versions.
It wasn't a streetcar at that time anymore, so all holes for license plate , plate light, emblems, etc, were filled
Also, it had the hinges moved from the bottom to the top ( so it could be propped open like on a 600 based Abarth ), and the hole for the handle and latch filled.
So I could drill new holes for an American size license plate, and a license plate light armature off a '58 Fiat 600 ( not a perfect match, but I'm OK with it )