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Old 10-29-2008, 04:16 PM
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My Fiat 600 to Abarth Replica Project

hello,

My name is Bob Molenaar,
Last year I bought a fiat 600, because I wanted to make it look to an Abarth TC, but when I bought it I became more and more crazy because I wanted more and more, so it has to drive like an Abarth to

When I bought it:



Finally it has to look something like this:




Major future plans are:

abarth styling. (big TCR frontnose, wide fenders, motorspoiler etc.)
discbrakes, in front for sure and if not to hard to modify discbrakes at the rear.
lowering, stiffening, nice wheels
engine swap, 850 or 1050
rollcage and race seats

The first thing I have to do, is restoring and reinforcing the body (chassis?!)
I am 20 years old, so never restored a car in my life. And when I am thinking back it should have been better to replace body parts instead of trying to repair them all. But that is something I learned now and will be different for my next project!!



Change the front fenders, first creation:



second creation:



I bought some bigger and wider wheels (5,5J), the frontnose (bumper) and wide rear fenders
Next to that a reversed eye leaf spring so the car will be lower





Then it was time to remove the paint and filler, the pre-owner really used a lot filler, so i saw some bad repairs underneath that






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Old 10-29-2008, 04:30 PM
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Because of the Pic limit, I will go further with this post...



Mounting the frontspoiler without seeing the bolts was my second the job. I solved it to make some supports, which i have to attach with polyester material underneath the spoiler:









I want to clean underneath the car too,, and paint it over again, so I used a chassis roller to turnover the car:



Immediately I became confronted with the bad shape of the underside!









To be continued

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Old 10-29-2008, 06:19 PM
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keep them pictures coming. welcome to UCP
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Old 10-29-2008, 11:42 PM
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Welkom,

Looks like a very interesting project, have you got a plan (both financial and logistical) how and where to source the Abarth (lookalike?) parts?
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Old 10-30-2008, 04:05 AM
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Nice project, welcome to UCP and keep up the updates
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Old 10-30-2008, 04:50 AM
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I don't have a financial plan, but I buy some major parts to make a replica, and when I have more money left I will buy the more expensive stuff. Like now i bought a reversed eye leafspring, but in the future i will buy an independent crossmember front axle..

For now I am still busy with the body, thats the first priority. After that a rollcage, brakes, suspension and the engine.

I have an own website/forum called the Dutch Abarth Forum: Index
There will I find information and the parts that I need. There is a second forum from Guy Moerenhout : www.abarth-gmr.be
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Old 10-30-2008, 05:05 AM
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That's a good debut on UCP

this project is very interesting, keep us informed!
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Old 10-30-2008, 08:11 AM
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I don't have a financial plan, but I buy some major parts to make a replica, and when I have more money left I will buy the more expensive stuff. Like now i bought a reversed eye leafspring, but in the future i will buy an independent crossmember front axle..

For now I am still busy with the body, thats the first priority. After that a rollcage, brakes, suspension and the engine.

I have an own website/forum called the Dutch Abarth Forum: Index
There will I find information and the parts that I need. There is a second forum from Guy Moerenhout : www.abarth-gmr.be
Good links, if anyone wants a translation of (parts) of the Dutch Forum, we might give it a try, or Bob himself could do it. About the Guy Moerenhout museum, it sits somewhere on our "to do" list.

BTW, you might want to include Ultimatecarpage.com - Powered by knowledge, driven by passion in the Abarth links on your forum.....
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Old 10-30-2008, 02:19 PM
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Of course, I will include this forum in my links page.

There are a some verny nice projects on my forum, from 500's and 600's. Really professional restoring! Much and much nicer then mine!

Yes good idea henk! If anybody wants to find something in my forum, just give me a sign!

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Old 10-31-2008, 01:00 PM
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Super cool, good luck with your project
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Old 12-09-2008, 03:19 PM
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Ok last update is that I broke my arm while playing soccer, so thats why its a little bit quiet from here:P
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Old 12-11-2008, 08:14 AM
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Ok last update is that I broke my arm while playing soccer, so thats why its a little bit quiet from here:P
motorsport is dangerous but soccer is killing, get well soon....
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It's been a few months now. Is your arm better?, and how is your conversion going?
I could use your help myself also as I need to fit a front radiator on my 850TC replcia.
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Amazing! And congratulations for the passion that you are putting in your project, bye
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Old 05-06-2009, 03:07 PM
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Hey frank,, good to see you in this forum too but you already mounted the radiator underneath?

The right front fender was in really bad shape so, i replaced it:



Underneath pink primer:P





Stabilizer in the rear:




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