Wednesday, January 10, 2018

I have spent the last couple of days wrestling with the wiring harness i am installing. I am adapting a Fiat 500 D harness to a Bianchina, some wires are too long, some are too short, some are a different color and some have the wrong kind of connectors on them. Each wire has to be traced its entire length to make sure it does what it is supposed to do. I feel that when I have it all installed I will be removing some of the wires that apparently are not used on the Bianchina. I am also planning on neatly dressing out the harness and possibly wrapping the wires to neaten up the luggage compartment---we'll see. I can only work on this for about three hours before my back starts hurting so it is going a little slow and I only work on it when the Corvair work is done.

Monday, January 1, 2018

I have spent the last three days figuring out the wiring harness and what changes need to be made to adapt a Fiat 500D harness to a Bianchina. One more day and I think I'll have it. If so, I'll start installing the harness and connecting everything (and hoping it works!)

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

I need to catch up on some small projects I have completed. I have the front luggage compartment weatherstrip, rubber hood pop bumper and the front rubber strip installed.

Next I have the horn gasket that I didn't know was supposed to be there, installed and the horn bolted in place. I will have to remove the horn to install the screen there as soon as I find it.

I also installed the correct shifter boot along with a hold down plate that I fabricated.

And finally I have installed the air induction gasket and the engine lid rubbers in the engine compartment.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

I've been put on light duty until I heal so I can't do much. I did cut and fit the luggage compartment mat that I didn't even know was supposed to be there. I also installed the engine lid rubbers and the intake seal but I didn't get a picture of that yet.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

I had some free time today and figured out how to work on the car while it is in it's storage position. I was able to get all the brake lines installed, the speedometer cable routed and connected and the hand brake cables installed to the handle and routed back to the rear wheels but not connected yet. It was a productive day.

Monday, November 13, 2017

I finished up the tee bolts and installed the trim strip on the hood.

The process I used was to take some small steel strip and cut a square to just fit snugly under the lip on the molding. I center punched, drilled, tapped a 4-40 hole, screwed in a 3/4"machine screw and silver soldered the screw to the steel square. After filing down the height so it would easily slide into the molding, I made two more and installed them the same way. I was fortunate to discover that I had an extra dash trim clip which is the same as the hood clips. I used this clip in the hole closest to the windshield since it is a blind hole. once installed and tightened, I clipped the excess length of the screws off.
Baby got bling today too.

Headlights with temporary rims, mirrors, antenna and new windshield washer ferrules with stainless acorn nuts.

I installed the shifter and shift tube to the transmission and decided to test fit the carpet to see if I need to trim it anywhere. The only place I have to cut is around the accelerator pedal shaft. When I laid the console on to see how it looked, I discovered that I have the wrong shifter boot. Mine is rectangular and it should be round. Closer examination after cleaning proved to be a Volkswagen boot. Oh well, another item to add to the "buy parts" list.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

I spent a few hours today fabricating some tiny tee bolts to fasten the chrome strip onto the hood, it's almost done so I will have a picture tomorrow. However, I realized that I did not show the little cars' new shoes so here 'tis.