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post #76 of 479 (permalink) Old 03-15-2014, 10:53 AM
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Hello Hubert,

This is fantastic work. It is a joy for me to see this and know that I will not need to pay for the privilege.

I suspect that your five digit number is a Pininfarina body assembly number, which is different from the chassis number. This is common on coachbuilt Italian cars. If you can find the same number on other parts, for example doors, splash panels, the back of trim, in chalk on interior panels, that is the reason.

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Just noticed this one.......Wow

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Hubert, I just noticed that spare wheel well you made doesn`t appear to have any drain holes at the bottom. Did Lancia/Pininfarina not have this? It would seem desirable even if it is a departure from absolute originality to have some kind of drain in the bottom of that flange. Easy to do if you haven`t joined those two halves yet, and not too hard if already joined by spot welding by using a rounded nose rod to force between the flange halves and then hammer formed around.

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Richard, thanks for the hint.

Did some fine tuning on the spare wheel well, (applied the drain hole and trimmed the edges) and continued embossing. Now only two pictures and the fuel pipe grove are missing. Milled the grove mould with a hemispherical cutter, cute!

Removed the panel behind the back seats and discovered that the frame of the rear window also is bad. I will have to cut it out, too. If cutting off continues, the roof will be gone soon. I should put the whole thing together as a "one off" Flaminia barchetta then, shouldn´t I? (Well, it would be more of a barca, than a barchetta). The only thing needed in this case would be a reliable story of e.g. Brigitte Bardot had it made for her Cote d´Azure travels, or so.

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more pictures of Brigitte´s new old Flaminia
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Hubert you naive fool. Did you really expect the window frame to be any better than the rest of the car... That car is one very extensive restoration which would have met the scrapyard by now if it were not fortunate enough to have an owner with your tremendous patience and restoration ability. A chequebook owner I`m sure would have abandoned the project by now due to the extensive work required and current value of the car.
That boot floor and wheelwell look great by the way.

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Richard, if it would only have been a pair of sills and a bit of wheel arches, I have would have refused the project. Of course the thrill is to overcome one problem after the other and finally "win". And the number of problems is limited.

What makes me a little bit unhappy is, that due to better accessibilty I will have to settle the window frame before I weld in the floor. So there is no visible progress on the car and I want to see a progress.

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Yes visible progress is what keeps us going Hubert. I often get very depressed as it seems I am getting nowhere (I`ve got 4 on the go at once) but as I photograph most of the stages and keep a file on each car, I sometimes go and look at the old photos to see what actual progress I have made. It is very frustrating though when you end up doing framework and hidden structural pieces which sometimes can be very complex and take lots of man hours and just aren`t that visible. Outer bodywork is what you tend (and others tend) to judge progress on but as you know those structural components are essential.
I must confess your contributions, and a couple of others are what keep me going and inspire me when I hit a difficult patch either in the rebuild itself, or moodwise.

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Hubert, you really are a mad genius. The three of us will be there to visit you again in mid August, I am sure you will have this one ready for us to take for a test drive by then!

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Seth, you and your family are always welcome at EPI-Zentrum (Enbergs Power Institiute-centre of displacement).

I have already reserved a number plate for the Bugatti-Wagen. It lasts for three months, have to hurry up a little bit.,

Maybe ask the big Hubini for help.

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It is getting boring, but the trunk still is not finished yet. At least I made the inner window frame traverse. Two more panels to prepare, then I will start welding it all together. Attended a training last week to improve my forming skills. Now I have an incomplete 1950s DKW motorcycle fuel tank and a front fender.

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Small update

Finally I finished the rear window frame (except the lower right corner, still hidden behind the wing). These parts curved in x-y axis and x-z axis as well with three close folds drive you crazy.

I took the windscreen as a template because the cut out panel was so instable I could not get a clear shape out of it.

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fantastic complex handcraft work. forming and welding

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If I made a tank like that I'd probably have to get a motor bike to put it on.
After the Bugattiwagen is finished of course.

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Now as my Coupé has left the garage after more than 20 years I will have to speed up to get the Bugattiwagen on the road.

Did some work on the left rear wing again and welded in the back traverse located behind the rear seats.

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