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post #16 of 108 (permalink) Old 03-06-2014, 10:43 AM
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Andrew!
I have a twin brother 600 mine is a 1962 model, also runs on a 903 engine.
I have the Interior Custom Seats on mine.
I can send you pictures if you give me your contact.

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Sure, send them.

Wheels arrived from Slovenia today--isn't the international parts network these days great? The owner said they weigh next to nothing. I am going to redo them and make them look like new, with red early scorpion center caps.

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Andrew!
Here is my 62 Abarth 903 power engine.
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Finished resto 0000miles
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nice cars!

Nasty day today all day doing the floors. Got them in, still need to seem seal top and bottom tomorrow. I treated the welds with a rust stopping material that will dry over night.

heat shrinking two bad high spots on the roof:





trial fit the new rear engine section, and fitted the engine lid to it. the latch works!



here is the original abarth crank





what I did today. Makes an real mess to cut out and weld in new floors. Tomorrow i will seam seal them top and bottom with a two part self mix heavy duty seam sealer from 3M that you apply with a twin tube gun that uses a mixing tube spout.








ordered over 100 parts for the project yesterday. took hours to put the order together.
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Andrew,
Doing a great job on the 750. Did you buy from Sports Car Shop, Eugine (OR) Joe or Bob?
I ask this because he offered me at the time....but I was to busy at the time with the Zagato that he sold to me.
The zagato came with the original 750 Engine, very few around today. I rebuild the entire motor and modified the Head to receive the 850 Rocker Train, because the 750 are to week and the hammers brake very easy with the high rpm.
Well have fun and keep us posted, its in good hands.

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Doing a great job on the 750. Did you buy from Sports Car Shop, Eugine (OR) Joe or Bob?
I ask this because he offered me at the time....but I was to busy at the time with the Zagato that he sold to me.
The zagato came with the original 750 Engine, very few around today. I rebuild the entire motor and modified the Head to receive the 850 Rocker Train , because the 750 are to week and the hammers brake very easy with the high rpm.
Well have fun and keep us posted, its in good hands.

Cheers,
Its not my car, but my costumer did buy it from that place in Oregon. Someone up in that area had found it stored away for decades. The car is very rough and needs a total restoration for there to be any hope of it lasting and being fun and safe to drive. I will probably get it painted and partially assembled now, and get the brakes and suspension done, but may not be able to finish it to later this year. It needs so much work.

what mods did you need to do to run the better 850 head Rocker Train? photos?
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I sent my Engine Head to; Scuderia Topolino in Releigh, NC.
Paul ! is an expet on the Abarth cars for many years and he gets it right the first time, so its well paid money.

The head is the same 750 of the car.

Special Valve and seat grind.
New intake and exhaust valves 600/750
Surface Head
Rocker shaft towers with proper Fiat 600 type for 8mm studs
Rocker shaft support set. 850
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unfortunately, Paul sold the business to some guys in Germany late last year, and left the USA. He needs to take his old web site down. You can not order from it anymore.
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That's sad news!
Paul was a great guy and he knew what he was doing.
I guess the age catches to you before you know it
I got lucky to have done my stuff in time. He also jetted my weber DCD36 to run on my 903/600 Abarth its just I have had no time to install in the car. I am still running on the same carb twin barrel 30 from stock. My car only has 200 miles since it was complete restored 15 years ago. Still looks the same today as day one
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floors are done and sealed with por 15. bodywork started

fabricated a new battery tray area. it was badly mutilated there. I like using the first gen Miata batteries in these cars. Real gel cell technology, small, light and powerful. when the battery arrives, I can rig up a tie down for it.

Car doesn't really need that much filler for how old it is. I was able to straighten a lot of damage to the panels, so not as much filler will be on the car as before. The worst panel was the rear section, and we replaced that with a new one.

less than 2 quarts of filler use total and the main shape is already there. going to epoxy prime today, and also put 3 coats of a high build primer on to give me something to block. Actually looking forward to do the regular body work at this point.















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Andrew. I tried a Braille battery in my 850. They are AGM batteries so they can be mounted anywhere but the main selling point for me was the weight, 15lbs. I figure any weight that can be taken out of these cars is an advantage.

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How has the Braille worked out for you?

the Miata batteries are from 17 to 20 pounds, and are real full time batteries, not race batteries. Some of my friends have had mixed results with the Braille and Odyseey lightweight batteries just not having enough reserve. If they leave the car sit for a week or two, sometimes they won't start.
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milestone reached--got the car in primer late today








engine compartment is going to be clean enough to eat off of.



still have a lot of blocking to do, but its getting there.



steering wheel is coming along as well. no more cracks.

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How has the Braille worked out for you?

the Miata batteries are from 17 to 20 pounds, and are real full time batteries, not race batteries. Some of my friends have had mixed results with the Braille and Odyseey lightweight batteries just not having enough reserve. If they leave the car sit for a week or two, sometimes they won't start.
I have had the Braille for just over a year. Unfortunately there are times when I let the 850 sit for up to three weeks between starts. I have had no problems even on very cold days (25F)
They assured me the battery was adequate for daily driver use and so far it has been.
I didn't know the Miata batteries were so light.

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