M60's Project - 1959 Isetta 300

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Re: M60's Project - 1959 Isetta 300

Postby M60NJP » 25 Sep 2016, 17:27

No, I'm not.................
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Re: M60's Project - 1959 Isetta 300

Postby M60NJP » 31 Oct 2016, 17:42

Update!! After too many months of doing other stuff at home, I managed to get a few hours today:

The pics of shame - not seen daylight since it was delivered back
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To ease myself back into it, I thought I'd do something completely irrelevant (at this point) under the guise of avoiding it getting damaged. A period BMW badge!
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Flushed with success I decided to 'up' the technical challenge and attached the recently professionally refurbed carburettor:
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This wasn't really a great idea as it adds weight to the engine which was still not attached, so thought I'd better try and fit it! And after much back ache (it's bloody heavy for a one-cylinder 300cc unit!) I got to this point!
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Well pleased with today's efforts, however engine may have to come out again as I spied a small oil leak - might have been a spillage but will need to be sure. Back on the horse now so more follows next week!
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Re: M60's Project - 1959 Isetta 300

Postby Discostew38 » 31 Oct 2016, 18:27

Good to see some work is being done once again
I thought for a second you was upgrading the power plant when I see the mountain bike on the second photo :d
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Re: M60's Project - 1959 Isetta 300

Postby cockneyrebel » 31 Oct 2016, 18:44

Everything seems to have cleaned up very well,
and loving the old badge. :thumbup:
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Re: M60's Project - 1959 Isetta 300

Postby M60NJP » 31 Oct 2016, 18:48

Discostew38 wrote:Good to see some work is being done once again
I thought for a second you was upgrading the power plant when I see the mountain bike on the second photo :d


Auxilliary power for the hills Stew.............
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Re: M60's Project - 1959 Isetta 300

Postby Gus247 » 01 Nov 2016, 08:01

glad to see this progressing.... :thumbup:
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Re: M60's Project - 1959 Isetta 300

Postby M60NJP » 21 Nov 2016, 18:15

More lame excuses as domestic tedium fills my day off!! However, made it to the garage this afternoon......

CONFESSION! Yup, as I thought there was a large pool of oil under the engine. Moved the car across, cleaned up the mess and put a piece of board under the engine to trace the source..................you guessed it, some imbecile had dutifully installed a new sump plug and crush washer and done it up........finger tight! I did it so long ago and thought putting oil in is a long way off, so never tighten it!

Wally!

Things are starting to move ahead again and in any free time in the shop, I'm aiming to transfer over the electrical connections to the new loom which I bought new as a complete loom. Electrics aren't my thing but I got a complete wiring diagram (it's not complicated) and my Brother kindly tagged every single with idiot-proof (see above!) instructions which is which. We'll see!

I'm starting to assemble the remaining bits and pieces from their various storage containers and remembered I'd cleaned up the Isetta badge - so thought I'd better install that!
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If anyone's ever done a large (?) project, these little things are motivators - particularly when you've spent the afternoon cleaning up 20W50 off the floor!!

I've got to be disciplined and not install too much onto the shell as some of you will (hopefully) be coming round to lift it onto the body sometime next year and it's interesting how a few tiny additions suddenly add a kilo here and there (ask any female!!). Anyway......

I also found the VIN plate and was going to rivet it in place but the holes may have been victim to the very thorough bodywork resto so will need to be drilled......plus I need to research the correct location. I did find this in the parts bin - excuse the bag, it's sealed and will remain that way until installed on the bulkhead behind the driver:
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If it's not obvious and for anyone under 30- it's an ignition coil, brand new and readily available, there were only a half-dozen (6......if you're under 30!!) which fitted pretty much everything back then.
Lastly today I reached out the lighting stuff for the loom - I certainly have more lenses than places to put them, I hope I have the right number of the right ones!! Watch this space.
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More follows hopefully as the wiring progresses!!
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Re: M60's Project - 1959 Isetta 300

Postby Gus247 » 22 Nov 2016, 09:17

nice little update...

+1 for lifting the body when you need mate... :thumbup:
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Re: M60's Project - 1959 Isetta 300

Postby RayB » 22 Nov 2016, 20:48

Yep, I'll be there to supervise haha
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Re: M60's Project - 1959 Isetta 300

Postby M60NJP » 12 Dec 2016, 17:35

Edging forwards....albeit slowly. No pics this week as there's nothing much to show.

Need to lay in the cables next (handbrake, throttle and clutch). A couple of the ones I have are in very good nick, but dry as a bone. so started by suspending them from the ceiling beam in the garage and using some Blutack created a small funnel which is filled with oil and they left to run through. All sorts of connections needed between cable and pedals which I have soda blasted way back but had left in etch primer, so over to the rattle cans to paint them, lots of coats as they're exposed underneath.

Also needed to strip and service the brass (!) fuel tap - again in pretty decent nick if somewhat dried out. A couple of unpleasant blockages spotted so glad I stripped it right down, the internal diaphram was in good nick, but unsurprisingly the sealing washer wasn't and the actual fuel hose was brittle so they will miraculously appear when I go to work tomorrow!

Have been working on refurbing the steering wheel at work, but it's not easy to do and the finish I'm getting just isn't good enough. One more try and after that may have to trace the place Wheeler Dealers used and get a professional job done.
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