M60's Project - 1959 Isetta 300

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Re: M60's Project - 1959 Isetta 300

Postby M60NJP » 13 Jan 2017, 15:18

http://www.ebay.com/itm/162275581508

I need to get on with mine!!

No notable progress - doing 6-day weeks till the end of Jan and holiday 20th Feb........that's the excuses out of the way.

Fettling all sorts of uninteresting small bits and pieces, needed for the rebuild. Lots of sanding, wire-brushing etc.
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Re: M60's Project - 1959 Isetta 300

Postby Metroreg » 13 Jan 2017, 18:09

Only problem Neal is that has 4 wheels yours has 3 so that be at the half price
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Re: M60's Project - 1959 Isetta 300

Postby M60NJP » 06 Feb 2017, 14:29

The 'Project of Shame' restarts....briefly.

Had some spare time today with the next couple of Mondays off, so.........................

Decided to fit the manifold - original reused being blasted by a pal and I etch primed it before finishing with VHT in black. Three stud fixing to the head with a crush gasket. As anyone who's ever done a resto of any sort, you can't be sure of a good seal (and Isettas were cheaply engineered!) so already had some Bloseal which was used on all the faces:
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It's only a right-angled tube which points downwards and joins the silencer assembly thus:
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So, I need a small exhaust D clamp (I know where to get one of those!) and some more Bloseal. The small twin outlet with the chrome-esque cap is the end of the exhaust! Big bore it certainly is not!
The 'other end' is a simple hanging stud as per many cars, but need a grommet to mount it, so this and the D-clamp are for next Monday olus the brackets to hang it to the frame which I'll make from universal bracket lengths, simply cut to size.
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A little optimistically I decided to set up the frame mounting - this is a space filler between the A-frame and the body when the two are joined. The original (as with many cars of the time) was a kind of hemp 'gauze' - a bit like lengths of old-style sack cloth. Not feasible any more and although there is a modern substitute, I happened across some polypropolene packing which will of course be weather resistant and not hold moisture between the frame and body. It really stays in place under the weight of the shell, but to save it moving when the shell is eventually fitted, I used a glue gun to 'pin' it in place. Can't really see it well here:
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Lastly, did some more painting - this time the gear selector rod which has been cleaned and polished. Most of it isn't seen, but is expsosed under the car so etch primed it, ready for a couple of rattle cans of acrylic next week. This is a right faff to install - but that's a long way off!
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Finally - no pics because not finished, the interior door handle was 'well used' and originally bare metal - so stole a can of chrome paint from a local accessory shop (!) and gave it a try. Needs a few more coats, but was surprisingly pleased with the result. More next week too!
Nearly 2 years since I first started dismantling this.................
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Re: M60's Project - 1959 Isetta 300

Postby cockneyrebel » 06 Feb 2017, 16:08

Getting there :thumbup: But you've got to stop shoplifting
to fund your project =)) =))
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Re: M60's Project - 1959 Isetta 300

Postby M60NJP » 22 May 2017, 07:14

Remember this? Again, time has passed with little time to apply, but after some 'domestic chores' first today, am hoping to get back to it once more.......

I've said that before!
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Re: M60's Project - 1959 Isetta 300

Postby RayB » 22 May 2017, 07:56

Don't forget to take your pinny off before you start you start on the 'car'.........couldn't think what else to call it =))
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Re: M60's Project - 1959 Isetta 300

Postby M60NJP » 22 May 2017, 08:36

RayB wrote:Don't forget to take your pinny off before you start you start on the 'car'.........couldn't think what else to call it =))


OK, to spoil your breakfast!
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Re: M60's Project - 1959 Isetta 300

Postby lizzie » 22 May 2017, 09:30

Look forward to some progress then!


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Re: M60's Project - 1959 Isetta 300

Postby Discostew38 » 22 May 2017, 14:04

I'd forgotten you had this
Should be done soon then!
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Re: M60's Project - 1959 Isetta 300

Postby Ray » 22 May 2017, 15:02

Discostew38 wrote:I'd forgotten you had this
Should be done soon then!


All else fails we could turn it upside down weld four legs on and use it as the forum BBQ
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