M60's Project - 1959 Isetta 300

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Re: M60's Project - 1959 Isetta 300

Postby Gus247 » 22 May 2017, 15:09

Ray wrote:
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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Re: M60's Project - 1959 Isetta 300

Postby M60NJP » 22 May 2017, 16:33

Thanks for the encouragement! :(( :((

One of the problems with long-term (aka slow!) restos is forgetting how things went together....made worse by the fact it was partially dismantled when I got it! However, a lot of photos as it came apart helps....plus a good workshop manual.

There are fewer and fewer parts left unattached which is encouraging, but each step reveal something missing, damaged or beyond hope! Today I decided to reinstall the pedal connections - throttle & clutch cables plus the brake operating bar. Whilst not very exciting, it's gone from this:
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However the throttle cable is at/beyond its useful life so that plus a couple of carburettor parts will be ordered tomorrow....more £££!

I realigned the engine mounts again - they just didn't seem right, so a simple bottle jack and some wrestling seems to have improved matters.

Lastly, I tacked the job I'd been avoiding - finishing off the Dynastart. I'm not particularly good with electrics and the Isetta has this unique combined starter/dynamo thing. Anyway, I bought a reconditioned unit way back and had the cooling fan blasted/sprayed, blew the finial over with a rattle can and bought a 2nd hand advance/retard thing ( I think that's what it's for!). Fortunately the 'thing' locates with a woodruff key so only fits one way. Some new nuts and it now looks like this:
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I'm please with that. I'm edging closer to trying to start the thing!!........
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Re: M60's Project - 1959 Isetta 300

Postby RayB » 22 May 2017, 18:32

I did chuckle at the throttle cable bit!!.........does it need one? :d

Good to see the mojo back in force, this time next year???.....
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Re: M60's Project - 1959 Isetta 300

Postby M60NJP » 22 May 2017, 19:12

RayB wrote:Good to see the mojo back in force, this time next year???.....


Not an unreasonable estimate!
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Re: M60's Project - 1959 Isetta 300

Postby cockneyrebel » 22 May 2017, 19:37

M60NJP wrote:
RayB wrote:Good to see the mojo back in force, this time next year???.....


Not an unreasonable estimate!


Think my great great granddaughter/son might be interested if you sell when finished. =)) =))
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Re: M60's Project - 1959 Isetta 300

Postby Lewy » 24 May 2017, 19:39

Was suffering from a mahoosive hangover last weekend in Vegas and watched an episode of Chasing Classic Cars in the hotel room, had one of these on and thought of this build instantly. Glad you've got the show on the road, not sure what the end plan is but was impressed with the money they go for in the states :thumbup:
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Re: M60's Project - 1959 Isetta 300

Postby Metroreg » 17 Jun 2017, 20:15

Looks like loads of people got ideas to modify the isetta

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