•   Massimo Delbo reacted to this post about 2 years ago
    500’s back on the road

    CAR: #1972-Fiat-500L / #1972 / #Fiat-500L / #Fiat / #Fiat-500

    OWNER: Massimo Delbò

    THE FIAT 500L is back from its body restoration, and it looks gorgeous like never before. First visit was to Alessandro the mechanic’s shop, because after almost 18 months of standing still it needed some work.

    We changed the engine, gearbox and brake fluids, the air and fuel filters, and the rubber engine mounts, too. We overhauled the carburettor as well, changing the tired-looking needle at the same time. To play safe we also replaced the eight-year-old fuel pump, the condenser and the contact points. Only three days and a 5km shakedown run later, one early morning I set off to drive to the 33rd Fiat 500 Club Italia’s International Meeting. After three hours and 250km I joined the meeting, ready for an additional 83km of mountain roads around the village of Garlenda in Liguria. This year’s event hosted a huge 746 examples of the 500, from the most preserved to the perfectly restored, and from the totally original (usually rusty) to the most pimped.

    The beauty of driving a 500 in Italy is that other motorists know your car’s limit only too well, as they’ve all had one. They are kind and considerate, even when they have to slow down because of you. It’s something I’ve recently been reminded of, while driving through several sets of one-lane road works.

    Everything was perfect until a rain shower revealed a leak from the right of the windscreen, most likely due to the rubber frame being less-than-perfectly fitted during the restoration. It will take a few hours of work, and another journey to the bodyshop, to fix it. I want to sort it soon, because it could easily become a typical rust trap – and because the leak, being acidic, leaves its mark on the dash’s freshly waxed black panel.

    From top Fresh from the bodyshop, revamped 500 joined in the fun at club’s International Meeting. Screen leak will be sorted soon.
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