The Apprentice

June 29, 2006

I’m not used to the early start of late, but I think it’s going to make a comeback. We were on the way to the garage by 9:30 this morning. The first bloke we saw was Julians brother Adrian. He looked keen, so we put him to work with a chisel scraping body bog off the boot lid. The bog wasn’t made up with enough hardner, and hasn’t set after 3 months. Bugger.

Julian started by appraising the stainless steel bits i made yesterday. not a perfect job, i’ll be the first to admit, but unless you’re laying on your guts, with a magnifying glass looking at the front spoiler you shouldn’t fick up the puck ups.

The bits of square section steel i cut were millimetre perfect and they were mounted in preparation of the whole front kit being attached. All of the little jobs we’ve been doing to prepare the front are coming together finally and it’ll be together by next time I see it hopefully.

This is the spoiler hanger. Once they’re on the car another photo should appear. See my mistakes? Ahh, the wonders of Photoshop. Anyway, by now Adrian had well and truly had enough of chisels and chewing gum bog. His apprenticeship was not over though. Later in the day he made us a coffee. It doubled as acid for cleaning up the stainless bits.

Thought i’d throw in a pic of the switch gear we bought when we did the ignition circuit eons ago. The red one is the starter. Overkill like everything else we’ve done so far on this car.

Later on in the day Julian started making the brackets for the spoiler to attach it to the body. Not to be confused with the hangers I made.  This is him posing with the aluminium plates Sikaflex’d to the bottom of the spoiler. Note pink gloves and orgasm face. Suss? Yes. They are to have bolts through them eventually. The spoiler that is.  All will make sense when they’re done (or so i’m told!).
Must dash, getting ready to hit the turps tonight before I head north for 10 days tomorrow. Wish me luck.


Bitz Dunn

June 28, 2006

The aforementioned bits we were fiddling with on Saturday are finito. The only promise I make is be prepared for stainless. Lots of stainless… This means the front of the car, fibreglass and all, is ready for assembly. Photos to come!

Like the late great Big Kev,


turin turin

June 27, 2006

List of stuff to buy from Dr Rudy at Turin Imports;

1 x Brake Master Cylinder

1 x Clutch Master Cylinder

1 x Clutch Slave Cylinder

Brake Caliper Rebuild Kits All Round

Brake Caliper Flex lines all Round 79+

1 x Lower engine mount

1 x dipstick seal

1 x gearbox gasket set

1 x 4 speed gearbox boot

Spent this afternoon trying to establish this body line, where the dallara flare meets with the top front quarter of the x body. Is starting too look ok. Reminded me not to try and take up sculpture 🙂

little bits

June 24, 2006

We have been tweaking our bits.

Went to Johns and picked up the new fibreglass bonnet last night. Cost? A coupla days of Julians holidays working for him. Good deal from my point of view! He also tried to flog us wheels, tyres, an MR2 and Frank’s work in progress (it was in the way). We stayed up late and Julian taught me solidworks. We designed a few bits that will make up the front of the Dallara kit look special. If Julian’s feeling active he might post some screenies (hint).

Went to the factory this morning and made them. The battery box turned out well, not sure if it fits yet though. The kit “hangers” are coming along well, but we ran out of time unfortunately. I’ll return later in the week and finish them.


June 20, 2006

This is the start of the Dallara shop diary. The car is being built by David Manzin and me! (Julian Faelli). We are located in Melbourne, Australia. The shop diary will detail the conversion of a 1978 Fiat X1/9, into a club racecar to participate in the local sprint events. We will keep an open budget on this project to see how much (or little) we end up spending – also to give others an Idea of the time and money necessary to undertake this sort of stuff. Check out the budget and read a breif history of the project on the right.

The plan is to update the blog whith heaps of crap pictures and text each time we go and work on the car, located in a top secret location about 15 minutes from where we live.