• Welcome to Dino Restoration

    Welcome to Dino Restoration

The first phase of the car is done. The interior is back to stock. Big changes may be in the future.

 

 

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My car did not have a wiper system and even though i’ll never use it the original 12 206 sp.’s had wiper systems. I found a company that makes custom ones and so I had one made. Todays project was fitting it and making a bracket support. We moved the engine back about an inch or so which helped considerably, so tomorrow there will be some cutting and welding!

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Today was the first trial fitting of the motor. The motor is from a Fiat Dino Spyder 2 Litre. The fit wasn’t bad, It did line up with existing mounting points but there will definitely be modifications done to the engine. Everything looks doable except for the fact that the distributor sticks out the front about 3 inches. I don’t know yet how this will be resolved. I’m also going to need to source a Fiat Dino transmission case to make the adaptor for the gearbox. I’m having wheels made to look like originals but in 15 inch for a better selection of tires seeing this is going to for the street. I’m also replacing the Wildwood brakes with Dino 206 Calipers and am going to inboard rear brakes like the originals. I have gauges coming in about 8 weeks ordered from Veglia to match originals. The windscreen had a crack so a mold was made and a new one is being made. All the suspension is done with the shocks rebuilt, hubs rebuilt etc etc.
The body was hand stripped and lightly blasted..

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The body is completely off the farm now and some decisions can be made. First thing is to move the pedal box so I can reach them!! The originals had 13″ wheels and these are 15″, if I change to 13″ then the brakes have to be changed and the rears go inboard. We will see what shakes out. I’m open to all suggestions and help. Even if I go with 15″ wheels I’m going to need new ones made to match the original design.

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More progress on the Dino. The body has been completely removed and now I can finish with disassembly, then have the frame powder coated. My engine arrived from the Netherlands today!

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I’ve made some progress on the interior. Recovered the dash, started the carpeting, put a center console in made new door panels and put a new floor in so it can accept new seats.

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Work is moving forward with the body almost completely removed. The glass windscreen had a crack and so a new one is being made. My motor cleared customs and arrives in San Diego next week. A fun project for sure!

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This 71 Dino showed up at my shop. I’m not sure when all the customizing took place, but the owner wants it back to original!! Phase 1 is starting with the interior. I have to find original seats, change the floor, make door panels, redo the dash, eliminate all the yellow behind gauges etc, carpet, firewall etc etc. AS you can see major work is needed to bring the body back to original!! Also new tires and wheels in phase 1.

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