79 Lancia Beta Coupe Full Restoration In Process

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Re: 79 Lancia Beta Coupe Full Restoration In Process

Post by IA-MIke » Sun Dec 23, 2012 11:28 pm

Phil,

This is IA-Mike, Yes from your neighboring Iowa! I'm part of the Chicago group and our ranks spread across a large area, Don't let the name Chi-FLU fool ya, we're not just the metro Chicago area. Some of our group will be back in Colgate WI just a hope skip and a jump from Milwaukee on Jan 19th. Contact me if you need details or check out the Chicago club website.

Great detail work done to your car.

IA-Mike
In the Garage:
yr/model a/k/a
'52 Topolino. un-named
'59 600, Clown Car
'63 600, un-named ABARTH conversion needs full restore
'68 124 spider, un-named
'75 124 spider, CB1 (cherry bomb 1)
'79 X1/9 un-named
Put to rest:
'76 X1/9
'75 X1/9
'74 124 spider Punkin (the car that started it all in 1986)

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Re: 79 Lancia Beta Coupe Full Restoration In Process

Post by pharris » Sat Jan 12, 2013 6:50 pm

Installation of the new headliner was a real chore. Rather than use contact cement or glue, I used a very sticky double stick tape and applied it to all areas where the headliner is secured, typically the areas where adhesive is applied from the factory. Starting from the front windshield to the rear windscreen and then from one site to the other, finishing at the sunroof opening. Along the top of the door openings and the quarter windows, I used the window "pinch" seal and the door seal to hold the headliner material tight.
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There are some wrinkles at the corners but I will be shrinking those out later.
Rear headliner install.JPG
RH rear qrt trim-headliner.JPG
Sunroof headliner install.JPG
Final installation of the sunroof opening trim.
Sunroof trim installed.JPG
In the next few days I will test fit the sunroof panel which was completed earlier.

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Re: 79 Lancia Beta Coupe Full Restoration In Process

Post by pharris » Sun Jan 13, 2013 3:29 pm

Having studied the installation instructions for the sunroof panel, I lubed up the guides with WD-40 dove in. First remove the (4) slide brackets and place the sunroof panel in from the outside. Installing the trailing section (rear) of the panel and lowering it down into the roof opening.
Sunroof panel installed -1.JPG
First release the front clips on the sunroof headliner panel allowing it to hand down. Then re-install the slide (4) brackets. Stretch the sunroof headliner back into position and re-clip back on the header. Reattach the handle surround.
Sunroof panel installed.JPG
Works great!

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Re: 79 Lancia Beta Coupe Full Restoration In Process

Post by 1,6 HF » Tue Jan 15, 2013 11:45 pm

That sunroof alignment is as good as I've ever seen from the factory; very nice work.

Good luck with the double-stick tape on the headliner, though; most of those tapes I've seen are not very heat-resistant.
Ed
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Re: 79 Lancia Beta Coupe Full Restoration In Process

Post by pharris » Wed Jan 16, 2013 4:25 pm

Ed,
I used "grip tape" for golf clubs. The tape was mostly used to hold the liner in place until I could use a mechanical fastener to permanently hold material. I have since installed the visors, dome light and the passenger roof strap. Just refinished the rear view mirror and should have that in soon. Finally the plastic window trim around the front and rear openings should be the last item.

Since there is still more work to be done on the interior, I will wait to install the new door seals closer to the end of the project. During our next "heat wave" I will attempt to install the new dash skin. In the interim, I am refinishing the plastic trim around the steering column, seat belts hardware, door handle chrome surrounds, door lock bezels and cleaning up the dashboard (vents, knobs, etc.) and finally the shifter assembly and linkage with new bushings. All other remaining interior components have been refurbished and are ready for install.

I will post my pics soon.

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Re: 79 Lancia Beta Coupe Full Restoration In Process

Post by pharris » Tue Jan 29, 2013 9:22 pm

Shifter linkage with associated "new" bushings, re-plated hardware and repainted "black" push-rods as well as repainting the shifter floor mount. All of these items are now ready for install. Bushing kit is very easy to do and appears to be very nicely engineered. The original press-in bushings were all dried out and cracked. The small ball socket link assembly between the forward push rod and the rear push rod was in remarkably good condition. I reused the original part and will be keeping the replacement as a spare.
I have provided some pics on the completed assemblies.
Shift Linkage-Rebuild.JPG

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Re: 79 Lancia Beta Coupe Full Restoration In Process

Post by pharris » Thu Oct 03, 2013 7:50 pm

Its been several months since I have posted. Here some pics of my most recent work on the Beta.
Restored-Brake Assembly-RH-2.JPG
Attachments
Rear Suspension repainted-2 - Copy.JPG

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Re: 79 Lancia Beta Coupe Full Restoration In Process

Post by pharris » Thu Oct 03, 2013 8:14 pm

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Re: 79 Lancia Beta Coupe Full Restoration In Process

Post by pharris » Thu Oct 03, 2013 8:23 pm

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Rear and front seats installed as well as rear suspension components have been rebuilt and repaint, currently in the assembly process.
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Re: 79 Lancia Beta Coupe Full Restoration In Process

Post by sjmst2 » Fri Oct 04, 2013 8:49 am

Awesome. :banana: So great to see one of these special cars getting some love. Keep us posted! :)
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Re: 79 Lancia Beta Coupe Full Restoration In Process

Post by pharris » Fri Oct 04, 2013 5:38 pm

Here are a few more pics of my work.
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Restored-Suspension-LH-1.JPG

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Re: 79 Lancia Beta Coupe Full Restoration In Process

Post by sjmst2 » Sat Oct 05, 2013 9:31 am

Really enjoying this. Plenty of Ferraris, Porsches and even old American cars get restored. How many Lancia Betas? This is going to be musuem quality!

Can't wait to buy it! :badgrin:
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Re: 79 Lancia Beta Coupe Full Restoration In Process

Post by pharris » Fri Oct 11, 2013 3:07 pm

Rebuilt rear brake components are starting to make their way back onto the Lancia. Struts and all other suspension components have been rebuilt and painted. Note that the struts have the "inspection marks" on the coil springs like a "factory" car.
Lancia restored wheel-brake assm-LH-1.JPG
Lancia restored wheel-brake assm-LH-1.JPG
Lancia restored wheel-brake assm-RH-1.JPG
Rear suspension-rebuild-3.JPG
Lancia restored wheel-brake assm-RH-3.JPG

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Re: 79 Lancia Beta Coupe Full Restoration In Process

Post by JDA » Fri Oct 11, 2013 8:52 pm

What's the rear license plate bracket going to look like /do you need one?/ etc.
Is it the plastic 'X" with lamps on either side

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Re: 79 Lancia Beta Coupe Full Restoration In Process

Post by pharris » Mon Oct 14, 2013 2:30 pm

This what the rear license plate assembly looks like. It has been refurbished back to its original condition. Thanks for asking.
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