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Restoring a Fiat 500L Part 7: The Final Build

With all our mechanical parts rebuilt, fitted and tested, the final part is to re-trim and fit the interior and fit all the external trim.

The seat frames were stripped and re-sprayed, before being fitted with new base springs, padding and re-trimmed in the correct 500 L Bordeaux vinyl. This model featured the fluted seat covers and piping.

A new dark blue carpet was laid before the seats were fitted. Then the door cards and rear wheel arch covers before the dashboard was finally built up.

Outside, we fitted new bumpers, with the all-important 500L nudge bars. New lights and badges followed, and finally the roof.

And there we had it, a totally restored Fiat 500 L, in blu scuro with Bordeaux interior.

The car now resides in Norfolk, with a charming Lady and Gentleman who use it for pottering around their village. Is there a better way to get around?

28th August 2019 Restoration Projects Author: Adam Smith
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