Mangusta Restoration work.....engine compartment

Pic 46. The carpet that covers the petrol tank has a vinyl piece sewn around the filler cap. I cut and bound new carpets but didn't even attempt to sew this round piece because my sewing machine does not have a giant throat depth so I would have to roll up the carpet to reach in far enough and would end up with a big mess just like original!

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Pic 63. This car had slop in the steering. Most of it was in the Rose/Heim joints that screw into the end of the steering rack. Unfortunately this size does not exist any more - M12x1.0 M12x1.25 no problem, but not M12x1.0 I looked and looked but found nothing. I also looked into the old Renault racks that donated it but they never had the Rose/Heim joint as far as I can tell.

I had no choice but to press the bearing out and find another. This was not straight forward because the Rose/Heim joint body formed the outer casing of the bearing so it self-destructed when I pressed it out and left two ribs that prevented me from pressing a new bearing in.

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Pic 71. I had it recreated by my friend with a sign shop. It says "Diavia" "Auto air conditioners. Diavia SPA, Molinella, Bo, Italy. I Googled this but they are long gone. It was hard to tell the exact colour of the original sticker so I guessed. The gold could in fact be white? I intend to have some more of these stickers printed and sell them on ebay.

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