8/15/2003: Introduction

This site will document the restoration of my 1966 FIAT 1500 Cabriolet.

This car belonged to my father from the early 80s until his death in 1993. Since the late 80s, it’s been sitting in a barn, rusting.

Like every site of this type, I guess I need to answer the “why are you even trying to fix this rustbucket?!” question.

This car was always a project; something my dad planned to get back to “some day”. Well, he never got a chance, but I plan to take a stab at it.

I know up front that I could find a complete car in better shape than this one for less than it will cost to fix this up. But, sentimentality being what it is, I would like to stick with this one if I can.

I will do my best to be objective though. If I find that the car is a total mess, I will junk it rather than waste effort on it.

Since these cars aren’t especially valuable, I know that even in the best case, i’ll spend way more on this thing than it could ever be worth. But still, I think it will be an interesting project for me to attempt. Hobbies don’t need to turn a profit :)

On August 17th, 2003, I finally brought the car to my house, about 35 miles from the barn it’s been living in for the last 20 years.