Restoration

Body mount rust

Rusty Sills

The taxi failed the MOT because the inner sills were suffering had rusted around the body mounts. I have a look to see how much work needs to be done...
fairway mot failure

MOT Failure!

It's not at all surprising that the taxi failed the MOT, however I'm slightly worried that the reasons behind the failure will now put the taxi off the road for a long time. As I mentioned in my last post,...

A Look Underneath

I had a quick look underneath the taxi to see what the general state is with all the bits and pieces out of sight. Firstly it's apparent that the rear diff has been leaking a bit, the gearbox also...

A Large Undertaking

I've been putting off having a good look around the taxi because I know the bodywork is looking fairly tired at the moment and it pains me to see the taxi in that state. However, I had a bit of...

I did a RESPRAY! On a Fiat 500…

Since I last updated the website, regretfully the taxi has been somewhat unloved. It has been sitting on my front driveway for over a year, dormant and susceptible to the weather. My efforts over summer 2018 have been ploughed into...

Electronics Overhaul

I've recently undertaken a project to redo a significant amount of the electronics and wiring in the taxi, partly because a lot of it wasn't working due to water ingress (see how I solved that here) and partly because...

Electric Windows

The electric windows were installed before I purchased the taxi, in both the front and rear (which is slightly less common). I believe these were installed as an aftermarket extra, because the wiring doesn't utilise some of the existing...

Intercom

The Fairway wasn't fitted with an intercom as standard, so many were retrofitted with the Wolf kit (or similar) enabling drivers to easily communicate with passengers either side of the glass partition. A taxi intercom will usually consist of a...

Fusebox

In keeping with some of the magnificent design elements of the Fairway, the fusebox is mounted right below the windscreen which seems to leak on even the driest days. In turn, this means the majority of the electronics are...

Headlight Rewire

During my electronics overhaul, it was a priority of mine to get my headlights working reliably. You maybe thinking 'if this guy can't even get his headlights working reliably, he's got no hope', however I'll point out that they...

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