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    Thread: New 70's euro-box in the family!

    1. Member Lupo TDI's Avatar
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      08-06-2010 11:57 AM #1
      +update+

      The car is at my parents house now and I'm taking care of it, ie removing all the rust.

      Hi,

      Just one hour ago my doorbell rang. I was a bit surprised as I wasn't expecting anyone. It was my nephew, he wanted to show me his new car:













      1974 FIAT 128 with a FIAT Ritmo Engine+G'Box. This thing is a blast to drive :-) And people's reactions are fantastic, we had a guy in an Impreza STi slow down and give us the "thumbs up"

      Little fact I didn't know (anymore): It has IRS all around and a traverse leaf spring at the rear and an automatic brake bias modulator. It is just sad they had that much of rust problems back then...
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      08-06-2010 12:00 PM #2
      Thats brilliant, especially liking the interior and the wheels.

      Do you know what size they are? guessing 4x98 too being a fiat?

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      08-06-2010 12:04 PM #3
      I have no idea what either of those little cars are but I am suffering from cuteness overload! I want both of them! I apologize in advance knowing I am not supposed to call cars cute.

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      08-06-2010 12:05 PM #4
      Yeah, the interior is cool :-) That's right, 4x98 bolt pattern, 14" diameter. Original Alfa Romeo wheels. I guess from the 80's Giulietta?

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      08-06-2010 12:08 PM #5
      not going to lie that looks really cool, i would so rock it

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      08-06-2010 12:11 PM #6
      Nice, my friend is looking for new wheels for his Fiat Uno, quite hard to find anything decent as 4x98 isnt very common and old Alfa/Lancia wheels dont come up very often for sale. I think those wheels would look great on his Uno though, ill show them him as a possible option.

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      08-06-2010 12:13 PM #7


      a 1inch exhaust?

      I like it alot, But the stickers one the trunk?

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      08-06-2010 12:19 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by MonsterMan53 View Post

      a 1inch exhaust?

      I like it alot, But the stickers one the trunk?
      LoL, yes it's really small. No big difference between this and the one on the 126 (the white one in the background).

      The stickers were put on by the girl (!) who was the previous owner. GTI EATER is a bit far fetched, but the car weighs a little over 800kg (1600lbs) and has around 80hp and that's noticeable.

      Quote Originally Posted by TheGreenspanator View Post
      I have no idea what either of those little cars are but I am suffering from cuteness overload! I want both of them! I apologize in advance knowing I am not supposed to call cars cute.
      I guess it's ok :-) The red one is my nephew's car, the FIAT 128. The white one is my FIAT 126bis. Amazing cars

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      08-06-2010 02:58 PM #9
      I confirm: Giulietta wheels. These are widened ones:

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      08-06-2010 03:39 PM #10
      That Fiat is absolutely gorgeous. Fantastic!

    11. 08-06-2010 04:24 PM #11
      Spare tire in the engine compartment?

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      08-06-2010 04:30 PM #12
      Car looks great My friend has a orange one whose metal is slowly getting thinner and thinner. This one looks solid though!

      There's a bunch of great later 4x98 wheels out there.

      Quote Originally Posted by tredvrsix View Post
      Spare tire in the engine compartment?
      Pretty common. My Fiat 850 Spider had the spare in the trunk, with the engine underneath it.
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      08-06-2010 04:32 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by MonsterMan53 View Post
      I like it alot, But the stickers one the trunk?
      those stickers gotta go... they're not even level...

      However the car is ****ing tits.
      I never realized how big the 128 is compared to the 126

      Which Ritmo engine does it have?
      a 105TC would be awesome in that

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      08-06-2010 04:51 PM #14
      that's a cute little car.

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      08-06-2010 05:23 PM #15
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      08-06-2010 06:52 PM #16
      I totally like that car and I would drive it if I could fit in it! Those wheels are awesome also!
      I really wish everyone would update their location in their profile!

      Someone buy my car already!!

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      08-06-2010 07:16 PM #17
      It's adorable.
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      08-06-2010 07:19 PM #18
      Looks great!
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      08-06-2010 07:29 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by Doogal View Post
      Nice, my friend is looking for new wheels for his Fiat Uno, quite hard to find anything decent as 4x98 isnt very common and old Alfa/Lancia wheels dont come up very often for sale. I think those wheels would look great on his Uno though, ill show them him as a possible option.
      He could use 4x100 wheels with PCD variable lug nuts/bolts. Of course he would NEED hubcentering rings.





      Nice little car BTW. I alwat find it interesting when the spare tire is in the engine bay
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      08-06-2010 08:27 PM #20
      Very nice

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      08-06-2010 08:38 PM #21
      i bet if you put a 2.5" exhaust on it you will have 85hp.

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      08-06-2010 08:48 PM #22
      Is that a yellow prancing horse sticker on the left fender?

    23. 08-06-2010 09:11 PM #23
      Compared to today's cars, it is amusing to see just how big the 128's greenhouse is compared to the rest of the car's body.

      And those are some serious looking exterior window blinds on the buildings. Is Luxembourg far enough North that it never gets totally dark at night in the summer?
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      08-06-2010 10:00 PM #24
      Okay, I'll be the Hot Wheels-collecting dork here...

      Love the Madd Propz on the dash!

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      08-07-2010 05:59 AM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by Chapel View Post
      those stickers gotta go... they're not even level...

      However the car is ****ing tits.
      I never realized how big the 128 is compared to the 126

      Which Ritmo engine does it have?
      a 105TC would be awesome in that
      It's no TC engine unfortunately, but it must be the next biggest one, the 1.5 liter maybe? That one had 85hp IIRC.

      Quote Originally Posted by bzcat View Post
      Is that a yellow prancing horse sticker on the left fender?
      No, it's some "danger" sticker. I still don't know if I would peel that one off, looked kinda funny to me.

      Quote Originally Posted by VWestlife View Post
      Compared to today's cars, it is amusing to see just how big the 128's greenhouse is compared to the rest of the car's body.

      And those are some serious looking exterior window blinds on the buildings. Is Luxembourg far enough North that it never gets totally dark at night in the summer?
      Not really, I don't kmnow what the story behind them is, but they're fairly widespread in this region, ie also in Germany, Belgium and France they're used a lot.

      Quote Originally Posted by 2112 View Post
      Okay, I'll be the Hot Wheels-collecting dork here...

      Love the Madd Propz on the dash!
      LOL, great one!

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      08-07-2010 06:28 AM #26
      Both cars are extremely cool - just lose the stickers on the 128.
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      08-07-2010 06:41 AM #27
      The 128 is the car that underpinned the Ritmo/Strada and Delta... and hence the Integrale.

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      08-07-2010 06:47 AM #28
      128 were pretty common in my country, the leftover from Yugoslavia. they made them in zastava, the same factory that made the Yugo, the car that i think most of you are familiar with. some years ago my father bought it for a spare car while his mk2 golf was in the shop. personally i didn't like it, it felt like a wooden box on wheels, plus i heard they were pretty weak in accidents, even in those years.
      but i love to see old cars on the roads, the "good" an the "bad" ones, because they remind me of different times that we so soon forget about.
      but it was still a better looking car than the Zastava 101 (stoenka):

      this was a hatchback version of the 128

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      08-07-2010 11:18 AM #29
      I would completely have that. I love it!

    30. 08-07-2010 01:14 PM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by svantevid View Post
      128 were pretty common in my country, the leftover from Yugoslavia. they made them in zastava, the same factory that made the Yugo, the car that i think most of you are familiar with.
      The Zastava version was a bit different in that it was a hatchback.





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      08-07-2010 01:35 PM #31
      sweet Fiat ... i love cars when the battery is almost the size of the motor

      Quote Originally Posted by svantevid View Post

      this was a hatchback version of the 128
      bitch get off the ****ing hood with those heels!!
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      08-07-2010 02:51 PM #32
      'Never wanted to own one when I was a kid, but I still admired the 128's advanced design and functionality. BTW, spare tires mounted inside the engine compartment used to be a common thing with Euro cars, and some Asians, too, such as Subarus.

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      08-07-2010 03:07 PM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by the brit View Post
      Pretty common. My Fiat 850 Spider had the spare in the trunk, with the engine underneath it.
      As the OP's pics demonstrate, if one happens to be odd enough to own a car that has the spare there, it makes a great bucket for spares; it'll hold some spare fluids and a small socket set that one might not want cluttering up the trunk
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      08-07-2010 03:24 PM #35
      Wow. I love them both. Those red wheels are awesome.

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