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

    1. Senior Member Wimbledon's Avatar
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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

    4. 08-07-2010 11:18 AM #29
      I would completely have that. I love it!

    5. 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.





      Zastava's 128-based Skala remained in production until November 2008. Towards the end of its life it was claimed to be the world's second-cheapest new car, with only the Tata Nano being less expensive.
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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

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      this was a hatchback version of the 128
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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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      08-07-2010 08:12 PM #36
      Along with the Simca 1100, it laid the template for modern FWD cars.

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      06-06-2012 05:51 PM #37
      Thread revival...

      My nephew now hay a '64 notchback VW (beautiful, with Fuchs wheels), and he wanted to get rid of the Fiat. As nobody wanted it, I thought I'd give it a new home. So... I am collecting data on how to make the engine a bit more powerful. The Fiat SOHC seems to respond pretty well to tuning. The plan so far includes a nice exhaust (think 2,5") and a 4-in-1 manifold; a more aggressive cam, maybe bigger inlet and exhaust valves, and I'd love to have two twin carbs in there; the sound is so intoxicating... I'll be looking at 130hp by then; should be a handful to drive balls-out. You can feel the torque-steering already. The shocks are pretty good still (Sachs), when they are done I think I'll install some Osrav off a Fiat 127 as they are 2" shorter. Should give the car a nice drop. The rear leaf spring will get some spacers. Then I'd try to fit the cobra seats that are left from the E21 we both wanted to restore. The dash is cracked and if I can't find a replacement I will cover it in suede.

      Anyhow, up to now I rebuilt the brake system (new master cylinder, new front and rear pads and some brake lines); new steering joints and new wheel bearings. I made a bushing for the throttle linkage and adjusted the clutch cable and it feels already better.

      This will be a slow build I guess, I hope I'll be able to start collecting the engine parts so that in a couple of months I'll be able to play real-life Lego

      A couple of pics:

      The missing bushing:



      New bushing, made out of a block of delrin:



      Other side:



      And I find it strange that it has some difficulties to start??



      My first patch, and it definitely looks like it:



      Brakes:





      Front sway bar in yellow; serves also as longitudinal control arm:



      Boxy:



      Front suspension:




      Fiat 126 bis build thread here. Error 404: 0-60 not found.
      Fiat 128, the stroppy cow.

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      08-20-2012 05:39 PM #38
      This last weekend I tried something new; I wanted to fill some grooves left by rust in the rear lid but did not want to use bondo so I tried the lead loading technique.

      It did work, although not on the first try of course. But I hope the car won't ever rust again there.

      Starting point, used a rust converter hence the brown color



      Clean the converter off



      Put on the flux paste



      Heat it and put some lead/tin on the metal (notice the area grew bigger...)



      File it down once it is hard



      After that I applied a very thin coat of bondo that I then sanded down and put primer on afterwards.

      Primer




      Then I proceeded to fix the hole under the rear window.

      Cut off the bad part.





      Cut off some more as the first try wasn't enough





      [IMG][/IMG]

      Make replacement



      Make new replacement in one piece without cuts as first one was crap and cover the rear it in solder-proof primer (no pictures)



      Tack it on and smooth the weld spots



      Clap yourself on the shoulder, maybe

      Other random things: Swapped all the instrument lights with same color LEDs, now one can read the speedometer even at night... Found out the front seats are from a BMW e30 two-door and have separated front and rear height adjustment. And found a couple of coins under the floor mat...
      Fiat 126 bis build thread here. Error 404: 0-60 not found.
      Fiat 128, the stroppy cow.

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      08-20-2012 06:14 PM #39
      More rust repair please, so I can learn from you!
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      08-20-2012 06:23 PM #40
      Quote Originally Posted by VadGTI View Post
      More rust repair please, so I can learn from you!
      I don't know if I'm the right guy to imitate with all the talented guys we have around here, but I take it as a compliment

      There's still plenty of rust on the poor box; but I plan on removing all of it and replacing metal as I go. Now I have a small camera that I can take with me and take snapshots of what I'm doing.
      Fiat 126 bis build thread here. Error 404: 0-60 not found.
      Fiat 128, the stroppy cow.

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      08-20-2012 06:27 PM #41
      I do have a soft spot for these cars, even though they misbehaved when new.

      My dad had one of these new:




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      08-20-2012 06:33 PM #42
      Quote Originally Posted by Maggiolone View Post
      I do have a soft spot for these cars, even though they misbehaved when new.

      My dad had one of these new:




      They have become really rare. I'd love to find a wagon some day and give it the "special" treatment.
      Fiat 126 bis build thread here. Error 404: 0-60 not found.
      Fiat 128, the stroppy cow.

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      10-29-2012 10:21 PM #43
      Nice looking Fiat
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      10-29-2012 10:33 PM #44
      Odd looking cars for sure !

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      04-12-2013 10:45 AM #45
      Update:

      Managed to take off the windshield in order to fix the rust underneath. It's more than I had "hoped" for...









      Fiat 126 bis build thread here. Error 404: 0-60 not found.
      Fiat 128, the stroppy cow.

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      04-12-2013 01:52 PM #46
      yikes

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      04-12-2013 02:04 PM #48
      I'm sure you'll have that windshield frame fixed in no time.

      Looks like any other Mk1 VW Golf frame.
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      04-12-2013 02:11 PM #49
      Great work! I love to see this kind of thing in here.

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      04-12-2013 02:25 PM #50
      Quote Originally Posted by 200HP4dr View Post
      Great work! I love to see this kind of thing in here.

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      Yes!

      My uncle had a green 128 in the 60's and early '70s in Italy when I visited as a kid. It was always overshadowed by my cousin's Alfa Romeo Giulia, but the Fiat ran great up and down those mountain roads in central Italy.

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