Both cars are extremely cool - just lose the stickers on the 128.
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
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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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:
And I find it strange that it has some difficulties to start??
My first patch, and it definitely looks like it:
Front sway bar in yellow; serves also as longitudinal control arm:
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.
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
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...
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.
I'm sure you'll have that windshield frame fixed in no time.
Looks like any other Mk1 VW Golf frame.