Along with the Simca 1100, it laid the template for modern FWD cars.
Enzo Ferrari drove one to work.
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 think I'll need to remove the fenders, or at least detach them from the structure where they meet the windshield frame, so I can thoroughly remove the tust that's there. But to be honest, I am a bit unsure about what to do now. I might bring it in, on the other hand I can't really do work now, as I have the wrong sheeetmetal, ie it's too thick and I have difficulties in modeling it the way it should be. But don't worry, this car will be saved. It's jsut too cool to give up I actually miss driving it, it's fun, fun, fun!
Originally Posted by Boyz in da Park
Of course the cowl is not available as a replacement part
I've made a piece of cardboard to have the curvature of the lower corners, and compared it to a cowl of a BMW e21 (you remember? ) and it seems to be identical. Of course, the curvature of the surface from the windscreen to the hood is different, but that is a lesser problem in my opinion. In order to not ruin an original BMW replacement cowl I looked further and I found these two items, for a Golf 1. Thanks fort that idea by the way!
I'll be able to work on the 128 in two weeks time, hopefully I'll make some serious progress. I need to pull the fenders as they're rotting too, and I honestly don't want a "rat". After that I'm going to have it professionally painted. the car deserves it.
Ah, yes. I'm actually surprised they didn't just hand out an accessory package of rust when you bought a new Fiat in the 1960's and 70's. (Alfasuds were even worse.)
Good for you in tackling this project! There are some decent metalworkers in TCL (Barry and GaryC come to mind) that might be able to offer some advice.
The Alfasud story is such a shame; it could have been so much more successful, it was an amazing chassis. I had the possibility to drive an Alfasud Sprint 1.3 with twin downdraft Webers, and it didn't feel like any FWF compact I drove til then. (mostly VWs: Lupo, Golf 3, Golf 4).
Maybe they'll see the thread; but I've learned a lot from their threads, especially Barry's Lincoln Limo Project. I really hope to get this done soon.
So, what to do now? I need the car in August right? I just came back yesterday from a 2 days trip in italy and I came back with this thing:
A 1974 1.1 liter 2-Door 99% RUST FREE Fiat 128.
Now I'll just have to swap the engines and gearboxes between the two