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Gordan

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« on: February 04, 2008, 10:20:33 PM »
Okay, first of all I wouldnt call this a restoration. All i did was fix or replace little parts that needed fixing/replacing. (plus any car that i was to restore would probably turn out worse than before :D )

I bought my car on 1.10.2007. It wasnt in the best of conditions so all the replacable parts had to be replaced.

First of all I gave it a good wash, and used about half a kilo of abrasive polish to fix the paint which was good, but wery sun-burnt.

The interrior was also messy so I took it all out and put the seat covers and the carpets in the washing machine.



The biggest (and only :D )case of rust on the car was under the battery, so took it off (the rust not the battery :wink: ) and painted it nicely.



The car had no shelf in the back so I made one, covered it in a nice red leathecloth and put in a couple of speakers (these, together with my sony radio are my pride and joy :D )



The headlining was just horrible (torn and dirty, plus I saw a couple of spiders running around in there) so i ripped it out and glued a nice red carpet(simple, cheap, and good looking :wink: ) to the top.

All the exterrior plastic was repainted matt black and the wheel covers white, nice contrast.

Then I noticed the brakes were not working properly, turned up that the front right cylinder was leaking fluid so I replaced them all, and the brake shoes, and skimmed the drums a little. The main cyilinder was also replaced just in case. The brake fluid was bled out completely and replaced.

New tyres were needed so i got myself a pair of michelines for the back (145/70 13) and a pair of Klebers!!? for the front (135/70 13, these were hard to find, as the dimensions are not wery common these days)

I changed the oil but there was a constant leak so had to pour more in every now and then - only solved today:-) THX Pete.

this was pretty much all of the initial repairs needed.
I put in an interrior antena cos i didnt want to drill a hole in the car..

The other things I replaced was: fuel pipes to and from the engine and interrior heating bleed pipe plus nice seat covers.



The most recent fix was the oil leak which had caused problems with the clutch, so I replaced the rear bearing seal which solved the problem.





Right now hes a good runner, hope he stays that way, I named him Guido.

There is more work planned:
-new headlights
-new tail lights
-new rear bumper
-new rear valance
-new rearview mirrors
-custome made seatcovers
-sun roof

My intention is not to tune up my 126 like some have done, but to make it as close as possible to the state it was in when it rolled out of the factory.

I have kept a record of all expenses so here they are (this is ofcourse in Croatia)

Car - 150€
Tyres Michelin Energy - 25€*2
Tyres Kleber - 25€*2
Brake fluid - 5€
Brake shoes - 27€
Brake cylinder - 5€*4
Main brake cylinder - 15€
Battery - 40€
Motor Oil Mobil 5l - 14€!
Fuel pipes - 6€
Fuel filter - 1€
Air filter - 5€
Spark plugs - 5€*2
Rear bearing oil seal - 5€
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Insurance and registration - 350€

Cost of my car to date: 698€
Joy and pride of owning such a car: priceless  :wink:

This is the continuing story of Guido the FIAT Which I wrote becouse im Bored and I love my car :wink:  :wink:

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« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2008, 10:28:58 PM »
As I said in my other post, the problem with the first gear and the oil leak returned to hont me, so i bought a new (and different) oil seal and a new driven plate for my clutch. So far it all works good but havent go the time to take it out on a longer spin ride.... (fingers crossed)
I plan to replace all the clutch parts and the bearing one by one...
New driven plate.......20€

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« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2008, 10:46:36 PM »
ALLOYS ALLOYS ALLOYS!!!!
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« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2008, 09:53:44 AM »
I am thinking about some alloys but not just yet, i need to sort all the mechanical problems out first, and then save money for some nice ones, and then...... (i was thinking about some white ones, OZ supertourismo preferrably... just dont know if they makeem this small.... :wink: )
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« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2008, 11:12:50 PM »
Tommorow im going to see that bis i mentioned earlier, dk much about it, just that it runs, and costs 100€, ill shoot some pics and let you know how it goes...

(im planning to strip it of anything that can be useful and then send it to the big parking lot in the sky, just dont know if I can do it to a 126 :cry: )
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« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2008, 11:15:31 PM »
awwwwww... strip it!!!! if its 110 euros... it wont matter
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« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2008, 11:18:23 PM »
just hoping its not sold yet, fingers crossed....
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« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2008, 09:15:45 PM »
Grrrrr.... Damn!!!! :x  :evil:

They sold it a week ago....

Just seems that anything that can go wrong, goes wrong......
Im now putting an ad in all local papers, gotta find a organ donnor....   :smt064
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« Reply #8 on: March 03, 2008, 09:20:57 PM »
Today my bis got really hot (approx 95C*) but the radiator fan didnt start, so ive decided to replace the cooling switch, cooling fan relay and the melting fuse with new parts, im just wondering if these parts are standard issue and easy to get to or will it take some serious searching...

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« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2008, 09:11:04 PM »
I have just found a 126 in the local papers for 50€ (in running order) so im planing to purchase it. now the question goes out to all forum members...

Does the aircooled gearbox fit the bis?

im gunna buy it on thursday, thats when the phone number will be public...

i mean 50€! thats CHEAP!!!

Im gonna take all the parts of the shell and than scrap it...
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« Reply #10 on: March 04, 2008, 09:20:11 PM »
Yes it will fit, just swap over the bellhousing :D
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« Reply #11 on: March 04, 2008, 09:29:19 PM »
YEEEHAAAA!

thats great to know, i just compared the two from manual pics i have and they do look the same  :D  :D  :D

a 1977 aircooled..



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« Reply #12 on: March 04, 2008, 09:44:53 PM »
isn't the final drive ratio different on the aircooled models?

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« Reply #13 on: March 05, 2008, 09:25:25 AM »
The final drive ratios are different A/c 4.875 against the bis 4.333  by fitting the aircooled box it will give you faster acceleration 0 to 60 in 4.2 secs (we Wish) :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  but knock the top speed down little, but i doubt that it would be that noticeable.
The only other option is to swop the diffs over as the gearbox ratios are the same on all 126 boxes :)
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« Reply #14 on: March 05, 2008, 11:18:05 AM »
thats even better, i rarely get out of town with my bis so top speed shouldnt be a problem...
(come to think of it, ive never pushed it to the limit...  dont have the guts to go 200km/h in it  :D  :D )

i dont know if im going to swap the boxes yet, dont know how good the aircooled one is, but i wouldnt buy it if the gb doesnt fit...
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