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Fiat 126 Chat / Re: Barchetta 595 moulds
« Last post by jacw on Today at 12:18:59 PM »
Thanks for the info, much appreciated. John
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That's it in the centre of the diaphragm, you can only adjust it when the fan cuts in

So the screw in the middle on top.

Thanks Pete.
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That's it in the centre of the diaphragm, you can only adjust it when the fan cuts in
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Fiat 126 Mechanical Problem Solving / Fast idle solenoid adjustment on BIS
« Last post by andyzeetec on July 03, 2020, 07:06:41 PM »
Anyone know how to adjust it.

Its either the screw at top or nut underneath?

Thanks.

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General Chatty Stuff / Re: Vintage Voltage Electric 500 Conversion
« Last post by Pete126 on July 03, 2020, 05:59:20 PM »
I bet Ricambio made a killing on reselling the engine after buying it for £1200 with its Panda Head, Twin Dellorto, Sports Exhaust and what ever mods internally. With the conversion costing £17,000 that's allot of petrol and your not limited to 60 miles range, when you think about it that's just 30 miles radius from home and to me it becomes an expensive Toy
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General Chatty Stuff / Re: Vintage Voltage Electric 500 Conversion
« Last post by andyzeetec on July 02, 2020, 10:16:09 PM »
Not a bad watch, missed the beginning. Thought the mechanic might have treated the holes he drilled in the bodywork though. Checked out their site, conversions start at 20k  :o Nice if you can afford  it. Pro's for me would be the noise and keeping up with traffic.

https://www.electricclassiccars.co.uk
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Fiat 126 Chat / Re: Barchetta 595 moulds
« Last post by Club1n on July 02, 2020, 06:41:48 PM »
When I brought the car (A893OYC) that had been notoriously cut up and abandoned at the start of 2018 the moulds were up on the rafters at malvern glass fibre  ;D




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Fiat 126 Chat / Re: Can 126's use the new E10 fuel next year?
« Last post by alastairq on July 02, 2020, 02:13:16 PM »
If one gets a drop of rainwater inside the fuel tank, it attracts the ethanol out of the fuel. This mix becomes very acidic, and, since petrol floats on top of water, the aicdc droplets are trapped at the bottom of tanks, or float chambers. They then eat away at the steel or alloy.  Answer is , to be very careful not to get water in the fuel tank.
It appears there is much hypothesis about the effects of ethanol on old technology engines.
However, Manchester University undertook a series of thorough tests, using a very old technology engine as a guinea pig [MG XPAG, to be precise].
The results are quite surprising.
These can be found, in depth, in the following publication [and is supported by the FBHVC].
https://www.veloce.co.uk/store/Classic-Engines-Modern-Fuel-The-Problems-the-Solutions-p151478624

This book can be found cheaper in the usual sources.
It does not purport to be a holier-than-thou production, but the presentation of the results of the tests, in an understandable format...with one or two suggestions, which are not claimed to work in every instance.

Regarding the degradation of fuel systems apparently by ethanol [but some other of the additives may well be culprits as well?].....the point is made that, if one is running around in one's ''classic'' still with the original rubber hoses, gaskets, etc..then isn't it  really about time one replaced all these??

For some time now, rubber {?} hoses, etc have been ethanol-proof anyway. {Unless buying cheaply off tinternet?}

The one surprising outcome of these tests was, ethanol actually improves the running of old technology engines.
For sure, ethanol is oxygen-rich, therefore will tend to make older engines run slightly weak.....if an issue, then 50 quid on a rolling road will show how much the main jets need to be drilled out?  However, because of an engine-running issue known as 'cyclic variability'....which, on old technology engines actually creates much hotter exhaust gases,using as we must, today's petrol......[which is totally different in composition to petrol sold in the 70's and 80's!].........then, because the addition of ethanol actually reduces the adverse effects of cyclic variability, engines may well run cooler.

Evidence Of the improvement in running offered by ethanol, is also present to any really old fahrt drives, who would have been running around in the 1950's and 1960's.......Cleveland Discol, anybody??????

Today's petrol doesn't have any adverse effect on modern engine designs simply because of the computerised engine management systems commonly employed..these compensate accordingly.

Anyhow...don't necessarily believe urban myth regarding ethanol.......get the book, study the results, you may be surprised......and keep rainwater out of the fuel system!!
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General Chatty Stuff / Re: Vintage Voltage Electric 500 Conversion
« Last post by andyzeetec on July 01, 2020, 01:33:51 PM »
Now in the calendar.

Thanks Pete  :good:
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General Chatty Stuff / Vintage Voltage Electric 500 Conversion
« Last post by Pete126 on June 30, 2020, 03:55:40 PM »
Quest TV this Thursday @ 21.00
A mother and son enlist the help of Moggy to revamp their Fiat 500. The team will need to be creative to find space for electric components in this tiny city car.
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