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Ebay Bits & Pieces / Nice restored 126..
« Last post by nervejam on January 22, 2020, 10:52:05 PM »

I still cannot believe how much these things go for now!

Here's the link..
Introduce Yourself / Hi from up north..
« Last post by nervejam on January 22, 2020, 10:36:40 PM »
I've always been into these mad little cars..
Bought my first one for £150. Drove it for years. Broke the gearbox, starter and lord knows what else before I killed the engine driving 4 people up a steep cliff road.. oh, and it got attacked one night as well.. 4 tyres and two mirrors - £60 all in..
Number 2 was an impulse buy on ebay, which turned up IN  a van. Unfortunately it was too far gone to save, but it was sold as a spares car to a guy who specialised in them. Broke even on that..

Can't believe what those cars would be worth now..

Fiat 126 Mechanical Problem Solving / Re: Cooling system problem...maybe head gasket
« Last post by Njkip on January 22, 2020, 07:04:49 PM »
Hi, I'm sure the gasket has gone, I did a gas test on the coolent and it indicated that there is exhaust gases seeping into cooling system. Plus it still bubbles up and throws coolent out of the filler I have bought a new copper head gasket and thermostat and with the great advice I've had from here I'm gonna get the head checked and skimmed if necessary and keep my fingers crossed. It's only got 17000 miles on and has done very little up to the point I bought it...but I will say it runs great so I can't see there being a catastrophic gasket failure as it does take a long time for the indicator fluid to turn blue on the gas test....thanks for your input tho, contributions are always welcome....
Fiat 126 Mechanical Problem Solving / Re: BIS crankshaft end float asjustment
« Last post by Pete126 on January 21, 2020, 08:17:58 PM »
That's good news, I did it myself many years ago and spent a week scratching my head :headscratch: 🙂
Fiat 126 Mechanical Problem Solving / Re: BIS crankshaft end float asjustment
« Last post by Guldbergdk on January 21, 2020, 08:34:23 AM »

I hadn't mounted the washer yet. I forgot was I was looking for and misplaced in a box. Once I found it, it was pretty obvious:)

I think you should persevere. When my Bis engine was repaired following the timing chain breaking, I also had the gurgling noises. I got a bit concerned by it, however the car drove fine. The following day the coolant light on the dash lit up, so filled it up with a coolant mix. I opened up the bleed at the front slightly, to allow air to escape. In the next couple of days, I simply filled up with coolant mix when indicator lits up. When the gurgling stopped, tightened the bleed screw. it drives great.
Tuning & Customising 126 Models / Re: 126P personal 4 rear lights
« Last post by Da Londo on January 19, 2020, 08:52:08 AM »
You will need the full assembly.
Tuning & Customising 126 Models / Re: 13 inch wheels
« Last post by Ricardo Regalo on January 17, 2020, 08:56:51 PM »
Thank you guys.

So according to the site Pete shared, the offset for the 126 is 58mm, same as most Fiat models. Am I seeing this correctly? So if I get some rims that previously belong to one of that models I will be in the clear regarding the offset, correct?

I found some aluminium wheels that I really liked,(in Poland  :cry:) and they are not so cheap, (specially because I will have to recondition them as well). With the transport costs, I'm not sure it will be worth it:

I think these were from a 126 originally (don't know a Fiat 125  ???), so I'm positive they would fit. Which kinda answers my initial question about the rim diameter 13 being to big for the wheel arches.

On the other hand I found these very close to home, which I don't like as much, but they're not bad. And they are much more affordable with no need for any work to be done, and including the tires (I think):

Well I'me still in the browsing and learning chapter. However there's something that someone just pointed out to me that most Fiat models have a locating pin on the hub (which I could spot on my 126, dah, I knew it but didn't remember  :$), but I could not see any hole on these rims (or many other Fiat rims). Is that because the face of the rim is further out, and the hole for it is on the inside?

Most probably I will settle for the later ones, although I will always feel a wee bit annoyed that I didn't fit my little Maluch with the "ones".
Fiat 126 Mechanical Problem Solving / Re: BIS crankshaft end float asjustment
« Last post by Pete126 on January 17, 2020, 03:10:34 PM »
It sounds like you may have put the thrust washer in the front bearing the wrong way round as circled, the hole in the centre has a chamfer, which mates with the chamfer on the crank if its the wrong way round it will give you 2/3 mm float
Fiat 126 Mechanical Problem Solving / BIS crankshaft end float asjustment
« Last post by Guldbergdk on January 17, 2020, 10:34:56 AM »
I pulled my BIS engine apart, glassblasted it and serviced all parts.

Crankshaft bearings were shot, so I exhanged those.

I did however forget to look at the crankshaft float before I disassembled it. How are the crankshaft hold in place? Right now there are some 2mm float :-) From the exploded view and the workshop manuals I cannot figure out how its fixed. Is it suppose to ride against the flywheel end or the timing chain end?
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