Welcome to the CLUB126UK Forum => Introduce Yourself => Topic started by: DarkHorseDave on April 15, 2019, 12:58:35 PM

Title: Hello!
Post by: DarkHorseDave on April 15, 2019, 12:58:35 PM
Hi, I’m new to the forum, just saying hello.

I’ve decided I’d love to have 126 of my own, I love how cool they look, love that they’re little Italian Fiats, and their simplicity and ease of repair. And the parts are so cheap and readily available.

I can find very little online about the history of all the different 126 models, where’s the best place to read about its history?

I’m in no rush to get one, I’d rather wait for the right one to come along. But if anyone would offer me any advice I’m all ears!
All I’ve decided so far is I’d looking for an air cooled 650cc RHD, rust free original paint with chrome bumpers.

Thanks,
Dave.  :thumbup
Title: Re: Hello!
Post by: Bar Vitelli on April 15, 2019, 02:01:32 PM
Welcome to the Forum!

Dave seems to be a popular name for dark horses - we’ve got one of those already!  ;)

Invest in ‘Fiat 126’ by Alessandro Sannia’, it’s in Italian but the pictures are great and will help you find out more about the history of these wonderful cars! Costs about £20 to £25 but worth every penny!

 :thumbup
Title: Re: Hello!
Post by: DarkHorseDave on April 15, 2019, 05:45:57 PM
There are a lot of us, Daves and horses I mean  ;)

Ok great thanks I’ll try and get hold of a copy, my Dads side of the family is Italian so he can help me decipher it!
Title: Re: Hello!
Post by: Bar Vitelli on April 15, 2019, 06:09:36 PM
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fiat-126-1972-2000-Alessandro-Sannia/dp/8896796059
Title: Re: Hello!
Post by: Xylaquin on April 15, 2019, 07:17:23 PM
I can find very little online about the history of all the different 126 models, where’s the best place to read about its history?
Save yourself the money and effort and check out the club's page on 126 history here:
http://club126uk.co.uk/forum/index.php?page=page1424

Here are the main models that were produced:
(Year, Name, Engine type and size)

1972 - 1977, Standard, Aircooled 594cc
1977 - 1984, Standard, Aircooled 652cc
1984 - 1994, FL, Aircooled 652cc
1987 - 1992, BIS, Watercooled 704cc
1994 - 1997, EL, Aircooled 652cc
1997 - 2000, ELX, Aircooled 652cc

You also got special editions called Brown, Black, Silver and DeVille.

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All I’ve decided so far is I’d looking for an air cooled 650cc RHD, rust free original paint with chrome bumpers.

Good luck waiting for a rust-free original paint one!
There's a completely restored RHD aircooled on eBay, all you'd need to do would be change the bumpers.
Title: Re: Hello!
Post by: DarkHorseDave on April 15, 2019, 11:14:30 PM
Thanks for the info Xylaquin. I had seen the history page on the club site but what I’m interested in is for example what’s the difference between the Brown, Black, Silver and Deville? I heard the Silver is quite special is it? And we’re there any extra options included with certain models?

I’d wondered whether it would be possible to change plastic bumpers for chrome ones, as new chrome bumpers are so inexpensive! Do the mounting brackets on the chrome bumpers line up with the mounting points for the plastic bumpers? And the shape of the front end of the car never changed slightly between models?

I know it’s asking a lot to hope for a rust free original paint air cooled RHD one, but I’ve seen a few that have sold within the past 12 months, so hopefully it’s just a matter of time and patience. I would consider a restored one if the work was good but I’d definitely prefer original paint.
Title: Re: Hello!
Post by: Xylaquin on April 15, 2019, 11:45:19 PM
what’s the difference between the Brown, Black, Silver and Deville? I heard the Silver is quite special is it? And we’re there any extra options included with certain models?
This is one for the aircooled boffins!

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I’d wondered whether it would be possible to change plastic bumpers for chrome ones, as new chrome bumpers are so inexpensive!
Not sure if you meant inexpensive there, but assuming that you didn't: if you've lurked around long enough you'll know to look to the continent for cheaper parts (especially Poland, a quick glance seems to suggest the going rate is just over £40 for each chrome bumper). Chrome bumpers swaps can definitely be done, and as far as I'm aware the mounting brackets do line up. But again, I'm not the expert as I prefer the plastic bumpers.

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And the shape of the front end of the car never changed slightly between models?
It did actually, but not on the mounting parts. The lights on later models are more recessed.
Title: Re: Hello!
Post by: DarkHorseDave on April 15, 2019, 11:54:46 PM
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fiat-126-1972-2000-Alessandro-Sannia/dp/8896796059

Ordered  :thumbup
Title: Re: Hello!
Post by: ChrisRLewis on April 16, 2019, 12:02:26 AM
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fiat-126-1972-2000-Alessandro-Sannia/dp/8896796059

Ordered  :thumbup
Just in case you hadn't realised this publication is in Italian and welcome to the forum :)
Title: Re: Hello!
Post by: DarkHorseDave on April 16, 2019, 11:47:49 AM
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fiat-126-1972-2000-Alessandro-Sannia/dp/8896796059

Ordered  :thumbup
Just in case you hadn't realised this publication is in Italian and welcome to the forum :)

Thanks Chris! Vitelli has mentioned it’s in Italian, I’m hoping my Dad (who’s half Italian) can help me with it. Or I may cheat and use a translator app that translates any text you take a photo of.
Title: Re: Hello!
Post by: DarkHorseDave on April 16, 2019, 11:58:50 AM
Not sure if you meant inexpensive there, but assuming that you didn't: if you've lurked around long enough you'll know to look to the continent for cheaper parts (especially Poland, a quick glance seems to suggest the going rate is just over £40 for each chrome bumper). Chrome bumpers swaps can definitely be done, and as far as I'm aware the mounting brackets do line up. But again, I'm not the expert as I prefer the plastic bumpers.

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And the shape of the front end of the car never changed slightly between models?
It did actually, but not on the mounting parts. The lights on later models are more recessed.

Thanks for the info! I would definitely consider swapping to chrome bumpers if it requires no modification. I did mean “inexpensive” one place I’d been looking at parts was here where they’re €45 each:
https://www.fiat126ricambi.com/fiat126/Bumpers+and+trims?subcat=Bumpers
Except I had seen somewhere offering them with either 30micron or 45micron chrome plating, for about £30 each, but can’t remember where I saw it.
Title: Re: Hello!
Post by: Rusty's Uncle on April 16, 2019, 01:29:29 PM
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Except I had seen somewhere offering them with either 30micron or 45micron chrome plating, for about £30 each, but can’t remember where I saw it.
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Axel Gerstl possibly, their prices are generally good with cheap and fast shipping  :)
Title: Re: Hello!
Post by: Gordan on April 16, 2019, 03:20:46 PM
Hello and welcome to the forum!

Good luck in your search for the perfect specimen!
Title: Re: Hello!
Post by: DarkHorseDave on April 16, 2019, 08:02:57 PM

Axel Gerstl possibly, their prices are generally good with cheap and fast shipping  :)

That’s the one! Thanks  :thumbup
Title: Re: Hello!
Post by: DarkHorseDave on April 16, 2019, 08:50:55 PM
Hello and welcome to the forum!

Good luck in your search for the perfect specimen!

Thanks! She’s out there somewhere, waiting...
Title: Re: Hello!
Post by: DarkHorseDave on April 24, 2019, 12:04:02 PM
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fiat-126-1972-2000-Alessandro-Sannia/dp/8896796059

Ordered  :thumbup

The first 126 related thing I ever ordered and first it was delayed, then apparently it was so badly damaged in transit the driver said it was “undeliverable” and has been returned to Amazon in Italy.  :headscratch:
Title: Re: Hello!
Post by: Bar Vitelli on April 24, 2019, 01:02:34 PM
Oh dear, it’s only a book, good job it wasn’t an expensive mechanical part!
Title: Re: Hello!
Post by: andyzeetec on April 26, 2019, 12:51:02 PM
I thought it was a car.