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dajwid

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rusty 79 italian
« on: April 05, 2018, 12:06:41 PM »
After my last 126 'Beryl' getting stolen and drowned.

I have missed having a 126 to tinker with. for the last couple of years I've been looking for another.
Prices have gone crazy. I started looking at a Polish car but again older cars are fetching crazy money.
at last I saw a barn-find.

https://www.flickr.com/gp/163765185@N05/21M1P4

negotiated a price (I could actually afford) delivery 200 miles away was nearly the same price as the car.

https://www.flickr.com/gp/163765185@N05/o00j5G

Today the car was delivered. a 1979 Italian 18,000 miles. The car is not as bad as it looks. Floor is fine, sills good. Most of the rust is caused by water getting under the paint and it peeling, surprisingly it hasn't rotted through, well not everywhere.

the boot has totally disintigrated.

https://www.flickr.com/gp/163765185@N05/56RZ39

The panel under the screen certainly needs replacing, This is a huge pain, but nevermind. NS wing needs replacing. the rest will be cut out and new metal welded in.

My plan is to get it back on the road, not restore. The car is 40 years old and I want it to look like it.

Off on a shopping spree to Poland in June.



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Re: rusty 79 italian
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2018, 08:37:38 PM »
Photobucket says no.

dajwid

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Re: rusty 79 italian
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2018, 10:54:51 AM »
A few of my cars from the past:-


Totally rotten underneath I got stitched up)


(the one I should have never sold, this was mid 90s Poland, it cost virtually nothing)


I think this one still exists, somewhere in the UK 


No comment  >:(


 My new project :) OK she needs a little TLC

Shopping list written, trip to Poland end June. Bought a new Mig and angle grinder.
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Re: rusty 79 italian
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2018, 10:27:02 AM »
A bit of an update:-
loads of parts bought from Poland, another trip due soon. I have a very long shopping list. All brakes and suspension will be replaced.



A few Ebay bargains. and bits and bobs:-


Electic pump and regulator (same as on my last 126. Braided hoses new fuel tank, so may as well change the whole lot.


I'm thinking of having this chromed?

rough spare boot lid slowly being stripped and ready for paint, the old one is just a little too far gone  :P





12" steels heading off to Essex Banded steels soon.

Spare engine stripped for rebuild.

Car gets moved to a nearer garage this week.



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Re: rusty 79 italian
« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2018, 11:39:35 AM »
The reg number is strangely appropriate!  Good luck with the resto, keep us posted...

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Re: rusty 79 italian
« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2018, 08:26:35 PM »
Hi no offence but you must be mad ha! .... i admire you for taking it on .... cheers

dajwid

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Re: rusty 79 italian
« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2019, 06:34:17 PM »
I am still plodding away, Really enjoying the challenge.

I picked up a cheap gearbox and suspension arms and brakes, Simply to rebuild they I can put straight on. Amazing the brakes are all brand new, so the last owner must have done them before scrapping.



A couple of Engines, Same idea, Rebuild and powder-coat then drop straight in when the bodywork is done. (one was a silly price, but like an idiot,I didn't notice its an EL engine.




Angle grinder fun.







Lots more cutting, Patching, Grinding to do. But these are just sitting in place, So It looks a bit like a 126.
(please no more comments about, the wrong wings :-) and yes I know I should have drilled out every spot weld 'no,  too much work, cut and grind.)







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Re: rusty 79 italian
« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2019, 08:07:45 PM »
I would guess that is a Bis gearbox going by the mounts

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Re: rusty 79 italian
« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2019, 08:40:39 PM »
Yep and its a bis bell housing…

Looking at all this rust makes me feel good about my bis :D

Good luck!

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Re: rusty 79 italian
« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2019, 06:23:53 AM »
Bis box,yes, I’ll use my bell housing.

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Re: rusty 79 italian
« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2019, 07:06:28 AM »
You might struggle with the diff ratio if you are just going to run a standard 650 engine.