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New owner, Somerset
« on: June 09, 2021, 04:28:51 PM »
Hello

Recently purchased my first 126 to be restored over the next 12 months ready for my sons 17th.

Car looks to be in fair shape underneath and it is a runner.  It needs a fair few new panels and some interior work.

The car was sold as a barn find with no paperwork or even a registration number!  So a bit of a gamble.  I have written to the DVLA and completed a V62 in the hope that it has been previously registered.  The VIN is ZFA126A0008508033.

If anyone has any ideas as to the age or provenance of the car, I would be interested to hear them. Its RHD and has FIAT rather than POLSKI badging.

Key (confusing) points I have noted from my research:
1) plastic bumpers point to it being an FL model from 1984 onwards
2) an old style instrument pod points to it being a pre-FL model 
3) there are 3 holes on the right hand side of the boot lid in a triangle pattern for a badge that is not there?
4) It starts on the lever as opposed to the key

Look forward to posting on the forum as the work progresses.

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Re: New owner, Somerset
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2021, 10:32:25 PM »
Hi Paul

Welcome to the forum - that's a nice project you have there.

I'm not far from you - in Membury, Devon and I'm restoring/modifying a Polish 126 which I bought, in Yeovil, without any paperwork at all.

DVLA wanted proof of when the car was built to issue a V5.

I first contacted the archives dept of Fiat in Italy.....
centroarchiviostorico@fcagroup.com
who put me in touch with a person at the factory in Poland who sent me a letter confirming the build date.

Maybe Fiat can confirm when your car was built.
Note - DVLA wanted an original letter, not an email.

This may help too....
https://www.fcaheritage.com/en-uk/classic-services/fiat-certificate-origin

Good luck with that.

John



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Re: New owner, Somerset
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2021, 10:55:42 PM »
Many thanks for the reply John.

I'm actually in Yeovil!

I will give your suggestion a try and see how I get on and will let you know.

Cheers

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Re: New owner, Somerset
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2021, 08:33:56 PM »
Welcome to the forum. The 3 holes on the boot that you mention will be for a 650 badge. (I’ve attached a pic of my car to show).
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Re: New owner, Somerset
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2021, 09:03:40 PM »
...and the lever start is standard!

Invest in ‘Fiat 126’ by Alessandro Sannia if you really want to get to know your car!
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Re: New owner, Somerset
« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2021, 10:14:07 PM »
Welcome to the forum. The 3 holes on the boot that you mention will be for a 650 badge. (I’ve attached a pic of my car to show).
The 3 holes I mentioned are shown in my photo attached. They are on the flat section.

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« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2021, 10:15:39 PM »
Now attached!

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Re: New owner, Somerset
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2021, 10:16:49 PM »
...and the lever start is standard!

Invest in ‘Fiat 126’ by Alessandro Sannia if you really want to get to know your car!
Thanks. I will take a look. I thought the lever start was changed to normal start at some point?

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Re: New owner, Somerset
« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2021, 06:44:27 AM »
Those 3 holes correspond to the ones on my car where the fog light is (as on pic I attached). But weirdly your car appears to have the later bumper with the fog light attached underneath.

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Re: New owner, Somerset
« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2021, 10:42:28 PM »
Your bumpers don't match each other.
The front bumper is shallower than the the rear.
Here's a photo of my car with its original rubber bumpers. Notice the rear is the same as yours, but the front is different.



I suspect your car had chrome bumpers originally
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