How many 128 owners in mira land?

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How many 128 owners in mira land?

Post by bark » Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:37 am

I wonder how many of us exist now? I own the ex-Richmond/Mittelstead 128 four door sedan. The car has a 1500 Strada block, 1100 cc Yugo head and dual 36 DCNF Webers. It's lowered with X1/9 struts in front and FAZA lowering blocks in the rear. It was written up in a GRM magazine article once, along with some Xs, but I don't know if any of the other cars yet live.

Chime in and tell us about your car! b-
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Re: How many 128 owners in mira land?

Post by friedman » Wed Dec 05, 2018 1:54 pm

You including past owners or just folks who have them now?
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Re: How many 128 owners in mira land?

Post by andy » Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:24 pm

Here is my 1972 128 Autocross car:
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And a video:
https://vimeo.com/223232951

Specs:
-1,290cc bored 0.040” over
-PBS Big Valve 1,116cc Head
-PBS B3 Cam
-Twin 42 DCNF Weber Carbs built by Pierce Manifolds
-Kirk Racing Header
-2” exhaust with muffler
-Yugo electronic distributor/ignition
-PBS Light Flywheel
-PBS oil pan baffle
-Gear Reduction Starter
-Revalved single adjustable Konis up front in rear X1/9 housings, plia pivots
-KYB rear inserts
-currently setup with front and rear coilover setup, multiple spring rates
-128 Wagon front bar
-Addco rear bar
-drilled rotors with Ferodo pads
-stainless brake lines
-13x8.5 front and 13x7 rear Panasports with 20x9.25x13 Hoosier Cantilevers
-FIA rated Momo Start seat
-cut down Kirkey aluminum seat for basic passenger
-in spec 5-point harness for both driver and passenger
-12” grant wheel
-fire extinguisher
-multi-point roll bar/cage (very stiff chassis, can sit on three jack stands)
-Dark red paint with white vinyl strips and meatballs, magnetic numbers
-lexan front and rear/side windows
-fuel cell with electric fuel pump
-trunk mounted battery
The paint and body work is not perfect. It is a great 10 foot car
Andy Jossy
Medford, Oregon
68 124 Coupe
72 128 Autocross car
82 124 Spider
86 X 1/9
88 Yugo
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Re: How many 128 owners in mira land?

Post by bark » Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:51 am

Andy, that is a super nice ride. I'm fixing to redo the suspension on my street car. Can you talk a bit more about the rear coilovers? And Carl, you definitely count as a serial 128 resuscitator! b-
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Re: How many 128 owners in mira land?

Post by fiatrn » Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:42 pm

Folkerts has at least one (the bluish one he drove across Amercia a few years back).

Does Don Robinson still have his orange 128?
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Re: How many 128 owners in mira land?

Post by fiat850 » Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:18 pm

I have 2 128 Wagons (1972 & 1974). :ugeek:
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Re: How many 128 owners in mira land?

Post by fiat850 » Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:31 pm

fiatrn wrote:
Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:42 pm
Folkerts has at least one (the bluish one he drove across America a few years back).
IIRC, he also has a green one (or two?).

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Re: How many 128 owners in mira land?

Post by friedman » Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:36 pm

Thanks Bark, although I don't know if that was compliment or certification of idiocy. I had a 128 trackday/street car, Don Robinson's 128 SL project (which I think is the one I sold to CW ) and while working on that bought the worlds most perfect looking 128 SL that was actually about 70% bondo, and not that long ago a 128 wagon which CG has. I think I have it out of my system now but I have said stupid things like that before. Although I could see an SL with 1500 motor and dual IDFs.
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Re: How many 128 owners in mira land?

Post by cgranju » Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:46 pm

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This is mine, but really all of the credit (other than the fact that it is still a quite viable vehicle) goes to Carl because I bought it from him as the ultimate 128 ratrod with the intent of enjoying it as it is for a while before applying real paint & a few of the other vehicle niceties that Fiats can offer (although it does have better headlights, working fog lights & interior lighting & some gauging improvements already). Basics are...

-Mostly intact (rare for eastern US!) '76 128 estate body (pea green shell w/ formerly red doors/hood), all cleverly disguised in Advance Auto aerosol flat black

-1500 SOHC (no extra fire breathed into it) from Bertone-era (?) X1/9 with 1300 flywheel & 128 4 speed (maybe Carl or Dave V can speak to the box/final drive ratio)

- lowered (springs, blocks), 14" wheels that kiss the fenders every once & a while (waiting for Konis which are on deck)

-battery relocated to (86'd) rear seat area

-Miata seats (meh, they fit & they're comfortable)

-relayed lighting, H4s (oh yeah, i did make some electrical improvements...I drive in the dark more than Carl does)

-4-2-1 manifold into sport rear muffler (have header on deck for the point at which the engine deserves such a thing...but stock Fiat 4-2-1 is a wonderful thing, IMHO)

Basically, this is a very bare-bones machine that remains a blast to drive. Among other wagon-based vehicles, a 128 wagon has always been one of my dream cars and when Carl foolishly offered this turn-key ratrod project for sale I gladly become a member of his Fiat-of-the-Year club!

In store for the car, besides what's already mentioned above, is another dash/gauging improvement (I have a European 128 Rally gauge set for it now) and hopefully the adaptation of a new Abarth 500 rear seat to add 3/4 seating in the rear (one side will be shared by the battery box).

Sorry, both photos look like the kind of semi-cheesy stuff you'd figure to see on a Facebook car enthusiast group...
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Re: How many 128 owners in mira land?

Post by friedman » Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:50 pm

Who would have guessed that the addition of a cool roof rack would make a car look so menacing!
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