my 78 FIAT 124 Spider

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my 78 FIAT 124 Spider

Post by MrBlimp » Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:15 pm

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I picked this up a few weeks ago. It needs a paint job and to have the original interior replaced (I am considering the $500 investment in seat covers and carpet).
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1969 Triumph Spitfire
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Re: my 78 FIAT 124 Spider

Post by cgranju » Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:24 pm

Welcome! and, I should add that by joining the Mirafiori group, you've come to the right place!

are those Beetle bumpers? I haven't seen that on a 124 in nearly 20 years.
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Re: my 78 FIAT 124 Spider

Post by MrBlimp » Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:34 pm

cgranju wrote:
Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:24 pm
are those Beetle bumpers? I haven't seen that on a 124 in nearly 20 years.
I believe they very well may be - my wife and I are in a ongoing bumpers/no-bumpers discussion.

Time will tell which of us wins.
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Re: my 78 FIAT 124 Spider

Post by fp55scca » Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:00 pm

--Welcome "Mr. Blimp"! I hesitate to ask, but does that nickname have anything to do with "lighter than air"...?

--Very interesting car. Those bumpers really don't fit badly, but they have to go, IMHO. :lol: The car already has the "side-marker delete", front and back! I would do the bumper delete, and add the Euro, small-round side markers, in the front only. Welcome to Mirafiori!
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Re: my 78 FIAT 124 Spider

Post by MrBlimp » Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:05 pm

fp55scca wrote:
Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:00 pm
--Welcome "Mr. Blimp"! I hesitate to ask, but does that nickname have anything to do with "lighter than air"...?
Nope, it is the name I received from my parents.
fp55scca wrote:
Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:00 pm
--Very interesting car. Those bumpers really don't fit badly, but they have to go, IMHO. :lol:
Actually, they aren't a great fit. They are flimsily bolted on and are too close to the fenders. I agree about them having to go but the discussion goes on.
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The car already has the "side-marker delete", front and back! I would do the bumper delete, and add the Euro, small-round side markers, in the front only. Welcome to Mirafiori!
Yes, I have all the lights in a box. It also has the license plate lights delete. I already bought a lighted License Plate frame if I go sans bumpers.

I am not sure about adding in the Euro side marker lights - I think I will leave them off for now. I want to concentrate on getting the gauges to work and possibly doing the interior (the current seats are about 4" too high).
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Re: my 78 FIAT 124 Spider

Post by fp55scca » Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:10 am

MrBlimp wrote:
Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:05 pm
Nope, it is the name I received from my parents.
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--Well then, is your first name really "Myster"? I apologize for being so probing, but what would you like us to call you? Thanks.

--If you add the Euro turn markers, they would look something like this:
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Re: my 78 FIAT 124 Spider

Post by atruscott » Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:58 am

It looks to have a Snugtop Hardtop too?

There are definitely seat options available to you, both stock and aftermarket, which will fit better than what you have.

Agree on the bumper delete (of those VW bumpers), perhaps fitting the Abarth bumperettes would be a happy halfway house?
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Re: my 78 FIAT 124 Spider

Post by cgranju » Thu Jul 20, 2017 4:15 pm

cotter pin bumper mounts & a nice place to stash the VW jobs...just leave the house with the bumpers, wife is happy, pull the pins & stash the things & return is reverse of exit!


don't be fooled, by the way. No matter what any of us do to our cars with regard to bumpers, markers, or anything else, none of our cars will be as beautiful as Jim's 124 Spider!
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Re: my 78 FIAT 124 Spider

Post by MrBlimp » Sat Jul 22, 2017 7:21 pm

fp55scca wrote:
Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:10 am
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--Well then, is your first name really "Myster"? I apologize for being so probing, but what would you like us to call you? Thanks.
If you need to call me something "Blimp" will do - it is what my parents, wife, and kids call me. My grandkids call me "Pappy Blimp".
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--If you add the Euro turn markers, they would look something like .........
Yes I know - thinking I like it sans sidemarkers for now - I'll decide by the time I am ready to paint.
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1992 Mustang LX
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Re: my 78 FIAT 124 Spider

Post by MrBlimp » Sat Jul 22, 2017 7:26 pm

cgranju wrote:
Thu Jul 20, 2017 4:15 pm
No matter what any of us do to our cars with regard to bumpers, markers, or anything else, none of our cars will be as beautiful as Jim's 124 Spider!
I am not trying to be "...as beautiful as Jim's 124 Spider" or anyone else's.

Just trying to make it as nice as I like it.

And not in any rush to do so either.

I am thinking, tune up next, but I still want to work on getting the Tach, Speedo and gas gauge working.

After tune up and gauges I will do the interior.

Does anyone know if Vicks accepts AmEx gift cards - I am sitting on a couple of grand worth.
1969 Triumph Spitfire
1970 MGB
1978 FIAT 124 Spider
1992 Mustang LX
2000 Jeep Wrangler Sport
2000 Ford Rangler XLT
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