How did you spend quality time with your Fiat this past weeekend

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How did you spend quality time with your Fiat this past weeekend

Post by SimcaBertone66 » Tue Oct 17, 2017 2:02 pm

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Post by chrisrupnik » Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:03 am

Sometimes all you need is a little push to get projects going. I had to put in the replacement engine in one of the Fiat 124 race cars, and was putting it off for most of the fall. The reason? I had a hole in my favourite mechanix work gloves.

A sale at Canadian Tire on such gloves was the kick in the pants to get this going. Hope to have it done this coming weekend.
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Post by SimcaBertone66 » Thu Oct 19, 2017 11:14 am

What the world need is more fast Fiat 124 Spiders, OG that is .... :D
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Post by cgranju » Thu Oct 19, 2017 12:13 pm

I made some minor progress in making the interior of my '79 X1/9 look more like a car someone may want to drive and I cut up some door skin Japanese car sheet metal to make patches for my 124 Sedan floors. Not nearly as fascinating as Joe's weekend.
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Post by PhillySpider » Thu Oct 19, 2017 3:26 pm

New heater core, heater valve, hoses and pipes for our Spider. What a bi+c#!
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Post by chrisrupnik » Mon Oct 23, 2017 11:27 am

I am happy to report that i was successful in actually swapping the engine in my 124. It was the first time i have ever tried such a large (for me) project, and to see it start right up like that was wonderful, so i have to share that!

Hear engine running here.

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Post by SimcaBertone66 » Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:03 pm

Nice looking race car ... and good work... how about some details about the engine, CR, head work, parts used etc etc etc ...lol
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Post by chrisrupnik » Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:29 pm

Boring part of story : Completely stock engine

Great part of story!
In 2006 when i bought my first race car - i had brought it to my mechanic to have it checked over before racing it. He called me and told me to come to the garage to talk. It is never a good sign when that happens. The diagnosis was that my new to me race car had a spun bearing and needed major repairs.

I was really down - but my fellow racer cheered me right up - "All you need is a new engine, come on by to pick one up". Little did i know that this was even possible, having spare engines around. I was new to racing so what did i know that you can have spares like that!

Drove down to pick up this engine - where was it? Oh this one was sitting in a bit of mud - but its a good stock motor. My mechanic installed it and i ran it for two years as i learned my way around being an amateur racer.

In 2009 a rebuild on the original engine was done and we swapped that in. This "mud" engine sat in my mechanics garage all the way to 2016. That year he asked that I take it home to make some room, where it sat in my garage for a whole year. In summer i raced the car pictured above (Fiat race car #3) but unfortunately a hole developed in the block and my race weekend was done. In July i had decided to have a go to swap engines myself - after all I had all the tools, just lacked the experience and the fear of the unknown. The only delay? My favourite pair of mechanix gloves developed a hole. And summer was terrible, so the car and project sat.

But all is not lost! After a super successful back to back race weekend with race car #1 - i happened to pick up a new pair mechanix gloves and so i was off! little bit little the pieces fell into place and evening after evening little steps till we get to Saturday morning and the video you see above!

Told you not boring!
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Post by abarth » Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:10 pm

I like this story.
Have fun!

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Post by drummond » Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:10 pm

In the Mire With the Wire :D
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