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Fiat 127 car restoration (my former car)

Postby mm_arg » Mon Jul 20, 2009 3:11 pm

I got this car from my father like I don't know... 12 or 14 years ago, and since I was "young and wild and free" i made a lot of mods to it on the engine and gearbox, suspension, brakes, wheels, lights, audio, etc... and the car was looking like this:


On the outside...
(Tinted windows, Fiat Uno Suite (br/Arg) alloys, clear turnlights, Fiat Uno turbo OEM foglights, hood air intake, etc.)
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Engine and brakes...
Displacement grown from 1.391cc to (a little bit over) 1.500cc , race spec camshaft, forged pistons, worked head ducts, 10,5:1 compression (originally 8:1), 4-1 long exhaust manifold, fiat uno's electronic distributor, with a 40.000volt ignition coil, fiat uno's 32/34 weber carb worked up all around (I guess somewhere near 36/36mm), long pipes intake manifold, Lightened flywheel. Mechanic autolock differential, close ratio relations and custom made stronger clutch. Fiat uno brakes all arround with larger servo and cross-drilled brake disks in front.
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On the inside...
Nothing really shocking, tachometer (generic brand), kenwood stereo, 2 way eclipse's on front door and 2 way 6x9 eclipses rear, with a pioneer 10" dual coil sub on custom enclosure. I had 3 dials for Water temp, oil pressure and volt on the left pilar but they where really blocking my view so I took them out.
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But then I came to the crazy idea of restoring it to how it was when it came out of the agency, and for that I asked for the help of my Dad... (One of the best things in life is to have a project in common with your family ;) )

And so I started to research old pics, magazines, etc...
I bought the original manual and warranty books and the maintenance book!
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On the next posts I'll show you step by step what was done to the car and how it ended up...
best regards!
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Re: Fiat 127 car restoration (my former car)

Postby mm_arg » Mon Jul 20, 2009 4:00 pm

So, I had the car, I had the books, and I had this old brochure from the early 90's to guide me on how the car had to look like:

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*You may or may not understand why I did this, and you may even think "why on such a cheap car"... I lived a lot of histories on it, I made like a 100.000 miles on it, and I had it since 1997 by myself and was with the family since 1992 or so, and besides I had a lot of reasons to do it ;)

*Also, you'll see that the car looks really dirty but wait till the end of the project ;)

So here we go... step I: going back to a normal, civilized and polite engine and tranny.

Engine was back to it's standard specs, so was the tranny, with 8:1 compression, OEM 32mm single barrel carb, OEM distribution, fuel pump, exhaust, etc.
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This is the donnor of the stock parts, and also who received the "heart" of my car
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By that time, I had the windows tint removed, so the interior parts, and had the oem turnlights, but there was a lot of work to do yet.
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Step Nº 2: Interiors had to look good again and not ricey as they used to :P


So good bye tach and gauges, good bye strange seats and shifter, and hello cleaned, fixed and new dashboard.
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And Hello OEM Stereo system! I was more than happy when a friend told me that he found on "mercadolibre" (ebay style web for Spanish-speaking market) the same model that these cars brought back then... I can't tell you how happy I was to find out that it wasn't only "the same model" but it was in fact, a factory OEM stereo from FIAT, and it was working perfectly!!!.
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It was time to say goodbye to the rest of the audio System, I had the OEM door speakers from a good friend, so I took out the eclipse's, the wiring and the box with the amp and the woofer...
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As a minor detail I found the pedal pads on a small carpart warehouse...
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Re: Fiat 127 car restoration (my former car)

Postby mm_arg » Mon Jul 20, 2009 5:16 pm

Now, everything seemed to go well... I had my engine and tranny ok, interior was going back to a good shape, and so I started towork on the suspension, brakes, and wheels...


This is how the car was looking...
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First, I got to put the OEM brakes and wheel/tire size (Wich are ridiculously small ... 145/80 13 on 4,5" x 13" steelies) But by that time i didn't found the original wheels so I had to put some fiat vivace (a newer version of the 127) on...
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And then, I found the OEM steelies and wheelcaps, once again happy to find OEM parts.... Even thou this is/was a very popular car down here in Argentina, some pieces are really hard to find.. (I don't get why)

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I was on the track to have the car on record time but then... kaboom :cry:
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That was depressing, after investing so much time, and enjoying that time working with my dad on many things... But hey, lets look at the bright side...
I went to the paintshop and got it fixed, togheter with some other marks on the painting... the car was finaly starting to look good.... And also I took the chance to have it polished and to install the Factory spec suspension...

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Re: Fiat 127 car restoration (my former car)

Postby mm_arg » Mon Jul 20, 2009 5:34 pm

Ok... so we keep going on this... I was driving with my car through the city when a delivery truck without any further indication changes lanes and slams the brakes... It was rainy and I managed stop the car...



But not enough... And since I was braking and so was the truck, it's butt was up and my car's nose was down and got really damaged.
As you'll see on the following pitures, I got damage on the hood, fender, bumper, front panel, control arms, sway-bar supports, chasis, lights, as well as other minor stuff....

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At that time I had some problems that kept me away from the car so I parked it for a few months... I think you can tell that by seing these pics :badgrin:

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Re: Fiat 127 car restoration (my former car)

Postby mm_arg » Mon Jul 20, 2009 6:02 pm

That was on March or April I think, by November my life was going back to normal so I took the car to the paintshop (again) Where they did a wonderfull job as usual...
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As soon as I got it back, it was time to give it a good wash hehe...

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After I finished washing it, I realized that after 17 years or so, the paint of the car wasn't shining that much, so (again) I polished the car, wich after that I did like once every 2 or 3 months...






Then, this year I got the oportunity to change it , and I found the Daewoo Espero that I posted before, and so I took my beloved car for one final ride and photoshoot... (full album is here http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=7 ... de0433fefe )

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And that's the story of my first car, and the car that had been with me since high school, and also a car that I shared with my Dad for years...

It is now gone, but hey, My Father and I now have a new project, witch is to make my Espero one of the best of the world hehe...

Best regards to everyone!
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Re: Fiat 127 car restoration (my former car)

Postby Trey05Woo » Mon Sep 21, 2009 3:43 pm

Ill tell you what that Fiat will probably be around longer than you lol. Them things just keep running and running.
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