This 1971 Fiat 124 Sport Coupe has a long short history, bought New from the original Premier Motors Fiat in West Perth (David Golding) ,early ’72 the first owner Dario Arbusti enjoyed and held for 30 years, only selling in 2002 to Pilipo because he hassled Dario to for over 10 years!(worked with him every day!) Now Pilipo’s health is stopping him from enjoying the 124 like Dario, so November 2018 ….I am the 3rd Owner !
Some changes through time to the mighty 124 with mixed results, the body is beautiful ,the interior refurbished ,new Koni sport shocks all round and new front arms with bushes, a “Crate Engine” bottom end complete from Cecchele Motors was bought for $3k as the 1600 was worn, unfortunately it is a 1800 not the original 125bc 1600, great for power and driving, no so good for originality and todays collectability value, it is still in the car with the original camshafts and IDf Weber set-up….and only 2000klms on it from fitting!, same ussue goes for the gauges, missing is the 9000RPM Tacho and mile p/hour Speedo for the 1800sport Tacho and Speedo, aftermarket 14″ “Superlite” rims with oversize tyres(215/65-14), replaced the standard steelies, great for cruising but robing the acceleration some what! Now replaced with factory Cromodora CD11 13×5.5 and 205/60 rubber,Pilipo had a old fiat steering wheel and modified it(9 bolts) to hold a Luisi alloy wheel, Now replaced with an my old favourite ……MOMO Prototipo in Black!
Update 11/2018- week2 at the exhaust shop getting the Aussie hurricane 4 into 1 crap headers off and a set of Italian tuned length 4 into 2 into 1 ….in and connected to the original system, found a 9000RPM Tacho on ebay! The elephant style wing mirrors Pilipo put on…have been replaced with period correct chrome rectangle type ! week3 -Removed 1meter of vac hose to booster and replaced one way valve….Yes I have booster working now! ….with new Master cylinder and a brake system bleed, we have braking how it should be……over boosted and sudden…hahaha!
Update 12/2018- Replaced “RED” Cam Covers with a nice set of clean original ones! then onto IDF’s….Found the Driving “hick-ups” issue after idle and before full throttle!….after re-jetting for an 1800 over the original 1600, we enriched petrol jets to 130 and idle to 55′s keeping F11 emulsions …..found on carby-1 the centre venturis that suck fuel from the bowl were upside down on both! Once taking the top of the IDF and returning the centre plane wings to how they should be…..Perfection!
2019 Plan- Will strip the Engine bay out to remove “Overspray” then put the Fiam Airhorns where they should be facing forwards, replace Cambelt while replacing the “RED” cambelt cover, Replace the later Fiat 131 gearshift stick/knob with a period correct chrome 124 one! Replace front coil springs to match the rears we fitted (Selby) so the car sits flat!…..and a “Fertan” rust treatment!!!