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parrish
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 31 May 2005 :  20:23:52  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ive gone and done it now.
As you may have already gathered ive gone and bought a basket case!
I intend to post images of a restoration, and to solicit help as and when from visitors and members of this forum.
The car is a silver 1982 Mirafiori Sport. Reg No: BLC 597Y (any one know it?)
Ill post some pictures as and when.
Im not in a hurry so dont expect too much too soon.
Regards
Steve

Cars owned:
1983 Fiat 131,
1977 131
2012 Fusion
2012 500
1983 TR8
Plus Six Grandchildren!

anonymous1
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Posted - 31 May 2005 :  22:55:40  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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marco
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1 Posts

Posted - 04 Jun 2005 :  20:59:23  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
seeing those pictures in the gallery of your 131 on the tow truck bought a happy feeling in my hart mate. when in 1982 italy won the world cup and me and my mates jumped in my dads 131 sport heading for the west end to selerbrate... oh man those were the days. god i wish they remade the 131 again. anyway good luck steve and dont give up mate... good on you.
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parrish
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United Kingdom
779 Posts

Posted - 25 Jul 2005 :  10:25:49  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
To update you on the progress so far, Nill!
The car is still here outside my house under cover, ive taken some more photos and they should soon if not by tonight posted on the site, as you will see the 'metal mice' have been at it everywhere, its a big job.
The passenger door refused to open, after a good heave it peeld back to reveal siezed door hinges, the panel of the door having corroded remained where it was! thats 2 doors needed for the restoration now, the remainder of my wish list covers every panel on the car.
Sills are non existant beneath the car, see photo.
Other areas can and will be patch repaired
The engine bay is as standard, should just need a good look at, maybe just the head off, ancillarys off checked and replaced, but thats one of the last jobs.
Next step is to wait until i have the Orange 131 that im buying off Wayne and decide my next move.
Could be that the silver car will get sold on, lets wait and see.
Steve

Cars owned:
1983 Fiat 131,
1977 131
2012 Fusion
2012 500
1983 TR8
Plus Six Grandchildren!
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parrish
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United Kingdom
779 Posts

Posted - 31 Jul 2005 :  19:36:49  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ive gone and made a start,
had a day stripping the body of everything that will come off. Ive still the front bumper to do but other than that she's pretty bare now.
I dont know if i should get excited or despondent about the condition, the good news is that everything ive seen so far is fixable, the bad news is that theirs so much of it. Rear panel is only attached at one side! doors as previously mentioned are both to be replaced, inside the engine bay at the top wing to scuttle areas rust has taken a really bad hold. Chassis just under the bulkhead is gone, and i mean gone, im considering a rebuild not original but maybe track day or rally car, ive some experience with rallying having been involved with road rallys in the 80's in a Ford escort RS1600 and more recently classic events in a Morris 1000. Ive posted some photos for you all (at least im going to try and post some photos). Be patient and you will see them soon, might have to ask Julian to post them for me if i dont have any sucess.
Regards
Steve

Cars owned:
1983 Fiat 131,
1977 131
2012 Fusion
2012 500
1983 TR8
Plus Six Grandchildren!
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parrish
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United Kingdom
779 Posts

Posted - 31 Jul 2005 :  19:56:35  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Cars owned:
1983 Fiat 131,
1977 131
2012 Fusion
2012 500
1983 TR8
Plus Six Grandchildren!
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anonymous1
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5863 Posts

Posted - 31 Jul 2005 :  22:30:06  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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