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parrish
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United Kingdom
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Posted - 01 Aug 2005 :  17:52:32  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ive started stripping, and its not to earn extra cash!
The two front wings are off as are both bumpers, all interior trim except the dash is out, boot stripped, lights off, rear quarter windows out, will have an expert take the front and back screen out for me next time im home. Thank god the car is contsructed using flat surfaces and square angles, theirs a whole lot of areas to repair. If you read my other listing you will know that im considering rebuilding the car into a track day or rally car, gone id the idea of putting her back into everyday use.
Some more photo's attached, lets see how these come out.
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Cars owned:
1983 Fiat 131,
1977 131
2012 Fusion
2012 500
1983 TR8
Plus Six Grandchildren!

coupegb
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United Kingdom
837 Posts

Posted - 01 Aug 2005 :  18:38:50  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I think we might have a race on our hands here parrish.

Good luck with your 131

Bernie

1968 124 coupe AC torq
1969 124 Coupe AC 4link
1971 124 Spider BS1
1976 124 Spider CS1
1982 124 Spider DS0
2012 Abarth 500C MTA esseesse and Monza
2001 Alfa Spider V6 Zoe


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Martin
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United Kingdom
7829 Posts

Posted - 01 Aug 2005 :  19:38:53  Show Profile  Visit Martin's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Steve
seams are rusty - one thing I want to check - before you are heavily into it......

Have you costed ordering a new Sahin shell supplied from Tofas in Turkey, and then modding here to take the 131 running gear of your choice would be? It may be way too expensive, but it would add a benchmark to your own project budget. I'd rather ask now so you can reject it rather than someone raise it months from now.

...Or shout at me come to that....

http://www.autoindex.org/bodies.plt?no=3099

also called the Murat over in the Gulf I think - they all look like 4 door shells in the used adds - http://www.araba.tc/ilan/fiat_tofas/131/95271.html

the Safin is assembled at the Fiat plant - government run firm - at El Nasr in Egypt. The taxi and estate versions of the Sahin are as far as I know still in production there... they were definitely being made 18 months ago. But I think the body shell itself is sent in from Tofas.

Martin
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coupegb
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United Kingdom
837 Posts

Posted - 01 Aug 2005 :  20:38:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Martin

Have you costed what having a new Sahin shell supplied from Tofas in Turkey, and then modded here to take the 131 running gear of your choice would cost? It may be way too expensive, but it would add a benchmark to your own project budget. I'd rather ask now so you can reject it rather than someone raise it months from now.


Martin,
Could you please find a new body shell for mine aswell, thank you very much
Bernie

1968 124 coupe AC torq
1969 124 Coupe AC 4link
1971 124 Spider BS1
1976 124 Spider CS1
1982 124 Spider DS0
2012 Abarth 500C MTA esseesse and Monza
2001 Alfa Spider V6 Zoe


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Martin
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Posted - 02 Aug 2005 :  12:06:27  Show Profile  Visit Martin's Homepage  Reply with Quote
There are two problems with the 124, C, although I think 124s were made at Tofas - or atleast panels for them were, they were more interested in making 124 saloons.

The second problem is that they then call a performance version of the 124 saloon a Coupe .... I notice in the second hand adds they don't even need to have only two doors. I would hold out more hope of finding a 124 coupe with desert/ dry/ arid life.

There are no easy 124 AC options I know of. Panel re manufacture is the main option I think. Bespoke panel and part panel crafting is possible - but not in the central south and south east. So Trentside Classics is one of the starting points... they are used to Dino restoration and keep a network of panel beaters locally.

Martin
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Martin
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Posted - 02 Aug 2005 :  12:10:18  Show Profile  Visit Martin's Homepage  Reply with Quote
For Steve, i think you should bear in mind that a rough around the edges but bodily sound 131 Stradale will be going in Italy at the moment for around 11k - 12k. The present going rate for them in this country is about 12k - 15k.

Martin
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parrish
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United Kingdom
779 Posts

Posted - 05 Aug 2005 :  21:39:31  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ive had another good day stripping!
Just about to drop the cross member/engine and gearbox out.
Ive managed to scrape off all the sound proofing from inside, you know all that stuff they stick onto panels that burns very well if you dont remove it before welding.
Man comming on monday to remove windscreen and rear screen, back axle to drop out then raise the car a good 2-3 feet for access another week and i should be ready to attack it with a grinder!!!
Having said that ill be off to work again (Qatar) for another month so all will come to a stand still next friday.
Will send some photos when shes bare!
Steve

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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Posted - 05 Aug 2005 :  23:37:45  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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parrish
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779 Posts

Posted - 07 Aug 2005 :  19:46:49  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ive considered blasting the shell, problem is moving it! i dont have the equipment and to be honest the front chassis is that bad i think it may twist if i try to manhandle it onto a trailer. I was thinking of getting all the really bad stuff on the chassis cut out and replaced before staring on the shell.
Ive seen some portable/mobile type blasters does anyone know if they really work?


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 - 07 Aug 2005 :  22:24:51  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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parrish
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Posted - 08 Aug 2005 :  16:34:02  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
More bits have come off.
Ive and had the front and rear screens removed today, engines out (well on the floor), only the dash and the rear axle to go.
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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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Posted - 08 Aug 2005 :  17:54:41  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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simon131
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United Kingdom
62 Posts

Posted - 09 Aug 2005 :  09:53:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Not wishing to be a defeatest or anything Steve but...is it going to be worth it? Blimey, there's a terrible amount of rot in it isn't there? What a shame! It looks like it's been left in a salt bath for years.

I was stripping the fuel tank and ancillaries out of Theo Kyriacou's now dead silver 131 Sport at the weekend, and it's been left outside in an Essex field (literally!) for three years, and whilst it was rotten, I'm afraid it wasn't quite as bad as yours (sorry!)

I wish you lots of luck with the restoration, and truely hope that things go well for you. It's nice to know that someone else believes in these cars as much as I do.

All the very best

Simon131

131 Abarth
131 Racing (NOT Sport)
131 Special x2
131 CL
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parrish
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779 Posts

Posted - 09 Aug 2005 :  16:32:24  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
No photos toay,
the dash is out, along with the heater, that took some doing.
Rear axle to come off tomorrow, then thats it, all but the headlining will be off the car, im not taking the head lining out because of a very nicely fitted and still working Webasto sun roof, no welding to do near the roof anyway, probably the only part of the car that doesnt require welding.
Ill be off to Qatar next monday so wont be grinding until i get back in September/

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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Posted - 09 Aug 2005 :  18:56:27  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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parrish
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779 Posts

Posted - 14 Oct 2005 :  12:46:48  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thought i had better update you all on whats happening.
Car is fully stripped and has had a minimal amount of welding to date.
However Fiat 131's are like London double decker buses 'wait ages for one then 2 come along at once' ive gone and bought an Orange 131 from Hicky131 (Wayne), this car although in better condition still requires a fair amount of welding and work, so ive decided that i cant do both cars, for that reason the silver 131 will be off to a new home come November, im sure the new owner will make good use of the shell and parts (may even continue the restoration diary).
Ill update you all on the new owners intentions after he has collected the car.
Steve

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