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Post by Scuderia on Wed Mar 31, 2010 10:11 am

Hi All,

Well here is my little Project car,

Its a 1998 Fiat Cinquecento Fire Sporting 1108cc,

I bought it in October 08 in Newcastle as a project car to help fill my spare time and help empty my bank account Laughing which its doing a good job of Twisted Evil but its all worth it,its know way perfect and anything that has been done to it i have done it myself which iam happy with so thats all the matters to me Very Happy ,

I just plane to use it for Italian meets and events and the odd track day for a little fun for me and my youngest,

Its currently SORN so its off the road but i do plan to get tested next Month and then use it over the summer Months then iam away to rebuild the engine and change the exhaust system,i do have other plans but there is to much to list,if you have any questions just ask,













I will add more pics as and when i get the time or do any work on it to keep the thread updated,

All the best Scuderia


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Post by martyboi on Wed Mar 31, 2010 10:21 am

looking good don..... could do with a good clean tho lol!
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Post by Scuderia on Wed Mar 31, 2010 10:28 am

martyboi wrote:looking good don..... could do with a good clean tho lol!

lol,

Cheers Marty,

Its never seen a face cloth & soap in its life Embarassed

I just found this:



Do you think it looks a little different Shocked

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Post by martyboi on Wed Mar 31, 2010 10:40 am

Very Happy yea i belive you mate Wink

Shocked certainly does don afro
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Post by davenport on Fri Apr 02, 2010 12:20 pm

what a fantastic littel project...

i won`t lie.. the wee fiat doesn`t immeditaly spring to my mind as having "track" potential.. but i guess like i always say it doesn`t matter what you start with.. as long as it gets prep`d well and makes you smile ANY car can be a track tool...

i bet its a hoot on tight twisty stuff...

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Post by STU? on Fri Apr 02, 2010 12:26 pm

LOVE IT.D!!! you know i love this lil beast but i just have to say it again cuz its mint afro

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Post by Scuderia on Fri Apr 02, 2010 1:59 pm

davenport wrote:what a fantastic littel project...

i won`t lie.. the wee fiat doesn`t immeditaly spring to my mind as having "track" potential.. but i guess like i always say it doesn`t matter what you start with.. as long as it gets prep`d well and makes you smile ANY car can be a track tool...

i bet its a hoot on tight twisty stuff...

Cheers davenport Smile

I have to be honest its not a car i thought i would ever own but as i said it only started as a project time filler,it not all singing all dancing track car but like you say its a hoot to drive and it certainly has the fun factor,

STU? wrote:LOVE IT.D!!! you know i love this lil beast but i just have to say it again cuz its mint afro

Thanks again Stu Embarassed i know you love it that makes two of us Very Happy

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Post by Scuderia on Mon May 24, 2010 10:55 am

Hi Chaps,

Well a little update....well of sorts Embarassed

Now back in January i was planning it getting the Fiat tested as i had a few Italian shows later this year to go to but sadly i have decided to put the test off till next year,

Now i have been bordering changing the lump in this little car as i would like some more straight line speed but to be honest iam not keen to Smile so i have decided to keep the 1108cc Fire none interference engine,ok its only 54bhp from standard but a day out on the rollers last year i was able to the amazing figure of 73.5 lol but i think i can add more to that so i have decided to remove the little lump in the next few weeks and get it stripped down and rebuilt from top to bottom with whatever needs doing,i plan to get the fly wheel lightened Shocked but not by much and get the head skimmed to get a little more compression and if the budget will allow it?? get the head and valves ported and polished,

Now as i said before iam going to keep it road legal as i still need to travel to my Italian events so the cat will need to stay but i do have plans to get a full stainless steel custom made exhaust and manifold fitted and i do also have plans for another spi throttle body from another Fiat or even peugeot?106 i think?not sure yet? it will all come to down to what cash i have or i can get off the oh :oops:but all going well it should be out on the road and track next Spring?

Well i had a little time on my hands last week so i was able to get a few little jobs done it Embarassed

Now as much as there is no Fiat rust worm on it Cool the rear bumper brackets were rotten so i got them removed and hope to get a new set next week from Fiat all going well,

Old Bumper Brackets







The Rest of the Brackets In The Form Of Dust lol



When i fitted my mud flap last year they were fine but now i have fitted larger Toyo 888 tyres they were buffing on them on full lock Embarassed so i had to removed them from the wheel arch liner where i first fitted them and have now fitted them to the wing after making up some alloy brackets,







Over and Out,

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Post by martyboi on Tue May 25, 2010 2:29 pm

ruddy itlian build quality eh don Laughing

look forward to seing the lump getting some treatment mate Cool have you sorted the hoist yet?
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Post by Scuderia on Tue May 25, 2010 2:44 pm

martyboi wrote:ruddy itlian build quality eh don Laughing

look forward to seing the lump getting some treatment mate Cool have you sorted the hoist yet?



I knew about them but kept putting it off done now,



No Ive not...but what i plan to do it get the car jacked up and put on the axle stands at the front then get the exhaust removed then the front bumper then split the box as there is also a new clutch getting fitted so it needs to come off any roads,then iam going to strip the complete front end out of it and remove every thing so all going well i should be able to then jack it up off the mounts so to speak and drop it down and pull it out from under the car?? well thats the plane then i can think about getting a hoist for when it need to go back in,

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Post by martyboi on Tue May 25, 2010 3:38 pm

yea i reckon it will be easy enough to get out that way mate Cool ive took engines out without a hoist before..... but i did cut the front off with a grinder Rolling Eyes Laughing
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Post by Scuderia on Wed May 26, 2010 9:51 am

martyboi wrote:yea i reckon it will be easy enough to get out that way mate Cool ive took engines out without a hoist before..... but i did cut the front off with a grinder Rolling Eyes Laughing

lol,well lets hope i don't need a new front crossmember after its removed ,iam pretty sure it will be ok its no big job and i have all the time in the world,

More when i get some work done,

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Post by martyboi on Wed May 26, 2010 12:28 pm

Laughing looking forward to it mate
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Post by Scuderia on Fri Jun 04, 2010 1:15 pm

Hi All,

Well i still haven't got the brackets but i have fitted the bumper back on so i will fit the brackets when i go to order more Parts from Fiat later in the Month,

I have been able to start stripping the front end out of the car today at long last,more as and when i get it stripped and cleaned up,







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Post by martyboi on Sat Jun 05, 2010 3:33 am

Cool looks easy enough to get to stuff don..... Im soooo jelous Smile
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Post by Scuderia on Sat Jun 05, 2010 1:16 pm

martyboi wrote:Cool looks easy enough to get to stuff don..... Im soooo jelous Smile

Hi Marty,

Yeah it was Simples one none interference 1108cc Fire Engine removed,

I got the exhaust manifold and cat took off this morning then the engine,box,alternator,starter,spi unit,intake,manifold,coil packs out as a whole unit this afternoon by just dropping it all down on the jack and pulling it out then i split it all down,

I hope to get it all cleaned up over the next few days then i can think about splitting the engine







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Post by martyboi on Sun Jun 06, 2010 7:34 am

good stuff mate Twisted Evil looking forward to it Cool
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Post by Scuderia on Sun Jun 06, 2010 12:17 pm

martyboi wrote:good stuff mate Twisted Evil looking forward to it Cool

Cheers Marty,

I got the engine bay all clean up today which took hours as i was being a little James May about it anal

I replace the corrugated loom covering in places and removed all the old water proofing tape and re-taped it all,its looking much better and looking more like it once was,

Never took any pic's today but i will update the thread as and when i get some more work done,

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Post by martyboi on Mon Jun 07, 2010 1:23 am

Scuderia wrote: cheers Marty,

I got the engine bay all clean up today which took hours as i was being a little James May about it anal

I replace the corrugated loom covering in places and removed all the old water proofing tape and re-taped it all,its looking much better and looking more like it once was,

Never took any pic's today but i will update the thread as and when i get some more work done,

Cheers Scuderia

Laughing i take it you wont be using it in the wet anymore Laughing
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Post by Scuderia on Mon Jun 07, 2010 10:25 am

martyboi wrote:
Scuderia wrote: cheers Marty,

I got the engine bay all clean up today which took hours as i was being a little James May about it anal

I replace the corrugated loom covering in places and removed all the old water proofing tape and re-taped it all,its looking much better and looking more like it once was,

Never took any pic's today but i will update the thread as and when i get some more work done,

Cheers Scuderia

Laughing i take it you wont be using it in the wet anymore Laughing

Dry Weekends only it would get washed away otherwise p!sh it will be getting used wet or dry,can't wait,

Before It Was Cleaned




After It Was Cleaned




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Post by martyboi on Mon Jun 07, 2010 1:04 pm

shiney Smile
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Post by Scuderia on Fri Jun 11, 2010 1:26 pm

Hi Chaps,

Well i had some time on my hands today so was able to get the engine and box cleaned up using some Gunk followed by using the power washer,so thats me know ready to get the engine stipped down,











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Post by Scuderia on Tue Jun 15, 2010 10:51 am

Hi All,

Well Ive had a little time on my hands to start stripping the engine,
I have to be honest the little 1108cc has had a very lucky escape.....another track day and i would most definitely have blown the head gasket and even buggered the head or even the block,
When stripping it i noticed one of the head bolts had started to corrode as the coolant had been leaking through the head gasket to the bolt hole,

Good and bad bolt and where the gasket had let go




You can see the gasket has gone/was going.There should be a clean line around all the fire-rings in the gasket,just from that photo there is a number of places where it wasn't sealing properly.....









Well i have managed to get the top end all stripped and clean up a little and brushed up with some fresh oil to keep the rust at bay until i get it all built back up?? after the summer all going well?? we'll see,
Now i have the head all stripped...... apart from the old valve stem oil seals i can get the head sent away to get the work done on it that i have planned,



When i get the head back then i can start to polish and port it and also polish the valves,as always i will update when i have something to update on,

Cheers Scuderia


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Post by martyboi on Tue Jun 15, 2010 3:28 pm

good stuff don Cool youll be back on the road before you know it Twisted Evil
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Post by Scuderia on Tue Jun 15, 2010 4:21 pm

martyboi wrote:good stuff don Cool youll be back on the road before you know it Twisted Evil

Cheers Marty,

Lets hope so lets hope so,a bloody lottery win would help ,

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