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Talking Seicento Abarth - Van Aaken High Boost Turbo

So i guess its about time to create my own thread on this car, only had it 4 years Alot of people on here will know the car but we had alot of new cento members recently alot of which won't have seen her before.

Its originally from Jersey, it was ordered new from fiat by a doctor from Jersey who specified all options (bar the rarer wheels). So it has factory remote central locking, Air-con (apparently its rare to have AC & a sunroof but it has both) & ABS brakes. It was then delivered to Van Aaken new who fitted their high boost turbo kit to it.

It was then bought by a policeman i think and brought over to the main land. It was then bought by Donna on here and then Jamie86 on here (don't think either post on here anymore though) & then finally i bought it off Jamie.

It was at this point still not UK registered (despite having been here for at least 24 months!) So i got it registered which meant i had to lose the cool numberplate it had

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The day i bought it, getting a MOT - she passed with no advisories



On the way back to York with her, stopped in services. Note the cool numberplate.


Back home, next to Black Betty, the cinq @JustAndy bought a few months back

Then we jump forward a few years to 2010, I haven't really driven it much, she only comes out to play in summer, these are just before she went for her MOT in 2010



Notice in that pic she still has oem exhaust!!

that cover thing was fitted by the first owner, the doctor, to hide all the medical stuff that was carried around the island in it, i like it so kept it.



She passed the MOT again no real issues, just had to clean up the handbrake actuator that year as it was sticking (well known common problem amongst us cento'ers).

So went for a razz about with a lad with a mini, a seicento looks massive next to a old mini! lol




Showing off her bits





Saving a Ford


And then here's some pics from last summer - she only did 50 miles or so last summer so not many pics



And one of her parked next to her big sister


Amd now for some recent pics. Been getting her ready for the MOT this year over last month or so - the old stock exhaust finally fell to pieces so had to get a new one.
So she stuck her arse in the air so i could get underneath.


And the front (she was like this for a couple of weeks and the pikeys where i live would have had the wheels so they came off as well)


And bought some shiny pipes - intend to get a full custom exhaust from downpipe back at some point with a larger bore than stock but funds didn't allow for that yet.





And finally, some new yellow abarth centre caps and new open-ended shiny wheel nuts..



And that brings us upto date. I have many bits to go on the car but i will keep this thread updated now its here.

MOT in the morning. Wish her luck!!

Questions, comments etc welcome.
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Love it, looking forward to a visit when she's passed her test
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What days you at home this week fella??
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How many miles in total has she done?

A beaty I have to admit - something I would like to stick a t-jet in, that's for sure Too bad she is a left hand drive

I also noticed an oddly mounted VA IC
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she has covered just over 40k miles. I swapped the HG at 35k, it was ok but just staring to go around a water channel. I like to do it before it goes and seemed like time to have a look to me at 35k.

Its not a left-had drive

The VA IC is mounted at different angle to usual due to the AC rad being in the way to have it the way they are normally fitted
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You do ride on the left side of the road, and she has the steering wheel on right side, doesn't she? That's what I meant, from time to time I do not get my English right espacially after driving for the best part of the day

I am impressed with the milage. Re. the IC, well, I am yet to see an AC-ed Sei (or Cento) with my own eyes, so I wouldn't have guessed, not it is obvious.
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looking good a lot going on in that bay
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What days you at home this week fella??
None Working mon-fri (I know, how wierd?)

I'll be home just after 6 each day, dunno if you and Amy fancy coming through for dinner one night?
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Woj: Ah right i get you lol.. Yeah the AC rad isn't immediately obvious, it got covered in oil when the oil cooler leaked and so is now black , cleaned it best i could

puntoproject: yep, no room left, thinking i might move the battery to the boot to free up some space

Eklipze3k: sounds like a plan i'll talk to you on facebook sometime soon you gonna make me one of these banana loaf's??
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Haha, I would if I had a loaf tin ... or any of the ingredients I'll make a couple and bring them to Stanford since I can't get the cupcakes I wanted
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excellent, we have loaf tins although you'd have to ask Amy if you can borrow them. Not my department.
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looking good fella am sure it will fly through its mot
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Gorgeous .... That is all
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thank you.. my like button wouldn't work
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always loved this car!
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