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Old 26-11-2014   #1
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My exploit yellow 75 elx

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My name is Simon and I haven't been on here in ages.
I'm a fiat nut who has owned fiats all my life as have my family. I work in a fiat dealership in dundee and have treated myself to a new car, as it's the first time in my life I have been without a fiat.

I bought the following car off ebay for 4 reasons

1. I had one as my first car
2. I just bought a house and have somewhere to keep it
3. My mum had a brand new exploit yellow 55 sx back in '95
4. Have plenty fiat techs to fix it when it breaks

So, I'm in dundee, the car was in Yorkshire, so my dad and I left 5:30am Saturday morning in his 500L to pick it up. I was worried about bringing a near 20 year old fiat 260 mile up the road, but it didn't miss a beat. It drives like a new car.

History- we'll it was sold new to a mrs crappe, at carnell fiat, she had the car garaged from new, done 70,000 miles in it. It had its original dealer plates on it which I changed, as they were tatty. Full years mot with no advisories, and a full service history. She specced it up with a drivers airbag!

The car come with a few parking dings, original scuffed wheel trims, and a couple of light scratches, otherwise it's mint.
Luckily working in a fiat dealer, I can get parts, a workshop with a 40 years served fiat technician, a dent man and body shop.

Took the car into work today to get all the dents removed, was up on the ramps for a health check- solid underneath, just needs new discs and pads and a rocker cover gasket. Underneath is solid, clean and all present and correct. It also needs a new cam belt cover as mine is burst. Then that's it mint.
Turns out the rear tyres are the factory originals, made 3rd week of 1995, so it will be getting a full set of brand new Goodyear duragrips I have in my garage.
Surprisingly every single thing works on the car, even the remote locking and being an elx it has an electric sunroof!!!

It's quite funny because all the fiat techs were all over it today, donating parts. One of them had an exploit yellow touch up pen that's been in his toolbox for 15 years, got handbrake cables and a rocker cover gasket, with more bits offered. They also went on e-sigi and printed out the complete history of my car, showing recalls for brake pipes, airbag ecu etc which is nice to keep.

Work so far done-

New genuine wheel trims
New genuine punto mats
Original fiat tape deck
Genuine fiat lineaccessorie front and rear mudflaps
General tidy up
Clay, wet sand, machine polish bodywork
New numberplates
Dents removed
Brand new badges
Full valet

I love this car, I can't believe how mint it is. Taking bad with no power steering though.
I put it in the showroom and took some piccies.
Anyway the pictures.......
















And my main/ daily car

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Re: My exploit yellow 75 elx

Good to see a scrappage scheme survivor, looks mint. I had a similar 85 elx (r plate) with the dealer option alloys, 6 cd, changer originally sold to the wife of the supplying dealer so all options. Mint low miles...and I killed it. Take good care of it there's not many left
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Good to see a scrappage scheme survivor, looks mint. I had a similar 85 elx (r plate) with the dealer option alloys, 6 cd, changer originally sold to the wife of the supplying dealer so all options. Mint low miles...and I killed it. Take good care of it there's not many left
I intend to. This ones a keeper. Can't believe how lucky I've been with it
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I intend to. This ones a keeper. Can't believe how lucky I've been with it

That does indeed look mint, and like it should be in a museum, please keep it original nothing better than an old car that's not been molestered by some spotty first time driver who wants to make it 'unique' it looks great just as it is.
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No modifications! Staying 100% stock. Hopefully in a few years time appreciate in value as they all dissolve away.
It had a pink jvc cd in it which come out as soon as I got home. Luckily the fiat tape player was in the car.

Am after a set of headlamp protectors if anyone knows of any?
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No modifications! Staying 100% stock.
Where did you get all the old Lineaccessori's/Fiat Accessories?
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Where did you get all the old Lineaccessori's/Fiat Accessories?
Ebay. Bloody expensive too!
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Ebay. Bloody expensive too!
Haha I was hoping you'd found a secret supply of Fiat optional extras
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My work can't get me genuine parts either

Choking for a set of headlight protectors
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Re: My exploit yellow 75 elx

all i have to say is, 'wow'!
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Re: My exploit yellow 75 elx

So, done a few wee things to my car.
Firstly a new set of tyres, the original rear tyres were Michelin mxt's, plenty tread left but are nearly 20 years old so in the interests of safety, I changed them all for a new set of Goodyear duragrips, slightly wider than the originals.

Also fitted my brand new badges and gave the car a thorough clean.
Bought genuine fiat discs and pads for the front and a genuine fiat timing belt, just need to get round to fitting them.

Then just a few wee bits to tidy up.









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Re: My exploit yellow 75 elx

Still loving how clean this car is. What do you intend to do with it in the long term ?
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Keep it and preserve it I suppose, restore it to factory condition
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Loving that mk1......sooooo clean
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New brakes fitted, a few wee bits picked up from the scrappy.
Next up, rocket cover gasket.

Also after a 1995 car of the year boot window sticker, anyone know of any?
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