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I know Regata's are rare, but not even a page for itself! The poor things!

Anyway, just picked up a Verde comfort 70.

It's had a hard life as the exterior shows but apart from a worn seat bolster is all there inside.

Drives really well, 1299cc engine with 4 speed box 60k miles.

Recently had a timing belt, and a clutch.

Only problem I'm having is the clutch only engages whilst pedal buried in the carpet and bites within a fraction of lifting it. Any advice on solving this? A new cable? Adjustment?

I'll post up some pictures tomorrow as I'm knackered after a 12 hour day to collect it!

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I know Regata's are rare, but not even a page for itself! The poor things!

Anyway, just picked up a Verde comfort 70.

It's had a hard life as the exterior shows but apart from a worn seat bolster is all there inside.

Drives really well, 1299cc engine with 4 speed box 60k miles.

Recently had a timing belt, and a clutch.

Only problem I'm having is the clutch only engages whilst pedal buried in the carpet and bites within a fraction of lifting it. Any advice on solving this? A new cable? Adjustment?

I'll post up some pictures tomorrow as I'm knackered after a 12 hour day to collect it!

John
Hi John ,

adjust it AND ENJOY..!!

my 2nd had an atrociously adjusted clutch..a twirl of the nut soon sorted it.., the new clutch ( work..) is the big clue there..,

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If adjustment not successful it is possible it has not been assembled correctly. A common mistake is to fit the clutch plate the wrong way.
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Pictures! Pictures! Pictures!
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If adjustment not successful it is possible it has not been assembled correctly. A common mistake is to fit the clutch plate the wrong way.
the one I mentioned was a 1985 1500 weekend,
I'd seen it at a local car sales place.. apart from a rusty tailgate it was very tidy, and typical FIAT of the time = dirt cheap.. but it was already sold.

2 months later - still on the lookout for an estate - I went to see a car listed in
local paper.. as I pulled up behind it I realised it was the same car..

for 200 LESS - turns out the guy has written off a VW estate and bough this short-term while the insurance paid out,
he'd had it "serviced" at 2 x local garages in the 6 weeks he'd owned it , but couldn't get used to the clutch action - so was back up for sale..
on the test drive I kept stalling it.. , as the clutch action was POOR

bear in mind I was driving a 1.3 saloon daily then so there was OBVIOUSLY something wrong here

SERVICED TWICE - and STILL virtually undriveable - EXPERTS eh..

anyway deal was done,
drove home , adjusted clutch cable and went on a 400 mile road trip

good car that..!!
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It is hard to find mechanics that can fix older cars. I believe they no longer teach apprentices how to fix cars with distributors let alone things like points and carburettors.
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It is hard to find mechanics that can fix older cars. I believe they no longer teach apprentices how to fix cars with distributors let alone things like points and carburettors.
agreed,

but the Regata was @ 5 years old at the time..,

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Just back from holiday so could not respond earlier.

Used to have a Regata 70 (Still have the 130TC )

From the Fiat Regata Workshop Manual.

Adjusting Clutch Pedal Position
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This is carried out by regulating then nut and lock nut on the flexible cable until the clutch pedal is 15mm lower than the brake pedal.
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there was THIS at the MITCAR show..,
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Re: Regata joins the fleet!

I still wanna know where this one went, that was in a well known Neasden car dealer for years, till about 18 months ago..
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I still wanna know where this one went, that was in a well known Neasden car dealer for years, till about 18 months ago..
Somebody wrote to Practical Classics to say that they were a Fiat collector, and after seeing the feature on that BL dealership, they had bought that car to join the rest of their Fiats, so hopefully it's gone to a good home!
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People are saying it went to Ireland. The plates no longer coming up on DVLA, so quite possible.
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It was 2500 quid IIRC

BARGAIN COMPARED TO THE C reg 70.at 3000
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Awaiting the pictures cheers from fellow regata/panda/croma/....etc collector


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