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Old 15-07-2014   #16
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Re: Poor mans Stratos...

Between ten and eleven o'clock?

So that'd be now then.
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Re: Poor mans Stratos...

Forty minutes late or a day depending on the clock you use.

Basically I had time to open the boot, engine cover, take the roof off and park before a pre-arranged driving lesson for my sister.

I forgot to add the word "project" to my wish list as an X-1/9 under 2,500 would be by default. She needs a little more work than I was expecting but I enjoy working on my cars as much as driving them so what I've noticed so far I'm relieving in.
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Re: Poor mans Stratos...

So here she is...





...warts and all.













So first drive to see my mate Kev' and the speedometer and horn don't work as informed but there was an annoying rattle from the front. It was too high pitched to be suspension bushes, the steering felt solid so it wasn't track rod ends or wheel bearings, the hood was closed and cable taught, it didn't matter if the lights were up or down so it wasn't broken linkage.

Hmmmmmmm....




...that'd explain it.
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Re: Poor mans Stratos...

Technically, the X/19 was the poor man's (or trendy hairdresser's) Beta Montecarlo....
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The Monte didn't have pop up lights.

Not the most glamorous location...



...but the most fun I've had driving to work in ages.
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Re: Poor mans Stratos...

Twenty three hours and six minutes into ownership and I've taken the really rather grey roof off...



...painted and refitted it...



...not great but a damn sight better.

Also while I was out and about one of the Aluminium center caps flew off and disappeared.

Just as well there wasn't anyone heading the other way.
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Looking forward to watching your progress on this one
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Re: Poor mans Stratos...

First break down today.

On my way home from work I thought I'd take some fun back roads. Just over a quarter of a tank so I thought I'd be okay.

After a long sweeping right hand bend...

"Chug, chug, spit, pop, bang, chug chug"

...I'd sucked air into the fuel line and had to stop, let the car settle for a moment and nearly run the battery flat restarting the old girl.

Hmmmmmm. I weren't planning any modifications but a swirl pot may be in order.
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Re: Poor mans Stratos...

If you like the engine in your punto then you could fit one on the x eventually. :-) I've just fitted a 93 tempra engine in mine and I think the punto is the same engine? It's economical, starts instantly and still sounds very similar. Depends if you want to retain the originality of course.

It needs an electric fuel pump, connect the ecu wiring to the starter motor for power and your away :-)

You've made a good logical choice of course. I've had mine for 8 months now and used it as daily transport for 6 months as the clutch wore out, so took the opportunity to fit the tempra engine.

I was spending hours maintaining my mk2 punto (heater matrix - dash out job, 8hrs our something stupid) and thought I'd rather spend it on a more interesting car. Don't get me wrong I'm a huge small Fiat fan, Iv had 4 Cinqs and a punto mk2.

Hopefully this part of the forum will get a bit more busy, it's been a little quiet recently. Most owners seem to use the X19 owners club site it seems?

Any plans to mod the x?
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Re: Poor mans Stratos...

No plans as such but the car broke down again this morning. It feels like fuel starvation. I put it down to cornering yesterday but today it happened after the on ramp to the A47.

The respray is sloppy/amateurish at best and I'm dreading looking at all the filler patches.

One of the gearbox mounts is broken.

The car needs water topping up every fifty miles.
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Re: Poor mans Stratos...

Maybe the mechanical fuel pump is tired? I guess it might have a worn out diaphragm? I know mine had been replaced it's an 85 with 80k miles.

I guess it's the bottom gear box mount? On mine it had separated due to the rubber perishing, maybe due to oil contamination.

I don't think there is an X1/9 out there that doesn't have warts :-)

I guess the water could be anything? Checked the rad and heater pipes under the floor?

This weekend I'm having to reseal my down pipe for maybe the 4th time this year...
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Re: Poor mans Stratos...

Something I learned the hard and expensive (well expensive by Panda standards) is if it feels like a fuel issue it's probably electrical.

Sure enough the rotor arm was covered in cack.

A few seconds on the polisher at work and a drive to Cambridge and back without incident. Although I was taking it easy until I get the speedometer working.
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Re: Poor mans Stratos...

Hmmm. Two things that could be related. The fuel gauge dropped below 1/4 of a tank, I drove at over 4500rpm and the result was the fuel starvation splutter, pop, bang.

I dropped the clutch, the engine cut out and as I was coasting along I restarted the car and she was faultless the rest of the way to work.

With the engine cover open I've noticed the top nut for the upper engine mount was loose and lower one snapped off the head.

The same story for the lower engine mount. It's broken where the bolt goes through the engine.

I'll nurse the car home in the morning and see what I can do. It'd be a shame to bin a perfectly good engine but I took my Punto out earlier and that car is a universe apart from the X1/9 even though the engines are almost the same.
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Re: Poor mans Stratos...

http://www.fiatforum.com/lets-talk-f...ed-blocks.html

Much as I like the Tipo/Tempra idea and have a nice low mileage Punto it could be worth a little more research. Especially with the money from selling the MX5.
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Re: Poor mans Stratos...

Get a cheap old punto sporting or stilo as a doner? I need to write up my engine swap properly... Did I mention it gets almost 40mpg :-)
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