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Old 22-07-2014   #31
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Re: Poor mans Stratos...

First modification today. Before...



...After...



Knackered engine mount...





...well knackered cam' cover.

More worryingly is the broken gearbox mount...



...but I can extend it to the next hole in the gearbox.

The mystery of the nonfunctional speedometer is solved...



...but not resolved due to the replacement one is about a foot too short.

I also took the time to bleed the clutch properly so now she doesn't feel like a straight cut box.
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Old 23-07-2014   #32
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Re: Poor mans Stratos...

I think the broken gearbox mount your looking at is actually the exhaust silencer mount? Cant see it too clearly? The gearbox mount is right underneath the bell housing on a steel bolt on cross member.

The exhaust bracket has a second bolt just below the top one.

Look in the rear boot, remove the carpet and insulation and remove the access panel - the access to the exhaust, drive shafts and alternator is amazing - it'll blow you away!
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I think the broken gearbox mount your looking at is actually the exhaust silencer mount? Cant see it too clearly? The gearbox mount is right underneath the bell housing on a steel bolt on cross member.

The exhaust bracket has a second bolt just below the top one.

Look in the rear boot, remove the carpet and insulation and remove the access panel - the access to the exhaust, drive shafts and alternator is amazing - it'll blow you away!
I know this car was so well designed. The little panel behind the spare wheel to get to the distributor and fuel pump. The pop screw panels to get to the headlights, washer bag, horn and other bits. The splitting speedometer cable so you can pop dash out with a few screws.

When you think this car was designed in 1969 and we had the MG Midget and Triumph Spitfire the X1/9 must have looked like a spaceship.

A revision of my Violet and Yellow colour scheme...



...with a Grande Punto inspired stripe.

Could happen as the red paint looks like it was applied with a nail varnish brush by Stevie Wonder.
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Re: Poor mans Stratos...

http://www.howmanyleft.co.uk/?utf8=%...&q=Fiat+X1%2F9

248 left. Too rare to mess about with?
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Re: Poor mans Stratos...

You could go with Ferrari red or Kawasaki green? But don't talk to me about paint jobs... ;-)

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If you put in 'bertone x1/9' into how many left.com there are a few hundred more :-)
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Re: Poor mans Stratos...

Quote Originally Posted by purf View Post
You could go with Ferrari red or Kawasaki green? But don't talk to me about paint jobs... ;-)

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If you put in 'bertone x1/9' into how many left.com there are a few hundred more :-)
No results for "Fiat Bertone X1/9" or "Bertone X1/9"

Also I'm not on to talk about paint jobs.









According to the experts I've spoken to the fuel starvation issue could be one of two things. A knackered coil (rule one if you have a fuel issue with a Fiat it's probably electrical) or a common issue the fuel pump isn't man enough to cope with more than 4,500rpm.

The latter is more likely but the coil is the cheaper option. So a nice Lucas Gold is on it's way ready to prove me wrong. If it does it's something I won't need to worry about later.
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Re: Poor mans Stratos...

I was looking at this...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2211986871...84.m1423.l2649

...or this...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2904782828...84.m1423.l2649

...for my Punto and this...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/3705741922...84.m1423.l2649



...for my MX5 but it could suit the X1/9's combination of curves and angles.
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Re: Poor mans Stratos...

244 for a recored radiator???



I think I'll put in a call to Proalloy...

http://www.proalloy.co.uk/

...or my guys at Wisbech Engineering...

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wisbe...684220?fref=ts

...to see if I can get a better one for less.
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Re: Poor mans Stratos...

And another thing...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2615328201...84.m1497.l2649

...I have a little light reading for the weekend.
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Re: Poor mans Stratos...

So your the guy who did the gulf cinq! :-)

Nice blue, mine is similar metallic blue with light blue metallic over. It's original vs, I would prefer one colour as I think it suits the shape better.

I reckon it's your fuel pump, I found a spare pump gasket in the boot of my car...

Nice literature purchase btw
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So your the guy who did the gulf cinq! :-)

"Guff" as gulf is copyright protected.

A friend of mine built a GT40 replica good enough for a magazine feature only then some legal representatives from Gulf Oil to moan about the unauthorised use if their trademarks. So my Cinquecento was the wrong colour blue, wrong colour orange and the stickers said "Guff". My little protest.
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Re: Poor mans Stratos...

You'd think they'd lap up the free advertising. Its only about 50 years since they paid ford to wear their colours on GT40s. I'd say that's good value marketing...

I'd say the best X1/9 colour scheme is the dark blue Isconouve dellara, Shame you have to fit the wide body etc... In the old photos they look dark satin green and orange???

http://www.carstyling.ru/en/car/1975...a/images/6952/
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Re: Poor mans Stratos...

My old X1/9 was two tone midnight blue base with a lighter almost silver blue with a red dividing pinstripe along the upper trim line. Red leather seats and blue carpet.


As if by coincidence my old racing colours violet and yellow are almost the same as the haynes manual.
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Re: Poor mans Stratos...



Spooky.
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http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lancia-Stratos-/281397328841

Hmmmm....

I wonder if they'll take a part exchange and 100 a month?
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