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Old 15-09-2017   #16
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Re: 126 Bis FIRE engine conversion.

The engine developed a bad misfire after about 30 miles. After some fault finding it transpired to be that the old cambelt had jumped 2 teeth. I had a cambelt kit in stock so replaced it and also fitted a new dizzy as the auto advance was badly worn and seized. Id planned to change the belt over winter after putting in some test miles. However since this issue we are up to 140 miles without major issues. Fingers crossed.... From having the engine removed from the Uno to having it fitted in the 126 able to drive took about 3 months of free time. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to ask. I've tried to cover the 'bulky' stuff in this thread, but there was plenty of other head scratching, e.g. cooling system, exhaust, wiring and admin: DVLA etc. Mega thanks to my father for his expertise, time and advice and my wife for putting up with me through the whole saga
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Re: 126 Bis FIRE engine conversion.

This build has inspired me massively, I have an identical car to yours and all, with the same problem, buggured engine, what did you do for cooling, front mount or bis rad?
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Re: 126 Bis FIRE engine conversion.

Hi, you mentioned DVLA, how did you get on and what did they require?

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Re: 126 Bis FIRE engine conversion.

What a fantastic project! The 126 is and always will be a difficult car to do an engine conversion on due to its space resrictions. Many, many poor attempts using bike and car engines usually come to nothing or badly executed to the point of being Undrivable. I've seen similar FIRE engined conversions before (but never in a BIS!) and I firmly believe that the FIRE is one of a handful of engines that can realisily work as it just about fits in there in the back (mid mounted ones are just a no-no for me). You've done a fantastic job and I'm well impressed that you have kept it very tasteful with the bumpers and wheels and resisted the urge to widen or modify the bodywork unnecessarily.

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Re: 126 Bis FIRE engine conversion.

Great car. Love it.

As an aside, I know at some point Fiat had a prototype front engine/front wheel drive 126 up and running. Has anyone tried, or does anyone know of anyone doing such a thing to their own 126?
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Fiat 126 FWD prototype



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Re: 126 Bis FIRE engine conversion.

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Hi, you mentioned DVLA, how did you get on and what did they require?

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Hi Ralph, just an engineers report by my local garage. I did the work, took it along, got them to inspect it and write a report and i just sent it off with the logbook with cc and engine number. It came back changed.
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Re: 126 Bis FIRE engine conversion.

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This build has inspired me massively, I have an identical car to yours and all, with the same problem, buggured engine, what did you do for cooling, front mount or bis rad?
Really impressed
Hi, i used the bis radiator and it seems to cope just fine. The fan kicks in regularly but the needle stays pretty much central in the gauge. If you want advice with plumbing the fire into the bis, let me know and i'll send you a diagram. It bleeds up so much more easily than the bis 704 engine.
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Re: 126 Bis FIRE engine conversion.

Ya I'd love to see how you did it, very close to doing mine.
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Hi excellent stuff, this is exactly the conversion that I want to do, is it possible for you to give me a ring when you get 5 mins to discuss a few issues
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Hi everyone, not sure if I'm doing something wrong but I was just wondering if this is a dead thread as I am trying to Contact the chap that did this conversion as he seems to be a something of an expert on this. Is there another way to contact a member or do I assume that he is no longer active on the forum, many thanks
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Re: 126 Bis FIRE engine conversion.

Hi Gareth, if you go to the OP's profile you'll see (Under "Send Message") the option to send them an email, this goes through to their registered email address and might encourage them to log back in and respond

I'd also suggest not posting your mobile number onto a public forum, unless you're a big fan of unsolicited calls and texts
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Re: 126 Bis FIRE engine conversion.

It just seems like he isn't on this too much , what are you looking for, I might be of some help as I am sourcing parts for my conversion.
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Many thanks to you, point taken about phone number.
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Hi im intending to do the same on my bis but just need to confirm that I need to get an air cooled Bell housing and does the 126 flywheel fit the fire crank and which starter is then used etc, also do I need to fabricate something to get the 126 accelerator cable to fit etc.
Would be good to talk to someone else that is doing the same thing, two heads being better than one and all
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