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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?
Really impressed
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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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