Register Login
FIAT Auto Specialist Team
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 07-11-2011   #1
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 140
Thanks: 0
Trader Rating: 0
USA 
All 500 owners in USA, report in

Hi guys,

I noticed more and more U.S. folks are posting. Please update your location on your avator because I think it is helpful to know where we can get some help.

I'm in Dayton Ohio and will be moving to Shreveport, Louisana next spring.

Frank
__________________
FIAT Forum Useful Links:
Donate to FF | Buy FF Merchandise | Classifieds | FF Insurance | How-to Guides

usafstud is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 08-11-2011   #2
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Virginia
Posts: 55
Thanks: 1
Trader Rating: 0
USA 
Re: All 500 owners in USA, report in

Hey Frank,

I just bought my 65 500f about a month ago from a guy in NJ and U-hauled her back to Roanoke, VA. Let me tell you, I was nervous. I drove all the way up there with a U-haul car carrier reserved and spent the night. The next day I showed up to pick up the car and when they drove the car up to the back of the trailer, I would have put money on it that it was going to be too small to span the gap in the middle despite my measuring and calculating! She just barely fit! Any more than an inch (or two at the most) difference and it would not have worked!!!!

Anyway, she is at her new home hopefully awaiting a motor transplant for Christmas !
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_2532.jpg
Views:	121
Size:	417.1 KB
ID:	96040  
Likes Ricambi Fiat 500 USA liked this post
__________________
FIAT Forum Useful Links:
Donate to FF | Buy FF Merchandise | Classifieds | FF Insurance | How-to Guides


Last edited by vascrats; 08-11-2011 at 14:57.
vascrats is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 11-11-2011   #3
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 140
Thanks: 0
Trader Rating: 0
USA 
Re: All 500 owners in USA, report in

Quote Originally Posted by vascrats View Post
Hey Frank,

I just bought my 65 500f about a month ago from a guy in NJ and U-hauled her back to Roanoke, VA. Let me tell you, I was nervous. I drove all the way up there with a U-haul car carrier reserved and spent the night. The next day I showed up to pick up the car and when they drove the car up to the back of the trailer, I would have put money on it that it was going to be too small to span the gap in the middle despite my measuring and calculating! She just barely fit! Any more than an inch (or two at the most) difference and it would not have worked!!!!

Anyway, she is at her new home hopefully awaiting a motor transplant for Christmas !
Vascrats, is your 500 white or baby blue. Either way, it looks clean.

did you use one of these trailer?

__________________
FIAT Forum Useful Links:
Donate to FF | Buy FF Merchandise | Classifieds | FF Insurance | How-to Guides

usafstud is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 11-11-2011   #4
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Virginia
Posts: 55
Thanks: 1
Trader Rating: 0
USA 
Re: All 500 owners in USA, report in

My 500 is a lighter blue. The picture does make it look like a baby blue but it is a couple shades darker in person.

That IS the U-Haul trailer I used. More specifically though it was an older one. From what I was told by someone at a u-haul rental location I believe, the newer ones like the one pictured are narrower in the middle than the older ones and would be more likely to fit the tiny 500. Even among the older ones, I believe there were two different models with very slight differences in the gaps in the middle. I guess what I am getting at is that it is possible to use one of these haulers but be sure to measure the gap in the middle of the hauler and the width between the insides of the car's tires to be safe. As I said, mine did not have an inch to spare, SERIOUSLY. It also takes ba!!s of steel to drive the car up that ramp with no room for error.

P.S. Just placed the motor order along with new muffler, muffler clamps, and muffler gaskets. Merry Christmas to me (and the Fiat)
__________________
FIAT Forum Useful Links:
Donate to FF | Buy FF Merchandise | Classifieds | FF Insurance | How-to Guides

vascrats is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 14-11-2011   #5
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Living in Sicily
Posts: 19
Thanks: 0
Trader Rating: 0
USA 
Re: All 500 owners in USA, report in

I have a couple of more years left in Italy before I head back to the US. Hopefully, I will be going back to So Cal.
Likes tbiggham liked this post
__________________
FIAT Forum Useful Links:
Donate to FF | Buy FF Merchandise | Classifieds | FF Insurance | How-to Guides

Miramontesj is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 17-11-2011   #6
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 140
Thanks: 0
Trader Rating: 0
USA 
Re: All 500 owners in USA, report in

Here are my two oldies. Even though they are the smallest of my family of 8, they are the oldes.

Here is a vid of my engine after a recent rebuild.



<iframe width="560" height="315" src=http://www.youtube.com/embed/zzrEOSuFylc frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
__________________
FIAT Forum Useful Links:
Donate to FF | Buy FF Merchandise | Classifieds | FF Insurance | How-to Guides


Last edited by usafstud; 17-11-2011 at 03:43.
usafstud is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 08-12-2011   #7
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: New York USA
Posts: 19
Thanks: 1
Trader Rating: 0
USA 
Re: All 500 owners in USA, report in

Just joined today. On LOng ISland in NY. have an 1958 500N USA model.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_4691.jpg
Views:	110
Size:	1.01 MB
ID:	97004  
__________________
FIAT Forum Useful Links:
Donate to FF | Buy FF Merchandise | Classifieds | FF Insurance | How-to Guides

mimmo is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 09-12-2011   #8
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 140
Thanks: 0
Trader Rating: 0
USA 
Re: All 500 owners in USA, report in

Welcome to the Mimmo. You may have the oldest 500 in the states. I never seen one even in Italy with headlights popping out.
__________________
FIAT Forum Useful Links:
Donate to FF | Buy FF Merchandise | Classifieds | FF Insurance | How-to Guides

usafstud is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 10-12-2011   #9
Shed Troglodyte
 
Bambino's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Queensland Australia
Posts: 1,441
Thanks: 99
Trader Rating: 0
Bambino has donated!
Australia 
Re: All 500 owners in USA, report in

Quote Originally Posted by usafstud View Post
Welcome to the Mimmo. You may have the oldest 500 in the states. I never seen one even in Italy with headlights popping out.
I think that these models were specially constructed for the US market. At the time the Highway Code had strict rules governing the size and height of headlights and as a result, the 500s exported to the US had to have larger and higher headlights thus giving them a rather odd pop-eyed look. They, and the later Lancia Fulvias, were rather rudely nicknamed Fanalone. The literal translation is something like 'big beacons' but the word is also Italian slang for 'big breasts'. Fiat also made a limited run of Jolly's with the fanalone look.

Enjoy your car,

Chris
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Fanalone 500D 1.jpg
Views:	65
Size:	472.3 KB
ID:	97035   Click image for larger version

Name:	Fanalone 500D 2.jpg
Views:	61
Size:	635.3 KB
ID:	97036  

Click image for larger version

Name:	Fanalone Jolly.jpg
Views:	54
Size:	543.8 KB
ID:	97037   Click image for larger version

Name:	Fulvia Fanalone.jpg
Views:	63
Size:	54.5 KB
ID:	97038  

__________________
1967 Fiat 500F (Enzino)
Sundry other Italian rotboxes

Amante di vecchie automobili italiane
Bambino is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 10-12-2011   #10
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: New York USA
Posts: 19
Thanks: 1
Trader Rating: 0
USA 
Re: All 500 owners in USA, report in

Thanks for the welcom. You're right, these were built for the USA market, larger headlights, bumpers, speedo in MPH and i think the rear tailights might have a different mounting too, could be wrong. deciding on whether to get the original light rings re-chromed or replacing.

sorry if this post shows up multiple times, had issues trying to get the pics uploaded.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Safe Motoring.JPG
Views:	55
Size:	1.11 MB
ID:	97056   Click image for larger version

Name:	Supplement Book.JPG
Views:	65
Size:	1.05 MB
ID:	97057  

__________________
FIAT Forum Useful Links:
Donate to FF | Buy FF Merchandise | Classifieds | FF Insurance | How-to Guides

mimmo is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 12-12-2011   #11
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Virginia
Posts: 55
Thanks: 1
Trader Rating: 0
USA 
Re: All 500 owners in USA, report in

Cool 'mutation'! She is truly a big eyed beauty! You certainly do have something even more special there.

Apparently I am a Fanalone fan by many accounts ......
__________________
FIAT Forum Useful Links:
Donate to FF | Buy FF Merchandise | Classifieds | FF Insurance | How-to Guides

vascrats is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 14-12-2011   #12
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 10
Thanks: 1
Trader Rating: 0
Canada 
Re: All 500 owners in USA, report in

one day i'll get in!
__________________
FIAT Forum Useful Links:
Donate to FF | Buy FF Merchandise | Classifieds | FF Insurance | How-to Guides

SandroBit is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 14-12-2011   #13
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: California
Posts: 5
Thanks: 0
Trader Rating: 0
USA 
Re: All 500 owners in USA, report in

Located in California. I also have a USA version 500 N -- mine is 1959. Currently undergoing a complete ground up restoration.
__________________
FIAT Forum Useful Links:
Donate to FF | Buy FF Merchandise | Classifieds | FF Insurance | How-to Guides

handcrafted is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 14-12-2011   #14
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: California
Posts: 5
Thanks: 0
Trader Rating: 0
USA 
Re: All 500 owners in USA, report in

If you search the Photo Gallery for "handcrafted" you'll see some pics of mine.
__________________
FIAT Forum Useful Links:
Donate to FF | Buy FF Merchandise | Classifieds | FF Insurance | How-to Guides

handcrafted is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Old 16-12-2011   #15
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 140
Thanks: 0
Trader Rating: 0
USA 
Re: All 500 owners in USA, report in

wow, the USA version of the 500 may be the rarest of them all.
__________________
FIAT Forum Useful Links:
Donate to FF | Buy FF Merchandise | Classifieds | FF Insurance | How-to Guides

usafstud is offline Reply With Quote Quote 
Reply
Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump