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Re: 1963 'D' resto with 126

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I am about to purchase a classic 500 but am unsure whether the 650cc engine swop enhances the car or detracts . Should the car be original or does the 650cc make it a better car? Help!
The answers you get will depend whether they are written by those who look for a, relatively, easier drive or those looking for originality. A 650 engine and synchromesh gearbox make the car more able in today’s driving world whereas a 500 with original, crash, gearbox takes a bit more practice, maybe skill, to drive but can be a bit ‘sweaty” in modern traffic! To me it is all about originality, but you.........?
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Re: 1963 'D' resto with 126

Hi "F1TM"---I am in Saltney, just outside of Chester---if i can be of any help, feel free to contact me direct. My own car is a replica "Abarth 695" (I am in the process of building the 'SS' engine) with a well tuned '650' engine. AS mentioned, it depend what you want the car for. The bigger engine, even in standard format, makes for much easier driving in modern traffic.
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Re: 1963 'D' resto with 126

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I am about to purchase a classic 500 but am unsure whether the 650cc engine swop enhances the car or detracts . Should the car be original or does the 650cc make it a better car? Help!
Nothing to stop you building a hybrid by boring out a 499cc crankcase to take 650 pistons and cylinders. Lots you can do to keep the engine looking standard on the outside.
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Re: 1963 'D' resto with 126

I have both the original and a warm 652cc which is currently in my car. The bigger engine and synchro box make the car so much better in modern traffic. For me the 652cc while an expensive change over is worth every penny! Just be prepared for a brake upgrade. I have the 123 ignition and an electronic fuel pump and the car is super reliable! Starts really easily even when hot.
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