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Very hot in the cabin!

Hello I own a 1967 Autobianchi Bianchina Panoramica, mechanically identical to the 500 Giardiniera. When driving, it gets very hot inside the car. Transmission tunnel, handbrake etc very hot to the touch. She drives absolutely perfectly but I was wondering if it's normal for these areas to get so hot?

It doesn't worry me unduly, I just want to be sure I'm not doing her any harm!

Any advice welcome. Cheers!
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Re: Very hot in the cabin!

Does it have the heater flap at the rear of the tunnel, if so close it 😀
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Re: Very hot in the cabin!

Yep. There are flaps either side of the tunnel in the rear but, closed or open, the tunnel itself gets very hot.
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Yep. There are flaps either side of the tunnel in the rear but, closed or open, the tunnel itself gets very hot.
...sounds like your flap rubber's gone and cracked up.

It's easy to repair and I think you can even inspect it if you remove the almost triangular hatch next to the lever.

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Re: Very hot in the cabin!

an easy way to tell if your heater flaps are sealing properly is by sound. Heater flaps open = hearing damage imminent. Closed = just noisy. You should hear a noticeable difference when opening and closing the heater control whilst running.
This might not be the issue though
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Thak you, people! It isn;t so much that hot air is getting into the cabin via the heater, it's the fact that the metal of the transmission tunnel itself gets very hot. I was really questioning whether that's normal.
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Ha! I know what you maen about the sound levels! It's good to hear how the engine's running though. I've given up on having a radio in there though.
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Thak you, people! It isn;t so much that hot air is getting into the cabin via the heater, it's the fact that the metal of the transmission tunnel itself gets very hot. I was really questioning whether that's normal.
The back of the tunnel, the handbrake and to a lesser extent, the front metal part get really toasty....almost untouchable, when the heater is on full. It should be an encouragement for more people to venture out in their cars in winter.
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Re: Very hot in the cabin!

I agree with Peter--I have an aluminium gear-lever 'gate', and when the heater has been 'on' for a bit of time, that gate is just about untouchable. On cold days it is a real pleasure to drive the 500---it gets really cosy inside!
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Thank you again, people. Ironically I've gone through two freezing cold winters with her and only recently discovered that the heater pipe wasn't actually connected at all. Now the weather is lovely and warm, I'm driving a little toaster!
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Re: Very hot in the cabin!

You may have just discovered why the original owner removed the heater trunking, rather than sort the problem properly!
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