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Old 22-05-2016   #16
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Re: 1950 Topolino 'C' Project

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Hi, sorry to bring up an old thread. I am currently looking at purchasing a Fiat 500C Topolino from a friend but need help with sourcing the parts. All of what I have found is abroad. I can only find a few parts and don't have a clue where to get the rest from. It is in need of restoration and needs all sorts of parts. The engine has been stripped but the bits are there. It will need new rings, gasket sets, head bolts, valves possibly and other bits. Then the exterior parts such as tail lights, bumpers, wing mirrors, convertible roof etc. Interior bits like the carpet, door carpets etc and the obvious new parts for the brake system, fuel system, exhaust etc.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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Hi, and welcome,

I'd missed this thread..

@babbo_umbro was the only regular user I know of,

the yellow cinq in the background is a FF car, but don't recognise the username.

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Re: 1950 Topolino 'C' Project

I had Topolinos (?Topolini) years ago - early short spring/small brake Tipo A, later full (ballestriere) rear spring and bigger/Fiat 1100 brakes Tipo A, and a Tipo C - and the Swiss topo club seemed to be the best set up, including things like knowing how long a crown wheel and pinion could be expected to last. There are also umpteen specialists in Italy, of course, and items like hood canvases and so on were quite easy to source.

By the way, I think I still have a spare crown wheel and pinion somewhere in the garage - kept on the basis that you never know when it will be needed - with the standard ratio - I seem to remember 10:51 - as opposed to the slightly lower-geared furgoncino (van) ratio that you sometimes come across. I may also have a pair of unused Koni shock absorbers, I think for the Fiat 1100 of the time but I suspect they'd also fit a topo - as I say, they've never been used so would need a rebuild but that's easy with Konis. If these would be useful to you they're yours if you can either pick them up (central Devon when in Pudding Island) or arrange carriage - I'll check the cwp when we get back to Devon in mid-June. I had an original parts book for the Tipo C but I think I passed than on to another forumite - I'll look and check.

By the way, be very careful to look after the fabric couplings on the prop shaft - if they start to loose their shape it puts a shock into the rear axle with disastrous results; likewise be careful with use of the handbrake - it acts on the front of the prop shaft/output from the gearbox (as on the Fiat 1100 of the period) and can also stress the rear axle - which was the only weak link that I suffered from. It used to amuse me no end when the topo was MoTed - applying the handbrake caused the rear wheels to rotate in opposite directions on the rolling road, surprising the tester.

Good luck with the rebuild.
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Re: 1950 Topolino 'C' Project

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Introducing my latest project!. A 1950 Fiat Topolino 'C'. I was very interested in getting hold of one for a long time and when this popped up i couldn't resist.

As you can tell by the pictures its not been on the road for many years and will require a full restoration. The chassis and upper body is in fantastic condition considering its been sat for so long. Despite how it looks in the photo's there's sound solid metal under and all that flaking paint. The only major area's of welding appear to be on the floor pans and o/s sill so shouldnt be too much trouble.

It came as a complete car minus the engine and seat's but i'm in talks about getting the correct engine sorted. But virtually everything else hasn't been touched ( electrics/running gear/gearbox). You may notice its missing its pull back hood but the frames all there and would probaby need a new cover by now anyway. Oh and the N/s front wing and grill are only placed on for the pics

At first glance looking at the plates and badges it appears to be an Irish import. It came with no documentation so the rest of its history is unknown!

So here's some pics























I love the little pop out air intakes operated by a lever in the cabin!


Also Found what looks to be its original Fiat jack the with classic Fiat logo stamped in the top!



Looking forward to getting started on this project, along with my 1971 500l, Not sure which i'll have on the road first!
Must be an amazing feeling to work on such a gorgeous project! Not even the rust can hide its beauty...
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Re: 1950 Topolino 'C' Project

Hello
Have just finished restoring our Topolino C last year. I have some spare parts and can offer some advice if you need it. email me mistermikkib@hotmail.co.uk
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Re: 1950 Topolino 'C' Project

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Hi, sorry to bring up an old thread. I am currently looking at purchasing a Fiat 500C Topolino from a friend but need help with sourcing the parts. All of what I have found is abroad. I can only find a few parts and don't have a clue where to get the rest from. It is in need of restoration and needs all sorts of parts. The engine has been stripped but the bits are there. It will need new rings, gasket sets, head bolts, valves possibly and other bits. Then the exterior parts such as tail lights, bumpers, wing mirrors, convertible roof etc. Interior bits like the carpet, door carpets etc and the obvious new parts for the brake system, fuel system, exhaust etc.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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hi we have a topolino c 1955 finished resorting in 2016 we have a few parts left over.
hub caps , heater box , wiper linkage , roof cover, any information you need. have good contacts for spares. email me at mistermikkib@hotmail.com
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Re: 1950 Topolino 'C' Project

hi i have a topolino 1955 c fully restored.
have a few spare parts canvas roof in beige, front and rear bumpers ,window surrounds,
and losts of advise? email me mistermikkib@hotmail.com
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Re: 1950 Topolino 'C' Project

Hi
Great to hear from other Topolino owners.
I have started to restor a 1949 C this year I have owned the car for about 45 years it is similar condition as it went under water in a flood in 1974 and sat under water for about a week so it requires work to bring it up to scratch.
I am in Australia.
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Re: 1950 Topolino 'C' Project

Can i get in with a 1939 Simca Cinq Coupe?
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Can i get in with a 1939 Simca Cinq Coupe?
I'd have thought so - straight licensed clone. I seem to remember there was an early postwar Simca that was more or less a Fiat Millecento.
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I'd have thought so - straight licensed clone. I seem to remember there was an early postwar Simca that was more or less a Fiat Millecento.
What are the available recommended lubricants for this era Topolino/Cinq.
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My 1939 Simca Cinq Coupe.
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What size is the sump plug drainer on a model A Topolino/Simca Cinq.
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What size is the sump plug drainer on a model A Topolino/Simca Cinq.
It's Fiat part number 12022; diameter 22mm; pitch of thread 1.5mm; length of thread 13mm; material is aluminium; info from the second edition of the parts catalogue (which I have - also the body parts catalogue).
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It's Fiat part number 12022; diameter 22mm; pitch of thread 1.5mm; length of thread 13mm; material is aluminium; info from the second edition of the parts catalogue (which I have - also the body parts catalogue).
What is the socket size for removal,is there a washer,fibre or copper?
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What is the socket size for removal,is there a washer,fibre or copper?
I'm afraid the parts catalogue doesn't give the size for the hex key; my guess would be something like 18-19mm across flats. Washer (guarnizione per tappo) is part number 2815; external diameter 28 mm; internal diameter 22.2mm; thickness 1.5mm; material fibre.
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