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100HP Turbo

I've had a 100HP for a little over a year, and it's a great little car, guaranteed smiles.

So it came as a bit of a shock to me when, a couple of weeks ago, I found myself filling in the little green "New Owner" section of a V5C.

Friends and Family couldn't understand why I wanted another car, especially another Fiat Panda 100HP. They didn't know it was a 100HP once owned by shakey_hand_man, and he puts a turbocharger on everything he owns.

I've done about one hundred miles in the car now, and if a standard 100HP puts a smile on my face, then this one is like being on laughing gas.

There's a few things that I'd want to do to the car, and I'll try to use this thread to document those items.

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Re: 100HP Turbo

I do notice the lack of mid range oomph on the 100HP and the gear shift is not snappy enough to keep it on the boil. The turbo should "solve" that quite nicely.

First mod with all the power = 500 back axle.

The ARB and 500's softer springs seriously improve the road holding. HOWEVER it wont work with 100HP wheels. You would need to cut the wheel spindle hangers and move them inboard by 25mm each side. Suitable jigs could be made with angle iron.
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Re: 100HP Turbo

Hi,


I have a very bumpy test track, err I mean country road near by and the standard 100HP with low profile tyres is just hopping around. The Turbo is much better at the front, but the rear is jumping like a rabbit. So yes, I think the 500 rear axle is a sensible mod.Thanks for the suggestion.

I'm still getting used to the car, but fixing the leaking vac pipe that runs to the boost gauge seems to have fixed my low speed stalling issue. I can reverse it into the garage without stalling five times. No idea what the neighbours where thinking..


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Re: 100HP Turbo

I only got one key with the car, and it's always useful to have a spare. There was no way I was going to Fiat for this, as I'd heard about the cost. So I nipped down to the local Timpson's in the Tesco car park.


The bloke was on his own, and was a bit reticent to encode the key, as he'd have to step out of the shop. Especially as I'd parked at the other end of the car park.


I looked outside, and there was a tiny gap between the 'shop' and the drop off area. I said "look it's a tiny car, if I can get it in that gap will you do the encoding?" A nod was all that was needed.

After a bit of faffing around with the encoder, and piggy backing the transponder, we were all set to go.


Timpson: "I need to test if the key will work, do you mind if I start the car"
Me (in passenger seat): "No, not at all - just knock it out of gear"
Timpson: (turns key, engine starts)
Both: High Five
Timpson: "Errr. What type of Panda is this?"
Me: Smiles.

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Re: 100HP Turbo

The car has a Cusco oil catch can, so a simple thing to do was empty it. I decided to remove the whole thing to make it a bit easier, and the attached picture is what came out.


It's a rather yucky mixture, which stinks to high heaven, and of course, as I put the can back into the car the dregs of it dripped onto my shoe...

I guess there was about 200ml in there, and I have no idea when it was last emptied, so I'm going to keep an eye on it. Which should be easy as there's an inspection pipe on the side - apart from the fact that some one has replaced the clear pipe with a black one...

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Re: 100HP Turbo

The car has had another engine installed at one point, and (I'm guessing) due to space issues the oil filter had to move location, and if you're doing that you might as well add an oil cooler.

That other engine skipped a tooth on the timing belt, so the original engine was re-installed, but without the remote oil filter and cooler connected. I may well connect it at some point in the future, but I'd have to move the oil feed for the turbo. In the mean time I've removed the oil rad, filter mount and all the pipes.
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Re: 100HP Turbo

Having added a turbo you really do need that oil cooler.
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