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Old 16-04-2020   #31
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Re: Fiat 128 Tyre size and indicator cancelling

Hi Andrew,

I've just come across this aftermarket column switch unit, it's amazingly similar to the old Fiat one:- www.carbuilder.com/uk/multi-stalk-assembly
and costs only £26.40! ref. #INDSW10 Multi-stalk Indicators, Lights, Wiper Assembly

This one has 2 block connectors, one is 6 pin, other is 8 pin, there's also a separate wire (yellow in this case) which goes to the screenwasher. Maybe this is where the extra 'green' wire on your switch should connect to? If you click along the available images, you'll find they include wiring diagrams for the block connectors.

Hopefully, this info may be of some use to you and other classic car enthusiasts.

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Oh wow, that's exactly the same, and cheap. So it does seem the extra wire is for an electric washer.
Here's the Haynes manual description that references a verde/Nero wire on the corresponding diagram.
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Hi Andrew,

Sorry I missed your post #30 while I was looking up the column switch on Car Builder Solutions and composing my post #31 . So, the mystery has now been solved. I wouldn't be surprised if you now started thinking about converting your screen-washer to electrically operated, even though you were quite happy with manual operation up to now.

Iirc, that old later type 128 column switch that I mentioned in post #25 was from the later 128 Comfort model. These were the last of the 128's (before the introduction of the replacement Ritmo/Strada model) and had plastic/resin bumpers etc., no nice chrome bumpers or hubcaps anymore.

That Car Builder Solutions is well worth adding to your favourites list, it's amazing just how much they stock and at very good prices. I found e.g. oil pressure switches and radiator fan switches that look like they'd fit some Fiats if the genuine parts couldn't be found. Just be fore-warned that if you're like me, you'll loose several hours searching through their catalogue pages!!!

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Well now I don't have a washer wire on my new column assembly I'll be less tempted to go "modern". That said, I quite like the vacuum system - it works (now I have cleaned out the gummed up jets) and has a certain charm. And it does seem to be a fairly simple, robust system. The one on my beat up 500 still works as good as the day it left the factory.

And yes, despite my car being built in Nov 78 (NZ assembled) they were thankfully still using chrome bumpers etc. I don't think I would've bought it had it been the facelift model (that was never sold here as far as I know)

Thanks again for all your help Al.

PS: a local chap I met at a car show has found me a NOS owners handbook among his stash of Fiat stuff. He also has a collection of incredibly low mileage original Fiats stored away (125s 124 coupes and 850 coupes) that he's offered to give me a tour of when we get out of this lockdown. Something to look forward to
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Hello Andrew, just came across your posts. Did you ever end up replacing the rims or just the tires? Are you based in Auckland? If so, could you please share Tony’s details? I recently acquired a 1978 128, not as tidy as yours and needs quite a bit of work. Cheers, Amar
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Hello - Here’s a pic of my ‘Bello’, which will no doubt remind you of your mum’s one! Cheers
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ha ha yes, identical to Mum's car that I learnt to drive it. I was actually out in my car today. First time is a couple of months.
I retained the original rims and fitted new tyres. I reckon a slightly wider rim would improve drivability when pushing it.
I'm in Napier, as is Tony, but I'm sure there will be someone up your way that can work magic with a 128. How's the rust?
The Fiat Alfa Centre in Cambridge still carry many parts.
Good luck with it. They are a great little car
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Hello Andrew

I grew up in the Bay, hoping that my 128 is able to make it over there some day soon. Quite a bit of rust, I've been able to source a few replacement parts and work will commence once restrictions are lifted. Do you know the standard rim size? I'm wondering if 5.5 x 13" would fit?

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Hello Andrew

I grew up in the Bay, hoping that my 128 is able to make it over there some day soon. Quite a bit of rust, I've been able to source a few replacement parts and work will commence once restrictions are lifted. Do you know the standard rim size? I'm wondering if 5.5 x 13" would fit?

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the standard rims are 13x4.5. I've not tried but I think 13x5.5 would fit and there are a few Cromodora rims that are 13x5, that was what I was considering at some point
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