Sporting Fiats Club
Sporting Fiats Club
Home | Profile | Register | Active Topics | Members | Search | FAQ
Save Password
Forgot your Password?

 All Forums
 News Club and General Topics
 What's On - Events UK and Eire
 Goodwood Breakfast Club - Hot Hatch Sunday
 New Topic  Reply to Topic
 Printer Friendly
Author  Topic Next Topic  

Net Member

348 Posts

Posted - 08 Oct 2014 :  18:50:49  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Edited by - s130 on 18 Mar 2017 18:46:59


United Kingdom
7800 Posts

Posted - 09 Oct 2014 :  10:41:51  Show Profile  Visit Martin's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Very sharp 130TC there Nick, as always..... wheels look very straight and close to the original finish, good to see you venturing forth......

If I get more curious, did you choose to remove the door window deflectors from the A post region of the windows? Don't you get wind noise from the guttering there?

Your tranverse rear spring has settled into a sag.... do you have remedy plans for this?

Go to Top of Page


United Kingdom
7800 Posts

Posted - 09 Oct 2014 :  13:11:10  Show Profile  Visit Martin's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by s130

Fiat did some strange things to the last of the 130TCs imported to the country.

1) The remove the door window deflectors for some reason. The were on there when she left the factory as the you can see a slight impression in the paint where the lower front edge used to rest on the door panel below the quarter light glass

2) No Abarth shield badge fitted on front grille

Both mysterious events. 1) = put then on then take them off 2) = never put on at factory because to get badge off requires the whole front grille and light assemblies to be removed (if I remember correctly)

As for wind noise we don't notice any. I seem to recall from many moons ago some people took their off to reduce wind noise. Personally I can't say either way as we never had them fitted.

I'm pretty sure the rear spring has not sagged. She always was Nose Up - Tail Down which was/is the reason 130TCs were not the fastest off from a standing start. A dirty solution to this this is to remove two coil turns of the front springs. The first 3 turns rest against each other naturally.

Fortunately I have (somewhere) copious rear suspension measurements, including ride height from when I had to re-shim the rear lower arms to correct the camber and toe which was out from new.

As for the wheels they look good but are a full powder coat finish. The original machined and lacquered rim with the dark inners/nave, like on the Uno Turbo, never lasted long and we got fed up of trying to keep them looking new/good so got them powered coated instead. Thankfully all the original machined concentric rings are still below the paint so they can still be put back to original finish.

Surprise you missed the plastic seed trays Martin :) (look in rear wheel arch and in-front and inboard of the front wheels) Rear ones (barely visible) protect the rear wing return flange where the bumper mounts from crap & stone off the rear wheels. All Stradas suffer damage/rust on this rear flange. The front trays are for brake cooling. I originally made some nice sculptured aluminium deflectors to scoop and duct air into the back of the wheels but was concerned that any impact with a pedestrian could prove to be a messy affair for them. So I went to the black plastic seed tray base design. Light, simple, with in-built reinforcing ribs/patterns and will break when impacted. Still cool the brake very efficiently and unlike ducting tubes don't interfere with the steering lock to lock travel or inner wheel arch bodywork during suspension travel.

First class, cheap, effective engineering at its best :)

Not trying to judge car..... just look at a couple of the engineering questions -
I have stories about the dealerships - the one we used (it was ordered through my ex-wife's practice and we simply waited about three months to take first allocation to the main dealers)
was at Basingstoke and boy did I have some strange conversations with them.... the deflectors were always an Abarth listing, and mentioned in the dealer prep. details for the cars.... but the Abarth grill badge wasn't mentioned (although shown on their catalogue and parts additions). Got the deflectors retro fitted, but went all the way back to their UK HQ..... where they (eventually) said they expected all grill badges to be factory fitted.
Now the confusion occurs at their change from the Mk1 Abarth grills.... which had the badge fitted, to the Super Strada grills where it was left off the grills and instructions for the UK.
Back ordering this badge didn't work, they just got 'lost' somewhere en route.... and for its first two years it was used by my ex.... and we were in very busy times (commuting working resting stuff).

Springs & bushes - used Newbury based specialists before they became SEAT and other agents.... where we had the chance to compare four under 12 month old 130TCs - can confirm the rears sat the same with a three finger gap between top of rear tyre and wheel arch.... while the fronts had four or five fingers vertical height gap.
Understand your reluctance with the rears' toe (and camber).

I was very happy with the production race setup used by the two brothers in Southend (that was applied via Newbury)... and the strut changes to drop the car 35mm on Koni Yellows. Stayed with that all its life.
I'd also credit (now gone) A30 Pheonix Green Weber specialists for keeping the setup bang on and with a perfect diagnostic record with me over 100k miles.

Go to Top of Page


United Kingdom
821 Posts

Posted - 09 Oct 2014 :  16:20:45  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Very nice example Nick.

Took my Abarth but had to park behind Tescos along with others

1968 124 coupe AC torq
1969 124 Coupe AC 4link
1971 124 Spider BS1
1976 124 Spider CS1
2012 Abarth 500C esseesse and Monza
2000 Coupe Plus

Go to Top of Page
   Topic Next Topic  
 New Topic  Reply to Topic
 Printer Friendly
Jump To:
Sporting Fiats Club © 2003-2011 Sporting Fiats Club Go To Top Of Page
Snitz Forums 2000