1972 Fiat 124 Spider

Started on Aug. 10 by Raze (Forum Supporter)

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1972 Sport Spider

Drive Train:

  • 1608 Engine
  • 32/36 DFEV Weber Carb
  • Reman 5 speed Trans (International Auto Parts)
  • Work to Date (Mechanical):

  • Fluid flush
  • Tune up
  • Installed new battery bracket (Southwest Speed)
  • Set of Kumho Power Star 175/70/13
  • Retimed cams
  • Replaced all head seals and gaskets (Auto Ricambi)
  • Added wideband O2 sensor for easier carb tuning
  • New coolant overflow bottle and bracket
  • Repaired convertible top attach points to bows
  • Repaired brake MC, flushed brakes
  • Replaceed Radiator (Allison Automotive)
  • Replaced Radiator Fan
  • Work to Date (Electrical):

  • New battery
  • Rewired battery cables
  • Rewired the fuse block to modern ATO
  • Repaired wiring to all gauges / sensors
  • Cleaned all electrical contacts
  • Replaced bad connectors
  • Work to Date (Cosmetic):

  • Dyed carpet black
  • Painted engine bay
  • De-bumperette'd the bumpers
  • Reattached bumpers
  • Blacked out front grille
  • Added 'FIAT' grille badge
  • Painted engine head while disassembled for gasket repair
  • Painted tail light housings (Krylon chrome paint)
  • Painted tail light lens covers (Krylon stained glass paint)
  • Painted windshield wipers aluminum (Duplicolor aluminum paint)
  • Painted mini-turbo sideview mirrors (Duplicolor truck bed liner)
  • Removed exhaust and ceramic coated (Duplicolor header paint)
  • Removed old stereo
  • Truck bedliner'd dash
  • Steering wheel leather wrapped
  • Dyed old sun visors, reattached
  • Refurbished old cracked dash
  • Made new wood panels for dash
  • Refurbished old radio console
  • Refurbished old lower console
  • Added 'FIAT' trunk lid badge
  • Added 'FIAT 124' rear badge
  • Added '1600 SPORT' badge
  • Sourced good original vinyl seats, cleaned, repaired, and redyed and installed
  • Work to Date (Body):

  • Cut out rust on both inner door skins and welded & painted skins
  • Welded leaking exhaust
  • Cut out rust on driver's side floor and seat cross member and seat bracket, fabricated and welded in new ones
  • Added muffler to the exhaust
  • Work to Complete:

  • Install new stereo
  • 3 comments on this ride

    Latest updates

    March 06

    Bye Bye Little Fiat

    Off to the next Italian car novices...

    April 22

    One more top down...


    April 22

    Come a long way...

    Since I first dragged it home.

    April 22

    Top down...

    Shining in the sun.

    April 19

    Added muffler!

    Couldn't stand how loud the car was with only a catalytic converter and the original resonator, so I added a cheap eBay SS muffler. It does a great job of keeping a nice tone, but taking out the harshness by ...

    Feb. 04

    CD30s on the car

    For more of the step-by-step refurb process see: Fiat Build Thread

    Feb. 04

    Cromodora Abarth CD30 refurb!

    Picked up this set from a fellow GRMer, did some refurb on the powder coating by scraping all the flaking off, sanded/blended the edges, ground out the missing chunks, used metal epoxy putty to fill the lips, sanded smooth and ...

    Jan. 02

    Rear-End Badges

    I really wanted to get the 'look' I wanted from this car. All of the original badges had been taken off and the whole thing smoothed with bondo before being painted by the PO. I wanted the car to look ...

    Jan. 02

    New Seats Installed!

    After welding in that seat mount to the newly installed floor section and cross-member, I primed, painted, and then rubber undercoated the patch. I was then satisfied enough to go ahead and install my new (40 year old original) seats ...

    Jan. 02

    Seat Support

    Here's the old vs the new, no comparison, I butterflied the old one to show how much rust was in there and how the PO had just bondo'd over it!

    Jan. 02

    Seat Cross-Member

    Fabbed up the cross member piece I cut out with the floor. Again, used the el-cheapo bending brake. Welded it up, all good.

    Jan. 02

    Floor Patch...

    Made up a floor patch with some 16ga cold rolled steel. Bent it with a $40 30" Harbor Freight bending brake, and used a hammer and my vice for the complex round/fillets.

    Dec. 21

    Fred Flintstone would be proud!

    Removed the seats only to find another job lurking beneath!

    Dec. 21

    New Seats!

    Sort of, more like I'm refurbishing some old ones in really good shape:

    Sept. 16

    Rust Repair, pic6

    After pic

    Sept. 16

    Rust Repair, pic5

    After pic

    Sept. 16

    Rust Repair, pic4

    After pic

    Sept. 16

    Rust Repair, pic3

    Another 'before' pic

    Sept. 16

    Rust Repair, pic2

    Another 'before' photo

    Sept. 16

    Rust Repair, Part I

    Finally fired up the welder and repaired the rust in the doors. Both doors were repaired, the following pictures are from the passenger side door which had the more complex corner repair. The driver's side was mostly flat square repairs...

    Feb. 27

    Interior Finished -3!


    Feb. 27

    Interior Finished - 2!


    Feb. 27

    Interior Finished!

    Instead of spending real $$$ to redo the interior I just got old spare/trash/leftover interior pieces and parts (see earlier pics to realize I had no original consoles of any kind in the car to begin with) for cheap and ...

    Feb. 27

    Head work + custom radiator...

    While I had the head off to fix a leaking head-gasket, I got carried away replacing every seal and painting the whole head. I really like how it turned out. I also replaced the leaking copper core radiator with a ...

    Dec. 08

    Top end engine work...

    Replaced every seal and gasket after completely disassembling the head due to a HG failure. Also stripped, cleaned, and wire brushed then painted every part...

    Dec. 08

    Dash Refurb + Custom Face

    Bought a old used cracked dash, sanded down the high spots, filled with Bondo, sanded flat, spray on Dupliclor truck bed liner layered up and sanded between layers, left me with a great finish. Also made a custom gauge face ...

    Aug. 30

    Fiat with the F-22 Raptor!

    I'll let the picture do the talking:

    Feb. 09

    Current look...

    How it looks today...

    Feb. 09

    Interior Mod...

    Finished reassembling the dash after rewire and repaint and wheel resto-mod

    Feb. 09

    Clear front corners

    Added clear corners...

    Jan. 31

    Steering wheel resto-mod...

    Added a leather steering wheel cover and stitched it in place with heavy duty upholstry thread and a canvas needle (broke the leather needle, this is thick leather!)

    Jan. 28

    Wired Up!

    Everything works now!

    Jan. 28

    The Solution:

    New ATO fuse block

    Jan. 28

    Melted Fuse Block

    PO had wired in a stereo and run the wrong fuse in the harness, caused things to go horribly, horribly wrong

    Dec. 17

    Coolant Overflow + Ceramic Coated Header


    Nov. 01

    Badged, Bumper'd, tail light resto...

    Added the front emblem, trunk emblem to come, de-bumperetted the rear bumpers, krylon stained glass paint on the rear lens covers, great color! chrome painted the housings which were peeling and degraded...

    Oct. 11

    Street Legal...

    Retimed the cams on the engine, seems to have fixed the 'down on power' problem experienced by the PO. Got the engine bay cleaned up and partially repainted, new battery bracket installed, new tires, exhaust clamp, and some carpet dye ...

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    Aug 10, 2010 5:04 p.m.
    Karl La Follette:
    Hey cool , nice looking garage , I see you have the car on high heels .
    Aug 10, 2011 9:32 a.m.
    mad_machine (Forum Supporter):
    Sweet Spider. Those Volumex rims I see on it?
    Dec 8, 2011 5:28 p.m.
    Raze (Forum Supporter):
    Nope, best I can tell they're old American Racing rims...

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