Three in a Row!

I think this is the first time I can remember going to three events one after the other.

My first outing was to the Italian Auto Moto Festival situated in Bristol’s Old City Area.Bristol event 3 in a row

A Lancia Aurelia Coupe

A great event to go to if you like Italian vehicles of all shapes and sizes (and prices) everything from the Vespa and Fiat 500 up to high end priced stuff like Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini.

Another plus is you get to park in the centre of Bristol on the street for free (if you forget the entry fee that is) and it’s right by the historic St Nicholas market with all the interesting stalls that has to offer. I’d travelled down with Lis and she was quite happy with the arrangement of cars, some shops, cars, some shops etc. etc. the fact it was a lovely sunny day helped enormously as it can get a bit draughty in the narrow streets.

This nicely brings me onto my second event which was the Donnington Historic Festival, we had club parking on the infield and permission to put up our gazebo. We had what should have been a perfect spot right near the big grassy bank overlooking Craner Curves and within easy reach of some catering stalls. I had visions of lying on the grass with an ice cream watching the historic racers screeching past below me, perfect!

The weather had different ideas, it was horrible. Windy, drizzly and freezing. The first consensus was to leave the gazebo in the car as we had visions of it turning into the club kite. The second for the Westcotts and the Scanes was to treat themselves to warm hats and gloves which a canny stallholder was doing a good deal on, he’d obviously been to the Donnington event before and spotted a nice little business opportunity.

Donington event 3 in a rowDonnington Parking

The six cars all bailed out early afternoon to head off for our nice warm houses, I’d been stood for an hour in a holding car park so I could have a go in the club parade around the track and I was frozen to the marrow so the first thing I did on getting home was dive in a hot shower.

The subject of temperature brings me to my third event which was the Middle Barton Garage Visit.

I didn’t count but I estimate there was around twenty five visitors on the day. On arrival we were offered a drink and biscuits and given a while to browse round the premises on our own (in the heat and the sunshine) before Tony Castle-Miller, the boss of MBG gave us talk on the history of the business and a guided tour of the workshops, filling in the detail of the machines we’d all been drooling over and answering any questions asked while we were going round. A few spares were bought and the garage had an un-booked job come in, in the shape of Nick Richardson’s car that had developed a horrendous oil leak on the way down from Nottingham and he made the executive decision to leave it with the experts to sort out and blag a lift back with me as I only live twenty minutes down the A52 from him.

MBG event 3 in a rowMiddle Barton Garage

I’d like to thank Tony’s wife and team who while Tony was dispensing his knowledge they were dispensing burgers, bacon and sausages from the Barbie.

So, three events. Sun, Rain, Sun. I think I’ll be taking my brolly with me to Prescott Hill Climb just in case there’s a pattern emerging here.

Tom Hodgkin

 

JUNE 2016 MAGAZINE

June 2016 Issue 136The Fiat 500 Club UK magazine for June 2016 has just been posted!

Contents: Three in a row – Italia Auto Moto Festival in Bristol, Donington Historic Festival and Middle Barton Garage Visit; Leeds Castle ‘Motors by the Moat’ car show; New member, Felicity Greenfield’s first events with the Fiat 500 Club; Fitting the Autospark Electronic Ignition; Excerpts from the Press release for the new Abarth 595 (from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles UK Ltd.).

Members can access this issue in the ‘members only’ Magazine section HERE but only if you are registered. If you are a member, but can’t get access you can register for your access code when you are asked for your username (at the bottom of the screen) – please have your valid Membership Number ready. Please note, we do check this before accepting registrations and it could take up to a week to get access approved.

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Automotoretro TURIN February 2016

Turin pic1We visited this show for the first time last year in Turin and we enjoyed it so much that we decided to go back again this year. The show is held at the Lingotto Fiere in Turin, which is located next to the original Fiat factory. The show is host to various types of classic vehicles and motorbikes, including lots of Fiats!!!  The show is spread out over several large halls, some of which used to be the actual Fiat factory. There was also a large hall dedicated to auto jumble with lots of bargains on offer!

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There were several Fiat 500 clubs in attendance including the Turin and Italian Clubs, both of them were displaying some lovely Fiat 500’s. For all the 500’s on display (and there were quite a few!) not one was the same, each had something different from the colour, trim or modification in some way, which was good to see so many variations. Also on display were a few Giardiniera’s and Multipla’s, which are also models I really like.

Turin pic4As well as the classic car show, there was also the Automotoracing show, entry that was also included in your original show ticket. On display were rally cars, racing cars, custom bikes and modified vehicles. There were several new Abarth 500’s on display including racing and modified versions, which were very nice.  Outside of the building, they had made a track which was displaying drift cars and rally cars. I even spotted a classic Abarth 500 doing a few laps round the track.

Turin pic3All in all it was a great show with plenty vehicles on display. Well worth a visit.

Shona Campbell

Spring Meet for the Fiat 500 Club UK

Spring Meet pic1The first outing of 2016 was a very enjoyable day. Eight classic 500’s and 4 new models met at Wood Farm Brewery in rural Warwickshire. Lovely to meet some new members, as well as catch up with some more familiar faces.

Spring Meet pic2After Sunday lunch, our organiser for the day, Rob, expertly navigated the rather impressive convoy through lovely villages and countryside into Leicestershire. Arriving at ‘Back in Time for Tea’, the 1940’s themed tearoom where we seemed to take over the place and all enjoyed tea and homemade cakes.

Spring Meet pic3Thank you for a lovely day, Rob – it certainly has got the season off to a good start.

Paul Anderson

APRIL 2016 MAGAZINE

April Issue 135

The Fiat 500 Club UK magazine for April 2016 should have dropped through your letterbox by now!

Contents: Murphio’s meanderings – a Fiat 500 in daily use in Scotland; Automotoretro Show Report, Turin; Fiat 500 Spring Meet report and pictures; Competition to win a car cover for the new 500; The National Car Club Awards at the NEC; Vehicle Theft – don’t let your classic become another statistic.

Members can access this issue in the ‘members only’ Magazine section HERE but only if you are registered. If you are a member, but can’t get access you can register for your access code when you are asked for your username (at the bottom of the screen) – please have your valid Membership Number ready. Please note, we do check this before accepting registrations and it could take up to a week to get access approved.

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Out at Uxbridge car show today, come and say hello!

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Wiring an Alternator

Alternator models with integral diode. (most common)

Disconnect the brown lead and the thin black lead from Regulator box, terminals 51and 67 respectively and tape up (these are the old wires from Dynamo)

The old wires from the Dynamo (at RHS front) need to be taped up and secured out of the way

dynamo

alternator

If your alternator comes with the loom then connect the thicker brown wire to terminal 30 of the regulator box

Connect the thin black/Mauve cable to the terminal 51 to join the green wire or use a connector block.

If your alternator comes without wires then you will need a new length of thick brown wire (35 amp) and connect as above, plus you will need a new thin wire as above, OR you can use the old thin black Dynamo wire if that suits.
Note: When you fit an alternator, the regulator box no longer functions, but just used as a connector point! You can remove the box completely and just use connector blocks if that suits.

Camshaft timing: Specifications

Version Power Intake open
Before t.d.c
Intake close
After b.d.c.
Exhaust open
Before t.d.c.
Exhaust close
After b.d.c.
New 500
Until October 1957
13 Hp 19° 50° 50° 19°
New 500
October ’57 until March ’58
15 Hp 20° 50° 50° 20°
New 500
March ’58 onwards
16,5Hp 70° 50° 19°
500 sport 21 Hp 25° 51° 64° 12°
500 D, 500 SW
Giardiniera And Autobianchi
17.5Hp 25° 51° 64° 12°
500 F and 500L 18 Hp 25° 51° 64° 12°
500R 18 Hp 26° 57° 66° 17°

Wheels and Tyres for Fiat 500s – An overview

For the whole production of the Fiat 500 saloon from 1957 to 1975 the wheel and tyre size remained the same:

125 x 12inch x 3.5inch (125mm tyre width, 12 inch wheel diameter and 3.5 inch rim inside width)

There was as a change in tyre quality from Cross ply to Radial in 1964.

crossplyCrossply

500LRadialRadial

Wheel designs varied across the different model configurations, the most common ones are as below:-

Fiat_Nuova_500_prima_serieThe ‘N’ wheel was a pressed steel wheel with a welded cap in the centre, without any aluminium hub caps.

2_fiat-nuova-500-trasformabilThe ‘D’ wheel was again a pressed steel wheel with slight raised dome in the centre to take the aluminium hub cap.

FIAT-NUOVA-500-F-big-1431255313The ‘F’ and ‘L’ wheel had the centre hub of the wheel removed, with just a bar to locate the hub cap. The early F’s had aluminium hub caps and the late F’s and all L’s had stainless steel hub caps.

fiat-500r_20008The ‘R’ model (a model that was never imported into the UK by Fiat and was only made in LHD), was fitted with a pressed steel galvanised wheel of a different design. It did not have hub caps, but did have a Fiat logo in the centre of the raised dome. The design looked just like the very early 126 (chrome bumper model) wheel, but was of the standard rim size of 3.5 inch and not the 4.0 inch that the 126 car had.

 Notes for interest

  1. All Fiat 500 models had the wide brake drum stud pattern
  2. The later model 126 (652cc version) wheel and tyre size is 135 x 12inch x 4inch width. The 126 wheel bolt gap of 98mm, compared with 190mm of the 500. These wheels do NOT fit directly onto the 500
  3. Many people fit other ‘non-standard’ wheels, often with differing tyre sizes but it should be remembered that in the front wheel arch of a 500 ‘D’, ‘F’ and ‘L’ there is a lip and oversize wheels or tyres can cause the tyre to rub
  4. 135 x 12 is the most common alternative tyre to the 125 x 12 and is often more readily available and cheaper