Installing a Fiat 126 engine and gearbox into a Fiat 500

The FIAT 500, last manufactured in 1975, was a superb town car. It was cheap, easy to maintain, mechanically robust and very economical. But the engine, for today‚Äôs roads does lack some power and for the last 2 decades 500 owners have been installing the larger 600 or 650cc engine and often the accompanying gearbox from the air cooled 126 cars. The engine train from a 126 it is generally very similar in concept, but differs in number minor details e.g. larger carburettor, different starter motor and often came with an alternator and importantly a synchromesh gearbox. The main advantage … Continue reading Installing a Fiat 126 engine and gearbox into a Fiat 500