Conversion of fiat 600 to
Fiat Abarth 1000 TC (replica)
The restoration of my 600 (duration for a small year) was done. And what now?? This conversion action has been caused by boredom. A person must not be true. Below you can see how the conversion action eventually reached a Fiat Abarth 1000 TC replica.
The first action is the acquisition of a pair of alloy wheels mounted under a Fiat 128 (Dunlop 5J x 13) of approximately the same year of construction. I could take this one for a nice price and had the same pitch as my 600. After a very weekend shedding and brushing, these were again fairly clean and flat. Hereafter some layers of metalic gray paint on them and they were new. Of course, they had to be right under the car to see how it stands. So fit temporarily, but even four, narrow straps (135 x 13) that fit without difficulty under the splashes.
Not unheard of. For the moment, they may stay under the same conditions. Now take the engine. First, do not mess with carburetors and that’s not all. After searching, I could buy two engines. The first was a 850 engine and the other a Fiat Panda 45 engine with a cylinder capacity of 903 cc. The Panda had to be, and I was neatly refurbished and equipped with a Seat Marbella carburettor with an open KNM filter.
As a preliminary solution, I chose to place an electric cooling fan (of a Fiat Panda fire 1000 i) on the standard radiator. It’s a fan with exactly the right size and fits nicely in the 600’s radiator house. I want to ride as much as possible with my car. It’s a cheap and simple solution until I’ve found a used cool nose and radiator. In the lower radiator hose, the transmitter has mounted so that at high temperatures the fan goes on automatically. And he does so regularly because of course there is no breeze in the back to cool the radiator. I have chosen to rotate the rotation direction of the fan so that the air from the engine compartment is blown through the radiator and I can still use my stove in winter.
But this motor is still not fast enough and now a 1050 cc Autobianci A112 engine is in turn. It is fitted with a “fast” camshaft and the cylinder head must be necessary to increase compression. After first installing the Marbella carburettor, I found that something “triggers” could come and after the first car show I returned with a two-stage Weber carburetor (2 x 34 mm), unfortunately not aware of what kind of car he is from (but what he has to do!). It was a good job to make an inlet manifold before this carburettor could be mounted on the cylinder head. But the keeper wins and I was so. After some messing with different sprinklers, the result was very satisfactory. The following problem was the exhaust system. So far, with a Fiat 850 exhaust, I got a nice way. Now there was only a slightly bigger exhaust system. The 4-2 manifold was quickly typed on the head but the rest of the exhaust was “do it your self” with a damper whose origin is no longer found. After installing the exhaust, put another sprayer in the carburettor. The exhaust and the other sprinklers make the power a little bit higher and so we get on a step further.
In my garage, I have two more new low tires (175 / 60×13) and two are added to a broom shop. When mounting under the car, it appears that only a small piece of the edge of the rear screen has to be used to release the tires when engaging. The front tires also just after placing a lower leaf spring will not be anymore. Now it’s time to go down the car. The club club of the 600 club has a set of reduced back springs for sale. Obviously call the same day and pick up the next day. A refreshed cool nose for my Abarth A week later I’m looking for a web search and I get an offer of a used spring with eyes and a cold nose. So suddenly it goes very fast. The cooling nose is not that great anymore and there’s a lot of repair work on it, but when it’s finished, I’m very pleased with the end result. On the cooling nose, two mounting points with fog lamps for mounting fog lamps are also fitted. Finding a radiator that fits in the fridge was more difficult than I thought. After a day of robbery there were two options left. One is a radiator of a Fiat Panda (Fire) and the other is a Ford Escort. The last one is my preference because I do not have to grow less with the fridge nose. First, I make a narrow frame that fits the radiator exactly and this in turn will depend on the suspension points of the bumper supports. It’s all right and the radiator extends about three centimeters below the nose.
The cool nose only needs a small edge to slightly increase the hole at the bottom so that the cool nose is easier to disassemble. If the rear springs and the lowered spring are mounted, it appears that the front tires are firmly stuck in the front shields, so the case must be adjusted. The rear tires just run out but they are only miles.
Because I do not know exactly what is the right solution for the foreclosures, I’m looking for the internet on photos of the Fiat Abarth. The solution is simple: cut an edge off the screen so that the wheel has enough space and read a strip on the outside so that the wheels do not protrude so far. At the bottom I also welded a small picture so that the cool nose fits nicely with the wheelbars and does not cross over. Meanwhile, the carburetor again replaced for another type. Now there is an aluminum lid lid of an Autobianci A112 Abarth with the associated carburettor. The engine is now a lot better and quieter than before and it’s still a nice face too. The only downside is that the engine oil filler head is now on the backside and it is not easy to replenish oil. But you can not have everything so I’ll let it go. After all, you do not add oil every day (I hope!).
Underneath the car, two pipes (Heat tube 28 mm) are then placed against the bottom and with hoses connected to the radiator. I also let the original radiator exist and put it in series with the new one. This has the advantage that I do not need to build the electric fan, so the battery and spare wheel can just stay in place. Cooling scheme for my Abarth There are quite sharp corners and I have placed stainless steel spiral springs in the snakes to prevent snaping of the hoses. To decorate it all, I have also welded two braces to completely open the hood. The license plate and lighting must be removed and the holes in the valve are sealed tightly. The license plate gets a new place on the backside and in the litter box, after any search, you can also find a nice chrome license plate holder that is offered gratefully above the plate.
The rims do not matter to me and I decide to switch to steel rims. For the front wheels use as a 4J Panda rim that I widen to 6J. For the rear wheels, I use as basic wheels of a Fiat Uno 4.5J and these are widened to 7J.
Now I get problems with the rear wheels, so I have to expand. I can do two sides. The narrow widening (these are only the edges like at the 850 TC) or widespread the entire splashes (as in the 1000 tc). I choose for the narrow because I do not get so much of the “normal” 600 losses. These are the forms I think so beautifully. The car is also fitted with a rolling bracket. After some searching, I find a few pieces (thick-walled) scaffolding pipes that are suitable for this.
At a fair, I’m running a speedometer of a Fiat 850 spider. I’m building this so I can now see how hard I actually drive !. At the old speedometer, the needle points down far down the counter.
With a friend of mine, I exchange the “bulky” headlights for flat glass headlights. This is more beautiful with the flat fog lights on the cooling nose.
The car now starts to take on the shapes I had in mind and I think I’m leaving it here. Actually, he’s never done. Every time you want to (or need) change or improve. But yes that’s the hobby ……. right?