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New member Hi! #1634657
12/08/2019 00:09
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Hi, not sure where to put this but wanted to say hello!
New member in Cambs
Have a 20v NA Portofino blue as a project at present, but may change it...

Re: New member Hi! [Re: Smatt] #1634661
12/08/2019 06:13
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Welcome to the forum Smatt.

You will find loads of great resources here to help you with your car and good advice from the members too. I started off with a Porto 20v NA as a project 3 years ago and wouldn’t swap her for the world.


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Bog standard needn't be boring...
Re: New member Hi! [Re: Smatt] #1634664
12/08/2019 06:21
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Hi Smatt
Welcome to the forum - I hope to see you join the club at some point too ;-)
I had a Porto 20v NA project once upon a time - however work on my Porto 20vt took too many parts off it and it became a donor car in the end, pretty good really as when I dug deeper and deeper into the resto project I found so much irreparable decay for me to repair.
Looking forward to seeing lots of updates on your project - do shout if you need anything at all.
Anyways - great to see another easterly (ish) owner, do have a good look around here and hope to catch up at a meet sometime.
Rich (BBR)
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Re: New member Hi! [Re: Smatt] #1634668
12/08/2019 07:13
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Hi and welcome to the forum Smatt smile


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BumbleBee under restoration, in paintshop!...
Re: New member Hi! [Re: Smatt] #1634670
12/08/2019 09:00
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Hi Smatt from another 20v N/a owner smile

Re: New member Hi! [Re: Smatt] #1634684
12/08/2019 19:14
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Hi all & thanks for the welcome!

Re: New member Hi! [Re: Blueboyracer] #1634686
12/08/2019 19:20
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Originally Posted by BBR
Hi Smatt
Welcome to the forum - I hope to see you join the club at some point too ;-)
I had a Porto 20v NA project once upon a time - however work on my Porto 20vt took too many parts off it and it became a donor car in the end, pretty good really as when I dug deeper and deeper into the resto project I found so much irreparable decay for me to repair.
Looking forward to seeing lots of updates on your project - do shout if you need anything at all.
Anyways - great to see another easterly (ish) owner, do have a good look around here and hope to catch up at a meet sometime.
Rich (BBR)
Club Membership Secretary

I hope i don't have the same experience with the NA - I'm already worrying that I've bought a dog haha....
I've already applied for membership lol!

Re: New member Hi! [Re: Smatt] #1634689
12/08/2019 19:29
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BBR & aust- powers, I love the shape of the car & style- not so worried about the performance so don't need the turbo.
I would like it as a daily driver as a bit more economical(?) than my E350 estate.
I have some big-ish plans, but want to keep it as simple & retro as poss ....

Re: New member Hi! [Re: Smatt] #1634693
12/08/2019 20:10
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Welcome to fiat coupe ownership and the forum smile

Why not pop over to the AutoItalia meet end of September and meet some fellow owners:

https://www.fiatcoupeclub.org/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/1632593/stanford-hall-is-back#Post1632593

Only 90m drive from Ely so an opportunity for a bit of a blast laugh

Re: New member Hi! [Re: Smatt] #1634701
12/08/2019 20:39
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Hey Smatt - I work in Dry Drayton (though rarely drive the coupe to work).

Neil


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Re: New member Hi! [Re: Smatt] #1634703
12/08/2019 20:43
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smatt,

I drove back from collecting my coop a few weeks back and on a full tank managed 400 miles without an issue to approximately 60 litres of fuel and I was driving quite spirited to listen to the lovely sound smile

Re: New member Hi! [Re: G_Man] #1634709
12/08/2019 21:17
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Originally Posted by G_Man
Welcome to fiat coupe ownership and the forum smile

Why not pop over to the AutoItalia meet end of September and meet some fellow owners:

https://www.fiatcoupeclub.org/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/1632593/stanford-hall-is-back#Post1632593

Only 90m drive from Ely so an opportunity for a bit of a blast laugh

Hi G man
I'd love to come over to that meet
Unfortunately, car not currently road legal! ooo

Re: New member Hi! [Re: aust_powers] #1634710
12/08/2019 21:19
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Originally Posted by aust_powers
smatt,

I drove back from collecting my coop a few weeks back and on a full tank managed 400 miles without an issue to approximately 60 litres of fuel and I was driving quite spirited to listen to the lovely sound smile

That sounds like pretty good economy!

Re: New member Hi! [Re: Blueboyracer] #1634711
12/08/2019 21:20
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Originally Posted by BBR
Hi Smatt
Welcome to the forum - I hope to see you join the club at some point too ;-)
I had a Porto 20v NA project once upon a time - however work on my Porto 20vt took too many parts off it and it became a donor car in the end, pretty good really as when I dug deeper and deeper into the resto project I found so much irreparable decay for me to repair.
Looking forward to seeing lots of updates on your project - do shout if you need anything at all.
Anyways - great to see another easterly (ish) owner, do have a good look around here and hope to catch up at a meet sometime.
Rich (BBR)
Club Membership Secretary

The how to section is really good, although some of the photos & links don't seem to work anymore

Re: New member Hi! [Re: barnacle] #1634712
12/08/2019 21:22
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Originally Posted by barnacle
Hey Smatt - I work in Dry Drayton (though rarely drive the coupe to work).

Neil

Cool!
Hi Neil

Re: New member Hi! [Re: Smatt] #1634719
13/08/2019 05:51
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Originally Posted by Smatt
Originally Posted by BBR
Hi Smatt
Welcome to the forum - I hope to see you join the club at some point too ;-)
I had a Porto 20v NA project once upon a time - however work on my Porto 20vt took too many parts off it and it became a donor car in the end, pretty good really as when I dug deeper and deeper into the resto project I found so much irreparable decay for me to repair.
Looking forward to seeing lots of updates on your project - do shout if you need anything at all.
Anyways - great to see another easterly (ish) owner, do have a good look around here and hope to catch up at a meet sometime.
Rich (BBR)
Club Membership Secretary

The how to section is really good, although some of the photos & links don't seem to work anymore


That is great feedback and I am sure a friendly moderator round here would love to hear about any specific issues you come across
Please post any found here: https://www.fiatcoupeclub.org/forum/ubbthreads.php/forums/36/1/forum-issues


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Re: New member Hi! [Re: Smatt] #1634740
13/08/2019 11:41
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Welcome!

We have just handed over our 1997 20V for bodywork and a full respray. Looking forward to seeing it looking somewhat like when we picked it up from the dealers 22 years ago.

The suspension will be replaced once we get the car back. All the parts I have collected are still taking up space in the garage. I was pleasantly surprised how cheap it was to buy shocks, springs, suspension arms, hubs and bearings, etc., and the main components were all from known brands.

Body panels are getting rare though. I got the only undercoated new bonnet I could find in Germany. The guy at Coupeteile had one or two bare-metal ones left a few months ago and the rest were used parts.

Good luck with the project.


1997 20V
2000 V6 manual S-Type and 2011 5.0 XKR
2016 Tucson 1.6T AWD
2018 Mazda2 GT
Re: New member Hi! [Re: neil_r] #1634741
13/08/2019 12:28
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Originally Posted by neil_r
Welcome!

We have just handed over our 1997 20V for bodywork and a full respray. Looking forward to seeing it looking somewhat like when we picked it up from the dealers 22 years ago.

The suspension will be replaced once we get the car back. All the parts I have collected are still taking up space in the garage. I was pleasantly surprised how cheap it was to buy shocks, springs, suspension arms, hubs and bearings, etc., and the main components were all from known brands.

Body panels are getting rare though. I got the only undercoated new bonnet I could find in Germany. The guy at Coupeteile had one or two bare-metal ones left a few months ago and the rest were used parts.

Good luck with the project.

This is useful info, thanks smile

Amazing you've had same car so long
-Longest I've managed was 11yrs from new on a MB C class coupe

I would be interested to hear about your re spray experience
Did you strip everything off?

Re: New member Hi! [Re: Smatt] #1634785
14/08/2019 19:21
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Neil_r has barely started - mines coming up 24 years... laugh


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Re: New member Hi! [Re: barnacle] #1634787
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Haha Fab!

Re: New member Hi! [Re: barnacle] #1634808
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Originally Posted by barnacle
Neil_r has barely started - mines coming up 24 years... laugh

How many of those have you been a FCCUK member for? laugh

Re: New member Hi! [Re: Smatt] #1634809
15/08/2019 15:16
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Give Leighton (Flea on this forum) a shout about their 20v NA chip which adds a few horses and really refines the engine output. You wont regret it.

http://fcperformance.co.uk/

The other thing I did was get a stainless steel exhaust fitted. You can buy a system on ebay but I got mine made for the car.


Doris the 1998 Portofino Blue 20V
Bog standard needn't be boring...
Re: New member Hi! [Re: Smatt] #1634812
15/08/2019 15:41
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Originally Posted by Smatt
Originally Posted by barnacle
Neil_r has barely started - mines coming up 24 years... laugh

How many of those have you been a FCCUK member for? laugh

The club started in 2002 and I believe Barnacle was one of the original members.

He was certainly a member when I joined in 2004.


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Re: New member Hi! [Re: Smatt] #1634815
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Very impressive! thumb

Re: New member Hi! [Re: Smatt] #1634818
15/08/2019 18:01
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I wasn't a founder member, but I was an early one. Don't recall not being a member - certainly I joined before the great crash.


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Re: New member Hi! [Re: barnacle] #1634821
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You mean the Great Depression of 1929 Neil shocked Mucho respecto .. bow

Last edited by G_Man; 15/08/2019 18:23.
Re: New member Hi! [Re: G_Man] #1634825
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Originally Posted by G_Man
You mean the Great Depression of 1929 Neil shocked Mucho respecto .. bow


No the Kayjay server crash, it was brutal living without the Forum :-(


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Re: New member Hi! [Re: G_Man] #1634826
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Originally Posted by G_Man
You mean the Great Depression of 1929 Neil shocked Mucho respecto .. bow


Saw what you did there, you naughty person wink laugh


Thanks again, Photobucket.
BumbleBee under restoration, in paintshop!...
Re: New member Hi! [Re: Smatt] #1634854
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Re: New member Hi! [Re: Smatt] #1635161
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(Moved parcelmonkey's post to new dedicated thread)


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