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#1614088 - 06/01/2018 08:43 Australian Recidivist back in the fold
perthling Offline
Discoverer

Registered: 25/02/2014
Posts: 46
Loc: Perth, Western Australia
Hi All

After a couple of years of being Coupe-less, having sold my Silver 20VT to fund the purchase of a 1989 Lancia Delta Integrale 16V, I have succumbed to the charms once again.

I've just shipped another 1997 20VT from NSW to Western Australia. It's formerly the NSW Fiat Club President's car, and is fitted with leather trim. Mileage is 190k km but it has been well looked after.

There are a few little issues to sort out but I've got through the main ones and have now had it registered in W.A. . Currently replacing the head unit with a DAB+ bluetooth item, and trying to un-stick a very stiff upper vent rotary lever (behind the centre console). Tips gratefully received.

Car will be my daily driver for the time being. I'm already falling in love with the sound and performance of these cars once again.

This is one of only two Fiat Coupes in W.A., the other being my former silver one.

Happy to be back on the forum, and I'll probably be a bit more active than in the last couple of years!

Perthling
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Perthling
1997 Red 20VT
1974 Fiat 124 Spider
1963 Fiat 1500
1989 Lancia Integrale 16V

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#1614089 - 06/01/2018 09:10 Re: Australian Recidivist back in the fold [Re: perthling]
Edinburgh Offline
Club member 225
Je suis un Coupé

Registered: 04/03/2007
Posts: 9921
Loc: Auld Reekie
Welcome back smile

If it's the flap you're referring to behind the air vents in the centre console I've found that its sponge rubber surround can become displaced, I think through the adhesive melting - I guess that's more likely where you are!
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#1614103 - 06/01/2018 12:50 Re: Australian Recidivist back in the fold [Re: Begbie]
Tim16V Offline
Club member 1161
On a journey

Registered: 06/05/2013
Posts: 105
Loc: Berkshire
Pics please!

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#1614128 - 07/01/2018 10:55 Re: Australian Recidivist back in the fold [Re: perthling]
Scuderia Offline
My life on the forum

Registered: 11/11/2006
Posts: 1536
Loc: Melbourne, Australia
two years since you sold the silver one - wow time flys! That's a great looking Coupe you have now.

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#1614638 - 18/01/2018 00:49 Re: Australian Recidivist back in the fold [Re: perthling]
perthling Offline
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Registered: 25/02/2014
Posts: 46
Loc: Perth, Western Australia
Minor typical issues identified and resolved so far:
Switches on centre console pushing in through failure of plastic fixings - fixed by reforming and redrilling fixing points.
Grille slat supports broken (have been fixed previously) - regluing.
Head unit replaced with a DAB+ radio with Bluetooth.
Moisture ingress to LH front fog light assembly after significant summer rains - removed, dried and reinstalled.

Other things still to address:
Alarm system and fob are flaky and appear to be the original UK dealer fitment. Will either remove altogether or replace.
Stuck upper vent flap isn't the flap itself but the dial part on the LHS inside the console which is very stiff to rotate. I've manually moved the position to open the upper and lower vents simultaneously but the dial is unable to be moved from this position at present. Access to that dial is very difficult with the dashboard in place. Not sure what I will do to address that.

Have just done a 250km round trip down south of WA, she didn't break a sweat and temp gauges reading on the low side (could be truth, or temps could actually be low).
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Perthling
1997 Red 20VT
1974 Fiat 124 Spider
1963 Fiat 1500
1989 Lancia Integrale 16V

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#1614641 - 18/01/2018 06:48 Re: Australian Recidivist back in the fold [Re: perthling]
Gunzi Online   content
Club Member 189
Forum is my life

Registered: 30/08/2007
Posts: 6479
Loc: Southsea
Sounds fabulous, it can be very satisfying sorting the little things!

Do you know how many Coupes there are in Oz?

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#1614655 - 18/01/2018 11:26 Re: Australian Recidivist back in the fold [Re: Gunzi]
perthling Offline
Discoverer

Registered: 25/02/2014
Posts: 46
Loc: Perth, Western Australia
Current wisdom is 23. Three in Speed Red.
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Perthling
1997 Red 20VT
1974 Fiat 124 Spider
1963 Fiat 1500
1989 Lancia Integrale 16V

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#1614707 - 19/01/2018 11:55 Re: Australian Recidivist back in the fold [Re: perthling]
Boosted7 Offline
Club member 46
My life on the forum

Registered: 18/07/2007
Posts: 1811
Loc: Brisbane, Australia
Might be 24 now. Mine came over with me in October, in Brisbane.
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1998 Steel Grey 20V Turbo

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