This 1301 is supposed to have 78bhp, so the 1500 is not worth the effort. The Uno Turbo on the other hand would be tasty. I had one back in 2005 that was a riot (sold it because it kept blowing driveshafts). Amusingly given the context, I got it in part-ex against a 1500 X1/9 that had terminal rust issues. Engine work is waaay down the list of priorities though.
Asdasnr had a 78' Beta saloon , 82' Trevi and a 88' Prisma. He had it chipped by Brodie Brittain Racing. Let it go for peanuts.
Then being a dutiful son I bought an 85 Delta 1.3 with the same 1301cc engine. Lovely little engine. It would rev to infinity and beyond. Mate had a Fiat X19 with same engine that revved so easy past redline that it induced valve bounce. Instead of laying of the loud pedal he fitted double valve springs to prevent it lol.
Good strong engine that responds well to being allowed to breath properly.
Dashboards suffered electrical outages due to dry joints on the circuit board.
I'm gonna try to get hold of a workshop manual from the Lancia club and then I can look at removing some of the aircon stuff and seeing what parts I need. The stereo is typically more modern than the car, yet still rubbish, so I'll need a new one (probably plus speakers etc) at some point. If I can get hold of the alcantara cover for that section of the dashboard (available NOS from Italy, or probably secondhand from club members) then I'll just get a modern one with bluetooth and leave it hidden.
Anyone got any tips for cleaning alcantara? I can't even work out if it's supposed to be beige or grey!
I found some Autoglym interior shampoo in the garage, so I tried that on the chopped up lid - the alcantara is dark grey. Quite a lot of dirt came off, but it ended up a little bit fluffy - I tried to photograph it but the results were curse word and you can't see anything. There's alcantara on the doors as well as the dash, so I'm going to have to try to clean that at some point (and I hanker after a nice alcantara steering wheel too). I'll have to wait until it stops raining and I've got a couple of hours before I try that though. Hopefully I can have a good go at the carpet at the same time.
This was held on by 2 zip ties and one bolt. I think a previous owner must have got halfway through dismantling, because it wasn't attached to anything else!
Leaving a giant hole:
I'm not sure exactly what is supposed to be back here, but hopefully a workshop manual will make things clearer. Unfortunately, some of the plastic has been wrecked - fingers crossed I can work around that to fit something that will tidy it all up again and look respectable (and maybe even store some CDs or something)!
Also, I've no idea what the dial is mounted in that small alcantara panel next to the hole, but the panel isn't attached to anything either, it's just resting on the ashtray. Typical that the most sturdy thing in the entire dashboard is the ashtray (and I don't smoke)!
I found the fuse box. It's in the same place as the UK cars - under a little cover right next to the drivers door. Not sure why the fuses are one side of the car and the relays the other, but best not to ask I suspect! There's definitely some non standard wiring coming from there, so I'll have to dig further into that.
Today I thought I would clean up the interior. The carpet looked better after a vacuum and a clean, but it's really faded - I may end up dying it like I did with the 924. The drivers seat has splits in it, so I'll leave the cover on until I can do something with that, but the other seats cleaned up nicely, and they are so much nicer than those boy racer style covers. IMG_20200822_131250 by duncancmartin, on Flickr
I really like the pattern on the seats, but they would have been so much more vibrant when new - you can see how much they have faded in this picture: IMG_20200822_131402 by duncancmartin, on Flickr
I've just been out for a quick blast, and it's so much fun. The pedals are really close together which took a little getting used to, and every time I went over a sharp edged bump the dashboard felt like it was going to fall off, and it needed pushing back together on several occasions! This is what it does:
All that said, it is so much fun. It sounds nice and picks up well, and though there's not a huge amount of power it's super light and just wants you to throw it around corners. The steering is heavy at low speed, and I was wondering if it was worth getting some narrower tyres, but it's great when you are on the move, so I'm leaving it alone. LHD isn't a problem, especially since my daily is an EV so no gear changing, and on the lanes around here it's easy to place the wheels right on the edge of the road for passing people (shame about the Tesla that hardly moved from the middle of the road). It would be nice if I could see the speedo (or the rev counter) through the steering wheel, but it's all kph anyway, so it's not a huge amount of use!
Putting the window down gave me quite a strong whiff of petrol - I guess that's got to go above the interior on the list of things to fix. Might just be the exhaust - if I remember properly it was an advisory on the last couple of MOTs. Will have to investigate when I next get an hour...
There is a Y10 club in Italy, but my Italian is non-existant. I found a couple of adverts for cars being broken in France, and my French is not too bad, but I can't imagine it would be cheap to get it posted (and they are notorious for falling apart, so there's no guarantee anything I could find would be in better shape). I can probably bond in a couple of brackets and then screw the escaping unit to them as a temporary measure, so that's the short term plan...
For the history I'm going with bought in Belgium by a retiree and taken to Cyprus. And as for the uno turbo engine that's probably a good idea as I see the engines come up on ebay every now and again pretty cheap because theres probably many more engines about than cars to fit them too.
There's quite a lot of tape in there that looks like it's probably holding frayed plastic together. Tempting though it is, I am not going to touch any of that unless I have replacements (or it's definitely broken! I managed to get hold of a workshop manual that covers a lot of stuff, but not the suspension or brakes. So I bought 2 (oops) Panda Haynes manuals on eBay which should cover the suspension and brakes and one or 2 other things. The only other thing I did was I changed the front grille for the spare one that came with it - no GT badge, but much shinier.
One thing I did notice is that the lights are somewhat different. The previous owner said that they had been swapped for RHD ones, so I guess they were from different cars...
I'm planning on changing all 5 tyres for 155-70R13 ones this week - even decent ones are pleasingly cheap. I've not had a chance to drive it much so I need to get on and do that.
New boots day. Toyos at £40 each fitted is great value (they don't seem to do sticky stuff in 155 70 R13, so these are efficiency ones, but they are the right size and new, so hopefully they will make for a nicer drive). Not sure this is the approved way of getting it up in the air, but it definitely made things faster:
I got to have a look around the suspension while it was up there - it all looks clean and pretty solid. And the spare fits under the bonnet now.
This is how it looks on the driveway
I couldn't resist taking it out for a little bit of a spin after getting the new tyres. It's made a massive difference - it is now parkable (previously moving the wheel at low speed was a workout!), and it feels so much more agile when moving. It probably means that speedo reads better, which is basically irrelevant as km/h still needs me to do maths! Must have developed a bad earth, indicating left is much faster than right. Also, the gearshift linkage sounds like someone's playing a triangle when you are going over bumpy roads with no throttle input. Gonna go and see if I can fix the indicator issue now (might also replace the rusty screws holding the front indicators on).
Any ideas what the proper way of holding the spare wheel in place under the bonnet is? It's fairly tightly slotted in, so it shoulnd't be going anywhere, but I'm guessing there ought to be something holding it down to the big bolt you can see in this picture? And thinking about it, should the wheel go the other way up?