Lancia Motor Club

Model Technical and Interest => Flavia => Topic started by: bobhenry999 on 14 February, 2012, 11:03:39 PM



Title: Flavia Coupe
Post by: bobhenry999 on 14 February, 2012, 11:03:39 PM
I have been looking for a nice Flavia/2000 for ages, and now it seems I have finally found a car that fits the bill.
I am going over to Turin this sunday to view/buy a 1963 Flavia Coupe, and if all is well, drive it home over the following week.


Title: Re: Flavia Coupe
Post by: fay66 on 15 February, 2012, 02:40:44 AM
Congratulations and Good Luck, I hope you have a better weather on the run home than Paul did with the Thesis.

Brian
8227 8)


Title: Re: Flavia Coupe
Post by: neil-yaj396 on 15 February, 2012, 07:48:17 PM
Did you consider the recent half price blue Coupe? The buyer at 7500 got the bargain of the year!


Title: Re: Flavia Coupe
Post by: bobhenry999 on 23 February, 2012, 10:25:49 PM
Just got back today from Italy, where I bought the 1963 1500 Coupe that has had a Nardi conversion from new (variante 1005).

The car came from an elderly gentlemans collection. and drove home from just north of Venice (1000 miles ) without a problem.

Its really stunning, and just needs a few jobs doing to make perfect, the worst of which is a noisy gearbox, so if anyone has a 4 speed box to fit a 63 coupe, then please let me know.

Bob





Title: Re: Flavia Coupe
Post by: kernow on 24 February, 2012, 12:14:37 PM
Congrats, sounds like a good buy.

Pics? :)


Title: Re: Flavia Coupe
Post by: bobhenry999 on 26 February, 2012, 03:29:29 PM
Here it is


Title: Re: Flavia Coupe
Post by: chugga boom on 26 February, 2012, 03:37:53 PM
Stunning! congrats and very jealous  ;)


Title: Re: Flavia Coupe
Post by: Parisien on 26 February, 2012, 03:54:31 PM
Aint that a beauty....hoping you'll stick up a few more photos!

Wishing you many happy miles and some great days out.

P


Title: Re: Flavia Coupe
Post by: bobhenry999 on 26 February, 2012, 04:21:55 PM
OK heres some more.


Title: Re: Flavia Coupe
Post by: bobhenry999 on 26 February, 2012, 04:24:23 PM
And another


Title: Re: Flavia Coupe
Post by: Parisien on 26 February, 2012, 04:50:35 PM
Even nicer...thanks!


P


Title: Re: Flavia Coupe
Post by: Angle Grinder on 26 February, 2012, 05:20:24 PM
I might be able to assist with the gearbox as I bought a gearbox for an 815-300 for my car when one came up "locally".

I'm in Ayr in Scotland though so you'll probably be able to get one nearer to you.



Title: Re: Flavia Coupe
Post by: kernow on 26 February, 2012, 07:31:32 PM
Glorious!!!!


Title: Re: Flavia Coupe
Post by: bobhenry999 on 26 February, 2012, 11:10:03 PM
Angle grinder,

Thanks for your reply, I know we are a fair way away from each other, but how much would you want for your gearbox, and is it all good with regard to syncro and noise.
Bob


Title: Re: Flavia Coupe
Post by: Angle Grinder on 29 February, 2012, 11:07:08 AM
Well the problem is that I've never heard the gearbox running in a car. I bought it from a fellow consortium member who told me it was good, but I don't think he had ever heard it fitted on a car either.

The diff spins freely without any noise, but that's really all that I can say.

I paid 200 for it, but the Flavia consortium (you really ought to join for 40 p.a.) can maybe offer you cheaper once delivery charges are factored in.


Title: Re: Flavia Coupe
Post by: peterbaker on 29 February, 2012, 01:52:42 PM
Changing the subject slightly, how did you arrange to drive the car back to UK on Italian plates. I only ask as a may want to do the same in the future.


Title: Re: Flavia Coupe
Post by: bobhenry999 on 11 March, 2012, 11:42:36 PM
Well, the car is coming along nicely.
I have stripped out the interior and fitted new carpets to replace the worn out/split rubber matting, and re-furbished the seats which have come up like new.
The front bumper and grille surround have gone off to the chrome platers, and will be back in a couple of weeks, so I just need a new gearbox to replace the noisy one that I have, and I will be up and running !


Title: Re: Flavia Coupe
Post by: Angle Grinder on 12 March, 2012, 10:36:11 PM
Where did you get carpets? Do they come in RHD pattern and, if it ain't too rude to ask, how much!?


Title: Re: Flavia Coupe
Post by: chriswgawne on 13 March, 2012, 08:10:08 AM
Just seen this thread Bob as we have been away for a few weeks. Lovely story and a great car I am sure. On of our favourite cars ever was a 2000 Coupe (carburettor) we had in the 70's which was very refined, particularly on long journeys.
My impression is that the Flavias (and other Lancias of that age) of your vintage were very well built so as long as the body is sound, you will develop a long, fulfilling and lasting relationship with your car.
I look forward to seeing the car one day.
Chris


Title: Re: Flavia Coupe
Post by: bobhenry999 on 14 March, 2012, 09:47:06 PM
Guys,
Here are a number of replies to your questions.

Peter, I managed to drive it back on Italian plates as the guy I bought it from added me to his insurance for a week so I could drive home, (He was a friend of a friend) and when I got back, we posted the plates and Italian registration documents back so he could de-register it in Italy. It was then just a case of getting it MOT`d and insured on the chassis number and registering it with my local (Chelmsford) licencing office. The new tax disc and number plate authorisation certificate arrived a few days later, and hey presto !

Angle grinder, I got the carpets off of Italian E-bay, they were Euro 49.99. They do a number of colours but not sure about RHD, its worth asking. They are quite nice but you do have to fiddle/ trim them to fit, but as I only wanted to replace the worn out mats for the summer until I get the whole car professionally re-carpeted by an upholsterer in the autumn, I wasn`t too bothered. That said, once I had cleaned up and put back the original footmats, the interior looks really good, so much better than worn out/split rubber matting. I can send you a photo if it helps.

Chris, I too had a 2000 carburettor coupe 30 years ago, and you are quite right in what you say about the refinement, it was a great car and the first of my (many) Flavia/2000`s.

hope this helps everyone, I will post new pics of the car as it progresses.

Bob


Title: Re: Flavia Coupe
Post by: stanley sweet on 15 March, 2012, 10:20:38 AM
What a beautiful car. I've always hankered after one of these but can't bring myself to part with my Fulvia which I've had for 19 years. I bet that drive will stay in your mind forever. Hope you had 'On Days Like These' playing. Funnily enough, back then my Fulvia had just come over from the Venice area too - but I didn't get to do the drive.


Title: Re: Flavia Coupe
Post by: bobhenry999 on 12 April, 2012, 10:35:46 PM
Well, the front bumper and grille surround have returned from the chrome platers today, so that will keep me busy this weekend.
I will post some photos when I get the bits back on.

It will be good to get to drive the car again, as I haven`t been able to do so for the last 5/6 weeks, what with no bumper or number plate.
Unfortunately that will only remind me of the gearbox noise in 1st and 3rd, but hopefully, thanks to Colin at the Flavia consortium, I might be able to solve that preoblem as well in the near future.


Title: Re: Flavia Coupe
Post by: Angle Grinder on 16 April, 2012, 12:38:32 PM
Please let us know about the quality of the bumper re-chrome. I need to get this jopb done too, and finding goor chromers has been a headache. Had some very expensive, very slow and very shoddy work done by a company in the Heathrow area.


Title: Re: Flavia Coupe
Post by: bobhenry999 on 21 April, 2012, 09:28:36 PM
The chrome plating has come back, and it is superb !
I have just got it back on the car and what a difference it makes, so much so, I have arranged for the rear bumper to be done in August when I am in Italy on holiday.

It is definitely worth paying the extra and going to someone who will "Triple Chrome" any items.
It may cost more, but in the long run is well worth the expense.

Just waiting for the weather to improve, and I will post some photos.