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Author Topic: Someone had to save it- That Fulvia estate  (Read 2530 times)
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« on: 06 January, 2024, 06:15:22 PM »

Hello all, I know that this is a car that's not to everyone's taste, but I thought it was worth making a thread about. This is my first Lancia, I've always liked the Fulvias but never managed to get hold of one. I'd missed out on a kit form Coupe around 15 years ago, and the prices since then were just out of my range at the time! I came across the listing for this when I was on holiday with some fellow weird car friends in rural france. I'd bought a very cheap Jaguar XJ for the trip, and the question of what I was going to get after that led to a few ebay searches. As soon as I saw this I knew I just needed to save this and get it back on the road, hopefully to take on our various european meetups. Viewing arrangements were made, and I did a deal to buy without the alloy bonnet or doors it was- would have been nice to have, but out of the budget I had at the time.

A couple of weeks later I collected it with a random selection of parts and started to take stock of what I'd got myself in for. As it turns out, it needs just about everything, but it's something I'm determined to do. So far 2023 has mostly been stripping it down and assessing what needs to be done. There's a lot of prior repairs to unpick- from the old photos of the car the door fitment has always been a bit off, and it still is. I think that was from the rear arch replacement as the profile doesn't quite follow. Possibly the worst area is the rear spring hanger on the passenger side which is totally gone. Not too complicated to get a replacement pressed, but time consuming. Sills all need doing as do most of the external panels below the swage line. Lots of patches on patches! The Citroen D pillars are the most rusted parts above this, but I have a complete cut of a GS to repair this with. A friend in Grenoble found a GS Break in his local scrapyard and I shot down there over a long weekend to cut the back of the car off. It didn't quite go entirely to plan but that's all part of the fun.

The car originally was a 1216, but I only got the crankcase of the engine with it. I picked up a complete 1298 engine and gearbox with a good subframe, and over the christmas break have been cleaning that up. That's the first part I need as then I can start replacing the subframe mounts (one of which is completely gone), and move on to the sills and floors. As the cross bracing that's behind the rear seats on a couple has been removed it probably would benefit from a bit of reinforcement.   I've also sourced a Fibreglass bonnet and a pair of alloy doors- one has a decent dent in, but should be repairable. As well as various assorted parts.

As a project it's a big one! The metro van next to it in one of the photos is the priority for this year, but I do want to make some progress - I will keep the thread updated as it goes along.


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« Reply #1 on: 07 January, 2024, 12:09:47 PM »

Thatís a big project, good for you for taking it on another Fulvia saved.
Following with interest.
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« Reply #2 on: 07 January, 2024, 01:11:02 PM »

I saw this when I collected some wheels from the owner. Home made conversion with the back end from a Citroen GS. Could be quite a eye catcher if it is possible to restore. Sourcing an engine so early is rather optimistc maybe.
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« Reply #3 on: 07 January, 2024, 02:22:36 PM »

Well done. It's a historical oddity but so clever and fascinating. Good luck with the project.
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« Reply #4 on: 07 January, 2024, 03:56:10 PM »

I saw this when I collected some wheels from the owner. Home made conversion with the back end from a Citroen GS. Could be quite a eye catcher if it is possible to restore. Sourcing an engine so early is rather optimistc maybe.

Yes, it's been through a couple of people since the builder- I bought it from a young lad in Somerset and I think there was someone else in between that. It's been through various stages of dismantling and a very hopeful patch was made, but no major work. Last MOT was in 1992 with with original creator. I will say the engine purchase was slightly opportunistic- the price was right and it came with a good subframe, which I was lacking. The one that came with it would restore but needs the outriggers, this meant that I've got a known positioning for the mounts on the car.

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« Reply #5 on: 07 January, 2024, 04:54:58 PM »

I do hope you manage to get it back on the road. It's 40 years since I took this photo and it looked a bit shabby then!


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« Reply #6 on: 09 January, 2024, 07:31:55 AM »

Is that a MKII Ford Cortina in the background?
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« Reply #7 on: 09 January, 2024, 11:02:40 AM »

I'm tempted to say why would we care, but no, the styling is a couple of decades too late.  It looks more like a Rover 820 but the C pillar is wrong or a Honda Accord but the nose is wrong.
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« Reply #8 on: 09 January, 2024, 01:34:04 PM »

well done for taking on the project. It would be fantastic to save it. keep us posted
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« Reply #9 on: 09 January, 2024, 02:19:52 PM »

Great that it is going to be saved, whilst the design of this conversion is controversial I like it and generally like the idea of a Fulvia HPE.
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« Reply #10 on: 10 January, 2024, 11:39:47 AM »

Is that a MKII Ford Cortina in the background?

Vauxhall Carlton Mk1  Grin
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« Reply #11 on: 11 January, 2024, 01:20:45 PM »

Is that a MKII Ford Cortina in the background?

Vauxhall Carlton Mk1  Grin

Are you sure. The MKI Carlton did not have the "vents" in the D-Pillar. Also, the width of the D pillar look looks larger compared to the Carlton.

@ the OP: Can you confirm the car?
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Beckerman67
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« Reply #12 on: 11 January, 2024, 04:13:33 PM »

Is that a MKII Ford Cortina in the background?

Vauxhall Carlton Mk1  Grin

Are you sure. The MKI Carlton did not have the "vents" in the D-Pillar. Also, the width of the D pillar look looks larger compared to the Carlton.

@ the OP: Can you confirm the car?


No, but I'm 99.9% sure it matches the attached photo of said car.


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« Reply #13 on: 11 January, 2024, 05:13:29 PM »

Hi

I believe you are correct, it is a Carlton.

Peter
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« Reply #14 on: 11 January, 2024, 07:04:09 PM »

I can confirm the mystery car was a Cortina. Not really my kind of thing, but he'd put a lot of work in to it.
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