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« Reply #270 on: 27 October, 2019, 09:22:12 PM »

It seems anyone who drives a Berlina is always impressed.
The Coupe gets all the attention, but I suspect the Berlina is the better car.

I bought my coupe because I think it is beautiful, but donít think Iíll ever get used to the bouncy ride.
Mark

I have said before you must have a rogue coupe.... I love mine and better than my Gamma coupe until I recently rebalanced all it wheels (the Gamma that is)
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« Reply #271 on: 27 October, 2019, 10:39:54 PM »

I know, it is frustrating. The ride quality is truly awful in my opinion.
I should sell it really, because weíre obviously not suited. I just canít bring myself to part with it.
I love the steering, engine, lovely gearbox and the way everything is made. My coupe is also in completely original unrestored condition. Itís just a lovely thing.

Maybe there is a problem with it, but what?

The subframe mounts Have always felt too soft, allowing the whole power-train to move separately to the rest of the car. Hit a bump and you get a wobble through the whole car. Turn into a bend and there is a delay while where I am sitting catches up with the front of the car. At least thatís what it feels like.
To me the car feels much, much better when I fit solid spacers in the rear mounts instead of rubber. Yes Iíve done that.
Of course this does allow more NVH making the ride noisier. But overall the car is so much better without the rubber mounts there must be something up.
I quite like the car in short bursts but journeys more than 60 miles are just tedious.

Perhaps there is some vital welding, or metal work missing.

My Gamma, I love. I do a long journey in that and just want to turn around and do it again.

Oh yes and I have also taken out a leaf from the rear springs. This does make the car more comfortable, but messes up the handling.
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« Reply #272 on: 03 November, 2019, 06:12:06 PM »

Hi Mark, it does sound as if you should try a Berlina ..... I'm sure that Brian would be happy to take you for a ride in Fay, she is a lovely sorted car

I have a dilemma at the moment - I am trying to decide if I should remove the original plastic covers on the door panels. The only thing stopping me is that a car is only "original" once and if the covers come off, then they will never be the same again - but, they would look better uncovered !

Maybe I should find a second hand set and fit those instead ? (cream if anyone has a set)

Decisions , decisions !

Interestingly, the GT gets an awful lot of attention. I have been stopped many times with people commenting on her - more than the HF.  The Appia berlina gets a similar response to the GT, maybe they are more "accessible" ??

Last week I was in Narbonne and a lady crossed a pedestrian crossing in front of me and as I had stopped, she came over and said what a beautiful car it was - not something you expect to hear for a car designed by a 4 year old

So Mark - do try one !


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« Reply #273 on: 05 November, 2019, 07:48:19 PM »

Yes, I must have a ride in someone elseís Fulvia.
The thing about old cars, is they are all different.
I also like the challenge of understanding the engineering behind old cars.
The Fulvia in particular had some unique solutions so when being critical about the my coupe ride quality itís only to spark a conversation about the cars, and find out others opinions.

I am now thinking itís all about the subframe mounting, which is actually very clever.

I do need to start another thread for that though, having rather high jacked this one enough.

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« Reply #274 on: 05 November, 2019, 09:56:58 PM »


I also like the challenge of understanding the engineering behind old cars.
The Fulvia in particular had some unique solutions


Isn't this why Lancias are so fascinating - it's certainly true of the Augusta. The challenge in the last few days for me has been to make the 6 special tools plus a large "g" clamp to dismantle the front suspension to cure a few leaks and generally inspect the workings. Keeps me busy.
Mike
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« Reply #275 on: 07 November, 2019, 09:32:30 PM »

Mike, slightly off subject, but do you have photos of the tools and dismantling of the Augusta suspension ?

As you may have seen elsewhere, I wrote "an Idiot's guide to Appia suspension" and have taken Aprilia units apart as well, so it would  be interesting to see how different an Augusta is ...

Maybe start a new thread ?
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« Reply #276 on: 08 November, 2019, 10:03:51 AM »

Simon,

The knowhow is all explained and illustrated in Morris Parry's superb Augusta Newletter with photos and drawings and detailed instructions. I'm just following these so no claim to originality on my part. However when I get the tools done, I've just the "G" clamp to finish, and actually use them I will post pictures.

I'll start a thread on my Augusta fettling as there are other things worth mentioning and no doubt others will teach me something. As a newcomer to Lancias I have a lot to learn!

Mike
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