124 Spider Abarth Stradale Build

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Re: 124 Spider Abarth Stradale Build

Post by ST3Racer » Thu Aug 08, 2019 5:06 pm

What exactly to do with this chassis? My old plum colored ’74 was restored, inside and out, after I bought it, to almost stock condition, plus alloy wheels, and mild engine mods. It was a great driver, and I don’t remember why I sold it... Should I go for that look again, or something different. I owned a huge bunch of FIAT TC go fast stuff I had collected for racing, so maybe a fast street machine? What color? Interior? Wheels? Engine build? Some thinking and planning was in order. My move to Denver resulted in faster internet (it was ‘99), so I started some planning by searching what other owners were doing with their 124 Spiders. I took my time. Then, in and internet search I discovered the history of the 124 in Rally Competition, and the Homologation 124 Spider Abarth Stradale model. 1014 examples were made by FIAT, with the help of their newly acquired Abarth operation, for FIAT to enter World Rally Competition. Rally Racing history shows that worked out more than OK for the next 20 or so years for FIAT and Lancia....
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Just like this one!
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That was it. The history was very rich for this elusive 124 special - a highly desirable collectable then and now. My 124 for the street (stradale) would be the best replica that I could build to represent the Abarth Stradale. Could I do this? How well could I do this? What elements of this car could be duplicated, and what elements would be too difficult or impossible? More concepting, more planning, was needed.
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Only 3 colors - RED, WHITE, Light BLUE
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Bill McMahan
Parker, Colorado
'69 124 Spider 2L ex EP racer, ex Volumex NASA ST3 Racecar - retired
'69 rebodied with '79 backdated chassis as '72 DP 1.8L Vintage Racer
'74 124 Abarth Stradale Replica
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Re: 124 Spider Abarth Stradale Build

Post by ST3Racer » Thu Aug 08, 2019 5:41 pm

My research came from multiple sources (internet, books, specialty magazines), and I gathered up as much as I could to study the essential “Spotting Points” of the 124 Abarth Stradale. At the time, the German website: fiat124abarth.de, had an extensive photo reference, which is now gone, or available for viewing by subscription only - I dunno, as my German is less than ‘sketchy”... Some of those pictures, which I copied, will be featured in this thread.
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Great book for History of the 124, and Rally
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Covers most of the Abarth Rally cars
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March '02 AutoItalia magazine article
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Bill McMahan
Parker, Colorado
'69 124 Spider 2L ex EP racer, ex Volumex NASA ST3 Racecar - retired
'69 rebodied with '79 backdated chassis as '72 DP 1.8L Vintage Racer
'74 124 Abarth Stradale Replica
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Re: 124 Spider Abarth Stradale Build

Post by ST3Racer » Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:16 pm

Having done considerable research into the history, and construction of the Stradale, I started in on the work. This phase of the project involved collecting the parts needed to build a visually faithful replica, and digging into the work required. The unique "Spotting Features" of this sub-model start with the fact they were produced in only 3 colors: White, Red, or Light Blue with matte black hood, wiper panel, deck lid, and rockers. I used a picture found on the German website to scale and layout the front features and needed bodywork.
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Front view and calculations
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There are 3 vents that are formed into the front facia for cooling to the radiator/oil cooler in the center, and brake cooling vents on either side. I calculated the opening size, and location, and cut in these openings, and finished them with hammer and dolly work.
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brake vent, side marker light
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vents, front bodywork
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front valance work
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The distinctive bumperettes were available from multiple sources and still are.
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vent and small mount hole
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bumperettes, and vent mount detail
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The cars came equipped with H4 Cibie headlights, and either all clear, or half amber, half clear turn/marker lenses. Less obvious is the plain cloisone enamel grille badge, without stainless badge surround, and elimination of the stainless grille surround. Another front end detail is the single open 12mm hole on either front corner below the outside edge of the turn/markers. These are holes left over from the removal for the front bumpers. On some examples, there are small rubber snubbers in these holes, but on most examples are just open holes.
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'69 124 Spider 2L ex EP racer, ex Volumex NASA ST3 Racecar - retired
'69 rebodied with '79 backdated chassis as '72 DP 1.8L Vintage Racer
'74 124 Abarth Stradale Replica
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Re: 124 Spider Abarth Stradale Build

Post by ST3Racer » Thu Aug 15, 2019 1:13 am

More Spotting Features of the Abarth Stradale:
From the side, there are the Stradale 4-spoke CD-30 wheels, the front fender FIAT-Abarth script and enamel badges, the euro front-only side marker lights, the tight-fitting Stradale fender flares, black mid and rear rocker panels (without stainless strip on top of mid rocker). There is a side mirror on the passenger side only, and there are about 3 configurations of mounting for this black Vitaloni mirror (some are door mounted, some fender mounted, and some fender mounted on a riser.
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Original CD 30 Magnesium wheel
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CD 30 in Aluminum, other side detail
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side view
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low fender mount
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pedistal/high fender mount mirror
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I chose the door mount mirror
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I purchased the Speedline CD 30 wheels from Bruce's, and they are available from A/R and other vendors. The badges are available, but the 'FIAT ABARTH' script is hard to find. I got the euro from markers lights from Obert's. and the flares from Guy Moerenhout in Belgium. The Vitaloni mirrors are readily available.
Bill McMahan
Parker, Colorado
'69 124 Spider 2L ex EP racer, ex Volumex NASA ST3 Racecar - retired
'69 rebodied with '79 backdated chassis as '72 DP 1.8L Vintage Racer
'74 124 Abarth Stradale Replica
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Re: 124 Spider Abarth Stradale Build

Post by ST3Racer » Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:13 pm

Ahem - questions and comments are welcome. Even though this is a non-stock build, it is still a street driven 124 Spider.
Bill McMahan
Parker, Colorado
'69 124 Spider 2L ex EP racer, ex Volumex NASA ST3 Racecar - retired
'69 rebodied with '79 backdated chassis as '72 DP 1.8L Vintage Racer
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Re: 124 Spider Abarth Stradale Build

Post by ST3Racer » Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:44 pm

Spotting features from the rear view of the 124 Spider Abarth Stradale:

From the rear, there are license lights sourced from the 128 model, the euro yellow turn signal lenses, the ‘Rally’ badge, the bumperettes, and a double-wide exhaust tip opening. Less obvious are the grommeted holes for the stock license light wiring, and the inner mount tabs on either side of the license plate that are left over from the elimination of the stock ‘blade’ bumpers.
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rearview detail
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double wide exhaust exit cutout
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under construction
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finished car
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The 128 License lights are available from different sources, or from a FIAT hoarder... The lenses are available from A/R and other sources. The 'Rally' badge is available usually from E-Bay, or sourced from a 128 Rally (same badge). The gas cap is sourced from an 850 Sport Spider, but I didn't know that when I did my build, and used a flip cap for a TR3, sourced from Moss Motors. Nothing was 'shaved' on the factory Abarths, as they were pulled from line at Pininfarina, and converted at Abarth, so details left over from the stock 124 Spiders are visible.
Bill McMahan
Parker, Colorado
'69 124 Spider 2L ex EP racer, ex Volumex NASA ST3 Racecar - retired
'69 rebodied with '79 backdated chassis as '72 DP 1.8L Vintage Racer
'74 124 Abarth Stradale Replica
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Re: 124 Spider Abarth Stradale Build

Post by ST3Racer » Thu Aug 15, 2019 8:45 pm

Don't worry, I have renewed the License Plate for another 5 years.
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'69 124 Spider 2L ex EP racer, ex Volumex NASA ST3 Racecar - retired
'69 rebodied with '79 backdated chassis as '72 DP 1.8L Vintage Racer
'74 124 Abarth Stradale Replica
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Re: 124 Spider Abarth Stradale Build

Post by ST3Racer » Mon Aug 19, 2019 12:54 am

Spotting features of the 124 Abarth Spider Stradale: Looking downward at the vehicle, the Pininfarina hardtop is most noticeable. My preference on this build was to not have this item, as I enjoy open air driving in Colorado, so I equipped my car with a convertible top.

The recent write-up by Jim Scurria is comprehensive, and his Pininfarina hardtop is gorgeous. That thread will surely give you all the detail knowledge you might need on the hardtops supplied for the Stradale.

But, for me, like comedian Steven Wright once joked - "you can't have everything... where would you put it?" I have a Jeep TJ for the high mountain off-road passes, and it has a hardtop, which I store up high on a winch in my my home carshop, and I don't have room for another one....
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'69 124 Spider 2L ex EP racer, ex Volumex NASA ST3 Racecar - retired
'69 rebodied with '79 backdated chassis as '72 DP 1.8L Vintage Racer
'74 124 Abarth Stradale Replica
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Re: 124 Spider Abarth Stradale Build

Post by ST3Racer » Mon Aug 19, 2019 1:07 am

There is a 4-point rollbar with four distinctive tight radius bends (not 2 larger radius bends)to the main hoop.
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roll bar 1
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The preferred driving mode - open air!
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roll bar 2
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I had my brother Mark (rollcageguy.com) construct a 4-point rollbar for my project that is close to the original in appearance, but with clearance to fit under a convertible top. It is pictured in above replies.
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'69 124 Spider 2L ex EP racer, ex Volumex NASA ST3 Racecar - retired
'69 rebodied with '79 backdated chassis as '72 DP 1.8L Vintage Racer
'74 124 Abarth Stradale Replica
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Re: 124 Spider Abarth Stradale Build

Post by atruscott » Mon Aug 19, 2019 8:43 am

Good point on the hardtop v softtop.... I'm in the same conundrum with mine...

As I'm going for a "homage" vs a "replica", and we live in south Texas... I may well be about to deface my pinin top and fit a roof scoop to get some airflow!

I''ve looked for time to time for that top conversion from Germany that has the two removable panels above the driver and passenger, while keeping the rear window section attached. Almost like a T top. Maybe that's the answer?

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