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 Post subject: Newbie - East Sussex
PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2014 12:58 am 
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Evening all !!!

Just a quick hello from down south.. I have just purchased a Cinquecento Abarth that is an MOT failure that requires only little attention in broom yellow.

Some of you may have seen this on Ebay some weeks back and before that it was listed on car & classic.

The Cinquecento is a new project for me as I felt I wanted something a little more modern, I have had X1/9's over the years and before that I was into classic Citroens :roll: which I still have an lovely XM.

I will post pictures when I can sort put how to do it :oops: and keep updates on progress, I have managed to pick up another Sporting to break, which I have partially stripped for parts, so if anyone needs a few parts let me know and I will gladly sort them out.

The site looks excellent and I no doubt will be racking a few brains as the work progresses.

Are there many meets in this area, as it would be good to meet up next year when she will be back on the road.

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 Post subject: Re: Newbie - East Sussex
PostPosted: Sat Nov 08, 2014 3:14 am 
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Hi and welcome.

I still have a soft spot for some of the old Citroens, gotta love the quirky touches. I ran a 16v BX for a while which was really quite good!

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 Post subject: Re: Newbie - East Sussex
PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2014 7:39 pm 
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Location: Roundabout City (Milton Keynes)
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friend's family had an XM and a BX with wonky (or standard?) self levelling supsension that u could do front and rear at different times using the brake or handbrake or something. Was almost a bouncey-bouncey thing.

XMs suspension was weird on speed humps where the front went up and kinda never came down again.

Saw an old SM in London about the same time, immaculate shiny black and very ambassadory, and some nice touches on the XM from the SM.

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 Post subject: Re: Newbie - East Sussex
PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2014 10:15 pm 
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Yes. Citroen suspension can be temperamental, but when it working properly and is maintained correctly it does give a beautiful ride.

As well as the XM, which is pristine and in storage at present and only come out for meets, I drive a Xantia diesel estate which I love, A lot of people don't like them but cheap comfortable motoring.

Anyway, can anyone help ? after close inspection of the Cinquecento today and having taken off the front valance, the driving lights were not plugged into the connections behind the bumper, Now I is quite apparent that it was possibly not an original Abarth from the factory, but it does look relatively straight.

Now the issues I have is that there is also no switch for the front driving lights, can anyone tell me where the switch is or should be??? an does anyone have one to sell ??? :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Newbie - East Sussex
PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2014 7:19 am 
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i would think the bumper lights are front fog lights. Driving lights means full beam right? I don't have a Cinquecento but my Sei bumper lights are front fog lights with a switch on the centre console.

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 Post subject: Re: Newbie - East Sussex
PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2014 11:03 pm 
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The Abarth kits were dealer fit rather than factory and usually had the spot lights wired in to come on with the main beams.

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 Post subject: Re: Newbie - East Sussex
PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 2:06 am 
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fixitagaintomorrow wrote:
The Abarth kits were dealer fit rather than factory and usually had the spot lights wired in to come on with the main beams.


didn't know that :)

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 Post subject: Re: Newbie - East Sussex
PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 11:07 pm 
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Auhh! That would explain the lack of internal switch :oops:

On removal of the lower front panel with the lights in, there were not attached to the rubber wire connectors, I will re connect the wiring when the panel comes back form the spray shop and I will keep you informed.

While i'm here, can anyone tell me the correct tyre size for Abarth alloys just purchased off fleabay, as they different size tyres :head:

Thanks Guy's


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 Post subject: Re: Newbie - East Sussex
PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2014 1:09 am 
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There are a few sizes of tyre used across the range.

standard is 165/55 R13 with 512mm diameter

I think Abarth are 175/50 R14 standard at 531mm diameter (5.5" rim)

But 175/45 R14 would be closer to the original diameter (513mm) (5.5" rim)

I run 185/50 R14 @ 541mm on a 6" rim but might change to a 195/45 or a 195/40 next time.


Also, the offset needed is ET 27.5, so you might need spacers for the Abarth alloys, I think 10mm front spacers were fitted OEM, but could be confused here.

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 Post subject: Re: Newbie - East Sussex
PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2015 1:30 pm 
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Location: East Sussex
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Hi nice Cinquecento I'm from East Sussex too I think I saw this when it was for sale. Was it from bexhill or Hastings area?


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