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« on: March 20, 2021, 07:48:06 PM »

This time last year was the beginning of three months of glorious weather (for us in the West Country of the UK anyway.) My 1600 Coupe and I had many happy miles together.

So Iím eagerly awaiting a repeat. Is it time to get it off SORN, get it MOTíd (even though it turns 40 in August when I wonít need to worry about such trivial things.)

And is it time to bolt on the shiny things foraged over the winter?

Hell yes (said very optimistically.)


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Lancia Beta Coupe 1600, 1981
Alfa Romeo Spider, 1985
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Fordson Dexta, 1959
Harley Davidson Sportster, 2014
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« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2021, 08:03:52 PM »

I'm not sure about summer, but surely no more salt!

I've also got a pair of those round shiny discs to go on, along with pads of course,
but i'm going to wait and do them last, before it gets taxed again.

I've seen your car pictured before, have you had it long?
More pics always good!

Regards, Nigel
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1984 2.0 Carb HPE [ex Aus] Silver..turning to Grey Finanza.
2007 Mazda 6 2.3 [current daily, highly recommended]
The past:
1980 2.0 HPE White in South Africa [hope it survives!]
1976 1.6 Coupe Lancia Blu [PFG 76R] [probably deceased]
oh,and an Uno Turbo 1997 also in SA [stolen,never recovered]
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« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2021, 09:09:52 PM »

Hi Nigel
Iíve had this one for a couple of years now, Iíve posted pics on here before but Iím not as active on this forum (or any forum) as I should be.
I had a 1600 when I was 18 (1989) and have been after another one ever since. I bought it as a rolling resto, I intend to spend way too much money on it!!!
Hereís a pic with its stablemate...
Drew


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Lancia Beta Coupe 1600, 1981
Alfa Romeo Spider, 1985
VW Transporter T6, 2016
Fordson Dexta, 1959
Harley Davidson Sportster, 2014
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« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2021, 12:39:00 AM »

Drew,
Like you, my first was a 1600 Coupe, an early '76.
It's such a sweet engine, compared to the lumpiness of the 2 ltr.

Everyone tunes 2 litre engines quite successfully, I haven't read of 1600's being
worked on to a similar extent.

Nigel
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1984 2.0 Carb HPE [ex Aus] Silver..turning to Grey Finanza.
2007 Mazda 6 2.3 [current daily, highly recommended]
The past:
1980 2.0 HPE White in South Africa [hope it survives!]
1976 1.6 Coupe Lancia Blu [PFG 76R] [probably deceased]
oh,and an Uno Turbo 1997 also in SA [stolen,never recovered]
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« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2021, 08:57:24 AM »

Yep totally with you on that one. I had an HPE Volumex in the early 90s and although it was slightly quicker I preferred the 1600, itís a joy to drive, seemed to be more free-revving and somehow a bit more eager. Hence Iíve been on the lookout for a non-basket case 1600 for years. This one turned up on eBay a few years back.
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Lancia Beta Coupe 1600, 1981
Alfa Romeo Spider, 1985
VW Transporter T6, 2016
Fordson Dexta, 1959
Harley Davidson Sportster, 2014
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« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2021, 04:22:19 PM »

I have had a 1300, a 2000 (carb), and a Volumex, but I agree that the 1600 is great fun.  Lots of pep and buzz.  Try it with digital engine management for even more fun.    I have not tried the other Beta engine sizes or an injected 2000.  I have a 1756cc Lampredi in a Fiat (badged 1800), and that is great.

It's definitely summer because in my garden you can put your foot on seven daisies.

Also, recreational driving is not banned, so vroom, vroom.  Today I am having a huge faff trying to get my old Italian motorbike on the road.  I may give up and go off in my Beta. 
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1962 Lancia Appia Series 3 Berlina
1973 Fiat 124 Sport Coupe 1800
1975 Lancia 2000 HF Coupe
1977 Princess 2200 HL
1981 Lotus Eclat Series 2 (project FOR SALE)
1982 Moto Guzzi V50 Monza
1982 Moto Morini 350 Sport
1983 Land Rover Series 3 88
2009 Jaguar XK 5.0
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« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2021, 10:41:54 PM »

Yep totally with you on that one. I had an HPE Volumex in the early 90s and although it was slightly quicker I preferred the 1600, itís a joy to drive, seemed to be more free-revving and somehow a bit more eager. Hence Iíve been on the lookout for a non-basket case 1600 for years. This one turned up on eBay a few years back.

I too found the 1600 was more free revving than my VX. That's a nice series 3 spider too. I've some parts if you're looking for some as I sold my S4 a few years ago.
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« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2021, 07:31:24 AM »

Spring!  On Monday I overtook a 1970 Porsche 911 in my Beta.  Yesterday in the Beta I saw a cool young dude in a Triumph 2000 or 2500 coming the other way, and also saw two Mark 1 MX 5s, and a 1920s or 1930s car going at, I reckon, 50 mph plus along a fast bypass.
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1979 Beta 1600 Coupe

1962 Lancia Appia Series 3 Berlina
1973 Fiat 124 Sport Coupe 1800
1975 Lancia 2000 HF Coupe
1977 Princess 2200 HL
1981 Lotus Eclat Series 2 (project FOR SALE)
1982 Moto Guzzi V50 Monza
1982 Moto Morini 350 Sport
1983 Land Rover Series 3 88
2009 Jaguar XK 5.0
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« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2021, 09:14:19 AM »

I am going to put in a vote for a VX with a few modifications. The VX in OE form is astonishingly detuned almost a lazy V6. However fit IE camshafts, a pulley 1 tooth smaller, a DCNF and a cold air supply it can be astonishingly free revving and powerful with low down torque for excellent acceleration.
Stripping out the factory work around junk used to make a fuel injection pump work with a carb engine and you get reliable fun.

Power and free revving is about easily breathing cool air. Just count the number of 90 degree turns in the OE VX inlet and the stupidity of putting a metal box on top of the engine as the air intake. If you keep the OE set up at least put heat mat on the underside of the airbox.

Rant over

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